Saturday, January 5, 2013

Dance This Mess Around

When I was trying to come up with a name for this blog, I thought about using a song title or lyrics. Completely original, huh? I thought about '60s songs, since that was when I first became aware of music, or the '70s when I was a teenager and young adult. The songs that kept sticking in my head, though, were New Wave. That was really my favorite music - it was fresh, inventive and hip. And it was an era when I had a lot of fun going out, dancing, acting cool, and sometimes convincing other people that I was.

circa 1983, pretty much same haircut as today

During this time, I was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar (well, a restaurant) in Tacoma, Washington. When I went out with girlfriends, we often saw a local band that played a lot of New Wave music, especially The Cars. They called themselves Strypes, and all five guys were different versions of all right!

So why am I telling you all this?


The top is actually a loose wrap/shrug from JCP (see it open here). I decided to pin it up asymmetrically and wear it with my new thrifted silver belt (mentioned here) and black midi skirt (Walmart).

I made the flower pin from some scraps of fabric and a button.

Tights are Target's $5 tights. Short boots were also $5 from Goodwill, never worn until I got them.

Let the Good Times Roll

Going back to blog names, here are some of the ideas I toyed with:
  • Glitter on the Highway  (already taken)
  • You May Find Yourself  (also taken)
  • Message in a Bottle  (maybe for a 12-step blog)
  • Voices Carry  (too vague)
  • Echo Beach  (too obscure)
  • Whip It  (too S&M)
I also liked
  •  Mirror in the Bathroom
 but I just wasn’t sure I wanted the word "bathroom" in the title of my blog, you know?

In the end, I wanted continuity with the names Val Sparkle and Sparkle Park Designs, so I decided on Late Blooming Sparkle (and I know it should have a hyphen, but it's a title and a hyphen would look ugly). I may not be blooming madly like Bella Q, but I'm blooming late-ly!

So tell me about your favorite songs, or your blog title, or how you feel about stripes.

Linking up to Visible Monday and Monday Mingle.



Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

Dang, now I've got that song in my head..."that much is true. But even then I knew I'd find a much better place, either with or without you." Well, remember Tainted Love. Or You Got the Beat from the Go Go's. Boy, clubbing in the 80's was fun! I like stripes, but I like polka dots better, not that this is a competition.

Judith said...

What a great style you have pulled together here! Love the pop of colour in your beautiful pin.
All the titles you auditioned for your blog bring back great memories. Some of the younger bloggers will be wondering about a few of them...
As for the stripes, in proportion they are very flattering, but I am not a fan of huge thick stripes, or ones that don't match up ...J

Sheila said...

I got all your song references except for Glitter on the Highway (are you kidding, doesn't everyone know Echo Beach??)! I love 80s music (high school grad '85 here). I just recently re-bought "Voices Carry" by Til Tuesday - Aimee Mann is still making great music, btw.

I love how you've belted up this drapey cardi, Val! Very cute. Don't you love finding NEW shoes second-hand?

Déjà Pseu said...

Hah! You've named a bunch of my favorite songs from that period! I think you've done well to belt that cardigan, and I live the directional effect on the stripes of how you've closed it.

Val Sparkle said...

Maybe Echo Beach wasn't that obscure, at least not in Canada. But I never heard of Martha and the Muffins again.

Glitter on the Highway is a line from Love Shack by the B-52s. It's from 1989, so by then it was becoming Middle-Aged Wave.

Helga! said...

Blloming madly and with sparkle indeed!
I use song lyrics for post titles all the time, as it was just tiring trying to think of a title! The blog name was easy, as it's an old stage name that has been with me for years.
I love stripes, and I love that top! The way that neckline folds over is gorgeous! I have to be careful with stripes, as i'm on the big side.I mostly stick to stripey tights.Stripes go great with polka dots!
Thanks for dropping by my blog, pleased to "meet" you!

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

What a great thought provoking post.
My first blog workthatwardrobe was my first into to the blogging world when I made a pledge to work with my wardrobe and not to buy any new clothes for a year.
When that year was up I needed a new blog with some continuity. At the time I was working as a freelance writer, teaching creative writing classes and I was always intrigued by the way clothes and the fabric they contain weave their way into our lives. This may be thoughts about how a certain dress made us feel or wher eour clothes have travelled and the memories they hold. At the time I loved listening to This Shirt by Mary Chapin Carpenter.
To concluse my ramblings I also wanted a blog title to reflect that while I love clothes, the people and events in my life are far more important and I wanted to be able to blog about those things too.
So, The Small Fabric Of My Life covers all those bases.

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

Aplogies for the spelling mistakes but I was trying to proof read when my dog came running up (chasing a squirrel he had seen in the garden through the patio door) and knocked my arm.

Amber of Butane Anvil said...

Your 1983 photo, musical references, and current outfit are all fabulous - so glad your blog is off to a great start, congrats and hooray!

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

You've got me all nostalgic too, esp the part about dancing with my friends to bands full of cute guys, sigh. Love this look, and the way you styled that open cardigan! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday : >

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Great post...brings back some favorite songs. I like your blog name and I love your look today from flower to boots. Great job!

~julee~ said...

I love how you're wearing the shrug! I never would have thought of that but it looks great!

And now I'll be trying to fall asleep with Talking Heads lyrics in my brain... ha ha. :)

Megan Mae said...

Love the pinned up top! Especially with the buttonflower, really cute. That was a great idea.

Bella Q said...

You do sparkle- madly! I love the outfit- the fashion history and the fact you are balls-to-the-wall blogger cool.

Melanie said...

Awesome pin! I love it. You look fantastic, and those shoes add just the right coolness - good score.
My blog title is highly unoriginal. And my post titles are too - I read somewhere that one's post titles must reflect what is in one's post and it lodged in my craw. I dislike Rules! so I must exorcise that wretched advice. I like your blog title and look forward to see more of your stylings and art.

Kezzie said...

Oooh, I love reading about the thought-processes over decisions! I like the various choices you came up with! Wish I'd done something similar- I'm bloomin stuck with my name as that's what I keyed into blogger when I first signed up, not thinking about it! I'd love to be something fun like 'Singing lobsters' or 'Waffles for tea' but no, sadly not!
I really like the outfit, brilliant stripes- totally jealous of those boots- wish my second hand shops stocked shoes in my gargantuan-sized stompers! I visited one today after visiting the doctor's and happily purchased a brand-new drum for school- it's really good quality and I am always looking to find new drums! Oh and a pair of shorts and a scarf but shhhh, don't tell!!!!
The brooch is so clever, I am so rubbish at anything involving material!

Kezzie said...

Oh, and not doing a creative writing-course- I just love words!

Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell said...

I think you chose the perfect name for your blog.

The way you styled the sweater is so, so clever! It looks so good like this that it is hard to imagine it wasn't intended to be worn as such.

As to music, I am older than you so for me music was the Beatles, the Dave Clark 5, Neil Diamond, ect.

Crazy Ravens Studio said...

That is so cool the way you styled the sweater. I enjoy the whole outfit.I am rather envious that there is no snow wherever you are!

Anonymous said...

I'm fond of New Wave too--I associate it with a time in my life when I was getting out of a really bad relationship, and into a really good one (that I'm still in, actually). And now, thanks to you, I have Echo Beach stuck in my head on permanent replay. :)

Another potential blog title: Rise Up! (except that it seems to imply more of a political stance...)

Anyway, your outfit totally rocks. Looking forward to seeing more!

Tami Von Zalez said...

Hello newbie blogger - you are just starting on your blogaventure. Glad to meet ya.

Visiting from Visible Monday.

Sabine said...

My favorite songs are changing, but my preference for stripes is the same for many years. Always when I do not know what to wear I take a striped shirt and add it with whatever jumps out of my wardrobe. I like your wrapped sweater and how you embellished it with the belt and the flower pin. What I also like are the boots worn with the skirt.
My blog name is the title of a tv-series broadcasted in the early seventy's. I loved the series and the protagonist hanny schygulla and the statement that life should offer more than a job from nine to five.

Helen said...

Just found you via Kezzie's blog!
Echo Beach isn't that obscure surely? It's a fab name for a blog and I wish I lived near the sea so I could steal it!

Anonymous said...

Cute Val! Love the boots with this outfit. I think I've seen the Strypes way back when in the Seattle area. My "cool" time too. ;)

The Style Crone said...

Very chic and stripes and your flower pin is the perfect amount of 'sparkle.' Very fun to hear about how you chose the name for your blog. That's something we can all relate too!

The Style Crone said...

That's what happens when I click the publish button too fast and then see that my first sentence is totally wrong. Oh well. Another lesson learned!

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

Wow! Great restyling for that little top. You'll wear it with jeans, and slacks, and everything
Have a wonderful 2013!

silvergirl said...

I really like the details of this stripe top
I don't blame you for not wanting the word bathroom in your blog name!

Val Sparkle said...

You probably did see the Strypes - evidently they were pretty well known around the Pacific NW. Behold the power of Google -

Anonymous said...

I had a hard time finding a blog name too! My aunt actually came up with this one because we were in the kitchen and i love vintage clothes. I went through "Not Your Grandfather's Beauty Pageant" (a play on a quote from a disgraced beauty queen) and "Dress the Part" (everyone said it was too boring).

Love your stripes and your Strypes story!


Joyatri said...

The drapey neckline of the top with the belt looks so cool. And the color and horizontal stripes remind me of Debbie Harry's striped t-shirts. And the scrap fabric pin is fun -- I've got to make one of those!
Yep, those songs were my going-out years, too. About 5 years ago, I went with some (much younger) friends for a Cure/Smiths night at a club. They sat drinking while I was dancing like a wild banshee for 3 hours straight.
I agree that it's best to keep some consistency with your other online presences in your blog title. I picked "Joyatri" years ago when my blog was about animals and India. My name is "Jo" and "yatri" means 'traveller' in Hindi, so I strung them together. No one knows how to pronounce it, but it would look weird writing "Jo-yatri"

A Matchy Matchy Midlife said...

I love the asymmetry in the top, and it looks great belted. And sparkles rock, no matter what you add with them!! ;o)

Jo-Lynne {Musings of a Housewife} said...

I love how you came up with your blog name! Very clever. I'm here from #MondayMingle!

Emalina said...

I love your dress and cardie ensemble, you look lovely!

Jill said...

Love the stripes and your use of accessories to make it your own!

Wendy said...

From your blog title ideas I can tell you have amazing taste in music. :)