Friday, November 16, 2012

Memories of Blue (Perfect shirt in Aegean plaid)

Have you ever been to Aegean coast?  Recently, Greece has been associated mostly with 'austerity measures', but this is not the first thing that comes to my mind. When I was a child, it was my parents favorite vacation destination. We did not have much money, but vacations and travel were considered basic needs in my family. We drove (from Poland) and it took us several days with many stops on the way (yes, those were month long European vacations). We had a camper and we brought a lot of our own food to save money.
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My parents did not speak any languages but never considered it any obstacle. At the campground, they always made friends with locals and I remember many evenings, sitting with strangers and having animated discussions, usually revolving around food, soccer and politics, using about 20 words and very creative 'sign language'. Limited vocabulary was never an issue for me either.  When playing with other kids, and I would quickly pick up some essentials like 'I don;t understand', 'no', 'yes','thank you', 'swim', 'ball', 'let's go' and 'eat'. Add some basic curse words and you were all set.  

I wish I have my own pictures to share, but unfortunately, my parents were not into preserving memories of beautiful sights and panoramic vistas. The scarce photographs that I have from those vacations always show us half naked on some ubiquitous, unidentified beach; my father in the one shady spot he could find, reading a book in a lawn chair, my mother sunbathing with a giant hat and a leaf attached to her sunglasses to protect her nose and me with droopy hair-bows almost falling off my wet, curly pigtails. My brother was never in the pictures because he always disappeared for hours with some newly met friends. I wished I could tag along, but was never welcomed or allowed (he is 9 year older than me).
     
Perfect shirt in Aegean Plaid
Roll forward to 2012. When I first tried the perfect shirt in Aegean plaid I liked it a lot. The blues are vibrant and beautiful and made me think of all the happy memories from my childhood vacations. But at that time I decided I did not need another button down, however pretty it is, and especially not at full price. I forgot about the shirt until the recent 30% off, when I snatched it for about $18. I could not resist it at this price.

The shirt is currently sold out (as of the time of writing) but you can probably still get it in store or catch it on a popback.

Shirt size 6. See review here

Of course it would look beautiful with jeans but since there is some purple in the print, I thought this could be more fun with my Pilcro Stet Anthro cord and J.Crew pink Valentinas.

Sorry that the shirt looks a little messy. It wasn't intentional, like bedhair always sported by some catalog models. It is just that we usually take pictures on our walk to school and have about 2 minutes for it. Let's say this is a more realistic look...



I am a big fun of Ray-Ban sunglasses.  I have been wearing another pair recently but I suddenly wanted a pair of traditional aviators. I have borrowed these from my husband (shhh), so they are a little too big, but I do want a pair of my own. I instantly felt a little bit cooler in them.


I am glad I ordered the shirt, I really like it.

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One of these days I will go back to the Aegean coast. I think my parents had their priorities right...

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That's all folks!

Have you been to Greece or want to go? What was your favorite childhood vacation spot?

Do you own the perfect shirt in Aegean Blue? How do you wear it?

Please share, it would be no fun without you!!!



28 comments:

  1. I have this shirt, it's my favorite plaid shirt (and I have quite a few plaid shirts so that's saying something!). I camped on the beach in Greece too, back in the late 80s, so much fun. Your vacations sound perfect and relaxing.

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    1. cate, I really like the shirt and I have already worn it twice so I am pretty sure it will become my favorite too.

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  2. Love this! Is it soft or stiff?

    I also dream of visiting this area and I am so glad you shared these wonderful memories with us!

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    1. Hi WMM, the shirt is very soft and has almost flannel feel, very cozy.

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  3. I picked up the shirt on the super sale, also. I love it. Thanks for the interesting details on it's namesake. Greece is on my bucket list.
    TGIF,
    Monica

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    1. Hi Monica, I could not believe the price when I saw it, I snatched it immediately.

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  4. Your memories brought up memories of my own, I used to vacation in Greece with my parents too, but I was older (15 or 16 until I was 18-19). We would drive to Brindisi (on the Adriatic coast in Italy) and take the ferry to Patras. I have been to Crete, some small towns on the Peloponese, Mikonos (before the crazy parties), Paros, Kos and Pathmos. I have a lot of memories, especially of the Peloponese. I miss it!!!!!

    I never considered that shirt, for some reason it doesn't speak to me except for its name!

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    1. I wish I have gone when I was older, I would remember more. We did not go sightseeing and I hated any days we did, but now I regret it. By the time I was 15 my father passed away and we stopped going anywhere far. This was fine with me because by then I preferred vacationing with my friends anyway.

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  5. I always wanted to go to Greece as a child growing up in New Zealand as I was obsessed with Gerard Durrell's MY Family and Other Animals. When I got there I was surprised at the no waves and black sand of the some of the islands but bowled over by the endless blue of the sea and the all-white and blue villages. That shirt looks great on you by the way, you'll get loads of use out of that!

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    1. That is funny, with the black sand, I did not have any expectations, as long as I could swim and have the sun shining, especially coming from a country where you had to pack a puffer coat for your August vacation because 'you just never know'.
      I always dreamed about going to New Zealand!

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  6. Darn, now I'm craving that shirt. Greece is my father's favorite spot on earth. Like yours, my parents put much importance on travel. We never had birthday parties but what was saved allowed us to travel at least twice a year to a country we have never been to. When I got married, my husband decided to continue this practice with our children and they love it. Birthdays mean new places to explore rather than gits or parties or growing old. Our favorite vacation spot? It's a toss-up between Vienna and New Zealand.

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    1. I woudl gladly swap a Birthday party for a trip, what a great idea and teaches your kids about gathering experiences instead of material possessions.
      Another fan of New Zealand!

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