Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Neon, anyone?

Neon can be tricky. I think most people, when confronted with this recent resurrection of in-your-face color, perhaps turn the other cheek for fear of looking like the 80s vomited on their outfit.

However, I feel differently. Now I'm not saying I'm a proponent of those sorority-fraternity parties where college kids spray neon-colored goo on each other and wear light-up necklaces around their necks.

But I do think when done the right way and in a non-goo involving fashion, neon can be a really fun trend to embrace. For example, the following going out outfit is brightened right up with a few pops of yellow and pink neon:

Mixing in a metallic skinny belt seemed like the right thing to do. Correction: Mixing in metallic often seems like the right thing to do. As does mixing in a skinny belt.

Pocket-tee: Express
Pencil skirt: LOFT
Necklace: Express
Skinny belt: LOFT
Shoes: Colin Stuart for Victoria's Secret

So my advice to you? Go neon! Even if it's just in an accessory. After all, they're awfully easy to take off if you start to feel too blinded.

Monday, June 7, 2010


The handle on the door to my workplace is broken.

Now, when I say handle, I mean a long, pole-shaped door tug that runs lengthwise from top to bottom of the doors through which you enter our store.

And when I say broken, I simply mean unattached from one end. I do not mean sharply splintered or that it is violently poking out in any direction.

However, after hearing, "Gosh, do you realize your door handle is broken? It almost hit me in the face!" and "Geez, you need to fix that door immediately! It practically took off my foot!" among many other exaggeratory claims so many times, I decided I needed to take action, for the sake of my own sanity if nothing else.

Anyway, after spending some amount of time digging out a mallet from the depths of a seldom-used (and therefore very dusty) toolbox, I discovered that no amount of banging was going to get the door handle to stick in place.

So, I did the next reasonable thing... I posted a sign on the opposite door stating the following:


It was written in big red letters.

Over the course of the four hours remaining in my workday, I counted 26 people walk through the wrong side of the door, and about half of them had a complaint about the handle in question.

One lady even said, "Hahaha! Gosh, I read that sign and then I walked right in the wrong side anyway! Hahaha!"

Please tell me... Was my sign somehow unclear?