I hope you all had a happy 4th of July! To start off your weekend reading I have something a little different today and to be completely honest, totally outside of my comfort zone. Today we have a post about style. Now, if you know me in person you may want to wait until you stop laughing to continue reading…
My entire life I’ve wanted to be one of “those” people…you know, the ones that look all pulled together. Not a hair out of place, accessorized perfectly, like they stepped out of a magazine. My idol growing up was Audrey Hepburn, her poise and style are impeccable! Unfortunately for me I was instead gifted with out of control hair and two left feet so there was nothing particularly stylish or graceful about me.
Later, in high school, I fell in love with fashion and actually went to art school for fashion design for a year and a half before I decided it wasn’t right for me. Fast forward 15 years, a marriage and 3 kids in less than 5 years and anything and everything fashion or style related was put on the back burner.
My general uniform for the last seven years has been more or less an Old Navy t-shirt, jeans, and flip flops for quite some time now. Most days I’d try to put on a little makeup and “gussy up” just before my husband got home from work but overall I had absolutely no care about how I looked. The last time he went to Iraq I barely did anything at all for the entire year-who had time, I was pregnant and caring for a 3 and 4 year old! I was fine with it at the time, I mean I was in the trenches of mothering little people-priorities, right?!
It didn’t bother me until recently when I was just feeling sort of, well, down, about it. I would run into another mom from the PTO at the store and feel embarrassed to be out looking so sloppy…and those feelings of unattractiveness don’t just go away-it was carrying over to my marriage too. My husband constantly complimented me but I just didn’t believe it.
So where am I going with all this? I have decided I needed a change. All that time I wasn’t doing anything for myself, I was still pinning pretty outfits and makeup tips and hairstyles. My youngest son is about to turn 3 and lately I’ve felt the urge to finally stop pinning cute outfits and start wearing them. Stop reading awesome blogs like Maskcara and The Small Things Blog and actually pick up some eyeliner and a curling iron and take the extra 15 minutes to give myself that “pulled together” look I’ve always wanted.
The first thing I did was sign up for Stitch Fix, where you answer a detailed questionnaire and a stylist picks out 5 items for you and sends them to you to try on in your own home. If you keep them the $20 “styling fee” is taken off the price and you give feedback to help them hone in on your style. While I didn’t keep anything from my first “fix” it was more due to fit issues than the style so I’ll be trying it again here soon.
I also made myself purge my closet of all the old, ill-fitting clothes I was hoarding for no apparent reason. I can’t tell you how many times I pulled on a t-shirt and halfway through the day realized there was a hole in it. Who does that? Am I the only one that keeps clothes that so very obviously need to get trashed? Or don’t fit? I still had clothes I wore during my last pregnancy (and no, this lady right here is not having any more kids so I have no excuses to still have clothes 2 sizes too big!)
After the clothes were purged I was left with a pared down wardrobe that made it a lot easier to pick out nicer outfits because I wasn’t blinded by all the junky stuff.
I took a gift card I had been saving and went to Loft (my all time favorite clothes store) and bought a few cute pieces to update my wardrobe while they were having a big sale…here are two things I picked up:
Sooooo, all that to say I’m considering posting “what I wore” type posts occasionally for my own accountability and would love your feedback! They would be on the weekend when I don’t normally post so they wouldn’t take away from my normal DIY, decor and recipes; but I thought it’d be nice to share a different side of my life and maybe there might be a few of you out there that are in the same boat.
Tell me what you think!!