Is it just me?

Or did the past 2 weeks fly by?

Our Spring Break is over, the weather has greatly improved and so has my wardrobe!

I have made a real effort the past 5 days to pay attention to what I am wearing and to not wear grey.  And you know what?  I like what I see!

I have always liked fashion and clothes. But, I have never (repeat never) been a trend setter or followed fashion in the magazines like my sister and friends. My idea of finding out what was new was to see what my sister and friends were buying and then go out and get one for myself.  I was always just a little behind and I wonder why…

This time feels different. I don’t want to be a trend setter, but I do want to feel good in what I am wearing – from head to toe and in between.

Here is picture of one of my weekend outfits:

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Super simple; white tee, coloured denim and fun flats.  All were residing in my wardrobe just waiting to be put together.  Easy peasy.

Bring on the next 46 days!

Spring Break – break with old habits ?

It is Spring Break in Vancouver this week, so I took the kids to the Vancouver Aquarium.   The kids love coming here and are never bored with sea creatures.  As we moved from exhibit to exhibit, we saw sea turtles, sharks, garden eels, otters, belugas, you get my drift.

My favourites ?  The brightly coloured tropical fish, sea stars and sea anemones.  They have always been my favourites.   How could you not love them?  They are fascinating to watch as they navigate their underwater world.

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As I looked at the other visitors, most of them were dressed like me.  Jeans, black boots, dark coats.  My daughter was wearing a bright pink shirt and jacket.  Hours earlier, when she was getting dressed, I asked if she wanted to wear black like mommy.  Do you know what she said?  “No, it’s not pretty.”  Well, she nailed that didn’t she ?

During our recent trip to Maui, I barely wore grey and when I did it was shorts or capri pants.  My tank tops were bright and lively and my white shirts looked crisp and cool. Maybe it was the heat or the sunshine or both, but I wouldn’t think of putting on a drab grey shirt.  And neither did most of the other tourists I saw.

When did we (the royal we) lose our desire to wear colour?  Have you seen a playground or elementary schoolyard recently?  The girls are in various shades of colour (not always a good look, but you get my point).  Most boys are dressed in standard blue, grey, red with the odd spot of orange thrown in by an colour confident mom.  I think in high school, it starts to change.  The colours become more muted as teenagers try and fit in and not stand out.

But as adults, we are more confident in our choices, so why do some of us seem so drab ?   Is it just the area where we live ?  Is it the seasons?  Last Fall, when burgundy seemed to be the in colour, I bought a couple shirts and vowed to wear them regularly.  Did I ?  Not really, just every few weeks.  Why?  Because grey filled my shelves and it was easier to grab.

As I start to prepare for our challenge, I am going to be more open to colour.  I can’t say I will be the brightest on the block, but I am going to try to change.  I am going to look for inspiration and try to break my grey habit.  Wish me luck.

Colossal Fail

In an attempt to give this project a trial run I have been on the floor in my closet pulling options together before I head out to work. I’m laughing as I write this but crying on the inside. I have nothing that qualifies as an outfit that doesn’t have grey as a major component.

When did I get so dreary? Perhaps the better question is when wasn’t I dreary? I remember a photo taken of my sister and I in the ’80s. We are both wearing bright colors. Bright jackets (I believe we called them blazers), bright lipstick (wayyy too bright) and there may have been blue eyeliner involved.

So, I can only conclude that I have been dreary since at least the ’90s. I have a lot of work to do to improve my look and hopefully my mood 🙂