These days, my sister and I don't have much time for such imaginings, but I do admire the way that my sister dresses on a regular basis. She is a mistress of clever color palates and smart accessory-matching. When I happened to see her on campus this past year (I just graduated from the school that she still attends), I wished that I had a camera on hand to capture her adorableness. When I at last got a digital camera, one of its main planned purposes was to help me with my new blog.
The blog. My sister expresses her creativity mostly with clothing, especially when she is in the midst of midterms and papers, and I tend to be an ambitious writer lately, who prefers lone projects. This blog represents a new kind of collaboration between two sisters. It came to me that I should write journals around photographs of my sister wearing her characteristically cute ensembles, as the French bloggers do. The name of my blog comes from the last stanza of a poem by contemporary Irish woman poet Medbh McGuckian, "Minus 18 Street" (also known as "I Never Loved You More" because of the first line):
Sky of blue water, blue-water skyI sleep with the dubious kissOf my sky-blue portfolio.Under or over the wind,In soft and independent clothes,I begin each dawn-coloured pictureDeep in your snow.
"In soft and independent clothes" is appropriate for my sister, because she can be "self-reliant" in the way that little Shirley Temple boasts to be in those Depression-era movies.
Thank you very much for reading and please stay tuned!