Matching the Un-Matchable
On this rainy Friday night, we decided to go bowling at Zodo’s Bowling and Beyond. Approximately twelve miles north of Santa Barbara, this little bowling alley, turned bar, turned late night light show provides a rare treat for the traditional Santa Barbara bar hopper. It has a fun adult atmosphere, updated modern interior and great happy hour, and even a decent arcade area. As a digression, I would like to grouse about the lack of any kind of “family fun center” in SB – no go-carts, ice skating rinks, nickel arcades, or mini-golf within forty miles! Where is a twenty-something supposed to go for a little bit of variety and some innocent play? Anyways, we all had a blast that night and I even ran into some old friends while there.
Bowling shoes. What else can I say? They are difficult to plan an outfit around, so I just ignored the thought of wearing them altogether while I quickly put together my cold, wet weather outfit. Another digression, sorry, but I remember when bowling shoes were a big trend back in middle school. Taking those radically unfashionable bowling shoes home as a souvenir was really living life on the edge…like the dine-and-dash of footwear, except that lane rentals cost more money than shoe rentals, and in the end both still had to be paid before the game.
EZ: As for my outfit, I chose light grey sweater leggings, a navy tunic/dress, and thick-knit, dark grey cape/scarf ensemble – ultimate comfort for consistently bowling the lowest score. The first picture of this post doesn’t quite do my cape justice because I am not even wearing it properly then, but it really is a quality piece of outerwear that I will probably own forever (unless I lose it, which is also likely to happen). I accessorized with a long necklace and a headpiece that I created the same day. To be honest, I dreamt about this headpiece the night before and absolutely had to make it once I woke up. That may sound weird, but I woke up needing to figure out how to put together what I saw in my dream.
MJ: Bowling is never something I’ve been very good at, but for some reason, on this particular rainy Friday night in Santa Barbara, I somehow channeled my inner bowling champion and ended the night with 5 strikes! Aside from the fact that that’s more strikes than I have ever had in the entirety of my bowling career, I now have a new found respect for cliched recreational activities such as these, even if it is absolutely impossible to match an outfit with those god awful (and might I add smelly) neon colored bowling shoes. I decided on a long sleeved comfy tunic in a deep magenta. I love tunics like these because they have so much versatility, and are so incredibly COMFY! I paired them with my favorite skin tight acid washed skinny jeans with the cutest zip detail at the ankle. For accessories, I debuted one of Bohemian Bombshell‘s up and coming designs…beautifully elegant antiqued body chains! I am so excited about these new pieces, and they provide the perfect accent to solid colored draping tunics.
All in all, we feel that it is oftentimes nonessential to fret about compromising personal style for a planned outing, which are often unpredictable. When I know that there is a chance that I will be bowling or ice-skating I just keep an extra pair of socks in my bag or car just for the chance of occasion – one has to be prepared, and sometimes sacrifice a cohesive outfit for a good time.