Tank: Mossimo, Target
Skirt: Necessary Objects, Annie Sez
Crinoline: Party City
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: J. C. Penney's
Belt: Wet Seal
Sunglasses: J. C. Penney's
. . . then they'd wear a necklace like this one. 'Cause it's huge. Not to mention luxe in a kindergarten teacher-meets-Lisa Frank kind of way. I think I'm going to wear mine (because as almost always, I have a double) with a black dress and black leggings and some sherbety legwarmers. Just as soon as I find some sherbety legwarmers.
Why is it that the word "castle" makes us think of rainbows and stardust and pink colliding in a cartoon kaleidoscope of marshmallow madness? (And by "us" I really mean "me" and of course the good folks at Disney). As history (and HBO - thank you, "Game of Thrones" ) tells us, palaces are more often the provinces of dungeons and dragons than of princesses and unicorns. (Er, make that "stories" instead of histor(ies), as some people would argue that dragons aren't real, but you know what I mean.) No, in the time of the turrets (enchanted or otherwise), dark, dank dwellings were the law of the land and personal hygiene left much to be desired (just think of the stench of all those unwashed gowns and cloaks). Which is to say that it was all a little more depressing than some storybooks would have us believe. Then again, this is just par for the course (watch out for that moat!), given that most lovely things are the stuff of smoke and mirrors. And Disney.
They didn't call it the Dark Ages for nothing.
This is just one of the reasons why my era of choice remains the most excellent 1980s, a time when princesses popped instead of perished. I just purchased a (and I would be remiss in not saying this) truly outrageous bangle from Etsy's Licorice Jewelry. That's right, it features none other than Jem, that alter-ego accessing, pink-and-blonde coiffed pop diva darling. Back in the 1980s, there wasn't a girl between the ages of five and eight (nine? ten? How old are kids when they stop playing with dolls?) who didn't want to up and run off with the Holograms, at least until gym class was over. I, of course, had a Jem doll, as well as Roxy from the evil Misfits. I purchased Roxy under duress, my preschool graduation money burning a hole in my pocket as I trolled the aisles of Jamesway in search of Kimber, Shana, or even Stormer. You know how in every mean girl group, there's always that one girl who really isn't so mean? In the Misfits, that girl was Stormer, the blue-haired sometimes helper of the Holograms. But some other kindergarten-bound brat must have snatched up the last one, because only Roxy remained. Probably because she didn't have an ounce of nice in her, her white hair, purple and yellow-rimmed eye, and print metallic pants proclaiming her badass ways. To be honest, she scared me a little.
I think she'd be able to hold her own on "Thrones."