Giving up?

slippersOkay so there’s another very alarming trend I’ve seen the past few months (dare I say, years?)

And I don’t mean ‘trend’ in fresh plaid, or structured jackets, or funky new bangles. Oh no. No, I don’t.

I mean the ALARMING number of women (and some men) who wear and think it’s OKAY to wear Pajamas in Public.

And let me point out: I don’t mean JUST PJ pants here. Oh no. I mean, full on PJ sets. PAJAMA SETS!!!! AND SLIPPERS!!!!!

The ONLY time pajamas in public are marginally acceptable:

It is 4am and you’re rushing a family member to the hospital

It is 8:15am and your alarm didn’t go off and you are rushing to get your garbage/recycling to the front curb.

I don’t live in a rural setting. I live in one of the biggest urban areas in Canada.  We have a plethora of shops available that carry wonderful clothing to cover your hot bod in – from discount big box stores to haute couture shops – there is NO excuse for why you can’t get dressed in the morning. And recently I have seen this disturbing trend more and more often. And I KNOW I’m not the first one to be blogging about this, either.

PJ pants aren’t acceptable either – if you’re taking the time to pull on pants, why not jeans, khakis, Or cords. Or heck, capris and boots, it IS fall after all. While you’re at it, thrown on a snug fit T and a fitted buttondown over that. OR a cute sweater with a trendy Big Print…all over the place for fall…go crazy and wear BLACK jeans….TWO MINUTES to get dressed. And JUST as EASY as pulling on PJ pants.

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I have never met any parent who can’t take TWO minutes to pull on a pair of jeans and a Tshirt (and undergarments, please) when getting up first thing. Yes, Little One is crying, Number Two is covered in toothpaste and Number Three just informed you the dog is wearing Her school uniform….but …. take the two minutes to pull on something fresh, clean, and new.

Just taking that one moment – pulling on clean, fresh items – will help you face YOUR day. Yes, there are many people depending on you, but if you can’t take the Two Minutes in the Morning to take care of yourself that’s gonna colour your whole day.

So take a bit of pride in your appearance. Even if it is jeans and a Tshirt. Or funky button down. Or layered henley T’s that you got for a steal at Old Navy when you went Back To School Shopping for Numbers Two and Three.

Don’t give up. Put on some clothes. Clothes that fit, that make you feel good, and help you feel ready for the day.

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On being 40, a size 14, and….fabulous!

I’m 40. There. I said it.

I’m still processing how I got to be here, 40.

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Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy. I’m content…I’ve been there, done that, and am fine where I am.

After years of struggling with weight gain, weight loss (Thank you, thyroid) I have settled into a comfy size either 12 or 14, and honestly, I’m okay with that. I mean, that cheesecake  isn’t gonna finish itself now, is it. No.

I work in women’s fashions, specifically fashions for the over 25 set.

A wonderful Canadian company, moderately priced, great quality pieces that mix and match well together.

I love my job.  I get to shop and play with clothing all day. And dress women of all shapes and sizes.

I’ve always loved to shop, and dress my friends. I even make my own clothes (sometimes) and know how garments should fit, and be worn.

(Yes, Barbie was my favourite toy – because she could do anything. Wear anything, do everything, perfectly coiffed and accessorized. And she had like, 5 horses.)

This blog is my view on things I see everyday. Women. Their body issues. Fashions. Accessorizing. Life. And maybe snippets of my former life as a touring performer. Maybe. If you’re good.

I hope that my writing helps you, makes you laugh, or at least, gives you something to read whilst you’re doing…whatever you’re doing.

Best,

Shannyn