While everyone else is posting sweet sentiments to their mothers today, I had a calm day of watching bike races and window shopping. I swear I’m not an ungrateful child! I’ve just got a super liberal mom who believes that Mothers Day is a bunch of greeting card industry BS. (I can certainly appreciate thoughtful ways my favorite bloggers have chosen to commemorate their moms though.) My own boys (also known as Wumpus and Henry) chose to show their gratitude by leaving a puddle of vomit for me to step in-barefoot, of course-as I was sleep walking to the bathroom last night. Cats, right?
Instead of brunch or whatever normal people do, Ray and I made brunch, watched the Giro d’Italia (tour of Italy cycling race), and headed to South Street for some thrifting. When I was a young teenager, South Street was the cool place to be. It was weird and eclectic and all the freaks of Philadelphia hung out there. Think of Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco. It was the best place to buy turquoise hair dye and skintight Dogpile stretch jeans, short of driving an hour to Amish-filled Lancaster to go to the Angry, Young, and Poor headquarters. As the years went on, rent increased drastically, forcing out the longtime shops like Zipperhead (made famous by the Dead Milkmen’s "Punk Rock Girl) and making way for corporate vendors like Starbucks and the Gap, as they were the only ones who could afford such steep rates.
Luckily, a few stores prevailed, though most of the good shops are now located on smaller, less prestigious side streets. Ray and I walked around to my old favorite Phillly AIDS Thrift, where I scored a pair of tweed shorts for $3 and suede moccasin pumps for $7. I also checked out Retrospect, a vintage shop which has a much better selection but also tends to run a bit overpriced. I managed to snag a pair of moccasin wedges (can you detect a pattern?) for a reasonable $14.
Given how casual a day it was, I opted for a very laid back look. Jeans and a t-shirt is about as basic as you can get, and it certainly didn’t hurt to have to a scarf given how cold and windy it’s been this weekend. I probably would have been better off wearing my hair down, but I wanted to show off the dye job my friend Lisa did on me last night! It’s pretty subtle, but I like the unexpected streaks of red that just barely pop out. I’m going in next week to get a few more layers of red added, but I think it looks fantastic already.