Saturday, February 06, 2010

Staging Your Comeback

Well, at this point I am out of my big cast, and in a velcro thing. And my doctor said that I might not need surgery after all. I go back in about a month for more x-rays. At some point I will start rehab. He told me that it was going to be many months before my hand will be back to its full use and full strength.

SO, I had to quit my job at Hobby Lobby. So now I have more time to pursue some other things in life. No money, but more time. I bought this book - "
Staging Your Comeback: A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45." I have been dressing in middle-age mom frump for many years now. This book just really struck me, and encouraged me to jump into a full makeover.

Step One - My Closet

The day after I finished the book, I emptied my closet. Most of it was stuff I had not worn in many years. And the rest of it was ugly frump.



This pile is PART of what did NOT go back into my closet. I filled up four trash bags that I threw away, and I filled up five trash bags that I took to Goodwill.
This is what my closet looks like now. And there is only one shirt that I actually really like. The rest I kept because if I only kept one shirt, I wouldn't be able to leave my house.

The bottom rod only has a few things that I kept from my kids childhood, and a lot of empty hangers. I only kept TWO pair of shoes - my tennis shoes, and that one pair of black shoes for church. The rest went in the trash.
A couple of days later I went shopping. I bought one pair of black slacks and a few new shirts - but NO MIDDLE-AGE MOM FRUMP! I put on the clothes that I bought to show my kids, and they told me I looked stylish. Now, you should know that the word stylish has never been used in the same sentence with my name. Unless, of course, there was a big, fat "NOT" thrown in there. So that made me really happy. Ugly mom frump is outta here.

Ok, so about this book. If you are in need of knowing what style/shape of clothes will look best on your body shape, and what type of accessories you should or should not wear for your body shape, what make-up and haircut you need to look your best, then you NEED this book, too. I'm telling you, it is the best book I have ever read.

Next up - my new haircut.

Shannon

4 comments:

Sister Patty said...

You need a teenager in the house with whom you can share clothes! Sooner or later, they'll quit reminding you that you are (I am) 59, not a teen! To heck with them! I love my fake Uggs, leggings, short denim skirt, long skinny t-shirt, and vest! No way am I ever gonna' dress my age!

Congratulations! Make sure those clothes really go away -- not just a temporary placement in your garage!

Now get out there and shop, girl! And have some fun!

trash talk said...

Shannon, I am so ashamed and so embarrassed. I had not read the previous post (I don't know how I missed it, hanging my head in shame) and didn't know what all happened. I AM SO SORRY!
Now I just have to say I loved the previous post...talk about making lemoncellos with life hands you lemons...girl, that was wonderful writing. You said it perfectly.
Now, go, decorate yourself. You deserve the pampering!
Debbie
P.S. Do you think there is any help for a 58 year old who doesn't know she shouldn't wear sleeveless anything?

Jayne said...

Excellent advice! I'm old but I'm buying that book! Can't wait to see your new haircut and we need pics of some of the new cloths, too!
You go girl!

Mary Ellen said...

Shannon we want pictures!!! I am impressed with the decluttering of your closet! I so need to do this!!