Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Does this sweater make me look old?

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Top: GW ($3), Sweater Vest (did I really just type those words?): Coldwater Creek/GW ($4), Jeans: Anthro/GW ($7), Shoes: Target/GW ($3), Scarf,, earrings, bracelet: gifted

TOTAL: $17

I bought that sweater vest (there I go again) because of the color and the texture and the fact that it’s 100% wool. And then I wore it because I was planning on carving it up into pretty little wool leaves with the die cut machine I borrowed (and have fallen madly in love with) from a friend, and I figured it deserved the courtesy of one good wear (even if it was 80 degrees out when I did wear it—I wish I were exaggerating).

But the more I thought about hacking it into itty-bitty leaf shaped bits, the less I liked the idea. I kept picturing other things that I could pair it with and ways of taking it from Coldwater Creek to Anthro chic (no offense if you shop at Coldwater Creek; they have lovely stuff; it’s just not me usually).

And then, as I was typing all of this, I was suddenly reminded of a story, so of course I felt compelled to share that with you.

I taught high school Spanish (among other things) for 6 years right out of college, and one year, my husband and I were blessed to be able to carpool to work every morning.

After a night of tossing and turning, I was tired one morning, and I said (with a yawn), “I feel ooooooold.”

My hubby, who was driving, glanced at me out of the corner of his eye, and said, “Why, because of your dress?”

My jaw hit my knee!

“WHAT?!” I screeched? “What are you trying to say about my dress?”

Well, he back-peddled and sputtered his way through some sort of red-faced explanation about how I myself had labeled this particular dress my “granny dress,” and that it was just an older style, and I knew that (all of which were technically true, by the way).

6 years later, I still tell the story, and Shaun has never made another comment about my clothing’s effect on the youthfulness (or lack thereof) of my appearance.

I think it’s safe to say he filed that one under, “Things I might want to avoid saying to my wife.”

Too right, honey!

P.S. Have you entered:

five days five ways | because every day is different

yet?! You SHOULD! : )

P.P.S. Also, you SHOULD get on over to 5D5W and check out the Shop My Shoes for Good event I have going on! Cute shoes, cheap prices, FREE shipping, and every dollar you spend goes toward building the PCM orphans a new classroom! PLUS, each item bought = an entry into the giveaway!

Woot!

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