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lady in red.

forget “lucky in love” – i’m on a “lucky in red” streak.

recent purchase post: today i brought home a lovely vintage red silk robe by neiman marcus. i’ll probably wear it as a dress – i really wasn’t sure at first which it was, since it’s listed as a size “P”, and has normal side pockets, instead of the usual front pockets that robes have. i also bought a mint [condition] long black column dress by emanuel ungaro, which i’d venture to guess is circa late 90’s, and finally, last but not least and best: a vintage three-piece ensemble of black sequins. it consisted of a black silk sequined skirt, a black silk sequined vest, and a black cropped, see-through, puffed and sequin-shouldered bolero. ahhh-mazing. even better, when i got home and separated them (i’m not totally crazy – i wouldn’t wear them together), i realized the bolero was of a different maker… they had combined it with the vest and skirt on accident. sweet.

with the claws of the fall semester already visible around the corner, i must admit i’ve been feeling less than inspired. in addition, i’ve been busy as a bee running errands all over houston; hardly conducive to craft work. however, the mundane drag of life the last week or so has afforded me the opportunity to notice the mundanely humorous things: two days ago, i was behind a woman in a black mercedes e320 whose license plate read, “4MYWIF”. awww.

the other day at the gym (lifetime fitness), my cousin and i were pumpin’ the iron, when she noticed a class going on and suggested, “we should sign up for that – latin dance!” [respectful pause] hopefully, anyone who knows me has finished laughing or grimacing – either response is appropriate. for those who don’t know me, gloria cheng does not dance. 4 years at texas a&m, and i still don’t country dance, and at clubs (which suddenly lost their appeal after i turned 21), i bench myself on the sidelines. once we finished our iron pumping, we headed to the women’s locker room – it was then that i saw it… a flyer sitting on the end of the bench closest to my locker: “Flashback 80’s Aerobic Jam”. yes! 80’s dance is negotiable – unfortunately, my cousin disagreed.

hopefully, i’ll rise out of my creative funk soon – with my mental cohorts still cavorting about the country and the globe, and the upcoming semester forcing me to rethink my immediate priorities, i’ve had little feedback or time to really develop ideas. all in good time, i suppose.

vintage red silk neiman marcus robe/dress.

vintage red silk neiman marcus robe/dress.

tee hee - 80's jam.

tee hee - 80's jam.

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back in bid-ness.

howdy doo-dee!

translation: “hello, how are you?” english; colloquial cartoonish southern-speak.

it’s been a while, and i apologize. as i stated before, my tri-city sweep was downgraded into an extended stay in austin, and an unexpected overnight layover in college station. thanks again to alex s., matt c., and jim for a) babysitting my couch, and b) letting me and jenga crash on it! (sorry again to jim’s uncle, who jenga greeted so warmly in the morning with growls…) of course, thanks also to andrew a., michelle, and jeff for keeping me company! finally, for those of you dying to know, david d. was not in austin, but i did meet up with him in college station, and he did love his shirt. sweet amateur success! sadly, i didn’t get to take clever photos as i had planned, but as usual, i did score some sweet…erm…swag (not a reference to flora).

my cup runneth over in retail luck lately – the post before last documented my being able to check off four potential pairs of shoes with the purchase of two, and this past weekend, i was able to check off several more wish list items in the same manner. recent purchase post: in austin, my biggest score was a brand-new-with-tags black lambskin a-line sheath dress. retail (a.k.a. what i did not pay): $150.00. i also landed a pair of barse sterling + turquoise earrings, and a smoky topaz sterling bracelet. back home in houston/sugar land, i nabbed two more sweet deals: 1) a vintage red silk dress with the most amazing pleated sleeves, and 2) my most recent ebay win, a native american sterling slave bracelet, with turquoise + coral accents. it just arrived today, and i was extremely pleased – i recently discovered slave bracelets, which are essentially a ring + bracelet combo, with chains connecting the two, usually with a decorative piece breaking up the chains in the middle. i’ve kept my eyes peeled on ebay for the last few months; these things run anywhere between $40.00 – $180.00 (not including shipping), depending on the size and intricacy. they are usually pricey due to the fact that most are handmade – obviously, one-of-a-kind pieces will run for more. of course, there are also peruvian slave bracelets, and gypsy slave bracelets – but the former are usually made of alpaca silver, which is lower-grade and lower-quality than standard 0.925 sterling, and the latter is also a cheaper, lighter-weight metal, and usually gold tone. in other words, if you are interested in getting your hands on one (pun!), i’d say the native american versions are more worth the coin.

in other news, i was unable to attend the summer-fest music festival going on in houston today and tomorrow – tickets are supposedly upwards of $20+/day now; should-woulda-coulda. damn. next year, next year. have fun without me, bryan, jim, and jaci (via twitter)

news that trumps all though, is that of my FINALLY receiving geena “the truth/honest abe” sisomphou’s long-awaited postcard from france. i felt more cultured the moment it was in my trembling hands. geen: it’s hanging on my wall! now all that’s left is to get yourself back here to the states…

short of wide, open spaces? come to texas! (but leave your silly city things...)

short of wide, open spaces? come to texas! (but leave your silly city things...)

my native american sterling slave bracelet.

my native american sterling slave bracelet.

vintage red silk dress - pleated sleeve detail.

vintage red silk dress - pleated sleeve detail.

greetings from mademoiselle geena!

greetings from mademoiselle geena!