Mort Garson – Ode to an African Violet [1976]

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“Beach Baby, Beach Baby/ Give me your hand/ From July til the end of September” – First Class [1974]
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My mouth watering outside of Prosperity Kitchen & Pantry in Virginia Beach

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In love with my realistic wraparound ‘bat’ ring [middle finger]
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I thought this was a neat vintage sign – The Yorktown. The grounds were super maintained. I think we should stay here if there is a ‘next time’. Highly doubtful. [Yorktown, Virginia]
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The Mister and Mrs in a hotel lobby [Yorktown, Virginia]
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Black high waist bikini got some action.

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We traveled up to Virginia last weekend where MWF is currently showing a piece at the Virginia Beach Arts Center [VBAC]. He got twisted booking accommodations and we ended up staying in Yorktown [which is fifty miles north of Virginia Beach]. I had no complaints as I was tagging along, acting as moral support, lounging near the hotel swimming pool. As for Yorktown, it is a colonial looking place. Its’ beach is a dirty bay with weekend warriors looking like busted cast members of any MTV reality show in the past thirty years, littering the place. Away from the “beach” was where it was at. Now, if you are in the Virginia Beach area, check out their art, their beaches and everything else. All smiles. No frowning.

Two of my three outfits I was able to capture. The first outfit is one I think suits me and wears with ease. I have most certainly gotten my money’s worth out of the black boxy shift dress [that can be worn two ways]. My one issue with this item is that it has no pockets. Paired with this look are a black oversized straw boater, black faux leather fisherman tote bag, assorted bracelets and bangles and a pair of black faux suede espadrilles. Rounding off this look, a pair of black bat wing sunglasses with silver accents.

The second outfit is clearly a knock-off of a designer whose name escapes me as I write this. The balloon-style blouse and crisp high waisted shorts are a dream. So perfect for spring and summer seasons. This piece and another matching piece I will be passing along with pleasure. As with the first outfit, the straw boater, stacked bracelets, bat wing sunglasses and black espadrilles played a part. My feet felt so good in these shoes. The black faux leather angular handbag with metal hardware has a strong No Wave vibe on it. Hearts flying from my peepers.

A bit of drama wrapped in casualwear? As I have made the case, it can be done.

A Happening: 2018 Vinyl Recap

Collected Vinyl, 2018: L.T.U.
From left to right: John Cassavetes’ Shadows – Charles Mingus/ New York Dolls – New York Dolls [re-issue]/ My Tennessee Mountain Home – Dolly Parton/ Black Origami – Jlin/ Stars – K-Tel
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Athens, Georgia: Loving my silver serpent wraparound bracelet + gold double bangle with chunky crystal.

Collected Vinyl, 2018: L.T.U.
From left to right: Bandwagonesque – Teenage Fanclub/ Fantastic – K-Tel/ Disco Hustle – Various artists/ Country, My Way – Nancy Sinatra/ Listen Now – Phil Manzanera + 801/ The World of Arthur Russell – Arthur Russell
Collected Vinyl, 2018: L.T.U.
Forever Now – Psychedelic Furs

Collected Vinyl, 2018: L.T.U.
From left to right: Anita O’Day – Anita O’Day/ Disco Nights – K-Tel/ Ginger Rogers + Bette Davis – Hollywood Immortals on Radio/ Stay Sick! – The Cramps [re-issue]/ Bryan Ferry – Bryan Ferry
Somewhere in The Carolinas – Record spending came to a grinding halt in these past few months. Vinyl you are looking is merely a dash of what I raked in this year. New + Used + Reissues.

Honestly, I could stop buying and be completely satisfied with what I’ve amassed…but…I won’t.

Thank you for following.

More to come in 2019.

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Somewhere in The Carolinas – Keeping it minimal and cool in an navy cotton oversized sack ankle length dress with twist-back [USWIMIE]. This is a favorite go-to piece in my closet.

Paired with today’s look, matte black 1950s style sunshades, black round wristwatch color-blocked in white, a black shiny bracelet, a black and white chunky bracelet and black oversized straw boater with grosgrain ties.

Rounding out my look is a black oversized canvas tote and a pair of black platform sandals [Loslandifen]. I grab my cane and I am off!

 

Summertime [And The Linen Is Easy]

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Almond colored Italian Linen Jumpsuit [It Is Well L.A.]

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Oversized Linen Dress [Heist]

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100% Organic French Linen Heritage Tote [Rawganique]

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Mara Linen Dress [Lilya]

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Angela Linen Flatform Sandals [Castaner]

Somewhere in The Carolinas – Summer is right around the corner and no one gets fussier than I do in the southern humidity and heat. As a fan of natural fibers, linen is definitely no stranger in my wardrobe. Linen is breathable and if steamed or pressed pulls ones’ look together. Add a cool drink and a shady nook and you are on your merry way…in style.

 

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It’s well after Labor Day. I am wearing my current favorite white button-down shirt. Crisp yet a touch crumpled. I seriously suspect the fashion police will berate me on said wardrobe choice(s). A look that reads “preppy casual biz: 1978”.

The denim high waisted 1970s style gauchos I keep promising are going into retirement. I got my monies worth out of them. They are so comfortable and honestly my go-to jeans at the moment.

Above are the last shots from my recent visit to North Carolina. Saluting great weather and my amazing companion with a toast from me and a favored ale, Tartastic.

Good-day, Summer, 2017.