Wardrobe Remix - Retro . . .

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© Natalie S

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I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, check my oil, and never let you forget you're a man.

But I'd rather YOU brought home the bacon, I'll fry it up in the pan, you never let me forget I'm a woman, that's just the way I am.

1950's - that's where my values are. I should have been born in the 1930's so I could raise a family in the '50's. I've always only wanted to grow up, get married, raise babies, clean house, iron my man's clothes, be a chef in the kitchen and entertain. Not how life turned out. So I do the best I can with the hand I've been dealt.

But when I see a retro dress like this - I get it and I pretend. This is one of my "power suits" as my mother likes to call the clothes that make you feel good about you. I put it on and I don't feel so frumpy and dumpy. I feel good and I carry myself more confidently. And I feel the way a woman was meant to - classy and feminine.

Raising (3) girls in this age of poor female role models is hard. Class seems non-existent in our culture at times - too much of the time. Girls wear too little clothing with words like "Juicy" across their butts, cleavage hanging out, and expletives flowing out the mouth. With the media throwing the likes of P. Hilton and B. Spears on the front covers of grocery store mags and television sets, it's hard to recall the days of classic women like Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.

So, every now and then, I try to show my girls the importance of dressing well from time to time.

Even if I still have to check the oil in my car.

26 responses

  • Dave McLean

    Dave McLean gave props (18 May 2008):

    Cute.

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (18 May 2008):

    A Girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta due; Nice SP; You look marvalous in that light pinky polka dotted dress! & your task & w/ the potential of getting the oil on you, is so today! June Cleaver would never've done that! What's 1950s about the narrative is that when I'm a 40 yr old woman, my father, at the end of each of our telephone calls will still be saying, "I love you dear, & remember to check the oil in your car!" - this is an x-cellent entry, the perfect challenge we live for the photo challenge; you can check the oil in my tractor anytime and give me a call the next Tupperware party! :D

  • Kevin Leger

    Kevin Leger gave props (18 May 2008):

    Truly wonderful. I'm not sure what I like more the pic or description.

  • Simon Le

    Simon Le gave props (18 May 2008):

    Awesome portrait shot Natalie! Great composition, contrast & lighting.

  • Kate Hamlin

    Kate Hamlin said (18 May 2008):

    Alright sister, you look absolutely adorable in this photo. And I love the essay on it!

  • Glenn Buzbee

    Glenn Buzbee said (18 May 2008):

    Ok Natalie, you are a renaissance woman -- multi talented and lovely. Plus you can change oil. Not bad. Hahaha! But seriously, as a parent, I totally see what you are saying. My two girls and our son are all in their mid 20s now, and are past a lot of the middleschool and highschool stuff. But it took its toll, no matter how hard their mom and I tried to offer them a different set of values. It's a tough job to get past the peer pressure they run into at school. If we had it to do all over again, I think we'd seriously consider home-schooling. That would have taken a toll on the family income, and we wouldn't have had a lot of cash to get the latest clothes and fad stuff. But I think there would have been a whole lot of other benefits that would have far outweighed the "things" of the world.
    You've done a nice family series. And I like your essay here a lot. Good for you, Natalie.

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (18 May 2008):

    Great shot and story!

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (18 May 2008):

    Nice dress for a mechanic

  • hr chick

    hr chick said (18 May 2008):

    I love this!! Talk about contrasts! Makes me smile just looking at it! Beautiful!

  • Natalie S

    Natalie S said (18 May 2008):

    You guys are all so awesome. Thank you so very much for commenting. You ALL put a broad smile on my face. Except Jean Pierre - I couldn't stop laughing. :)

  • Hector Ortiz

    Hector Ortiz gave props (18 May 2008):

    sorry, i missed this one....

  • Jay El

    Jay El said (19 May 2008):

    Beautiful pict & what you wrote up there! Some will have different values, but what matters is a belief system and consistency, though not rigidity... 'N humility to recognize when they 'grew' 'n must be gently nudged to let go...
    I happen to agree with your belief system, but don't disagree with those who have a different take on oil than we do...

  • Photography Seven

    Photography Seven said (19 May 2008):

    pimk goes well
    :)

  • Mark Gilliland

    Mark Gilliland gave props (19 May 2008):

    Great shot!

  • Georges Maroun

    Georges Maroun gave props (19 May 2008):

    Very clean mecanical.......!!!!!_____(:>

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (20 May 2008):

    I just love this shot. Wonderful job. And your outfit looks great too.

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink gave props (20 May 2008):

    You look so extremely cute here, Natalie! Great shot :-)

  • Natalie S

    Natalie S said (21 May 2008):

    Thank you guys so much for all of your comments! :)

  • * Jeff Boucher

    * Jeff Boucher said (24 May 2008):

    Perfect for the theme. Very 50's pin-up-ish (my own new word).
    My first thought was a AM transistor playing, a towel connected to a doorknob and girtls practicing shag dancing, with a lot of giggling and screaming when the next tune came on.
    Very cool shot, well thought out, and a great story to match.

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (7 Jun 2008):

    This rocks around the clock!!

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (22 Jun 2008):

    That's a fun & fresh shot

  • Jose Rico

    Jose Rico (Deleted) gave props (15 Jul 2008):

    wonderful story and portrait! dig those polka dots! great colors

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (15 Jul 2008):

    I think we have a winner here.

  • Ikhlef A.

    Ikhlef A. said (9 Aug 2008):

    The story makes the woman or does it really?
    Cool and sincere. That's how we've got to be.
    Thanks Natalie for sharing.

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (13 Sep 2008):

    Absolutely MARVELOUS text! The latter is so appropriate for the photo. Judging by strong positive reaction to Sarah Palin's candidacy, I'd say you're not alone! So nice to "hear" from you in both text AND photo that you share these disappearing values!! If you ever run for public office, Natalie, I'll lend a hand in MA.

  • Vidyavati Chandan

    Vidyavati Chandan gave props (25 Sep 2008):

    Didn't see this earlier...nice to meet you Joy :-)

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