Hi everyone! Maggie here (still). And holy moly is it freakin COLD outside! Thank god there’s no snow yet or everybody would be holed up inside. Speaking of which, I tend to ask my crushes if they’re hot-bodied or cold-bodied people. I’m a cold-bodied person, and luckily my partner is hot-bodied (ooh la la!), so it all works out and I can unconsciously hog blankets and they are totally fine with that. I imagine cold-body/cold-body pairs can work out if there’s tonnnns of blankets, but I don’t really want to find out anytime soon. Which brings me to this week’s interview with a charming couple, who graciously let me talk their ears off in the freezing weather.
A: “I’m 24. I’m from London.”
B: “I’m 23 and from Philly.”
Word. How would you describe your sense of style. What kinds of things would you say inform it? Any magical words or feelings?
A: “I’m afraid I’m not really into fashion, so I don’t have a lot to say on style.”
B: “Okay, I got this. First Wives Club meets… Davey Crockett meets… sale racks. And bargain shopping.”
Ooh. I like that. Is there anything you have on that you’re so psyched about that you would say is your favorite?
B: “My boss brought me back this hat from China.”
B: “It’s wolf. I otherwise wouldn’t approve of such behavior. Yeah that’s that, I think.”
So how long have you been in Philadelphia for?
A: “Just a few days.”
B: “It feels like forever.”
Is there anything about the way people dress here that strikes you as particular or crazy or something like that?
B: “You can find better sweaters here, I think, than in London. In London interesting sweaters are mass-produced.”
A: “It’s true. Especially more expressive —”
B: “Here you get them — Sorry, am I answering questions for you?”
A: “No, no, no. I’m bad.” [laughs]
Yeah, I’m sorry. It’s also cold and I’m keeping you here talking, which is rude! Sorry! So then what’s your current obsessions that have nothing to do with clothes?
A: “I’m a law student. So I pretty much spend all of my time studying.”
B: “Immigration law has been really… We’re both into immigration law cause I was kicked out of England due to that. So we’re working on that.”
Oh my friend got kicked out of the UK too for some really strange fault that wasn’t a real ‘crime’… Man.
B: “So, immigration law is really big for me. Otherwise I work with antique books. Anything really pre-1640 really gets me going.”
Do you have any recommendations for people?
B: “Yeah, sure. Thomas Browne’s works and John Donne’s poems. Uhh…oh gosh. It’s too hard. There’s too many to pick. The reason why I got deported is because I was picking up one of those beautiful books printed in the renaissance called the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. It’s worth a lot of money. It’s got great pictures and some of them are very lascivious. So there’s a recommendation — a dream vision that’s home. I think that’s it!”
Whoa… [still nerdily reeling from getting told about sexy renaissance books] Then, finally, do you have any shout-outs to anybody or Philadelphia or anything?
B: “Oh gosh. Well I love everyone here.”
A: “We could send a shout out to Grace.”
B: “Grace and Michael Tomasello and Nadine. The people that are planning our wedding, who I went to college with. Yeah.”
A: “Yeah, that’s it.”
Wait, your wedding?
B: “We’re getting a civil union on Saturday.”
B: “Thanks! We’re going to find rings!”
Woo-hoo! Okay, thank you then!
Look at the love! And the sharp dressing! The wolf hat from China killed me. As well as Alice’s blue and red Chucks. In Japanese fashion magazines, there’s often a page sometimes devoted to couples that look good together. So that’s how I felt about Alice and Brooke. It’s also a huge kick for me to find out people are into really incredible things — you gotta talk to people to find them out! Anyway, once again congratulations to the lovely couple. Where the hell is the Kay’s Jeweler’s ad for them, huh??