bookmark_borderHow hard can it be?

I enjoy fashion and footwear YouTubers.

And I floated the idea of starting one called Dressing Daneille.

Not fully (or even remotely) onboard — my beloved spouse Danielle suggested Dressing Christine instead. But the alliteration is just too good to change my plans now.

But the catch (as explained to me), is we need to have five episodes in the can first. And she’d need to look at my storyboards first.

It is apparently — “not easy as I think.”

Now, I don’t think it will be easy — but surely someone like me who has an actual (decades ago, but still!) education in this kind of stuff can do this?

Typing this, I am reminded that Danielle is the one who actually puts together our (excellent) vacation videos.

All I do is take some of the shots in situ and make suggestions to the edits when we’re at home. But it’s my carefully honed skills and natural storytelling talents that enable me to be such a good partner in these tasks.

The first episode is going to be about a “going out for dinner” outfit based around Danielle’s favourite new boots.

The second episode will be about how Danielle discovered the boots and will then segue into a tour of my own Tricker’s footwear collection.

I am sure that no one is holding their breath for this newest entry into the YouTube universe.

bookmark_borderMy new dumb hobby

I have been looking for a new hobby that does not involve any type of strenuous exercise. So I began my investigation into some fun things that might work for me.

Extreme ironing sounded like a possibly at first. I like ironing and all tasks housekeeping. But it was not what I thought was — I imagined getting some really intense creases on shirts that stand up by themselves. But no.

Buttoning these is very hard on the fingers.

So I landed on raw denim. It’s a hobby mostly practiced by men  — and there’s a pretty big following on Reddit. It’s super nerdy, niche and costs way too much money — so just up my alley.

I read this particular thread before I began this post for inspiration: How do you explain your raw denim hobby to others?

It all started because I hate flimsy jeans. And most women’s jeans are that awful stretch denim that clings unattractively — at least on chubby me — and become loose after multiple wears and washes.

And don’t get me started on those dumb jeggings. I will never wear yoga pants that masquerade as jeans.

So I order a pair of 18 Oz raw selvedge jeans. They are very thick.

  • Lightweight jeans — under 12 Oz.
  • Mid-weight jeans — from 12 Oz. – 16 Oz.
  • Heavyweight jeans — anything above 16 Oz.

They arrived stiff as a plank and it was like putting on pants made of cardboard. I have been wearing then around the house and I love them. Plus I can almost bend my knees in them now.