Sunday, May 3, 2015

Critters Behind the Curtain and High Time for New Heels

Tank: Wet Seal
Skirt: Kohl's
Black T-straps: Payless
Lilac pumps: Chinese Laundry, DSW
Bag: Nine West, Marshalls
Belt: B Fabulous
Sunglasses: Candie's, Kohl's

Dress: Lulu's
Camisole: Bisou Bisou, J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: J. C. Penney's
Belt: Wet Seal
Sunglasses: Michaels

 Boho Beetle Necklace

Tee: So, Kohl's
Caftan: J. C. Penney's
Skirt: So, Kohl's
Flip flops: Candie's, Kohl's
Bag: Gifted
Sunglasses: Candie's, Kohl's

Top: Wet Seal
Skirt: Macy's
Shoes: Guess, Marshalls
Bag: Nine West, Boscov's
Belt: Wet Seal
Sunglasses: Candie's, Kohl's

Tee: Merona, Target
Skirt: Candie's, Kohl's
Shoes: Payless
Bag: Target
Belt: Izod, Marshalls
Sunglasses: Michaels

I always think it's weird when dangerous animals are featured as cute, cuddly cartoons.  You know, like the Pink Panther, Tony the Tiger, and even, regrettably, Toucan Sam.  Take the parrot in this Bird Buddies Necklace.  Pretty or not, those things will peck your eyes out. Ditto for spiders (which, although not cuddly, possess a certain dark glamour), only with venomous bites.  Not to mention unicorns.  Sure, they're aren't real, but if they were I think they'd probably be ornery.  Maybe that's why people are always putting all of these critters in ads and on trinkets: they're looking for a way to tame them.

But enough wild kingdom pop psych; let's move on to wardrobe.

This week's looks have a 1950s/1980s vibe (how is it that I've only now noticed the similarities of the aesthetics of those two eras?) except for the renegade caftan, which is pure 1970s.  (Because there's always something celebratory about a caftan, I let it slide.)  Outfit number one is the best example of the hybrid decades thing in this lot, what with the ladylike clutch and the polka dots, and I was in the midst of photographing it when my new lilac Chinese Laundry pumps from DSW arrived on my doorstep.  Despite having spent the better part of my morning snapping away to get just the right angles, I immediately tossed my trusty Payless black patent leather (okay, plastic) T-straps aside in favor of the newcomers.  Partly because I'm a perfectionist, partly because in my illustrious career of shoe collecting, I've never had a pair precisely that shade.  Normally, I'm not one for revealing how the sausage is made, but my excitement got the best of me and I ended up posting the before and after shots.  You'll notice that I took the opportunity to add a pink backdrop, too (perfectionism, will your plague never end?).   

Finally, on an unrelated note, I recently bought a yellow and white polka dot shower curtain on clearance at Bed, Bath & Beyond as a quirky companion to my new fish-print window valance even though it was cotton.  As you may already know, I hate cotton, despite its many commercials, and have long maintained that fade-free, wrinkle-resistant polyester is the fabric of my life.  Anyway, I had the husband hang it without considering that I needed to iron it first.  It was, of course, a wrinkled mess.  "It'll shake out," the husband said, with all the confidence of a man who has never done battle with creases borne of manufacturer packaging.  So I took it down and hauled out the iron only to discover a fortuitously non-cotton, fish print shower curtain that had been hiding out in our linen closet for the last seven years.  At the time we'd already had (another) fish-print shower curtain and ambitiously thought that we'd use the spare to make window curtains.  Needless to say, we didn't, never even giving curtains a thought until just last week.  Which just goes to show that what you're looking for is usually right in front of you -- and also that laziness has its rewards.  Still, the polka dots are nice.  I won't post them, though -- publishing photos of one's bathroom goes beyond the bounds of good taste, even for me.  So, I'll share this shot of my new(ish) laundry room curtains instead:      

As far as I know, there are no wild animals lurking behind them, save for one intrepid, trash-picking squirrel.  And to think that on "Rocky and Bullwinkle" the squirrel wasn't even the villain.


Jewel Divas Style said...

Always time for new shoes Tote, and love your kimono.

Anonymous said...

Those curtains are adorable! So fruity and fun!!