Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spying On Cars Containing McDonald's Bags

Late Saturday afternoon I found myself staring down a top I had forgotten was even still in my possession.  The day had not gone well.  The landlord - from here on out to be referred to as Mr. Inconsiderate Use of the Wet Saw at 7am - had used some of his favorite passive aggressive behavior on me that blew up in his face, but later really got to me seeing as I've been a great tenant for over 5 years and am now being totally disrespected due to his own poor decisions (tmi? perhaps but it's my blog and i need to vent).  I was upset, down in the dumps and needed to get out of the house.  Of course I was in no mood for a sweater so be damned if I was putting one on.  Instead I went rooting through my closet and came face to face with the former fave:  a Banana Republic silk scarf blouse.

This blouse has bailed me out of more situations than I care to count.  Treacherous situations.  Situations where I otherwise would have needed a suit.  It has stolen the show at corporate meetings and dazzled mid-day diners at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills - even Larry Flynt gave me a whistle from his wheelchair once when I walked on by wearing it.  Hollar ya old perv!

Usually I wear it with a flowy wideleg pant and some strappy heels, but not on Saturday.  No on Saturday I opted for skinny denim, Loubs, a pile of bangles, my AWang Coco, and the top.  It was a day when I needed to be reminded that I'm in control of my life, that this bloody apartment and this poorly behaved landlord are not the boss of me, and that I will jump in a flower bed for a quick outfit post if required.   Even if it means waiting for 15 minutes to get to my destination while a misguided parallel parker smashes into the cars in front of and behind him 7x all while his McDonald's bag rides shotgun in the passenger seat.  What?  I'm shredding - I can sense hot fast food within a 50 foot radius.

This is the look of a woman who almost tips over as her red soles dig into the flower bed.
Red soles that rarely see the light of day due to this little thing we call "budget".
Coco and Christian moments before I hopped the ledge to strike a pose
while high school girls looked on in confusion.  
'Blame it on the landlord!!,' I screamed wildly into the evening breeze...
'You can't live at home forever!" (wah)
The top.  
And finally the car that hit every car in sight while parallel parking.
Examine, if you will, Exhibit A on the passenger seat:  McDonald's bag.
Food still in it.  Temptation comes in many forms, friends.

Well, it is T-minus 6 hours and counting until the wet saw goes off at an unthinkable hour for the third day in a row.   I've gotta go dart off into bed and get some shut eye.  Please send all thoughts, prayers and positivity my way...may it all be over tomorrow.  May Craigslist have the answer, may the landlord pack up and leave it all behind, may I get more than three sentences out on the telephone before the person on the other end of the line asks if I'm calling from a meat cutting factory...

52 comments:

Katie said...

I only have 2 conclusions - I need red soles in my life and being an adult blows most days. Here's to some luck with Craigslist and that I won't bang my head against the wall filing an insurance claim tomorrow. Is it cocktail time yet?

indie.electronic.alternative. said...

coco! we meet again! sending positive coco bag vibes your way. whenever you are feeling down, remember, you are one of a very small number of people on the planet (comparatively) to own a beautiful awang bag AND a pair of loubs. that alone is something to celebrate! think of all the positives, and get the hell away from that car. mcdonald's is the devil.

Collette Osuna said...

Good luck hunnie.....said landlord sounds like a real AZZ......loving the shoes of course!! and Mc Donalds bag? I woke up to a McDonalds cup in my greatroom.....not as bad as a bag of food...but now Im feeding for a milkshake at 634am,I have issues.

Cristina @FUJI FILES said...

Despite your rant, all I can see is the Coco and the Loubs. Perfect fix-all for a bad day I say!

Bog-Bog said...

Love the bag and the shirt!

RosaLovesDC said...

I am sorry you are dealing with such a terrible situation with the landlord.
However, is it awesome when you re-discover an item in your closet?

Kate said...

You are hilarious, and I loooove this outfit! That top! Those shoes! Looking good, lady! Hope you have a peaceful sleep that doesn't end in the blasting of a wet saw. xo.

Jessica said...

Nothing ... and I mean nothing ... is more irksome than being jarred awake by a power tool. I was about ready to raise hell when my neighbor had a party late one Monday night and kept me awake until 3 a.m. with thumping bass. Some people have jobs. Some people need to work. And by some people, I mean me. Sigh.

Buuuuut at least you look cute in your fury!

Debby said...

Love the blouse, Carrie! You always look so put together. That landlord is a jerk! xo

Nicole Lisa said...

Ugh... it is no fun growing up (ok it is, but we all have our moments).
Good luck with you LL, aren't there rules against such loud machines so early?
hehe.
<3 Nicole Lisa

Kristin W said...

Well on the bright side, you really made me laugh today. Landlords are the WORST. And I do not like being woke up by anything other than my alarm on week days and my little ole internal clock on weekends...I would be furious.

FAB outfit though...I'm coveting those Loubs! Good luck with the landlord...keep on shredding on!

Cara said...

I think it is hilarious that you are in "the jungle" wearing loubs lol! love your post (as always).

LyddieGal said...

Do you suspect that your landlord is just trying to get you to break your lease? Could you call the cops for disturbance of the peace?

I hope you get things figured out, and good luck with the apartment hunt should it come to that... maybe you can just take up residence at Ace.

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I thought he had agreed to give you the upstairs? Did that change! I'm slow at keeping up lately. At least red soles make everything a tad bit better!!!

Courtney Erin said...

I hope you are able to workout your living arrangements - my landlord is one of the rudest, most inconsiderate, angriest people I have ever met (and I've totally had it and am moving) so I sympathize.


xoxo ~ Courtney
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Julie and Lauren said...

Too funny. Lookin' good as usual!
Xx

Anna Jane said...

what size shoe do you wear? because, let me be straight, i am going to need to borrow some of your shoes. where do you pull this stuff out from? you must have a narnia-esque closet...

Chiara said...

You look stunning girl!! and yes, I have had a terrible landlord too.... oh the agony...
xo
C.

Lindsay With An "A" said...

You crack me UP! I love this post, ha! Cute outfit! Love the A Wang bag! xx

hip hip gin gin said...

I am laughing so hard right now, in a I've so been there and feel horrible for you sort of way =) Memories of waking up at an ungodly hour on a Saturday, unable to breathe through the chemical fumes of my upstairs neighbor refinishing his hardwood floors are coming to mind.
I can tell you I did not look half as fabulous as you do in that amazing blouse when I went up to scream at him!
And I had the urge to smash that window and steal the McD's bag just from looking at the photo. This whole healthy eating for Lent thing has be totally delirious.

Leah said...

Good luck. Nothing worse than an inconsiderate landlord. You look hot though, you are in control!

xo L.

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

You landlord needs a giant ass beating! And um.....look who's got some hot heels are her piggies now?! That's it, hand em over! hehe xo

Bonnie said...

Dude. That top definitely deserves a shout-out from Larry Flynt. It's bangin'!

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Annie said...

boo at the landlord!

that top is gorgeous carrie!

Peetzi Jen said...

There you go again with the fabulous shoes!!! Keeping my fingers crossed that Craigslist comes through for you. You need to get out of the madness!!
XOXO!

Valerie said...

Oh nooooooo! The wet saw business needs to end. Isn't it amazing how a great outfit can put us back in control of our lives?? Or at least make us feel that way. Those pumps need to come out more often! We'll call them your "in control" pumps. And how could you forget about a shirt like that?? So funny about the McDonald's bag. I ate about a million whoopie pies over the weekend, but have been really good this week. So I'm back to being with you in spirit on this.

xo
Val

Santina said...

Oh man, I feel your pain. I woke up yesterday to our gardener doing god only knows what at 8 AM...something making a hideous scraping noise; I think it involved a shovel. Yes, 8 AM is better than Mr. I Want To Saw Something at Seven, but I should mention that I got home at 4 AM. No bueno. Yesterday was a rough one.

I can see why pervs would whistle at you. This shirt is flirty without being overtly sexy. And the shoes and bag? Ummm, I'd give my legs to Larry for them...oh wait, but then how would I wear the shoes?

My Heart Blogged said...

Wow, he is beyond inconsiderate. I would not tolerate it, and get him in some big trouble. There are 8am noise ordinance laws in most cities. In one city I lived in there was a 9am one. I had one horrendous landlord, and you have to tread lightly with an iron fist. I know it's a contradiction but so is being a tenant, and the landlord being the noisy one! I hope you get it all figured out.
My Heart Blogged

Dancing Branflake said...

Whoa! Those are Louboutins! Holy Moly!

I love that top and those jeans.

Sigh... good luck with the landlord.

Kai.Mercado. said...

Oh my goodness gracious...I swear I have the worst luck when it comes to landlords. I once had a landlord of a house I live in not let us park in our own garage...he rented it out to someone else! BUT he said he would rent us the driveway for an extra 200 a month! They are so sleezy

TheChambrayCountess said...

I am sending positive vibes your way! Too bad your landlord is insane, but when you look that good, you can't be down for long!

The Suburb Experiment said...

You look great. I love "finding" tops I kinda forgot I had then putting it back into regular rotation.

I was forced out of an apartment due to poor management before and I know how mentally, physically and spiritually exhausting it is to be miserable in your own home. Good luck!

Jenn

Kristin said...

Prayers going up that tomorrow is a better day! You looked gorgeous if that's any consolation!

la petite coquine said...

Dear Horrible Landlord,

Thank you for making Carrie crazy and prompting her to wear this most divine of outfits.

Screw you for your sawing at dawn. LA is not the Wild West, and there's no excuse.

Mo Pie, Please said...

That top is pretty stunning! Hopefully tomorrow is a better day for you!

Josie said...

You look amazing, of course. So chic and put-together. I love the top and of course you know how I feel about those shoes. LOVE THEM. And I hope your landlord issue gets resolved soon... That is NOT cool.
xo Josie
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Ashleigh said...

Crossing my fingers & toes that craigslist will come through for you!
I can see why this top is a show stealer - 'tis super fab, not to mention your adorable pouf pony :)
Dying over parallel parker, when we were in Santa Monica we watched someone do the exact same thing. Seriously, not that hard people...but Chicago has made me somewhat of a parallel pro so I might be a little judgemental...
And thank you soooo much for your LA rec's - we had a fabulous time (despite less than ideal weather - I needed warmth to get me through the rest of 'spring'!) Loved ALL your suggestions!
Recap & pics coming soon :)

Amber Blue Bird said...

i feel for you. That cannot be a pleasant sound to wake up to. I hope you can find a better place to hang your hat soon!

Marissa said...

"You can't live at home forever!" Haha - you can even make me laugh on your bad days. I'm sorry about your landlord situation, though! Here's hoping things look up soon.

Krystal said...

my goodness things are sounding rough over there! but at least that shirt is amazing!!! i loved the 'you can't live at home forever' thing, hah!

Johanna said...

You have been rockin' some amazing footwear. Just fantastic!

Keira L. said...

If I was having such a tough day and dealing with such a dreadful landlord situation, I'm pretty sure that those shoes and that bag would be exactly what the doctor ordered to turn things around. And I probably would've broken the window with my fierce Louboutins and grabbed the Mickey-D's.

Kara said...

Oh gosh. The drama you have to put up with. Sending some (online) positivity your way. The 'blame it on the landlord' scene playing in my head is hysterical. And so is your pic next to the McDonalds bag.. you look like you might break in to the car lol.

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Ellie said...

That is so rough, ugh! I cannot stand waking up to construction at ungodly hours (or in my case, rowdy people screaming at four AM at the bars down the street). On the other hand, I am SO obsessed with the AW bag and that top!
Great post, love your blog :)
-Ellie

Brunch at Saks said...

Adore your outfit love! You are gorgeous :) Hugs xx

Miss Caitlin S. said...

Your ponytails are amazinnnnnnnnng. I always love them. Sorry about your landlord, so is construction the problem? I'm confused but I hope it goes well. Love the blouse and the fact that it bailed u out a few times, that is me and this black dress I have..love those pieces

Wander.Lust said...

divine outfit! the bag is a great contrast with the flowery blouse... good luck with the terrible landlord.

Something Old, Something New said...

Great outfit! Love the shirt and purse!!

Val said...

Look at you!!! Looking amazinggggggggggg. Cute as EvAAAA

Lexi said...

I am absolutely squealing over your shoes and bag! Gorgeous!

xox Lexi
Glitter & Pearls

Jamie said...

I completely understand...I had a shoot where I had to be up at 5am and my asshole neighbor decided to have the whole bar back to his house for after hours at 2:30am on a wednesday. I had to call the cops three times. You think the landlords have addressed the issue?? I want to move SO BAD. I ended up getting westside rental membership but haven't found squat...deep breaths...om....

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Annie said...

It's amazing how much an outfit can change your mood and outlook on life! I love this top - I'm not surprised it gets so much attention ;) Judging by that guy or gal's parking skills I'm surprised the burger wasn't half eaten in the middle of the driver's seat. lol

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