Sunday, February 26, 2017

Oscar the Pouch: The Envelope, Please

Cross My Heart Necklace 

Pink top: J. C. Penney's
Maroon blouse: Kohl's
Skirt: Macy's
Shoes: Worthington, J. C. Penney's
Belt: Marshalls
Sunglasses: J. C. Penney's

Top: Marshalls
Dress: Xhilaration, Target
Shoes: Payless
Belt: Apt. 9, Kohl's
Sunglasses: Rampage, Boscov's 

Top: Marshalls
Skirt (dress): Modcloth
Shoes: Chinese Laundry, DSW
Belt: Marshalls
Sunglasses: J. C. Penney's

I almost called this post "Oscar the Slouch," but catchy though that was, it didn't make much sense.  Another contender was "Oscar the Couch," as that's where I (and probably you) am glued tonight, watching Kimmel crack jokes as Hollywood's finest compete for little gold men.  (So far, my favorite part is when Kimmel made it rain Red Vines and Junior Mints from the ceiling.)  But it was "Oscar the Pouch" that, ahem, took the title.  Because I'm writing about receptacles, damn it.  And also, I like kangaroos.  

It's not every crafter that would embellish Oscar-themed clutches with pompoms and felt, but then, I'm not every crafter.  Or, for that matter, every Oscars viewer, having seen exactly one of the films nominated (Florence Foster Jenkins), my cinematic speed being more Sesame Street than serious.  Which is just one of the reasons I'm giving a shout-out to everyone's favorite garbage can-dwelling Muppet.    

These shoulder bag-slash-clutches, although not exactly an example of "from trash to treasure" (they're brand spanking new, thank you very much), reflect a kind of artfully messy kitchen sink (that garbage can of the plumbing world) aesthetic.  Taking their cues from festivals to gardens to fruit bowls near you, they let you carry -- and communicate -- a little bit of what's imperfect and exceptional about the everyday (not unlike -- funny connection -- movies).  After all, what better way to send a style message than in a good, old-fashioned envelope?    

I like to think that Oscar would give his stamp of approval.      

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