(or…not every day is Purim)
Tomorrow we'll be celebrating PURIM, my favorite holiday! …Between us, all the rest of the holidays are downers.
As the years go by, I find this holiday happier and more important. I guess on this day adults put on their costumes in order to "shed" the everyday masks and defenses (can't believe I just referred to myself as an "adult").
I was always a bit prissy as a child. I remember sneaking into my Mum's makeup and jewelry drawer, while my parents would be out, and decorating myself in an array of colors, jewels, scarves and hats. When March came along so did the joy and excitement! A week before the holiday I would walk the streets all made up or sit patiently, for long nights, watching my mother sewing my sister and I a variety of original costumes.
But with all due respect, not every day is Purim! It's important to remember that, especially these days, when a variety of fashionable trends decorate shop windows under the glistening sign "New Collection". Items that draw inspiration from the tribal world, the roaring '70s, punk, nautical, sailors and others. During this variety of colors and of interesting and alluring patterns, one must tread very carefully to avoid exaggeration.
For that I embraced a tip given by the designer Vivienne Westwood, known for introducing punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream – "Buy less. Choose well. Make it last."
Happy Purim everyone!