Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Break in the Monotony: Current Nonsensical Obsessions

Is it just me, or does winter make you want to stage some sort of sit-in until the snow gives in and melts? Why can't humans just crawl into holes and cuddle until springtime? I feel like this season is sucking the life out of me through my sinuses! Luckily, when my mood goes into free fall, that weird part of my brain that likes the smell of new tires for no reason kicks into overdrive, and saves my sanity with amusingly random new infatuations. Since the snow has basically shut me into my little attic apartment with nothing to do but munch on popcorn, and fantasize about what natural colors look like, I thought this might be a good time to share some of these new life-saving interests with all of you out there who might also be suffering from some wintertime blues.

Old Circus Stuff

For some reason I've developed a desperate and sudden desire to dress like an old time-y trapeze artist. I want to trick everyone into thinking I can touch my toes with sequined mini dresses and ridiculous feathered hair accessories. I'd also like to ride around on an elephant... or a white horse. Either one would be fine.

1970s Maxi Dresses

Pssst... this one's for sale on Etsy! Click the image to scoop it up!

I bought one black open back maxi dress, and now I'm afraid I've opened Pandora's box. I'm even okay with them being made of sponge-y polyester. Dear god, what's happening to me? They only thing I've learned in my short time of weakness is that there needs to be a certain amount of skin showing otherwise you'll look like Mrs. Roper from Three's Company.

Bow Ties

I know that this goes against my previous two obsessions, but I'd also like to throw away all of my tops and replace them with collared shirts just so that I can wear bow ties every day. Do I KNOW how to tie a proper bow tie? No. Will that stop me from tying sash belts and large linen napkins around my neck like I do? Most certainly not.


I bought a velvety arm pit-grazing navy blue pair recently because they both entranced and disgusted me, much like the movie Blue Velvet. Okay, so maybe I just wanted an excuse to sing the words "bluuuuuuueee veellllllllvvvvehhht" like Isabella "Heeet Me" Rossellini. Dennis Hopper was seriously terrifying in that movie. I watched it at the age of twelve after checking it out at the public library thinking it was some kind of old timey love story, and was scarred for life.

As you can see, Kyle MacLachlan plays his usual off kilter handsome self. If you haven't seen it, you should check it out if for no other reason than you can reference it, and sound cool in conversations at parties. What I'm trying to say is, I like long gloves, but have no idea what to do with them.

This rambling tirade was brought to you by the month of January. If you live in a sensible climate, feel free to remind me what feels like to have the warm air touch your skin in the comments section!


  1. okay first of all thank you so much for including my drama-queen dress here but secondly, and more importantly, your blog rocks! these circus pics are killing me, especially the first one. exactly what a girl needs to see in the midst of winter doldrums to bring a little chirp to your heart. and i have thrifted the BEST bowties lately. you'd love them. this makes me want to do a little post meself about them.
    following immediately. love.

  2. I'm with you about Opera gloves - I always think they look sassy and bring an air of sophistication to the woman who wears them. But when in the hell would you wear them?

    Even though your post wasn't technically this topic, I've compiled a short list of fashion/fashion accessories that I like, but can't explain why:
    - cigarette holders and cigarette cases. I have to put these thoughts out of my mind as it makes me want to start smoking again just to have these things.

    - Argyle. I like Argyle. I've seen plenty of tacky examples of Argyle, but it's the cool stuff that sticks with me.

    - Berets. Ladies can easily pull off this look (Mary Tyler Moore, for example) Guys - well, you have to be a true bad ass. My sister gave me a beret in college and I've never gotten rid of it. I wear it around the house when no one else is home because I love it. Can't wear it in public because i'm not the aforementioned bad ass. Too bad that berets are now associated with pansy folk singers and faux "artsy types".

    Sorry to ramble - use this "holed up in your attic apartment" time to upload posts with great frequency!

  3. Jeesh, that is exactly what I would look like if I put on a two-piece circus costume right now. Since I wholeheartedly agree with everything said in the comments, I will leave you with these two thoughts.

    1) I have never seen blue velvet. Another pink champagne date?

    2) Isabella Rosselini... what is she doing with her life right now? Making bug porno.

    *hearts and darts*

  4. I walked past I guy the other day mowing the lawn and for me that was the start of spring. So things are looking up weather wise :) I love the circus photos, there's always something so magical about the circus

  5. Oooohhh, I love the circus inspiration! It's so charming. I actually like the idea of somehow secretly incorporating it into a wardrobe.. hmm, the gears in my mind are turning.

    Aya of Strawberry Koi


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