filly, feeleez, (we didn’t realize they were basically the same name)

October 22, 2009 at 6:00 am 2 comments

photo courtesy of aunt barbara

photo courtesy of aunt barbara

If you had to guess which of the kids above went on to become a fashion designer you’d pick the one in the pink shower cap right? Well that folks, is my sister, and you’re right, she is a fashion designer. But the reason I bring her up is because this blog is about feelings, and her clothing line, Filly, really celebrates feelings.

These clothes are made to feel good. And I know every designer says that, but I’m not kidding. There is not a snap, zipper, or button in a single piece of her clothing. Every item slides up or down over your body, and every bit of fabric is stretchy.

So that’s how the clothes feel. But how you feel while wearing them is another thing all together. Basically in one word: hot. This is the kind of hot that means you can still ride a bike, pick up your child, or nurse. You can live your life, feel good, and look good.

So that’s how you feel. But how Emily (my sister) feels while making these beautiful clothes is yet another layer. If she’s falling in love (see Fall 2009), if she’s suffering from heartbreak (see Fall 2008), or if she’s excited about moving (see Fall 2007), then her clothes will tell that story.

Emily has lived her entire life swayed by the intensity of her emotions. Now she runs her own business, and instead of shutting down her feelings to become the stoic career woman, she has found a way to let her heart continue to live it’s rich life. I find that commendable.

p.s The Echo look-alike in the front is me! (Of course.)

p.p.s If you want to follow the ebb and flow of Emily’s actually life her blog is a fun read.

p.p.s The scuba diver is my cousin Lesa, a fellow stay at home mom with an MBA in Hispanic Literature.


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legacy brothels and donkeys: this is your job

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  • 1. Alyssa  |  October 22, 2009 at 10:05 am

    How funny – I had noticed the similar names and figured it was planned in some sort of way. This post made me smile and think back to the two of you…back when I would occasionally babysit…you two had a wonderful way of orbiting around each other.

  • 2. Lesa Sorensen-Joseph  |  October 26, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    You’d think I grew up to be some Life Aquatic Jacques Cousteau nerd from the look of me in that photo. Not my best shot.

    Adore the “Brothels and Donkeys” post. You succinctly captured what it is like in those moments when they are all making absurd, intense requests of you and how your brain in just shifting through, trying to find a solution for each child in an instant. One of those things that is so maddening in the moment, but insignificant enough to not even tell your partner about, later in the day.

    Nice blog, sorry its taken me so long to get here.


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