Monday, September 28, 2009

Where is Stacy and Clint?

So, whether you know me now, knew me back then, whatever, you can definitely say I'm not a girly-girl. I have always been more of a casual, tomboy type and will openly admit I love to just wear tennis shoes and jeans.

I don't wear make-up, people have told me that my skin in beautiful without it and I don't want to take the time to put it on.

I don't take a lot of time to get ready. I'm what someone would call low maintenance. I have curly hair and can just generally just throw some mousse in it and be done.

I have gotten better over the years. But still need some improvement. But I am comfortable in jeans everyday and wouldn't trade in my shoes for anything.

For awhile now, Kristine has been trying to "girl" me up a little. Even if it just means that I have feminine top on, nice jeans and some dress shoes. I finally gave in for a few reasons: I am okay with trying new things, I just need to eased into it, you try to throw me into something, I will guarantee to freak out and have an anxiety attack. I do need a better wardrobe for work purposes.

So, this weekend, I set out with Kristine and her mom to purchase some new clothes. I had gone out Friday night to find some basic black and brown shoes. One's that weren't too dressy, but ones I could wear with slacks or jeans. My shopping experience on Friday was not good and it left me frustrated. I had already gotten a few tops with Kristine's approval and was beginning to feel like I was on "What Not to Wear." She critiqued me (in a good way, of course) about what I was trying on. I grabbed what I thought was a cute top off of the clearance rack and she abruptly told me no. It was then I was wondering when Stacy and Clinton were going to pop out.

My jeans I wear are somewhat new, but they are baggy on me. I try to go down the next size and they are way too tight. So, I found some jeans that somewhat fit (too baggy), but I didn't know of a lot of places that carried jeans for thick-chicks where the jeans actually fit well. We went to Avenue this weekend, which is a plus size clothing store and was scared to try on jeans with Kristine. I was afraid they wouldn't fit and I would just make a complete fool out of myself. I told her my size, she grabbed me the next size down and told me to go try them on. Hooray for me, they fit! And they fit good.

Kristine tried desperately just to get me to try on a skirt in the store. You would of thought I was a child by the hissy fit I threw. But, I got my way, no skirt for me. :) Shopping trips over, and all together, I got 4 shirts, a new pair of jeans, a pair of dressy brown shoes that can be worn with jeans or slacks for about $100.

It's a small start for me. The clothes are all out of my comfort zone for me. But, yesterday as I got dressed for church, Kristine's face lit up. I actually looked girly yesterday. I felt odd, very odd. I felt as though everyone was staring at me. And my feet hurt from the shoes yesterday. One of them just needs to be stretched just a smidgen by the toe.

But, I heard the price of beauty is painful and the shoes proved it yesterday! But I will start looking at more girly tops in the future and I do need to get some good slacks and some black shoes.

By the way, Kristine is LOVING this. :)


Leah said...

I LOVE what not to wear! You go, girl. I am kind of an advocate for dressing like a girl :) But I definitely have some jeans and baggy sweatshirts too!

Emily said...

Sounds like fun! Can't wait to see the new stuff!

Kimmama said...

I'm not a big shopper, except for once in a while when I have the urge to replace my entire wardrobe. I would love that $5000 visa card!