Happy New Year!

5 Jan

disney4 Hi there! We spent last week with my parents and children in Florida, which was not quite as warm and sunny as I would have preferred but still very fun. Here we are at Disney Studios…I always like the 1980’s-does-’50’s charm of the park’s Prime Time Café, but we never eat here anymore because the menu isn’t actually that great. I picked the Brown Derby this year, but Mother and I actually like the Drive-in restaurant the best…the monster movies are too fun.  Disney Studios has the best theming if you like retro…the lobby décor of the Tower of Terror is pretty much my favorite thing in the whole park (the ride is fun, but I actually go to see the lobby.
010 If you know me, you know that I cannot resist a ridiculous handbag. Bejeweled, themed, tacky…if it’s something that most people look at and say, “I would never carry that”, the more likely I am to fall head-over-heels in love with it. So, when I saw that there was a Disney-themed Dooney & Bourke bag with retro-looking graphics? Yeah…I am powerless to resist that sort of thing. There’s really nothing I can do about it. I wish I could quit you, tacky handbags! But I can’t.

Every blog I read seems to be all about the new years resolutions. Which I think is awesome. I’m a big fan of resolutions and goal-setting and it makes me happy when other people get equally enthusiastic about it.  One of my resolutions for this year is to dress up more–and especially to wear the vintage or vintage-inspired things I like, even if I don’t have a reason. I have a lot of skirts and dresses, and I like to buy them…but when it comes time to get dressed in the morning, I think I just default to jeans and a knit top because it’s comfortable. And also, I really hate it when people ask me what I’m all dressed up for, as if they can’t imagine that I would possibly have somewhere to go to that would warrant dressing up. (I don’t. I go to work and Kroger and that’s all. But still.) Honestly, after several days of people-watching at the various Florida theme parks and traipsing through several airports, I’m becoming convinced that dressing up is possibly the most sartorially outside-of-the-norm thing that you can do. People who are dressed up DO look out-of-place…because it’s really not what everyone is doing.  It’s interesting to me that I no longer really notice things like facial piercings and those earrings that stretch out your earlobes…people who have them just seem to kind of blend in with the crowd. Large tattoos? Who doesn’t have those, anymore? Dyed pastel-colored hair? You can buy the dye at Target so why not? Not that I have anything against any of these things, but it’s that what used to be considered counterculture is now just kind of the norm, in my opinion, and dressing up, which went totally unnoticed 50 years ago, has become a little on the weird side. I don’t know…it is interesting to me to think about it. Also, I’m not the sort of person who likes to stick out in a crowd. I like to blend in. Which makes it easier to not bother with the dressing up…but anyway, I’m going to work on it.  I recently read a memoir about a women in the Pacific Northwest who wears a corset and a sort of nouveau-Victorian outfit every day. I’m not going that crazy. But I will endeavor to wear skirts more.  Okay, writing this out makes me think that I am probably way more self-conscious than I need to be.

So, happy new year to you, and I hope that yours is off to a great start! The Mister and I are actually taking a big trip this week that we’ve been looking forward to for a long time. I will look forward to sharing pictures with you when we return. xoxo, Mrs. T

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4 Responses to “Happy New Year!”

  1. sarahjohnson210 January 5, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

    Totally know what you mean about how looking nice is the new counter-culture. I read a really interesting article once about how the villains in all sorts of movies and tv shows are the ones that look impeccable, and how it makes the rest of us slobs feel better about ourselves.

    It’s weird how little it takes to have people notice you these days too. I have this dark green and black sheath dress that I wear with a black blazer at work from time to time. On those days, people seem to think I’m about to take over a large multi-national corporation or something crazy.

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