Friday, August 6, 2010

Now don't laugh

I totally admire people who get dressed every day.  And I don't just mean they throw clothes on to cover themselves up.  I mean the people who take the time to put together a cohesive outfit, brush their hair, do something with their hair, and come out of the whole process looking like a real person.  I notice I respect them and trust them more.  They're put together.  And it's not just fancy clothes.  It's being presentable.

This is something I am terrible at.

However, I've decided to make it a goal to be one of you.  You put together people.  Not for the vanity (I hope.  We'll see if I can keep that little beast under control.)  But for the sake of respecting myself more.  I always feel better about myself when I take the time to be presentable.  I feel more capable and sure of myself.  And because I feel happier I'm more apt to stop paying attention to myself and notice others and their needs.  Also, it's great to not spend the day wondering if anyone will notice that I already wore that same grungy outfit two times this week.  Ha.

And so yesterday and today I decided to put the plan into action.  To wear an entire outfit instead of just "whatever."  I don't have a lot of "whole outfit" kind of clothes, but I'll do my best with what I've got.  I didn't take a picture of yesterday (although I felt very cute), but I took a couple of really weird pictures of myself today.

Now don't laugh.  (And... uhh... just ignore my lovely background.)

Ok, well obviously I'm no Lauren, (yes, I do know her in real life and luckily she's sweet and funny enough that I don't hate her too much for being so much cooler than me) but it is much better than my usual "whatever!"  I had a necklace on, but it looked stupid.  Sadly, this is always what I think when I have a necklace on.  Does anyone else feel this way or is it just me?  Anyway, that is step two of this goal: wear more jewelry.  Since I currently don't wear any.  (Yes, that fakey pearl bracelet was a pretty big step for me.)  Any advice you may have for this new goal of mine would be great.  Or any encouragement telling me I'm not the only bum around here.

This is just another step toward me trying to be a "real" person.  You know, the kind that actually washes the dirty dishes in their sink, uses a budget (see here and here), exercises (see here), checks out books with their kid at the library, etc., etc.  One step at a time.

P.S. I forgot to mention when I first posted this, but you can click HERE for a full tutorial for the lace headband I'm wearing.


Renanda said...

Thank you for admitting this! I was thinking I was the only one. My best friend has submited me to What not to Wear...they have yet to rescue me.

My biggest problem is I don't plan for dressing. I just pull whatever kinda matches (in my head) out of the dryer.

It has hurt my office job and esp. my (part-time) hairstying job.

Thanks for the inspriation. I think I have a plan now. I will get outfits together on sunday when I do laundry. If I am brave like you, I will blog about it too.

Sarah Stout said...

I (kind of) know how to look cute, but I also am not very good at it. Especially during the summer! As a teacher, I don't have to actually "get ready" during the summer if I don't want to. But then, as you so aptly said, I feel like crap because I am not "put-together." My sister always jokes around about me not putting on makeup or getting ready. I got ready yesterday (had an appointment) and, man, it felt good to look presentable and cute! :)

Lauren @The Little Things We Do.... said...

oh how i love you katie poo :).

i like your have a cute little headband and everything. and i love the layering. cute cute!

you'll get better at this the more you do it - and you're already off to a great start! just play dress-up in your closet when you have free time. it's always easier getting dressed when you know what you have.

love you friend!

Caroline said...

Ahh yes, I just moved and use that as the excuse for everything I wear always being wrinkled. I often make this same resolution, and it usually falls apart once i realize that I am much more comfy in old jeans and t-shirts.
I suggest getting some simple jewelry that you can wear everyday, that way, even if you can't figure out what outfit to wear, the jewelry will dress up an otherwise schlepy outfit and you won't even have to think about it. Then, when you really are into dressing up you can cycle through the rest of your (more exciting/fancy) jewelry.
Oh, I love your blog by the way.

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Kori said...

Oh man, this is so me. And I am trying to be better as well, like wear EARINGS!!! Which I always feel like a fraud wearing. Like some people can wear lipstick and you don't notice, they just look great...yeah, I feel like I look like I am wearing lipstick...trying too hard. But you know what has helped me a bit, I started running, which helped me lose some weight, which made me feel better, which made me care more, which made me try harder to look cute, which made me feel better etc. So, I say, good luck! But don't lose what makes you great (being easy going and not vain.)

Renanda said...

So I def know I am in a funk with my outfits...Today I broke down 2 pairs of flip flops...while helping with a wedding. I should go shoe shopping.

Spencer said...

I wear that same fakey pearl bracelet that you made me nearly every other day!

This is Whitney by the way. I'm sure you figured...

Kathy Haynie said...

You look great! Thanks for the fun photos. :)