Friday, October 27, 2006

Fashion Faux Pas

When I was a school teacher I felt it a great compliment when people would say to me, “You don’t look like a school teacher." Don’t get me wrong, I am a far cry from a fashion Diva but there was something about those wooden schoolhouse, apple, and chalkboard button-covers that never quite captured my fashion sense.

Now as a ‘missionary’, one of my fears is that I will return to the USA one day to find out that I look like a “missionary”. Hard to articulate what that means but I am convinced that as you read that statement you got a vivid picture in your mind of exactly what I meant. Well…..

Last night was the beloved ‘date night’ and I convinced Rich that going to see The Devil Wears Prada would make for a great date. I know what you are thinking, “Didn’t that come out months ago?” Yes, it did in America but remember I live in Africa….hey, at least we have movie theaters. Anyway, besides the fact that I now have to go see the next shoot ‘em up, sci-fi, gangster movie as ‘pay off’ for Rich having to endure this chic-flick; my fashion sense fears are definitely becoming a reality.

As the credits were rolling after the film and the list of actors names began to unfold I noticed a number of fashion designers & models names…Valentino, Bridget Hall, etc. Next to their names it stated, ‘as himself’. Foolishly, I muttered to myself, “I didn’t know that was actually Valentino?!" I realized my muttering was overheard by the man that sighed 100 times throughout the movie, when Rich turned to me and said, “You didn’t?” (insert “a-duh” tone here)

So when my ‘missionary’ transformation begins with the ankle length khaki jumper, Birkenstocks and long, mousy hair pulled up into a bun PLEASE send help!


karenkool said...

HAHAHA Very humorous post. I can totally relate, even though I live only 120 miles from NYC and am not a missionary (per se). If it comforts you at all, I don't know any names or faces of ANY fashion designers, even the ones you mentioned... and even big name actors/actresses are lost on me. Duh!

Beth said...

You are so funny!

I loved that movie. David did quite a bit of exaggerated sighing as well.

He was very pleased at the new management tips he picked up though. He even tried a few of them out on his AAs. Thankfully, they had already seen the movie! :)

gaylafriend said...

I have one thing to say:

"AS IF!"

That's Aussie for "there is no way that is EVER going to happen to you, my friend!"

michelle arnold said...

You are hillarious. I loved that movie. It was so cute.

I completely understand the missionary look because I lived it. Mind you, it was the early 90's, so fashion was already a disaster, but I completely lost touch while we lived in Peru. I look back at pictures and think how scary I looked. There was something freeing about it while I lived there though - nobody cared about fashion. So I didn't care.

I don't think you shold ever be worried though. I could never imagine you not in fashion!

Anonymous said...

First of all, there's nothing wrong with Birkenstocks (maybe it's just a Northern thing?)! Second - just don't drag Rich to "Material Girls" when SA gets it - Josh looked like he was being tortured every time I glanced at him during that rediculously stupid movie. :o) ~Molly

Danielle said...

It's never going to happen to you, Michelle. You are far too hip :)

kelly said...

I have to say...I really enjoyed that movie from an entertainment standpoint but I felt totally frumpy for the next week. I'm actually feeling frumpy right now just thinking about it!

Deborah Granick said...

Thank you for the comment. :) I am actually only 6 days from my due date! ( feeling really ready! )

Have you ever been to or heard of "qwa qwa"? That is one of the places we went to on my missions trip. We also went to Durban, Jo-brurg, and Harrismith.

Are you and your husband doing your own ministry there in Africa or are you affiliated with Teen Mania?

A while back I remember someone saying somthing about a family leaving to start " Teen Mania Africa"?

Have a great day!

Deborah Granick

bethany said...

oh - that was too funny! i'm sure YOU would never fall to missionary-itis clothing. :0)

yes, jimmy got a job out here in WA. i do arbonne, so i can work from anywhere. so, we thought, "why not?!" kayla's still so young, might as well! so far, so good! jimmy still has his heart set on colorado and a part of us still would love to live in japan again... who knows! life is never what you expect, eh?!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday!

So funny! I also take it as a compliment when somebody tells me I don't "look like" a teacher...and I've always feared that one day I would, but wouldn't know. I also have that very same fear now living in Malawi... And I have that same fear for Kyle. It wasn't too long ago that I convinced him that tight legged jeans were NOT "in" anymore. --Amy

Molly said...

You look gorgeous, my friend! Happy birthday!

Anonymous said...

That's okay we live in America and to be more precise The Villages, Floriday and they started playing that film at least 3 months ago and it's still here. I can't believe it could be that popular. By the way I didn't see it.

Some of your friends should have seen some of the get-ups you escaped the house in to go to school!!