Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Faux Pas Alert

Photo courtesy of Photobucket

I need some advice: first: what does one wear to go out on the town these days? None of my clothes even nod to fashion, the last time I bought an article of clothing it was a warm jumper sometime in the autumn. I almost never go out and usually when I do it's around here where the main criteria is to be clean. But on Saturday I have a date with my two best friends in the big city and it's different there, that much I know. I'm looking forward to it enormously but I don't want to look like their mother or, worse, like I've been shipped in from the asylum. They are both so much younger and cooler than me. I know they won't care what I look like, but I will.

Secondly: I have a new addition to my garden, it's very pretty but I don't know what it is and I have nurtured weeds before only to have them take over. So can anyone tell me if it's safe to water this, or should I pull it up and burn it?

And while I'm showing pictures look at this:

blogging friend extraordinaire Parsnip made it and sent it to me for my birthday last month, gorgeous or what?


Lulu LaBonne said...

a) that top picture is a great look that I would wear myself - don't whatever you do fall for the idea that harem pants or jodphurs are attractive on anyone

b) forgetmenot - I love them keep it and you'll have a lot more next year.

c) would Parsnip be my friend too d'you think?

Titus said...

Do you have the "go shop" option?

Anyway, it's got to be black trousers as you are far too slim to skirt it, I'd go straight and narrow and ankle length (cigarette pants?) with all the focus on the outrageous heels. Which you'll obviously have to road test for walkability.
Top half, one block of a big colour you look good in and assymetric or bizarre Japanese-ish cut. You could possibly go the new nude with the colour, but I'm not sure how it would work with your skin tone. I see you better in vivid.
Keep bag small (hard I know) and clashing with top.

Hair and make-up cannot be bettered, as I have looked at you long and hard and resent your beauty enormously.

Ta Da!

savannah said...

love that card! i can't even begin to give fashion advice, sugar! xoxoxo

Philip said...

I can't do fashion advice. Just go as yourself. I'm sure that'll do fine.
It's a forget me not. It's nice and a bit of a weed. It looks pretty but will spread. Does no harm though, and can bring a bit of colour where there is none. You certainly don't need to care for it, it's a real survivor. If you get bored of it and pull it up it'll come back next year, but won't strangle your other plants, just form a crowd around them.
Nice cactus.

Pat said...

Don't uproot anything as pretty as that - could be a primula. I let bluebell, forget- me -nots and grape hyacinths have a certain amount of leeway.
I know little about young fashion but have noticed of late women - no longer girls - sporting black tights covered by a plain miniscule skirt and looking effective.
Your card would look good alongside mine:)

Mark Sanderson said...

Women just tend to wear black and not much of it when they go out.

Eryl Shields said...

Lulu ~ it is a great look isn't it? I'm aching for tank top in particular.

I will keep it, it is very pretty.

I'm sure if you reach out to Parsnip she will be your friend too.

Titus ~ blimey, you've missed your vocation as a stylist! Sadly shopping isn't an option but I might be able to approximate such a look with dark wash skinny jeans if they're still acceptable.

Savannah ~ I bet you could if you tried, but perhaps the naturally stylish just don't have to think about such things.

Philip ~ how long will it flower for, I'm wondering, now, if I can move it to a sunny border that has been wracked by winter?

Pat ~ I fear at my age a minuscule skirt, even over thick tights, would be indecent!

Eryl Shields said...

Mark ~ mmm... not this one!

steven said...

ask your friends to take you clothes shopping before you head out on the town. change into the new stuff and have a ceremonial placing of the old stuff in a garbage can on the street. double fun. new clothes, food. drinks. laughs - tons of laughs. it's a win for everyone. steven

Golden West said...

Definitely a forget me not - one of the sweetest old fashioned flowers in the garden and a shade of blue not easy to find in a flower!

Easy to have something "new" if you have a dress you hardly wear - cut it off and give it a hem and you'll have a new top.

Kass said...

Love all the suggestions and input in your post and comments! When I go out on the town, I wear dark glasses and hope no one notices me.

angryparsnip said...

I think today you can wear anything... wear black add a long scarf and loop it around a few times and smile...whaa la !

I am so glad you and Pat liked your cards. I use to make cards along with handmade tiles for friends and sale.
Ever since the illness, divorce, and two moves I seem to be putting the "Art" in my life on hold which is weird.
Then the Everyday Month Of Art started and I found the time ! of course the fact two blog friends having Birthday help a lot !

cheers, parsnip

Eryl Shields said...

Steven ~ I dream of going clothes shopping, especially with these particular friends who would sort me out in an instant, but currently I am fund free. Nice idea though.

Golden ~ now there's an idea, I will have a look in my wardrobe for cut-offable dresses.

Kass ~ one thing I've noticed with blogging is you can throw any problem out there and have it solved.

Parsnip ~ a long scarf is probably a very good idea given it's about fridge temperature here at the moment.

It's all to easy to put art aside when life throws up obstacles, I find. Nice to know you've refound the time for it, and that our birthdays helped!

Vextasy said...

That Jimmy Saville's looking as good as ever, I see.

Kanani said...

Ah Love the card! She does a good job. She sent me a cat!
Want to see something fun? And it involves no real shopping?
Go play with the clothes at Polyvore!

Wigeon said...

Dinnae ask me on clothes! You know why of course with me being happy as a rural peasant. I'd suggest charity shops (unless you're utterly fund-free.) Red Cross shop in Lockerbie has label of best and biggest turnover of a charity shop in Scotland. I hope you have a great time when you go to some big smokey city. Yep, Titus has knowledge beyond belief!
Love the Parsnip card - amazing, simple and beautiful.

A Cuban In London said...

Black. That's my suggestion for your eveningwear. You can never go wrong with black. Then again to me fashion is monochromatic: blue, black and white, occasionally dark grey.

Greetings from London.

Eryl Shields said...

Vextasy ~ if I look half as good at that age I'll be happy.

Kanani ~ ooh, I will.

Wigeon ~ even charity shops are off limits at the moment.

Cuban ~ you're right, I think it has to be black.

Wigeon said...

That's a serious state of affairs - have you anything to swop with the charity shop? Do they ever do that? Just a thought.

Kathryn Magendie said...

Can't go wrong with a nice pair of jeans and a crisp white shirt and some cute shoes.... :)

Kathryn Magendie said...

Just read Titus's - YES THAT'S IT!

Eryl Shields said...

Wigeon ~ ain't it just!

Kathryn ~ ha! I ended up wearing an old, slash necked, black top, short denim skirt, and my favourite boots, which are a bit like brown leather wellies, and seemed to fit in fine.

The Pollinatrix said...

I get the feeling you're the kind of person who looks good disheveled and whose attractiveness comes out of your intensity. But I know it's fun to dress up and frustrating when you don't know what to wear. I had to go get a fancy dress to wear to a charity ball last week, and that was a strange but fun experience.

I would totally water those flowers.

Eryl Shields said...

Polli ~ how lovely to hear from you, I've missed you.

My problem with getting dressed to go out is that I hate standing out, it rather scares me, so I like to know what everyone else is likely to be wearing in order to blend in.

A strange but fun experience sounds like the best sort of experience.

Meri said...

I'm still a fan of simple black dresses and colorful shawls. Black pants with a fairly narrow leg are flattering and can be mixed with a variety of blouse, shirt or sweaters. Layers, if it's not too hot.

And it looks like a flower, not a weed. Water if and then browse through garden books at the bookshop.

Roofs are important, but some of the new digital point and shoots are incredibly capable and not very expensive. I went to a photo workshop with a woman who owned on and she took gorgeous pictures!

Eryl Shields said...

I like your attitude: roofs are important, but...

I have a little point and shoot and love it, I should probably experiment with it a bit more, or sign up for a workshop. My son has just got himself a Canon and seeing what it can do, or what he can do with it, has made me disgustingly envious.