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August 1, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Fashion. Smashin’. It’s the thrill, dude.

Woman.Fashion shot in Peru. 1952. T.Frissell, 1907-1988.Harper's Bazaar/LoC/PD released by Frissell/

For the enlightened, a mystic experience. (1952.Harper’s Bazaar/LoC/PD released by Frissell/

Grab the Bear Spray. Click the locks. Tune the security cams to YouTube ready.

A frantic rush as Back to School shopping evolves.

Appreciating Tax Free Shopping Weekend savings? So yesterday – along with internet buying.

Modern fashionistas and trendmakers are skilled at new moves.

Romance of Tarzan and Jane.1918. National Film Corp. of America (Fine Art America)/US public domain: publication date/expired copyright/

Tarzan dahling. No need to go into that jungle. A Personal Shopper will hunt it all down for us! (1918.Nat. Film Corp./US PD:

How cool is it to have a Personal Stylist and Shopper?

So easy to have items pre-selected, boxed it, and delivered right to your door.

Something to casually brag about strolling the halls between classes.

Fashion in a box may be fine if convenience is all that matters, yet a certain feeling is missing.

That excited chase.

The thrill of hunting down and capturing the perfect item.

Isn’t there something between introverted home delivery and mob stampedes in the mall?

1910-1915 Flapper. (Bain New Service/Library of Congress/Commons

Cannot face one more mall parking lot! Is there no hope of respite? (1910-1915.Bain News Service/LoC/Commons

 Some find venturing into a Private Stock Collection, call it a “Personal Boutique”, offers excitement as well as a rich pampered experience. 

Doggy doors swing open in welcome. (Click the silly link – or you’ll get totally lost)

Safety glass entrances work like a charm. (Yeah, ditto. Click for a second)

Once inside, a relaxed freedom to browse without crowds.

A bonanza of finds – all assembled just for the savvy consumer.

Free to pick and choose without pushy sales people glaring or standing watch like Buckingham Palace guards.

Then leisurely leave with selections like high-priced purses, those desired red soled shoes, collector Nike sneakers,  jewelry to spark outfits, and clothing logos galore. (Oh, go ahead. Click.)

One stop shopping is easy if the source is picked with skill.

The Style Makers quickly decide what’s trendy and let nothing keep them from getting it!

Fall fashion scene.1914 fashion plate. Madeleine Cheruit/US

Come now. We go out own way. The fools will straggle behind.(1914 M.Cheruit/US

Here. Sample this crowd running to get ready for fall hair styles. A real fashion grab!

No sloths there. (Come on. Click one more and I’ll stop nagging.)

Could be the real definition of impulse shopping.

But they know if it’s not quite their style, it’s easy to sell  extras to others desperate for that “must have look” needed to impress students in the halls of learning!

A little extra cash for the traditional mall shopping trips? Always welcomed. (Resourceful, too!)

August: wardrobe acquisition time.

Once the school bells ring, activity will run out, but not for long.

Christmas will be here before you know it.

And the search for those perfect gifts will begin!

One smashing good time after another!

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

(Note: if more confused than usual, go back and click the links in this post.)

1913 blue dress fashion plate.Dammy/Gazette du Bon Ton/US

Dressed and ready to go. What are you waiting for? Early arrivers get the best grabs.


  1. Ally Bean / Aug 1 2014 2:24 pm

    Someone owns [owned] $125,000 worth of handbags? My mind is boggled. Sorry that they were stolen, but… really?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 1 2014 2:34 pm

      That lady buys and sells them as a business – but the fact that she has that business and loyal customers is wild. It’s true, there are people who live very different lives …(and their dogs are probably well groomed, smells lovely and doesn’t eat stuff.) Thanks for shelving a comment


  2. katecrimmins / Aug 1 2014 2:26 pm

    Back to school shopping ads started here last week. Yuk! I am still enjoying summer without any intention of looking at fall clothes! Of course they won’t have my size by the time I’m ready (in September).


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 1 2014 2:43 pm

      There are sweaters – among the tank tops. Itchy. Seems like people are out to kill summer – it used to be so leisurely and fun. (back when school years were shorter and test scores higher). Thanks for styling up a comment


  3. easyweimaraner / Aug 1 2014 3:13 pm

    The guy from Houston was not really the thief of the year :o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 1 2014 3:36 pm

      If the dogs won’t help – the bike will do what it can to save itself? Maybe the pups had been training wheels for back-up and decided to let it take a spin on the job? (giggles) Thanks for pawsing a comment


  4. Paul / Aug 1 2014 4:27 pm

    Now don’t get me wrong – but who installs a man sized door in their wall, calls it a dog door and is surpirised and upset when a burglar uses it to enter their home? Pehaps they should have clearly posted a sign on the door – “Dogs Only” – surely that would have kept the burglars out, no? Sigh. It’s good to see that thieves are getting more style conscious. Rather they take booty without hurting anyone than be mugging some poor soul in the street.

    I did get a kick out of the thief who stole the bicycle and figured he could learn to ride as he went. A bit sure of himself, no doubt. As for personal shoppers, there will always be those who hate shopping and will pay to have others do it for them. Value-added services. Personally, I would prefer to do my own and I know women who would never give up the thrill of the chase. But to each their own.Oh, and I’ve owned dogs like that before, I trained them to sleep in front of the dog door so the thief would trip over them.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 1 2014 4:58 pm

      We did chuckle about simply hinging the back door at the top for the dogs at one point – we had 2 over 100 lbs Bouviers. THings used to be a lot safer around here – we backed up to woods and pastures in that house – those are all bulldozed. After seeing half a scout troop crawl through the dog door, it was replaced. And there were the raccoons and skunks getting too curious (but as you say, those dogs kept anything out)
      We used to sleep with windows open, too – but not safe anymore. All these new people moving in need to wise up quickly….(and get flood insurance, too – it’s flat. IF it rains long enough anywhere, water can surprise people new to the area. 6 inches in 3 hours last night in places…not really unusual)
      I did love that guy and the bike. Perfect for a Friday laugh. Thanks for chortling along – have a great weekend


  5. robstroud / Aug 1 2014 6:34 pm

    That picture of Tarzan really creeped me out.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 2 2014 3:22 pm

      Funny how bizarre some of the early BW film shots are (Debated whether that should be the lead picture or not – glad it didn’t scare you off! Hope you got a laugh with the thief falling off the bike he was trying to steal). Personally some of the early Peter Pan with Mary Martin are a bit creepy, too.
      Thanks for risking a view


  6. marthaschaefer / Aug 2 2014 12:28 pm

    Aw Phil, are you sure you aren’t just shopping for compliments with this one!!??


  7. Sun / Aug 2 2014 6:12 pm

    tax free weekend. yay…you find the best images, Philomouse. i mean, how cute is Tarzan with his Jane? you got a unique talent and really great writing style. time to go shopping now. 😛


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 3 2014 4:39 pm

      Your area is one weekend ahead of us – the running of the malls is next weekend here. Hope you skated through with ease. (Now you can relax and look for some of those old films that do have their own charm!) Thanks for tossing a comment on these shelves


  8. Robin / Aug 2 2014 6:41 pm

    I’ve seen other news recently about hair thieves. If it sells, I suppose people will steal it. They need locks for their locks. The doggy door is so big! Thanks for being our personal shopper, and picking out a few fashionable items for us to view. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 3 2014 4:41 pm

      And the same bunch hit another one Friday night. Burglar bar no match for a Ford 150 in reverse.
      One thing about big doggy doors, if you forget your keys..oh, right. A real open house. Thanks for peeking in and dropping off a comment


  9. Jay E. / Aug 2 2014 10:43 pm

    Well, my “summer break” is over; I officially have to be back for in-service on Monday.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 3 2014 4:58 pm

      But fall break is just beginning?…Oh, no! Not the fall break down already. (Noooo – please no early wake-up alarms. Don’t take away the tank tops, Hawaiian shirts and flipflops yet! Hush those fire drill bells!). Thanks for stapling up a comment in this hallway


  10. jannatwrites / Aug 2 2014 11:10 pm

    I’m kind of mixed on the online stylist (way too cheap to actually do something like that, though!) In a way it would be fun to have someone else pick the clothes because I tend to gravitate toward the same colors/styles (I’ve been known to buy multiples of something when it fits right.) On the other hand, it seems weird to have a stranger pick out my clothes.

    The doggie door was pretty big – might was well leave the front door open! While I think burglary is wrong and would’ve liked to have seen the culprit bitten, I did have to laugh that the dogs ‘didn’t hear a thing.’ Ooops 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 3 2014 5:06 pm

      Hey – if everything is black, it’s so easy to mix and match! Of course multiples of the same thing. I’d fail the personal shopper’s client application form.
      Times used to be a lot safer. People left doors unlocked, windows open. When people though stealing was a wrong, not a career path. It’s very weird that there’s almost a predictable time table for burglary around here: before school, before Christmas and Valentines (small cute dogs are at high risk), before prom and graduation. Anyone with a doggy door that big better have some seriously big and dedicated dogs on the other side! Thanks for charging over with a comment


  11. Spinster / Aug 4 2014 5:40 pm

    “Isn’t there something between introverted home delivery and mob stampedes in the mall?”

    Yep. We avoid stampedes as much as possible.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 4 2014 6:56 pm

      Planning traditional shopping trips is becoming more and more like standing on the side of the road and watching for a break in the traffic before darting across. Thanks for styling up a comment to leave


  12. jmmcdowell / Aug 7 2014 1:21 am

    Around here, the stores are incorporating things like “Cyber Monday” into their back to school ads. Isn’t it bad enough we’re “supposed” to spend ridiculous amounts of money at Christmas? Now we have to do it for every holiday, and since there apparently aren’t enough of those, we have to add back to school. Ugh!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 7 2014 2:24 pm

      You study human civilizations/pasts and artifacts….is this “herd” mentality?
      Cyber-Monday for back to school? (Tax free weekend coming up…not going anywhere near retail)
      If they think up any more holidays requiring great expenses of money. (Will the ever be a severe backlash – like Puritan bare necessities?…probably not – consumerism is the economy’s engine now.)
      Oh, you might find this woman an interesting archeology subject…you thought the Vintage Contessa’s closet was rich – check this one…what will future societies think of this?


      • jmmcdowell / Aug 9 2014 12:15 am

        We have a tax-free week on clothes and shoes starting Sunday…. The quick trips we need to make will be early Saturday morning.

        Hmm, a three-story closet with millions in goods. An archaeologist’s interpretation would be partly based on any written records or history still available. If there were none, well, we’d probably at least figure out it was a high-status individual in a high-status residential area. Ruling family? Nobility? Priestly class?

        Not an inside job? Owners conveniently away for a late dinner and don’t set the alarm? And a professional thief just happens to know that and strike without knowing how long they’ll be gone? For some reason, two words jumped immediately to mind: insurance fraud. I may be completely wrong, of course, but such a deed wouldn’t surprise me in the least in this day and age.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 9 2014 4:02 pm

          In high school the highest level English/language arts class (“Honors” back then – probably AP now)had a great writing teacher. One of her legendary assignments was in combination with study of futuristic sci-fi and pieces about past civilizations (Greek and Roman archeology, I think) She wanted a story about an archeologist stumbling upon Houston’s fragments years in the future. “Used Ton” was one of the names the city was given…considering the large overpasses and amounts of building concrete, a pretty good choice.
          Ever since wandering around Mesa Verde ruins as a kid, I couldn’t help but wondering what they will say. Thanks for pondering along


  13. EllaDee / Aug 8 2014 4:42 am

    The pitfalls of consumerism are a boon to thieves and one of the funniest collections of links I’ve encountered in a single post… but no doubt you will out-do yourself in due course 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 9 2014 3:41 pm

      Glad you got a giggle…(oh the pressure now! Argh.) Have a great weekend. (The tax free shopping frenzy is this weekend…so not going anywhere near conventional retail) Thanks for carting a comment over to these aisles


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