Not much sewing or photography going on around here at the moment. I’ve got two recommendations instead.
This is the new clothing brand from H&M (they also own COS). I went there last weekend with Julia from the Secret Life of Seams to do some impromptu shopping. Reader, I loved it.
Now, I also love COS. The clothes have amazing detailing and little touches that you appreciate more if you sew (hong kong seams! appropriate lining! pockets!). But sometimes it’s a bit ‘severely avant-garde Japanese librarian’ for me.
On the other hand, I never shop in H&M. I just can’t take it. When I was younger and had more stamina I did appreciate their good range of basics, and the fact that everything comes in a few colours.
& Other Stories, ridiculous over-branded name aside, is like if COS and H&M had a baby, and it was the most perfect
baby shop in the history of the world. Seriously, nearly all the clothes are amazing. They’re not as severe as COS can be, but they share the same ‘basics with a twist’ aesthetic.
Check it out if you’re ever mad enough to go to Oxford Street! Even if you prefer to sew all your own clothes, there’s enough inspiration there for a whole new wardrobe.
Recommendation number 2: Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin
Are you a podcast listener? It’s been too cold for me to cycle lately, and my default bus strategy is to arm up with listening material so I can block the coughing of the other commuters. After burning through all my usual podcast suspects, I found this one with Alec Baldwin.
It’s great on so many levels.
Alec is the most terrible interrupter I’ve ever heard. He loves to pounce mid-sentence, mostly to introduce a bizarre anecdote from his own personal life. This is usually a tale about his ex-wife (ie. Kimg Basinger), or his kids, his current wife and how young and pretty she is, or various directors he’s fought with over his career.
The best fun is when he has a strong-willed interviewee who won’t let him interrupt at will. You can almost hear him searching frantically for an opening so he can shove his oar in. His frustration is palpable over the airwaves.
He does get some interesting chat out of people, in between interrupting them. I enjoyed this session with the NYTimes Executive Editor. She has the most extraordinary accent I’ve ever heard. Americans, where does this lady’s voice come from? She draaaaawwwwlllls out her words for such a long time that even poor Alec can’t get a word in edgeways.
I also very much liked this interview with Patti Lu Pone. If you haven’t heard of her, she’s a legendary Broadway star who sang the title role in Evita (think Elaine Paige but cooler). She’s also the biggest luvvie I’ve ever heard captured on audio. She actually starts sobbing with emotion in the middle of the interview, just because he mentions the first play she was in.
After hearing this I bought her autobiography, which is a fine read if you’re in the market for more highly-strung shenanigans. It includes an extensive slagging-off of Andrew Lloyd Webber, an overview of theatre dressing-room ghosts, and a explanation of how to un-curse yourself if you say the word ‘Macbeth’ in a theatre. Recommended (that’s a sneaky bonus third recommendation for you there. You’re welcome).