Sunday, October 26, 2008

Anthropologie


Does it ALL have to look like this? Does it all have to look like something your textiles-major RISD intern stitched up for her thesis exhibition? Does it HAVE to look like the craft fair exploded? Does it HAVE to be so fucking clever and over-detailed?

How about something that fits? How about something that is not an empire waist? Anthro clothes are for women who no longer want to get laid, or who are already dating a boy who isn't interested in sleeping with girls anyway.



There. I said it. And I feel better now.

92 comments:

TightBodiedDecornoFan said...

You're so wrong, yet so right.

If I weren't naturally sexy, I would stay the hell away from Anthro. Thankfully, this is not the case-- allowing me to play the role of Smart Siren. It's the shit. Dress too dowdy? Have the tailor hack off four or five inches. Blouse too prim? Undo more buttons.

That crazy ass sweater? I'd probably wear it with a criminally short skirt. The kind of short skirt that you'd chastise one for even THINKING about wearing-- nevermind combining it with that hilariously wack sweater.

amy turn sharp of doobleh-vay said...

yr funny.

decoratrix said...

I agree. But if you really rifle through the racks of quirky smock dresses and Little Shop of Horror Sweaters you can find something sexy in a boho sorta way. At least you won't look like a secretary or a 'Real Housewife'. Bet they don't shop at Anthro.

Anonymous said...

I kind of understand...I have always envisioned myself being able to wear the stylized garments, but when it comes down to it, I like simple with a tiny bit of detail. Porridge, Splendid, Lux, and Velvet are awesome brands at Anthropologie. They are so wearable, washable, feel great, fit well, and have the lux detailing without the fuss. You CAN find simple at Anthropologie!

Anonymous said...

Ha! I tried on a bunch of shirts there this summer...and left with nothing. But I told my friend that I was with that I would be back when I needed maternity clothes again. Everything was TOO billowy.

Anonymous said...

AGREE, THE LINGERIE IS SEXY THOUGH, AND SOME GREAT HOUSEWARES...

Jennifer said...

Seriously. I do not understand what all the fuss is about.

Plus, the quality is SHIT.

Perfectly Disgraceful said...

Oh dear, I must disagree. While I do agree that that particular sweater is Too Much, especially since, if it's chilly enough for all the neckware, I'm going to need long sleeves.

However, I wear as many clothes from Anthro as my budget will allow. Just last night I was wearing pants from Anthro that make my ass look awesome and a sweater that makes me look all teeny and skinny.

You can avoid the dowdy at Anthro and find terrific sexy clothes.

Brilliant Asylum said...

Too funny. I agree with this sentiment, but can usually dig around and find something unique and inexpensive in this store that does not look like overly hand-hewn farm wear. I skip the dresses, skirts and accessories entirely and go straight for the simple tops and sleepwear. Some of their brands use the softest cotton ever and have pretty little details.

Decorno said...

" overly hand-hewn farm wear" cracks me up.

Anonymous said...

I still like thier dresses, but it seems like everything they sell with sleeves is dowdy. Not like I can afford them though.

Anonymous said...

I worked on product development w. Anthro for 7 years. It all starts with the buyers -- these gals totally fit the geek mold-- homely, a bit "off" but bright young women who basically dress themselves when creating clothes for the anthro customer. They are a very hard working lot but I don't think any of them are/were getting laid.

Holly @ Maison James said...

I can't even imagine how profitable they must be as most of the stuff is so cheaply made yet soooo pricey. And why is Urban Outfitter so much more reasonable when it's the same stuff and company?

I go love browsing @ Anthro but will rarely buy clothes. Mebbe I'm too old. Gimme Jcrew any day. I do dig their housewares and furniture.

Kate said...

oh my god you are so amazing, I thought I was the only girl on the planet who HATES their clothes! Every time I go in there I throw up in my mouth a little at how unwearable everything is. It's totally something you'd buy, come home, and have your man say to you, "uh...what the fuck is that?"

Valerie said...

Love their housewares too. I sometimes buy the jewelry.

The clothes don't impress me/fit my style, though. Tracy Porter is better but it's even more expensive.

halcyon said...

You are so funny! All this reminds me of a woman I worked with; we just to joke that she got on a riding lawnmower every morning and drove through her closet. Whatever she came out the other side with, she wore. And it really was for the reason you said.

Anonymous said...

I am firmly a Liz Claiborne afficionado, but with a little boho thrown in. I would not wear this sweater for a moment, not even to clean my house. I might use it as a rag to clean my house, but not to wear it while cleaning my house.

KatinkaPinka said...

i have to disagree...i always buy little cardigans from anthro and the husband always says they look cute...but maybe he married me because he digs the occasional retro librarian look. and i get laid on a regular basis. so their clothes can't be *that* much of a turn-off.

Anonymous said...

"these gals totally fit the geek mold-- homely, a bit "off" but bright young women... very hard working lot but I don't think any of them are/were getting laid"

This sounds like 90 percent of the decor/design bloggers out there.

(I mean that affectionately.)

hello gorgeous said...

Hey, I think I'm wearing a sweater from Anthro in my profile pic so fuck you.

:-)

hello gorgeous said...

P.S. I bought this one with the money I got from my dry cleaner for ruining a different Anthro sweater (they said they are going to go out of business reimbursing people for their Anthro sweaters). I am not joking.

modernemama said...

That decoration that reminds me of something..... Got it! Medusa

Anonymous said...

who even shops at anthro anymore, with all the gorgeous things at j.crew?
everytime i've purchased something at anthro, i felt like holly hobby when i wore it!

Sacheverelle said...

I like Anthropologie sometimes but you are right, that sweater is totally a textiles thesis project. it would be paired with a shibori skirt.

Anonymous said...

This reminds me!

What ever happened to "Things that are wrong"?!?! Fuck I MISS that.

Anonymous said...

Hello Gorgeous: You ARE gorgeous!

Whew!
Your Shallow Gay Husband

lardasseddecornofan said...

tightbodieddecornofan:

I've seen you. You're not all that.

Decorno said...

You kids...

J said...

Meh. I like Anthro and shop there frequently, but it's too too at times. I have a friend who literally buys everything from each season, and it's obvious and sad.

But I don't agree with Anthropologie not being sexy. Check out Giada de Laurentiis - her hubs designs for the company and I'm pretty sure frumpy is NOT a word anyone would use to describe her. She's frequently in the store's stuff on her boobalicious show.

SGM said...

Oh, THE BACKLASH!
I think most clothes at Anthropologie are darling, but they are made for the boobless. It's our consolation prize. LET US HAVE IT.

tracey said...

I try desperately to visit New York at least once a year all the way from Sydney, just to visit Anthropologie! I LOVE their homewares and their displays are just fabulous. But, I must agree, their clothes are a bit much - always one frill, pleat, detail too much. But, how I covet their Ditte Sofa!

Anonymous said...

Anthro catalogs always seduce - beautiful styling & colors, funky decor & design inspiration... each time I start considering: what should I buy to put on my body or in my house so that it's essence will transform all surroundings to look like the catalog? But the older I get, I can't pick anything out. Maybe I've been doing the quirky boho thing too long and it's my turn to move on? (but I'm definitely still getting laid)

When I have ordered, I've mostly kept housewares stuff but returned almost every article of clothing - very poorly made. Agree: JCrew much better

Cristina said...

If Giada IS wearing these clothes, it's because she takes them straight to a tailor.

these clothes look like they are designed for fucked-up hobo woodland fairies. cleanliness need not apply.

the quarter rat said...

Good call on the RISD textiles major project-look. A friend of mine does the same thing at the Art Institute - it's a riot when she makes fun of students who justify their knitting projects with Heidegger's theories about craft.

And Giada's Gorgon's rictus of a smile is so frightening that one cannot peacefully contemplate her mammalian splendor, much less what kind of ugly-ass, husband-designed sweater she's wearing.

Kristin said...

Their stuff seems to be a little behind the curve. I get the feeling that Anthro people all want to dress like Audrey Tautou in Amelie. In 2001. Except that those clothes hugged her skinny little body. Whenever I've tried clothes on there, I've had to go down 2-3 dress sizes. Something tells me that they're not supposed to fit.

I, too, like their housewares, but it's mostly kitsch. I never buy, because I know I'd hate it in a year.

Mango Gal said...

LOL Sometimes they have really nice pieces, but other times, they're really frumpy. Sad, but true.

Anonymous said...

About 4-5 years ago, I used to love everything at Anthropologie. I mean every every outfit in every catalog. Now, I find it hard to find anything I want. I'm not sure if my taste changed, or they changed. I just doesn't work for me anymore.

Richie Designs said...

I figured it out some time ago that most Anthro clothes are geared toward blonde, tall women size 2-4 ie: Southern California.

none of it works for me: the fit, the color schemes, the patterns. It all looks cute on the hanger but on me with dark hair, fair skin and curves it looks like a halloween costume.

Anonymous said...

Decorno, you're always so spot on! You heard it here first... the death knell for the much over-lauded Anthropologie...and Urban should be next!

Anonymous said...

Decorno is ALWAYS spot on. Such a smart chick.

Anonymous said...

Agreed, Decorno, they're hideously overrated. Some interesting styling ideas but the clothes there are, at best, pretty in a girlish way. The quality is absolutely atrocious (especially given the prices they charge) and the fit is off 99% of the time. Definitely too lumpy/billowy for my taste. Having said all that, though, I do have one dress I bought on sale there about 2 years ago and still wear from time to time (yesterday, actually, and got complimented on it). Even that, I have to pair with dark coloured, simple and slick accessories to tone it down.

Anonymous said...

I like the turn this has taken...bookish,artsy types don't get laid because of their clothing.

If you think that what a woman wears determines whether or not she's laid, you have one of the following problems:

1. You yourself are not getting laid, and you blame it on your clothing, thereby absolving yourself of having to confront that your dry spell could be a result of any other REAL reason.

2. You are getting laid, and you credit your clothing, thereby admitting that your attractiveness and fuckability are inextricably linked to pieces of cloth.

Either way, it's sad.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:00

Why so angry?

Ana said...

I die. You are that funny.

...love Maegan said...

how about something that is priced right as well? overpriced shitty shit.

Vanessa said...

Laughed out loud when I read this post! I love Anthropologie, especially (and only really) the sales section. Last time I was there, stuck between an outrageous purple and yellow shirt and what appeared to be a Christmas tree skirt was a simple light green long sleeve cotton shirt with just a hint of detailing and a pair of jeans that were long enough (I have a 33" inseam - when I find a pair of jeans that fit, the LA Times runs a headline about it) and fit my ass like a glove. If asses wore gloves.
Anyway, what I'm saying is, I love Anthro because finding good affordable clothes there makes me feel special. Unicorn-with-a-four-leaf-clover-tattoo special.
And when I want clothes that the BF drools over, I buy a cheap slightly too tight skirt at Express. Yes, I'm shameless.

Shirley said...

You know what's sexy as hell? Not having to dress sexy to exude fuckablity . It's all in the attitude man!!! Personally, six kiddos (same babies daddy), and I could wear the no fuss bun, jeans and a tshirt-and get attention. As a matter a fact a guy ran into a pole at WalMart the other day hitting on me, with six kids in tow. I CAN TELL YOU THAT IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH MY OUTFIT--lol maybe it was the kids that said hey "me likey some action"!! Anthro is cool with some clothing, it's all in the attitude. Believe it or not, alot of men find one who doesn't try to look sexy as SEXY

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:00 responding...

I'm not angry, actually. I'm lavishing in a blissfully wet sex life...the kind of sex life that happens for this bookish girl whether or not Anthropologie clothes are involved.

:)

Anonymous said...

yeah, right.

Anonymous said...

"...your attractiveness and fuckability are inextricably linked to pieces of cloth."

God, that is so Smith College Women's Studies, circa 1977.

Anonymous said...

I agree Anon 3:00. I'm sick of people in this blog making declarative sweeping statements about fuckability. Just because I shop at Anthropologie and won't consider plastic surgery doesn't mean I'm unfuckable. Hell, I'm even fat and still fuckable.

Anonymous said...

Who says that Anthro chicks are bookish and artsy? Just because they try to look the part doesn't mean they are....

Anonymous said...

People are mean, huh?

To anon 5:04:

Sure, people are posers. Some dress bookish and artsy and are not. Some dress like preps and hardly have a savings. I wasn't saying that all Anthropologie dressers are in fact bookish and artsy, rather, that is how the catalog portrays the models and the layouts.

To anon 4:57:

Smith College? Wow, a person has to be from a women's college in 1977 to recognize that this exchange is all about making assumptions about women's attractiveness or lack thereof based on clothing? Come on. Go ahead though; let's continue this all out bitch-fest. That's what's in, right? Being a bitch? Ladies, let's just be bitchy, bitchy, bitchy. That's what the world needs more of.

Anonymous said...

Lord! Who knew one crazy, thesis sweater from Anthro would cause such a stir.

Anonymous said...

"I'm lavishing in a blissfully wet sex life..."

Gross.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:00 is just mad because she dresses in this shit and is feeling quite defensive.

Anthropologie clothes are just costumes. Period.

Anonymous said...

Because we all know that attractiveness and clothing have absolutely no relation to each other. Never have, never will.

Anonymous said...

Hah! I know!

"Lavishing" cracked me up too.

Anonymous said...

"As a matter a fact a guy ran into a pole at WalMart the other day hitting on me, with six kids in tow."

Oh my god Shirley, you have GOT to have your own reality show. "The Real Housewives of Appalachia."

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of bitches.

Anonymous said...

it's perfect for the northwest ladiez, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

Yes, but we are FUNNY bitches.

chintz-of-darkness said...

Ouch...probably not the ones to ask,though, neither of us even own a sweater...

Seraph + Splendor

pve design said...

Aw, no apologies here for Anthro, it somehow makes the inner artist and grandma in me come alive! (Love is never having to say you are sorry. ) I like that Hollister is next door with the thumping music. That's a mixer.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you Shirley! You can be hot wearing anything, "it's in way that you use it"! That eric clapton tune should be going off about right-NOW

seeyouimouttahere said...

i think they have been selling a version of that sweater since their opening. over it.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes a store or chain has a better concept than actual inventory. This may be the case with Anthropologie.

skye said...

this post along with the hysterical comments just made my week! first time on your site and love it. thanks for the laugh!

Anonymous said...

"Some dress bookish and artsy and are not."

Oh come on. How many women deliberately try to dress "bookish"?!

Anonymous said...

Okay, that sweater is a monstrosity. Is a guy going to know how to take that off me without destroying it and do I really want to handwash and/or iron this? Those are typical questions I ask myself when I'm in Anthro. That's not very often. I really don't have the attention span for that store. There's too much sh*t.

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:04 here, responding to anon 11:27. Personally, I know a number of women who have their identity tied up into being "bookish" and "smart" and they'll dress in ways they think project that image. Does anyone else remember the English department of their university?

Also, quote me correctly if you're going to quote me at all. I never claimed people who dress in a certain way aren't that way, but that just because people dress a certain way doesn't mean that they are the embodiment of that image.

The thing that's so funny about anon 3:00 is that she automatically assumes that the bitch-slapping of Anthro's fug sweaters is a bitch-slapping of "bookish" and "artsy" people. Hmmm....I find that she undermines herself by collapsing the two. Isn't her argument that clothing doesn't make someone fuckable? Well, clothing doesn't make someone "bookish" or "artsy."

I found another sweater online at Anthro that was just as ugly, the Greyscale Wrap, and I looked at the picture of it on the model, and the model was a four-year old playing dress-up with a friend.

Thanks, decorno. You kick ass, as always.

Anonymous said...

God, you are an English major.

Anonymous said...

Yeah....

I JUST WROTE that clothing does NOT make someone artsy or bookish, just like preppy dressers are not necessarily rich. I agree that dressing the part does not mean necessarily equate the emobodiment of the terms, though it can. So, if you're going to paraphrase my argument, get that right.

By the way, the reason the two arguments were "collapsed" is because people kept commenting that those who wear sweaters like this can't get laid, don't want to get laid, or have boyfriend who aren't interested in girls anyway(even Decorno stated/implied that).

The art direction for Anthropologie's style is, in fact "bookish and artsy": every other catalog uses books for props, themes from art movements, and lines from literature and poetry. Every other garment seems to be named for a librarian, art student, art technique, or a reference to a book.

Therefore, if you say that one who wears Anthro. clothes looks like a person who can't get laid, then that person can be considered to be dressing in a stylized artsy-bookish way that the line itself tries to convey. In that way, if you "bitch-slap" the sweater, you "bitch-slap" Anthropologie's style-concept, which means you do "bitch-slap" the artsy-bookish look. The reason I took issue with this is because plenty of the university English faculty that are wearing the look are getting laid. My point was that they'd be getting laid with or without the clothes.

All I can say is this. I AM bookish. I do like Anthropologie clothes, but not the ones that are too complicated. I do, however, like many women, use clothing as a way of expressing myself TO AN EXTENT. If I'm detail oriented, perhaps I like detailing on my clothes, for example. Regardless, of what anyone says, we all dress to convey something about ourselves or our values. Even if you dress plainly or "normal", you're trying to convey that you fit in with the norm and that you value not drawing attention to yourself. While we all do this, the clothing isn't the determining factor in getting laid, which seemed to be the direction some posts went.

I've seen slutty dressers who can't get fucked, "shlumpy" dressers who can, and yes, PLENTY of women decked out in the most complicated sweaters Anthropologie can sell who ooze sex appeal right through those loops, twists, and appliques.

Enough already, right?

Anonymous said...

Oh, and just to head off that English major:

Yes, I know, there are some wording mistakes in that last post. I do apologize.

;)

Anonymous said...

"Oh come on. How many women deliberately try to dress "bookish"?!"

Um how about Sarah Palin.

Anonymous said...

My apologies! I just realized that anon 11:27 was quoting anon 3:00 and not me. Guess this English major doesn't read well enough. My points about people dressing parts and clothes don't make the people that image still stand but without the bitchiness. I was tired from crashing on Red Bull. Poor excuse, but still....;) Sorry!

I don't think anyone was saying that bookish and artsy types don't get laid. They were saying that people who wear that sweater don't get laid. Because it's ugly.

What's wrong with studying English? I mean, if an English major reads correctly and responds accordingly (which I unfortunately did not do), you wouldn't hate, would you?

Anonymous said...

"Uncle, Uncle, Uncle, I give"....I'm so tired. The sweater is ugly. It looks like the turd from a healthy colon, but I promise you, I could get laid in it, and it's not because I look like Angelina Jolie. I'm not even trying to be cocky; I just have a guy that really likes to be with me and who loves me...even when I wear my infamous pair of pajama bottoms that should be burned for hideousness. They're fleece, and they may have a cat theme. I can't say any more.

I do love Eglish majors, by the way. I was chastising myself because I hate typos and errors in my own writing, and I assumed someone would pick on me for that.

So...let's just stop. Unless anyone wants to meet me for a fight. I'll be in the University parking lot at 3:00 tomorrow in an appropriate mix of J.Crew simplicity and an Odille shirt with a hint of detail. I will have my bookish glasses on, and to cement the part, I'll have a book. It's going to be a thick book though; they're great for bitch-slapping. ;)

Anonymous said...

Would all you nerdy English-major girls just please STOP ANALYZING EVERYTHING DOWN TO THE LAST ATOM???

Anonymous said...

Yeah, sure. The queen has spoken. Everyone please put an end to blogging converstaions. Oh, and all English majors, please refrain from your chemistry pursuits.

Anonymous said...

ahhhhhhhh...

They're silent at last.

Anonymous said...

My vote goes to 'woodland fairies' poster.

Anonymous said...

Anthropologie is retailized, sanitized, mass-produced "character."

Anonymous said...

I am coming in rather late on this post..so please excuse.

First, congrats Decorno on once again hitting a hot-button topic. I have been a regular lurker on your blog for some time. This is my first comment, but I wanted to make sure I give props to the reigning queen of snark, sass, unflinching honesty, well written bitchy bon-mots and a fantastic eye for design. Your blog is amazing. I could not believe Domino didn't list you as a blog to read in this issue. Damn Conde Naste for not allowing any snarky blogs flavored with the judicious use of the word fuck. Keep up the excellent work Decorno!!

Now on to the topic. . . I mean, who knew a sweater could cause such an uproar!! I have read everyone's comments and all I can say is CALM DOWN PEOPLE.

Decorno's post was amusing and snarky. I think most of the comments here have been self righteous and annoying. Just as annoying as the priggishly detailed, exhaustingly whimsical sweater and general asethic of Anthropologies clothing.

Bookish people get laid all the time...silly clothing and overly nuanced cardigans none with standing...There is someone for everyone so I assume The Nerdlets get the loving too.

However, dowdy frumptastic teeth gratingly sweet twee little sweaters and frocks are tiresome on even the sexiest of women. It just get's silly looking after a while. I mean really how much crewl work can a skirt take!!

And sometimes to walk into a store full of that is just too much whimsy for this girl to stomach. And no one mentioned how bad their shoes are…oh my god can they get a heel that is above two inches…does everything have to be a sad mary jane with some horrible print or better yet the sort of clogs-heels-sad-boots highbred that Anthroplogie seems to just adore.

YIKES and YOWZERS!

So thank you Decorno for letting us all admit that sometimes. . .a girl just doesn't need the tongue in cheek humor of a crafty bastard sweater. Sometimes overtly sexy clothing IS better than frighteningly detailed billowy slouchy shit.

I feel better reading it and I feel better now that I've admitted it.

Now to give props to Anthro for what they do well...

I like Anthro's catalog and I like some of their house items. I have purchased exactly three items of clothing a cute yellow print flower sweater, a pair of seersucker striped pants, and a bright blue cropped trench coat. I had to dig deep in many racks of charming print dowdy dresses and annoyingly old lady tops to find those items, but I did succeed.

I say let's stick to the furniture and home items. When paired with some clean lined modern stuff Anthro’s house stuff is to die for.

Which brings us full circle. . .this is a decor blog, and the best thing about Anthro is their decor. Not their clothing.

Fin!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Professor.

(What is it about this blog that makes people feel like they are at a lectern?)

Anonymous said...

I think it's the same thing that makes people feel anonymous enough to be assholes. Myself included.

Down Comforter said...

Hello Beautiful, You are gorgeous!

Michelle Parks McCourt said...

Absolutely! Hilarous, couldnt't agree more. Can we please do away with the pregnancy (I mean Empire look). Enough already.

Anonymous said...

a) Anthro IS overpriced but has sales where everything is like $10-$20 which fits the quality of their stuff
b) they tend to carry a couple great sexy staples such as butt-popping wide pants and slinky silk jersey draped blouses

On the other hand, quite a bit of their stuff just doesn't seem designed to fit any kind of real female body - no offense to their blob-like fit model but my breasts live up on my chest and do in fact stick out further than my belly.

and on the OTHER hand, my last NYE dress was from them though and it was drop dead sexy..

BUT i do sympathize with being sick of trying on 800 things there and leaving empty-handed - so hit or miss

Anonymous said...

It seems to me like negativity is just breeding negativity here. Anthro has alot of special pieces and alot of neutral, versatile ones. I'm a 5' tall brunette and have a hard time finding things that fit right, especially pants or jeans, but I always seem to find something that works for me there. It's all in how well you know your body and how to style it. I think a store that puts so much into details that make it unique is not something to criticize, but should be applauded. I always find good sales too :)

Anonymous said...

The only place to shop if you really, really want to give up on the sexual advances of the opposite sex is Eileen Fisher. Why not just wrap ace bandages around your chest, shave your head and join the nunnery?

Seriously, when I was 5 my mom made me calico dressed with puffed sleeves and rick rack and that shit was too girlish THEN. Why any woman above the age of, say, 25 would want to dress like Pee Wee Herman's Laura Ingalls wet dream is beyond comprehension. Forget the opposite sex, do it for yourself---just look in the mirror and TAKE IT OFF.

Yes, they have quality t-shirts and the occasional decent cardigan on sale, but the lace trim, giant buttons, embroidery, and little girl dresses have to go the way of all the cutesy decorating shit Decorno has also rockingly dissed (I'm talking to you, Amy Butler fans)---FAR, FAR AWAY.

Anonymous said...

i agree 100% but i still love anthropologie! i like to find summery dresses to hang out with my friends in but i specifically told my girlfirneds that i don't wear my anthro clothing on dates or around guys because i still want to get laid. i geuss you can have 2 wardrobes the sexy "get a guy one" and the cute "quirky girly one". haha
-24 yr old woman who likes to get attention from girls for her style and from guys for being hot

Anonymous said...

To each her own. Some women like anthropologie, and some like 5" stilettos with a pleather miniskirt and a tube top from WalMart. Variety is the spice of life, right?