Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Respect and hippie love

The heat has reduced many of the lush green lawns in the park to something decidedly steppe like and strewn across this semi-arid plain are barely clad bodies soaking up the sun. I'm not really one for stripping off in the city and as tempting as it may be I'd feel pretty awkward sprawling out on a blanket in the park in skimpy pants and a bra. Personally I feel I need a beach or at the very least a pool to don a bikini in public.
I don't know what it is but whenever I dress lightly in the city there is always some creepy guy that feels the need to comment on not so much what I'm wearing but what I'm exposing.
En route to the Post Office yesterday morning I had a guy walking behind me singing "I see you baby, shaking that ass" not that my ass was hanging out or anything, at least I don't think it was, nor was I shaking it but there you go. Then on my way back home another sleazeball  tooted at me and shouted "Hello, sexy legs". Maybe these chaps think that comments like that are flattering but rather than making me feel good about myself  they make me feel really uneasy.
I've never had this happen to me on a beach, so what's the difference?
Why do some guys feel that just because you are wearing something skimpy, trying to keep cool on a scorching hot day that gives them a license to perv away and also tell you all about it.
I'm not trying to be sexy for your ogling pleasure, so just frack off!
Anyway, I'm not going to let these creeps rain on my parade, I just wish they'd show some bloody respect that's all, maybe in another lifetime, eh?!
The vivaciously coloured mini frock that I was wearing yesterday is by French lingerie & swimwear label Janine Robin. I'm guessing it's from the 60s. The fabric has got a lovely waffled texture and I absolutely adore the detailing to the back...
I was really chuffed yesterday when the pictures from the Hippie Chic opening party started to pop up on FB. The frock that Jo got for her friend Lauren who is the curator of the exhibition got an almighty outing. I feel like a proud mother seeing one of her babies doing well for themselves in the world.
I borrowed these two pics from the Boston MFA facebook page....
Lauren looks absolutely spectacular and I love the beautiful floral crowns too. Jo also looked amazingly stunning in a vintage frock by Californian label Young Edwardian by Arpeja and her escort Chris looked very dapper too. You can read Jo's account of the opening night on her fabulous blog and enjoy some more pics too. If you happen to live in or nearby Boston then you won't want to miss out on this exhibition, it looks awesome and I'm just hopping it hits the Hippie Trail and goes travelling via London once it has finished its run at the MFA.

I'll love you and leave you with the formidable Aretha Franklin, enjoy :)
Take care peeps, 


Carina Rosenholm said...

Tänk att dom måste vädra sina snuskiga tankar ... håller med dig om att bikini har man liksom på stranden eller jag kan ha det hemma då det inte finns någon granne inom synhåll . Den gula klänning är skita snygg som vi säg i Norrland !

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

... men helt utan snuskiga avsikter vill jag ändå utbrista i att du är för jäddra sexig i den där hippie-trasan. Flasha benen ba! Låt dem glo (och försök filtrera bort de kommentarer du inte vill ha).

thorne garnet said...

Danger! Jerks ahead! I don't get that street harassment much anymore, now that I'm an old one. Now when some guy gives me the twice over, I crack up, mostly because I'm old enough to be their Mother. It still not the way to get a date. Does that ever work?

his_girl_friday said...

Great dress! Thanks for the Aretha :)

Connie said...

Well, you are very gorgeous but that doesn't give those creepazoids permission to bother you. Wishing you much much groovy hippie love <3

Louise McDonagh said...

That is such a pretty frock, you look summerliscious (I just made that word up). I'm with you, I hate all the heckling and cajoling, it just makes you feel like bleurgh! Xx

Harrie Hattie said...

Stunning dress Jennie, I know lots of creeps out there. I just bob my tongue out, and to be honest they don't know where to look ;) but it works!! Xx

Melanie said...

Love that dress and the back detail! I find that bathing suits sexualize bodies more than even nudity, which is odd. At least women don't yell at men, "Hey, love that dangling wiener!" So we maintain our dignity and walk on, walk on. Looking fabulous.
Love the Hippy Chic party pics.

PinkCheetahVintage said...

effing creeps!!! That cut out mack mini is fabulous!

Joyatri said...

There was an artist in NY who always carried a camera and would take a photo of any creep who made creepy comments to her on the street. It was her way of turning the tables (and freaking them out). I don't recommend that you try that, though.
Yes, indeed, your lovely Mexican wedding dress drew rave reviews from all the Hippie Chic preview party attendees. Thanks, too, for the compliments on my frock as well. I'm sad that I have to give it back!

Vix said...

That dress is gorgeous, the back is so sexy I'd be out on the street yelling at you.
I'm not bothered by people shouting, papping their car horns or cat calling.
A lady slowed her car down when we were walking to the pub on Saturday night, ignored Jon and exclaimed "Phwoar, I'd give you one" to me.

Vanessa said...

That minidress is incredible! Perfect for hot weather.
The cat-calling and pervy comments give me an extreme case of the Icks too. It's nice that guys think I'm hot, but if they're going to tell me so can't they do it politely?

Trees said...

ew - cat calling guys always creep me out too. It's like some people don't understand what is the appropriate way to give someone a compliment. I think your dress is super cute - enjoy that sunshine!