Friday, March 27, 2009

Un-Fashion Friday

You all know that I am a geek.  A fashionista I am not.  However, I have recently become emboldened by my success with the dress and the boots  and I have launched off in a quest to be fashionable, or at least to not be the frumpiest mom at playgroup.  My latest step was a big one.  I invited my brother's wife to help me pick through my closet and decide what really needs to visit Goodwill and what can stay in the now decidedly less geeky closet.

This was rather bold as she is as fashionable as I am frumpy.  Plus, she isn't really all that scared of telling it like it is.  But my wardrobe was in need of an intervention so I wooed her over with free dinner and homemade bread and then she made fun of my clothes.  Fair trade eh?

She actually was quite gentle and only rolled her eyes a little bit when I refused to get rid of my denim skirt and denim jacket.  Her comment was that Stampede only comes once a year.  I replied that  I was going to wear the jacket and the skirt together and tell people that she suggested it.  Then she may have rolled her eyes a little bit more.  I'm not sure I was too busy hiding my denim shirt from her.

You will be thrilled to know that I no longer have any pleated pants and my two suede blouses are getting a new home.  Who knew that suede was out or could invoke such a strong reaction?  She actually shuddered and refused to touch it.  I was quite surprised.  I used to get lots of great compliments on my red suede shirt.  Mind you that was eight years ago, but still.  At one point, that shirt rocked.

She also strongly suggested that I may want to cut down on wearing hand-me downs from my mom.  Apparently this decreases my cool factor.  Since I have a very limited amount of cool to begin with I am taking her suggestion under advisement.   Doesn't mean I'll do it, but I am taking it under advisement. 

On another fashion front, I have now attempted to wear mascara and lip gloss.  Did you know that neither of those things comes with instructions?  I really wasn't certain if you put the mascara on top of the lashes, underneath, how much is too much, how does one un-clump it, etc.  They really should put that kind of information on the bottle.  It would make my life so much easier.  I would show you a picture but I am too lazy to grab the camera so here is the next best thing.

I'm still a work in progress.  Just ask my sister-in-law.


momofthecrazies said...

If you're ever looking for more advice, I'll send Crazy #1 and Crazy #2 down. They certainly always have something to say about what I'm wearing!

Bargainista said...

i am laughing so hard and loud that the neighbors can hear me, (and i don't even have the windows open...they are still frozen shut).
You are just too funny, or is it that i totally identify w. you and this fashion and make up thing.
Sounds like your sister-in-law was quite gracious with you. Hmmm! Wonder if she would be willing to help me.
(Your mother and her sisters were the ones who gave me all our mother's clothes to wear when she passed away. They said that i was the right size to fit into them. Ha! i think i needed your Sister-in-law then).

Janet said...

Tee hee. Great post! I'm sure you will do fine. You looked good when we met for tea!

a Tonggu Momma said...

I've made VAST improvements since last year after the Tongginator's slumpadinka comment. I could definitely deliver some snarky remarks... plus, you only have to pay me in coffee, not dinner.

Knittinchick said...

'Fashionista in the making' is what you should say instead of Un-fashionista!

Listen to you go. Work it!

JCK said...

I am SO proud of you. It sounds like you are having fun. And I seriously doubt that Tammy Faye is your mentor in makeup. Ha!

Does this mean I have to give up my gorgeous, gorgeous brown suede pants. I'm not letting your SIL into my closet!

Will you do one of my interviews? Let me know. No pressure. :)

Tez said...

hehehe! I don't know if I'll ever "de-frump" you're a brave girl! Lip gloss....mascara???? You're nuts, and completely amazingly gorgeous with out it, and I like your Pooh hoodie, I hope you kept it!!!

happygeek said...

Yep. She wanted the hoodie, wasn't getting that without a fight. I have my frump standards you know.

granola_granny said...

You have inspired me to give up my brown 'phony suede' jacket and velvet Christmas pants; neither of which I have worn in 5 years. But when your SIL visits this week I am not letting her in my closet, I'm not ready for anything else just yet.

CC said...

You've been in my closet haven't you?

Actually, I don't even wear things from the closet anymore. Too embarrasing. I am quite good about getting rid of stuff from there, but then I don't replace it. So it's quite bare. Except for some really expensive clothes handed down to me from my grandmother that I don't know what to do with! Too nice for goodwill, but too grandma-ish to wear!

Knittinchick said...

CC-consignment or vintage wear clothing stores... if your gramma was stylish.

Maybe you'll get moola for them!

The Mad Penguin said...

New reader here, I can't even remember how I got here but I did and I love your writings! This post speaks to me. Though I'm neither fashionable nor frump, I find that I can relate with both you and you SIL. And hey, in some parts of the world, Tammy Faye is a fashion goddess. Food for thought. ;)