19.8.10

THE GOOD



You really want to hear my raunchy, crazy, ex girlfriend story?  Its sort of long.  Any good story is best told in person with gestures and tone and suspense. I am not sure I will be able to do it justice in written form, but I will try.

First: THE GOOD

She was wearing a turban made of old tee shirts, vintage scarves and twine.  Her glasses, in clear light pink, filled up half of her face which was already obstructed by her mixed up pile of vintage fabrics and mu mu dresses. I liked her right away.  She caught me staring at her and I blushed. ME: "Who are you?" HER: "Why? (big smile)" She didn't tell me her name right away.  She seemed careful.  I explained that I worked for a non profit arts organization and that we were looking for independent designers who worked with recycled materials.  I was organizing a series of workshops that would lead to a fashion show the following fall and was searching for talent.  I told her she seemed artistic and from the looks of things, had an eye for vintage. We exchanged numbers. By the end of the month she was living in my garage.

S. did sew, she said, and had a million ideas for designs, she just needed some space, and time. Yesterday I told you about my first time at her house, the shoes, her collection, the DEAL, but I didn't tell you the whole story.  I was seduced by her collection.  Industrial sized bins and every one that was opened, immaculate, amazing, unique, perfectly edited, VINTAGE.  Or maybe I was bewitched.  She maybe cast a spell on me. Or perhaps I was so LUSTFUL for her things I couldn't think straight.  The visual masturbation was too much for me to handle. I needed more.  She gave me the boots, gave me the shoes, a PILE of dresses, GAVE as gifts. My gratitude and drunken ecstasy drove me to then GIVE her $300 (she was about to be kicked out of her apartment) the studio over my garage (to store her vintage and work on her sewing) My BODY (to model her vintage for selling on Ebay) and my blind loyalty. She had a story "my boyfriend has left me with these two children (1 yr and 4 yrs) to go on a deep sea fishing expedition, and without any money. It was his last effort at getting a little cash so that we can move out of here.  I told him I would support myself selling vintage but its been so hard to list and photograph my things since I don't have any family nearby and I can't afford preschool.  I am about to be kicked out of my apartment and I don't have anywhere to go."   I HAD a bleeding heart.  A fellow mom.  She needed help.  I could help her.  I had everything she needed and she seemed like a freaking GENIUS.  So cool.

After she eventually moved all the way in (her utilities were shut off and had no way of cooking for her children or bathing them) WE decided to throw a huge vintage party so she could sell some of her stuff outright and get some start up capital to get her kids in preschool, giving her time to list and photograph and finally sell to support herself. I called in all my favors. I gathered 5 rolling racks, borrowed hangers from the thrift stores, called all my friends from my art college, made fliers and invited the public. Everyone came together for the Cause. It was going to be just the thing she needed to get back on her feet.

The day of the party things started to get weird. And tomorrow I will tell you part two: THE BAD.

(I am sure you can guess that part three will be: THE UGLY.) 

Dress: Vintage thrifted
Shoes: lucky brand
Jean Jacket: Vintage thrifted
Ring: Low luv
All other accessories: thrifted

33 comments:

Penny Dreadful said...

Oooh dear this sounds ominous. On the other hand, I love your shoes!

Miss May said...

I just tinkled in my pants. I am looking forward to tomorrow's post, and the post after that, more than the last time i actually followed a tv series and would write down the times and days it was on in my personal calendar. I love crazy stories! I have some of my own and am now inspired to share them, sometime in the near future ;)

Anthea said...

I want to hear part 2!

Liv said...

Gah! Way to leave me hanging! But I will most certainly tune in tomorrow!

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NoGuiltFashion said...

I'm glad you decided to share the story, but man the suspense is going to kill me.
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tomorrowneverknowsfashion said...

Ahhhh you are so evil Christina!! haha I can't wait till tomorrow :)
And I love stories, especially crazy stories.

20 York Street said...

I don't want to get ahead of myself... though patience is not my virtue, I'd rather wait tom to devour this novel!

Love the outfit today, for sure.

http://twentyyork.blogspot.com/

Sidewalk Chalk said...

Oh man, I hate saying the suspense is killing me, because this happened in your real life, but man, what a story.Can't wait to hear the rest.

Love this outfit, especially the floral design of the skirt.

Archives said...

OMG! how can you leave us in SUSPENSE LIKE THAT!

gahhhhh....can't wait!

Tugba said...

Wooohooo u look great :)

Ooo cant wait for second part :) SOOOO CURIOUS NOW!

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silviasiantar said...

YOU ARE SO CHIC!

following you now

xoxo

poisepolish.

Mandy said...

OMG, I love you so much! I mean, I already did - but the fact that you're sharing this is just awesome. I've been wondering about the full scoop on this gal since you mentioned it in passing way-back-when. Totally enticed by the 'Good' and looking forward to hearing the rest.

What I love about you more than your awesome wardrobe and the skills with which you style it, and your incredible adorability - it's that you're so damned NICE and accessible and REAL. Keep on keepin' on. You rule.

holly in heels said...

I'm LOVING those Lucky Brand shoes! I had eye'd those all summer long--never made the purchase plunge. Glad you did! Adorable on ya.
xoxo,
www.hollyinheels.com

Brianna said...

This story is getting interesting... I'm intrigued and looking forward to tomorrows segment. On the other hand, I love this dress, the outfit is fabulous!

gingerR said...

I have a bad feeling about this story. I hope you don't catch her with your husband!

Offering the hand of friendship is the right thing to do. Sometimes you'll get burned, but usually you end up with a friend and they're priceless.

amanda said...

ooohhh, such suspense! it's like reading a novel!

christa @ enSTYLEpedia said...

this is the best thing i've read in a long while. i can. not. wait. for the rest of the story!!!!!!!!

Keira said...

First, you're an amazing writer (among all of your other many talents and gifts). I'm on the edge of my seat, and can't wait for the next installment :)

dear kate said...

great writing! :)
katie

merciblahblah said...

DOH!Oh no you did NOT just do that. You are a debbil woman. Can't wait to hear the next installment of Crazy Vintage Be-Turbaned Lady In Tootsie Glasses. Oh yeah, you look fab, as usual.

merci,
Shannan

merl said...

you evil tease. as if I didn't already look forward to your posts everyday, now you have to add a fever pitch to my need.

RETRO REVA said...

ooh, Christina!
You are scaring me!
I hope this is a happy ending ;)
And my E-mail is:
retroreva@current.net
When u get a moment, pop me a line.
I have a surreal and happy story for ya !

Kimberellie said...

First of all, you look amazing. I love the print on this dress. Second of all, oh you are making us wait! TERRIBLE! Want to hear the rest! Want to! Want to!

ps. shipped the pants today. I know. I'm a slacker.

Margaret said...

Ok, so I definitely have to echo and amen everyone else's comments here. I have no idea why people, even if teasing, call you a devil. You are freaking awesome in every way; an amazing stylist, and beautiful to the core--both your face and your heart. i love reading your posts because i feel i have a good sense of your character. if i am wrong, then you ARE the devil! ;-)

can't wait for the poo part of the story. lollll.


margaret

Snappy-Q said...

Oh man, this is going to be interesting! I love that you are sharing this story. (and I also love your dress).

Anonymous said...

Noooooo... Don't leave us hanging like that ! That's not fair.
I'm a lurker in awe with your style and warm soul. How would you like to visit Montreal one day ?
Maybe I'll cast a spell on you :))

Terri said...

It's crazy how that girlfriend stayed on my mind after you mentioned her yesterday. I had a daughter with a similar problem...

Corie said...

It's such a shame that you had to go through something like that. You just never know...people love to take others (caring individuals) for granted; they love to abuse the relationship.

casual ambiguity said...

Oh wow I never expected to be hearing this story! I am now more intrigued than before! You should write a book or something. I don't know what about, but I'd totally read it.

likeravensandlillies said...

Isn't strange how looking back there is this sea of red flags waving, but at the time all defenses were malfunctioning and you just sailed right by them. I used to do that all the time! I look forward to seeing if she fell into the sociopath or all out psychopath category. Good storytelling!

summer said...

it's awful someone mistreated your compassionate heart. gestures and tones my foot! you have me on the edge of my seat.

Fia said...

First, have to get this out of the way. I love those shoes. You look too cute in this!

Ok, now...you definitely have me intrigued, but I have to say my heart sunk and I whispered a little "No" when I heard about the little ones. I really really hope that this isn't going where I think it's going.

TavoLini said...

Oh crap. I have been there :/ Luckily, I'm so late in reading, I can catch the whole story at once!

Great writing, gal.

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