Since Covid-19 started, I have been wearing the same as everyone else – leggings and a t-shirt. Actually, that is not entirely true. Most of the time I have been wearing a nightdress… I am a thrifty shopper and love a root around at Goodwill or charity shops but they are not suited for social distancing. When I cleared out my closet in spring, Goodwill benefited. Humans get an endorphin shot when we buy something, even a lipstick. Perhaps it goes back to early human foraging? I have been window shopping on the internet for months without buying anything but then I found this online site Rockflowerpaper (They didn’t financially compensate me other than offering me a bargain!)
Most of their tops start at $50 and up but their clearance items were a real bargain, ranging between $4-7. I decided I could risk $26.45 for four final sale tunics including shipping. They arrived really quickly in the mailbox and I had a visceral thrill when I saw the package. All four were sized small but one said that it ran a little neat so I was forewarned. That one was gifted to my slimmer friend. They were all different fabrics and styles. The red and orange pin tucked tunic is my favorite but the blue and cream tunic is incredibly soft. The gauzy pink and orange tunic suits me the best but it isn’t as soft as the other two. All in all, however, I was delighted and Rockflowerpaper is a woman owned enterprise in San Francisco. I liked the hippy, boho vibe from my birth city.
It was so much fun to create a fashion post after such a long time and you might notice that my hair has been ‘fixed’. I put my tail between my legs and went to my other hairdresser for a revision. Putting make up on felt weird too but I loved having bright lipstick on and SMILING! My model mother is alive and well both in face and poses…😁
Teddy and Bunny
Teddy and I took an olde worlde selfie last week with the timer on a camera. My girlfriends in Scotland had met up last weekend and had sent photos of them enjoying themselves. There were a few ‘refreshments’ imbibed… With my recent ill health I had been reluctant to take selfies. My body dysmorphia has been worse of late and when I look in the mirror I see the older version of Charlize Theron in the movie Snow White and the Huntsman.
Teddy is also unable to see what an attractive man he is – who does not look like he has just turned 59 years old (I will be 57 in a few months). We met when I was 21 and I was astonished that he had not dated half of Glasgow. Even his aunt thought he was gay! Had I not predated him, I doubt we would be married for 35 years. I thought he was cool and uninterested but he thought he had met the girl of his dreams. We were engaged within 3 months and married after 11 months leading to family theories of pregnancy. I have still to whelp…🐕🐶🐕
He is definitely looking younger of late however and I have a theory about that. From our mid 50s we have been having a wonderful time, both relaxed at work and travelling the world together. Then the oil slump came and life changed dramatically. We both have new jobs that can be stressful with horrible commutes. We are working in more challenging environments using different skillsets, with new colleagues. As difficult as that has been, the silver lining is that we both look a little younger than our real ages. We try to make life at home as stress free as possible and rarely socialize with other people. Time is too precious to spend with anyone else but each other.
The icing on the cake is that Teddy won an award at the Offshore Technology Conference (Oil) for his part in writing a paper whilst working at the company that laid him off. Isn’t life ironic? More fool them. I get stressed when I am working events but funny moments make it all worthwhile. When waiting for some guests the other day, I was sitting with a lovely young colleague chatting. A Ukrainian limo driver was really staring at me and eventually he said, “I know you”. I responded that he probably knew me from the airport. No, he insisted that I looked really like someone from the old country. He moved the other side but kept staring at ‘those eyes’. I burst out laughing and said, “Would you like a photograph?” Later that day a Lebanese silver fox told me that he and his wife were like sister and brother. Uh oh – time to stop flirting!!
The night the photograph was taken we went out for an ‘early bird supper’ and I was concerned that last year’s dress from Ross was too short. You can see how it rides up in the photograph. We popped into Walgreens on the way back and both of the beauty assistants told me how lovely I looked. It was the perfect end to a lovely evening out with my honey.
This is one of my favorite costumes for Halloween. It is ridiculously sexy and silly but I loved wearing it with my great friend who was some kind of Mexican taquita? Sometimes we were very imaginative and one year went as Portia and Ellen when they got married (no-one got it…) I was very naughty and showed it to a policeman who had a crush on me at work. He was speechless and blushed – gosh it was hilarious!.
This wonderful post provoked this random anecdote –