"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


oh, the dilemmas

So here is my agenda for the evening:
  • 5:30 - Birthday party for The Twins, who turned 3 yesterday
  • 7 - Fancy banquet for the conference at which I've been working all weekend.
  • 8:30 or whenever I can sneak out - Show for a friend's band at a hipster coffee house
  • 10ish - Afterparty for said friend's show

Now. I am a Southern girl, and I know how to wear the appropriate outfit to a particular occasion. For a three-year-old's birthday party, you wear something cute and springtimey in a fabric that can easily be washed in case the birthday cake starts flying. For a fancy banquet full of Africanists, you wear a cocktail dress and heels. (Or, in this one case, you can wear an Africa dress, but do you really want to try that around so many stylish African women? The answer to that is an emphatic no.) For a hipster coffee house and afterparty on somebody's spakin' new backyard patio, you obviously wear your new Kosovo Liberation Army t-shirt and jeans.

So what am I supposed to wear tonight?!?


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