I've become addicted to TLC's What Not to Wear. It turns out that it's the perfect accompaniment to a work out at home or the gym. The show is long enough that I can watch an entire episode on the treadmill or the elliptical. The suspense keeps me involved even when I'm exhausted and feel like giving up. I've actually stayed ON the treadmill LONGER than I planned just to see the final looks of the various women they've helped.
And Stacey and Clinton truly do HELP people. It's like clothing therapy. It's easy to see how some of these women have stopped caring for themselves, for their style, or perhaps never knew how to in the first place. It's an emotional journey. I might actually die if someone tried to throw away my favorite clothes. I can relate. I have memories tied up in some of those things. Even things I know I'll never wear again, I want to save so my future children can have "dress-up" clothes. Why? I guess, because that's what my mother did and I LOVED playing with her old bridesmaid dresses and crazy bellbottoms and pleather zip boots!
Still as mean as Stacey and Clinton sometimes seem about the "old looks and horrid clothing" there are times when its clear they take a deep breath and encourage and edify some fragile woman whose life is crashing in around her. Those are my favorite moments. The What Not to Wear team doesn't get any sadistic pleasure out of crushing women. Instead they are all about opening eyes and showing people their true beauty. It's very exciting. I LOVE the final looks. That is truly the best part.
I have learned some things from the What Not to Wear team, as well. I know now that I have a long way to go. And I am motivated to aggressively go through my closet and weed out all the stuff I will never or SHOULD never wear again. Still shopping is hard for me. I don't have $5000 for a new wardrobe and I tend to hold on to things I don't like as a safety net of clothing that is school appropriate.
I WANT accessories but I can never find them, except on my friend Tara who is the epitome of put-together style. She and her mom shop together a lot. I may need to take Roxy shopping to see if she can help me out! As much as I love shoes I have a real shoe issue in recent years and find myself wearing the same black shoes nearly every day. No wonder they wear out with record speed.
I need to color my hear, stop wearing pony tails, and start wearing makeup. Ugh. It's all so much work. :) Now I sound just like one of their "projects."
Do NOT nominate me for this show. I promise I'll try harder! :)