Monday, December 5, 2016

Play Gardens: A Rose by any Other Frame . . .

Top: Decree, JCPenney
Tunic: Marshalls
Skirt: LC Lauren Conrad, Kohl's
Shoes: Payless
Bag: Xhilaration, Target
Sunglasses: Michaels

Top (a dress!): Xhilaration, Target
Skirt: Modcloth
Shoes: Payless
Bag: Betsey Johnson, Macy's
Belt: JCPenney
Sunglasses: Relic, Kohl's

Top: Macy's
Skirt: Holliser, Marshalls
Shoes: Nine West, Marshalls
Bag: Charming Charlie
Sunglasses: Mudd, Kohl's

  . . . would look just as sweet.  Sure, I snoozed through Romeo and Juliet, but that's no reason why I can't shamelessly repurpose one of Bill's one-liners for my own creative pursuits.  Clearly, the bard inspired me, even if only to frame my bulb-ous baubles with flouncy florals and experiment with Windows Live Photo Gallery.  The filters make these roses look tropical or stark or vintage, like Barbie dressed up for a luau, a black-and-white ball, or an old-timey dance (which is just like the ball, only with sarsaparilla instead of Sauvignon blanc).  Not to be outdone, the plant print dresses and skirts in this post are as glam as the very best greenhouse (hey, I challenge you to come up with a place as fancy and precious as a sunflower sauna).  But this is no case of style over substance.  These petals put themselves to the metal, providing a foundation strong enough to support the weird and wonderful wattage supplied by this latest installment of doorknocker necklaces.

So, the next time you're at an outdoor cafe and see a single red rose in a vase (or, because we're equal opportunity here, the next time you're at a swap meet and see a dandelion in a soup can), ask yourself this: Delicate flower waiting to be gobbled by gophers, or powerhouse of pollination destined to populate meadows?

I think we know what Bill would say.  

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