She Wore Green Velvet
When I was writing this quick synopsis on my favorite dress in high school, it occured to me that there used to be a time that I could find something to wear and it would make me feel FANTASTIC. In particular, dresses. I felt PRETTY in dresses. I cannot remember the last time I felt that pretty or that comfortable. I can remember the dress I graduated in high school in, and the dress I graduated college in. The college dress may be the last dress I felt COOL and POWERFUL and attractive in. After that, it’s ALL DOWN HILL. Why, I wonder? Pobably, because over the years, I’ve become increasingly more CHEAP when it comes to clothes and I HATE shopping, like nobody’s business. I also have NO SENSE OF STYLE OR THE PATIENCE for Goodwill and Salvation Army combing. My friend Jen can find the COOLEST THINGS on the planet at used places. I’m always asking: Where in the heck did you find THAT COOL outfit? She’ll name some used clothing store and the entire thing cost $5! If I buy anything, having AGONIZED over a $1.50 purchase, I come home with a skirt I don’t feel comfortable in and will never wear.
I am amazed at all the craft bloggers out there who go out and find the coolest most retro fabulous things at the cheapest prices. This is a GIFT, I tell you! A gift, I don’t seem to posess. Plus, I live in New York, which turns out to have the MOST EXPENSIVE used places in the world. Seriously, I went to the Salvation Army to buy some pots and pans and there wasn’t anything cheaper than $15! That seems a liitle steep for a BURNED OUT pot, don’t you think?
I think back to the girl in the velvet dress, so ON HER WAY to being a little more SCREWED UP than she was at that moment. Things seemed a bit simpler in a sense. You had a boyfriend and a pretty dress. Behind it were other, deeper, less obvious things, of course. Still, I wouldn’t go back to that boyfriend in a million years, but to find a dress (oh, to find a dress!) that made me feel like a MILLION BUCKS, that is something to return to.