somewhere over the rainbow :: dailybuzz moms 9x9

i'm participating in the dailybuzz moms 9x9 this week.  we were asked to write about being inspired by colors of the rainbow.  i think we all could use a little dose of bright color in the dreary winter months, right? this came at a perfect time for me because i've decided to live a brighter life. literally...meaning my wardrobe. at any given time over the past few years you would see me wearing something from this pile of clothes ::black+grey clothes

and while i still love wearing grey and black and all shades of each, i've decided that there are a lot of colors out there that should be represented in my closet.  so i've been adding bright pops of color** here and there and it has changed my days, lifted my spirits and sparked some fun conversations. **brad goreski has coined the term "POC"  -- pop of color. he would be so proud of me :: red jeans and magenta socks

above, left >> you are simply never too old to wear red jeans. (at least that's what i'm telling myself with a birthday looming on the horizon). and on the right >> sometimes under my black and grey layers will be these knee-high magenta socks. it's super fun when i catch a glimpse of them when i'm rushing around picking up kids or cleaning legos off the floor. sort of like my own little happy secret.

sometimes i'll add a dash of color to my outfit with these :: bright color bracelets how can you possibly feel the winter blahs with these on your arms?  simple answer - you can't!   p.s. don't worry-- i don't wear them all at once. you certainly could, but the clacking noise would drive you mad.

and red, how i love red.  i'm not stopping at red jeans, people!  :: red nails and red shoes even though i only get a manicure for special events since they last about 3 days seconds, i love, love, love having red nails.  people probably think i'm crazy the way i keep looking at my hands and making air kisses.  or how i keep passing by mirrors with my hands splayed out in front of my face like an 80s jazz routine gone bad.  and red shoes?  i can't say enough about my strong belief that every woman should own a pair of red shoes. teal belt and hot pink jeans

sometimes all you need is a pretty peacock-blue belt to liven things up a little bit. and remember how i said you are never too old to wear red jeans? same goes for hot pink.....

and royal  blue :: royal blue jeans so when you put it all together you get something a little like this :: me in a rainbow of colors tell me, do you wear pops of color or are you firmly entrenched in the black-and-grey-are-awesome camp? if you start branching out into the world of color, i'd love to hear about it ....and see pictures!

hot pink lipstick is the first step

hot pink lipstickmany, many years ago i had fun shopping for clothes for myself.  i used to have fun putting outfits together. i used to think about shoes and accessories and jewelry.  people used to comment on my crazy style.  i had a style.

then i got busy and lazy.  i became a grad student with not much free time, and certainly not much money. i got even lazier about what i wore and how i looked. and then i had kids. 3 kids in 4 years to be exact. that dissolved every last wisp of style i had.  i was lucky if i even showered every day, or if i went through a whole day without getting covered in food or marker.

chris has always been amazing at giving me time to myself, and he would urge me to go shopping for awhile.  (probably more due to his disgust at my perpetual outfit of yoga pants and running shoes.)  but every time i went shopping, i found myself buying tiny little clothes for my three tiny little people.  how can you resist itty bitty cardigans?  and you don't have to look in a badly-lit mirror to buy kids' clothes.

my youngest is 4 now and i feel like i am just starting to climb out of the fog.  sadly, i can stand in my closet and count on one hand the pieces that excite me.  but at least i'm noticing and that's more than i can say for the past few years.   (kind of like getting rid of a bad habit means you must first know you have a problem!).  i don't even know what looks i like for myself anymore.  what do i want to express about myself?  will people think i'm going through a mid-life crisis if they see me in something other than jeans or yoga pants??  thankfully,  i do know at least vaguely what is on trend, and i do keep up with several style blogs.

i've spent the past few weeks really paying attention to colors, patterns, shapes, outfits, shoes  and accessories.  i've been sort of making mood boards in my head about what outfits would really make me feel good about myself.  i am going to spend some time on polyvore.  i'm going to go shopping.  here on the blog, i will be showing you some of my progress from time to time as i rebuild the outside of me... hope you don't mind.

i am inspired by betsey johnson partly because she is insane and partly because she has such a strong personal style - she really knows who she is and what she likes.  i realized in the car yesterday that i really need to start wearing lipstick.  and it needs to be bold.  i bought some hot pink lipstick at target today.  i put it on right when i got home and my whole day has changed.  seriously.  i've actually gone and looked in the mirror.  on purpose!

next step :: gotta get out of these yoga pants!