Mr. Beez and I had a fantastic time at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Brewer’s Ball last night. There were tons of brews to sample, and lots of delicious food! My personal favorites of the night were the cider from Arsenal Cider House, and the short ribs sliders from Fat Heads. YUM.
I know I set a goal of meeting a new person at every event this spring/summer, but I was feeling shy and sheepish. This was partially because I ALWAYS feel shy and sheepish at events like this, but it didn’t help at all that I felt unfashionable and frumpy. I stuffed myself into a floral spring dress that I bought nearly 3 years ago. It’s a fun dress, good for springtime parties, but I was surrounded by people specifically dressed in the latest trends, and I felt BLAH.
I love to window shop online, but I rarely bring myself to actually purchase anything (except for clothes for the office, but even those I don’t purchase often). I’m always promising myself that I’ll buy that when I lose some weight. For the last two years (actually for the last five years, with a break for pregnancy) I have promised myself a whole new wardrobe when I get down to my goal weight. That hasn’t happened. And all I do is beat myself up and make myself uncomfortable in clothes that don’t fit well, or are very plain. It’s not working.
Today I decided that it’s time to quit that promise. Yes, I want to get down to my goal weight, but I also work a lot, have a baby who needs playtime and snuggling, and like to go out to decadent restaurants. Dressing like a frump as a punishment for not meeting my weight goal isn’t fixing any problems. It’s just making me feel bad. I decided it’s time to get some decent clothes for my summer events in sizes that fit me NOW. When I get down to that goal weight, I’ll get new clothes then, too. But it’s silly to scrape for something to wear, and end up in something ugly and uncomfortable, just because I haven’t met that goal yet.
ASOS is having a fantastic sale right now. I splurged on a TON of clothes, and paid a fraction of the price. Seriously, if I had paid full price, I would have only been able to get maybe 3 things. I also love ASOS because it offers free shipping. I HATE paying for shipping. Thanks to the great sale, my haul was 1 skirt, 2 tops, and 5 dresses. Here’s what I treated myself to:
Obviously, I needed some shoes to go with my new outfits, so I did a little shopping at DSW, too. Rewards members always get free shipping, and there are frequently great coupon codes easily found online. I picked up a neutral colored sandal that will work well with many of these dresses for summer events. I have also been looking for a casual flat to wear with jeans. Right now I have black patent flats and sneakers, and I wanted something in-between. I picked all 3 pair for a total of less than $80 (total. not each. I win.)
So even if I’m not at my goal weight, and won’t get there any time soon, at least the new duds will make me look nice and feel confident. Every girl should get to look nice and feel confident, am I right?