Fashion crisis for near 30 year olds…

For the last year or so, I have felt that my clothes just don’t look right. I cannot find anything that I feel is comfortable, looks good, and expresses my personality. I have been trying to figure out why this is. I think I know the answer. It has dawned on me that most clothes are either way too young and trendy, or they are way too old looking for a 32 year old woman. I have style, but I also want comfort. Why is it so difficult to find clothing that fits these criteria?

My closet is full of blouses from one or two summers ago that I do not want to wear this season because they are already outdated. They must have been the latest style when I purchased them. I’ve figured out that the latest styles go out of style much faster than they come in. I cannot spare the extra time or money it takes to keep up with the latest trends. As I get older, I want my clothes to carry over year to year. This means they need to hold up: they need to remain stylish while still holding their shape for much longer than one season. Older people are able to do this. Why am I having such a difficult time?

Unfortunately, I’m not quite ready to fall into the “older” category just yet. I’ve been looking around, but I’ve yet to find the best solution. I do know that classic stores like Eddie Bauer and Ann Taylor Loft work well for a lot of people my age. But these stores are still not the perfect fit for me. Ann Taylor doesn’t always have clothes that I feel are the most comfortable to wear day to day, and some of Eddie Bauer’s clothes can be a bit older looking or too sporty. Eddie Bauer does have some great jeans that fit short, curvy women with tiny waists and fuller hips. The jeans are made one size smaller in the waist than in the hips and even have boot cut legs. The downside to their jeans is the thick denim they are made out of. I know this durability is what makes Eddie Bauer clothes such high quality, but a lightweight denim fabric that is a bit more worn would be nice for those of us that still want to look a little young and hip without feeling restricted by the heavy denim.

Today I found an awesome website that will design jeans for you based on your style and measurements. You get to design everything about the jeans: the color and weight of denim, waist and leg cuts, the type of pockets, and even the size of the hems. The jeans look awesome! They are a bit pricey ($135 a pair), but if you have a body shape like mine, then you have probably spent much more than that on a drawer full of jeans that really don’t fit. You buy a pair here and another pair there in hopes they will suffice, only to discover that they don’t. There is nothing worse than an uncomfortable or ill-fitting pair of jeans.

I’ve designed my own customized pair, but I’m waiting a bit before I order them. I am hoping to lose some more weight first. I think they will be how I reward myself when I reach my goal weight. Gives me some extra motivation. Heck, while I’m at it, maybe I’ll throw in a boob job too! Kidding! Or am I? 🙂

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Published in: on April 27, 2008 at 4:23 am  Leave a Comment  

Gardening Bliss!

I’ve spent most of the weekend working in my yard. I used to never work in the yard. It wasn’t until last summer that I began gardening. My sister planted a small backyard garden for me as a wedding/housewarming gift. I guess you could say she gave me the gift that keeps on giving. In the long run though, I have become the giver. A giver of time and money. Gardening is expensive and time consuming!

Most of the payoff has been rewarding. My favorite plants so far have been gardenias, Carolina jasmine, and a blue butterfly bush. These three species have done exceptionally well in my red-clay soil and have held up to my less than par gardening skills. I have a black thumb, but these three bushes continue to thrive. I’ve not had much luck with my black-eyed susans or day lilies. I am hoping they perk up. I have moved them to new locations and fertilized them in hopes that this will rejuvenate them. They were pretty plants until I got a hold of them. I had some other unnamed plants that didn’t make it. I don’t think the drought helped my odds any last summer.

My newest, most exciting purchase was a unique perennial I found on sale at Pike’s for $2 a plant: snowflake candytufts. I am hoping they will make a nice filler on the front side of the house. Time will tell. My fingers are crossed! I keep checking out my husband’s best friend’s gardening blog for tips. If you are into gardening, her blog is very helpful and informative. Who would have ever thought that she just began gardening a couple of years ago? Maybe there’s hope for me after all.

Published in: on April 21, 2008 at 5:09 am  Leave a Comment  

There’s No Place Like Home…

I feel as if I haven’t posted in about 10 years. Though it hasn’t been that long, there has been enough happening lately that could easily span over the course of ten years. Some of these things I can blog about, most I cannot because they don’t involve just me, so they’re not my stories to publicly tell. I do wish I could blog about them because I have been doing a lot of research lately, and would love to share what I’ve learned online. Maybe someday…

Things are finally beginning to feel settled. Chris and I will have our one year anniversary next month, and I would say I do all over again! Our home is beginning to feel “finished” and like a home to me. There are still many things we plan on doing to the house over time, but things are falling into place.

Work is the same: it’s beginning to feel normal as well. The change was tough at first, but now I feel adjusted. It’s funny that it has taken about a year for all this to happen.

I am hoping that by this time next year things feel even more like home. That will be a wonderful feeling to have, because to me, there’s no place like home…

Published in: on April 19, 2008 at 3:52 pm  Leave a Comment