I am not the most stylish person in the world. But I have changed quite a bit over the years. In high school I used to wear umbros and t-shirts in the summer and polo shirts and khakis in the winter. and not just any polo shirts- my brothers shirts. the brother who is 6'3 and 4 years older than me. I did not look cool. You would think college would have been better. Sadly, it was not. My freshman year a friend and I decided to see how long we could go without showering. Why did I think that was a good idea? I dont know. But I lasted so long that I could pull my hair back into a ponytail and it would stay- stay without a ponytail tie! yup, hair grease alone. I also wore hats a lot, only wore chacos (even with dresses) and generally thought t-shirts were the only thing acceptable to wear. Again, I did not look cool.
I suppose I started to invest a bit more in grad school, but travelling to Europe is what did it. Oh, the style! It was glorious! The skirts, and scarfs, and jewelry, and bags! When I went to New Zealand to 'study' I racked up huge credit card debt shopping. As a side note of the story: credit card debt is NOT cool. Do not go shopping without a budget and put it on your credit card. you will be paying it off for the next 10 years.
Moving to London changed me forever. London is stylish. No chacos and t-shirts there. In fact a fun game to play was "Spot the America" you could always tell. The girls would wear jeans, fleeces and tennis shoes and the guys would wear fleeces, baggy jeans and tennis shoes. Brits do not wear baggy jeans. or tennis shoes unless they are running or playing tennis. My wardrobe gradually changed from frumpy to...well, at least a little less frumpy.
I wore sparkly tops, skinny jeans, high heels, multiple bangles, ballet flats and even a trendy leather jacket. Living and working in London finally propelled me out of "lets not shower and dress like a boy" to "lets wear fun, stylish clothes and shower at least 3 times a week" Stylish or not, apparently I dont like to shower. And since they have super cheap clothing stores like Primark and New Look, dressing stylishly could be cheap as well!
As a result, my fall/winter wardrobe is stylish. Since there was never really a summer/spring to speak of in the UK, my warm weather clothes are pretty much exactly the same clothes I had in college and high school. But winter- oooh, man! Skinny jeans and fun tops galore.
And the point of all this? Well, I am not vomiting constantly today so thought it would be fun to write about something 'fun' like clothes instead of the toilet. and....I bought a wonderful pair of boots today. They are wonderful! They are black leather and tall and soft and beautiful. Really. Plus they were marked down from $129.00 to $109.00. Then another 40% of that. Plus I had an additional 20% off coupon and when I got to the register to buy them, I found that they were actually a further 15% off! So I purchased my beautiful boots for $39!! Seriously folks, that is a great deal. Even if you dont like boots, that is something you can get excited about!
So there you have it. Winter stylin'. Even in maternity clothes as I was pregnant in the UK the first time. All the regular stores have a maternity line as well. Brilliant. And now I am off to the doctor....hoping to find out the sex of the baby!!