I’m about to get personal here. Time for fashion and mental health.
I have been inexplicably mopey for a few days. Completely indecisive. Like one day, I couldn’t choose which shirt I wanted to wear, so I wore all of them, layered on top of each other. My roomie told me I looked like a second-grader. I couldn’t decide whether that was a compliment.
Then on my way to work, I felt thirsty but couldn’t decide what I wanted. So I stopped at the gas station and bought a coffee, Diet Coke, water and cranberry juice. I immediately spilled the coffee on my shirt. Luckily, I had three others underneath.
My affliction was getting out of control; it was time to make an appointment with Dr. Urban Outfitters.
Yes, it’s dangerous, expensive and probably masking a serious iron deficiency or something, but I stand behind shopping therapy. I’m proof it works. Because as I walked out of the store with a bulging bag of stripes and oversized gold hoops, I felt a wave of peace and control. Maybe I can’t control the Cingular demons who sporadically drop my most crucial phone calls or my neighbor’s dog that begins his bark-a-thon at 5 a.m. every day, but I can control the size of the hoops dangling off my earlobes.
Flipping through the racks gets your hands off the office keyboard and surrounds them with comforting cottons and satins.
A new shirt temporarily makes you feel good about yourself.
And shopping is a reminder that no matter how twisted and complex life becomes, you can always fall back on That Which Is Shallow But Simple And Pretty.
Which, in my case today, is a light blue tank top from Boulder-based Kupu Kupu Design.
Said shirt is from the line’s “ribbon collection” and only $16 online (www.kupukupudesign.com), making for pretty reasonably priced therapy.
Plus, the designs are more than just pretty. They merge Western and Eastern styles in an ancient Bali dying technique called batik. They’re made from high-quality natural rayon and produced solely for boutiques.
Anama Salsman is the designer. Salsman, a Boulder artist originally from Germany, began crafting clothes 14 years ago, inspired by her travels and creative eye.
She’s now internationally known, with a manufacturing operation in Indonesia. She sells to stores across the globe and in 20 states, including three on Pearl Street in Boulder (the Alpaca Connection and the two Surya galleries).
And the Pearl Trade Center, at Pearl and 15th streets. But shh, that’s a lil’ local secret.
Salsman used to sell last season’s styles for discounted prices from a warehouse on 47th Street, but she recently closed it down after she became too busy with her Indonesian plant.
More than 1,000 discounted duds now hang in her outlet at the trade center, for nearly 50 percent off retail prices.
Now to decide between the 1,000 pieces of clothing. I’m not sure, but I’d say that’s a little much to layer.