February 7, 2014
Happy Friday friends, how are you all doing this week? I feel like this week has gone by in a blur, but have not much to show for it. I have finally managed to get control of my inbox, so that counts for something, and have replied to almost all incoming emails within 24 hours, some within minutes if it can be done quickly. I have managed to get in a couple of good workouts, write some worthwhile posts, one which landed on Making It Lovely’s Honor Roll (thank you Nicole!), and I have managed to get dressed every day. Sweater – Madewell (no longer available); Boots – Madewell; Jeans – Paige Denim
While I have for the most part recovered from Alt, and have lined up all my ducks in a row in terms of business follow ups, one thing I have decidedly not recovered from was the constant primping and priming it took to look presentable on an hourly basis. In fact, I haven’t even applied makeup since I got back, even when venturing out to social events like a Super Bowl party (gasp!). I am partly okay with the liberation I’ve felt in the past 2 weeks. While makeup has been optional, as I said above, I still get dressed every day.
This morning, a status update from a friend read: “Every morning for the last 3 days I have seen the same woman drop off her kids at school in her pajamas. The same ones. For three days. And all I can think is, she couldn’t throw a sweatshirt on over them? I mean, it’s not like they’re the “are they/ aren’t they” type of pajamas, nope full on Nick & Nora flannel jammies. Sure, some days, it’s hard to get dressed so early but what if she had to get out the car for something? Flat tire? Kid forgets something in the car? I mean, I just don’t understand.”
Getting dressed on the daily can at times seem like more trouble than it’s worth, especially when working from home, although Garance makes a good case for how complicated getting dressed can be for just about anyone.
This is the outfit I’ve been falling back on most days, for the past few weeks. An over-sized cable knit sweater which keeps me warm in the house and warm when out grabbing kombucha from Whole Foods or on a bike ride with the babe. It also feels comfy to kick around the house in and doesn’t feel over-dressed, but feels dressy enough to also wear to my kid’s school Open House. I feel comfortable, presentable, even chic in it. This look epitomizes lifestyle dressing, and it is the concept I advocate women build their wardrobe on – buying clothes that work for many facets of life. The jeans, while ripped and worn, look fab with a pair of heels and a blazer. The sweater, while I haven’t worn it this way, would also look great with a pencil skirt and black tights, to wear to work. Getting dressed as a mom to both a baby and elementary school kids, a home cook who spends a quarter of her day in the kitchen, and someone who works from home, is I’ll admit, at times confusing. The thoughts that roll through my head are multidimensional –
Do I get dressed before or after feeding Hayden his morning breakfast? Furthermore, what will his meals look like for the day? Am I feeding him spaghetti and yogurt, bound to make a goobery mess, or will it be a dry day of Joe’s O’s, string cheese and some luncheon meat? The answers to these questions will literally determine if I put on that dry-clean only top or not.
Do I bother taking a shower in the morning, since I’ll be taking a class at the gym when Art gets home? But I hate not taking a shower in the morning and always at least have to sponge-bathe myself. Weird?
Will my errands just entail going to the grocery store, or will it also involve a trip to the doctor’s office and/or the mall? If I will be heading to a doctor’s appointment, dentist appointment, car repair shop and yes, even the mall, I make more of an effort because sadly, I do notice I get better service and command more respect when looking polished and presentable.
Who will I likely run into at school pick-up today? Living across the street from the school, both simplifies and complicates this process since I could both run in and out, but also could get stuck talking to a fellow parent in front of the house/school for an hour and want to look mildly presentable.
I could go on, but that could get quite obnoxious. You get my drift, getting dressed can be complicated, so much so, that you wind up rolling through drop-off in your Nick & Nora pajamas.
So how do you pick an outfit for the day? I’m especially interested in those who work outside the home and also mother, because I always found that a bit of a challenge when buying a new clothes. You want clothes that will look both professional but could work in your mom-life. And I’m especially intrigued by other stay at home or work from home moms, and the decision making process they go through when choosing an outfit. Like me, do you break it down to thinking about messy of a day it will be in the kitchen, and your schedule, or do you just throw on whatever is clean? And do you change or keep on the smae outfit, even if it gets baby goobers on it? I admittedly, am guilty of keeping a pair of leggings on all day, knowing damn well they had baby pee on them.
In the end, kudos to those of us who choose to get dressed everyday, even when the world seems to be telling us to stay in our pajamas.
I read a few other things around the web that I thought were good and so if you have time:
The news reports coming out of Sochi are both comical and frightening. I’m actually a little worried about what the fall-out from all this bad publicity will be. My guess is, Putin is gonna be pissed, and I hope that doesn’t come to bite us in the ass.
Food styling battles – because my fear of bad food photography isn’t heightened enough. These are brilliant though, no?
These vintage photos are pretty cool, in particular, this one.
These items are coming to Ikea, and they all look fab.
Now, on to other more very serious topics – which btw, some days I still can’t believe I’m writing about food. Does anyone else think that’s weird, or just me?
Eating In-Season Produce isn’t just some trendy food phenomenon, it is actually as old as time and science proves, it’s better for you.
Has The Scare On GMO’s Gone Too Far is a question I asked myself when I read that Bob’s Red Mill will start labeling all their products, including their wheat flour, as non-GMO verified, even though there is no such thing as GMO wheat. I think that’s kind of weird, if you ask me.