As If

Moira Rose, played by Catherine O'Hara, has suffered. Her former life is in tatters and she lives in a hovel of a motel, the last remaining property of her vastly wealthy husband, Johnny. Johnny, a self-made billionaire/millionaire, has lost it all to a corrupt financial manager. He, his beloved wife Moira, and their infantile adult children … Continue reading As If

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Climb Upward

Took my breath away. Patagonia's website has this incredible photograph on its "Women's Socks and Underwear" page. Why so memorable? Well, she ain't wearing socks. More, the image shows an incredibly fit, strong, athletic female superstar of a gal who has climbed up a canyon wall and is resting on a freakin' ledge. And there … Continue reading Climb Upward

Get angry, not “nonchalant”

I, a middle-aged middle-western middle-class-income gal can indeed be snooty enough to say, "Not Impressed" by the Isabel Marant collection at Nordstrom. In fashion spreads I've goggled over the 'coolness' of the Isabel Marant clothes that show up, especially on actresses who slouch about on chaises and sofas looking like they don't really care about … Continue reading Get angry, not “nonchalant”

Cold-Shoulder Warriors

On October 17, 2017, Reese Witherspoon spoke at the Elle Magazine's Women in Hollywood event, and she explained that she, like so many stars in Hollywood and women in the larger world, was sexually assaulted -- for her, as a young teen girl. Ms. Witherspoon is best known for her 2001 role as Elle Woods … Continue reading Cold-Shoulder Warriors

What (I wore when it) Happened

In June 2016 Hillary Clinton accepted the nomination in a white pantsuit designed by Ralph Lauren. The outfit echoed a man's suit jacket, with widened lapels, a deeper v-cut in the front, and a wider skirt to the jacket. She wore white on white on white, a deliberate reference to the deployment of white by … Continue reading What (I wore when it) Happened

Freedom’s in Fashion

These little ole' gals are Thomas Kinkaide's "Freedom in Fashion" figurines -- each named for a stanza in the National Anthem. Most women are familiar with the lazy fashion spread/advertisement featuring patriotic-themed clothing. As with Kinkaide's fashions, most of these designs offered to women shoppers are riffs on the American flag, or, simply featuring the … Continue reading Freedom’s in Fashion

It’s not about the dress you wear

...but the life you lead, said Diana Vreeland.  Well, it's been a while since the election and I feel pretty much like wearing this every day -- arming myself for battle, because it sure feels like it's on, mister, it's on. So thanks, Vreeland, it is the life you lead, but it is also about the … Continue reading It’s not about the dress you wear

To the fat girls

"Why is it that the makers of the fashions do not give the fat girls a show? The matter is, however, by no means a joke to "the fat girls." Want to guess the date of that complaint by the "fat girls"? Give up? 1882. Yes, in 1882 the unknown columnist of "The Art of … Continue reading To the fat girls

Out of time, Katniss…

  This is me, walking around since election day. I'm pissed, tough, armed, dangerous. I'm also tall, sleek, unafraid. I'm fighting in a dystopian present that I thought was in the twentieth century past. I'm armed to the teeth not with ideological b.s. but with an innate sense of what is right, kind, good, human. … Continue reading Out of time, Katniss…

Feel like a Warrior and Going to a Party

What's a pissed-off middle-aged warrior princess supposed to do for a holiday party? You know what is expected: the holiday outfit.  The slightly-dressier-than-usual dress, something that makes you unable to let your stomach pooch out, in a fancier fabric than usual. I will admit that this Resistor is rarely invited to dressy holiday events and … Continue reading Feel like a Warrior and Going to a Party