What I Wore: Skirt (Shabby Apple); Shirt (Mod Bod), Bracelet (Popbasic); Sandals (Similar Here)
Summer has arrived- almost- in Cody, Wyoming! Situated just outside of the East Gate of Yellowstone, tourism makes the town come alive in summer, and Cody's a place that embraces and cultivates that image of the Old West. Well, since Buffalo Bill Cody founded the town, perhaps its fair to say that this is where the myth of the Old West was born. Fast forward a 100 years or so, and there are still cowboys roping and branding cattle. It's a subtle but definite culture of picking oneself up by the boot straps, working hard and loving nature. Along with that is a side to Cody of great (Western) art, but there is also this- embracing the kitsch. And I know it seems a bit, well, touristy and that everyone is into "not being the tourist," but here's a hint: you can't not be. You Aren't From Here. Just don't wear a straw cowboy hat and we'll consider it good. Part of the fun through can be embracing being a tourist and enjoying the kitsch. That's why I love our West Strip, such as it is, with its cut-out cowboys and wanted posters for the Wild Bunch, and little mom-and-pop diners like this.
Luckily, judging by the increase in traffic and the sudden, festive air downtown, I'd say that many visitors are plunging into all the fun that Old West image has to offer. It's a bit discombobulating, actually, having so many tourists, since school is still in session, but today's the last day! I've throughly enjoyed my first year teaching and am passionate about Gifted Education, but I'll admit, I'm looking forward to summer! Much of it will, of course, be working on classes for next year, but we can get in some summer fun too.
As for the outfit, this checkered red skirt just seemed to radiate Summertime, and I've worn it countless times since getting it. Remember how my shopping list included a full, midi skirt? Well, I got this one at the same time as I got this, because who could make up their mind between two such lovely skirts? This one is from Shabby Apple and I'm always surprised I don't see their stuff on more blogs. It is affordable and high quality; ethically made; and it donates part of every purchase's profits. Win-win-win!
So, what are your summer plans?