You may have picked up on the fact that I am a Redskins fan. Yes, I know it’s not always easy, but I have rooted for them since middle school and I’m a loyal fan.
So, of course I was excited when we drafted RG3 last year as our quarterback. If you watch football, you may have noticed that he wears a sleeve on his left arm. It really doesn’t serve a purpose. It’s just a fashion statement. When asked about it, he said something like this (this isn’t the exact quote), “If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good.”
So, after working with Ella, the stylist, last Friday, I wanted to take to heart the things she was teaching me. (You can read all about that HERE.) It would be pointless to work with a stylist and then put on sweats the next day. We were taking about 25 teenagers to a cornfield maze, so it was a good opportunity for me to set the hoodie aside and wear a real outfit. And I did. I wore layers so I was warm, but I wore a sweater and scarf and chucks instead of ratty tennis shoes and an oversized hoodie with stains on it.
I had a conversation about the styling session with Jeff, my husband, last night. I don’t want to cross over into the territory of being all about appearances and vanity, but I feel like I went too far in the I-don’t-care direction. How can I feel good about myself when day in and day out I’m wearing frumpy, paint encrusted clothes and no makeup? What’s it saying when I dodge the UPS guy and won’t get out of the car when I pick my kids up from school. Seriously. I was so happy when we got a van with push-button doors, so I didn’t have to get out! It even affects my business when I don’t want to make videos or shoot tutorials because I look bummy.
And I should have outfits in my closet that fit, are flattering and are perfect for photo shoots, book signings, workshops, etc. An event shouldn’t trigger a panic about what to wear!
Since then, I’ve been putting together a real outfit every day. I still wear workout clothes to workout and painting clothes to paint, but I don’t wear them all day long or I add some accessories, put on a little makeup and style my hair.
The result? I feel good about myself. I feel like I have more energy, even though I’m still fighting a virus that won’t leave me alone. I feel cute. I feel ready to face the day.
I even feel more productive. I know some of you don’t think that’s possible, but I do. If you think I was productive before, just see what I can do in an outfit!
When you feel good, you play good! (And take a few more selfies.)
I think this will come as no surprise to those who have been reading my blog for a while, but I’ve decided to swap out dining tables. Yes, again. I love, love the chunky pine farm table I bought from my aunt, but in my dining room, it is too yellow. You may not think so, but that is because you’re seeing a doctored photo where I’ve turned down the yellow saturation.
As we were getting ready for the photo shoot today, Eddie (she’s a girl) casually commented on the table being yellow. And she’s right and it’s bugged me, but I love the table, so I have been in denial.
Now, I know what you’re thinking… You’re Miss Mustard Seed! Just paint it! …and I would, but I think the rustic pine is so lovely and, believe it or not, I don’t like painted dining room tables. Well, I like the bases painted, but not the top.
So, for now, I’m going to bring the farm table that didn’t sell at Lucketts back into the dining room and use the pine table in my basement work area. I’d be willing to sell either one of those tables, though, so let me know if you’re local (Gettysburg, PA) and interested. I’m still on the hunt for my “forever dining table.”
Forever in this case = more than two years
And as an update, I have been wheat and sugar free so far this week. Last night, I was ready to drop the no sugar part and house some dark chocolate chips, but I held firm and ate an apple. The one thing that kept me from eating those chocolate chips was the fact I set out a goal on my blog and I didn’t want to cave. All of you held me accountable, so thanks for all of the encouragement and suggested reading and tips. I have some great readers!