04 August 2005

My Friend Andrea Loest

I met Andrea in Iowa City when we were both students there. She went on to bigger, better adventure in New Orleans; I stayed on in CIC a while longer. This past winter, Andrea emails me, like, "There's a picture of Jessica Simpson in one of my jackets in People." Holy fuck! A celebrity in People in one of her designs!!!!??? I've never seen her reality series and I don't really care about her--but I went wolfshit anyway. In the spring, I shot Andrea's designs for my fashion zine Fringe. Andrea has a brand new wesbsite that you can see at www.andrealoest.com. Andrea has done shows in London, New York, and Chicago. She's been living my fashion dream while I schlumped through shit jobs educational assistant at an alternative school. She gets loads of attention in NO. My interview of her ran in Venus Zine in 2003. Check out her site! I would love to buy her Office Bitch dress. I love the color.

Uh, why's this blog called Church of Style?

Never you mind. Anyway, what I'm working on right now is a column called "My Favorite Things" for the Madison weekly The Isthmus. It's about shopping. Not really. I notice lots of things. If I see a new storefront going up, I'll poke my head through the door and ask, "What're you doing in there? What's this gonna be?" So, why not make nosiness work for me. I notice lots of things and I'm curious. I worked in a Fair Trade gift store called A Greater Gift here in Madison. People would come in there all the time, like, "I never knew this place was here!" Like, how could you not? It's there. It's been there. Were you not looking? Nevermind. So, I'm putting this impulse to work. And this fits my shopping/fashion/design/decorative arts impulses, non?

Well, it's about time Courtney Becks got a blog, right?

So, this is my first posting. How do people find time to do blogs anyway? Isn't everyone too busy with her/his life to post regularly? I just need to be able to make a posting to the Madison Zine Fest blog, so I, uh, started one of my own.