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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Journey: A Love Story

Enter: A girl
Introduce: An ideal shirt
Begin: A year ago
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"What I need," she said "Is a tshirt."

To demand recollection of the exact time and place this was said is impossible, as well as futile. If you must imagine something, imagine the conversation over a bowl of cereal, on a Saturday morning, the Oregon spring seeping through the windows- disregarding the fact that the girl never ate breakfast, and hardly ever got up early enough on the weekends in order to really see the Oregon spring seep in.

All that really matters to you, the reader, is that the hunt had started.

"Not just any shirt. A rock tshirt. And if we are getting down to the specifics, it has to be a Journey tshirt."
"Hmmhmm." Said her mother. "Paper thin?"
"You know it."

It had been a running joke between the mother and daughter that all the girl wanted in her vintage tshirts was for them to be paper thin, and soft as clouds, a concept that baffled her mother to no end.

"But THIS one surely MUST be paper thin."
"Mom, thats the roughest cotton I have ever touched, what are you talking about?"

Fast forward a month, and school is over. For the past 30 days the girl had pondered about the shirt, checked goodwills, reminded her mother about the hunt, looked on ebay. No efforts proved fruitful. Sticking true to summer form, the girl headed down to LA to spend the vacation with her family. There, she came close.

It was a Sunday, mid-morning, mid-summer. The girl went to the flea market with her mother. Alone, she browsed stalls, picked up items, and enjoyed the general sleepy day. She happened upon a stall, owned by a roughly shaven man, in his mid twenties, clearly groovy and clearly awesome. His goods for sale were rock tshirts, and hanging on the stalls pole the girl glanced at what she had been searching for. The Journey tshirt. In all its rock'n'roll glory. Her memory depicts the tee with a basic Journey graphic and the size looking slightly too small for her. She wanted it extra large. But considering this one was right here in front of her, extra small would have to do.


"How much?"
"Forty-five."

She put it back on the rack.
* * *
Months passed, almost a year had gone by. She thought about the shirt occasionally, the one she passed up. Was $45 really too much for something she had been thinking about for so long? The search was never exactly put on hold, but the vivacity in which the hunt was started weakened. What was once a rushing river of frenzied pursuit turned into the trickle from a kitchen faucet. The want was still there, just pushed to the back of the girl's brain by various other things, high-school, boys, piano, and so on.

Again, she goes to the Sunday flea market, and again she finds one. Different stall, different owner, different location in the market, but a Journey tshirt nonetheless. And this time, she struck gold. It was large. The graphic on the front and back was intensely incredible, crazy awesome. The event at which the shirt was sold was roughly thirty years before, at the Los Angeles Forum, a special five day stay, August 5th-10th.

"Excuse me? How much?"
A man that looked very much the same as the other guy from the months before answered uncomfortably.
"Umm... my boss isnt here. Uh, well, I dont really know... I cant exactly, uh, say. Uh... well. Forty. Let's say forty!"

The girl turns to her friend. Her friend didn't really get it. The girl finds her mother, shows her what she's happened upon. After much deliberation it was decided that the shirt must come home.

The girl pulls out her Pendleton wallet, counts the two twenties, and as if in slow motion, yet very fast, everything changes. She sees a new man start talking to the man who gave her the price, and just as she hands him the money he says "Im so sorry, I made a mistake. My boss is asking sixty." Snap. The cash goes back into the wallet. Thats it. Party's over.
* * *
A week goes by, and in those days the girl thinks about the shirt often. Now, reader, you must say, does this girl have no life? All she can think about is a tshirt? What is going on? Well, youre partly right. She goes about her daily routine and amidst the piano playing, texting, reading, her mind stumbles to the shirt. That Saturday she tells her mother she needs it, no matter the price, it was perfect. The mother agrees.

The girl makes a plan with her friend, a boy, to go to the flea market that Sunday and help him shop for a gift for his sister. What he didn;t know, was that he would also be part of a mission.

* * *
Again, mid-day, Sunday. The boy and girl had been at the market for an hour. The girl's mother rushes over to the two.

"Ive found it!" She says to her daughter. "The stall. Your shirt. Its over here."

The group practically run to the area, the girl with a plan, the mother driven, the boy unaware.
They locate the shirt, hold it, examine it, say Do you see this, boy? He nods. They leave the shirt hanging on its rack and venture to the stall next door.

The girl hands the boy three twenties, and tells him what to do. Why? He asks. Because the man who owns it will know I want it so bad that Ill pay anything, and he'll jack up the price. Oh. Thats why.

The boy goes into the stall. The girl watches from afar, texts suggestions: act nonchalant, non-interested, he'll think you wont want it that much.

"Whats the price?" He asks.
"Oh Im sorry, my boss isnt here. Let me wait." The assistant calls his inattentive, absentee boss. It takes the owner 10 minutes to reappear.
"How much?" The boy asks.
"Thats the shirt that one girl wanted last week, right Bob?"
"Yeah." The assistant agrees.
"Eighty." The owner says.
"What? Thats ridiculous! Ill give you fifty-five." The boy's a born haggler.
The assistant interferes, "Hey, hey. Meet in the middle. Do fifty-five."
"I make five dollars on this shirt," The owner complains.
"Sold," The boy hands him the money, "Here you go."

End: Dont stop believing.

American Apparel denim wash shorts, Vintage Journey tshirt, H&M leather jacket, American Apparel nail polish in L Esprit, M•A•C lipstick in Chili, The Stylish Wanderer x Mr. Kate presents Le Cadeau ring.

60 comments :

FASHION SNAG said...

Fabulous post and great t-shirt. Don't stop believing!

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Malicious Mallory said...

Aha, quite a story for a seemingly simple t-shirt!
The photos look wonderful.

Anonymous said...

I love this post of yours and your shirt is vintage love!

katthroatworld said...

casual and cute! love the red lips!

Mr. Kate said...

hahahaaaa love it!!! i know what it's like to fixate on something. your writing is like your photography! ...dreamy, nostalgic and fun!

and um, that RING!

xo

shockragestyle said...

red lips+brown leather+awesome tee shirt= perfection

xx

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minnja said...

oh fabulous photos

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Fatiha Faulzi said...

I really like the jacket! Stunning pictures too. (:

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Laura Gerencser said...

Great story!:):)

amaturecouture said...

that leather jacket is divine. absolut godiva.

xxx

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Kim said...

Wow, beautiful shots and love the outfit :)

Grey Sequins said...

that was fantastic.

sarah said...

the beach, the beach!

hanjb said...

It was ment to be!!!


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Carissa said...

fantastic <3 and the photographs look fantastic too ;)

louisiana mei said...

beautiful photos and i loved the story.
my mom says that if it's meant to be, it'll end up with you.

Mary said...

Congratulations! :)
A wonderful story to go with a wonderful shirt~

Emilie said...

Love the jacket!

Camilla said...

That story brought tears to my eyes.

beautiful shirt.


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Dany - fashiontowear said...

the story is wonderful! love the shirt and the leather jacket, beautiful pictures!

Lies said...

What a brilliant and hilarious story!

illusionist. said...

Haha, great story! Never stop believing, I love the ending :D
Ohh I want this jacket so badly.

Backstage said...

LOVE THE JACKET! Oeeh i want that one too!

Great story. Shows your more than just a girl into fashion. Great message!.

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Liz said...

this is brilliant

Closet Fashionista said...

Wow thats a crazy story! haha, glad you finally got it though
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Leigh said...

Love the story - I've felt the exact same way so many times! Revelling in the rush of your find is so rewarding and much fun :)

Elizabeth said...

stunning photos! and the story coming with that t shirt is priceless

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Anna said...

I really enjoyed reading this! Very awesome. People seriously know how to bump up the prices huh.
So glad you got it though!

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ANN said...

I loved this story so much, I almost googled it in the middle of reading thinking you got it from somewhere at first hahaha. It sounds like a movie!

Lexi Colby said...

love everything including that leather jacket
you look stunning!

Quiet Eyes said...

I enjoyed reading that so much. I love the t-shirt!

amalie said...

beautiful photos! i loove your jacket :)

Aine said...

You're so good at writing! :o I could honestly read this all day. :) And truly, that is an awesome t-shirt of awesomeness. The awesomest of all awesomeness in t-shirts. :D Also, your blog is really beautiful, by the way. I love it. And I adored your advertisement a while back. Also, where is that beach?!! Also, hi. :)

Blair said...

Brilliant.

Jill said...

your writing, just like you, is beautiful. i love the story behind this shirt, and the way you wore it is incredible! that jacket is great!! keep it up! you are inspiring!

Juliet said...

Wonderful post! Wonderful story!

juliet xxx

sojourned in style said...

wonderful story!! great writing and fashion!

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franca maisha said...

lovely story! and the jacket is great! actually saw it the other day and had to think of you :)

xx

Tigerlilly said...

such a great look, love the tshirt, nice story there. :)
tigerlilly xx

Amalina said...

Highly entertaining entry! Loved reading it, the photos do justice to the story too -- you look so happy and contented

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Fashion Monstre said...

the jacket with the shirt is just freakin' priceless!!

Sunrise said...

journey is amazing. so is steve perrys hair. so is your shirt.

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Mae said...

Love the outfit, love Journey, and I you have quite a way with the English language. Keep writing. I would LOVE your writing skills.

<3Mae

Anonymous said...

Nice shirt! And I just have to say, you look so much like the lady in Stranger than Paradise.

Marinka said...

I love this jacket it so pretty

Carina said...

love this outfit!!!

xxxx

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Lo alario said...

sooo california! beautiful look :) ur blog is fabuous :) xoxoxo

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Diana said...

you are so chic i love your style! and great story - im happy you finally found that t shirt ;) amazing bloggg


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Jada C. said...

wow, cant believe I haven't found your blog before. The red lipstick is so nice on you! The whole outfit really works well together. SO cute :] !

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Jehh said...

that is such a hot outfit, I would love to borrow that exact outfit :p I'm so picky about teeshirts too, haha

xxo
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Courtney said...

This is cute! I love the photos! :)

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Hanna said...

I really enjoyed reading this - I'd say you're a born storyteller. And the pictures are absolutely amazing.

Aimee said...

Such a great look!

La petite Lou'lou said...

I like your jacket! and your t shirt! great look

Danielle said...

Oh my goodness, I enjoyed the story. Him making it $80 is ridiculous though.

Poivre Monkey said...

now i need this shirt...


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cici said...

insanely awesome story :)

Brokenhearted said...

I really enjoyed reading this story! It was sooooo magical!
Don't ever stop believing!

Marie said...

I love your photos , they are amazing and you look beautiful !!

TrueSilver said...

love this outfit!