Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Pinning Plays: Shoe Montage Collage Flashback
Big news, I'm being pinned! No, I haven't become a gorgeous lady of wrestling or joined a sorority. The Tote Trove is finally on Pinterest! I suppose it would be more accurate to say that I'm finally pinning as opposed to being pinned, which could also be a pun for winning, but the sorority-wrestler thing was so much more fun, don't you think? Anyway, I got "pinning" in in the post title. So, I guess that's two wins. Er, pins.
For years, people have been telling me to get on Pinterest. "You'd love it!" they'd say. "You can find anything!" For those not in the know, Pinterest, "the world's catalog of ideas," is kind of like Facebook, only with just pictures. All kinds of pictures of everything, uploaded by users and copied from all over the web. So, instead of reading an update on Aunt Enid's bunion surgery (no disrespect to Aunt Enid, as I'm sure my wild shoe-wearing ways will land me in the podiatrist's office sooner than later), you get new pics of wedges. And booties. And stilettos. All sailing past in dizzying Technicolor. (See what I did there?) Anyway, at first I resisted. Not because I didn't think I would like it. Oh, no. Because I knew just how much I would like it, that once I started, my collector's nature would take over, and I'd be pinning anything and everything with abandon. There's no doubt about it; Pinterest is the Pringles of the social media world. Part of its lure, I think, is the whole FOMO (i.e. fear of missing out) thing. Because if you find one fantastic hat/skirt/bag/necklace, then there's no telling just how many more are a mere scroll away, waiting to light up one of your already bursting boards. (Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that that's where you put your pins -- on boards. I have about twenty, with have names like Nifty Necklaces, Bright Bags, Awesome Outfits . . . you get the idea.) It's inspiring and exhilarating, a fabulous fantasy land of fashion at my fingertips -- if only I never leave my computer! Indeed, more than once the husband has resorted to wheeling me away from the screen, usually at dinnertime. I can't say I blame him. It's a sad day when mac n' cheese can't compete with (for all intents and purposes) imaginary stilettos. I've been at it for a month, and so far I've amassed more than five thousand pins. Which, now that I say it, sounds like too many. Still, although this technological trend has fueled one obsession, it's curbed another, perhaps more deleterious one, namely shopping. Instead of going out and buying two new shirts, I can pin dozens of them from the comfort of my own home without spending a dime. What's more, when I do venture out to the stores (or, as they so quaintly say in Britain, "the shops"), most of what I find looks oh so tragically basic. Just one more example of how the internet skews our expectations.
Anyhoo, yesterday I decided to take some of my own shoe pics to add to the photo fracas. One wouldn't upload to my Show-stopping Shoes board because Pinterest can sometimes be a finicky priss. But no worries, because they're all here! That's right, I'm embracing my shoe montage roots for a cute reboot (there's a line I'm sure I've used before). If these punchy pumps and wacky wedges look familiar, then it's because . . . you've seen them before. But never in such colorful configurations, or against such brilliant backdrops! Here at the Trove, I've learned some things over the years. Like, there's no such thing as too much color. Really, sometimes I marvel at the way posterboard has changed my life.
Speaking of which, gotta jet. A fresh pair of Ferragamos is waiting.