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Hysteria

When was the last time you heard gossip and believed it, even spread it? When was the last time you read tabloids and shared the news you’ve read as if it were straight from the source? When was the last time you believed in something without actually ever seeing it occur with your own two eyes?

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Recently, I was lucky enough to travel to Salem, Massachuesetts and explore this beautiful area of New England whilst delving into its rich history. Though no actual witches ever really inhabited the land so well-known for them, hundreds of years ago the villagers believed in them, simply from hearsay. In 1692-1693, unexplained events, gossip, accusations, slander and naysayers all contributed to the convictions and demise of 21 innocent victims during the Salem Witch Trials.

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I don’t have six fingers as this picture depicts, though I love this specter version of me!

One such victim was Rebecca Nurse, a pious and elderly woman of the time. I had the privilege of visiting her still standing Homestead and wandered about the impressive acreage of land. As I walked around and danced in the field, I couldn’t believe such a serene landscape, with the sunset’s glistening rays bathing the bare winter trees, could ever be the locale of such chaos.

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tag_salemwitchtrials_1422087129According to Patrick, I’m as scary as Scary Spice.

 Though today we no longer partake in physically hanging the victims of the rumor mill, a hanging of sorts certainly takes place. We are all guilty of this, therefore proving not much has changed in over 300 years. I dare us all to prove that these victims did not die in vain. Speak kindly and with love. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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I’m rocking a Club Monaco wool headband, vintage fox fur coat and wool snakeskin print dress, Betsey Johnson leather belt, and Marc Jacobs Oxblood boots.

Photography by my homies Patrick Kendall and Moniere Noor at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead

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Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Sometimes, fate happens. Just like when I went to the Beacon’s Closet Greenpoint location for my bi-annual closet clean out. If you aren’t familiar with Beacon’s, it’s an awesome secondhand store with various loactions in Manhattan and Brooklyn. There, you may sell clothes and accessories that you’ve kept in good condition and are looking to get rid of. If the buyers like your stuff, in return they will give you 35% of their tagged price in cash and/or 55% in store credit. It’s rather affordable and you are very likely to find everything from big name designers to unique vintage pieces.

So, while I waited my turn for the hip buyers to sift through my offerings, I meandered through the store and perused the racks upon racks of clothing, shoes and accessories. I was hoping not to find anything because the whole point of the purge is to rid, not accumulate. But, there it was! Hidden between this jacket and that jacket – THE jacket!

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This incredibly warm and Funfetti (best cupcakes in a box EVER) colored sweater, obviously handmade to perfection with contrasting black paneling TOTALLY brings me back to high school days and letterman jackets. I was a cheerleader during that era, albeit an admittedly mediocre member of the varsity team. Come to think of it, I now think I really didn’t give it my all because I didn’t give a shit if the football team scored, won, or even showed up. Maybe, if my heart was into it, I would’ve kicked a little higher and shouted a little louder.

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One team that I could totally get behind is COLOR – the uninhibited, with a vivacious, in-your-face neon punch, color! An immediate urge to perform chants and do cartwheels overcame me as I deeply wanted to express my adulation for my newfound sweater coat treasure. I dreamt up picking up my dusty pom-poms and cheering my team to victory!

Color always brightens up the muggiest of days and awakens the spirit, even when paired with the darkest of blacks. I guess if you are going to cheer for something, it should certainly be something you care about. And, I will forever and always be the greatest advocate for living colorfully. I’m about to organize a pep rally in hopes of drumming up support in this movement! In life, we can choose to live in darkness, but it’s so much more fun to choose vibrant, kaleidoscopic light!

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I got a little crafty with riches from the Dollar Tree, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby and my garbage bag pom-poms!
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In the words of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, “Give me my coat. My amazing colored coat.” And Beacon’s did! With my trade, I not only walked off with this masterpiece, but cash as well to make up the difference. I’d call that a fashion win! Goooo Team!

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