Skirt: Arizona Jeans, J. C. Penney's
Bag: Betsey Johnson, Boscov's
Magical Mermaid Necklace, Royal Razzle Dazzle Necklace
Flip flops: Marshalls
We've all seen the tee shirts. Some name and some name and some name and some name from pop culture that all go together. I used to have one with the names of the characters from "Sex and the City." I wore it gamely until some dude at the bank stared at it a little too pointedly and asked, "How's Samantha?" That tee shirt may be long gone, but my fascination with and respect for iconic quartets remains.
And there are few things more iconic than a Disney princess.
I'd been eyeing up Disney princess buttons in various craft stores for years. Which, now that I'm typing this, sounds like a really long time to contemplate so small a purchase. But last week I finally bought them and set to work making them into charms. Which turned out to be more involved than I thought. (Perhaps my subconscious was hip to this, accounting for that procrastination.) Once I snapped off the loops at the backs to make them flat, they fell apart like puzzle pieces. But I fixed that with a little Gem-Tac. Next, I attached each princess to a disc charm. Then it was finally time for the fun part: rhinestones and pink chain and Swarovski crystals, oh my! Also, a spectacularly sparkly unicorn head.
I'd also picked up some Little Mermaid buttons, so I rinsed and repeated to make an Ariel necklace. (Get it? Rinse and repeat, like shampoo? Because of the water in the shower and ocean and also the long, mermaid hair? No? Okay. Never mind.) Ariel gets to be in both necklaces because she's my favorite princess. The scorpion centerpiece is a little weird, I'll admit, but I already had it from an old necklace that just wasn't working. (Before that it was a brooch that I wore, in another lifetime, on the lapel of a suit.) That said, I think it adds a little unexpected edge, a little, ahem, salt, if you will, to the sweet.
I've decided not to list these lovelies. For one thing, there's the age-old ethical question of character licensing. Far be it from me to filch profits from the multi-million dollar machine that is the Disney empire. For another, they were relatively expensive to make, and I feel weird about charging what might seem like too much for such delicate pieces. But if I'm being honest (as I try, always, to be), then the real reason I'm not putting them on Etsy is because I want to keep them. Like many a kawaii-Lolita enthusiast, I can't resist an accessory that blends the gossamer daydreams of childhood with the somewhat more gritty glamour of being grown up.
The Swarovski, in case you were wondering, is the grown up part. Which is a lot more palatable than saying that being grown up means having to clean the bathroom.