Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Free Spray Tan, 3 Outfits, & Patty's Good Words

I was recently approached at church with a free offer for a spray tan.  Literally.  A gal {that I know by sight more than conversation} approached me.  She said that she won a free spray tan at a moms group and will never use it.  She went on to explain that I seemed like I would be interested or know someone who would be.  I wasn't offended or anything, and I was able to find a happy recipient within 60 seconds of receiving the certificate.  However, I was a little thrown-off-kilter.

I was hoping my look said, "effortless natural beauty" or "simple and no-fuss."  I thought my daily $3 pearl earrings and almost-everyday side swoop hairstyle were classic and basic and showed little-to-no effort.  I guess I was wrong, because when I "look like someone who would like a spray tan or know someone who would," the only words that come to mind are high maintenance. Dang.  And here I was thinking I was all outdoorsy and simple.  

Here are a few pictures of my clothes this week.  The pictures a little bigger than normal, because I'm in this go-big-or-go-home attitude.  Obviously taking pictures of myself and posting them online takes a little sass.  And today I have sass, the nice kind.

Tanks: Old Navy
Cardigan: Target
Pants: Old Navy

Errands, worked at the climbing gym, played with the kids, visited a friend
Tee: Target
Jacket: Amazon (off season clearance, holla!)
Jeans: Gap outlet

Played with kids, ran errands, had a playdate
Ruffle tee underneath: Made by me

Open Cardigan: Old Navy
Jeans: Gap Outlet
Children: the cutest shadows ever

Most of our clothes come from the Gap/Old Navy family.  I've been a loyal customer for such a long time.  Since I'm 6 feet tall, it's hard to find clothes.  Gap was one of the first stores to offer tall and we've been in a serious marriage relationship since then.  I'm a loyal customer who started working there at 17, and worked for the company for over 5 years.  They not only offer tall, but they have an ever taller length for super tall people like myself.  Also, they started offering tall in things other than just pants.  Other companies do this too, but the Gap company suits me the best.  Plus, I totally know how to work the system when it comes to sales.  Mama never pays full price.

Here I am.  Thinking I'm all easy-going and simple when it comes to getting ready, but maybe I'm not.  Maybe I'm high maintenance.  Maybe I'm something in between.  While we live in a world where we're figuring each other out, I try to remember what my smart friend Patty tells me: no one thinks about themselves more than we think about ourselves.. I've got to be what I want me to be.

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  1. We always tell our kids..."People aren't thinking about you, they are too busy thinking about themselves." You are cute and always look so put together. That my friend, is confidence, not high maintenance. She probably meant " You have a lot of friends". True that!

    1. BLESS YOU, BLESS YOU, BLESS YOU!!! Once again, the T & S hit a home run in the parenting advice arena. (John hears all of what we talk about and he's on board too!)

      Thank you for your sweet encouragement. Really, thanks!

  2. You do have sas.... I can tell from the photos!! and you are adorable!! and by the way.... I am 6'1 so its extra lovely to meet you, my sister in height!

  3. How and why would you mess w/ perfection. Simply beautiful. Inside and out.