So for most of my life, I've walked around in jeans and T-shirts. Except - not CUTE jeans and T-shirts. Loose, too-short jeans and loose, too-long T-shirts. My hair was mid-back and I just let it air-dry naturally. (Translation: scraggly.) No jewelery. Minimal makeup. (Just enough to cover the zits.)
Brazil did not change me. Even when all my friends were blinged out on a daily basis and wearing high heels, I prided myself on being a slouch.
(Because really, the definition of cool is not caring - right?)
So let's back up to about a year ago.
I was getting ready for the day, and deciding between two particularly shapeless pieces of cotton. And Little Prince pulled out a blouse. A pretty, colorful blouse that I usually wore on Sundays.
"No, LP - that's for Sundays. I don't need to look that nice today."
"But, Mom, I like it when you look nice."
And that's when I had a revelation. And epiphany, if you will.
Why shouldn't I dress up every day? Why do I feel I can't look nice "only" for my family? Aren't my kids and husband the most important and best people in my life? Shouldn't I want to look my best FOR the best?
Thus began a journey to The New Me.
It's amazing how much nicer you feel when you look nice.
Disclaimer: My one rule is that I have to be able to PLAY in my clothes. No dry cleaning allowed. If I can't jump on a trampoline or get down in a sandbox, I won't wear it. And yes, I've broken a few necklace chains (thanks, NBC), and yes, my hair is usually pulled back in a pony by 3:00. 'S alright.
Second disclaimer: If you wear your pajamas all day - good on ya! I see nothing wrong with this. If you feel good in those pajamas, then go for it. I am not judging you. Really.
But what I didn't anticipate is that sometimes - just sometimes - I make people uncomfortable. Like when someone stops by early morning and sees that I'm dressed and ready - it's, "Oh my gosh, that's DISGUSTING! You look so good!"
I think they think that I'm judging them? But I really couldn't care less ....
I don't know. I feel good in my new skin. It fits well.