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July 17th, 2015


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09:36 am - One Cannot Be Chic in a Day When One Goes to Lowe's, Post #37
I need to take a few moments out to grouse.

Today is a day where I would like to play with style. I have walked the dog, exercised(ish), organized myself, and now must figure out what to wear. But my day is not conducive to playing with style, as:

1) I will be going to my dusty office, in an almost deserted building, for a few hours.
2) I should go to Lowe's to pick up materials for weekend home-improvement projects.
3) It is unbelievably humid and hot, and storms are forecast for early this afternoon (which limits my shoe choices).
4) Master Danger last night was absolutely awful off-leash (it involved vicious growling through the fence at the admittedly ANNOYING terrier next door) and must be taken out on-leash into the sandpit that is my backyard every time today.

Also, this morning I made the mistake of clicking on an autumn-winter lookbook and falling in love with a blue shirtdress which is exactly the kind of thing I want to wear on my Power Days but is not currently in my closet.

Boo. Boooo.

While I go stand in front of my closet making pained faces, let me leave you with some images of people who probably don't have to go to Lowe's today:

1) The Sartorialist image of two women in Milan after a fashion show. I would change out the vertiginously high heels for something more walkable, however.
2) Anything Shini Park of Park and Cube wears in this evocation of summer; I especially want the white shirtdress (hmmm, I detect a theme).
3) And for an art opening tonight, I would wear the dress Sophie Hunter wore to the Serpentine Gala. Because why wouldn't I?... Because instead maybe I would want to wear the Diane von Furstenberg-like dress Michelle Gomez wore for the Doctor Who Comic Con panel. That pic doesn't show the outfit's true glory, but the way Ms Gomez presented herself there? Life goal.

I will not be wearing any of those, however. I gotta go to Lowe's.

May you be able to access the self you want today!

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From:anne_d
Date:July 17th, 2015 01:48 pm (UTC)
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"May you be able to access the self you want today!"


That was supposed to be a quote. Grumble grumble fat stupid fingers tablet LJ grumblegrumble grumble.

Anyway, I hope you find time for your true self. [hugs]


Edited at 2015-07-17 01:50 pm (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:July 17th, 2015 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Hee!

Hugs, A, and a happy Friday.
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From:anne_d
Date:July 18th, 2015 12:16 am (UTC)
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On the other hand, perhaps you could create a new style, hardware store chic.
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From:janus_74
Date:July 17th, 2015 02:40 pm (UTC)
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Love the black dress in the first image, wouldn't be able to move in the shoes though.

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From:laurawise
Date:July 17th, 2015 04:44 pm (UTC)
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Those shoes are ludicrously high. [nods] It would make more sense (and make the outfit more chic) if the shoes were within the realm of wearability.

Cheers for your Friday, T!
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From:mamculuna
Date:July 17th, 2015 03:43 pm (UTC)
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I have a whole going-to-Lowe's section of my closet...

And love all the dresses and outfits, but terrified indeed by those shoes!
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From:laurawise
Date:July 17th, 2015 04:45 pm (UTC)
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I have lots of going-to-Lowe's clothes, but none of them inspires, none speaks to me. ;)

Cheers and a great Friday to you, and better shoes for all!
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From:rahirah
Date:July 17th, 2015 04:50 pm (UTC)
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If anyone could pull off chic in a Lowe's, it would be you. :)
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From:laurawise
Date:July 17th, 2015 11:30 pm (UTC)
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I WISH. But you are very kind to say so. :)

Cheers for your Friday evening!
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From:paratti
Date:July 17th, 2015 05:22 pm (UTC)
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It probably doesn't help that I picked up a shirtdress from Zara in the sales does it?

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:July 17th, 2015 11:31 pm (UTC)
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I am happy for you! And sad for me. ;)

Is the shirt-dress a solid colour or a print?

In any event, hugs!
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From:paratti
Date:July 18th, 2015 12:37 pm (UTC)
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Light blue and white striped shirt type fabric with embroidery around a slit neck.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 18th, 2015 01:31 pm (UTC)
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That sounds perfect! Hurrah!
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From:gwynnega
Date:July 17th, 2015 08:22 pm (UTC)
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I wish it were autumn so I could wear autumn clothes already!! But alas...
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From:laurawise
Date:July 17th, 2015 11:31 pm (UTC)
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SECONDED. :)

Hugs hugs and a good night!
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From:roguedemon
Date:July 18th, 2015 01:20 am (UTC)
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Lori, you are so chic that even when you aren't wearing your chosen outfit your aura makes up for it. ;) Lovely pics, makes me want the life where I wear such things. I have to admit that at this point in my life those heels pictured just piss me off though. It's not necessary to put six inch heels on every shoe -- it doesn't even add anything to the design IMO. I just don't find the image of women balancing on stilts particularly attractive. History is full of pictures of supremely fashionable women wearing classic ensembles with small heels.

Go you for being virtuous and doing the Lowe's thing in this heat!
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From:laurawise
Date:July 18th, 2015 01:34 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, my friend. I am currently wearing the most un-chic T-shirt and workout trousers ever (because I just worked out), so I am amused as well as touched. :)

Those shoes are utterly ridiculous, I agree. I wonder at what point 3-inch heels became "mid-heels," as if it's perfectly acceptable to have 4-inch and 5-inch heels as daily wear. I do not get it.

[hugs hugs]
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From:desdemonaspace
Date:July 18th, 2015 01:50 am (UTC)
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Beautiful dresses! I particularly liked the dark print from the Milan pic.

Master Danger is a caution. I have noisy pets, too. Well, pet... Amber, who's forever bitching about the management of the apartment, the lack of entertainment, and the commissary. Me, in other words.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 18th, 2015 01:35 pm (UTC)
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I love that dark print too!

Hee for your noisy and complaining pet! Master Danger just growled at a crow outside without moving from his prone position on the tiles. Such a mighty dog....

Happy Saturday to you!
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From:stateless82
Date:July 18th, 2015 04:29 pm (UTC)
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I like that black and white top on the Park & Cube site, but it's been a while since I could wear sleeves like that without feeling self conscious.

The lipstick dress is excellent, but I'm fairly certain they put the shoes on her after she sat down. And that she won't be standing up in them either.

I love Lowe's. There's an alternate timeline somewhere, where I learned carpentry and plumbing and the people at my local Lowe's know me by name.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 19th, 2015 04:23 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, sleeveless with no cutaway on the shoulder is not a good look for me. But I like it on others!

I am so happy to hear that you love Lowe's! That affection goes with your craft skills, I think. [beams]

Hugs for your day!
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From:heron_pose
Date:July 18th, 2015 08:00 pm (UTC)
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I hope Lowe's was productive, and I'm certain you pulled together something kicky and impressive for the day, and today as well!
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From:laurawise
Date:July 19th, 2015 04:23 pm (UTC)
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Alas, I am still trying to figure out what to get in Lowe's for my projects, and I am most un-chic today. But we persevere.

Happy happy Sunday to you!
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From:ljrags
Date:July 19th, 2015 01:02 am (UTC)
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Lowe's requires its own special chic look. One that looks great with the gardening section preferably and all the summer colors :-) I hope Master Danger is better behaved and things are cooler now. Loved the fashion links.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 19th, 2015 04:24 pm (UTC)
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I love your description of Lowe's-chic! Perfect! [applauds]

Hugs and a lovely Sunday to you.
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From:mobile_alh
Date:July 19th, 2015 06:31 pm (UTC)
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Loved Shini Park's pictures (and so much of it Gap) but since the jeans I fell in love with cost more than my first car, i fear they will not be coming to live with me.

And hi!
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From:laurawise
Date:July 19th, 2015 08:07 pm (UTC)
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I have trained myself to appreciate the images and not yearn for the crazy-expensive clothing featured therein. Or at least mostly to appreciate and not yearn. :)

So good to see you here! Hope San Diego was good to you. :)

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