Today, I am bringing you some ideas for how stay-at-home style doesn’t have to be boring. This is a perfect work from home outfit for me. It will look good on camera for meetings. It is comfy and when I look in the mirror, I think this is me. I actually believe that because I have more time and not feeling as rushed that I am more creative with my style right now. What do you think about that? Are you more or less creative spending more time at home?
This outfit is combined of a tank and white jeans from Chicos, a blue topper from JJill, a necklace from a boutique I loved that is not longer around, and my favorite bronze ballet flats from Cole Haan which are really pretty old. The accessories help to pop the look and make it fun and yes, I wear accessories even when it is only me, Mr. B and the cat. (That is unless I have yard work or house work on the agenda) But, during the week, I still put on a necklace or scarf and when I begin to venture out, I will carry this fun handbag I picked up at Goodwill San Antonio before everything shut down.
I have already informed you that fun print hobo bags are in this year and thrift shopping online or off is a great way to pick up some really fun ones. I got this one and one more that I will show you in another post later, This one was like new…does not look used at all and with animal prints so big this year, I thought it was a great addition to my accessories. I have located some fun selections for you below.
One more comment, a couple of ladies asked me about my bangs on Friday. In the words of Uncle Jessie from Full House,” HAVE MERCY.” My hair is crazy right now….gray is busting out all over and uncontrolled, my bangs have grown past my eyes and I am constantly brushing them aside, the conditioning treatment has worn off and bushy has set in. Please be understanding while I await those magic words….Salons are now open!
VENTURING OUT….MASKING A NIGHTMARE
Over the weekend, I saw a social media posts encouraging everyone to wear masks and the copy said, “It’s so easy. The easiest thing you can do to protect others.” I acknowledge that it does protect others, but for some of us it is not that easy. I also heard someone else say that we are all in the same storm, but not all in the same boat. So true.
After my excursion on Saturday, I am very glad that the state has given us an option of wearing masks or not…the city hasn’t, but I will worry about that later. So here is my story… I have not done the grocery shopping in a month…sweet Mr. B was willing to take it on, but on Saturday, I decided to take my territory back!
It was kind of like a kid in a toy store…I suppose I went a little crazy, buying things I had not experienced in a while. That was the fun part of the journey. It was the mask that ruined everything. Oh, I have beautiful masks now thanks to gifts from readers, family, friends, so making a fashion statement was not the problem. This was the first time I went into a situation where the mask was a requirement and it proved very uncomfortable.
First, I need to explain that since menopause years ago, I have developed a touch of claustrophobia. I cannot be wrapped up tight in sheets or have anything over my head and the idea of an MRI will freeze me in my tracts. When I first walked into the store, the immediate problem was that breathing with the mask on fogged up my glasses. So here I am…gray scraggly hair shining from the roots, glasses fogged over, and a mask on ….I am certain young children were running to find their parents! I kept removing my glasses to clean them but would often get to a product where I needed to read a label or name and the glasses had to go back on and eventually fog over again.
It only took about 25 minutes into the store, as I entered the condiment aisle when I realized I needed to breathe…badly…or pass out! So, I quickly found an aisle in the wine section with no people, removed the mask and took several deep breaths. For a moment, I wasn’t sure I could continue on. The next breathing episode was in the baking section and as a man turned to enter the aisle, he saw me with my mask down, breathing in and out intentionally, and quickly fled the other direction. Not sure what he thought!
But, I was determined to get two weeks- worth of meals for Mr. B and I, so I kept hiding and breathing and hiding and breathing …you get the picture. This was also the first time the store had shelved the brand of toilet paper I like, so I put two packages in my cart…Mr. B says that is hoarding, I disagree. A whole cartful would have been hoarding. But, when I got home, I only had the one anyway…no idea what happened to the other, but I was charged for it. I only hope someone who really needed it found it in the parking lot and took it home.
Needless to say, my first- time shopping with the mask was not a good experience, so I am not sure how I will do whenever I decide to tackle the mall. At least there, I can go into dressing rooms to breath! I may have to be one of the rebellious ones who ventures out without a face covering…I know that is controversial, but this really was a nightmare experience. However, I am certain if someone is watching footage of an in-store camera that they got a good laugh!
Note: I did try it again the on Sunday when we went to the nursery. It was better outdoors (glasses only partially fogged up), but I still began to feel woosy and had to remove the mask.
Just remember….same storm, different boats. If I have to stay home, I will. At some point I do not think wearing masks will be as necessary, but it was far from easy last weekend.
Has anyone else had this experience? Please share….I will feel better then. This is the week before Mother’s Day so there will be many, many sales and I will bring to you as many Fabulous Finds as I can. Please remember that if you click through to a website through my slideshow and even purchase different items, I receive support for the blog from that. If you know for certain you are going to make a purchase, then please contact me in my email and I will see if I can put that retailer in the slideshow the next day for you to click through to purchase. I do appreciate you helping me cover costs so that I can continue to do this!
Remember, in our social distancing world, your smile is the way you send hugs!
KEEP SMILING and hugging!
By Pamela Lutrell
Disclaimer: I am provided gift cards for shopping at Goodwill San Antonio