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Behind the Design: Festival Neats

Hey cuties.
My charts are telling me today calls for some serious realness. Therefore, I would be remiss if I didn’t provide some 3-pm-on-the-Friday-and-hangin’-by-thread inspiration. So, let’s get it. As brash, crass, and first-class, New Orleans-based artist, Ashley Longshore, says, “Don’t ever save anything for a ‘special occasion.’ Being alive is the special occasion.” Sometimes we need a hero to order a round of reality shots to get the party started. Today, I’m that hero. I guess, technically, Deb is really the hero. So, I’m basically the person at a party who overhears a real, heater of a joke and repeats it later to a group of innocent guests hanging out in the kitchen. Then the people of the kitchen hail me as the funniest girl they’ve ever met. I accept the crown, and the glory, and the fame. But, alas, I am not the rightful heir. But everyone deserves a seat on the throne, a chance to abandon their station as the jester, even if only for a moment. Life’s a party and when you roll with us, you’re always VIP. Now, let the revelry commence!

If you’re feeling confused by what you just read, don’t fret. Shake those reveries from your head, my child. Aunt Becky got off her loop for a second, but she’s back now… And ready to paarrtyyy with the best of them. And when I say, “the best of them,” I’m calling out two of our new, fabulous and whimsical patterns, Pardi Gras and Carnival Y’all. The repeated crown and fleur-de-lis motifs give these floral neats major party vibes.

The colorways are taken from the traditional colors of Mardi Gras and Carnival of Brazil. Both festivals serve as designated periods of celebration before Ash Wednesday and the fasting season of Lent. At times like these, people are seriously living (partying). You’re a real scrooge if floats, beads, parades, brass bands, glitter, confetti, dancing, bottomless eating, and drinking doesn’t make you feel alive. Sorry, Scrooges. You know I’m right.

When I see the Pardi Gras pattern, the words, “Jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-né, jock-a-mo fee na-né” are bubbling out of my mouth before I can stop myself. I want to devour one of Manny Randazzo’s Pecan Praline King Cakes in one sitting, wash it down with a Hurricane served in a cup the length of my torso, and wear so many beads I get a crick in my neck. This pattern was made for you to feel on fire, like you're dancing down Bourbon Street. Now, who wants to go eat a gallon of gumbo?

I don’t know if you had the honor of watching the five-star reporting conducted by the cast of the Today Show during the 2016 Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro. Honestly, it doesn’t matter if you did, because I provided a link that will knock your feather tails and headdress off. Recap: Hoda and Co. sample the local nightlife during a GNO filled with caipirinhas, karaoke, and samba. If only I’d had a Tiny Package in Carnival Y’all to soothe my soul during that steamy summer spent watching the Rio Olympics, cranking coffee, and writing terrible cover letters on my best friend’s family home in Chevy Chase. Carnival Y'all will make you feel like the next "girl from Ipanema." There’s no denying these vibrant colors could have majorly lifted my spirits.

Speaking of “lifting,” check out MY very own arm holding this gorgeous Tiny Package in Carnival Y’all. You too can feel like a Woo-Girl-Good-Time-Sally, all the time, by clicking this here link to our patterns.

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