If you've read my blog in the last few weeks you know that I am currently home bound with a broken hip. It's hard to explain the helplessness you feel to go from a very active, wife, mother and full time employed "slave" to what feels like a little, old, cripple lady in a recliner with her side kick Mr. Walker.
I have combated those feelings by trying to keep a good attitude, getting dressed in comfortable street clothes and putting on make up everyday. My super power weapon is my sense of humor. The other day I was able to sit and talk to a friend. As I only have the stamina to be out and about for about an hour. I started rolling away with Mr. Walker and turned my head back and told her to bite my dust. The whole room erupted in laughter! Suddenly, I didn't feel quite so pathetic!
I have been loving Pinterest for quite a while. It took me a while to get my groove on the boards and what role I wanted it to play in my style decisions. What I found out by picking out outfits that appeal to me and my lifestyle is that my style is actually changing. I try to base my picks on my current style, new style ideas I would like to try, what items I already own and what items I would like to incorporate into my closet.
I don't worry what size or age these young ladies are. Actually, that's irrelevant to me. We are all different ages, heights and weights. We and only we should be the ones to make or break our own set of "fashion rules". What I look for is the way the outfits are put together. For example my whole life I was neurotic about mixing black and brown. You know, black outfit should have black shoes and bag the same with brown. Un-tucked shirts under sweaters forget about it. Trust me, the list of what not to wear in my life goes on and on. What I have found is I like these new looks. And I have slowly started incorporating them into my style. These are baby step looks. I'm able to use items I already have but just mix them up a bit.
Some looks require a bit more creativity and alas, shopping. Any of you that know me know that I am an avid thrifter. I am fortunate to have a great thrift just a few blocks from my home and believe it or not that is one of the few places I've been to since my accident. I'll be working towards another trip in the near future. Will have to work on the Man for that trip since I can't even get there by myself!
At the end of the summer I felt my core style changing. Nothing to noticeable. I just found I was leaning towards more causal outfits than usual. Casual has always been the hardest style for me to wear. I never felt complete which made me feel vulnerable. That may sound a little wacky but what else would you expect from me? These last few weeks have made me come full circle to the casual look. As long as it can be spiffed up with a scarf, fedora or any other accessory I'm loving it.
The way I use Pinterest is pretty simple. Pin what I like to one of my inspiration boards and once a week or so review and put outfits together for the week. It's actually fun and somewhat like a little game or challenge. Sometimes even like a scavenger hunt as I search for a certain item only to finally remember I donated it back..........I hate when that happens.
Current closet status and full embarrassing disclosure:
I have a pretty large walk in closet but, to my shame I am a closet slob. Things tend to be thrown here and there with a couple piles of jeans on the floor. So currently it is really a no fly zone for me. As in hazardous to my upright stance! My Son's girlfriend is stopping by tonight I'm going to bribe her to help me clear out enough of a path so I feel safe..
So here's to putting some of the great looks on Pinterest to good use. And while you are at it take a minute to clean your closet. You'll thank me if you ever end up on a walker!