I haven't been on Polyvore for a few months. I know eh, neglecting some of my favorites. I got right on that today. I came with the intention of gather ideas for my Halloween Costume this year.
I think it's brilliant, but of course that's me. I have dressed up for Halloween almost every year of my life, that is 55 years. Well, at least the years that I could dress myself up. Then again, I think my mom got into Halloween big time. It isn't something we've talked about for a number of years.
But, if memory serves me, I was in a parade (small town, small time) contest when I was about 6 or 7 years old. I don't know the spiel, but it had something to do with a tribesman with dark makeup, grass skirt, a dressed up bicycle. I'll have to go digging, or ask my mom if she has the photo still around. Only probably is, it will take her about a year to find it, if ever. Then my siblings, especially my brothers will get at me because they will find themselves in on the act, simply by association, and because they live close to my mom. She will remind them daily, hourly, weekly, monthly to come help her search for that photo for Jeannette who is writing a book (my mom is a big fan of mine, and tends to exaggerate a bit. I like to give her credit because it is interpretation from where I'm looking.)
English is not my mom's first language and both her parents spoke in their own respective languages of Polish and Ukrainian. A power struggle of sorts back in the day, where my poor mother, had to learn Polish and Ukrainian because both grandparents never spoke English. On top of that, they never decided to speak one language in the home my mom grew up in. My grandmother spoke Ukrainian and that was that. My grandfather understood her but had to make a point by only speaking Polish to her. Imagine my mom, going to school in English, and coming from a home that was the United Nations stand off.
My mom doesn't quite GET this blog idea .... or she doesn't read it even though I signed her up to get emails every time one was published. I think she either files it away in her INBOX, or files it away in her mind in the same category as Linked In (she drilled me on LI because someone sent her an invitation who wasn't me, and she wanted to know why she would get such an invite). She would like me to write a book, so maybe she just imagines it as having happened because of the blog. The fact that I don't get paid for writing is just "a matter of time".
Back to the original blog idea, or theme. I went to Polyvore so I could create outfits that Sally Field's character, Doris, would wear. Enough said, you have to watch the movie to get what I'm saying.
To give you a hand, I am sharing insights and reviews for the movie to help you get into the mood:
I like to dress up for Halloween by the rule of creating my own costume. I'll share another favorite later on. When you are 55, it isn't appropriate to try to wear the skimpy maid's outfit or genie idea, that so many young gals do, and we did, or some did anyhow.
You can have a lot of fun dressing up as Doris. We all have met a Doris. They say it meant she didn't want to grow up. My take was a little different. I see people all the time, dressed in a time warp. Forgetting that 1974 was 42 years ago, but steadfast in representing that era. You get what I mean. It is beyond honoring great time stamps, like a lot of the Millennials love anything to do with the 80s.
There are people that are stuck in a fashion bubble that only they can see the lightness of it. Most others consider it eccentricity or poor fashion imagination to do so. But if you ever notice, it never seems to bother the person who stays in the fashion lane that works for them, they want to stay in, or just refuse to change their style.
Doris wasn't just stuck in a fashion bubble, her whole life was one. She had loyally stayed home to care for her parents, as an only child, while bypassing the normal life experiences others take for granted.
Sally Field's character begins her journey after the passing of the last person she was caregiver for. It is a fun twist on a classic time travel theme. Except, in this case, she doesn't bump her head and her last memory is the 1970s. Nor does she do any time travel, like "Back to the Future" embrace of the 80s.
Doris just is Doris. Free from the confines of being a caregiver, she starts building awareness that girls would normally experience in their teens. That is the charm of the movie. Doris starts liking a boy. She struggles trying to read the signs: does he like her or doesn't he? To help her along is her friends teenage daughter. She goes on a dating site. She gets all got up for a date. The imagination is just endless, but the movie keeps it on track and tightly wound into a great theme. Innocence and naivety can be found among many of all ages.
If I haven't convinced you to watch the movie yet, then here is a trailer you can see if it warms your heart and twists your thumbs to rent it ON DEMAND for a cheap $5 date night with yourself, a daughter, a friend. More, if you decide to share a bottle of wine. It is a fun idea for a girls get together that doesn't involve looking at catalogs and buying stuff you don't need. Don't you dare minus the snacks, that is the reason most women go to house parties. Free munchies, flowing wine, and gabbing.
If you have followed me this far. Thank you. I hope you will feel rewarded. I'm going to share the following fashion statements of Doris to get you into the spirit of this adventure together in the "Doris Gallery of Fashion" aka Doris Would on Pinterest
Requires a wig attachment of some sort to the top frontal part of the head. It is then wound by a rectangular silk-ish scarf wrapped to the top and tied with a bow. Doris takes the time to wear her natural bangs to bed with curlers to enable her to create the wispy flocks of hair hugging her face.
Doris has a massive assortment of scarves. The best ones being floral and rectangular to create the top knot bow identity statement. They rarely match the outfit, mostly clash patterns, colors ... with the exception that the scarf pulls out the smallest of color in a flower on her blouse that seems to work together.
are what I think of as the cat eye glasses. A small dose of a nerd with rhinestones to lend to the theory that Doris is a fashionista. (Note: you can find these special type of glasses in Halloween shops, costume boutiques or Thrift Stores.)
is always there. Your traditional frosted pink eyelid, with a light brown eyeliner kohl. Mascara, but not too heavy handed. Don't be tempted with fake eyelashes, it's not part of her innocence.
Doris likes her jewelry to have some pizazz. Except for the small pearl earrings, she wears dangling ones most of the time. Then in the tradition of the 70s, a big chunky necklace, that somehow has found a friend in a color or floral theme to make it her own, again.
are never shown. We just have to use our imagination that they style is a traditional with a twist flare to them. Shoes and purses aren't part of the fashion ensemble I would remember, but it would seem to be that it would have to seem practical with a sprinkle of glitz.
and sensibleness seem to merge as one. Often a floral dress with the practical sweater overlay portraying demureness with flare.
Get the hang of it
here, online. You can come and ask to join a new Group on Polyvore I created called "Hello, my name is Doris" to submit your wonderfully imaginative creations of what Doris would wear if you were her stylist. Once created, you can post on my "Hello, my name is Doris" board on Pinterest. Ask to be invited if technology intervenes.
I snagged a few interviews with Sally Field about her role "Doris":
I snagged a few interviews with Sally Field about her role "Doris":