Thursday, May 08, 2014

Like the Takeaway Chicken Joint

Where I grew up there was a takeaway chicken joint called, Brown's. Their boxes were yellow and brown, and a good 35 years after consuming my last drumstick, I still can't wear brown and yellow together without thinking, "chicken."
I seem to recall they had batter-fried mushrooms on the menu as well, but I may be jumbling that up in memory with Little Red Hen, or somewhere like that. In the Midwest, you can get either corn or coleslaw with your fried chicken, but fried mushrooms was sorta out-there in the 70's.
The colours do go so well together.  I also like deep brown with white in the heat of summer-it always looks so crisp. Throw white beads over a brown tee shirt and it classes that shit up. White bag, sandals, brown dress-you can't go wrong. But today I'm doing yellow because it is dark, gloomy, ready to rain and so ungodly humid I could swear I'm in Florida, not Nebraska. Florida in the summer. I remember being in Miami in July, walking out of the air-conditioned lobby of the hotel at 8 PM and being hit with a wall of heat better suited to midday. I've never experienced anything like it since, and honestly, I hope I never do. I like Florida-in December.
Outfit Particulars:

1970's Donkenny Polyester double-knit skirt-Thrifted
1970's home-sewn jacket-Thrifted
1970's handbag-Goodwill
Earrings-K Mart
Butterfly pin-Goodwill
Gold Shoes-Thrifted (Goodwill, I think)
Belt-had it since the 80's

Matching shoes, handbag, and wait for it...

...Nan stockings!
Sigh. I'm a creature of habit. I'm not about to abandon my beloved tights for spray-on-tan just because fashion has changed. When they invent spray-on control-top, we'll talk.
I have one last batch of apricot nectar to bottle, and then the apricot Olympiad 2014 draws to a close. It seemed to go easier this year (not moving house and packing does free up some time) but I don't suspect I'm getting younger. Just better. Damn right, sister.

I hope we don't need to make a run for the basement tonight, but if we do, I'll be sitting down there clutching my handbag like Moominmama, and worrying about everything I forgot to bring. I'm off to go double-check the batteries in the torches.

Hey everybody, the week is nearly over. Hooray!
Oh dear, I think there's going to be fried mushrooms and slaw for supper tonight. See the power of colour combinations? I'd better stay clear of red and yellow or I might be off for a Big Mac or something.


pastcaring said...

Oh the sardonic beauty of a perfectly arched eyebrow...
Yellow and brown is such a Seventies combination. I struggle a little bit with brown, but you are right, yellow, crisp white, or bright orange jazz it up nicely. I like the zig-zag pattern on that jacket very much.
Humidity - no, I can't deal with that at all. Never could really, but it's worse now I'm older, I hate it. Luckily, it's a rare occurrence in the UK. You should move here - you'd like it.
Hope the weather isn't too crazy and everyone stays safe. xxxx

Goody said...

I like the UK very much, but you sure do get some terrible wind/rain/floods at the coasts.

Mr. ETB doesn't care for the UK. The typical visit goes something like this:

"I'm going to get beat-up."
"No, you're not."
"I'm going to get relieved of my wallet, and then beat-up."

For the record, he's never been beat-up, but I guess the youngsters look menacing to him.

Connie said...

I have difficulties with brown because I have so many freckles and age spots that it all just becomes too redundant but YOU my beauty of the milky skin can wear it with élan. Yes, please, with white this summer. Can't wait to see. Donkenny! Wow!

Janice said...

Spray on control top...ha I love it!

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Ooooh a close-up of your frames so I can get a good look at them, thank you!! I love aqua with brown too - an amazing combo. Now you've got me very hungry, I really do like the sound of battered mushies! xo

Sue said...

Control top spray tan? Now there's and idea!!! Chocolate brown and aqua I do, I am not a yellow wearer but you look great, I am too pale for yellow makes me look ill. Stay safe in the crap weather you are getting.

Northern mum down South said...

Supper influenced by clothes, hmmm, I'll try that when I get stuck for tea ideas sometime and see what I come up with. I like the texture of your jacket and you always get so many details together in the look.

Propagatrix said...

"It tastes better, Brown's Chicken..(boom boom boom boom) It TAAAASTES better!"

There is a true-crime book about a shooting at a Brown's in (I think) Palatine. It's called THE BROWN'S CHICKEN MASSACRE.

Goody said...


I sorta remember that, but couldn't place where it happened. It seems like it was in the news when I was moving away (92-ish). Palatine hardly seems like the place for a MASSACRE. Seems more suited to Waukegan.

I very much doubt my library will have it, but now I *have to* seek the book out.