Thursday, August 05, 2010

Vixens and their feathered prey

My thoughtful cousin just bought this Tailored Woman hat and hatbox for me at a vintage store on Etsy.  I love it!  Can't you see me walking down Michigan Avenue in feathered splendor?

I also love the descriptor the vintage store used: "Mad Men, Vixen, Bombshell, Rockabilly." (Well, everything but the last term, which doesn't really go with my secret fantasy image of myself as a film noir siren.)

"Vixen" is such a great word.  I knew it meant a female fox, but I was surprised that "a shrewish ill-tempered woman" is the first definition, followed by the more popular usage, "a sexually attractive woman."  Hmm.  Interesting that those two are so closely linked.  Misogyny?  Fear?  Well, best take cover when I get my feathers on and head out on the prowl!

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