Bad Decision Tuesday: The Beret

So last Tuesday, we went all the way back to 1993 to laugh collectively at my too-short dress. For this week's Bad Decision Tuesday, I thought I’d whip us back even further in time so we could all have a good old guffaw at my apparent homage to....well, whoever wore berets and wore them famously. Pablo Picasso?

Although I have absolutely no memory of this picture being taken---and, in fact, cannot place the house it was taken in, though that's hardly surprisingly, given my nomadic childhood---I appear to be about seven or eight here, and gee whiz, am I the dictionary definition of dorkiness. In fact, the only credit I can really give myself when it comes to this photo is that…well, at least I seem to have whipped off my enormous saucer-sized spectacles before it was taken. Ah, vanity.


The miracle of the Internet means that I am not actually writing this to you from home in San Francisco---fooled you!---but from a hotel room in Dallas, Texas, where I arrived last night for two days of meetings. Everything is very big here---the Super Targets appear from the road to be Super-Duper-Duper Targets---and we have already become very seriously lost twice today on the freeway, turning one journey that was supposed to take fifteen minutes into an hourlong study on the importance of taking deep and calming breaths while panicking.

On the plus side, we have not yet lost our rental car. Of course, that's mainly because it's a lemon yellow PT Cruiser, which kind of means you can see it from outer space.

(Another thing you can see from outer space? THE NEW SHINE ON MY HAIR. I dyed it as part of Whoorl's fabulous Feria Party, and you can see the before and after here. Thank goodness it turned out alright---I'd have had a hard time trying to dig up that old green beret.)

Sep 23, 2008

This totally made my day. One post which includes BOTH a "BDT" photo of you in a beret AND a mental image of you driving around Dallas in a yellow PT Cruiser is beyond description. When directing people to your blog, I'm giving them this particular post as a starting place. Brilliant!
House of Jules

Sep 23, 2008

I don't know if I agree that it was a bad decision. More like an AWESOME decision.

You weren't afraid to take some fashion risks and I, for one, think that should be commended!

Sep 23, 2008

I just read an article in The Times titled "50 things every British girl should have"..and a beret was included in the list (not that I'm British, but I aspire to the "quirkiness"). So I've been thinking it over as the cold weather approaches, despite the fact that I look horrible in hats. I think this picture has convinced me of the dangerous territory.

Oh, but you've got the rakish angle DOWN!

The Over-Thinker
Sep 23, 2008

Ooo---I really like it. It's a bit mysterious in the way that I can't figure out how it's staying on your head! It's defying logic. But, I think that's the epitome of a beret--it defies logic.

Shoot---a whole week before Bad Decision Tuesday?? Any chance you could role out a Fifteen in Flannel Friday or maybe a Patterned Turtleneck Thursday?

Sep 23, 2008

Wait, hold the phone. Did you just say [write] "Super Target"??? I'm livin in the wrong damn state.

Also, that photo? Bwahahahaha. Love.

Sep 24, 2008

For a minute I thought you'd offset the dorkiness with some natty green and red streaks in your fringe. But sadly I think it's just a distortion in the pic.

You do look very sweet, though.

This photo could be me at that age- maybe it's to do with being a certain type of academically over-achieving (I'm making an assumption here) British girl. You weren't a member of the Woodcraft Folk by any chance were you?

Sep 24, 2008

Lady! You're in my home town. Well, not my home town, but my current place of residence! Thing are HUGE here, huh?! Have you checked out the mondo-gourmet grocery stores? And the enourmous stretches of highway? Ahh..Texas at its finest.

What hotel are you staying at? Don't worry, I don't want to stalk you, but at the off chance that you're staying at the hotel I work at on the weekends, I'd be happy to send you up some fun amenities!

Sep 24, 2008

Target is INSANE in Texas. You can totally buy beer there. And liquor, too.

The highways in Texas, on the other hand, insane in a totally different and not nearly so enjoyable way. I lived in both Houston and Austin for brief work stints and I spent so damn much time lost because I'd missed my exit -- who plans things so that you have to get off the highway like a mile before you can even see the road you're going to? Stupid access roads! Of course, you can always do what the locals do -- just drive across the median. Or maybe that only works if you're in a big-ass pickup truck with a cowboy hat on the dash.

Sep 24, 2008

I, too, fell victim to the beret craze. I think I was in the 5th grade, so that would have been 1985ish. My mom got if for me (against her will) during a big, fancy back to school shopping trip in Atlanta (4 hours away from our small South Georgia town) and I was hot stuff. Although, I don't think I was ever brave enough to wear it in public in our hometown.

Anne & May
Sep 24, 2008

Your new hair looks lovely. You know what would complete the look, though?


This picture has absolutely made my day.

Saucepan Man
Sep 24, 2008

You look a bit tired or did somebody poke you in the eye? I'm thinking Eastbourne, btw - but was Eastbourne that late?

Sep 24, 2008

I have recently traveled to Dallas quite frequently. I have decided that the only way to navigate is to get the Garmin navigation unit with the rental. The access roads are incredibly hard to figure out for the novice, and it is not unusual to see people backing up on the exit ramp. It makes me break out in a cold sweat when I have to go there. Dallas also gives new meaning to the song "I can see for miles and miles". Coming from the midwest, it is the flattest place I have ever been. Another travel tip is to order mexican food in hotels. They seem to have the best mexican food I have ever had! Good luck.

P.S. If you see somone with a fanny pack, that usually means they are carrying a gun. It is the number one use for them besides the amusement park.

Sep 24, 2008

Kate, the really sad part is that we had BOTH a Garmin GPS unit AND the fake GPS on my iPhone. AND WE STILL GOT LOST. THIS MORNING AS WELL.

Sep 24, 2008

OK I've been to Dallas once and it might as well have been Mars. I believe it's the hardest place to get around in this country, despite all the giant landmarks.

By the way, just checked out your hair photos and I must ask, have you practiced your personal perfect picture-taking poses? Girl you're an expert!

Sep 24, 2008

I love the new color! And of course your before picture is more beautiful than most of my after shots, lol.

I agree, the image of the yellow PT Cruiser is priceless!

Sep 24, 2008

Madeline! That's who you appear to be channeling. As in the girl from Paris who lived in the house all covered in vines. Breaking bread in twelve straight lines. My daughters channel her all of the time. And now I can't stop typing in rhymes.

kitty joe
Sep 24, 2008

what is it with dallas and the neon pt cruisers?! i had one too!

Sep 24, 2008

Oh crap. You realize my children made me buy berets for them in Paris this summer? I need to go hide them right this minute.

Sep 24, 2008

Or burn them. I think I meant I need to burn the berets.

Hot Bride
Sep 24, 2008

I'm loving the rainbow bangs that you've got going on from the lighting! It makes the photo that much more adorable.
I burned any photos long ago that I knew I would look back on and cringe.

Sep 24, 2008

Aaahhhhh. Wee-wee, 'olly, wee-wee.


Sep 24, 2008


You are living MY rental car dream. Squashed by Mr. A at the airport in San Jose.

Sep 24, 2008

Dallas? If you find yourself bored between meetings, or without a social plan, email me. I'd love to do dinner!

Sep 24, 2008

Ahahaha! I TOTALLY have an equally awesome/awful beret picture around here somewhere. Off to go hunt for it NOW.

Sep 25, 2008

Wow. I would try to erase that moment from my memory too.

Sep 25, 2008

I walked by Aldo yesterday, saw a beret in the window and immediately thought of your post. Apparently your photo has brought them back into style. Go Holly. On their website they say "Forget caps and scarves! It's the beret that promises to stand out this season." Boy, are they ever right.

Sep 25, 2008

oh yes, i had a beret too.

*hangs head in shame*

Sep 25, 2008

You crack me up.

What's so bad about that beret? I'm sure it did wonders for your popularity in 4th grade.