Look No. 0000-23: Abandoned Play

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Somewhere in The Carolinas – Spaces and places. So much of the past, decaying and rotting. Falling down. Rusting. Collapsing into itself. To me, a dreamscape: Nothing overhauled and made cookie-cutter new.

These two abandoned swing sets caught my eye the first few times I would venture up here from Athens (Georgia) to visit my partner. I am always pointing, gasping, “Pull over! Over there! Look how interesting!” and he’ll roll his eyes, acquiescing by pulling over for my simple wish.

Outfit consists of the following:

mustard striped balloon sleeved linen dress

eggshell colored multi-colored striped baggy linen pants

yellow-orange faux suede obi-style belt

oversized shredded brim straw hat with black grosgrain ribbon ties

‘Everly’ round toe ballet flats in cognac [Target]

 

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Look No. 0000-21

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Somewhere in The Carolinas – Keeping it minimal as our human rights are consistently being exploited, denied here in The United States. History repeating itself.

Wearing an oversized navy shirt dress with twisted back to symbolize my tears and sorrow. Touches of midnight black to express the reality of darkness which human demons lord their misguided hatred of man upon good beings filled with light (such as myself). The white witches, myself included, are working against you. Know this.

Live and let live. Expand your horizons. Learn to be brave and not silent. If not for anything, you may learn something in the process.

Outfit consists of the following pieces:

Navy twist-back boxy dress with tulip sleeve

Black oversized sunshades with gold trim

Metal dented high neck bib necklace

Raw milky crystal necklace dipped in gold

Black rubber digital wristwatch

Vintage bangles and bracelets – stacked

Sheer navy socks

Black vegan leather Fisherman tote with raw canvas lining

Black velveteen platform sandals

A Happening

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From Within [1972/ Scepter] – Dionne Warwick[e]

The Show/ La-Di-Da-Di [1985/ Reality] – Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew + Slick Rick

Labryinth: African Electronic Music 1975 – 1982 [2011/ Born Bad] – Francis Bebey

I Just Wanna Be Your Girl [1979/Arista] – Chapter 8

 

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Somewhere in The Carolinas – A partially abandoned shopping mall that looks to have been built in the late 1970s. Nothing nearly gentrified here and, well, it is a breath of fresh air.

Today’s outfit was inspired by malaise I have been feeling. A touch moody, human feelings. Color was needed here. I slipped into a silk-like evergreen loose calf-length dress and pointy toe red vegan leather boots. Cool looking and comfortable for the quickly rising pre-summer temperatures around the bend. The dress roomy enough for the entire entree I devoured at lunch with my dude. So nice.

Outfit consists of the following pieces:

Modern evergreen 3/4 length dress with mutton sleeves – thrift shop find/ no tag

Costume jewelry – sourced from secondhand shops and/or Afro-American beauty supply store

Black circular handbag with gold hardware – Ebay find

Cherry red vegan leather pointy toe boots – Qupid

 

 

A Happening

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Somewhere in The Carolinas – A lazy Sunday it is. There is limited sunshine, maximum humidity and food. Today, the record player is getting warmed up with the following l.p.s Hot wax that is merely our aural appetizer. Open wide and say “Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah”.

Before Today [4AD/ 2010] – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

Quik Is The Name [Profile/ 1991] – DJ Quik

Freedom’s Goblin [Drag City/ 2018] – Ty Segall

Motore Immobile [Stranded /1979/2017] – Giusto Pio

 

A Different Corner

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Somewhere in The Carolinas – I recently relocated from Georgia to North Carolina for reasons that are only good. Every place I’ve moved to has been slower than the last. Here, I am breathing with a full heart and eyes open. It is a positive move and movement.

This past weekend I ventured to a few local thrift shops and scored the following gems. Who says one dollar used l.p.s don’t exist anymore?

Swinging Brass with The Oscar Peterson Trio [1959/ PNR] – Oscar Peterson

Look Around [1968/ A&M] – Sergio Mendes + Brazil ’66

These Foolish Things [1975/ Island] – Bryan Ferry

The Sensational Ray Charles [1965/ Coronet] – Ray Charles

Libra [1975/ Motown] – Libra

The Oscar Peterson Trio And The Gerry Mulligan Quintet At Newport [1963/ Verve] – Oscar Peterson + Gerry Mulligan

 

Tendre-herted, slydynge of corage

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Athens, Georgia – A St. Valentine’s day filled with wonderful surprises. For me, it has been a long, long while. And for us, the best is yet to come.

The World of Arthur Russell [Soul Jazz/ 2004] – Arthur Russell

Long stem red roses + assorted flora [Flowers.com]

Nirvana Rose eau de parfum [3.4 oz] – Elizabeth and James

A Happening

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Athens, Georgia – Not much going on today but me being a mild anxiety attack wearing a two piece navy Miro printed linen pajama set with a sleeveless beige turtleneck beneath. Here, let me remove all vestiges of sexuality from my indoor-outdoor brunch look. Head to toe my entire ensemble beat yours up in three steps. To tamp down whatever is troubling me, here are this afternoon’s selections from my collection of hot wax:

Funk or Walk [1978/ Atlantic] – The Brides of Funkenstein

Stars [1979/ Fantasy] – Sylvester

Slayed? [1972/ Polydor] – Slade