Sunday, May 7, 2017

Fiesta, Fleur-Ever

Trippy Hippie Choker

Top: Candie's, Kohl's
Shorts: Merona, Target
Shoes: MIA, J. C. Penney's
Bag: Loop, Marshalls
Sunglasses: Michaels
Watch: A. C. Moore
Bracelet: Betsey Johnson, Macy's
Ring: Seahorse Designs, Etsy 

Top: Byer, Boscov's
Skirt: Ross
Bag: Delia's
Shoes: Qupid, DSW
Sunglasses: The Tote Trove
Barrette: The Tote Trove
Bangles: Mixit, J. C. Penney's
Ring: Making Waves, Ocean City, Asbury Avenue

Top: Arizona Jeans, J. C. Penney's
Jeans: Arizona Jeans, J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Nine West, DSW
Bag: The Tote Trove
Sunglasses: Party City
Orange bangle: Mixit, J. C. Penney's
Yellow bangle: B Fabulous
Ring: Making Waves, Ocean City, Asbury Avenue

Question 1: How many bloggers, myself included, have referenced Lionel Richie's "All Night Long" in a post about Cinco de Mayo?  

Question 2: Is it wrong to use the French word for "flower" instead of the Spanish one in a post about Cinco de Mayo (even if the French word is only one syllable instead of two, making for a more rhythmic pun)?

I don't know the answers to these questions, but I do know that Cinco de Mayo is fun and festive and makes me want to make south of the border accessories.  (It also makes me think of counting to ten in Spanish on "Sesame Street" and of (the less kid-friendly) "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy).").  So, to celebrate, I'm shaking things up like a bunch of maracas.  For one thing, I've given Tammy the weekend off (right now she's taking a much-needed siesta after one too many margaritas) and instead photographed my outfits hodgepodge-collage style on the floor, backlit by a bevy of my beloved backdrops.  I like these messy new configurations (if something as scientific-sounding as a configuration can be called messy), and I think the colors came out more vibrant, too.  They're also ideal layouts for (finally!) displaying my quirky cute cocktail umbrellas which have been, until now, cooped up in my craft room.

The USPS is also in on the party (now, there's a transition you don't hear every day).  Last week when I went to the post office to buy stamps, they offered me flowers, birds, or these:

They're a little hard to see, but these stamps feature colorful illustrations of traditional Mexican dishes, including empanadas, tamales, and, my personal favorite, flan (who doesn't crave that caramel custard treat?).  One look at the appetizing images had me saying, "I'll take those" to the surprised postal worker.  And now they're out and about in the world, bringing joy (and takeout envy) to the gas company, the electric company, and my dear friends at Macy's.      

Sigh.  I could go for a churro.

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