Saturday, July 5, 2014
Seashell Leopard Print
New dress! Well, new to me. I love wearing a new dress for the first time, especially if it's not much like the rest of my wardrobe, and the weather lets me show it off. I feel free and shiny, like a bright copper penny on the sidewalk. Except better than that, because sidewalk clutter is just about the only use for a penny these days. Last night I picked up some change--a quarter and a nickel--and I noticed that there was a penny on the ground too. I had already bent over, but I still didn't pick up the penny. I'll take 'em as change when I buy something, but they go straight into tip jars. I actually hate getting change anywhere that doesn't have a tip jar, even dimes and whatnot, because coins are a pain to deal with and I'd rather give them straight back.
I'm not lush enough to hand out cash to street musicians anymore, which makes me sad, but I have always believed that if you can't afford to tip, you can't afford to go out. I'm not quite as strict about it at coffee shops, because at least the baristas have to be paid minimum wage, but people who don't tip at restaurants are trash. Yes, the system is stupid and management should pay waiters a fair wage up front, but not tipping does absolutely nothing to change that. It just screws the waiter over. The only excuse for not tipping is really atrocious service--and even then it has to be something that's actually the waiter's fault, not cold food or other issues caused by the kitchen.
I didn't intend to rant about this, and yet somehow it happened... ANYWAY, the pattern on my dress reminds me of both seashells and leopard print. I dig it. Impromptu thrift trips can yield wonderful results.
I must admit, this look would have been improved 400% by red lipstick. But that's true of a lot of looks, so whatevs. By the way, I hope you had a happy Fourth of July! Regardless of whether you're American, because I like y'all.