The old nursery rhyme begins innocently enough: Ladybug, ladybug fly away home… but it ends with devastating consequences for the ladybug’s offspring. Not so for the adorable ladybug adorning this cheery combed-cotton top by Escargot Sportswear that my sister, Leslie, gave me for my birthday last year.
Fortunately, I happened to have a pair of vintage yellow cotton trousers by TJ Madison that I purchased in the 1980s in northern California to pair with the sunny top. I love the flat front placket of these interesting pants and the contrast of the nipped waist with the loose hips and tapered ankles. Very comfortable, and perfect to pair with my gold "gem"-encrusted gladiator sandals by Rampage for Macy’s and a skinny, stud-embellished belt from Kohl's. I added delicate "dream-catcher" earrings with yellow feathers that were hand made for me by my native-American friend, Frankie Hanson, in Reno, Nevada, in the early 1990s, a stretchy bracelet of gold faux tortoise-shell sections that I picked up in the Bahamas last October, and a natural braided-hair headband that I found at Sephora last weekend.
Determined to inject some bright, sunshiny color into my commute to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on a drizzly, gray Thursday, by all accounts, I was successful. By the time I boarded the subway train for the commute back to Maryland, the clouds had parted and the temperature had warmed considerably.
Last night, on the eve of my own turn to fly away "home" to my best friend Kari’s parents’ house in Spokane, Washington, to attend a surprise celebration of Kari’s father’s 80th birthday, my hairdresser commented, upon seeing my sunny outfit, that I "have good taste" in clothes. It was a wonderful complement to end a bright, sunny day!