New Directions

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Because our friendship is one that moves, breathes, and grows, and this blog has really been about a friendship, we are attempting to reflect the growth of our friendship by making some changes in to our blog. We are hoping that our followers, our friends, will grow with us, too. With KH’s big move and new opportunities to talk about fashion and other things, we expanding the focus of our blog. Don’t worry we still both love fashion–there is no growing out of that–but we want to embrace the idea that fashion happens on the streets, in the lived reality that exists in clothes and beyond.  

We decided to make this change as a result of the great distance that lies between us. With Kt in Denver and KH in Switzerland, the miles make it hard to sit down and talk fashion, shopping, and taking fun pictures like we used to. But, to be honest, this change was coming anyway. We are thinkers and thinkers are never comfortable with complacency. We just had a little help from KH’s major move. Expanding our focus will make it easier to collaborate and address a whole number of our experiences. Our lifestyles, which used to converge in Denver over a glass of wine, will now converge on our blog (and the occasional Skype date). This transition is both a way for us to connect with one another as well as a way to spread the joy.

Here is an idea of what you can expect, with our transition:

  1. A lifestyle focus. We will write about our own experiences, our thoughts about common topics–like fashion, of course–, and other things we both find value in (teaching, writing, researching, religion, working out, etc…)
  2. A little more co-writing. In the past, we have taken turns alternating who writes the blog. Now, to stay connected, we are going to try to incorporate both our voices into single posts more frequently. This is so that we can always be in conversation with one another on important topics and you always have two perspectives.
  3. Interesting comparisons. We like to think we have an edge being spread out across the globe. We intend to use this edge to continue to grow as individuals, gain new perspectives, and continue to write interesting blog posts.

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So that is where we are headed. Join us for the journey, will you? We would be honored!

Godspeed,

–The Drs. Klassy & Fab

 

A New Life, A New Story

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On the way to the airport, I sat in the back seat of Jeep with little room to move because the car was packed too tight. My only window to the front seats was through the undercarriage of the stroller that was balanced on top of the two pet carriers containing our dog and cat. Despite the car being so full, I felt empty as we drove away from everything familiar in my life. The uncertainty and relief that comes knowing all you have is in this car made the butterflies in my stomach dance. The car was silent, heavy with the weight of withheld tears, unspoken fears, and a lot of what ifs. What if they lost our bags? Or pets? What if our Visa’s did not work?  What if….

We did something crazy!

I am not talking about changing my lipstick or my hair as some of you may be guessing based on our previous posts. No, this is a different kind of crazy. It is life-changing and monumental.

Even now, I am not sure I know what we were thinking. I quit my job; we sold our cars; we sold our home; and we decided to make a really, really big move. This week, my family and I moved from familiar, comfortable, beautiful Colorado to charming, historic, totally foreign Switzerland.

Just two months ago, I had no idea that we would be moving. Things happened fast with my husband’s job, and we had to work quickly. Hopefully, this helps explain our blogging absence for the past few weeks. All of my energy was spent processing this crazy transition. And I am not even close to done processing yet. We are here now, in Zug, Switzerland — amidst the cows, the cheese, the German, and the Alps, we are struggling to acclimate.

We are learning a new way. And it is very different. It is slower paced and more formal. But we are making our way and being reminded along the way of how helpful and generous people can be as they help us find a home and get settled. For now, we are on a grand adventure, but I know soon we will call Zug home. We are grateful for this opportunity and excited about the travel, the fashion (only 3.5 hrs. by train to Milan), and personal and relational growth it will bring.

In the meantime, I look forward to sharing my journey with you through our blog. In the coming weeks, Kt and I will be reimagining the Drs’ Klassy & Fab to suite our new (and unfortunately long-distance) friendship. We hope that you will enjoy reading about

2 friends. 2 continents. 2 Christian lifestyles. 2 Fashion forward Academics.

1 mission to share joy.

Wiedersehen,

The Drs. Klassy & Fab

 

The Rebellious Cat Eye

It’s sometimes said that I’m rebellious and I do things to push people’s buttons, but I just like the challenge.

-Marc Jacobs

I have never been a rebellious person. I was always the person who got called out when I did even the smallest thing wrong/different when I was a child. I am pretty sure that this is the root of my inclination to follow the rules in most situations. It just makes more sense to me. So when Kt got her nose pierced, I admired her brave, slightly rebellious approach to life. She is her own person and does things that make her happy no matter what others think. She is not afraid to break the rules. When she suggested that I write a post to parallel her nose piercing experience, I laughed. I laughed because any rebellious behavior I partake in is pretty boring, tame, and even normal. For example, using cloth diapers for our little guy is an act that I consider rebellious in our consumer/throwaway culture. But, this choice is hardly earth shattering or profoundly alternative. Many people do this. This tameness certainly translates into my style choices as well. I like what I like and I don’t take too many style risks.

After I stopped laughing at Kt’s suggestion, she helped me come up with a rebellious style plan. She challenged me to perfect the cat-eye and wear them everyday for one week. I know this might not seem like much. But for someone who typically uses eye pencils and had tried the cat-eye with this form of eyeliner (and failed miserably many times), this was a big commitment. I had to find the perfect brand of liquid eyeliner that worked for me and learned a new (really easy) technique.The-Ideal-Cat-Eye6.jpg

I eventually found two forms of liquid eyeliner that work well for me. I like Kat Von D’s tattoo liner and Kill Black. Both go one really smooth and have staying power. Their tips are long enough and inky enough that you can easily line the base of the felt tip (where the felt tip meets the plastic barrel) of the eyeliner up with the corner of your eye and the tip angled up toward the end of your eyebrow. Then when you press the side of the felt tip down, you have a perfectly straight line to start your cat-eye. It is also at the right angle, which I struggled with. From here just complete lining your eye and fill in the small triangle area between the corner of your eye and the uptick of the cat-eye. Meow, so easy!

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The funny thing about things that seem rebellious at first is that if you do them for long enough and the serve you well enough (a week?), they become normal. I love the cat-eye and now that it is so easy, I do it all the time. In my case being rebellious (in a style sense) simply means trying something new. Rebellious just means being different and any alternative practices done long enough become normal/accepted. Know this makes it easier to branch out and try new things. I am so glad I have friends that challenge me to try new things!

Cheers to rebelliousness (whatever that looks like to you)!

—The Drs. Klassy & Fab

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Taking Risks

15662-be-your-own-kind-of-beautifulSince I was a little girl, my mom has always taught me to be an individual – to not follow the crowd no matter how tempting it may seem. What this boils down to is what the above quote suggests: to be my own kind of beautiful. At times while growing up and well into my college days, this meant challenging some norms, pushing back on societal impulses that say what a woman can and can’t do, wear, say, think, feel, etc. etc., and really trying to figure out what “me” looked like both in terms of style and in terms of personality. I feel like you don’t really know who that me is until well into your 20s, and sometimes even well into your 30s, and I still feel like I’m walking a fine line between fully knowing me and wondering if me should change somehow.

What that means for the different aspects of my life is that I tend to be a risk taker – no, not like an extremely fashion-forward risk taker or even a jump outta plane risk taker rather a risk taker in terms of what it might mean to me to be “my kind of” beautiful. At multiple times in my life, this has manifested itself in the way I have my hair cut or colored (one time in Grad School, I had stripes of pink and purple). Or it has meant wearing belly baring shirts in college before belly baring (or excuse me, “crop tops” 😉 were considered trendy (in college, I had killer abs from swimmiImage-1ng). Today, what this means is I don’t like to conform to what some people believe an “academic” woman should be whether in terms of dress or personality.

Most recently though, this manifested itself in the form of getting my nose pierced. Piercings are not uncommon in academia (though more students than faculty members have them) or really in many places in the work spectrum, but it kind of still felt like a risk for me. I mean it’s on my face in a very visible way! It’s something that I’ve thought about for a long time but haven’t committed, too. But, this year, I decided, let’s try it out. It was a birthday present to myself, and I honestly really kinda love it!

There are definitely things that I’ve done style-wise that I look back and think, hmmmmm. Maybe not the best idea. But, part of being the best, beautiful me is learning from my style mistakes and my life mistakes: embracing the stylish with the not-so-stylish, the profound thinking with the not-so-profound thinking, and the risks with the not-really-taking-risks kind of risks.

What is your kind of beautiful?

—The Drs. Klassy and Fab

#Smartypants: Week 2

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This the theorists featured in our style challenge this week are Burke & DeCerteau. Here is a little bit about some of their ideas in case you are not familiar with them:

Michel DeCerteau: This theorist believes that resisting power structures is possible in everyday life. People can enact resistance by assigning new meanings and uses to ideas, products, etc.  This allows people to create new meanings and uses that fit their own lives and subvert dominant powers. This is known as the art of making do. An example of this is a woman wearing a bowtie. She is taking this masculine symbol and redefining its meaning by using it as a way to communicate her own authority and power. In this way, she moves the masculine power communicated by a tie to her own body, complicating power structure and gender norms.

Kenneth Burke: This (very, very important) theorist’s hallmark concept is called identification. The idea is that we can connect and relate to other’s through the process of identifying, or finding a piece of ourselves in them and them in us, which links two (or more people) together in as they share common interests, characteristics, etc. Identification is the first step in the process of persuasion. An example of this is meeting a stranger on the street. You notice that he or she is wearing a sweatshirt from the college you attended. In recognizing this  connection, you become identified with this person. Kenneth_Burkethumb

We look forward to seeing how you interpret these ideas in your clothing choices this week!

xoxo,

-The Drs. Klassy and Fab

 

 

#smartypants … the challenge

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Springtime, as the quote suggests, is a time for rebirth, renewal, and regrowth all of which makes us excited for new possibilities and new opportunities. Because of this, we made a decision to try to do a new style challenge for ourselves based on some of our own ideals that we want to work on, challenge, and push ourselves. We have had so much fun participating in other group’s style challenges for the last six months, but with springtime right around the corner, we are ready to try and tackle some of our own. With that, we decided to start with the #smartypants challenge because one of the goals of this blog is to challenge what people think and believe about women in academia. We have always strived to push the boundaries to show that women can be smart and fashionable, so we thought it’d be really fun to try and combine our academic and sartorial interests.

We come from two different disciplines but we cross-over and intersect with rhetoric (the study of discourse; the art of persuasion; study of misunderstandings and its remedies; the medium is the message … just some examples of how rhetoric can be defined), and so we began by using some rhetoricians that link our disciplines. This first week we started with two who define rhetorical situation, which is arguably one of the most important rhetorical concepts to learn. And it tied into our goal for this challenge because one theorist (Bitzer) suggests that we (as the situation) can influence the rhetoric while the other theorist (Vatz) suggests that the rhetoric helps determine us (as the situation). It was fun because one could clearly be used to demonstrate what a “professor” should/could/may look like while the other allowed us to push back and dress in our own unique stylish way. This first week allowed us to begin a renewal of what it means to dress as an academic.

As the rest of March unfolds, we hope you follow along and join in challenging yourself to a season of rebirth, renewal, and regrowth whether that means within your style choices, your teaching methods, your day-to-day interactions, and anything in between!

#smartypants out!

—The Drs. Klassy and Fab

#Smartypants: March Style Challenge

 

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Welcome to March (tomorrow that is)!

This month we would like to propose a new style challenge called #SmartyPants. Before you judge us for being big NERDS, hear us out. We have been ranting and raving about how we seek to live lives that are full and complex, and for us, this means integrating all the parts of ourselves … especially the nerdy and the fashionable. After a few months of participating in some pretty awesome style challenges, we felt inspired to write our own challenge that reflects our own quirks. Stay tuned—Kt is writing more about why we need this challenge on Friday. For now suffice to say, we just had to bring our whole nerdy selves to the idea of a monthly style challenge.

 

This month, we will be posting about theorists and providing a brief explanation of their main theoretical concepts and then challenging ourselves, and those of you who are nerdy enough to participate, to dress in a way that reflects/encapsulates/speaks back to the theorists main points. If you don’t know about the people or ideas we talk about no worries! It is all about interpretation. That is the beauty of all these style challenges in the first place: they are what you make them. Rather than emphasizing particular pieces of clothing (the vest, a hat, or a scarf) like many challenges, we shift the attention to the reasons why we make the sartorial decisions we do. So the sky is the limit. Feel free to explain your choices or let them speak for themselves.

 

Because this challenge requires some thought (ok, it could take a lot of thought…) we are shooting for two theorists a week. This means you do not have work this hard to get dressed every morning (we don’t want you to be late to work everyday this month because you are over theorizing your closet ;-). We will post the prompts on our blog and Instagram page every Sunday, and you can think about it for the whole week and decide when the prompt fits your mood. We will do the same. Be sure to use the following identifiers so we can keep track of your contributions to continental theory:

#Smartypants

@thedrsklassyandfab

Lloyd Bitzer: A rhetorical theorist who suggests that we create situations in our world by how we choose to behave in those situations. This approach to communication (whether verbal communication or written communication) gives the speaker/dresser/creator power over situations in life. As an example, if you enter an empty apartment, from Bitzer’s perspective, you would have the power to create that space as you wish. You could make the kitchen your bedroom if you wanted to. Translating this into a speaking/writing situation you might have to give a speech at a board meeting. To Bitzer, this situation would be an opportunity to create a new environment of your choice. Maybe you could make it a humorous presentation that changed the boring presentations that are often expected at business presentations. The point is YOU ARE IN CONTROL and have the power to create reality for those around you.

 

Richard Vatz: A rhetorical theorist who suggests that the context of a particular situation dictates how we behave in that situation. This approach suggests that there are important standards for each social context we find ourselves in and we must adhere to those standards. Using the same example, from Vatz’s perspective, the empty apartment would have distinct indicators of where things go. You would put your couch in the place designated as the living room. Translating this into a speaking/writing situation you might have to give a speech at a board meeting. To Vatz, you have certain rules you must follow in this situation. For example, you may have the standard of creating a powerpoint, dressing in a suit, and speaking in a serious tone. The point is the situation tells you how to behave.

 

For a even more explanation (and fun!), take a look at a quick video one of Kt’s students made a couple years ago on these two theorists:

We look forward to seeing your badass intellectualism shine this month.

 

Unleash your inner nerd,

 

—The Drs. Klassy & Fab