You'd think with all the Italian and French friends (not to mention boyfriends) I've had over the years, I'd have heard of this sooner, but I just read somewhere that in France and Italy, they celebrate April's Fool Day by sticking cutout fish shapes on each other. Curious, I checked wikipedia and sure enough: the word 'fool' somehow translates from 'fish'.. anyway, it's all here if you, too, are curious. It all goes back to 1508, an anonymous French poet, and an 'April fish'.
What does this have to do with this post? Well on like the one sunny day, I was sitting outside at Paul, a FRENCH bakery, near South Ken tube, on the phone with my friend Linda in NY. Next to me, a pretty girl was wearing: a denim jumper over white tee, black tights, and black patent pumps. She had the most adorable puppy that looked to be about two days old. A young girl came by, said 'Ooh! a Puppy!'.. which I snapped while Linda & I made plans.
Then.. I saw this lovely mother/daughter duo, Kaitlin and her mom, Karen, also in shades of blue and white. They both happened to have gorgeous blue eyes, which helps (you can just barely make out the girl with the puppy in the background).
It seems as soon as it becomes spring, everyone wants to wear blue. I had no interest in blue denim for ages, but our recent time in South Beach, Miami, gave me a taste for all things faded blue and white.
Which got me thinking about the word 'blue': it's such a happy colour, it's everyone's favourite, yet we use it when we're feeling down, when we're singing the blues, when a boy is frustrated.. (it just hit me: did you ever listen to the lyrics to Please Please Me? The Stones were meant to be the Bad Boys, the Beatles were so squeaky clean, but think again. I mean, 'I do all the pleasing with you, it's so hard to reason with you, ooh, ooh why do you make me feel so blue?'
Wouldn't you love to see a woman do a cover of this song? Lily Allen, perhaps? Couldn't you see her doing a kind of perky 'Smile' version?
Arrgggh! Every time I try to play the song on youtube, and embed it for you, Blogger crashes (I guess it's MY April Fish Day prank) but definitely try this trick at home.
(I'm throwing these blue Kate Kanzier oxfords into the mix, just because ; )
And STILL, some of you might be wondering what this has to do with fish, or for that matter, April Fool's Day. Well, I wanted to do a fish related post, but couldn't think off the top of my head of anything I've shot recently with a fish motif. And today I'm in a blue mood (as a COLOUR, not feeling blue). So I thought.. hmm... fish, water, some water is blue.. and there you are!
How's YOUR April Fool's Day going so far? Anyone stick a fish onto you?