Sunday, January 24, 2016

What Up, Oiseau? And the Power of O





Dress: Takeout, Macy's.
Shoes: Madden Girl, Macy's
Bag: Apt. 9, Kohl's
Belt: Wet Seal
Sunglasses: Candie's, Kohl's







Dress: Kohl's
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: Xhilaration, Target
Hat: Modcloth
Sunglasses: Candie's, Kohl's 







Dress: Xhilaration, Target
Camisole: Worthington, J. C. Penney's
Shoes: a.n.a, J. C. Penney's
Bag: Princess Vera, Kohl's
Belt: Kohl's
Sunglasses: Michaels







Dress: City Triangles, J. C. Penney's
Top: Liz Claiborne, Marshalls
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: Xhilaration, Target
Scarf (belt): Wet Seal
Sunglasses: Candie's, Kohl's







Dress: Material Girl, Macy's
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: Princess Vera, Kohl's
Belt: Kohl's
Sunglasses: Candie's, Kohl's

Oiseau is French for "bird," which is elegant and just a little bit silly, not unlike the winged one itself and especially these winged ones here.  I made one of these barrettes for myself years ago and, after finding more of the same bird ornaments, got inspired to make a whole flock.  To me, each is a kitschy, colorful Valentine's Day-meets-Easter accoutrement -- certainly better than a one-day bouquet or a bee in your bonnet!

If "oiseau" is a funny, foreign "o" word, then "Oprah" is one of sense and strength.  Now, I've never been an Oprah viewer, have never really thought about her much at all except as the talk show host who started a book club and gave people cars.  And so I didn't come upon her book, What I Know for Sure, on my own, but through someone who thought I needed it.  It's a collection of Oprah's reflections organized under the headings Joy, Resilience, Connection, Gratitude, Possibility, Awe, Clarity, and Power.  Although I was tempted to read it all in one sitting, I limited myself to one passage a day so that each one would resonate.  For Oprah, in all of her experience and plainspoken wisdom, conveys the simplicity and enormity of the human journey in a way that makes everyday problems seem silly.  Hearing life's lessons from an icon sometimes gives them more meaning -- at the same time making that icon sound like the guru next door.  (A guru, it turns out, who is sort of an introverted homebody.  Who knew?)  As you know, I'm often struck by books that are sassy, streetwise, and clever.  What I Know for Sure is none of those things -- it isn't even fiction.  In fact, it's exactly the kind of book that I would have once laughed at.  But as I get older, I realize that a good read isn't always one that sucks you into a fantasy world, that sometimes it's important to read something relevant to the world you're actually in.  It taught me to be more optimistic (there's another "o" word for you), no small feat for this chronic over-thinker.  

Because sometimes (scratch that, most times) thinking is overrated.  And that's what I know for sure. 

1 comment:

Jewel Divas Style said...

the birds, the birds.....now I'm thinking of Janet Leigh in the birds....