So, I got some more hip & zen stuff, and I thought I'd share my experiences with two of the items.
I received the handbag I have been coveting since I started this blog...the messenger bag made from aluminum can pop tabs. Now, I have to be honest...from the description Messenger Bag, and because I never even glanced at the dimensions, and because it's hard to tell relative sizes of things when every product photo is a similar size, I was imagining a larger messenger bag. To me it's really a handbag, not a messenger bag.But this does not in any way obviate the immense cool-ness of this bag. It seems sturdy and reliable, woven together with strong macrame and lined. I wore it out last night and all my friends were taken with it, first just the apearance, but then even more so once they figured out what it was made of. (OK, they didn't really figure it out on their own...I told 'em right away.)
I also received this organic cotton tie-dyed summer dress. What you might not be able to see from the photo is that the top is more ribbed cotton (Kinda like a wife-beater T) and the skirt is more smooth cotton. The ribbed portion goes to the hips, and there are a couple of horizontal seams, at the waist and at the hips. I know, I know, if your mom was like mine she talked a lot about horizontal not being "flattering", but I think this dress is very flattering. I wore it with a little black tie cardigan over it by day, and then when I went out that evening I actually put on a pair of black leggings and wore it more like a long top than a short dress. (Here in Northern California the temperature drops 20 degrees at night even during the summer.)
Now, I have to confess that I haven't bought something colorful in a long time. I used to always wear brights, jewel tones, but somewhere in the last few years I've migrated to black, gray and other neutrals. It was really fun to put on something colorful, and I forgot that colorful actually looks good on me. Red being perhaps my best color. In fact a man on the street actually paid me the kind of compliment you just have to accept with a smile, rather than get offended. As I was walking by he said, "Ma'am, I mean you no disrespect, but I just wanted to tell you, you are a beautiful goddess!"
So, I smiled and said "thanks." (And kept right on walking briskly.) Wouldn't you? My S.O. was sick, so I was meeting friends on my own. When I got home that night I told him about the "beautiful goddess" comment, and he said "well, of course." But when is the last time he told me that? (A long time, I can tell you.)
So, there you have it: a very cool bag, and dress that will render you a "beautiful goddess." It was a very hip & zen day.