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1. When do you feel at your most attractive?
Certain people make me feel attractive, just as certain people can also make one feel unattractive, clompy, aware of one's own edges. My 90 year old grandmother, Waltraud, makes me feel attractive- especially when she tells me things like "You no longer look as pale and sickly as you used to when you lived in the United Kingdom." I also tend to feel attractive doing things I really love to do. In and around sunshine.
2. Do you notice women on the street? If so, what sort of women do you tend to notice or admire?
I am actually a really unobservant person when I am walking around on the street.
9. Are there any clothing (or related) items that you have in multiple? Why do you think you keep buying this thing?
I have three pairs of black socks with medium sized dark green artichokes on them. I do not actually like artichokes that much, but people keep giving these socks to me. "We saw these socks and thoughts of you." I don't really get it. I think that any comment that goes " We saw ____ and thought of you" is provoking a potentially awkward situation. But if anyone who gave me these socks reads this, I do appreciate the socks.
12. Can you say a bit about how your mother’s body and style has been passed down to you, or not?
My mother was, and perhaps still is, a far more imaginative user-of-clothing than I. In her closet, she has a tight black dress that makes her look like a seductive caterpillar, checked high-wasted pants, many oddly shaped shoes. Peering into her closet, I immediately get dizzy with nostalgia on her behalf. I think my legs should also romp around in black leather leggings and my head should always be sporting in an oversized fedora.
19. What are you wearing on your body and face, and how is your hair done, right at this moment?
I am wearing a black kimono robe and a towel on my head. (I just took a shower.)
23. Do you think you have taste or style? Which one is more important? What do these words mean to you?
I do not think that I believe in a universal definition for tastefulness or tastlessness. There are things I like and things I do not like, and these things do seem to fall into some sort of cohesive me-ishness, even if I do not know what qualifies as falling into that category and what does not in any sort of objective way.
62. How does makeup fit into all this for you?
I usually only wear eye shadow when I am stressed. When I wrote my Masters dissertation, I wore mascara every day and suddenly started playing with foreign objects like brushes. I think that maybe I like the idea of having eye make-up that looks like I have not slept when I am stressed and, well, actually have not slept.
65. What is your favorite piece of clothing or jewelry that you own?
I have a pair of black heeled clogs that claim they hail from Sweden that make me very happy. Clomp, clomp, clomp. Tall and happy.
73. What item of clothing are you still (or have you forever been) on the hunt for?
Still hunting for:
Black leather shorts.
Cowboy boots actually worn by an equestrian in the past. (This just seems more legit.)
A hat that I would actually wear regularly. (Straw.)
The perfect watch. (Pocket watch? Wrist? Don't know.)
79. How does how you dress play into your ambitions for yourself?
This question, for me, points towards the idea that we dress as versions of who we want to be, or how we want to be perceived. I think, however, that while I do have a certain understanding of my own "taste" or "style," I do not necessarily follow it myself. Instead, my ideas of what good taste might be exist separately from how I choose to display clothing on my own body. This is interesting when you consider how you observe others, and how you judge who has good style and who does not in your surrounds. Naturally, one tends to use the visual parameter of what you see in front of you-- without considering the possibility someone might have good taste but dress terribly. This also seems unlikely, so I may just be defending past rumpled mornings.
What’s your birth date? Where were you born and where do you live now?
California born, and now I live in Rome, Italy.