You ask – what is someone who dresses like this doing writing a style blog?

They used to call it a mid-life crisis. My life was on the same path it had been on forever. I just assumed that was how life was supposed to be. Wake up work your a– off, come home, go to bed. Drink a lot of wine.Then a friend helped me see that whatever I was doing it was my own doing. No one was holding a gun to my head and I was the only one who could change it. Well in the midst of my mid life crisis and self realization I decided to find my way back into apparel design. Something I had pursued after high school and started a few times before telling myself I didn’t have the ego to be in fashion design. That led to the examination of what I wore and how I look.

Last March I challenged myself to put some effort in to what I wore every day for 30 days. This was my baseline. I found myself headed out the door to Home Depot with no makeup and something I hoped hid my middle. Having been a plant lady for 35 years I was able to skate by under the radar and no one expected much. (including AND ESPECIALLY myself) A camera and this first picture helped me see that I was way past the time for a personal makeover.

It has been a learning experience and I’ve come out the other side with some new knowledge and a first hand experience of the challenges you face when you want to up your style game.. Some of them are physical- like money, time, the clothes in my closet,my actual body – some are mental – like self confidence, self denial, the discovery that I was trying to be invisible and  questions about why it matters. I have found some of the answers to these challenges and look forward to sharing them with you. I hope you will also share your challenges, discoveries and solutions with me and other readers.

I would love to see you start a style challenge and invite you to share your journey.

 

 

Jacket from my mother in law 23 years ago when I was pregnant

Black V neck top from Goodwill

Black workout pants from Salvation Army