Shoes: Betseyville, Macy's
Bag: Nahui Ollin
Barrette: The Tote Trove
I like to think of jello as the jester of the dessert kingdom. It's fun, light, and always there when cakes, pies, and and custards weigh too heavily. Of course, there are those who regard the wiggly wonder as subpar compared to more elegant eats. But I've always thought that there's something to be said for its unpretentious and down-home quality. Evidently, so does cinema. Consider this classic exchange between Julia Roberts's Julianne and Cameron Diaz's Kimmy in My Best Friend's Wedding:
Julianne: Okay, you're Michael, you're in a fancy French restaurant, you order . . . creme brulee for dessert, it's beautiful, it's sweet, it's irritatingly perfect. Suddenly, Michael realizes he doesn't want creme brulee, he wants something else.
Kimmy: What does he want?
Kimmy: Jello?! Why does he want jello?
Julianne: Because he's comfortable with jello, jello makes him . . . comfortable. I realize, compared to creme brulee it's . . . jello, but maybe that's what he needs.
Kimmy: I could be jello.
Julianne: No! Creme brulee can never be jello, you could never be jello.
Kimmy: I have to be jello.
Julianne: You're never gonna be jello.
Now, that's a jello triumph if ever I heard one. (Never mind that Julia doesn't get the guy. Jello packs more bite than brulee any day, and when all's said and done, isn't that what really matters?) It was in this spirit that I whipped up the eight varieties of gelled dessert barrettes pictured above. Getting the party started is the Fabulous Felt Cherry Jello Mold Barrette. The piece de resistance in an outfit popping with primary colors, it's a treat that lasts long after the whipped cream has melted.
With seven more flavors to feature, the buffet is merely beginning. So stay hungry :)