Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Old, Wise, and Without Compromise


______I wonder how long most of us will continue with our blogging. At what age will it be time to say, "Au revoir, blogosphere"? When we're forty, fifty? When our kids have blogs and dogs and possibly even (god forbid) the iPhone 43s?

______So when do we stop?  The answer is never!


______Through thick and thin, through work and the stress of life, through chocolate and coffee, I hope that my blogging never comes to a halt.  I plan on blogging up until my rocking chair years, probably alongside most of you ladies, and we'll all be cantering about our old folks home thinking of ways to wreck havoc on the place.  You know, dastardly old lady tasks, like plugging men's urinals full of poker chips, shuffling our slippers against the carpet until we become charged with lightning sparks that zap our aged enemies into static-y statuettes, and starting food fights by flinging our mush-food at each other from spoons pulled back like slingshots.

______Simple old folk pleasures, really.


______All the while, I'm sure we'll be an attractive gang of living fossils, what with our saggy breasts, skin flecked with grey specks and wrinkled like plastic bags, and wispy hair that resembles dried-out marshmallow fluff.  With good looks on our side, we'll no longer fear trying a new trend, whether it be fish-net bodysuits, coconut bras, or shiny belly rings that peek shyly from our cobweb-laden bellybuttons.

______By then, we will have become so accustom to dragging our tripods around and surreptitiously snapping selfies that we will no longer fear intercepting the public eye.  Young whippersnappers will look at us strangely, and we will waggle our jewel-topped canes at them shouting how they know nothing about vintage fashion.  And rather than shying away to alleyways and abandoned buildings, we will feed off the energy radiating from these onlookers' perplexed faces, snapping photos on sidewalks congested with businesspeople and tourists alike.  We will dress ourselves bravely in neon yellow jumpsuits and those Jesus sandals with straps that pinch the skin hanging over our ankles.

______We're gonna be hands-down rad, you guys.


______It's weird to think that the styles we are wearing now will be melted down and reforged into something similar but different to future fashion trends in another twenty years, then another forty, or possible even a hundred.  But thus is life, one infinite cycle of cycles and old people.

______What do you see yourself wearing in another few decades?


Dress: via Urban Outfitters
Socks: T-T-Target
Ankle booties: Chelsea Crew
Anchor belt: Lotus Boutique
Necklace, link bracelet, earrings: Charming Charlie
Lip stain: Hourglass
Hair: styled by my darling momma


Lauren said...

Don't forget wheel chair races down the hallways!! Personally, when I'm old I'm going to dye my hair pink and blue, drive a huuuuge pickup truck, have at least one cat in the passenger seat, and flip people off just for the funs. Hehehehehemuahahaha

But yeah, I have thought about what blogging will be like for us when we're old. I mean, we're really the first generation experiencing this sort of thing, so no one really knows what will happen.

(And to answer your question, I'm hoping to wear things that hearken to Zenon. Because I always dressed like her when I was little and I need an excuse to do so again.)

LyddieGal said...

Hahahaha, I think it would be great to be a big bunch of geriatric fashion bloggers. Dressing with abandon, piling on every accessory I own (which by that age, I'll have a metric ton) clashing colors and styles in way that only an old lady can. It will be something to look forward to.

Chic on the Cheap

Jacqueline said...

coconut bra! I want one now (i'll keep it until I'm old, and bring it back out when it comes 'in style'.)
Nice post ali, I don't think i'll stop blogging, but when I leave 'Nam I'm worried I'll have to change the name of my blog cos ppl might wonder what the 'pho' connection is... but, I shall continue.
Your socks are so cute the way they match your jewels! xox

Frannie Pantz said...

OMG I could seriously not stop laughing at this post! You are so funny and witty. I have actually asked myself this very question so many times. Like how long would I really plan on doing this? I'm already a mother in my 30's--is that lame? But I love it! You have inspired me to keep trucking until my memory slips and I start posting 43 times a day.

Glória Hefzibá said...

What a sweet dress, for a sweet, funny girl! Suits you well =]

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Carolina Neto said...

you look amazing! i love the dress, earrings and necklace

Anonymous said...

I'm already getting tired of blogging. If I didn't have to go to work then I'd be super stoked about it! I don't think my blog will make it to the rest home lol.

I think I'll probably be wearing a lot of elastic waisted pants when I'm old!

Life of Mabel

Anonymous said...

This post definitely made me laugh out loud- you are so hilarious! To be perfectly honest I try not to think about when I'll stop blogging or stop using Facebook or Instagram etc... I just try to live in the moment and enjoy what makes me happy right now. But I do hope that I continue to blog and build relationships with lovely ladies like you who I've met online. More than anything, blogging gives me a new perspective on someone's life and lets me in to others' interests and styles. It makes me inspired and I hope to always be inspired by something, no matter how old I am!

Xo, Hannah

Sammi said...

You look adorable - such a lovely white dress, and I love the dark crimson accents! And bahah... I hope I don't stop for a long time! You always have the perfect balance between being hysterical and thought-provoking!

xox Sammi

Tere Ávila said...

i love your dress, amazing look!


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Closet Fashionista said...

I love this look! all your accessories go so perfectly together!
and haha, it would be so funny to blog when we're super old! Here's what I wore on my walk down the sidewalk to get the mail this morning!

Marlen said...

Haha simple old folk pleasures indeed. And I CONSTANTLY wonder what I'll be wearing in a few decades. like will i look back on these blog pages and be like "what in the hell was i thinking?!" and be wearing crazy cat lady clothes. The future is such a mystery.

But speaking of blog posts, i very much looove your socks with those boots. Imma steal that idea.

xo marlen
Messages on a Napkin

Rebecca said...

I just love your sweet look! Your dress is so lovely and I like the accessories you added! It is hard to imagine what I will be wearing in a few decades! I am sure I will look back at what I am wearing now and be like I can't believe I wore that! LOL!


Nanthini said...

Thank you for the reminder Ali! Inspirations are magical and you are one fairy! Say nothing, keep writing =)

TheTinyHeart said...

Haha, this was hilarious! I probably won't be blogging in 10 years, let alone when I'm an old lady. :)

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Lily Fang said...

Ah, Ali! I feel like you always touch on topics I like to ponder. I've always wondered when I would stop blogging, but right now, I agree with you! I'd like to say never (: Your writing is so witty and thoughtful--I've always enjoyed that about your blog!

It is so funny though. One year fringe is in, then it's out. Or short hair and long hair. It's the cycle of fashion--and life! I hope I'm wearing some super, well, RAD things in the future haha. I like to experiment with trends judiciously, so I can't wait to see what's in store for us!

As for your loveliness, this outfit is so well balanced! Your socks and statement necklace and earrings, your belt and boots. Ah! I'm mighty impressed. You are just the chicest thing, dear Ali!

Have a beautiful weekend!

RaindropsofSapphire said...

I love this dress on you and the boots with the socks, this is an adorable look! I really like your blog! I'm glad that I found it! It would be nice if you could stop by my blog sometime too (I'm from England) as I post my outfits, personal style, likes and much more :) :)

Raindrops of Sapphire

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You are the perfect example of why accessorizing is so darn important. Everything from your hair down to those socks you're wearing is sheer brilliance! I'm in love :) xxx

Grace said...

Love the socks peeking from the books! And I agree--never, it is!

Happy Friday!
A Southern Drawl

Jessi said...

Haha I love it! I hope when I'm old I still know what's fashionable and I'm not trying out the full body fish net amongst other things...hahaha
I love this pretty lace dress and how you let the accessories do the talking! The socks and booties are perfection really and I always love that belt!!

Sam said...

Hi dearest Ali, I often wonder when I will tire of blogging too, I hope its not soon and that your colorful vision of our far far future is true. I like your cute descriptions, makes getting old sound quite appealing lol. Love this feminine white dress and your styling is always spot-on and so pretty, the necklace is a beautiful piece.Thanks for your kind words, always appreciated!

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It's always fun reading how you think. So hilarious! That would be something gracefully elderly fashion bloggers, I wonder what poses would be the talk of the town then, haha. Love your necklace set, and the deep red/burgundy colours in your outfit. :) /Madison xo

Rhea Bue | Styles and Writes said...

OMG!!! You're so gorgeous! the white dress looks perfect on you!! :D and the photos are breathless <3

Pins, Needles & Fashion said...

That dress is just stunning on you and I love how you styled the whole look. You look great!

mochaccinoland said...

what a darling outfit <333 love that cute little polka dots socks! it makes the whole outfit special and cute <333


Tallia said...

these photos are so clear! I am envious of this photography!

Sonia De Macedo said...

One things for sure I DO NOT want to be lamb dressed as mutton, that's the only style thing I foresee hahaha and I wouldn't mind living under the same roof as you when I'm elderly. Throwing food at each other, pranking the other male residents. That sounds like so much fun LOL. And I'll definitely be blogging right there with you (I hope!)


Valemood said...

Wow i love your outfit :)

Carla Florendo said...

Hi Ali, sorry i haven't visited you in a while. first off, love your boots and this whole sweet but really cool look. and i definitely to never stop blogging, ever. even though im so busy and heck i feel that no one looks at my blog anymore, im still determined to keep going. it feels good to know im not alone. let's all do this together! rad all the way!

xo, Carla

Olivia said...

I love this outfit! But, my favorite touch is the cute socks with the boots!
What is your opinion... Can short girls do the same sock-boot thing?
Hugs & Kisses,

Linda B said...

Omgsh, picturing old ladies snapping selfies blogger style...bhahaahaha! I hope we end up at the same retirement home Ali...I have a feeling you'd keep me young :P
Hmmmm, and that's a good question, thinking about what I'd wear in a few decades...honestly, I have a feeling I'd go full blown bohemian. You know, feathers in the hair, maxi skirts, beaded jewelry, fringed details, EVERYTHING. I love it so much, and I would of course have to throw in a few spikes here and there.
Anyway, I love those polka dot red socks, and also your matching statement necklace!
Keep up your blogging girl, you know I'll be doing the same! :)

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Jamie Rose said...

Hahaha I'll be one of those stylish old ladies with cool hats and whatnot. I always wonder about when/if I'll stop blogging. It could just be a matter of evolving the blog into whatever I want to blog about in the future. Who knows!

Anyway, this white dress looks fantastic on you. You're rocking those polka dot socks too! You're so good at pairing socks with your outfits. It always looks super cute!

dana dimitras said...

You look very chic, love also your hairstyle :)

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Northern Style Exposure said...

Love this color combo! The photos to die for!

Jovanna said...

OMG your hair is amazing!Love your boots, the dress..everything!!!
The Londonian Girl

jess said...

I'm getting a pink beehive when I'm old. I love those accessories.

Joyce said...

oh yes definitely! hahahaha future elderly fashion bloggers are all going to be the most stylish elderly folk ever (and super good with selfies) as well as the most trouble-making group of elderly people ever too. And ooo I love your cute polka dot socks peeking out of the boots and how the colors go with your necklace:)

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Jade Wright said...

Firstly... I'd just like to say just how much I adored this post! Your writing is gorgeous!
Secondly... your outfit is flipping stunning!

I really enjoyed reading this post from you and am very glad to read that you're hoping to still be blogging in your rocking chair because I intend to still be reading your posts in mine one day! ;) hahaha

Thanks for some awesome inspiration! <3

Marika said...

this look is absolutely stunning!
I love it!
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Katie Aman said...

You bring up such an interesting thought! I've often thought about when my 'vintage' clothing is going to be something that turns into 'old fashioned' rather than the 'quirky' that it is now. At 30? 40 perhaps? I probably still won't care what others think about me so perhaps I won't notice, haha. I'll likely have kids by then telling me I'm uncool anyway right? :)
Also, have you read the blog advanced style? I want to be like some of these people who just wear whatever they please!

I adore this combination you are wearing. Your necklace is a stunning color with your cream dress and it matches the socks!! Eee I love it.

And the urinal comment, haha I can't take it!!

Anna Martin said...

Flipping through your blog, I couldn't help but notice the amazing collection of shoes you have! I mean, they are stunning!

The boots you're wearing in this outfit post are no exception! I love them! They pair beautifully with the dress and the polka dot socks peeking out from the top are so adorable. <3 Very well done!

Thank you so much for the sweet comment you left on my blog, also! I really appreciate it! You're welcome back any time!


- Anna

Imogen said...

I'm very happy to know that you'll be here for the long term. I plan on doing the same. I can definitely tell that will be the case because I've always made it such a priority no matter what's happening in my life. I sure hope you're right that the fear of taking photos in public will be reduced. It sure is interesting to think about what other styles we will be wearing far from now. Knowing me, with such a fear of change, it will probably be exactly the same. You look very beautiful, those little socks are just too cute. Love to you Ali.

Jodie said...

Thank you for the kind comment
You look stunning :)
I don't plan on stopping blogging until I forget due to dementia :)

Alyssa Marie said...

It's so funny, I have actually had that same thought about what I will be wearing "decades from now" before. I can say, honestly, that I will still love color and always gravitate towards it, but it will be interesting to see how my style evolves. I will always be unique, that's for sure! (I've always said, I'll be that crazy lady who wears whatever she wants, even if it's not "age appropriate" haha!). I will love bows and lace and quirky insects prints, forever!!! muwhahahaha.

Love this post though, really got me laughing :D

And as always, you look absolutely lovely Ms. Ali. Just darling in this gorgeous dress and necklace..classic, beautiful, so well put together. You are just too lovely!!! Hope you are having a wonderful week so far :)

xo, Alyssa

Tallia said...

You have such a cute style! Red looks really nice on your skin color and the necklace is just so cute!

K.I.S.S. said...

Lovely dress dear.
Like your blog,would u like to follow each other?