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As many of you know, Gypsy Moon is my favorite clothing store. Coming to Boston every year or two has not only been good for visiting friends, but good for my wardrobe as well. These days, Gypsy Moon primarily does wholesale, selling its Gadja design label to a number of stores scattered across the US and Canada. They might be sold in an Australian outlet sometime soon as well. The main store is now open by appointment only - and even that will be moving by summer's end, probably to central Lexington.

So of course I went to their main store as long as I was in town. It's been over two years since I've had a chance to buy clothing there. I like their clothing so much since not only is it all made out of material which feels wonderful, it's all machine washable, and with a good sense of flow. If I'd made an appointment, however, I wouldn't have had to come back two hours later. Then again, I might not have found the lovely purple skirt and golden brown culottes that I bought down the street at Looks (which also stocks a few Gadja design pieces). Apparently there aren't any bookstores near Porter Square. I asked.

I spent an hour or so trying on clothing at Gypsy Moon, chatting with the salewoman (who remembered me!) and swirling skirts around. Their retailable selection is much more slender than it used to be, but that's because they're not doing retail much anymore. The decisions were still difficult. In the end, I bought a lovely coordinating top and skirt in deep purple with eye-catching mossy-bright green velvet around the wrists and ankles, in addition to a "Farfalla" silk chiffon underskirt and a silk suede shirt which matchs the skirt I already have. I never need to go clothing shopping ever again - or at least until next year - or something like that.

Afterwards, I spent a lovely evening catching up with Tamara. We had a great deal of catching up to do since we're both lousy at staying in email contact, so we mostly only catch up whenever I'm in Boston. She expressed interest in visiting me in Toronto too - in part because she's never met C. and in part because the idea of good food tourism appealed to her. We ate dinner at the Union Oyster House and then caught up on book recommendations and discussions over at the nearby Borders. She didn't like Lyra either. The evening ended all too soon for us, but just in time for me to race out of the subway station and on to the waiting-and-about-to-leave only-runs-every-45-minutes bus and make it back to my hosts' place promptly enough for a good conversation.

It was a very good day.


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Jun. 10th, 2004 09:19 pm (UTC)
it makes me smile to think of you decked out in purple and green and swirling around in twirly skirts. :)

that sounds like a very good day indeed. did tamara ever go on with her plans to apply to library school?
Jun. 10th, 2004 09:23 pm (UTC)
She's finished her first semester at Simmons! She took two evening glasses, one of which was Reference, and I can't remember the other one. It was very busy for her, with her full day job as well. She's taking the summer off from classes, but will go back again this fall. She says that it should take her about two years to finish at this rate.
Jun. 11th, 2004 01:42 am (UTC)
Oooh, pretty clothes :)

Must have faith that *someday* I will find a store that sells clothes like that in PLUS sizes (heaven forbid).

Mmm, nice sounding dinner too. I'm glad you're having a good time!!
Jun. 11th, 2004 06:08 am (UTC)
I used to try to make my own, back in the day, but I'm no professional and I found that I just looked as fat and dumpy draped in yards of lovely fabric as I did in basic jeans and a sweater. Maybe moreso. The key is for someone to design - not larger clothes - clothes made to fit a larger body - either designed to work with the exaggerated pear or apple shapes most prevalent in the bounteous zaftig amungus. I keep thinking I'll 1. buy a new sewing machine, and 2. actually take the time to properly deal with the issue, maybe buy a sewing mannequin or something.

[right after I brush up on my medieval latin, take arabic, top to bottom clean and organize and purge my house, and ....] heh.
Jun. 11th, 2004 07:00 am (UTC)
Ah, but while I may look just as "fat and dumpy" in lovely fabric, I'll *feel* more attractive than in those jeans and a sweater! I'm not worried about looking thinner--I just love a swirly skirt :)

But, yes, people designing specially for a larger pear or apple would be lovely. Flattering beautiful clothes *are* a hundred times better than unflattering beautiful ones...now, at least you know how to sew. I'd have to learn that first, heh!

Oh, and I need to *start* the medieval latin and the arabic...will get there eventually (the house has been basically purged thanks to multiple international moves, so I'll count that as checked on my life scorecard)
Jun. 11th, 2004 09:18 am (UTC)
Well, the goal is not to look like something impossible, like Carmen Electra or anything, but something less than a beautifully upholstered couch is always nice. ;) Since my shoulders are wider than my hips, and I have no bottom-balance on my upper, I have to be careful about flow-y looking a bit too much like B. Favre in drag. ;)
Jun. 11th, 2004 07:00 am (UTC)
Not that I'm encouraging you to spend money now or anything, but Gypsy Moon will do anything to order. For perspective, I'm a medium in their line, and I buy larges from many lines.
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