How many Artsy Cousins out there read along and, in a kindly sort of way, wince when I approximate your style? Come on, ‘fess up.
In fact, one of your number has been so kind as to send along her lesson book. High WASPs believe in homework, studying, and getting an A. We like a voice of authority.So when Flo spoke up in her comment on last Thursday’s shirtdress post,
“See me after school for artFUL cousin remedial work, no way would we show up in a military-derived ensemble, how would we be able to stack our Senegalese and Tibetan necklaces all down our front and around the neck with a button placket and epaulets in the way. And, really, nor would we cut you.”
I listened. I emailed her for direction. With alacrity she set up a Polyvore account under the name “Artsy Cousin,” and put together a veritable, Audubon-esque, “The Artsy Cousin In Her Native Habitat.” She even agreed to let me share same, adding that as she was new to this the Polyvores did not include the usual backdrops etc. I like them just as they are, and was nodding, and exclaiming in recognition as I read.
With no further ado, I give you, Flo, The Artsy Cousin. Also, I want all these bags.
The Artsy Cousin Views New Shipment At Her Favorite Antique Shop
The Artsy Cousin Receives Last Minute Symphony Tickets (and as she says, would rather have earrings by the maestro, Robert Lee Morris, maker of the cuff)
The Artsy Cousin Agrees To Assist At An Historic House Tour
The Artsy Cousin Has A Few Folks In For Drinks
The Artsy Cousin Goes Into Town to Sign Will At Her Lawyer’s Office
The Artsy Cousin Attends Quarterly Colonial Dames Meetings
And finally, with notes from Flo on Artsy Cousin customization at its highest level,
The Artsy Cousin Plans Ahead For A Black Tie Event
****TAKE PHOTO OF PINK DRESS TO DRESSMAKER; HAVE HIM MAKE IT UP IN DOVE GREY HEAVY DRAPEY SILK, WITHOUT THE BUTTONS ON THE SHOULDER, ADD VERY SLIGHT SHOULDER PADDING.
****TAKE PHOTO OF OBI, AND HAVE HIM MAKE IT UP IN ECRU SILK TO WEAR WITH DRESS.
****LOOK FOR SOME KIND OF EXTREMELY INCREDIBLE ECRU-TONED EAR CLIPS, POSSIBLY BONE, THINK MARY McFADDEN
So reassuring to know I didn’t make it all up. Note that in a High WASP culture, even Artsy Cousins are hard-pressed to wear anything but clear nail polish. Flo, I am deeply in your debt. ArtFUL Cousin indeed.
*What would an Artsy Cousin post be without an actual artsy reference?