Well hello there! I just got back from Chadstone, where I was picking up a couple of things before I head back home to QLD for a week. Chadstone is kind of shopping heaven in Melbourne, the fact that it’s called ‘the Fashion capital’ says it all really. I really needed some jeans. You have no idea how many pairs of jeans I go through a year – at least 4 pairs! ..and yes, I do wear them everyday, but seriously FOUR pairs?! It’s absurd. Anyway, today I picked up a cute pair of skinny’s from Target for $29… and yes, I KNOW what you are thinking – $29, no wonder he goes through so many pairs, but I tell you it is simply not the case! I have spent $29, $59, $99, $179 (in my stupider days) on pairs of jeans just to find they unceremoniously rip in between my thighs like a pair of tights… as we speak, I have a maroon coloured pair of Levi’s in my bedroom who are threatening to tear all the time. It’s funny though, because my partner has 10s of jeans which he has had for year and not a problem and apparently so has alot of other people. What is their problem? Since jeans have no sense of smell it can’t be my B.O.! So I turned to my friends (even though 80% of them are absolute beanpoles) and asked for their advice… the only thing they really could say was wear them higher. Higher? If you have a vagina, perhaps this is Ok, but for those of us with penis and testicles (those with penis only might manage), wearing your jeans higher is not on the list of things you’d like to do to your own genitals. It’s just plain uncomfortable and it looks absolutely wrong. Anyway, like all good men, refusing to sacrifice my spermatazoa (I did try it for an hour), I have come to the conclusion that 4 pairs a year it shall be. Since I’m money concious – I’m koori, we’re all money conscious.. like conscious that we don’t have any money in the first place – I’ve started getting hooked at KMart and Target. HORRIFYING, I KNOW. But not really. I’ll tell you something for nothing, I HATE BRANDING. I have never understood the point of buying something because it has the brand name slathered all over it, but these department stores don’t brand, they know it’s not cool to shop at KMart, but it sure is smart. You have this really cool and basic stuff in nice colours with no branding, at good prices. Okay, I will admit, I’m dying for a dark green pair of skinny jeans, but sadly my wallet is already dead. I think at any budget (in Australian terms) you can look fashionable and look good, if you so choose. People who buy things just because of the branding are not fashionable, they just have money. Fashion is about style, not about brands. ~Gary.
P.S. So I am listening to Shania Twain – Come On Over. I’m listening to the American Version of course, the international version is good yes, but there’s something much more country and much more Shania about the original. It’s truly a special album for me! If you have not discovered it, or not heard it, I’d be curious to hear what new ears would think about it. Personally, I grew up with this woman and she got me through my childhood.