You know how a random thought can start an entire story or can make you ramble on and on?
Well. I was in the car on my way home from work today and I thought “I really, REALLY liked what I wore today.
But I have to tell you a couple of things first. OK? First of all, I am referring to myself as a little piggy today because my hair is so freakin’ dirty filthy and I need to do my roots so badly.
You can do the math. My hair IS that dirty–but I’m lucky because it looks better as it gets filthier. Wow. I’m REALLY cross-eyed today. I’ve been working hard!
How dirty IS my hair? You ask. Well, two weeks ago this evening I left for Paris—and I had no time to do my hair—it was dirty two weeks ago. Then Oona was home last weekend and I had no time to do my hair. Trust me, my hair (or the hair that I actually still have) is so porous and dry and coarse that it takes forever just to wash and set and let it dry. ( Yes. I do the roller set because I will only allow Adam from Bleu Mousse Salon blow my hair out!)
I honestly think that my hair has surpassed the dirty filthy stage and dirt and other elements don’t even want to be in my hair—I’m now repelling filth.
I ended up teasing my hair and putting on a thick headband. I wanted to channel my inner Catherine Deneuve.
At least I tried…but I had skunk stripped hair……
Only thing was that the front was salt and pepper and the back was black. Someone at work actually asked me if I was wearing hair extensions. I had to explain that I needed to do my roots. But I didn’t even care. I was too happy with my outfit.
See what I mean? And THIS is only part of how badly my roots looked!
Rain was falling when I woke up and I didn’t want to wear a skirt or a dress. Jeans weren’t an option because the dress code only allows jeans on Friday. Today is Thursday.
Just WHAT could this little piggy wear on this rainy day?
I opted for my J. Crew Front Zipper Pixie Pants. They are super comfortable and look pretty decent. A heavy turtleneck sweater that I pulled from my closet was not a good choice because even though we are heavily into fall, the November weather is still warm and balmy. And mixed with rain, the weather just doesn’t lend itself well for those bulky but toasty turtlenecks.
A simple and safe and classic outfit. And comfy to boot!
Instead, I opted for a sweater that I purchased last year at J. Crew. The sweater is light enough to wear on a warm day and isn’t bulky. I also like the zipper detail and was wondering why I never wear the sweater much.
I wanted a bit of bling and wore a subtle statement necklace also from J. Crew.
Look to the left hand side of the pic, see the zipper on the sweater? It just makes the sweater different and not boring! And the necklace is just a bit of bling on a dreary day!
On my feet, I decided on my well-worn Tory Burch Black Reva flats. The inside lining has completely worn out and the shoes are just about falling apart, but they are comfy and great for walking across a puddle-strewn parking lot.
But the best thing about my outfit was the coat.
The coat looks somewhat raggedy on the hanger..but it changes when I put it on!
The coat is probably my favorite piece of clothing in my wardrobe.
I stole it from Bonaparte. It belonged to his uncle, Yves. The coat is at least 45 years old.
It is an orangey-brown, almost terra cotta raincoat. The fabric is a water-repellent ultra-suede. The coat is shapeless but the fabric drapes so nicely when worn.
I’ve rolled the sleeves up slightly.
When I wear this coat, I feel as though I am in a cocoon. I feel warm and comfy. I’ve worn this coat for the past ten fall-into-winter-into-springs. This coat has a history. It was made in France and has been worn in Paris and throughout Europe. It’s been worn to film premieres and parties. It has been worn on happy occasions and sad occasions.
The coat made its way to America. To New York and now it is in Pennsylvania. It was worn by two men and now it is worn by a woman.
It is my “magic” coat because no matter how filthy my hair may be. No matter how badly my roots need to be colored. No matter how my weight fluctuates or whether I’m wearing ten-dollar jeans from Forever 21 or expensive jeans from J. Crew or Gap, this coat always makes me feel like a million dollars.
This picture does no justice to what the coat really looks like when it is on me. I wish I had the ability to take pics of me in clothing the way those OTHER bloggers do! LOL!
And despite my dirty hair and my nails that needed a manicure and my little feetsies that needed a pedicure, this little piggy felt like a million bucks today!
Do you have a special article of clothing that makes you feel like a million bucks? Well, you know what? I think you need to wear that particular item tomorrow and I think you need to leave your home feeling like a million bucks—every day!
Tonight I leave you with a song that just makes me happy every time I hear it “Himalaya” by French singer C. Jerome. I’m a sucker for bagpipes and this song’s got ’em! XOXOXOXO!
Love your magic coat. The colour suits you.
I understand about magic clothes. I have a button down, sort of lumberjack, flannel shirt of my father. It’s way too big but so soft and enveloping. I wear it over t-shirts or thin sweaters. I’m guessing the shirt is around 30 years old.
Nice outfit…but I love the piggy’s boots the best.
Hey, nice outfit! It’s wonderful that you found one that makes you feel so great. I don’t really have one specific set of clothes that works quite that well for me. About the closest thing I can think of is that I like wearing anything dark green, for some reason. The color just relaxes me. I realize there’s a good chance of that sounding a little odd. Perhaps I have an undiagnosed Robin Hood complex.
YOU ARE THE BEST!!! I just adore you. Thank you for always making my day.
Thank you Paula!!! YOU just made MY day! XOXOXO!!
Had to listen on YouTube, but that sure is a snappy little piece. Didn’t even care that I couldn’t understand the words! I have a favorite flannel shirt that was Drollery’s years ago. I wore it and wore, then it got pretty raggedly so I don’t wear it out in public any more. NOW I use is as a short bathrobe! The neighbors see me wander out to the car with him every morning when he’s going to work. I love the colors. Jewel tones, like the Victorian era.
I have a black cardigan that I would wear every day.
Great post and love the little babe in the wellies, so cute! 😉
I’m so glad that you enjoyed the post!! Isn’t that little bootied piggy the cutest thing on earth???? XOXOXOXO!!