Juliette Hogan’s new fall collection is, according to Always Sometimes Anytime (that’s where I got these photos from) inspired by the label’s archive and also by “nostalgia for the early half of the 21st century.” I can see the first one, for sure. This collection has all of my Juliette Hogan favorites: silk blouses, good prints, that perfectly shaped, slightly loosely-fitting day dress.
What I can’t see is the early 21st century inspiration, which might be a good thing, if how I dressed in the early 2000s is any indication. Back then I was wearing whatever ’80s stuff I found in the thrift stores. I’d tear my tights on purpose and magic marker David Bowie lyrics on anything that looked too clean and simple.
Now I’m the opposite. I like clothes when they’re clean and simple, which is exactly why I like this collection. I can see bits of nostalgia in these clothes, but for the most part they look modern to me, with their simple shapes and less-is-more styling.
Drew’s art show in Milwaukee was the main reason for our trip up north to the Midwest. I hadn’t been back home to Illinois in the 6 years I’ve lived here in the South and had been wanting to show Drew where I’m from and where my family’s from, so when the chance came to drive Drew’s paintings up ourselves, we took it.
At first I wasn’t sure how Milwaukee would be. I hadn’t gone there too many times when I lived up north, and my memories of it were kind of weird. I remembered the zoo, but mainly because I got dive-bombed and stung by two bees at one time while walking back to our car. I also remembered going to a few concerts in Milwaukee with Lauren, walking by ourselves at night in a seedy part of town where Jeffrey Dahmer used to live. I loved the city, but it kind of creeped me out.
This time around we stayed by the lake and loved it. Milwaukee’s a lot prettier than I remembered—all the historic homes and lakefront parks. When it got too cold we drove out to the Mitchell Park Conservatory to walk around the funny (but amazing) desert dome. We had great vegan food at Comet, and even got to meet up with my aunt and uncle and cousins.
On our last night in town we walked over to MIAD for Drew’s art show. His work is in a group show called Co/Exist, and it’s going on until December 7th, if you live in Milwaukee and have some free time! It’s a good one.
Sorry for another long disappearance. Drew, Rufus, and I just got back from a weeklong trip to the Midwest. It was my first trip back home in six years, and Drew’s (and Rufus’) first trip ever to Chicago and Wisconsin. We went to Milwaukee for Drew’s art show, to Galena to see my grandparents, to my little Illinois hometown of Rochelle, and to Chicago. When we left Nashville it was in the upper 70s and still felt like summer. In Milwaukee those first few days it felt like fall, but by the time we got to Chicago it was cold like winter and I remembered why I moved away in the first place.
More on the trip later. So now we’re back in Nashville, and I think we brought the cold weather with us. Well, it’s not quite as cold as it was by the lake in Chicago, but it’s still jeans and sweater weather—especially since we waited too long until after moving into our new house to set up our heat. So now we’re sitting in our house shivering, and I’m catching up on fall collections online, and they suddenly look wonderful to me.
Case in point: Where I Was From’s fall vintage arrivals. I like that it’s not cold weather overkill—-I still don’t really want to have to wear tights and heavy boots and puffy coats. Just some interesting layering and long skirts and flat shoes and the kinds of colors I’d like to be wearing right now.
Highlights of living in Nashville so far:
1. Going to Arrington Vineyards with my parents and Lauren and Neil (who were visiting from Savannah). We drank wine and ate a picnic lunch and even got to see an animal-themed party for older women who wore tails. The suburbs of Nashville are a little strange so far. (we still haven’t seen any celebrities)
2. Getting my hair cut at Parlour & Juke.
3. Going to antique stores to get stuff for the house. My favorite so far is Carter’s Creek Station, out by Columbia. It’s in a 100-year-old general store building by an old railroad crossing.
4. Eating at The Wild Cow and The Smiling Elephant, getting groceries at InterAsian Market.
5. Getting settled in. I’ll post photos of the house soon—Lauren and Neil have a great house and we’re loving living here so far. Rufus loves it too.