Wednesday, April 6, 2011
I went home to my parents' house last night because I couldn't this past weekend. I mainly went to visit my grandpa, but you know, free food is nice too. I grew up in the suburbs (for the most part). There's something silly about rows and rows of houses composed of the same plastic siding and slightly different but similar assortments of shutters and window configurations.
I definitely have mixed feelings about suburbs. The first mass produced one popped up in 1951 and was named Levvittown (There is an interesting/bizarre documentary I suggest watching called Wonderland if you've got the time or are interested). The suburbs were created with an idealistic, utopian vision, offering a very specific lifestyle and vision to it's audience.
It's become the norm--people still completely buy into that vision.
Here's my lovely neighborhood. I'm dropping the Urban planning speak, because I could ramble on and on and not say anything remotely related to my blog.
I do love this dress. It's one of the things I thrifted while in California--for $1.95 if I remember correctly. It's pretty much a sack, so requires belting, but that is acceptable. The print is so big and pretty. I also love these black Cole Han tasseled loafers. I found them at a Goodwill boutique and they were in perfect condition. They were a bit more expensive, since it was a fancy Goodwill, but I fell in love and they are oh so comfy. At some point, I'm sure I'll wear them again and be able to have closer, better pictures of them.
(haha, my head looks really abnormally big because my mom was standing up on the porch to take my pictures)
I tried to tuck a sense of nostalgia into my photos, because although I have mixed feelings, I have fond memories of the suburbs. I just know that personally, I like neighborhoods that were allowed to develop on their own--with independent people hiring independent contractors and designers. It's so much more interesting when more hands touch any one project.
loafers: Goodwill boutique
headband: Forever 21
What sort of neighborhood did you grow up in?