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Live and Let Live -- I Do My Best; Really

12:17am  Friday, October 1st.  I am sitting here at a late hour in a pair of green camo shorts from Wal Mart that I waited until the end of the season clearance to pick up. $5 bucks- pretty danged spiffy.

Bad Flying Monkey!

The camo shorts are artfully paired with a t-shirt that says “It is all fun and games until the flying monkeys attack”  Quite the fashion statement, huh? Probably why I get the raised eyebrow and the ‘You are actually wearing that ?’ look when we go out in public sometimes. Ah hell, it is not like I am sashaying down a runway at a show after all.

I ran into something pretty disturbing down here in Roundtop… and it involves fashion. So since I am such a fashionista, this blog post is about fashion. Better go get another beer boys.

I came of age as a hippie. Not a hard core, commune type, Easy Rider-ing, Haight Ashbury livin’ hippie but I was a pretty good East Tennessee redneck type hippie boy. I came along a little late for the Peace and Love movement —

The Honkettes - JoJo, Cassie and ummm - that other one

I was 13 years old in 1968 — but I did get in on that Skynyrd/Allman Southern Rock deal at the beginning. With all that being said, that hippie chic look is what tripped my trigger then and still does now. Lynyrd Skynyrd had 3 gals singing back up called the Honkettes (for real) and I use to love watching them getting a good groove on during some of those 15 minute songs.  Since moving to Texas back in the 90’s,  a good lookin’ gal in a pair of Wranglers and boots can catch my eye as well.

OK, this is where it gets a little weird. We went down to the Marburger Farm section of the Roundtop Fair Tuesday for their opening day. Marburger is like the ritzy ritz of the Fair. The most noted dealers are asked to exhibit at Marburger and some of their wares are to be found no where else. Needless to say it was thronged with people. We were cruising through one of the huge tents and I noticed quite a commotion ahead at a clothes booth called Magnolia Pearl. As I got closer, I reevaluated the situation and decided it was more of a frenzy than a commotion. There was outfit snatching, straw kicking, hen clucking activity like I have never witnessed.  Miss Kathy named it the Trauma Room.

Hippie Glam --yeah right

These gals were at near blows over some ugly ass clothes. Gauzy, burlap bag looking fringed and ruffled pantaloons and tops and such. Ugly ass stuff– I mean capital U GLY. Hippie Glam they called it.  HIPPIE???  Looked like the gals were shelling out about $1000 for the clothes and then immediately going to change so they could parade around in these ugly ass tow sack outfits the rest of the day. It was a weird deal –and unsettling. Remember, I am a hippie chic fan and this stuff did nada for me.  The fact they called it Hippie Glam or anything Hippie is enough to piss me off right there.  This is definitely not hippie chic approved.

Was it peer pressure or media hype or the desire to be different that drove these mostly attractive women with too much money to these extremes? I went home and did some research on this Magnolia Pearl woman. Evidently, she is a fashion designer of some note and has been featured in numerous media articles and videos. She lives in Bandera,Tx. I always thought Bandera was an old time cowboy stronghold but maybe not. This kinda stuff would stop traffic in most any small Texas town. Come to think of it, Charlie Robison is from Bandera and he sorta flaked out for awhile in Nashville and his Dixie Chick divorced him so maybe Bandera is just chock full o’ liberal Yuppies from Austin. I just don’t know. Just makes me wonder what this country is coming to.

So there ya have it.   The Fashion Report Update from Roundtop,TX  Pop. 81.

End Note: My Hometown (Live) by Charlie Robison from the Live:Charlie Robison CD.  Charlie might have missed his way and got glammed up or something but he can still rock the house.

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12 comments to Live and Let Live — I Do My Best; Really

  • CJ

    She looks like a pirate trollop. I refuse to believe that this came out of the same town as the greatest Texas songwriter and one of the greatest Texas rockers. This Juniper Diamond or Magnolia Pearl or whatever must be an implant from California.

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    • admin

      That photo makes it look passably acceptable. It was so gag-a-maggot bad in person, I could not bring myself to take a picture of it.

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  • Mermaid House

    Hahaha! I cannot believe I found another person who thinks Magnolia Pearl’s clothing is ugly! Who on earth would wear this stuff? SO ugly and unappealing. Have a pretty figure? Put these sacks on and you no longer will. Just a big lumpy sack of material..shapeless and 30lbs heavier looking! With the prices these crazy women pay, they could be shopping for some awesome well made flattering clothing at Saks 5th Ave! Want to look sleek and sexy? Put Magnolia Pearl clothing on and see boys run as fast as they can!

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  • Richelle Wells

    Well I can’t believe that you all don’t like Magnolia Pearl! I love her style and design. I think that what is gag a maggot bad is your taste! As a matter of fact your projections would puke a rodent, up here in my area anyway! I would prefer one of her sacks of material lumps than shopping at Saks 5th Ave anyday. Where is your sense of adventure, and if you want to go around wearing what every one else is wearing then I guess that is okay but sounds like you could use some originality and creativity in your lives!

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    • admin

      Thanks Richelle,

      I appreciate your thoughtfully composed and well written comment to my post.

      Those clothes look like ass, lady. What else can I say?

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  • don

    I’m with you Andy, that’s one ugly outfit! The fact that the woman in the photo can wear them at all is a compliment to her. But when did you ever think money and brains were connected?

    I was 20 in 1968 and loved the country-rock crossover bands. Still do I guess!

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  • Mermaid House

    Dearest Richelle… I do indeed have a wonderful sense of adventure! Buying clothing at stores such as Saks or Neiman Marcus certainly doesn’t mean looking like everyone else. It is all about the way you wear your clothes and the creative combinations. While I think Magnolia Pearl seems like a great person and is certainly creative, her clothing are far from flattering. Wearing burlap and huge pantaloons is not appealing and far from sexy or glamorous. If you think huge loose clothes with pieces of lace and such hanging off every which way is attractive, well go for it! But do not think you can attract any men or attend a nice cocktail gathering wearing such silly looking clothing! A costume party maybe…And meanwhile Magnolia Pearl is raking in the BIG bucks from silly women like you!

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  • chenoa albert

    While I understand that necessary for fashion to move forward, this is HUGE mistake on our part. I’m not a fan of every design, but this linr of clothing is humiliatingly atrocious to the female form. I DO design clothing, and sell my line at boutiques in Destin, Fl. No self pub here, so I wont namey line 🙂 However, a woma’s body should be flattered no matter the shape. In my humble opinion, these clothes only exacerbate the very flaws we desperately try to hide.

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  • Moi

    I was recently introduced to this line, could not believe my eyes, and immediately proceeded to Google “Magnolia Pearl Butt Ass Ugly.” Your blog post came up and made me giggle with glee. Right on. I have a huge hate on for this line. It’s not only ugly, but smug, like it’s made for some weird fringe lifestyle that only exists in the minds of women who consider themselves evolved beyond the limits of normal every day fashion. It’s also insulting. This clothing infantalizes women——they all look like little girls playing at dress up. Where on earth would they wear this stuff except to their own fantasy tea party or stall muck-out whilst growing organic carrots for their tra la la down to the farmer’s market in the dale? But to a regular job? To pick up the kids? Out to dinner? It’s like someone popped a nuke over Texas, wiped out Neiman Marcus and Jimmy Choo, and this is what emerged from the wreckage.

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  • Janet N

    I found your site after googling “Hideous Magnolia Pearl.” I found that designer on some extreme fundie woman’s blog. Those are the people who should love her style. They’re all in favor of shapeless layers, bloomers and skirts to the ankles.
    I’m another old hippie chick who is insulted by the claim be our style. This is more like the British “Shabby Chic” gone bonkers.

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    • Janet N

      The fundie lady actually posted a photo of herself dressed in her best Magnolia Pearl finery for church on Sunday with the comment that her husband said, “We’re spending a lot of money for you to look like a homeless woman.” How apt can you get?

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      • Andy

        I am partial to a pair of hip hugger Levis and a tank top on a woman myself

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