It's Summertime and the living is easy.
Extra easy for many of us perhaps.
My type of Summer clothes - casual, comfy, linen and cotton.
All from Poetry.
Are you getting dressed?
You know, dressed as in going through your closet, picking out an outfit,
accessorizing same with cute shoes or sandals, perhaps a summer straw bag,
a hat, snazzy sunglasses . . . . . . and of course a coordinating mask!
If you are, I admire you. . . . . and I am trying to do better, getting out of
gardening gear, cooking aprons, lounging in old leggings, and doing grocery
runs in yoga pants. I do enjoy a good hat often - see why below.
Have you bought any new clothes for Summer?
I haven't, and probably won't this year.
I did dash over to J.C. Penney when I heard they were closing before the
pandemic hit, to stock up on their $7 classic cotton tees in black, white
and navy, because I've always found them to be the best, and can replace
them annually without feeling guilty.
Why anyone would pay $70 for a plain 'designer' T-shirt I've never understood.
The only times I've been out, as in away from the house and garden, or along
our street, for three months, is for the weekly grocery shop, a few Sunday
afternoons in my daughter's garden, and a trip to nail salon and hairdresser
when they re-opened because I looked and felt quite horrible!
I am now a reddish brunette with a couple of inches of
grey silver (sounds better)
hair. No more hair coloring, I'm going cold turkey with the growing out while I don't
have to travel. Keeping hair professionally trimmed and in good condition is
a must, and although it's not going to be easy I'm thinking it's now or never!
I really don't fancy myself as a redhead once I reach my eighties!!!
I'm also somewhat curly/wavy now, and have grown out my bangs - no more
blow drying whilst "locked up", just a little scrunching with a gel product - it's
easy, takes no time, and does help disguise the roots a little better than
a stick straight bob. . . . . . and I'm ready to go right out of the shower - except
of course there's really nowhere to go!
The most 'dressing up' I've done was for Father's Day out in the hot garden - my
cool and comfy zebra print caftan, wide-brimmed hat, sandals, and elephant
print mask. . . . . . and I actually remembered to wear earrings.
Being 'fashionable' really is the least of concerns these days, after all who even
knows who you are behind the mask, sunglasses, hat brim, let alone if you are
wearing makeup or have curled your lashes.
Have you tried red lipstick with a mask, not a good idea!
We are no longer perfectionists trying to impress. Now we just want to show we care,
both for our own health, and for that of others who bump into us in the snack foods
aisle because they didn't see the directional arrow, or still insist on standing too close
in the check out line, sometimes without a mask which is really pushing the envelope.
You are trying new snacks aren't you?
Healthy ones of course such as quinoa and black bean tortillas - so good
with olive tapenade hummus. . . . . . and of course a chilled aperitif
these lovely late afternoons on the porch.