the other day, ruggy and i went to our favorite coffee shop in all the land, silverlake's intelligentsia. non, it doesn't sound right to call it a coffee shop, it's a coffee gallery. artist baristas and hip things of all ages join to celebrate caffeine.
non, that's not right either. one doesn't celebrate here (and by here i mean los angeles), one is cool and aloof and decidedly bored with it all. for the most part, it's not stylish to show your colors, inside and out. as we sipped our macchiato and chai latte with delight (the cup was the size of my HEAD), i took note of the line of angels waiting their turn. it looked like someone took the desaturation brush in photoshop, bumped the level up to a thousand, and gave them all a good swipe. i'm telling you, not a color to be seen. the clothing was bland, the mood was beige.
i might be the brightest thing in here, i said. ruggy's sarcastically raised eyebrow assured me that i was.
(at the time i was not wearing this top. but i was wearing a maxi skirt striped in lemon yellow, royal purple, hot pink and lime green; a chartreuse cardigan, and a sky blue tee. speaking of colorful garments, this top was a creation meant for debi's second sew grateful, which i completely missed. i used vogue 7016 from lisette's amazing box of patterns, and the fabric and button are gifts from ruggian sister, she who has carte blanche in my sewing room. i used self made bias for the neck closure, and overlocked rolled hems. which apparently, i've been using on EVERYTHING. ellie was hiding a little bar from me which produces lovely flat serged edges. found that out four days before i left her in new york. awesome.)
what is it that makes us afraid to show our colors? why would you want to hide your glee over the perfect cup of coffee, the excitement over good conversation, the bright flamingo pink you love to wear?
i'm not saying everyone should wear flamingo pink. washed out midnight blue is perfectly lovely. but washing out your personality for the sake of looking cool is Fucked. Up.
i turn my back on you, aloof.
speaking of joy, i was pretty psyched when i downloaded this shot. i was all i'm totally channeling casey here. i've got bloggers on the brain, tonight i'm heading back out to the lake of silver for sarai's party at sew LA, and then hopefully catching another round of new friend goodness after. are you going? if you are, i will say hello with unabashed glee and in technicolor!
what color have you got on today?