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The Gold Standard

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They say “nothing gold can stay” however, these pieces at least will look pretty while visiting…

Gold, gilded, gold metal interior design items and furniture one / two / three / four / five / six /seven / eight 

Gold Metal and White Apartment

White, wood and Gold Metal Spanish apartment by Mikel Irastorza.

And now to nerd out for a moment, “All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost. “― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Dear Kate

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Aunt Flo; Riding the Crimson Wave; My Moon; The Cotton Pony; Checked into the Red Roof Inn; T.O.M. Time Of Month; Shark Week; The Rag. Whatever nickname you use to address your period (ahem; menses), give it up and give this special cycle the honors it so deserves! A woman will spend approximately 3,500 days of her life menstruating, so we better learn to love it, or else we’re in for some doom and gloom.

Dear Kate / The Walkup

Dear Kate / The Walkup

ms moxie cheeky / leading lady bikini full

As the inimitable feminist, activist and philosopher Gloria Steinem once wrote, “What would happen, for instance, if suddenly, magically, men could menstruate and women could not? The answer is clear – menstruation would become an enviable, boast-worthy, masculine event: Men would brag about how long and how much. Boys would mark the onset of menses, that longed-for proof of manhood, with religious ritual and stag parties. The US Congress would fund a National Institute of Dysmenorrhea to help stamp out monthly discomforts. Sanitary supplies would be federally funded and free. (Of course, some men would still pay for the prestige of commercial brands such as John Wayne Tampons, Muhammed Ali’s Rope-a-dope Pads, Joe Namath Jock Shields – “For Those Light Bachelor Days,” and Robert “Baretta” Blake Maxi-Pads.)”

Dear Kate / The Walkup

So, let’s all exit the Red Tent, shed the taboos (like our uterine lining), and embrace this awesome time which signifies womanhood and more importantly, fertility and the continuity of humanity. It is not awkward, it is not gross (womb blood once nourished YOU), and it is not foul. In fact, in many ways, having my period is the only time I feel like a kind of X-(wo)Man whose superpower is that of lunar cycles, friendship syncing and tidal waves. Why do some men get to brag about natural bodily functions like ejaculation, burping and farting yet, us women cannot discuss our most basic of reproductive rites?

Dear Kate / The Walkup

Lace during your period! The Victorians would have never imagined it. 

leading lady laundry bag / ms moxie bralet

I will, however, admit something, even after my pro period rant; sometimes menstruation really is inconvenient, even messy. So for that we have Dear Kate! Protective, leak-resistent, stain resistant lingerie for women. Throw out the granny panties! Dear Kates were invented for those days when the last thing you want to worry about is an embarrassing mishap. Rock those white pants, and quit soaking and scrubbing, Cinderella! Rather than having an underthing with the express purpose of “attracting a mate” why not empower yourself with a garment made for your needs, while still being cute?

Dear Kate / The Walkip

Dear Kate’s founder utilized her chemical engineering background to create the patent-pending fabric lining each pair of underwear. Comprised of two luxurious microfiber layers and a thin, breathable outer layer, this is revolutionary fabric to the rescue. These clever and washable garments will save about 730 panty liners a year, think about it – that’s a decent chunk of change ($$) and a few trees. Not just for the monthly gift; Dear Kate also comes through in a pinch for gym sweat, bladder leakage and discharge. Trust me, it’s love-at-first-wear.

As Dear Kate CEO and founder Julie Sygiel explains, “We can’t reschedule your time of the month or train your unborn child, but we can make life safer for your favorite dress.”

TAKE BACK YOUR PERIOD. PERIOD. 

Goorin Brothers

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Founded in 1895 on the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Goorin Brother‘s legacy is that of old-world artistry. Goorin Bros. Hat Shop is the oldest family owned hat shop in the country. Its headquarters has since been relocated to San Francisco, CA. However, the company still believes in a timeless approach to the art of haberdashery. In its fourth generation of leadership Goorin Brothers continues the tradition of family craftsmanship and is supported by a team of individuals who share the same passion for the cultural, artistic, creative and hands on approach to this century old brand.

The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA

The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA

Birdcaged, netted and caught. Proudly wearing the JEANNE, a Goorin everyday fascinator & pillbox.

The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA

The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA

The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA

Originally sold and carted by horse, the hats now, instead, on display in windows. Each hat was begun on a custom wooden hat-blocks. Knowing that hats were an extension of one’s personality, Cassel Goorin understood that adding the right feather, sewing the right lining, angling the finished product or attaching a new ribbon would help the individual customer connect with the final form and to express his soul.

The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA

The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA

A leather-bound book becomes a display piece. 

The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA

During the 1940’s the hats could be found on the likes of businessmen to that of an outdoorsy, fishermen. Evolving from stovepipes and top-hats to headbands, in 1960, Goorin became the official headwear for the VIII Olympic Winter Games. By the 1990’s, with the onslaught of the grunge generation, hats (particularly beanies) became important again, and the Goorin Brother’s experienced a resurgence.

The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA

The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA

Never underestimate the power of a feather in your cap. 

The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA

The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA

My visit to the Goorin Brothers shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts was something akin to opening a time-capsule. Planted near the oldest University in America, Harvard Square is the perfect place for the shop to tap into its scholarly side. Displaying bowlers, cloches, flatcaps, fedoras, panamas, westerns and ballcaps, the crowd of leather-elbow-patched shoppers look right at home when the shopkeeper offered them (and me) free Whiskey Sours. With a prohibition era vibe, the storied shelving, ladders on rails, peacock feathers  milk vases and industrial decor complemented the heritage of the famed, hat handicraftsman. Hat’s off to them!

The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA

The scarlet and angular, leaned hat looks straight out of Janis Joplin’s seventies with the round rimmed sunglasses.  Yours truly is wearing the Evelyn Jones, an a symmetrical fedora with a 1 1/4-3 inch brim, 3 1/2 inch crown and 1 1/4 inch grosgrain band. Lined in satin with a soft grosgrain hatband.

The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA

Rumpelstiltskin couldn’t knit caps this find even using spools of gold. 

The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA

There was a time when neighborhood hat shops existed in just about every community in America however  a trip to your local milliner is no longer so common. Goorin Brothers wants to bring back the personalized, neighborhood approach to headgear. The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MA The Walkup / Cambridge, Harvard, MAAs Charles Dickens so aptly wrote in The Pickwick Papers, “There are very few moments in a man’s existence when he experiences so much ludicrous distress, or meets with so little charitable commiseration, as when he is in pursuit of his own hat.” 

Keren / The Walkup

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