Last night I was over at my friend Miriam’s house, a happy place I regularly frequent since my Lieutenant has been in Afghanistan for 7 months and I get bored some evenings. We were discussing the world of Pinterest and all the obnoxious fads that currently abound which we grudgingly like but can’t, as snobs, jump on the wagon for. “Modern vintage” typewriters in wedding pictures, the chevron print, all things yellow and gray. The list is long and I don’t want this post to be – but I came across another one today. This quote:
Firstly, bad advice. Secondly, I’m an anglophile and therefore I should like this so I feel confused. Thirdly, I just hate this fad where everything is a quote you frame. Apparently just because a phrase is written in a cute font in bright colors it merits a place hanging over a fireplace next to a picture of Jesus. It reminds me of a line from the movie ‘Easy A’: “I don't know what your generation's fascination is with documenting your every thought... but I can assure you, they're not all diamonds.” AND FOURTHLY, I was studying in London when the 2005 bombings happened and I talked to Brits who actually said this exact same thing, so I get that particular quote. But what is with the American preoccupation in decorating and designing all kinds of crap with things like this:
Okay so that dresser is kind of awesome, and The Union Jack is a pretty cool flag, but I feel like I should be wearing a pirate hat and selling East India Company opium to the unsuspecting Chinese when I see this.
We live in America and do you know how hard it is to find stuff with your basic American flag on it? Too hard, that’s how. So far I’ve got my WW2 propaganda up and framed, but I’ve scoured the internets for some olde colonial décor to embellish my gun case with and still have nothing. No thanks to you Pinterest or Etsy. Though I could find handmade jewelry and vintage dresses and chevron throw pillows all the live long day.
On a more positive note - I shall be spending Valentines night with a diet coke in one hand and a super dark & fatty bar of chocolate in the other. Cheers.