2016 Was the Ugly Christmas Sweater: My Love-Hate Relationship with Them

Ahhh…the ubiquitous ugly Christmas sweater, or “jumper”, as it’s called across the pond. It is the perfect metaphor for 2016, the year of the ugly Christmas sweater. Look to the left and you find an image of the famous Christmas party exchange between Bridget (Renée Zellweger) and her adorable crush, Mark Darcy, in the rom-com classic, Bridget Jones’s Diary […]

Uptown Girls, Downtown Swag Podcast

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo I’m gonna mix it up and post an audio piece, instead of a written one. I present to you my new Uptown Girls, Downtown Swag podcast, along with my co-host, Shelby del Franko. The first episode is called Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Shelby and I have worked on a […]

Flip-Flop Season Has Officially Begun

This weekend marks the opening of the summer season, with Memorial Day in the US and the Spring Bank Holiday in the UK. Summer is here, at least in the fashion world, meaning that flip-flop season has also begun. Flip-flops are an open-toed sandal with a flat sole —usually rubber—loosely held together on the foot […]

Just Kickin’ It, Part 2

Read Part 1 here “America at this moment stands at the summit of the world.” –Winston Churchill, 1945. The second part of the history of the athletic shoe can actually be branded, “The Rise of American Culture”, as global military, economic and consumption patterns shifted their concentration to the United States. Post-war 1950s US can […]