Why is it that summer always connotes amusement parks? I mean, it's probably because it's the "best time of the year" to go to carnivals -- but even something so fun can be kind of miserable in 101 degree heat (I'm one who sincerely would do anything else). But it is true that carnivals have a lot of meaning to them, they're shows and façades after all, so this is perhaps a reason why a lot of writers tend to give these supposedly 'joy-filled' sets horrifying plot lines like murders and kidnappings. I mean, look at Ryan Murphy's AHS Freakshow, which was clearly playing off our (very American, might I add), myth-based fear of clowns and carnivals. But there are other stories that follow suit (yes, King's It of course), but also King's Joyland, a story which proves to be more sad than scary, but still has excellent elements of hard crime and horror. It's about taking the 'haunted house,' of the amusement park and turning it into a place where a real tragedy occurred -- kind of like reading those crazy conspiracy theories of awful things that have happened at Disney. While the topic overall is obviously pretty morbid,  it's really interesting to think about why we feel safe in certain places over others -- and how we sometimes have to learn the hard lesson that a place we think is safe may not be safe after all. Just food for thought.

Without surprise, I couldn't help but think of anything else besides 'analyze carnival!' for this post based on this pretty sweet mural Avery and I stumbled upon downtown. My outfit, on the other hand, tells a more subtle story. I started with these slick white ripped jeans I just got, and paired it with this incredible mesh cut off tee from Free People. To add some dimension and style, I added one of my favorite chokers and this oversized Levi's mens shirt I picked up at a thrift store last year for a few bucks.  Finally, I tied it all together with super casual Adidas. 

"And thus I clothe my naked villainy."

[Richard III 1.3]

Cheers, xx - A. Martine

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