Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Long and Short of It Is . . .

Top: Candie's, Kohl's
Skirt: Necessary Objects, Annie Sez
Cardigan: Target
Shoes: Payless
Bag: Princess Vera, Kohl's

Tee: Delia's
Camisole: J. C. Penney's
Skirt: Kohl's
Cardigan: Delia's
Shoes: J. C. Penney's
Bag: Payless

Sweater: Candie's, Kohl's
Tank: Kohl's
Jeans: Candie's, Kohl's
Shoes: J. C. Penney's
Bag: Guess, Marshalls

Top: Kohl's
Scarf: Marshalls
Bag: Bisou Bisou, J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Betseyville, J. C. Penney's

Cool Colors Necklace

Top: Jessica Simpson, Boscov's
Tank: Kohl's
Jeans: J. C. Penney's
Boots: Alloy
Bag: Gifted
Coat: J. C. Penney's

. . . that fashion is fickle and sitcoms are super.  Allow me to explain.

In a not-so-recent episode of "New Girl," Nick mocks Jess's vintage handbag collection by saying (something like), "Mini skirts and rhinestone purses, that's what men want," before tossing said purse collection out the apartment window.  (For those of you thinking, "What the hey is she yapping about?", "New Girl" is a sitcom starring Zooey Deschanel as Jess, a wide-eyed, quirky teacher.  Nick is her curmudgeonly bartender boyfriend.)  "Hey, that's what I wear!" I couldn't help saying.  But the husband just shook his head and said, "No, not in the way he means."  I had to admit that he had a point.  Glitzy or not, my get-ups are more like Jess's not-quite-right purse collection than Nick's dream woman's wardrobe, in spirit if not exact style.  (Case in point: I'd never wear the rhinestone-encrusted mini featured in outfit number two without a pair of leggings).

It's no wonder that I'm always finding kernels of wisdom in sitcoms.  I love those thirty-minute comic morsels.  Whenever I'm having a bad day, I think about how what I'm going through would translate in sitcom-land.  More often than not, my trials seem instantly less cringe-worthy compared to those of the characters, lacking even enough drama to sustain a B plot.  Which is comforting.  At least until I start worrying that this may mean my life is boring.  

That's the sitcom part.  Now I'll backtrack to the fashion part, which is really just (surprise!) a blurb about my new necklaces.  

Lately I've been keeping things simple by working with just beads and pendants.  Last week it occurred to me that I rarely make long necklaces, which is weird, because I love wearing them, especially in layers.  So, I set out to string a few more inches, the result of which is evident in the elongated Beautiful Blue Lady and Mysterious Mask styles.  By contrast, the Punky Plumage and Rainbow Fish remain as abbreviated as ever, with the Cool Colors dangling somewhere in between.  Not bad progress-wise, with the eternal room for improvement flame still ablaze. 

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