Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Like Sequins Through the Hourglass

So, not much time this week to ponder fashion, as I'm busy making the money that hopefully one day soon will put a bootie on my foot and a sequined dress on my back. How smart was it to grow up to be a writer when every adult in my life was shouting, "Doctor!" "Lawyer!" "A plumber, at least!" Not smart but, I suspect, a whole lot more fun. And besides, I have trouble with blood, poop, and lying, stealing, stinking thieves.

Anyway, yes. I said sequined. All I want for this holiday season is a simple black sequined mini-dress like the one from Antik Batik that recently went up for auction on eBay at a fraction of what these frocks from France usually go for, and which I, in my typical foot draggy way, let walk right on by. It was similar to this one, only in black:

When I queried Le Pirate about it last week, she said of course I should bid on it, because I could dress it up or down and wear it all about town, to the grocery store even (I would, you know; just watch me). Still it was teetering just at the precipice of affordable, which was one teeter too many on the totter that is my carefully balanced budget.

Regardless, I'm totally bummed I missed out on it. I so want to swan about this holiday season looking like an escapee from a Dynasty episode, only with a Goldie Hawn spin. Because the best thing about sequins is, you spill your drinkee or holiday canape on yourself in a fit of laughter or intoxication, and voila, it wipes up with a damp rag. See there? Better living through plastic.

How about you all? Any stories about the one that got away, and I don't mean men or ice cream cones. What is your latest or greatest sartorial regret?


Boxer said...

First, you would have looked FABULOUS in a black squiny dress like that. I'm sorry it's not going to be making it's new home in your closet. Me? I really have to think because I typically pine over deocrative home things I've lost or perhaps jewelry I didn't buy through ebay or at a craft fair. I'll be back. Must think. Old brain.

the Dread Pirate Rackham said...

I have found that, eventually, I come back to those items I truly truly love. They stay with me until either the kneejerk trend has passed, or my glowing ember of desire for the item has transformed into a burning flame.

It's like that saying: if you love something, set it free. If it was meant to be, it will come back to you. If it wasn't, you should hunt it down and kill it.

moi said...

Boxer: You know that Sinead O'Connor song, "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got?" All very well and fine for HER. She's a freakin' NUN now.

Pirate: Today, I will be more Zen. I will find a still place within myself, deep breathe, and chant: Universe? Pretty please send Moi the sequins . . . And if that doesn't work, a hunting we will go.

Aunty Belle said...

Wait...Wait a dang minute! Moi??

Sinead O'C is a NUN??? this, nope, this cannot, CANNOT be? The one who said foul things against the pope? This has to be an urban myth. Has. To. Be.

Otherwise, Heaven as the most delicious sense of humor---rockin' hilarious.

But on sequins, I say they's timeless--when ya's so old yore knees is wrinkled an' doan look so hot in mini sequined dresses, jes' wear over velvet evening pants as a tunic--in short, if ya' amortize the cost of the frock over the number of times youse gonna wear it, it becomes a shewd purchase, no?

moi said...

Aunty, you do that too? I keep a mental tally of all my items' price-to-wear ratios :o)

Sinead became a nun of some offshoot Catholic sect a few years back. I always felt bad for her. That unbelieveable voice but so C-R-A-Z-Y. Shame.

LaDivaCucina said...

Diva says: NEXT! There's going to be something even better out there full of sequins waiting for you! I find a lot of great dressy beaded sequin things at Loehmanns back room around November.... but would keep looking if i were you.

PS: I'm laughing about Pirate's comment about "dressing it up or dressing it down" I don't think so. Wearing a full sequined dress takes cojones and you will be the smashing center of attention wherever you wear it, there is NO dressing down!!

Boxer said...

A good friend has a great thing to say whenever we're debating over the price of an item... she says "it's a LIFESTYLE piece" meaning, it's beyond whatever a rational person might want to pay for something. I recently bought a purse for that reason. I saw it, loved it, bought it. I told the woman as she rung it up "it's a lifestyle piece" and smiled because my friend is far away on the East Coast and was only there in spirit to cheer me on. I love the bag, but it's one of the most uncomfortable things I've ever carried. and I don't care. It makes me happy.

moi said...

Ruh roh, ladies. The transaction with buyer of said sequin dress must have fallen through for some reason, 'cause it's back on the eBay.


Lifestyle Piece, Lifestyle Piece, Lifestyle Piece (which means, if I buy it? My lifestyle will be franks and beans for 3 months . . .)

LaDivaCucina said...

It's $206. Big deal. BUY IT!! You go out for dinner two times and it's a couple hundred and what do you have to show for it? Nuthin'. I KNOW if I wanted this dress and it looked good on me, it would be a lifetime piece.

It's black and a pretty basic style so I don't think its too trendy that it will be "out" next year. This could be something you could have for years to come.

However, I have such a difficult figure to fit with my big ta-tas and all that I can never buy anything online so I would be cautious.

And may I add that I looked at the measurements and Moi, YOU IS TINY!!!