Thursday, September 27, 2012

What the cluck?


I have chickens on my sweater.  What the cluck? Ah, goldenly therapeutic.  So much so that it deserves an echo. What THE cluck? There comes a time in one's life where the stereotypes of status, trend and overall age identification deserve the interrogative resting in the above sequential letter format. I am finding that time for rest, the presence of pure joy, the manifestation of chin hairs lunatic deranged hormone battles and the need to wear just what the hell you want no matter who approves is quite definitive in this round-up-to-40-year segment of life. 

For those new to this space, you have some catching up to do.  


The answer is no.  I do not plan on selling a 2013 calendar from this rhythmic conquest.  Put your money back in your pocket.  There will be no pre-order sale with cash only either.  These pictures are just my way of infusing some of my cheap thrill finds into my quest for a better me. 

We all set? Let's dive in then.

Ensemble Statistics:

Sweater:
  • Fiebel Flower brand (a real cool tag too)
  • $1.25 
  • Goodwill 1/2 off weekend 
  • The older I get, the more in tune I am with what I like.  I am not a lover of chickens per say.  But, this sweater took a nose dive leap off the rack and into my hands as if we were kindred spirits of sorts.  I didn't even consider that it might not fit.  I looked at its whimsical offset details and it was love at first sight.
  • It has grosgrain ribbon trim in kelly green and pine brown juxtaposed against lemon yellow.
  • It has black and yellow chickens knitted throughout.
  • It has those perfect 3/4 length sleeves.  I.heart.a.3/4th.length.sleeve.  This sleeve design looks great down or up.  You know, kinda like Kirstie Alley's hair? The fact that I just linked a hair shout out to her instead of one of the Kardashians speaks volumes as to why I am choosing sweaters with chickens on them.  
  • The bowtie.  Ahem.  Melts me.  It tapers out from tiny to wide on the ends WITH big hand-like made yellow stitches for trim.  Brilliance.
  • This sweater is light weight and so soft.  It would even call it dainty. 
  • Oh wow.  It just hit me.  This sweater is like the adult version of all those snazzy smocked dresses little girls' mamas swoon over and are infatuated with to the point of Paypal account exhaustion.  Hmm.  And, to think I never owned a smocked dress.  Well, hmph.  I do now!

Shorts:
  • Route 66 (KMart brand)
  • Still had all the tags on them.
  • $1.29 
  • Goodwill 1/2 off weekend
  • Lemony rich yellow
  • Again, these jumped in my buggy and screamed, "Mama!"
  • Yes, that's correct.  They are shorty short.  
  • Yes, that's correct.  I am in the round-up-to-40-year segment of life.
  • And, I don't care.  I have always liked short shorts. 
  •  I have no hind end, so no worries of that peaking out the back end of the shorts for all you wondering if I was in Daisy Duke mode. 
  • These are perfect on the waistline too.  Just right above the hip bones.   


Shirt:

  • Faded Glory (WalMart brand)
  • $1.19
  • 1/2 off Goodwill
  • It has the cutest cut too.
  • Shorter capped sleeves and a baby doll tapered design for wearing alone.
  • Great length.  
  • I have given up on deciding what length is "in".
  • Upon our last University of Tennessee football game attendance, I people watched like a mad dog as I felt certain it was like I  was flipping through the pages of People's Style Watch issue only through more of a hand-me-down second hand sorority source.  
  • High-low shirts are back in?  Damn.  I never liked them.
  • Polka dots.  The perfect size.  Enough said.


{If any of you have never met my father, meet his knees.  Inheritance is AWESOME.}

Shoes:

  • Vera Wang's Simply Vera brand
  • $.25
  • 1/2 off Goodwill
  • These shoes are killer awesome.
  • I've been on the lookout for a pair of black ballet flats that had some kick-like texture to them.
  • I adore the oversized buckle.
  • Washed them 4 times in color bleach and soaked them in the sunshine.
  • I am looking forward to wearing these with all kinds of leggings, high-low dresses and tight rolled jeans this Fall/Winter season.  
  • Geez, I JUST got used to the skinny jeans, people.



Earrings: 

  • My great grandmother's clip-on chunky rhinestone floral set.
  • Totally love these earrings.  
  • I get compliments on them every time I wear them.

Hair:

  • 3 months PAST due for a cut and color.  
  • dirty
  • Windblown from the windows down all day
  • Pinned back with a tiny clip in the bangs area.  Those clips are of Satan I tell you.  They look at me and say, "Nah, you don't really want to fix your hair today, do you?"  
  • Makeshift braid with no tie on the end.  Yes, my hair is that raspy that it can sorta hold a braid on its own when it has reached its maximum dirty potential.  Let's just say I was there, okay?

Total Outfit Investment:  $3.98

August 2012

My personal word of growth for August was perseverance.

My mission:

  • Set schedules
  • Seek answers
  • Stay focused
  • Try new ideas
  • Be honest with yourself
  • Seek counsel
  • Prepare 
  • Promote
  • Be more prayerful
  • Find rhythm in the ebbs & flows handed to you

My status:   *  *  *  .5

3.5 out of 5 stars

My memories:

  • I want to be perfect.  I don't want one slip up to occur on my watch and in my being.  
  • I am a ding-a-ling for even breathing life to this thought.
  • Come on, sweet Christian girl.  You know this idea of perfection is unattainable and stupid too for that matter.  Why must you continually bang your head against the ever-lovin door of life to try to obtain something that will never exist here on this Earth?
  • I like to push myself.  Well, duh?  Who else knew that was coming after the above statement?
  • I sometimes have more energy and ideas than my body knows how to produce.  
  • I love a schedule, but its life form sometimes squelches my creativity.
  • I oftentimes want to hide under rocks when I know I have to go find out answers to problems.  Little ones or big, I dance around making the call or setting the appointment.  I am working on this.
  • I need to trust more.  Those people who love me are there.  You know, the one who see my chin hairs and love me just the same?
  • Some of my best ideas come on the fly.  This DOES NOT blend well when trying to be a planner.  I usually end up ditching the plan and going with the on-the-fly-idea.  I like this better.  I hope my kids do too.  Sometimes I'm not sure what they think of this.
  • Prayer is medicine. He heals and He helps.  I like talking to Him very much.
  • I like working with art.
  • I suck at ebbs & flows.  I want it right and right now so I can check it off and move on to the next spectacular I am dying to do.  
  • I constantly feel like I never do enough.  
  • Note to self:  Shut up, Meghan.  It will get done when it gets done.  In the words of Coach Cobble, "Keep plugging, Meg.  Focus on what you got done, and not what you didn't."

So, for all those who read the "Oh, look a squirrel!" segment of my memories for this month, I offer you a resounding NOPE.  I'm not on any ADD/ADHD form of medication to answer your question.  I just am just a sporadically gifted perfectionist in pursuit of the unattainable.  Wine helps.  So do sweaters with chickens.

See you fellow rhythm seekers, come September.  Or, shall I say October?

.mac :)

1 comment:

Claire said...

I love you, chin whiskers and all! And you made a smashing outfit out of your chicken sweater.

Loved reading this. Keeping it real!

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