The Circle Game

I get email pitches for a wide variety of products, many of which have no relevance to subjects that I cover here. And normally this would have been one of them but as soon as I saw it, it was a deja vu moment back to childhood when I had a similar Sting Ray model on which I spent much of my time riding around our hilly neighborhood. The banana seat and high handlebars also allowed for all sorts of bike tricks (standing on the seat, riding backwards etc) that I experimented with on a football field track near our house (although my real expertise was tree climbing).

Schwinn Lemon Peeler

Schwinn is now bringing back the iconic Lemon Peeler in a limited quantity of 500 bikes, so if you are looking to relive your past or introduce your kids to a 60’s classic, now’s the time! Another flash from the past was when I saw this pattern for a needlepoint pillow somewhere online (saved the shot but don’t remember where I found it).

sonny and cher needlepoint pillow-1

That also brought back distinct memories as I remember a birthday when I was coveting the duo’s latest album. Not only did I get one, but two of my guests brought me the same lp for my collection.

Sonny & Cher I Got You Babe

Their outfits were always statement making and while fashion these days seems to be giving a nod to the 70s, there is something that feels rather current.

Sonny & CherThe Gucci snapchat logo, below.

Gucci snapchat logo

In honor of throwback Thursday, I’m including another retro moment from this week. The March Town & Country included an ode to blue in the beauty section.

Nars blue lipstick in Town & CountryWhile the featured shade was decidedly darker, it reminded me of the groundbreaking colors of Yardley Slickers in the days when IT girl Jean Shrimpton was their “face.”

Jean Shrimpton for YardleyIce blue and white were the covetable colors and one of my favorite Christmas gifts from a stylish aunt was a box of Slicker Dollys – a mix and match set of tiny lipsticks and glosses in Carneby Street inspired colors.  Of course I wasn’t allowed to wear them out of the house but I’m sure I managed now and again.

Yardley Slicker Dollys

All of this nostalgia inspired me to take a trip to the basement where I still have a fairly large collection of albums and while I couldn’t find the box with my Sonny & Cher, I did nab a few below.

Vintage album covers-1

It was Joni Mitchell’s Circle Game (from Ladies of the Canyon above) that really brought it home. Not a new concept, as we’re always looking back to move forward, but sometimes it really seems:

“We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game.”


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8 Responses to The Circle Game

  1. This was sure fun!
    I had a bike just like that, but in blue, the better to pass it down to my younger brothers.
    I loved Sonny and Cher. And Herbie Hancock. And Joni Mitchell! Sadly, I liquidated all my LPs when I moved to Europe–heavy stuff to move.
    And out of all those, what earworm do I have now? Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.

  2. Diva Odete Kreszl says:

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane, so many favorites here!

  3. My bike was pea green…went to brother when I got my first ten speed. I was a real tomboy growing up, but was not immune to Yardley anything……or Bonne Bell or Atienne Aigner

  4. Holly Stuart says:

    Good Night Slicker! So funny…I also was a professional tree climber. Always wanted a Sting Ray! Fun memories!

  5. franki says:

    That was a gas!! A pony, a bike and a tree…didn’t get much better n that!! franki

  6. Linda says:

    I had a bike from them that was blue. I’m sure I rod it to the Barrington Shopping Center to buy the same Yardley and also Mary Quant makeup. Joni Mitchell is my all time favorite but Court and Spark is my #1. We climbed up so high in the trees around our neighborhood that when my grandmother saw us she started to cry in fear. #younglifewasthelife

  7. i never had the ‘banana’ seat but had friends that did !!
    super cute bike,

  8. amandamark says:

    This bike is everything. Plus Cher AND Joni. Fabulous post!

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