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I Want My E-Mail!

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Remember email?  I love email. I think that the email format is a great way to get to know someone in our busy world. You can express complete thoughts. If you email at work, it does not look conspicuous like facebook or texting. You can do it on your break! If you hate your keyboard, a better one is cheap and you don’t have replace the entire device! Texting is nice for working out plans or sending an occasional “hi”, but it’s not a good way to have conversations. Have you ever gotten a text from someone like this?

“Hey! How are you doing?”

That is just annoying.

Now you have to reply “Fine!” or else type in a bunch of stuff on that tiny keyboard. And texting gives people excuses to butcher the English language. Email does not. There is no excuse. You are basically using the same device that Sylvia Plath used when he wrote “The Bell Jar”, yes, right before she committed suicide. You are still here, aren’t you? Stop whining then and take a minute for punctuation and proofreading! And with all that time you have left over, go read The Bell Jar. It is an awesome book.

Oh, and what about the wonderful world of attachments? It’s all there for you in email. You can impress your correspondent with a link to an obscure and edgy music video, a photo of yourself, or just a long and badly formatted joke that has been annoying everyone on the Internet for months (well this defeats the whole incognito-at-work advantage).

I love voice. Don’t get me wrong. Talking on the phone can be great. But not at 10:00 p.m. when my kids are in bed and I am finally sitting down to unwind. Phone calls are nice on weekends when there is time to relax but for mid-week communication, I choose email. Do I sound like I’m trying to talk you into something? LOL ;-DDDDD.


Written by nattie

March 23, 2012 at 8:05 am

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The Importance of Bright Plastic Jewelry

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I think I found another piece in my ongoing fashion puzzle – “How Do I Have More Fun Wearing 1950’s Vintage Clothing?”. The answer: Plastic jewelry! It’s what they actually wore in the 1950’s. It was there all the time, the natural choice for those great 1950’s dresses. It can be necklaces or earrings. It can be dark:

black and pink dress

Or Bright:

Vintage 1950's aqua blue plastic flower earrings

Clip-On Pineapple Earrings


These types of plastic earrings are so bright and fun. How could one not wear them?.

I could see them with a 1940’s rayon dress, bright red lipstick and not too much eye makeup. (Of course they would also look great with jeans or low-top converse, or capris, flats and a bulky cardigan).

dark blue 1940's rayon dress

Of course, back in the 1980’s, vintage 50’s styles were just becoming popular. We wore lots of colorful earrings then.

Raspberry 1980's Earrings on eBay

1980s raspberry earrings

Yes they were tacky, and much more Valley-Girl than the 1950’s styles they were trying to copy, but at least they were an early attempt to be “retro”, wild and bright. Think of Peg Bundy from “Married With Children”.

The Bundys from "Married With Children"

Although I have been collecting vintage clothing of the 1950’s, since the 1980’s, I never realized how much more fun plastic jewelry adds to the whole look. I had always just worn vintage with my typical silver, red, and black “hippie” jewelry.

beaded hippie earrings

I mean, these are really pretty, but they don’t complement a 1950’s dress like plastic does. They are better worn with a miniskirt and boots or a long 1970s-style hippie skirt and sandals. That’s great stuff, but it’s for another post, and frankly, I think it’s going to be a really long time before I stop wearing button earrings, now that I have reached this level of inspiration.

I will start with these leather pistol-and-stamen beauties that I won in eBay auction yesterday for $1. Don’t worry, leather may be a natural material, but I will work my way up to plastic.

Yellow Leather Earrings

And next time you try on a vintage dress but are wondering what it is lacking, go for the plastic beads.

Peg Bundy would be proud.

Written by nattie

March 15, 2012 at 1:57 am

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