Pick up any newspaper or magazine, open the TV, and you’ll be bombarded with suggestions of how to have a successful life. Some of these suggestions are deeply unhelpful to our own projects and priorities – and we should take care.
Alain de Botton
Us RUDE Guys still buy the weekend newspapers. It is a simple but not so cheap pleasure at $13. In the quote above Mr de Botton reminds us to take care with what we absorb from reading a newspaper.
We like to think we do and are mindful to read between the lines. The following article, titled Simple Life Trumps My Bad News Feed in today’s The Age Insight on page 25, has inspired this blog post. It’s a gem and recommended reading for all those hankering for a simpler life. A beautiful reminder of the simple pleasures in a rural show, a Punch and Judy puppet booth, a picnic on a rug and homegrown and/or homemade produce.
RUDE Girl has just finished reading Frugal Hedonism [refer book cover in image below]. Basically the book, like the above article, is reflective in this blog post’s title, Simple Pleasures.
I borrowed it from the local library because I do not buy books. It was a really easy read and written with some quick witted humour thrown in. Clive Hamilton’s forward is brilliant.
The book is not a How To instruction manual. It is more an inspirational and compact reference guide. I do recommend it. However most die-hard frugals will already be well versed in its wisdoms.
For RUDE Girl is refreshing to know that a younger generation is writing about something that I am passionate about.
“When I look around it’s pretty obvious who are the most freest people in our communities – the ones who have escaped the prison of consumerism and money-hunger.” Clive Hamilton / Author
Make the money hunger go away by filling up on simple pleasures. Beat The Man!!
RUDE Girl reading The Art of Frugal Hedonism. She wears Barbara apron made from a vintage dress, refashioned skirt from a dress and thrifted top. Pillow type cushions made from scarves and shirts. Moran leather lounge chair from mid 1990s
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“And what’s with the shirt? You think you’re in Fiji?”
“It’s like being on vacation. all of the time.”
― Gerard Way, The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 2: Dallas
Us RUDE Guys grew up with the original Hawaii Five O TV series. What a classic music theme too. Quite frankly can’t remember it being associated with Hawaiian shirts but this style of shirt reminds RUDE Girl of the series. Late last year, RUDE Girl viewed this couple on Advanced Style’s blog. I was inspired to get RUDE Boy who is a young 60+, a Hawaii Six-O+ shirt.
It took me until now to remember I had such a shirt in my fabric and garment stash. It was rescued ages ago from the free textiles’ bin at a local charity store. This Hawaii Six-O+ shirt is made in Fiji [close enough to Hawaii] and is cotton with a silk print. It feels lovely and soft but it’s a large, and too big for RUDE Boy.
PS He was not too sure about wearing it ‘out out’ other than to the beach, I assumed. I politely but firmly suggested to him that I was not spending time tacking and sewing darts and altering seams, for a shirt to wear over togs to the beach. And that I wanted him to look as spiffy as the guy from Sydney, who was featured with his wife, on the Advanced Style blog. He quietly replied, “Okay.” He did say something under his breath about the guy featured on Advanced Style but I brushed over his sarcastic comment.
Images below: The shirt is on inside out and pinned for alteration. RUDE Boy is doing his Danno poses.
Here is a You Tube video that gives some idea of how to easily reduce the size of a Hawaiian shirt from large to medium.