Thursday, June 26, 2014

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Skirt (; Cardigan (; Tank (Gordmans)
In the wake of our recent spate of severe weather in central Indiana, including the twister in Speedway that foiled my golf outing on Tuesday, it seems apropos that everything about this look reminds me of the yellow brick road to the Emerald City of Oz.  Even my shoes (while not ruby slippers) are by Naughty Monkey (of the flying variety, perhaps?)  And the Anne Klein bag bears the brand's iconic lion, though I'd hardly call the bright yellow and white combo cowardly. 
Shoes (Naughty Monkey); Bag (Anne Klein)
The well-known Wizard's tale will always have a special place in my heart.  I loved the story as a child and, as an adult, I was riveted by the book "Wicked," devouring it in a single weekend.  Wicked turns the traditional narrative on its head, retelling the story from the Wicked Witch's point of view, with some extraordinary Orwellian animals thrown in for good measure.  As is often so true in life, the character of the characters in Wicked don't necessarily match their reputations.  As John Wooden said in one of my favorite quotes: "Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."  Wicked drives home that lesson in spades, and is a brilliant reminder that we can't necessarily judge a book by its cover.
Monogram necklace (Etsy)
The musical adaptation of Gregory Maguire's twist on the classic was also the very first show I saw on Broadway.  As devastating as it was beautiful, I was crying by the intermission, and left the theater wanting to see it all over again.  So much so that I drug other people with me to see it in Chicago and Indianapolis.  I'd see it again now if I had the opportunity. If you're a fan of the Wizard of Oz and looking for some light but thought provoking summer reading, check out Wicked and its sequels Son of a WitchA Lion Among Menand Out of Oz.  And by all means, if you ever get the chance to see the show, don't miss it!

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