Hahaha. Can you tell this is going to be a stretch? At stake in this contest are two “fashionable” prizes, first, the t-shirt, “Have You Been to the Market Lately” only in white and size SMALL, and the recycled flour sack tote from mamaearth.multiply.com. See original post on prizes, here. While I currently take pride in being able to wear shorts some 5 or 6 days out of each week, I do have a closet full of clothes, with a mix of old and new, formal and informal, though the t-shirts and jeans dominate at this point. I haven’t always been so casual; at one point in my consulting career I cleared out my tie rack and counted over 150 silk ties which had I traded in at retail prices, would probably have paid for a decent second hand car… but I haven’t purchased a silk tie in over 10 years. If you have been visiting marketmanila.com for a while, and are rather observant, you would have noticed some bizarre detours away from food for an occasional post on clothing and footwear…
At the top end, visit this post on a dinner at the Goldenberg Mansion where I dressed a la Bond. You would have noticed that shopping and holiday trips go hand in hand, hence these related fashion posts from Barcelona, Florence, Athens, New York, etc. I have featured window shopping strolls on Madison Avenue, Christmas windows at Bergdorf Goodman, serious bling and a post on Tiffany & Company. Of course many of you will simply remember the most atrocious t-shirt choice for international television, or perhaps my orange crocs or a wannabe chef’s jacket.
So here’s what you have to do to join this contest. Read the paragraph below (completely hypothetical fantasy) and fill in the blanks (your answers) in a comment submitted to this post. The two comments with the most amusing or accurate or laugh-inducing answers will be selected as the winners… Good Luck!
Assume Mr. & Mrs. Marketman got invited to lunch with Martha Stewart at her estate in Bedford, New York. It is late August, and the weather is a very pleasant 78F under the shade of a huge maple tree. Nearby is the fantastic barn/stable that houses Martha’s six horses. Other guests at lunch include Ina Garten, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver and their respective partners/spouses/etc. Marketman burned the black t-shirt he wore when he roasted pigs with Anthony Bourdain, so that was one less choice to consider, but he still had to dress appropriately for the meal. First, he chucked his shorts and put on a pair of ______1_______ colored pants made of _______2_______. His shirt was a shade of ______3_______ and had real mother-of-pearl buttons. Political correctness be damned, he put on his favorite caramel colored ________4_________ belt. And on his feet were _______5_______. He considered wearing a _________6_________ but opted for a less flashy _________7__________ timepiece instead. He chose one of his finest Panama hats, but still needed his ________8_________ sunglasses to complete the outfit. Of course he brought Martha a ________9________ as a hostess gift.
Hahaha. :) A sense of humor and a bit of style is required. Let the games begin!