30 for 30, day 23. Basketball.

30 Nov
I love gold

Patterns and textures

I’m developing a fondness for basketball. Mind you, I’m not talking about the real sport that is basketball, I’m talking about that special phenomenon that is gym basketball. And I’m not talking about playing, either, I’m talking about watching it.

You see, the treadmills at my gym are placed in several locations. The first option, which I will refer to as the Trauma Viewing Station, is primarily facing the over-sized television monitors featuring a national news station. The second option, which I will refer to as the Testosterone Station, faces the basketball courts.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the impact which the (bad) news has on my running performance is not ideal. My eyes keep darting away from the monitor, yet I get sucked in over and over again by flashing headlines of found body parts and missing children. I almost cried the other day. Like I said, not ideal.

The Testosterone Station, on the other hand, is male primal behavior at its best. I confessed my fascination to my friend Ross last night. There’s a lot of jumping around, grunting and yelling, running back and forth; sometimes they even run into each other. It’s much more entertaining. I’m starting to recognize some of the regulars and developing nicknames for them, such as “Roger.”

Time flies when you’re watching grown men play. I’m very interested in staying healthy, especially given my daily morning chocolate indiscretions. This morning I was out of chocolate, unfortunately. I had to seek comfort elsewhere and found it by means of my gold leather belt.

I initially bought it for a Burning Man costume. It has since been integrated as a sometime key player in my wardrobe. I decided to shoot these photos indoors to feature our vintage raised felt wallpaper which complimented the gold pattern on my blouse. The pictures don’t do it justice. Imagine textured wallpaper. Feel it with your eyes closed. Perfect!

Deets: Cream sweater/Old Navy, Satin blouse/BCBG, grey cropped ankle pants/Express, gold leather belt/unknown, vintage brooch/gifted, black ankle boots/Munro.

Related Trivia: What Austin Powers movie inspired this look?
Unrelated trivia: Can you name the high-performance car in the photo?


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  1. burnin' steph

    November 30, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    This shot reminds me of the movie Garden State and this image

    but your outfit is way better!


  2. Fabienne Jach

    November 30, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Lol! Steph, that's awesome!

  3. Rose

    December 1, 2010 at 12:45 am

    I looks like a Ferrari…maybe a spider? Anyway, rad outfit. I wanted to let you know that I tagged you for a Versatile Blogger Award…Have fun!

  4. La Fille D'or

    December 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    OH! I love the blouse and the wallpaper design.

    Okay -so while not basketball I get a kick out of guys playing soccer at the park : )

  5. lajolielavie

    December 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Great photos and I love that blouse!
    Love your blog, btw.
    feel free to stop by my blog if you have a moment:)

  6. dotty

    December 1, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    that blouse is awesome!

    also, if you're still interested in the plaid dress shoot me an email…somebody else claimed it, but then they never responded.