I am currently reading Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell. Her protagonist runs a vintage clothes shop and is a witch. It’s a fun read so far. It has an amazing line about how changing clothes is a magical experience. I totally agree with her. When I slip into a silk dress, I feel a different side of myself emerging. I’m more flirty and fun. When I throw on my jeans and tank tops, I tend to act like I’m still in college. Throw me in a suit, and I’m corporate Kour.
After my workout tonight, I took a nice bath and slid into my satin bathrobe. I puttered around the kitchen throwing the asparagus into the pot to boil, but feeling way more gorgeous than I ever felt in my gym clothes. Now I’m sitting here in a baby doll top and gauchos hovering between relaxed and work mode.
I remember back in college, my bff and I would spend hours laying out my clothes for the week coordinating accessories, shoes, and handbags. We even coordinated my nail polish. Each day felt so full of possibilities. I had to be dressed to meet them. Nowadays, I throw on a T-shirt and jeans or a tank top and jeans, grab my hoodie, and go. I pretty much put 10 to 15 minutes max into my outfits.
Unless I’m doing something fun. Then I like to play with my closet. The cool thing about having more time on your hands is you get to think about these things.
Like why did I stop putting effort in? Honest answer: I gained weight after my spine surgery and it’s been a struggle to take it off. Not because I don’t work out, I do. But because I’m an emotional eater. Every time I’m stressed or hurt or upset I use sweets to make me feel better. I tried this experiment in April and May, where every time I would reach for food, I worked on the novels. That went really well and I lost 10 pounds… until I pinched a nerve in my neck from all the typing. Now I’m working on moderation in typing and eating and exercising… let’s see how this goes. 🙂
How much time do you spend picking out your outfit? When was the last time you went all out to put together the perfect outfit?
PS–I know I missed a blog post on Tuesday, so there will be a Saturday blog this week to make up for it!