Monday, September 1, 2014

How Bazaar . . .

Dress: Kohl's
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: Delia's
Scarf: Boscov's
Sunglasses: Kohl's

Dress: Modcloth
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: Etsy, Eleven Peacocks
Sunglasses: J. C. Penney's

Dress: American Rag, Macy's
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: Delia's
Scarf: Wet Seal
Sunglasses: Cloud Nine, Ocean City boardwalk

Top: Material Girl, Macy's
Skirt: Marshalls
Shoes: J. C. Penney's
Bag: XOXO, gifted
Belt: Candie's, Kohl's
Sunglasses: Kohl's

Top: L'Amour, J. C. Penney's
Skirt: L'Amour, J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: Kohl's
Belt: Marshalls
Sunglasses: Candie's, Kohl's

Top: J. C. Penney's
Camisole: Casual Corner Outlet
Skirt: Target
Shoes: Alloy
Bag: Kohl's
Brown belt: New York & Company
Silver belt: Boscov's
Yellow scarf: Marshalls
Blue scarf: Boscov's
Sunglasses: Kohl's

. . . that it's Labor Day!  I'm sure that I'm not the only one wondering how summer could be over.  I went to the beach two times this weekend instead of one (I tried for three, but the sun sapped my skin, if not my spirit) and to Rita's three times instead of two (apparently, the lure of the treats is stronger than the lure of the tides), trying to cram it all in.  Why, I don't know, as it's bound to be nice until October.  I guess it's because sunshine or not, once you flip the calendar to September, something in the air is different.  Indeed, shades of autumn seem to have crept into this week's ensembles, their earthiness whispering of bonfires, fall festivals, and other homespun gatherings.  That's where I was going with the whole bazaar thing, by the way.  As I've said before, I like the idea of them, and of flea markets.  To me, descriptions of dust and disorder (think closed-off parlors, trap-door attics, and never-cleaned closets) are always the most interesting, maybe because it's in just those sort of settings that characters in novels discover long-lost heirlooms and bombshell letters.  Also because of those fashion magazine spreads in which elaborately and eccentrically dressed models lounge around in abandoned barns and crumbling mansions.  (Incidentally, I have a bone to pick with magazines, but I'll save that for another post.)  It's the contrasts that I find intriguing, glamour and squalor smashed up side by side.  Even if, in my experience, most bazaars are long on seediness and short on sparkle.  But I hold out hope for finding a rhinestone in the rough, er, rummage sale, yet.

In closing, thanks for the comments on last week's post about photography.  I appreciate the tips, as well as the confirmation that I'm not alone.  Deep down I think I always knew that the only antidote to snapshot snafus is a little (or perhaps a lot of) elbow grease.  I have a few tricks that I want to try out, baby step-style, over the next few months.  So be on the lookout for some sort of (subtle) transformation.  Or maybe just for a mannequin who isn't headless.

1 comment:

Jewel Divas Style said...

Great stuff as always Tote, especially that big blue pendant.

It's turning to Spring here in aus, so a few days have been warmer, hitting 25 degrees Celsius last week but back to cold and 10-15 degrees this week. My ankles are freezing!