Heres an embarrassing fact: Im a 31-year-old who is up on every single trend hitting the world. I also exaggerate -- so maybe not the world, maybe just the U.S. and maybe not every trend, but lots. Do I follow through with all the trends? Heck no. That requires time and work and much more effort than Im willing to put in. But I do keep up with them, I know whats cool, I know what the kids are into and what you should know if you wanna be cool, too.
Heres the current rad list and where some of these items can be found should you want to join the cool club.
Patches - thats right, patches. Like what you might earn if you complete a Boy Scouts challenge. Except artsy and cool. Specifically patches that can be affixed to a denim jacket (extra points if its a denim vest). Patches can be found at the Storm Cellar in Moscow. For Christmas I put one in my husbands stocking. Its a goldfish in a fishbowl and it says, Dont Hassle Me, Im Local. Those who have seen What About Bob? are laughing right now.
Enamel Pins - Where would you put an enamel pin? On a bag, a jacket or a sweater. I keep mine in a drawer and never use them. But since theyre cool, I buy them. (I told you already that Im embarrassing.) Many illustrators and artists make pins (check out @gingiber and @kristinamicotti on Instagram), and many online stores sell fun and quirky ones, too (try www.shopbando.com).
Moto leggings - Okay, so these might be falling to the bottom of the cool list this year but theyre currently still trendy, so Im including them. So what makes leggings moto? A patch of pleats near the knee/thigh. Theyre dressier than plain leggings, but in an edgy way, and Ive definitely gotten away with wearing them to work.
Felt Letter Boards - Instagram fans have seen these. Theyre like restaurant reader boards for your home. Oh, that doesnt sound cute? They are, I promise. They can be used to display a favorite quote or funny movie line, announce someones birthday or leave a message for kids, visitors or a spouse. The one in my home currently says, Being mean isnt cool. They are an Instagram thing right now and can be purchased on Amazon, Etsy and other online shops.
(photo by Lindsey Pentzer of Lewiston)Naked Cakes - If youre thinking this might mean cakes that would be served at bachelorette parties, think again. A naked cake is a cake made of several layers with frosting/filling between each layer and on top, but no frosting on the outer edges -- the outside is, as the name implies, naked. Lindsey Pentzer, of Lewiston, made a naked cake for her daughters first birthday because Pentzer Is nothing if not rad. Google how to make a naked cake if you want to wow your friends, or order one from a local bakery like As You Like it Cakes in Lewiston. Next up: are boyfriend jeans still in? Can I use just a normal daily planner and still be rad? All this and more in the next edition of Rad List with Ruthie Pizzle.