I was wearing that shapeless black & white striped tunic with leggings. Again. And man did I feel miserable. I had spent 5 years helping women get dressed and feel great about themselves. Now I was stuck in a rut. How did I get here?!?
Ah yes, I had a baby. And all thoughts of myself and of my appearance went straight out the window. Her needs came before mine and that was ok. More than OK. But around the one year mark, my inner voice started to chime in. And boy was it confused. Who was I without my business? And would I ever be able to go to the bathroom by myself again? I had lost myself somewhere amongst the diapers and the midnight feedings. The easiest way back to “me” was to start with my style.
My body and my life had changed, that was a given. My closet full of beautiful double silk and luxe jersey seemed to belong to someone else. Life now consisted of trips to the park and the odd solo trip to the grocery store (the luxury!). The same tunic & leggings would suffice, wouldn’t they? But it made me feel so drab and so not me. I needed help, so I called in the big guns – a personal stylist.
We did some virtual online shopping together and I got to see my style from another perspective. Then came the more intensive closet clear out, where we decided what to keep & what to pitch. When she suggested a keeper, I heard myself say what I had heard my clients say countless times before: “But where will I wear it? The park?” Here was where I got the kick up the backside that I desperately needed. “Yes!” she replied. Yes. Then I was off and running. The old instincts kicked in and I started collecting some great new pieces to mix with the old to create a wardrobe that suited my new life.
So now I wear my dresses to the park (the washable ones, of course). I even wore some double silk the other day (Anna Scholz, this means you!). I figure, what the heck! It makes me feel great. More importantly, it makes me feel like me again.
This brought me to another realization – it was time to get back on another horse. The work horse. I’ve decided to start this blog – Peonies & Paper Dolls, a place where I can talk about style & life & mommyhood and whatever else tickles my fancy. I’m also launching my own personal styling services, so I can go back to what I love to do – helping women feel great about themselves through their style.
Anyone out there in the same boat as I was? I’d love to help you find a new version of yourself, or just spruce up the perfectly good version you are now. Drop me a line and let’s get started!