Saturday, March 2, 2013

Winter Blues Bathrobe

This winter is kicking my butt.  Having lived in New England my entire life, especially the four college years spent in upstate Vermont, usually, the cold weather and short dark days don’t wear me down but this year, it’s really taking a toll on me.  I’m so fucking sick of winter and so looking forward to wearing tights less and tank tops more. But, instead of being dreary like February weather and I’m going to focus on upbeat and positive things.

In early January, I had LASIK eye surgery. It was life changing and I can’t believe that I waited so long to do it. I started wearing glasses in 4th Grade and wore them until freshman year of high school when I made the switch to contact lenses.  It was timely that I did because in addition to poor vision, I also had braces, acne, and what I described to my Mom as a “severe sweating problem”.  Poor thing. In hindsight, I was probably just nervous about looking so ugly. Luckily, I had manageable hair, a decent body, a sense of humor and hot friends. I made it by just fine. But damn, I’m glad not to be my 15-year old self.  

High school days and horrible uniforms
 I’m also thrilled not to have to deal with the hassle of glasses or contact lenses.  I never felt comfortable in glasses because they don’t blend well with things I like (running, swimming, dancing, sweating and the sun!).  Contacts were a great alternative but my constant dry eyes made them hard to wear comfortably for long periods of time.  The LASIK procedure was painless, easy and took less than 10 minutes. Given I don’t go blind, I highly recommend it to anyone considering.  My vision is perfect and it’s certainly a boost to my confidence.

Recently, I stumbled across a book that caught my eye at Anthropology, a store I find ridiculously overpriced but very well curated and great place for finding gifts.  I ended up buying the book, I Love Your Style by Amanda Brooks, as a gift, but liked it so much I kept it for myself.  It’s a fun read, full of pictures of famous fashion people I don’t know and it definitely gave me a better understanding of my natural style (according to this book is 95% classic, 5% bohemian) and how I can take more ownership around it. 

Less of that
More of this

The book is divided into sections on six types of style; classic, bohemian, high fashion, street, electric and minimal and delves into what attitude, accessories and articles of clothing are needed to pull off each of those looks.  I read the section on classic style with a dropped jaw as I realized, that without knowing it, my look is so “classic”.  Just as the book described; ballet flats, loafers, cardigans, shift dresses, nautical strips, berets, blazers, riding boots, oversized sunglasses make up almost my entire wardrobe. Overall, I like my look, but often I find myself looking too conservative and too boring. I’d like to look less like an orthodox Jewish woman and harness more of the sex appeal of fashion icon Bridget Bardot.  I should start by burning my blue terry cloth bathrobe that I where all too often.

Bathrobe and shades post LASIK