Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Loco Locales and What the Heck Nows . . . And, Finally, a Fine Piece of Clockwork

Dress: Modcloth
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: Target
Betl: Wet Seal
Sunglasses: J. C. Penney's

Top: Hollister, Marshalls
Skirt: Merona, Target
Shoes: Guess, DSW
Bag: Bisou Bisou, J. C. Penney's
Belt: Wet Seal
Sunglasses: J. C. Penney's

Dress: Lauren Conrad, Kohl's
Top: Liz Claiborne, Marshalls
Shoes: Worthington, J. C. Penney's
Bag: Loop, Marshalls
Belt: Wet Seal

Top: Lily Star, Target
Pants: Sears
Shoes: Chaps, Kohl's
Bag: Gifted
Belt: Gifted

When I put together each week's outfits, I try to go with a theme.  Because themes are fun and I like them.  From classics like Midnight in Paris and Under the Sea to the more up-tempo luaus and carnivals (none of which, by the way, have ever graced this blog; what is this, prom?) to the truly out-there kittens in space (just check out any online collection of juniors leggings to see that one yowl to life; sometimes they're even scarfing down tacos!), even the most gossamer-like of common threads makes an otherwise screwball collection -- well, a little less screwball.  So when I came up with the first three girly, graphically styled outfits so united by a thick yellow belt and acres of polka dots, I was more than a little perturbed to find their retro vibe interrupted by the all-too-easy lazy river living of that last boho look (okay, so maybe it's more cruise ship than lazy river, what with all that faux gold in play, but it's still the one of these things that's not like the others in this tricky tableau).  The point is, sometimes, clothes have a mind of their own.  So I decided to let sleeping togs lie and let that rain forest rogue do her thing.

One theme that never goes out of style is springtime.  And spring unofficially sprung this weekend with the advent of daylight savings time.  Saturday night found me categorizing and curating all sorts of Etsy favorites as 2:00 am slyly slid into 3:00.  Although I love the longer days, that initial time shift was darned disconcerting.  I don't know about you, but I rarely change my clocks right away.  I don't always change them after power outages, either, the result of which is a house full of dueling timepieces all set ten minutes fast (to ward off tardiness, natch).  But all this laziness ends up creating more work in the long run, forcing me to do mental math (subtract an hour and ten minutes -- or is it thirteen minutes?) every time I get behind the wheel.  Recently, I was enjoying a rare two weeks of accurate clock watching and couldn't shake the feeling that I was forgetting something.  Somehow, Katy Perry sounded a lot less fierce without my frantic computations.   

To close things out, here's a (timeless!) quote from Collette, which comes to us from my BAM! desk calendar:

"Put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer.  But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it."

A cool customer, that Collette.  And she gives good writerly advice, right up there with "murder your darlings."  (Even if I do almost always ignore it, as evidenced by my earlier mention of the cats and the tacos.)  

Here's to honing that killer extinct.


Jewel Divas Style said...

Ha, that pink polka dot dress is the one you have on in the pic in your sidebar!

Michelle said...

Modcloth again for the win! That dress is screaming spring and it's gorgeous!!!