I cried this morning. Listening to ‘Imagine’ on the radio just made it worse. As I took Tennyson out for a walk it dawned on me that it was 9/11 again. I immediately had a flash back – I remember it all so well. I was driving to work here in Atlanta, running late, it had just gone 9am and the radio announcer said they were getting reports that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center. I was shocked but somewhat dismissed it as a dreadful, unfortunate accident. As the morning unfolded it turned out to be far more sinister than that. I remember feeling guilty because I was so irritated when all air traffic was grounded as my sister was supposed to be flying out here on the 13th and I so wanted to see her. There were many people who would now never see their siblings again. Even for those of us who were no where near NYC that day it still feels very raw, we will carry memories of that day forever. So peace and love to all, and we will never forget.
Shifting gears now to something far more trite and inconsequential – clothes and hair.
Inspired by Miley’s new look (totally wrong for a 41 year old to be inspired by Miley Cyrus) and Pink’s hair at the VMA awards (again totally wrong of me) I decided to try and go for bigger hair up top today using a bit of pomade – I quite like it for a change:)
I’m wearing my Zara floral jacket and in attempt to transition it to Fall I wore a darker blue Boden long sleeved essential tee from last Fall. I love these t-shirts – they are so soft and stretchy and great quality. I’m in my Gap boyfriend jeans and my Tory Burch Revas in hibiscus pink – the necklace is an old J.Crew Factory store one that I bought years ago. I’m making an attempt to be more thoughtful about accessorizing – accessories are the first thing to be forgotten about if I’m in a hurry in the morning.
My final order from Zara arrived yesterday – final for now anyway – remember I am going cold turkey. It’s a stunning blue jacket that I just love – it will look great with jeans and tan ankle boots. I love the gathered shoulders too – I know I will wear this a lot. Question is do I get the most out of it and start wearing it now or wait to wear it in October when MM and I are off to a trade show in Louisville (oh the glamour!)? I’m thinking if one really likes something then surely it makes sense to wear it and enjoy it – but nervous about that approach as I know I will want something new to wear come trade show time!
Oddly, given that it’s still only August, leaves are falling in the garden and the temperature has dropped due to lots of rain – it feels great. The long summer months here always have me pining for Fall, especially now all the September magazines are out crammed full of fabulous Fall clothes and boots. From what I have seen we’re in for a real treat this year and I have already ordered my winter coat from Zara as I know this will disappear fast:
It will hang in my closet for a few months yet but it is lovely – more like a chunky knitted cardigan than a coat, with leather quilted sleeves – perfect for Atlanta winters and really edgy looking.
I eventually moved my mirror upstairs last night so I am now taking photos in my empty closet! MM and I have decided to take a breather for a month before embarking on the closet fixtures and fittings – we’re feeling a little overwhelmed after the renovations! Today I am wearing my Express blush Zelda jeans, Zara cat top (a bit of a rip off from Victoria Beckham’s cat print dresses) and Zara off white jogging blazer, along with my nectarine Tory Burch Revas. It’s lovely being able to do hair and make up all in one place again even if I do have to run downstairs to get my clothes:)
Now there may be many who say, with 2 days to go before you turn 41, loud prints could be verging on the mutton dressed as lamb look. But not me. This summer I have fallen for loud prints, especially trousers with loud prints, in a big way. It comes from acceptance. Acceptance that I will never have a 21″ waist thanks to 2 children and my love of wine, but also acceptance that my legs are pretty darn good from running. It’s very un-British to want to show off (and I don’t mean bragging), or to even say you think you look great, but maybe some of the American confidence is rubbing off on me.
My pants today are not for wall flowers that’s for sure! I have seen them on bloggers all summer and admired how fabulous they look with their youthfulness and tiny statures. Then while browsing the Zara website the other day I saw the last pair on sale for $20 and snapped them up knowing full well they’d probably be returned to the store. Well last night they arrived and they are fabulous! It was utterly joyous this morning putting them on after a good run – I couldn’t stop grinning. I felt full of mischief this morning sitting in my car knowing people had no idea what I had on my legs!
Here they are in all their glory – the Zara tropical print pants:
I am wearing them with a white Express t-shirt, black Zara jersey blazer and my nectarine Tory Burch Revas which coordinate perfectly!
I know some of you will loathe them, but I hope others will be inspired to show off your best features and accept that we can step out of our comfort zone regardless of age!