ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

TL 5-20 ON THIS DAY IN HISTORYDo you own a pair of Levi’s???  Today’s a day to celebrate, because on this day in 1873, Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis got a patent for blue jeans!  I have to wonder if they know what they started…  sigh.

As early as 1918 the company created “Freedom-Alls,” a one-piece garment much like overalls, whose name echoed the sentiments of WW I.  By the 1920’s, LS&Co. was promoting women’s hiking togs and jackets in khaki, but not in blue denim.

I’m like every other woman: a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear — so I wear jeans.  – Cameron Diaz

Did women wear jeans in the 1800’s?  Oh certainly NOT!  If they needed to wear jeans to do chores on the farm, they wore a pair of their brother’s britches.  Jeans were originally meant for men only and women wore dresses exclusively.  It was not until 1934 that Levi Strauss & Co. took a risk that forever altered the course of women’s fashion.

I’m not sure exactly what makes cats purr, but a really comfortable pair of blue jeans, a too-big piece of silky milk chocolate, and a good massage always do the trick for me.         – Terri Guillemets, “Purr, purr, purr,” 1993

Eighty-two years ago, in the fall of 1934, the company introduced the world’s first jeans made just for women.  Lady Levi’s jeans were first made for western women who needed jeans for farm or ranch work.  The new line was also aimed at women vacationing at dude ranches, working cattle or horse ranches that welcomed guests from eastern states or as far away as Europe.

Nothing is more alluring to a man than a woman who looks good in her jeans.  – Nina Garcia

By 1935 a dude ranching article appeared in Vogue magazine that featured the new Lady Levi’s line.  Thanks to Lady Levi’s sales at select stores in New York for “dudines” traveling west, jeans became fashionable for ladies in the eastern U.S.

Jean styles have seen interesting changes through the years.  Images courtesy of Getty:1736412-980x

On the farm in the 1910’s…  big and roomy so you can move freely, dungarees were practical for the farm.

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Here’s those 1934 Lady Levi’s.  Casual and so stylish, all rolled up like that.

1940s-women-pants-denim-jeans-400x312In the 1940’s this is the look that got wolf whistles…  I know, I don’t get it either, but…

Jeans represent democracy in fashion.  – Giorgio Armani

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1950s-teens-daddle-loafer-shoes-pants1-361x500In the 1950’s there were poodle skirts…  and baggy jeans that were really rolled up – and the saddle oxford shoes, of course.f4f313f61b1991c44a7eb7933e3dcf00

In the 1960’s everything was skin tight and short…  everyone wanted to look like Twiggy!  And our jeans were not always blue.  We also wore the name of our jeans on our butts – yeah – that was fun.  The jeans that fit me the best were CHIC.  I never could fit into a pair of Levi’s because I was too short and…  well – anyway…  I found a brand that accentuated the positive – let’s just leave it at that.  😉1970s-bell-bottom-menswear-trend-580x822

And the 1970’s…  bell bottoms, anyone???  I always thought those his/hers matchy matchy outfits were a little…  well – weird.  Did anyone actually do that?  Nobody I knew did – but that doesn’t mean anything.jnco1 (2)

Beyond bell bottom jeans… things got weird somewhere along the way…  really, really weird.  That’s all I’m sayin’…mom_jeans_0

These are mom jeans…  from the 1980’s. These are what we don’t want to be caught dead in today.  Cuffs were rolled or not rolled and some of the shirt sleeves are even rolled.  And the waist bands sat at your natural waist, which means that if you bend over, all your “stuff” and your tattoo doesn’t show.  Wow, that’s a crying shame…  not.

In the 1980s, American brands from Levi’s to Gloria Vanderbilt, Jordache and Calvin Klein offered “designer” stretch jeans for women. The stretch jeans of this era were typically a dark wash, skinny and tight-fitting, and featured distinctive designs on the back pockets to identify the designer. The advertising campaigns for these status symbol jeans were unreservedly sexy, focusing on the denim style’s body conscious fit. If you were around during the 80s, you’ll remember a 15-year-old Brooke Shields from her controversial Calvin Klein Jeans TV ad, in which she unshyly told the camera, “Nothing comes between me and my Calvins.”    hilary-haylie-duff-low-rise-flare-jeans

And in the 1990’s the waistbands are SOOOOOOOOO LOW – and the bottoms were flared (but not bell bottom) – and long – too long – and always frayed because they were stepped on while walking – and they had to look tattered and worn – holes were put in them and they were beat with rocks and such – for the sake of fashion.  This is when I decided there are not jeans for my body type.  Oh – I miss my mom jeans.Skinny_jeans_street

Saying yes to the skinny jeans by saying no to the donuts.  – Betsy Cañas Garmon, www.wildthymecreative.com (2009 tweet, @wildthyme)

And here we are in the 2000’s.  How skinny can you get???  If you’re not skinny, you can’t wear jeans.  Trust me, I do say NO to the donuts, but it doesn’t seem to be enough to make me skinny – shoot!

I’m thankful for my sweat pants, yoga pants (and no, I do not do yoga), casual skirts and knit capris.  The jeans they make these days are not for me, but that’s okay.  I have good memories of younger days when I looked good in my CHIC jeans.  😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MATTHEW 6:25 ON 6/25

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Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  – Matthew 6:25-26

We live in a world that seems quite focused on food, drink and fashion, don’t we?  It’s easy to become anxious about these things because they represent immediate needs – well – when it comes to fashion clothing – let’s get real – that’s more of a want.

The older I get, the less I stress out about superficial things – especially fashion clothing.  Frankly, at this stage in my life, I can’t tell you what the newest fashions are.  It’s great to get to the point in your life when you know what you’re comfortable wearing – and you don’t really care what anyone else thinks.

Stress and anxiety in life will happen.  It’s what we do with it that makes a difference.  If we as Christians can just remember to hand that concern over to God through Christ, trusting that He will take care of us, we will be so much better off in the long run.

The Bible tells us that God cares about the little sparrow – and if He cares about them, how much more does He care about us?

Know today that God will provide every need you have.  No, He may not do it the way you would, but that’s why He’s the all-knowing God and you’re not.  😉

We all have needs every day and God knows what they are and He will provide.  Yes, sometimes the needs all seem to crop up at the same time, but that’s when we need to keep trusting God to help us.  He cares about us – He really does!  🙂

 

 

WEAR BROWN SHOES DAY

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Whether you are going to work, doing your grocery shopping or heading out for school, today is WEAR BROWN SHOES DAY!  Here in Kansas it would be a great idea to wear some warm brown shoes because we are heading for some single-digit temperatures.

 A man hasn’t got a corner on virtue just because his shoes are shined.   – Anne Petry

Forgive my parallel here, but just as there are 50 shades of gray, there are, believe it or not, 50 shades of brown!  That’s as far as I’m going with that thought.  LOL.  For a color chart of brown shades, click on this link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Shades_of_brown

A couple of reminders to men who will wear a suit to work with brown shoes…

Please don’t be tempted to pull that lightweight tan suit from the back of your closet today.  That is a suit to be worn in the summertime and even though it would indeed go with brown shoes, it would look silly and out-of-place in winter!  Remember it is December, guys!  Make sure you don’t try to wear a black suit with brown shoes – that’s just wrong.  Make sure that suit coat or sports coat has some brown in it.

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A better bet is to wear a heavy wool sports jacket with dark brown slacks (if your company would cut you some slack – no pun intended).  A suit doesn’t always have to matchy-matchy and a sports jacket can look just as classy as an actual suit, in my humble opinion.

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 Funny that a pair of really nice shoes make us feel good in our heads — at the extreme opposite end of our bodies. – Levende Waters

Most women have many pairs of brown shoes in all 50 shades (no doubt).  We know that some of our shoes go with skirts and dresses while others go with our dress pants.  Here are my favorite pair of brown shoes for jeans or dress pants (I stopped wearing dresses a long time ago).  I’m a retired lady of leisure these days, so I dress comfortably.    😉

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What a cute look!

I love it when Lucinda Berry Hill writes a poem!  I especially like this one and I know you will too!

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If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill?  Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!

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Click on the link below to order your copy!

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