Monday Musings: On Anglophilia and Fashion Week.

Good Monday to you. I’m getting this Monday Musings in at the eleventh hour, but here are some of the random, wacky things on my mind this week:

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I just watched a terrific movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. When my mom raved about it a couple of months ago, I’d never heard of it. No idea why, since it is excellent. Even though it takes place in India, it fulfilled my every Anglophilic craving — primarily because it is chock full of the British greats from all your favorite movies. Think Judi Dench. Bill Nighy. Tom Wilkinson. Maggie Smith.¬†In the same movie.

This weekend I went to Charleston with friends to send one of us off into the bonds of matrimony, and also to attend Charleston Fashion Week. I don’t consider myself especially fashionable, choosing comfort over suffering for the sake of art or beauty or whatever anytime. But it was a blast. As you know, Charleston’s a food city and we ate amazingly at 39 Rue de Jean and Poogan’s Porch. The show was flashy and glamorous and exciting. Plus, we met the Moonshine boys, who are young and cute and enthusiastic and smell like earthy, woodsy, clean gentlemen. Delicious. I hope they make a great success.

Someone might need to take away my New Yorker card. I subscribed this week to a magazine called Garden & Gun. I think that means my re-acclimation to the South is complete. Oh, and if you’re interested in picking favorites for a totally different kind of March Madness, go vote in their Southern Food Bracket. I don’t know what I’m going to do when Coke goes up against Cheerwine. Dilemma!

Have a good week, all.

Lights, cameras, fashion.

Belk’s in Charlotte had a big weekend.

Jessica Simpson was in town on Saturday promoting … something … with her boyfriend, and the paparazzi photos made national entertainment news. Yes, paparazzi! In Charlotte! Not following Fantasia!

Last night I went to the JLC‘s Lights! Camera! Fashion! show, also at Belk’s. It was a great event, very well done. Especially since the fashion show opened with the drumline from Johnson C. Smith University — and drumlines are like my favorite thing ever. The fashion was also interesting … it seems that there is going to be a lot of military-inspired sportswear, with heavy combat boots, and orange, lots of orange, this fall.

As if I needed reminding, I hate everything in my closet.