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For the child who wants to stand out

I occasionally see a little girl who wears a large red plastic cup on her head. It is attached to some kind of elastic to keep it securely in place.
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I’d guess her to be about 10 now, so she’d have been around 9 when I first saw her last year and the sight about stopped me in my tracks. It was just so inexplicable. What did it mean??

I admit to feeling vaguely annoyed by the plastic cup on her head in ways I can’t exactly articulate. On the other hand one has to at least somewhat admire her originality. Not a lot of people could walk around with a plastic cup on their head, at a jaunty angle no less, as if it was nothing. I can’t help but wonder though, if she associates the red plastic cup, as I do, with parties, kegs, and beer. I’m guessing not.

For kicks I googled “wearing a red plastic cup on your head” to see if I was missing something. It turned up nothing relevant but reminded me said cups are Solo® cups, which I’d forgotten.

As a child who was so desperate to wear earrings, I once fished round, gold plated curtain hooks out of the family junk drawer and fashioned them into jewelry, I can’t exactly cast too much aspersion on the cup-wearing child. That said, I’m fairly sure I never left the house sporting my curtain-hooks-as-earrings in public. Of course the day will come when this girl will no longer wear her red plastic cup out either. Since I don’t know her I wonder if she’ll continue her non-conformist fashion ways or will she become self-conscious and choose more mainstream accessories. I also wonder how she will look back on her head cup when she is older.

Farmers Market outfit (bargain style)

My life doesn’t call for a lot of dressing up, especially this time of year, but I still like to find occasions to pull out some of my pretty clothes – love me some pretty clothes – and create a look. The opening day Sunday Farmers Market was perfect; unseasonably hot and sunny, time for a sundress. Sundresses make me think of everything that is good and right about summer, my season.
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The local Old Navy store closed not too long ago, but 2 years ago I found this little dress on the clearance rack for under $5. I could not believe my fortune! I was immediately attracted to it. With the blue & white checks and the sweet/sexy styling, it reminds me of photos from the fifties, but it’s still current. (My athletic, lean build, has little in common with Marilyn Monroe’s other than height, but in my mind’s eye, I can totally see her in a dress like this). And although my style has evolved with time & age I can think of no point in my life so far when I would have not swooned for such a dress.

It’s a just-fit, perfect fit. 100% cotton (ack! no spandex), the dress offers no room for error or excess; that snug band of fabric joining the top and bottom means business. There’s a short side zipper BUT it doesn’t go all the way up; this dress has to be carefully pulled on from above. No way it’s going over my hips without a bad ripping sound. Ah, the wisdom of age – in my younger years I probably would have tried to yank it on (“I can get it on this way”) – hence the familiarity with that memorable sound. The length, just above knee on me is just right. It even has a sewn-in white cotton slip.

I paired it with gold Mootsies Tootsies sandals (yes, I’m sorry too, but that’s the real name), a rummage sale gold costume necklace made of squares which mirrors the checks on the dress, a blue & white ring I made (it came out large so by default it’s a forefinger ring), and tiny blue & white earrings.
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I recently treated myself to a new multi-color eyeshadow and fortuitously it included a gold shade.
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The colorful bag, purchased for fifty cents(!) at a yard sale a few years ago, could stand to be replaced, but on this occasion was big enough to hold an umbrella, sunscreen, and the huge bag of kale plus Spring onions I bought. Fun, fun, fun!