Sunday, September 29, 2013

Decoden Deja Vu and Damsels Who Dig Mr. Darcy

Top: Macy's
Skirt: Macy's
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: Kohl's
Belt: Wet Seal

Sweater: Marshalls
Skirt: Material Girl, Macy's
Shoes: Guess, DSW
Bag: Nordstrom

Cardigan: Kohl's
Camisole: Kohl's
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: Nahui Ollin
Belt: Tournier Everything's $10

Crochet top: Mossimo, Target
Tank: J. C. Penney's
Skirt: Marshalls
Shoes: Iron Fist, Journeys
Bag: B&B, Ocean City, Asbury Avenue
Belt: Wet Seal

"I think being creative is a waste of time and money."  

This startling sentiment was uttered from the always colorful Jennifer Coolidge, this time through the mouthpiece of Elizabeth Charming, a brassy babe on the make in the unlikely milieu of romantic comedy spoof Austenland.  A reenactment experience catering to Jane Austen addicts, Austenland offers romance gigolo-style in the form of amorously attentive "players" purporting to fall head over heels for the patrons.  Coolidge and Kerry Russell, who plays the auspiciously-named heroine Jane, are lamenting over said suitors (one of whom is Bret McKenzie of "Flight of the Conchords" fame) while embellishing hats when Ms. Charming makes her (at least to this crowd) unfortunate observation.  Not that there isn't a grain (or perhaps I should say seed bead) of truth in what she says.  Being creative can indeed be costly and time-consuming.  For example, I recently decided to restring my "fun stuff" bib necklace series since discovering that the beads I initially used (gasp!) fade after just a few wears.  (I'd made a couple of the necklaces for myself, which was how I came to know this.)  At first I thought it might be better to just quietly chuck them.  After all, restringing meant going to the trouble and expense of researching and purchasing new beads in addition to the actual reworking of the jewelry.  Not to mention that blabbing it all here on the blog probably wouldn't be good for business.  Still, my love for my bauble-bedazzled (or, as the Japanese would say, "decoden" bedecked) bibs triumphed, and silence has never been my strong suit.  So here are the upgraded versions, refortified with new plastic neon Delish beads.  

As I'm sure any fairy tale (and, in the end, even Ms. Charming herself) would attest, a few extra evenings and expenditures never stood a chance against such a fashion rehash of a happy ending.             

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