I refer to a conversation I had with Harry yesterday morning. And by “that”, I mean anything and by “Aldi” I mean anywhere. I’d spent a lot of the weekend wearing decorating clothes and yesterday morning, the sun was out and I fancied wearing this blue and yellow tiered sundress. I knew I was going to do the food shop and that there’s always a remote chance I might meet someone I know; so I wanted to look decent. I also knew there’d be a queue to get in, so I thought why not wear a nice summer dress and enjoy the sunshine.
Now Harry’s issue is not a personal one towards the dress or indeed to anything I wear. It’s the fact that he thinks I’m always overdressed. Poppy uses the same reasoning when she describes me as extra. Is there a greater critic on the planet than one’s own teenage children? My reply to them is always the same. This is me. This is what I want to wear. And would you swap me for anyone else? To which they roll their eyes of course.
Do (and wear) what makes you feel good
I think it’s important to dress for yourself, not for anyone else’s approval. Obvious exceptions are when there’s a uniform or dress-code for work. More than ever during these strange times, we must do what we can to feel as good as we can. That might be delivering some shopping for a neighbour, or letting someone go ahead of you in the queue. It might be doing those little jobs that we hadn’t got around to doing. Perhaps it’s starting or finishing a book, trying a new recipe or baking banana bread. A lie-in or a late night. A glass of wine in the garden on a sunny afternoon. Or on a windy morning (I jest). The thing to remember is that we are different and we are all in this together, we all want the same thing, to get through it.
And for me yesterday, wearing this lovely blue and yellow tiered sundress, (with its pockets and reversible self-tie belt), to go to Aldi made me feel good.
Today I’m wearing comfortable leisure wear because it’s cooler than yesterday and I’m not going anywhere. I’ve been writing in the home office, we had another work training session via Zoom, (always as much fun as it is informative), and I did some housework and that’s about it.
And I’m good with that.
Stay safe x
Blue and yellow tiered sundress: Roman Originals, (gift), current and reduced at the time of writing.
Silver wedge sandals: Lotus Shoes 2018. (Lotus has a fab selection of wedge sandals and every piece of Lotus footwear I’ve ever had is super comfortable).
NHS rainbow bracelet: Wish Jewellery (gift)
Stacking silver bracelets: Bella Jane Jewellery, Joma jewellery and Annie Haak.
Haha I totally get it Liz! My kids actually call me a hippy (which I’m definitely not) because of my environmental activism.
It’s basically their job to think we’re “extra” and it’s our job to wind them up 😉
As for dressing to grocery shop, I wish! Here we cover as much as possible, hair, face, hands. Queue outside the shop 2m apart and once inside a half empty store its a one way system around, 2 trolleys apart from each other with perspex at checkout. So when I get home I have to leave my shoes at the front door, wash everything I bought before putting it away then shower and put on clean clothes which is another tracksuit. Sadly not much point wearing a dress.
Hee hee! Hippy!!! It sounds like a similar system to here in regards to queuing two trolley lengths apart and following a one-way system with perspex at the checkout. I wear gloves, a snood and glasses when I get inside. I wash the snood and glasses as soon as I get home and discard the gloves. I leave my shoes outside for 72 hours too. I must admit, I don’t change my clothing afterwards though. That’s a very valid point MT. Take care and stay safe xxx
It’s a super outfit to wear anywhere especially Aldi and if it makes you feel good then what’s the problem! Love the sandals too. Jacqui x
You look stunning, Lizzy. Love the dress, it’s gorgeous! I usually wear jeans and combat boots or walking shoes to do the shopping because, just like Michele mentioned, I’m throwing everything into the wash (including myself!) when I get home to decontaminate!!!
Thank you Suzy. Yes, I wash my snood and glasses as soon as I’m home and I leave my shoes at the door. I wash/wipe down the shopping too. I hope you’re ok. How is Portugal coping generally? We hear a lot about Spain here but not so much about Portugal xxx