Thank you so much for all your amazing, thoughtful comments on my last post. It was a total pleasure to read your thoughts on consumerism, vanity and blogging.
While some commentators worried that I was being too hard on myself, fret not, I want to assure you that I do think that sharing my love of clothes with like-minded friends is mostly a wholly innocuous hobby and simply wanted, as always, to examine my own motives further. I am grateful to have such marvelous bellwethers and am certain you will always keep me on the right track with your honesty, beauty and good humor.
So without further ado, here's a wholly frivolous post about the recent haps around here. I'm still cooking up some bee-posts, an upcoming Simplicity-post and some other bits and bobs of actual substance, but until then, I'm here to show you what I've worn and done.
The weather's cooled of quite a bit in the last week, doing that temperate rain forest thing again and I've had to dress accordingly. That's a good thing.
Never entirely comfortable with hot-hot heat dressing, I'm more than happy to bust out my old army jacket and some tights.
It's a lot more fun to marvel at this earth when you're warm and cozy and the woods, fields and gardens certainly enjoyed the rain.
I'm loving my Dump-found and altered dress and belt with a pretty 90s tunic Kristiina brought for me from Finland and my trusty moccasins to boot (A pun! I made a pun!).
This, by the way, is one of my favorite pins of all time. It's such a good reminder of the perils of development and razing the old and replacing it with new. If you've ever watched Real World: Seattle, you know Pike Place market is a local landmark. Can you believe it could be condos galore?!
Speaking of Pike Place Market, guess who had a relaxing mini-vacation in Seattle a week ago? C. and I don't usually do these kind of things, go off-Island (as we islanders refer to it) just for fun, but since we were dropping my friends off at the airport, we decided to take full advantage of being in the city : hang out at some markets, eat lots of food, get beers in bars where we don't know everyone, go see a movie...
We had a blast doing tourist-y things like fingering knick-knacks and watching the fish-throwers at Pike Place, as well as...well, experiencing...the great Gumwall.
One of the funnest things about cities, is the feeling of being surrounded by a kaleidoscope of culture, its endless possibilities in music, movies, art shows and poetry readings unfolding infront of you. Whether it be a world-class opera, or some street musicians, there's always something new to hear. There are new flavors, new scents, new people around every corner.
The City is all about the unexpected. New things to see, sudden surprises awaiting... There's only so much of it I can take, trust me, the endless stimulation is not my cup of strong, hot coffee anymore, but periodically it is rather fun to experience.
Oh and in the city, I'm totally under-dressed. Women in the cities have pedicures. They have new shoes. They wear lipstick. They, apparently, wear rolled up khakis and parachute skirst. Cities are crazy like that.
We've been playing around with my childhood hand puppets that Timo and Kristiina brought along with them from Finland. They're even more awesome and surreal than I remembered.
I got them when I was around three-years-old from one of my mom's commie friends who went to Czechoslovakia and returned with these hand-made Soviet-era puppets. (I had a pretty weird childhood, tell you what...)
And while my cat was engaged in its usual activities, I celebrated America's birthday in style. Each year our little town, puts on a very-home-made-parade and every year the hippie contingent does their own twist on the theme.
Chickens are growing, trees are swaying and a certain band we love is making their way to these shores once more.
More adventures await, just around the bend.