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ReFashioned Fashion

Red polka dots on a yellow background

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I just caught a glimpse of the fall fashions in a magazine and it looks as if polka dots will be the rage.

I recall wearing a bright orange and red polka dot dress years ago.  How funny that women today think that polka dots are a new and fresh idea.  If only they knew that every fashion conscious girl in the 60’s had at least one such dress in her closet.  It was the same thing a few years back with tie-dyed tee shirts.  My mom cursed me for months for ruining the washing machine with my attempts at tie-dye.  The same goes for miniskirts,  maxiskirts, the military look, skin-tight jeans, short shorts, and shift dresses.  I wore them all before  and now I can wear them all again, thanks to refashioned fashions.

What was your favorite fashion “blast from the past” that has made a recent comeback? Would you wear it again?

Let’s Go Shopping!

Designer Showroom furniture gallery in Shreveport

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Last month, after twenty-five years of faithful service, the windows in our house needed replacing.  Rather than trudge from showroom to showroom, I opted to have an in-home consultation by a local remodeling company.  It was great to sit in the comfort of my living room with the samples spread out all over the floor.

Once they were installed, the shades no longer fit because of the new window casings.  My husband immediately went off in search of his tools to “make the darn things fit”.  That was when the ah-ha moment hit. I did not need to stress about making them fit, I could get new blinds!  Another call, another in-home consultation, and two weeks later the new blinds were up.

After a weekend of staring at them, I now realize that the drapes no longer match the squeaky-clean windows and the sparkling new blinds.  Finding replacements are on my to-do list for this week.  Once they are up, I know what is going to follow.  Paint will need to be changed and furniture will be rearranged or replaced. After that, who know what will come next.

Has this sort of thing happened to you?  Have you changed one thing and suddenly found yourself knee-deep in a complete home renovation? More importantly, do you find the process a curse or an adventure?

If You Write It, They Will Come

Pile of Books in Prague Library

But will they stay until the last page?

Most of the time I buy a book because: a) it was on a Best Seller list; b) it was recommended by someone on TV or radio; c) it was recommended by a friend.  Unfortunately, a lot of those times I was disappointed by the story and tossed the book into my “to be finished much, much later” pile.  This doesn’t mean I have anything against the author, it just means I have different taste.  I’m sure a lot of people feel the same way about my books.

Do you finish all the books you start reading? Inquiring minds want to know.

A Day at the Bookstore

As I wander through the local B&N bookstore, I see many different types of readers. Everyone is unique, but they do fall into categories. Below is a brief description of some of the people I saw.

  • Seekers – those looking for a specific book. These include students of all kinds and those who heard about a book (TV, radio, magazine, friend) and want THAT book.
  • Grazers – those who love bookstores but don’t really ever plan to buy a book. They wander the aisles and just gaze at the shelves and displays, occasionally picking up a book to read the cover and then go back to wandering.
  • Browsers – those who don’t need a specific book, but are content to roam through the aisles of the genre or topic they are looking through, i.e. sci-fi, romance, self-help.
  • Campers – those who come into the book store, set up shop and stay there. This includes people who think the book store is their personal library, and those who set up their drinks, food and laptops and don’t move all day.
  • Clueless – those with little to no specific information about the book they are looking for and frazzle the nerves of the clerks. “I don’t remember the name of the book or the author, but I think the cover is red. Do you have that one?”
  • Independents – those shoppers who would rather use a computer terminal than talk to a bookseller.

When I go into a bookstore, I try to be as prepared as possible, armed with as much information about the book or books I am looking for. If I am just browsing, I do my best to stay out of the way of the other buyers and booksellers. I step around those randomly sitting in the middle of an aisle, the ones snoring in the wooden chairs, and try not to squeal too loudly when I see a new book on the shelf by one of my favorite authors.

How about you? Do you see yourself in the categories above? Do you think there are other types of buyers? Inquiring minds want to know!

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