My gorgeous sister Terri Berry recently moved to a suburb of Chicago, so I flew out to go to Lollapalooza with her. We took the train from her home into the city with a few zillion teenagers. Two of the female teenagers asked me if I was “SO EXCITED” to be going to Lollapalooza. I was struck dumb for several seconds. I’m not “SO EXCITED” about anything anymore unless it involves (a) an evening gown, full hair and makeup, and Champagne or (b) a big jewelry sale. I managed to compose myself and tell them that I was indeed excited to be there. Then Terri Berry and I reminisced about the simple thrills of youth.
We were lucky with the weather, which wasn’t too hot. I dressed for maximum comfort with one glaring exception: an Alexander McQueen bag.
What Wendy Wore to Lollapalooza, Day #1
Hat: Urban Outfitters
Tank top: Splendid
Shorts: Sanctuary (2010)
Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender (2010)
Watch: Hermès (2000-ish)
Sunglasses: Prada (2011)
Bag from hell: Alexander McQueen
I got the McQueen bag years ago from a consignment store. It still had the price tag on it. The reason quickly became clear. The bag is incredibly heavy even when it’s empty. Originally, a giant, decorative brass key dangled from the bottom and hit me in the legs when I walked. I cut that off and lightened the whole thing up by about a pound. I still couldn’t stand to use the bag but I couldn’t give it up either. In a “triumph of hope over experience” moment, I packed the bag for this weekend, figuring I’d need something roomy that could be worn cross-body and therefore carried hands-free. For several hours, I thought dark, evil things about Alexander McQueen. I’m too civilized to share those here. After that rough period, all the nerves in my shoulders died and I felt better.
The bag didn’t keep me from enjoying The Kills, particularly one of their sign-language interpreters. Everyone around me was talking about this interpreter. She put so much passion into her performance that I started watching her primarily while glancing at the band occasionally. Terri Berry said, “I want to know the signer’s concert schedule.” Seriously, I’d go see this woman again no matter who she was signing for!
In fact, I will be “SO EXCITED” if I see her again this weekend!