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Lora Norton

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Ooh, I’m so excited. I’m making my dreams come true. After the warm up post about the Artist, I am so thrilled to finally be that Clothes Story reporter about town I’ve always wanted to be AND to finally be turning the camera on my many stylish friends across the globe. Yay! First up is my treasured friend of many years, artist, Lora Norton. Lora is my kind of artist because she encourages me to continue to break the boundaries between the many languages of art… while raising a family. Yes, she not only expresses herself through her dynamic outfits (which include some pieces made by herself), but she also paints, draws, writes, designs t shirts, flyers, and sings in a band.  Stories and characters also seem to drive her many art forms. See why I am so inspired? And her house? Oh, vibrant house plants, tropical wall colors, chunky textiles, and fascinating collections create a home that reminds me more than a little bit of some of my favorite houses in Mexico. In Lora’s house, however, the epic record collection and baby doll still lives make it her own.. and her musical family’s own.

When I visited with Lora, we never discussed her outfit which was partly the reason for my visit, but in a way we were discussing her outfit the whole entire time through our many topics of conversationHere are seven topics that I think were secretly really about her outfit.

1.  Her enthusiasm for Youtube videos of older Japanese women folding laundry.

2.  Her Pinterest dreams for her garden (The outdoor one. The indoor one is obviously thriving.).

3.  The wonders of Moroccan oil.

5.  Her ability to attract people with the most fascinating diets. Ha. Um, she has a good sense of humor, by the way.

6.  Her anticipation of seeing the Samurai show at LACMA.

7.  The tempting, oh so tempting lushly printed fabrics found on Etsy that would make more great pillows for her couch.

No, but seriously, here is some solid background on her outfit… straight from Lora. (Once I showed her the list above a few days after our visit, she was forced to give me this top secret info! ;)) Her top is made of a Japanese fabric called shibori. Shibori is a kind of tie dye often done with indigo. (If I could count the number of times different people have said “shibori” to me in the last six months! What is going on??)  Lora says she loves historical clothes and clothes of different cultures. Her “Clothes and Hair” Pinterest board shows a lot of the styles that influence her. For example,  her amber necklace is similar to Tibetan and Nepalese traditional styles and her kimono style top is sort of Japanese. 


“Tibetan Losar 2014” by Mr. Sith, from Lora’s Pinterest board

Example of Shibori from Dharma Trading Co.

Check out more of Lora’s unbelievable art here. Check out her transcendent music here. I have barely begun to unearth the wonders of Lora in this post. I have a feeling there will be more of her on Clothes Stories in the months to come.. maybe even a guest blogging post? Wink, wink.

Poster for Chuck Dukowski SEXTET by Lora Norton

Once Upon a Time…



Left to right: Modern Snow White, Fairy Tale Snow White




Once upon a time, I was looking for a show on Netflix with my thirteen year old that we might want to watch together. Netflix kept pushing Marco Polo. “If you like historical dramas, you’ll LOVE Marco Polo... If you like action, you’ll get ADDICTED to Marco Polo… If you liked Black Adder, you’ll positively ADORE Marco Polo!” So, finally we tried Marco Polo, and you kind of know after ten seconds if you are going to like a show or not – at least we both do. Another suggestion lurking around was Once Upon a Time. Not a masterpiece (It’s hard for me to watch a series after the U.K.’s Sherlock or a good Korean soap opera), but it held our attention from the get-go because there were castles, an evil queen, a brave young prince, a resourceful princess outcast… and MAGIC (the most important ingredient). The dialogue and acting was less than brilliant, but the story was pleasingly complex. And the costumes? They sealed the deal.Every costume in the “flashback” sections that take place in fairy tale land is completely intoxicating. Lush fabrics for cloaked princesses, perfectly structured leather huntsmen outfits, and evil queen gowns with such sharp stand up collars that they are dangerous in themselves.

On the other hand, the modern day Snow White’s wardrobe is colored in wintery whites, blues, with the occasional deep red. She wears 20’s hats and shoes, thin belts, and gathered skirts with tiny nature prints. Her lovely wool coats need a blog post all their own. She seems to always wear a different one, and they steal the scene every time.

So, this outfit came after a winter break Once Upon a Time binge (four episodes in one night). It’s a take on the modern Snow who lives in our present day world. She is fond of coffee and tea and educates youngsters. She obviously cares about clothes, because she is clearly the best dressed character in the modern day part of this series. See, we have a lot in common… clothes, education, coffee.  Ah, but her tea/coffee drinking! Besides her dreamy apartment, modern Snow’s cups, mugs, and tea pots are documented and collected all over the internet. Thus, the prop in these photos. My props go to the prop person! Sorry, could not help it.

The addition of the hoodie, belt, and knitted scarf, is like modern Snow  having a deja vu of sorts. See, every person in this town is a fairy tale character, but they don’t remember. It’s all part of the curse! See what I mean by a complex story… and don’t we all want to secretly be a royal outcast heroine in another parallel universe? Might as well dress the part.

scarf by Gucci, chemise by American Apparel, crocheted top vintage find, skirt homemade, boots by Teva, hoodie vintage, knitted scarf homemade, amber necklace vintage, earrings by Jodi Pantuck
“Spring Snow” photos by Aristotle and “Winter Snow” photos by Ysidro