Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hiding From the Neighbors

Have you ever felt like a prisoner in your own home?  Unfortch I have (think bizarre neighbors).  As I returned home late Saturday night and put the car in the garage I was greeted by the following screams while exiting the vehicle:  "WHO DAT? WHO DAT? WHO DAT? WHO DAT? WHO DAT?"

You have got to be kidding me.

I stopped dead in my tracks before turning to face a beanie clad wannabe surf kid - and with the most withering glare and dead pan tone responded, "You can.not be serious (each word drawn out and spoken slowly).  Pause.  Stare. Silence.Glare.  I live here you moron."  And then with the spin of a heel, stomped off tossing a nasty look as I slammed the gate behind me.  Ugh!  Grow up much?  Two minutes later I was gripped with fear and foot in mouth-itis slapping myself for showing/telling the fool where I lived!!

As a result, Sunday afternoon you would have caught me doing this move:

I call it the "scurry to the trash cans before the no manners neighbors see you 
and decide to plot revenge by spitting at you from their deck
or try to get you to go for a spin on a beach cruiser."  
(last part=true story)

While racing as incognito as possible by the garage of the other crazy neighbors with the glowing alien on their tiki deck, I spotted a very dilapidated garage (I swear I don't live in a bad neighborhood, but I know you probably don't believe me anymore and I haven't even gotten to the time the SWAT team poured in yet...another time, another time) down the way.  Making it safely back into the house I later re-emerged triumphantly, Bed, Bath and Beyond coupon in hand, to be greeted by 80 degree weather (so much for "traditional" holiday temps) and seized the moment to embrace my inner hippie unleashing a pre-spring look.

So much for faux fur.

 
 It's a case of sheer oversized tunic love.
I have no other words.  
Except Spring are you here yet?  I think I'm ready.
For turquoise and more fringe...
and bell-bottoms and more bell-bottoms and clogs, clogs, clogs.
Sigh.
It's gonna be a long winter.   
I wonder if this neighbor will consider selling me a piece of his beat down garage door?

Suddenly in the middle of holiday chaos (which makes me very sad because this is such a wonderful, magical time of year) the warm weather appeared and broke the hustle and bustle, providing a moment of reprieve.  Not to worry - I'm sure the grim reality of being nowhere near done shopping will be right there to greet me as soon as my eyes open in the morning.  Argh.  

Dear Monday:  can you slow things down just a little?

Outfit details:  Joie tunic, Gap tank tops and bell-bottom denim, Dulce clogs, Brandy & Melville fringe bag, Dean Davidson ring, Bracelet and Necklace - handmade gifts from Africa, Target sunnies.

69 comments:

Emily said...

Oh the joy of neighbors ;) I definitely have my share of awkward encounters with the neighbors as well too. I am loving your beautiful Joie tunic (I'm obsessed with all of their pieces!) and gorgeous ring! We're enjoying a warm streak right now too and its making it hard to believe its winter!

Nadia Aboulhosn said...

im loving that bag! and your jewelry is sooo unique!

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Oh my what a weekend you had! Too bad we can't pick our neighbors like we can pick other things in life...like our clothes! We'd all be happy with our neighbors then.
I hope the weather stays nice down there this week! I would like a break from the cold.

Dancing Branflake said...

OH man. I hate awkward moments like that. I clam up!

You look fabulous! Love the tunic!

Josie said...

Carrie, do take this the right way... I really think you might have to move. Like, for your own safety. However, you look, as always, fabulous. I love you pretty turquoise ring and as always, you're rocking the bell bottoms!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Claire Kiefer said...

I loooooove your outfit and your inner hippie. :) I also love the fact that your neighbor shouted the famed chant of my beloved football team: WHO DAT! ha. Maybe he, too, was just a Saints fan and not a deranged teen?

this free bird said...

Oh no Claire honey - this was absolutely a deranged college student. I think I scared him, but you never can tell. I'm hoping for lack of memory come morning!!

Katie said...

Ohh neighbors. Ive had my share of.... lets not get into it. Moving on.

Come stay in the guest bedroom! If you make the bed you win hands down as best guest ever. The competition would be Jared's brothers so I don't know how happy you are with that but hey, I'm just letting you know.

this free bird said...

AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! as long as the door locks i'm in! or else we can all camp in there and i'll sleep under the tree like a 5 yr old. that's my fave!

ilovemyhouse said...

Scary for you maybe, but very FUNNY to read on a monday morning.
ilove your tunic, wish the weather was like this over here.

XX

Marcela said...

Oh babe, I´m almost too scared to read your next post :D I´m trying not to think that where you live is full of weird people (note to myself: forgo that place on the California trip):D

<3
M.

this free bird said...

woops! it's the beach - and it's everywhere here (except inland and there's nothin but HOT weather and dust over there!) yikes!

S.I.F. said...

80 degrees? Yep, it's time for me to move back to SoCal!

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Wow. Some people are extraordinary!

What are your holiday plans? Anything special???? It was an exciting weekend in Pullman. You probably miss it ;)

Taylor said...

Love your Joie tunic... and turqouise rings... and of course, your bellbottoms. I live near a bunch of sorority sisters- I share your pain. There is always something really obnoxious going on.

jemina said...

I LOVE your outfit very much, I'm feeling bohemian lately too. You look Fabulous girl...

XOXO
J

PS: I did have weird neighbours too in the past, thank goodness for my current not nosy neighbours

Ms Sublime said...

Where were all these weirdos when I was in LA?? I must come hang out with you next time hun! Nowhere near done xmas shopping...deep breath that's what online shopping was made for...totally empathise I've not even started!! xxxx

Collette Osuna said...

LOVING your inner hippie....you look fab...and the neighbor?? yikes...stay clear girlie!!

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Lynzy said...

I am totally digging your hippie look, it looks great on you!
I hear you about being a stranger in your own 'hood. I am surrounded by many older folk and I have two friends over and it's considered a "party" and everyone freaks out. Its outrageous!

xo Lynzy

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Carrie, you're totally inspiring me to be a hippie! Err as for weird neighbors, I'm not afraid of confrontation but not cool with people knowing where I live. I'd be scurrying everywhere too!

Diana Mieczan said...

Wow...you do have some weird neighbors,sweetie..I totally adore your tunic...It looks stunning on you:)
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Jess said...

Love your reaction to the neighbors!! Do you think they were "under the influence" when approaching you?!! Doesn't sound normal to me.... ;)

Closet Fashionista said...

Hahaha....you always have such crazy stories. I LOVE what you said to the stupid kid, haha XD
and I love the outfit :D
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

Signe said...

hehehe, your neighbours sound a bit mental!

Alleen said...

You certainly have a very colorful neighborhood, keeps things exciting, at least for us readers! :)

I love the tunic on you!

Isabel said...

i hate crazy neighbours!

Cool Gal said...

80 degrees? It's -12 right now where I live. Can I come and visit? The kooky neighbors won't bother me!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

imma sucker for bells and clogs and turquoise!

Lisa Griffin said...

haha crazy neighbors can really spice up a morning! i love this tunic by the way, too bad i'm ordering the warmest coat i can find!!
www.indramaticfashion.com

Cara said...

well you look adorable hiding from the RONS (short for morons)
Lilac and Grey

Taylor said...

I am A-SOOO Jealous of your warm weather and B - your warm weather so you can dress cute!!!! We had a mini blizzard....no lie!

xoxo-T

hip hip gin gin said...

Crazy neighbors are truly the worst. Every time a house in our area goes on the market I pray to all that is holy that the new people aren't certifiable. So far so okay, but another house just went up for sale so let the chanting and candle burning begin.
Also I am nowhere near done with shopping, someone help me.

Nikki said...

Must have been scary Carrie! I think you need a can of pepper spray... just in case.
I love love love your outfit. You pull off this look better than anyone I've seen. Tunics and bells were made for you.
Have a great day!!!!

xx
Nikki

Jessica said...

ohmygosh, bless you for having to deal with those awful neighbors. I can't imagine. I was watching Sarah Palin's Alaska (don't laugh) and her husband had to build a 14 foot fence around part of their yard to keep their creeper neighbors out. Maybe you should consider? haha, kidding, of course. I love this oversized tunic. You make me nostalgic for spring/summer/anykindofwarmweather

Jenni Austria Germany said...

feeling like a prisoner in your own home is the worst!!

Ms. Givens said...

Great backdrop! Love your ring!

Here in Oklahoma I have owned 2 houses and never had very friendly neighbors. Seems Okies think they gotta be rude. UGH!

Marie a la Mode said...

You rock the hippie look every time! And you have the weirdest people living in your building ;) They make for great stories though, right?

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

Smitten with your inner hippie.

At least it is never boring where you live. If houses could talk.

Courtney Erin said...

In a weird way odd neighbours are strangely awesome - I have some real odd balls living above me and their antics keep me amused for hours. And I love your tunic - very hippy chic indeed!

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

TheChambrayCountess said...

Haha, I love your neighbor stories. I think you might live near an insane asylum, just check to be sure. It's oddly warm in my neck of the woods, too, so I am not in Christmas-mode right now either. But your outfit is super adorable, so at least you are taking advantage of the warmth!

Santina said...

It's not surprising that while feeling slightly stressed you'd turn to a mellow, hippie inspired look. I love that tunic! I'm such a sucker for clean white shirts - a button down, a good tee, a tank...if only I could stay clean for more than five minutes! Your accessories are perfect for this look - love the fringe!

Santina
http://www.stylebysantina.blogspot.com/

la petite coquine said...

This look is fantastic-who cares that it's far too warm to wear a scarf much less a Fair Isle sweater! I'm sorry your neighbors are awful; we have terrible ones, too. They'll knock on our door to tell us to take off our shoes (you know, those soleless ballet slippers do make a TON of noise), and finally I wrote them a note that we were doing our best to rig up a pulley system so that we could move about the apartment without ever putting our feet on the floor.


We haven't heard from them since!

Valerie said...

You look so hippy chic, I LOVE this look Carrie. Your hair looks amazing like that. How did you do it?? What is the deal with your neighbors being crazy?? I hope you have some serious deadbolts on your doors!

xo
Valerie

Daisy said...

WHO DAT?

just kidding.

80 degrees are you kidding me? I'll take it. we got 23* all last week. When it finally warms up to 50* all it does it rain. (Can I get a little snow if its gonna be so damn cold?!)

Alicia said...

Love this boho look Carrie!! You can pull off so many different looks - Love it!!

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Oh Carrie...this makes me laugh! My mouth gets me into trouble too. lol Like, dude did that seriously just come out of your mouth???! What a Dip shit!

I too was enjoying the amazing weather this weekend and your outfit was a perfect pre-spring look! I'm dying over that tunic.
xo

Mo Pie, Please said...

I bought some bell bottoms over the weekend and I'm so excited about them! This look is inspiring me to wear them so many different ways!

Mo Pie, Please said...

Oh and 80 degrees there? It's in the teens here with a windchill in the negatives. Wanna trade?

Jen said...

Oh my gosh, are you serious? Some of the things that happen to you I just have to shake my head in disbelief!

But your outfit? Adorable as always!! Especially the pants! :-)

Amber Blue Bird said...

such a great causal outfit and what weirdos, people can be so crazy

LyddieGal said...

I have, on occasion tried to hide from my neighbors. And I know this is really awful - but the old lady who calls you over and traps you into 20 minute conversations about how sad and lonely life is, is the worst and the one I avoid the most.

Good luck with yours - hope they move out soon!

Chic on the Cheap

Venus In Virgo said...

Uh! I feel you on the neighbor thing! Chin up :) Your outfit is gorgeous!!! Just my style XOXO

Annie said...

I love this whole look and the wavy hair to go with it! That bag is gorgeous. I was nervous reading this, but so relieved nothing scary happened..
Hope your week is off to a good start!! xo

Kara said...

I highly suggest that you a) continue to hide from the neighbors b) steal that gate and c) wear outfits like this forever because I love them.

That is all!

Debby said...

Love the fringe bag! Oh, if your neighbors get to be too much the house next door to me is for sale. (I'm only a little crazy and in a good way)! xo

Raez said...

love your boho look. can't get over those amazing wide legged jeans!

xx raez

Lindsay With An "A" said...

Love the whole outfit!!

Just did 2 posts on my wedding. Would love for you to check them out! :)

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Chas said...

Haha I'm still laughing my ass off at "who dat?"! I love your tunic and bag!

this free bird said...

omg chas - i live in a pretty upscale neighborhood (despite this post) and a guy got shot by the police on his front porch yesterday afternoon while rocking in a chair holding a garden hose nozzle!! all my friends are calling to see if i'm okay. thank god i wasn't watering the plants!!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

geeeeeez, those surfer kids but after looking at these AMAZING images of you and your bomb outfit, I'm convinced they probably just all want excuses to talk to you. I love this tunic with those jeans! A lot! Ship to me?!?! :)

Lindsay said...

So boho! I love this! You wear it all beautifully!

Anna Jane said...

yes, my brother called me and was like "it's f-ing 80 degrees out" but ya know what, i'd take that over -100 degrees in Chicago. wah.

i'm glad no carries were harmed in the photographing of this photo-op. btw, do you still hate taking outfit posts just as much as me still? :)

xx

The Owl's Closet said...

LOL!! Omg, this is too funny and I love your response, Carrie! Haha! Loving this outfit, btw! Definitely the perfect look for the warm weather over the weekend:) So sorry I haven't been able to visit ur blog regularly! Still recuperating from this irritating carpal tunnel, ugh. On a brighter note, those faux fur ornaments below are ah-mah-zing!! What a great find! I clicked the link, but they're sold out:( Anyway, hope ure enjoying the week!

TheOwlsCloset.blogspot.com

MT Days & Nights said...

bad neighbors are the worst!! we have a nosy old lady a couple houses down from us who gossips and tells our landlord lies about things we don't even do, so annoying.

Krystal said...

I am so with you on needing things to be slowed down...I'm sliding in to panic mode!!
I'll be in the US from friday through the third - so about 3 weeks? I will def be stuck in a snow drift - have you seen the weather in the midwest??? ugh. I don't wanna leave!!!
Have fun in Canada though, when do you go??

Angel.Pearls said...

Great post -like your style, and the garage is wonderful! Eva

Summer {Bisfor...} said...

that ring!!!!!!

valncami said...

hahah sorry about your annoying neighbors! we have had our share of those as well! but on another note, love your necklace so much! you look gorgeous!

xo, camilla & valerie
abutterflybday.blogspot.com

corksandcaftans said...

I sob because I need that tunic.

Also, I smile because you just made me realize I can wear jeans under my caftans!

hooray

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