What the heck is Winter White?

“You can wear white in the winter now. Michelle sent me a Glamour magazine article that said it was totally okay.”

That was a conversation I heard at church a couple of weeks ago. I immediately rolled my eyes and briskly walked to my car. I had had enough of that conversation. Lucky for you, it pulled me out of my blogging hiatus.

I am a bit of a traditionalist (that might be an understatement) and my Southern roots go down deep. One thing that has been instilled in me, is that you put your white away after Labor Day, and you don’t take it out until Easter rolls around. As a child, every Spring I’d not only get a  new dress for Easter Sunday, but a new pair of white shoes to pair with it.

*side note: I wore pantyhose to church even in the summer, well into my middle school years. Thanks, mom.*

First of all, let me be clear. Winter white is an actual color. It is a creamy white and by no means stark. If you were to walk into my office wearing creamy, dreamy pair of cords, that would be a perfect example of winter white. Have you ever seen bright white corduroy pants? I didn’t think so. There’s a reason for that. You’re not meant to wear white in the winter. To tell poor girls that white is suddenly acceptable in the winter because there’s a new hue called winter white is just plain sad. But it’s equally as sad that they actually eat that information up.

Second of all, you will never see me wear white in winter, no matter what magazine “grants” me the ability. (Not to mention, my grandmothers would roll over in their grave if I did). One thing that I love about the South is its tradition. The unwritten “white” rule is just one of those.

So to answer my question “what the heck is winter white”, it’s a color that has been around for a while and accepted in the southern society. It’s nothing new and it certainly isn’t as stark as what some fashion publications are portraying.

But don’t take my word for it, just take a look at history. Some of my biggest fashion inspirations are Audrey and Jackie O. (surprise, surprise). Take a look at them. Did they wear white in winter? The answer is simple: N-O. The reason they are still relevant today is because they weren’t trendy, they were classic. Something that is currently trendy is wearing white in the winter. I rest my case.

Now go shine up your white shoes and make sure your white sundress hasn’t yellowed. Easter is 71 days away.

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You’re so cute. Why aren’t you married?

This weekend was my first alumni homecoming at Baylor University. It was a wonderfully exhausting weekend.

Having graduated almost a year ago (last December) it feels like everything is the same…but it’s not. And I mean more than just our football team being ranked 6 in the nation.

It’s funny because while you’re in college I think you don’t really appreciate how close everyone is in relationships, as well as location. Graduating college is like a break up going as well as it possibly can. You graduate, leave, and move on.  You have fond memories, but the more you go back, the more you realize the growing distance between you and the town that helped shape who you are today and how you’ve changed since you left.

There are certain things that are expected of you once you graduate, especially from Baylor. I think I told people where I worked my job description no less than 20 times; however, my favorite question was the namesake of this post. “You’re so cute. Why aren’t you married?” I mean… what exactly am I supposed to say to that? I just laughed. I’d like to say that was the most embarrassing thing, but that, my friends, I attribute to my love for mens flannels. I wore one that I fell in love with from the men’s section in Target. I was waiting in line for a funnel cake,  when I noticed the guy in front of me kind of eyeing my shirt. Turns out he liked it enough to buy it and wear it to the BU game too. Oops.

Something that I love about Baylor is that they genuinely help you and expect you to succeed at life.

Baylor seriously has my heart and I could not have imagined anywhere else I would rather have gone. This is one happy and proud alum.

Alright. My sappy Alumni post is over.

Thanks and Sic ’em for reading.

Fashion runs the world.

I remember a while back someone posting this picture on Facebook as proof that sports were greater than fashion. I know for a fact Lagerfeld, creative director for Chanel, wouldn’t have taken offense, as a statement like that shows pure ignorance.

This is haute couture, which literally translates to “high sewing”. Unlike items you’d find at Forever 21, this kind of runway show is considered art. Or wait…since Forever 21 rips off designers, you might find similar products there…Nevertheless, you wouldn’t actually bring this “bag” to the beach with you.

That being said, how does fashion actually affect you?

Let’s begin with sports, more specifically the king of Texas sports: Football. (oops. Is that confirming Josh Hamilton’s accusation that “we’re not a baseball town?”)  Anyone remember Tear Away Jerseys? They were made of fibers that would rip when tugged, allowing players to escape the grasp of an oncoming defensive player. Who do you think created those? Let me give you a hint. The answer isn’t Jerry Jones. Try textile chemists.

You’re probably thinking sure, that’s one example, but no! There’s more! How many of y’all are runners? I myself have hopped jogged onto the bandwagon and taken up this sport, as you set your pace and there’s no needed equipment. For runners, the essential thing is to have the right gear. The right shoes, yes, but even more so, the right clothes. Oh, so you like your wicking Nike top because it lets your skin breathe? Who do you think created that technology? Let me give you a hint. It isn’t a really fast Kenyan. Well…I guess it could be, but more importantly it was a textile chemist.

Whether your an outdoor tennis player or someone who likes to shoot some hoops no matter what season, textiles affects you too. You probably own some type of winter athletic-wear that helps keep your body temperature regular, but also allows you to play the game. These kinds of clothing are knitted together tighter than usual in order to keep a boundary layer of air between your skin and your clothing. In case you didn’t know, fabric doesn’t keep you warm- your boundary layer does. Air is actually the best insulator.  I’m sure you know the drill by now, but who do you think came up with these knitting techniques? You’re right. A textile chemist.

I’m not hating on sports. I love me some Cowboys, Mavericks, Rangers, and Stars (well, when they don’t make me yell at them from a seat in the AA center or Ballpark. Oh yeah, and Jerry World). Next time you’re watching a game, just remember that there’s a lot more than throwing a ball around. Clothing worn during games can provide protection for the skin and even prevent injuries. Those who work on textiles…something you might have deemed irrelevant, just might be keeping your player safe AND your fantasy football team alive.

Still think fashion doesn’t run the world? What was the first thing Adam and Eve did after they ate the forbidden fruit? They realized they were naked and wanted clothing! Check it out in Genesis 3. Verse 21 says “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.”

What are YOU wearing today?

Pinterest Makes Me Want to Cry.

Before you come running after me for wishing the death of Pinterest, let me explain.

I like Pinterest. It’s good for when you’re bored. It’s good for when you’re hungry. It’s good for spurring ideas.

What I don’t like about Pinterest is the fact that people are pinterest-minded now. You may think that originality is dead, but I feel that there is a glimmer of hope…there are some original, crafty people out there.

As a person who crafts, sews, and paints on the regular, people will often say “Oh, did you see that on pinterest?” Not to toot my own horn, but I think of myself as having a pretty creative mind, so it kind of offends me when this is said.  I do make up some things on my own. Sure, I may look at pinterest, but not everyone has to seek Pinsperation.

Pinterest is good for advertising, learning, and even helping not so crafty people. It’s a great site! Just don’t assume everyone and their momma copy anything remotely creative from it.

Enough of my rant. Get back to your pin boards, Jack.