Dress: Nicole by Nicole Miller for J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Bucco, Kohl's
Bag: Betsey Johnson, Macy's
Hat, Candie's, Kohl's
Shoes: Qupid, Ami Clubwear
Bag: Loop, Marshalls
Sunglasses: Cloud Nine, Ocean City boardwalk
Jeans: J. C. Penney's
Bag: Chinese Laundry, Bloomingsales Florist and Gift Shop
Tee: Wet Seal
Skirt: Necessary Objects, Annie Sez
Shoes: BCBG, Macy's
The other day I saw a rerun of "The Simpsons" in which Bart is so disenchanted with the seemingly pointless drudgery of everyday life that he decides to escape it all via a cruise. Such a vacation is, of course, too expensive, so the whole family pitches in by selling old stuff to pay for it. The Simpsons are soon having the time of their lives. Homer and Marge are having "before you [the kids] were born" fun, Lisa connects with kids who are just as intellectual as she is, and Bart is so happy that he makes a phony broadcast about a crisis on shore, forcing the cruise to keep on cruising. Just as in the classic "Christmas Every Day," bliss quickly turns to battle as people fight for food and other resources. Bart is finally forced to fess up, and everyone returns to the daily grind. The episode ends with an old Bart in a hospital bed surrounded by pictures of his carefree younger self. Bart looks at the pictures and smiles, showing us that, however fleeting, it's the good times that define our lives.
So, what's the link between all that and these barrettes? On the surface, not much save for the vacation factor (if seashells, parrots, and exotic flowers don't scream getaway, then I don't know what does). Beneath the surface, a nod to cutting through the red tape of laundry and grocery shopping and other such trials to pursue something that makes you happy.
Who knew that Bart could be so deep?