Kendi has been having occasional "guest posts" entitled "Why I Remix" and I thought I'd try and answer that question myself.
I think my reasons are probably different from most - I'm remixing because I had gotten myself into a rut. I'm a SAHM with a two-year-old and a new born - my clothing choices (I can't even call them "fashion choices") are dictated by practicality and functionality and while I rarely (like maybe twice in the last 2 1/2 years) stay in my pajamas all day, I often throw on the same handful of pieces, simply because they are easy and available, I rarely bother with make-up, jewelry, or good looking shoes. I had given up caring about how I looked and I almost never put any effort into it. I had let my weight get out of control and I wasn't feeling attractive - or even that I could be attractive anymore.
But just before my son was born, I turned 30. And just after my son was born, my daughter saw a recent picture of me and announced that it was a picture of "Grandma" (my mother) and suddenly, I realized that I needed to stop looking so old. I needed something to put some effort back into my appearance.
There was a time when I wouldn't have been caught dead in a t-shirt and jeans. I was preppy and I liked it, but I was never sloppy, I always looked nice, always wore make-up, always did at least SOMETHING with my hair. That has changed a lot in the last several years, but I know that I don't have to look frumpy just because I am a mommy.
So I am attempting this challenge in order to kick start my journey back to caring about my appearance. To remind myself that I am a woman, that I can, in fact, be attractive (at least sometimes) and that a little effort goes a long way. And to have an "excuse" to wear some nicer clothes on days when I'm just hanging out with my kids and to remind myself to not just throw on the most comfortable, closest thing I can find.
Day 13 -
I'm wearing my favorite cardigan (I have a thing for argyle lately) by NY & Co. (last fall?) and I'm wearing my cream colored t-shirt (Coldwater Creek - more years than I can remember). My usual jeans, of course (one lesson I've learned thus far - I need more pants/jeans/bottoms that fit), my brown shoes. My jewelry is simple and classic. My oblong disc earrings and my 3 diamond pendant (my husband gave me that for my 25th birthday - our first birthday being married). This is an outfit I've only been able to wear once before - I bought the sweater just before getting pregnant and the t-shirt was too small for even my newly pregnant body. I stretched the cardigan for a short bit, but even that didn't last too long.
My pictures had to be taken inside today, seeing as my husband doesn't get home from work until well after dark these days. The painting in my pictures is my new purchase (a couple of weeks ago) and I LOVE it. I don't even know why, but I really, truly love it.
This weekend begins the craziness that is this week. We are booked with some extra event every single day until Saturday (when the only event is my SIL and her family leaving town - not much of an "event".) I am hoping to continue to post daily, but I may miss a day or two, due to family obligations.