where life meets style
This has been A WEEK, you all. In all caps. For reals.
I have a sinus infection, which is hard to believe because my mantra is I DO NOT GET SICK. I’ve been hepped up on Sudafed, which makes me jittery and anxious, and I’ve also not been running, which makes me jittery and anxious. So that’s been fun. Especially since I have a half marathon on my calendar this weekend and a 5K on Thanksgiving day. Whee!
And did I mention that I’m not sleeping well? I cannot imagine why. (OMG.)
I think about lots of things when I get dressed each morning, but this week, all I can think about is what will be comfortable. Or, if we’re being really precise, what will be comfortable to nap in if I happen to get a chance to lie down at some point during the day (which never happens, just so you know, not ever).
On Sunday night, when I still had high hopes for this week, I came thisclose to ordering a fancy skirt from J. Crew Factory. We have a party coming up and dinner plans for New Year’s Eve and seriously, who doesn’t need a classic sequin pencil skirt??? I certainly do!
But then Monday came and things went…awry…and a sequined pencil skirt didn’t seem like a very good idea. This week has been a good reminder of one of my favorite mantras: Don’t shop for Saturday night if your life is mostly Tuesday afternoons. But I have to admit, it would be really nice to have that Saturday night kind of life, just every so often. Maybe even on a Tuesday afternoon.
Part of me is a little sad that this week has been a Stretchy Pants and Denim Shirt kind of week. I could really use a date night, with pretty shoes and a little sparkle, but honestly, it’s been a relief to stand in my closet every morning and see all those stretchy pants and denim shirts. Getting out of my pajamas and into real clothes — even clothes I could totally take a nap in — makes up for a lot of the hard things. And not having to overthink what I’m putting on has been a lifesaver.
What’s the lesson here? I don’t know; I’m taking steroids now for the sinus infection so I’m still hepped up on the goofballs and easily distracted by shiny things. (Although I don’t need a nap any more because STEROIDS! I MAY NEVER SLEEP AGAIN!) But I think it’s this: Personal style is about a lot of things, including your mood. Some days, a sequined skirt is the perfect option, but a lot of the time, especially at my age, it’s stretchy pants and a comfy top. And making the effort to opt for something other than yoga pants and a sweatshirt is a good start to managing the chaos.
In other words, no matter how bad my day is going, putting on pants makes me feel like I’m wining — or at least not completely losing.
What’s your go-to stressed-out Wednesday look?