August already, eh? My hopes for a quiet, uneventful summer aren't quite going to plan, but thankfully I'm the sort of person that adjusts easily to
everything being completely shot to hell a change of plans and as such, I'm dealing with it. I am scheduled for more oral surgery (again, this time with bone grafts for extra fun!) next week, and then it is ten days of chaos baking for the State Fair. The drop-off date is 20 August, but at least this year we don't need to plan around traffic going to view the eclipse. I can't believe that was just last year. I'm not entering anything this year, so it is completely Danny's project. To say I'm feeling a bit pressed for time (and money) at the moment would be an understatement, but there's not much to do but get on with it...and have a moan about it here. Thanks for indulging me-now to the outfits.
I bought this beautiful, delicate hat a few summers ago, but as I rarely wear black, didn't have occasion to wear it. somehow it survived the cull earlier this year and I figured it was time to try it. As a result, this outfit was built entirely around my desire to wear a hat. Somewhat a reversal from my typical approach, but I enjoyed the end result all the same. As I was already wearing black it seemed natural to pull out the various pieces of mourning jewellery. I mean, why do a look halfway?
No, no one's died. I am however mourning the loss of my youth, teeth and bone mass. I have a very expensive and now useless crown I'm thinking of turning into a ring. It will likely be one of the pricier things I own. A sort of momento mori of my molar. I'm not bitter about this, I swear. It would be rude to be both bitter and angry so I'm going with anger-I'm better at it.
Vintage dress (has a matching cropped jacket)-thrift store in rural Kansas
Beads, bracelets, earrings-all thrifted
Red, white and black cameo ring-belonged to my grandfather
Other cameo-can't remember
Fragrance-Vintage formulation Jicky
What's this? I forgot I owned this dress and haven't worn it since 2016. How on earth could I do that?! I adore green. Green clothing, green accessories, green outdoors-I should probably colour my hair emerald. Maybe I was a frog in a previous life...
...or possibly the Creature From the Black Lagoon. But yeah, green is great. I even like green notes in perfume. Vent Vert, Norell, Chamade, Knowing, Ma Griffe, Coriandre...if it is green, I'm all over it.
My late friend Evelyn hated anything green, and as a result would pass along any green gifts from her mother who despite knowing her feelings would still send her green linens, clothing, etc. I still have the tablecloth! Anyhoo, if you're a hater of things green, you know where to find me.
How about this beautiful mint and lemon jelly Danny made for the fair?
Vintage dress-Goodwill (I think)
Judith Lieber belt-New Life Thrift
Mouse brooches-Hand Me Ups
Vintage Monet necklace-Goodwill
Sarah Coventry earrings-Yard sale
Vintage shoes-Yard sale
Fragrance-oddly enough...Courreges in Blue. I know, not green! Still, it is my confidence/power fragrance and I needed it that day.
Danny wanted to pop into a new thrift store to look for baseball cards. I wasn't expecting to find much (it was small and kind of dingy) but hanging on a rack with horrible vinyl bags from the 00s was this superb straw bag. The handles were falling off, but five minutes of hand-stitching solved that problem, and now I have the perfect summer bag for practically no money. Danny found some baseball cards as well, so it was worth the trip into the "less nice" part of town. We still had all the hubcaps on the car when we left. Whew.
You know how much I love good accessories...but accessory to crime is quite another mater even if the pieces were a steal. God, ain't I clever tonight?! To be fair, the worst part of that neighbourhood are the many, many pubs meaning a simple walk down the street is accompanied by drunks stumbling about, and sometimes being harassing to women. I had Danny with me, who has now reached the height and weight where's he's kind of intimidating- so that might have helped.
Caftan-Thrift World (I think)
Enid Collins bag-antique mall
Vintage sleeveless shell-Hand-Me-Ups
Bonus robe photo because...because it is a great robe!
I'm trying to take it easy this weekend because I know I will be out of it for a good week after surgery. I'm currently reading the very funny young adult book The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers, which I'm sure will be all the more entertaining in a post-op haze of medication. I have some photos saved up for outfit posts, but I'm planning to do more sleeping than typing. I'll be checking in at your blogs of course, and probably posting horrible swollen and bruised photos of myself on Instagram-as you do, so there's that to look forward to. Be good kids while I'm away, and don't put water in the bottle of gin-it doesn't disguise the theft.