I'm going to BlogHer in NYC next week, with my youngest daughter and newest high school graduate. While we're there, Microsoft will be giving 5 people a celebrity makeover, and I'm really hoping to be one of them. Because, somewhere between 30 and almost 38 (I'll turn 38 on 8/1, the day we leave for NYC,) I went from being trendy and fashionable, to being comfy and frumpy.
I remember a time when I didn't leave the house without shoes and a purse that perfectly matched. I never had a lot of extra money for shopping, but I would shop sale racks, and use coupons to get the best deals and put together really cute outfits with perfectly matching accessories. But, not anymore.
Somewhere between 30 and 38, I became way too comfortable in plain t-shirts, capris and flip-flops. I don't even own a little black dress anymore!
A few years ago, I had a breast reduction to change from a G to a D. It was one of the best decisions that I made for my health, but it greatly changed my body. Nothing I had fit anymore so I donated most of my clothes in hopes that I would be driven to replace them with new stylish pieces for my new body, but it didn't really happen. At this same time, I was hit with early menopause, followed by some health issues including uterus cancer and a full hysterectomy, that just left me too tired to bother with shopping.
I'm feeling healthier and confident with who I am, and I'm ready to express it through what I wear. I know what needs to be done to update my wardrobe, but my body has changed so much, and so have my finances. It just seems like way to much of an undertaking to be as fashionable as I want to be, so it's just easier to stay comfy!
I'm hoping Microsoft can help give me the kick that I need, to be on the outside who I am on the inside. I still want to be comfortable, but I want to do it with style. After all, I'm much too young to feel this damn old!
In writing this post, I'm entering the Microsoft Windows Style Makeover sweepstakes for a chance to win a head to toe makeover!