Friday, March 8, 2013

Blue's Clues

The day cried out for something blue. Skies were clear in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States on Tuesday, but a major snowstorm was scheduled to arrive that evening. The weather was crisp, but not overly cold. Having just returned from four days of frolicking at one of Utah’s world class ski resorts, I was ready for some white stuff to fall right here on my Baltimore County lawn. But not quite yet.

First I had to make my commute to Washington D.C. for a day of research at the Library of Congress on behalf of my employer. I cast around my closet for something blue to wear with my Levi’s Perfectly Slimming Bootcut 512 jeans. Then I spied it – a stylishly tapered jean-jacket by New Identity that I had ordered online from several years ago but had never worn because the sleeves were too long. Composed of several different shades of dyed denim panels, it would go perfectly with my dark-washed jeans. And the multi-pleated collar and peplum with their black lace trim would create just the polished look I was after. As for the sleeves? I just turned them back on themselves. Problem solved.

I plucked a hammered silver necklace from my jewelry box and found a deep azure beaded bracelet and earrings I’d bought at Macy’s to go with it. I pulled my hair up into a messy bun and donned comfortable walking boots by Pink & Pepper, a steal from Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW) last fall.

They say that Blue's Clues became the highest-rated show for preschoolers on American commercial television and was crucial to Nickelodeon's growth from 1996 to 2006. The animated cartoon has been called "one of the most successful, critically acclaimed and ground-breaking preschool television series of all time", a "cultural phenomenon", and was hailed for using research and feedback from viewers as part of the creative and decision-making process in production of the show. Well, hey! I use research and feedback from my readers to inform my fashion choices. And Tuesday I was clued in to wearing my blues.

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