Sunday, July 5, 2009

Keep Smiling, Keep Shining...

...knowing you can always count on me...for sure...that's what friends are fooooooor!

You will now be singing this cheesetastic bit of greatness for the rest of the day. Oh Dionne...Stevie...Elton...and Gladys Midnight Train to Georgia Knight...what a memorable collaboration ye have wrought.


Yes, there is a reason I'm quoting fluff from the 80's.  Because last night I was having a "What Not To Wear" moment.  I think.  I've never seen that show, but I understand the premise behind it.

Anyway, I have this thing to attend and it's kinda at a hip location.  And I don't want to roll up in the MomVan, sporting some mom jeans, wearing a pair of Clark's and a t-shirt from the softer side of Sears.  Even though that sounds really comfortable right about now.

I digress.

No, for this thing I must have some semblance of fashion...a modicum of hipness.  I need to appear semi-trendy without trying to come across as one of those annoying thirty-somethings who refuse to accept the fact that they are, indeed, thirty-something.  I have long relinquished my twenties as a dream that once was. Heck, we all know that 34 is the new 21, anyway.  Ahem.

And this is where I keep smiling...keep shining...
because I can ring my sweet friend, Kelli, and leave a breathless message on voicemail that goes a little something like this:
"Oh my stars, please come over here and help me get my act together so I can look "DID!" and not frumpy, and be my barometer of all things sassy and fabulous."  

Because Kelli is twenty-something.  And very fashionable and fun and fantastic and all those other "f" words.  Well, except that one "f" word.  

What does Kelli instantly do for me?  (Other than phone while I'm in church...in the midst of a dead silence.  Her ring tone is The Black Eyed Peas.  Yes, the church peeps loved hearing, "I got that boom boom pow..." in the middle of the service.  Word.)  She shows up at my house.   And gets to work.  I so love her.



Here's Kelli trying on my shoes.  They're yellow.  And so sassy, no?
She said the shoes are "a definite."  Yay!


We then bypass fashion for a good hour and discuss music instead.
Because, you know, priorities.
We're both kinda sad we missed Bonnaroo this year.  Sigh...


Getting back on fashion track, we peruse the accessories aisle...
...and by peruse, I mean Kelli tries on some of my hipster hoops.
And then tells me not to wear them.  Okey-dokey, then.


After all this Sunday night mayhem, I believe I just might be prepared for the little shindig I have to attend later on this evening.  Of course I'll blog about it.  And maybe post a picture of me wearing my sassy yellow shoes.  We'll see.

Thanks, my dear KelliOtt.  You are a true friend.  I know of few other gals who, even though completely knackered, would drive the entire 2 minutes it takes to get from your house to mine. Especially after spending the weekend in Nashville with your fiance's awesome band. Hanging with famous musicians.   Making money.  Preparing for stardom.  You know, just doing your usual thing.  

"For good times, and bad times, I'll be on your side forevermoooooooore..."
Yes, that's what friends are for.

26 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Those shoes are FANTASTIC.

Laura said...

I need a KelliOtt to take away my frumpy, too! I also need a pair of yellow heels!

CaraBee said...

Well now you absolutely must post pictures of your did look!

S Club Mama said...

Can she come live with me? Because when I ask my husband what to wear, he says, "whatever" or "sure, that's fine." Ugh

And I seriously LOVE those shoes!

Jenni Jiggety said...

I am loving those SHOES!

Also, 34 is not the new 21...35 is!

Caroline said...

My style these days is anything I can fit my expanding belly into. Usually something big and cottony from the softer side of Sears. Yeah, I'm cool.

That Dionne Warwick album was the first I owned (on cassette of course). I listened to it so much I wore it out. I bet Dionne wasn't wearing yellow shoes when she sang that.

You are so hip its not even funny. Love you!

Heather said...

Is tonight the night already?

"I gotta a feeling, that tonight's gonna be a good night..."

Some more BEP for you, 'cause we love that song. Gabe can now sing most of the words to The E.N.D. CD.

I need a Kelli. 'Cause I struggle with fashion. And I love the sound of jeans and a soft t-shirt.

Good luck! I know you will rock it out, and I can't wait to hear all about it!

Denise said...

You're going to look FABulous! Where do I find me a KelliOtt?

Melissa said...

Okay, can I just say, that in my world Clark's are a fashion statement cuz normally it's my slip-on tennies, my flips or crocs. Comfort becomes acceptable(not fashionable or hip) when your hot and fat, and that's just where I'm at these days.

You are so my hero when it comes to all things fashion. It's becuz of you I'm now waiting with baited breath for the new Sephora to open at the mall.....:) I can.not. wait.....

BTW, I had a dream that Rob Pattinson thought I was a virgin and he thought that was sexy and he was a vamp and he wanted me to be his Bella.....what do you think that means??????

Bekah said...

TONIGHT? gosh that came fast.

i wish i could go and look fab w/ you. cuz you do. and you will. and u know who will eat his heart out and tell his friend....

Kat said...

I will never own cute shoes because my feet protest too much. And they can't squeeze in either.

I'm sure you'll find me easily in Vegas...I'll be the frumpiest of the bunch. Maybe I'll make a frumpy tiara...just to make it official...

angie said...

Those yellow shoes are amazing. Seriously.

Tony C said...

If you could start posting a 'Sex & Love' category, I'll cancel my Cosmopolitan subscription...got fashion and celebs covered already in Lulaville.

I get the magazine strictly for educational purposes...honest.

Jen said...

what a fabulous friend! I need one like her.
I hope that you have a great time and please send me a picture of you and all your fabulousness that is those shoes!

Aunt Julie said...

Well-said! And I LOVE your shots...Listen, I wanted to introduce myself. I'm Aunt Julie, Veggie Mom's SIL. Veggie is retiring today as the proprietress at Eat Your Veggies! today, and I'm stepping in. I realize I have really BIG shoes to fill, but I'm up to the challenge. Please come by and wish Veggie a fond farewell on her last post. Look forward to seeing you over at my new place!

Live.Love.Eat said...

Gladys' version is my favorite! Well, I am sure you're going to look fabulous tonight, can't wait to hear about this mysterious happening!

Kristen said...

The shoes. The Kelli.

It's all just too much goodness to soak in.

Swirl Girl said...

can't wait to see the finished product!

do tell!

Vicki said...

Can't wait to see pics. Anywhere you have to dress up to go to is fabulous!

(On a side note, it takes longer for the new-looking blog to load for me, and this time the header didn't show up)

Jennifer P. said...

I do not really have any 20-something girl friends but I DO have a keen eye---and I look at them (the 20 somethings) and look at what they're wearing and try to wrangle stuff out of my closet that looks like what they had on...but do it up in a slightly more 34-ish way.

Oh, softer side of Sears, it will be all you and I and polyester, elastic-waist pants in another 30 years. I can't wait till I really don't care anymore :)

SOOOO looking forward to seeing what you're doing and what you're wearing to it!!!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

What I want to know is whether you will be wearing said yellow fabulousness on your feet come October. I don't want to clash with you when table dancing.

-Francesca

Mama Kat said...

I'm totally that mom still trying to squeeze into 20 something leather mini skirts and crop tops. I refuse to accept my mini van driving mom jean wearing fate. Boo.

JennyMac said...

Those yellow shoes are FAB!

ParentingPink said...

Send Kelli on over to my house - I need her opinion on a pair of shoes! Also, I just LOVE the word "cheesetastic." I'm gonna borrow it!

Marrdy said...

Could I borrow Kelli (and those cool Yellow shoes)? I believe I am the Queen of Frump! Can't wait to see the pics.

Elena said...

LOVE your phone busting out in song in church. TOO funny! Mine did that at a baptism once. Nothing like Austin Powers to bring the spirit of God to a room. And I have NO doubt that you will look absolutly 20-somthing-ish at where ever it is you go.