A long-standing bugaboo between Mr. Magpie and I is my use of the phrase “fruit cup.”
He insists that “fruit cup” can only refer to those pre-packaged Dole containers filled with syrupy, soupy lumps of colorful…stuff (is it really fruit??), and that the correct term for a bowl of sliced fruit is “fruit salad.”
Which is why I stubbornly insist on calling it “fruit cup,” for now and forever.
I also (according to Mr. Mags) mispronounce “Twizzler” and “kindling.” I guess I introduce an extra syllable in both words — “Twizz-ell-er” and “kin-dell-ing”–but at least I say “crayon” properly (“cray-ahn” — have you met people that pronounce it “crown”?!)
On the other hand, for a long time, I mis-pronounced “bratwurst.” (Ha, can you tell I live in the Midwest, where I have multiple occasions within the span of a few months to say “bratwurst”?! All of you Californians are probably squinting in disbelief. But, yes, I live in Illinois, and we eat lots of beef and pork out here. Don’t ya know. Wouldn’t be surprised if mini’s first word is “meat.” And P.S., will she have a Chicago accent?! AHHH!) At any rate, I could never quite get “bratwurst” done, for some reason introducing an “h” into the word, or transposing an “s” — referring to it as “bratwurth” or “bratswurst.” #Embarrassing.
But, these little slip-ups are often cause for laughter and even endearment (Mr. Magpie once told me he hopes I never pronounce Twizzler the right way)–though not as much laughter as my sister’s routine botching of colloquialisms gives way to. She is highly intelligent, articulate, and well-read, but she consistently screws up common turns of phrase. Case(s) in point: she once said I was “beating a horse to death” (instead of “beating a dead horse”), and another time referred to a man running on the side of the road in a gray, form-fitting sweatsuit as “Rocky Bullwinkle” (instead of Rocky, the boxer).
At any rate, this post is not meant to be about linguistic faux pas, but rather, about fruit-inspired fashion, of which there are many funky-cool options on offer at the moment. Take it from these ladeez:
Yessss. Note how these ladies prevent themselves from looking like clowns by pairing these fun/slightly juvenile prints with sophisticated add-ons. This is how the true chic peas do it.
Below, my favorite fruit-cup-inspired fashion centerpieces:
+This Isolda dress (on sale for $524) would be the toast of a summer BBQ. I loveeee.
+Lemon tree earrings ($58).
+Charlotte Olympia fruit kitty flats ($655) — love the rattan fabrication! So chic with some simple jeans and a white button-down. HELLO.
+Stella McCartney citrus swimsuit ($245).
+The coolest popsicle molds ($19). Curious about making boozy popsicles this summer…
+Lemon clutch ($75). Would look amazing against denim — a jean jacket over a LWD, or a denim dress!
+This garland would set the mood for a little outdoor shindig ($17).
+Cheeky beaded fruit earrings ($20/set) from Etsy!
+Not for the faint-of-fashion-heart, but how EPIC is this banana-print MSGM top ($381) and skirt ($684) combo?! Or, you could just go with one or the other: just the top with a simple white skirt or pair of light-wash jeans, or the skirt with a white tank tucked into it?! AMAZING. Loud and proud, ladies.
+Maybe PERFECT with these Aquazzuras ($775)? DIE.
+Love this pineapple-print one-piece from Onia ($195).
+And how about these adorable banana earrings ($200)? Again, a little goes a long way…so if you’re wearing something as wild as these badboys, keep the rest of the look toned down. Maybe pair with a breezy white top ($106) and some espadrilles ($120) for a splashy but chic look.
+This asymmetrical top from hot line Rosie Assoulin ($1,695) is MAJ.
+On the subtler end of the spectrum, these gold pineapple-inspired drops ($98) from Lele Sadoughi are fun.
+These fruit-adorned clutches are everything ($173). I especially love the neutral one. (Or, get the look for less with this $58 steal.) Not shown below, but this watermelon-adorned clutch is also amazing.
+Finally, I’ll just conclude with this EPIC EPIC EPIC D+G pineapple-print dress ($2000). Wow wow wow wow. BUT WE CAN GET THE LOOK FOR LESS WITH THIS $100 STEAL. YAHOOOOOO.