The Mean People-Watcher


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striped tunic: thrifted:: red Pashmina: gift:: cardi: NY and Co::
boots: Old Navy :: purse: Laura Ashley

Over the weekend, my husband and I decided to go out to lunch to our favorite fish place in town. We don't go there very often because it's quite far away and the food takes a while to cook. But we were so hungry for catfish, so we set out anyway. Big mistake. Apparently, there was a home game scheduled that day, and navigating through scads of frustrated drivers looking for parking added another 15 minutes to our trip.

We ate our lunch then decided to people watch while we ate our dessert. I'd been craving Boston Cream Pie all week, but we couldn't find any place in town that sold them by the slice. I ended up getting a cream-filled doughnut, instead. Chocolate, cream, cake. It's all in there.

I love people watching. I remember back in undergrad, during the extra time I had between classes, my bff and I would park ourselves in one of the common areas and just watch people go by. Once in a while we'd comment on their clothes, but oftentimes we'd make up stories about them. My husband and I watched for a good hour and made up some good ones. I won't share them here because I'm a mean people watcher.

Do you like people-watching? Boston Cream Pie?

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57 comments:

  1. I think that´s normal, we´re quick on assessing other people, judging or making impressions. Most of the time, we don´t mean to be mean, it´s just a nature. The problem though is, if we hear about what others think of us, and if it´s kind of not so positive, it tends to fuel our temper. :)

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  2. People watching is so fun! We love people watching at concerts especially. It's quite amazing at all the characters you can see in one place, lol :) Love your striped tunic!

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  3. OMG, I thought my husband and i were the only ones who do that, we always people watch and make up stories for them we also make funny voices for them as well ;-)

    i love your dress with this red scarf!

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  4. I'm a mean people watcher sometimes, too. That's where a lot of my insecurities come from. If people think as many mean things about me as I do about them... lol. I got made fun of when I was an older teenager/younger adult, so I became a bit of a bully myself to deal with it. I am trying hard to be nicer, though!

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  5. I'm a mean people watcher too. Glad to hear I'm not the only one! I love the red scarf with the bold stripes, such a cute look.

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  6. Woww this outfit is soo good!! You look great <3

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  7. Hehe we used to do a whole lot of people watching back in our teens. Most of the time we'd comment on anyone we thought was dressed really well. It was almost always in the same spot as well haha.

    x

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  8. I love people watching too! (and to be honest, many times I'm mean myself..) Uuuhh, Boston Cream Pie sounds delish!

    Cute outfit too! Love the stripes and the pop of red.

    www.thejoyoffashion.blogspot.com

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  9. I'm shy and an observer by nature, so I love to ppl watch.
    And I'm wearing this outfit today! Except a long sleeved tee instead of tunic. Even my scarf matches! Twinsies

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  10. My boyfriend and I make up stories while people watching too, and yeah, they're mean sometimes. It happens.

    The heart detail on that tunic is so cute, and I love the red scarf with it!

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  11. I used to do the same thing with my bff back in undergrad. We'd grab a cup of coffee, a candy bar, sit back, and enjoy the show. =)

    This outfit is REALLY cute, btw. The pink scarf adds a nice pop of color to the outfit!

    <3
    charmingpumpkin.blogspot.com

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  12. I don't do a whole lot of people watching...usually I don't really have time to sit at a starbucks... But this tunic is soo cute..love the little hearts and arrows ;)

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  13. I love people watching, I'm so nosey! That doughnut looks delicious yum! I love the edging on your tunic, so pretty! x

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  14. I do love people watching/judging!
    And, I made your pumpkin choco chip cookies for the second time in 2 weeks. yummmm.

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  15. Oh, I am so down with people watching. Sometimes, I can be mean, very mean in fact, and sometimes I'm just kind. My sis and I do it practically anywhere, whether we're at a restaurant, a bar, or even while we're sitting in the car in the middle traffic haha. Cute outfit, by the way. Love the red scarf! And I think this is the first time I've seen you let your hair down! Looks great :)

    Cheers,

    Wi
    A Single Girl's Musings

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  16. Hey lovely! I'm totally a people watcher - and one of my favorite games is making up stories about them too!!!! :) Hahaha, if we ever find each other in the same area we should totally go people watching - sounds like we have the same story style ;)


    Dirty Pink Cardigan

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  17. Im also guilty of being a mean people watcher lol. I used to work at a mall and well you have to do something to pass the time. Boston Cream doughnuts=my fav If we have a box with more than one in it I usually end up eating both unless someone else gets to it before I do haha!

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  18. People watching is fun! :D No to the Boston cream pie, though...I don't like chocolate, hahaha.

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  19. That outfit makes you look both badass AND French. I'm confused. And amazed.

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  20. I am TOTALLY a people watcher. Which is odd, since I don't seem to like a lot of people. So I guess there's no surprise how that puts me in the MEAN people watcher category. (I've had a very bad day so this might be reflected in my comment. I sort of end up hating myself for it because I, ...wait for it...HATE MEAN PEOPLE. Psychotic enough for you?) With that said, you sort of remind me of a badass Hello Kitty which I definitely love. I have to be in the right mood for Boston Cream Pie. xoxo

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  21. I totally love people watching, especially do it loads on public transport and at train stations. To be honest I guess its my little way of being nosey!

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  22. Haha, I love to people-watch! People are fascinating. Especially when they think no one is watching them ;)

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  23. people watching is by far my favorite thing ever! i love coming up with little stories about them, haha
    xo TJ

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  24. LOL at being a mean people watcher :) I'd love to hear some of the stories!
    www.saysskippy.blogspot.com

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  25. I think part of the reason I became a journalist is because I'm such a people watcher. When I'm on my own/out and about I can be a mean people watcher too, I must admit. But when I am working I go to an event, people watch for a bit and based on that try to talk to the most interesting ones, and my job provides me an excuse!

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  26. I don't think I've ever had Boston Cream Pie, but it is hard to go wrong with pie.

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  27. I only watch people when they give me a reason too. HAHA Ohhh, I love catfish. Despite the traffic looks like you two had a great time. Yummy food and great company is always a winner! :D Have a great evening Laura.
    http://sassyuptownchic.blogspot.com/

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  28. Mmmm, boston cream pie! So delicious!!! I can't believe you thrifted that striped tunic! how cute!

    xoxo Denise

    http://allthingsnew-denise.blogspot.com/

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  29. Whenever my undergrad friends and I get too stressed, we declare it doughnut hour and run for the nearest Safeway. :)

    Yeah, I can't people watch because I get mean...it's something I have to work on.

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  30. I love people watching! It is great to sit back and look at their outfits, behaviors, and imagine their stories!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  31. Yay, I'm so excited about being the winner of your giveaway- thank you so much!

    Also, I love to people-watch, especially with my sunglasses on. It's always awkward though when you think your sunglasses are opaque and they can't see you, but they really can! lol

    starcrossedsmile knits
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  32. My boy says I'm a mean people-watcher too, but I swear I'm just a funny people-watcher. ;-)

    I love your striped dress - you look adorable.

    And, I'm totally craving catfish now!

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  33. Laura, I love that you're a mean people watcher! We can't be nice all the time, now can we? :) It's 2am and I'm looking at your doughnut photo and just drooling. Gosh, I miss Krispy Kreme! This is such a cute outfit, by the way. I love the touch of the pink scarf! Adorable!

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  34. I love people-watching, too! Mr. A and I always make up stories for the people, and they usually have horrible endings.
    P.S. Mmmmmm --- Boston Cream Pie.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  35. I'm kind of a mean people watcher as well - Though I usually harshly critique their clothes. haha.

    Chic on the Cheap

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  36. Hahaha-I'm a mean people watcher as well. Most of the time I can't believe what people wear when they leave the house!
    P.S. I LOVE DOUGHNUTS. :)

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  37. I always try to sit next to the window in restaurants so I can people watch (and spy creative outfits I can steal!)

    My dad is a HUGE Boston Cream pie lover. A couple of years back I got him a BCP for his birthday and he told me that it was the best gift he's ever received. And he was being serious.

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  38. I am a downright cruel people watcher! But I think it's okay. It's a ton of fun.

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  39. Oh yes I love me some people watching! My man and I will do the same thing- just observe the passerbys (with my inserting colourful commentary as we go along). I however am not a big Bostom Cream pie or donut person for that matter (thank goodness because I have enough sweets I'm addicted to!)

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  40. GURL this looks so comfycute. And that's my favorite way of people watching!! I'm super mean tho, yee. So bad. But it's fun right??

    anastasia

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  41. I people watch ALL THE TIME! It's always fun specially when you have nothing else to do. There are those though, that you just can't ignore so you end up people watching in the middle of your conversation. My happiest people watching December, everything's lit up and everyone just seems so happy in the festive environment. :D

    Alas...I don't know what a boston cream pie is. But I do love deserts...like every desert made I think I just really really love (okay maybe not every desert made). That doughnut looked yummy and still a good alternative I hope. I always have a plan b, if the desert that I really want isn't available, because if I don't I just throw a mini fit about it hahaha!

    That dress goes in the bag with all the rings I'm taking from you :P. Such a cute outfit!!! Hopefully, the cooler weather will come to us soon and I can actually wear scarves and tights together :D. Have a great week Laura!!! :)

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  42. I'm a 'mean' people watcher as well XD

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  43. I love people watching!
    It's such a fun pastime :D

    <3,
    Dana

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  44. This is cute. I like the red scarf...it's like a little extra something special
    xx
    lilithfashion.blogspot.com

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  45. You look adorable. :) And I love to people watch!

    xx Love & Aloha

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  46. You are looking mighty fine laura! I love the little frills on your striped top :D People watching is so fun when I'm on the train and my "victims" can't go away quickly and don't know they're being watched hehe xx misstea & co.

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  47. people watching is fun sometimes.

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  48. Well, I don't usually do that with my girlfriends since when we meet we usually too busy talking and eating and sharing what we've been up to since the last time we met. But oddly, I do that when I'm with my Dad! Hahaha! Isn't it weird? My Dad and I love to make up hilarious stories about people we watch. He has a great sense of humor!
    Anyway, thank you for your kind comment on my blog, and waiting for that international giveaway, haha!

    LeeAnne, Style N Season
    http://stylenseason.blogspot.com

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  49. this outfit is really cute, I love the red scarf with the striped tunic idea. Your striped tunic has some ruffles at the edge which is really adorable! And a cupid heart! Yes I love people watching, I wish I could do it more often, I get lots of ideas from the streets...if only my husband and kids would stop asking me to hurry up.

    love,mongs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  50. Love the stripes and pop of red!

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  51. i love to people watch, too...and we always talk about what their "story" is! there are some really interesting people out there!

    you look adorbs in this striped number! and, of course, red + white + black is always an attention getter.

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  52. Haha, yup. I am a people-watcher. And I have been known to make up rather silly stories in accompaniment ;)

    I like the little surprise detail on your tunic. It's cute. Yay Pashmina! It's definitely snuggle-into-your-Pasmina weather now. I donned mine the other day and was very happy & cozy.

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  53. I love that you're always using pops of red!! --It's my fav color--seemingly your fav to wear too??

    Also I love your glasses and how the red scarf works to bring attention upwards to your frames!

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  54. haha yeah when i was single and got no active naughty baby around.. i do that! but now, i dont have time to do "people watching" LOL i'm focused with my kiddo..
    love the pop of red! great look!

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  55. lol. my boyfriend loves making up stories when we're people watching! he even makes funny voices :)) anyway, pretty pretty look! Im lovin that little cute heart detail :)

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