Birth of a project

I was getting dressed for a friend's birthday party and I didn't know what I was going to put on my body. I looked in my closet and it seemed empty, unpromising. I've had these moments before; everything was old, ill-fitting, or blah. I thought to myself, "Ugh! I have NOTHING to wear!" Then I began rifling through my closet and saw a forgotten shirt I loved and many more, and I realized I was crazy. I had plenty to wear, and plenty to choose from. My closet was FULL of treasures! At that moment I decided I would take a year to explore my closet and to add NOTHING new to my wardrobe.

I would create a NEW outfit for each day in order to maximize my wardrobe and shake up my style.

Basically, I would try to "snap out" of my fashion rut, and appreciate what I have.

It was my New Years' project:
One Closet, One Year.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Bieber Fever!

I've been hearing about Bieber Fever for a while, but it was only recently that I heard Justin Bieber sing and saw him engage in witty repartee with Oprah.  He was very charming and quite talented, I thought.  Besides his crazy hairdo, I could understand why young girls are obsessed with him.

What a lucky lad to be born in the age of You Tube. Where was You Tube when I was a kid? Pollyanna and I could have uploaded our "The Brunettes" songs! With our brilliant lyrics and dazzling personalities I'm sure we would have gone viral in a flash!

Just take the theme song (?) for our band: "Brunettes Have More Fuh-uh-un. I know it 'cause I am Wuh-uh-un (one). Brunettes have more fuh-uh-un. I know it 'cause I am one!" Sheer brilliance!

That song is second only to the toe tapping hit "Us". It goes like this: "We. We are us. We grow each day. Life can be easy, it can be tough, but, we have to take it either way." (By the way, Richard wants me to remind people that these songs are copyrighted and he is very litigious.)

Now, in our/my defense, we were in fourth grade and we were nerds. And, I am sure I was a negative influence on Pollyanna's lyrical styling. After all, she listened to the Beatles and Carole King. I listened to KISS-FM. Oh, to bring this back to the fashion side, we made our own Brunettes t-shirts with puffy paint. They were awesome! (By the way, Richard also questions the past tense use of "nerds" in referring to Pollyanna and me. Sorry Pollyanna!)


White shirt: Goodwill. Isabelle Marant.

Green Shirt: Goodwill. Lux.

Brown pants that look black in the photo: Goodwill. I.N.C. (fabric right)

Shoes:  zoe & zac


  1. First of all Richard, takes one to know one. Second, I would like to state for the record that I had nothing to do with the lyrical stylings of our band The Brunettes. At the time I couldn't write lyrics if you gave me enough cherry Nerds to choke a small child. At the moment though I'm hard at work on a script where I have had to write many raps. I'm not sure it they're good but they are better then anything I could have come up with then. And finally, Shelayna is being humble as usual, she is an amazing song writer, don't take those little ditties as examples. Even back then she was on to something and she still is. I keep waiting for the day when she writes a hit children's album.

  2. Here, here! PJ is totally right. And might I add the classic "T-R-O-U-B-L-E...Trouble" to the list.


  3. I have to read this every day now because I find out so much about you guys. I never knew about this band.

  4. I am giggling.
    Do The Brunettes need a guitar player? I wrote this song in fourth grade: Sky is blue/grass is green/clouds are white/everything/sing a song/sing out loud/ sing OUT LOUD

    Am I in? Huh? Huh?

  5. We TOTALLY need a guitar player, although your lyrics sound way, way deep compared to ours! That was our biggest impediment- no instruments! Let's do it! I know we could rock it!

  6. What exactly would this band look like, two older ladies singing songs they wrote when they were in 5th grade and one guitar player. Sounds like a novelty act if there ever was one. Maybe we could also sing Dweller's song and get other songs from musicians they wrote when they were in elementary school.

    And Shazz, don't forget our wonderful song "Happy People"
    You and I were like day and night
    I would say it's wrong and you would say it's right
    But we couldn't have gone on like that, fight after fight
    We made up our minds to reunite
    So we could be...
    Happy people
    Happy people
    Happy people in the U.S.A
    Happy People
    Happy people
    Happy people in the world today