Somewhere out there in the African bush, there's a tigress walking around proudly in a tight skirt and high heels.
… Yeah, well, maybe not. But in the urban jungle where I live, she roams the streets freely.
Good morning, leopard print is back!
Before you scrunch up your noses at me, let me open with a little confession – Leopard print is one of my favorite fashion trends. I have no explanation for it. I guess the hours of watching Peggy Bundy on high heels while wearing shiny slacks, leopard print shirts and puffy hair did the job during my childhood (For those of you who are not familiar with this character, you probably didn’t grown up in the 80's).
There are things that I guess I would never be able to understand. Such as the male brain for example.
I’ll give you an example – you got up in the morning, got ready, really put some effort in, wore your most fashionable outfit and went to work. At the corner coffeeshop you met your friend. He took a long glance at you and… the best line he managed to get out was something to do with a soccer team?! Unbelievable!
You’re convinced that your red top is a symbol for femininity and seduction and all he sees is that you’re a Manchester United fan. Go figure :- )
You know that moment when you look at a picture from your past, embarrassed and say to yourself "My god, I can't believe I once looked like that?"
I'll give you a hint, it's usually the picture from some school party, an overnight trip or a family event, those you prepared for, and spent time, hours and thoughts in front of the mirror.
I have a few pictures like that, but the most memorable one, is the one most taken, during my recruitment party for the army – dressed in a purple, velvet maxi dress, brown colored lipstick, long hair and thin eyebrows, you can't get anymore embarrassing than that! By the way, for years that miserable picture was shown to every passerby in my dad's office (dad if you haven't destroyed it yet, this is the time to do so).
What was I thinking when I put together that heavy look?! There's no way that I actually thought I looked fashionable and cool… but then velvet came back to my life.
Everyone that knows me knows that I always preach color – "colors, colors, colors!" To try new shades, think outside the box and adopt a new look.
But every few seasons there is one color that stands out, that turns every visit to a shop into a trip back in time, as if I went back to my days in the Army and entered the military storekeeping. There, from the top of the gun cleaning cloth hills and the mountains of old rugged uniforms, you can't help but remember, the amused look on the face of the most important man in the area. The stylist that decides destinies and sets the future – who will be a bombshell and who will bomb out – the store keeper.
In other words, I as well, just like many Israelis, developed a certain caution and suspicion towards this shade of green. Still, five years in the army did their job (Lieutenant Kochavit Akunis, nice to meet you).
A New Year is at our doorstep and if we look back, there is no doubt that this past year was significant, exciting and very formative. I made some brave decisions, of which I have written in the past, I've accomplished quite a few dreams, but most of all I've lived some amazing experiences. I put my life on a new path, and now it's time to have the cruise control system continue at the same speed and adopt resolutions and goals for the new year.