1000 SHADES OF COMPROMISE

by Daughter Fish

This morning, my head feels a little clouded and my eyes sizzled from staring too long at the three-headed monster that is the Craigslist apt/housing section. Pourquoi, you ask? Mr. Fish and I are taking the infinitely exciting and  somewhat insane leap across the river, moving from Brooklyn to Manhattan. The move is partially for an easier work commute, but mostly because we’re ready for a change.

As any New Yorker—native or transplant—will tell you, finding a place in New York is essentially 1000 shades of compromise. It’s going to be too expensive or too small or weirdly shaped or possibly bug infested (yikes!) or not on the right floor or on the right floor but dark or full of street noise…or almost perfect but with a 15% broker’s fee. You get the gist. There’s a reason New Yorkers are obsessed with real estate.

Essentially, though, this move  into Manhattan means Mr. Fish and I are likely going to be sharing tighter quarters than our spacious 2 bedroom right now. I’ve been telling myself to mentally prepare for moving into a boat, the S.S. Fish, docked somewhere in Midtown. This new development makes me even happier that I bought  Stella, my space-efficient half-scale dress form. In our few moments of spare time, Stella and I have been experimenting on a variation of my future dress. I used some scraps from my last future dress to play around with what this design would look like with a cowl neckline and hood.

The hood here is way oversized, but I kind of like it that way. It  reminds me a little bit of this Balenciaga wedding dress, which tangentially reminds me of some of the more flamboyant gowns in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. I would wear any of the women’s clothing from that film.

In my overambitious imagination, I plan on finishing a version of this dress by the end of the week, in time for the BlogHer Conference. Speaking of, are any of you out there planning on attending? This’ll be my first.  Some of the panels look really interesting. If any of you have been to past conferences, I’d love to hear your tips/suggestions for getting the most out of the weekend. And if you’re going to be there, perhaps we can have a meetup!

In the meantime, it’s back to hitting the Craigmonster (and the pavement) for that new apartment. Wish me luck.