Happy day, reader dear!
2020 is winding down, and depending on how you feel, 2021 is either looming or filled with promise. I’m not taking sides. I’m a both/and kind of believer. If you’ve been with me a while, you already know that! Thank you for returning!
If this is your first visit, Welcome! It’s lovely to have you Chez Closet Play. I hope we can get to know each other better!
If you don’t already know me, you need to know that I’m all about learning experiences. (Even the AFGO’s.) So… To prevent 2020 from being a total style washout, I decided to look back and see if I could find any style lessons that 2020 has taught me. Lo, and behold, I found a few! Yes, some are silly, some not so much…
False lashes are life changing!
Drumroll, please! 2020 is the year I learned to apply false lashes without gluing my eyelids open. Yes. I did. Well, only ONE eyelid. AND laughed really hard at myself… Pee your pants kind of laughter. If that’s TMI, I’m sorry.
The main reason I don’t wear false lashes everyday? I don’t keep toothpicks in the bathroom, and going out to the kitchen to get one to apply the glue is often more work than I feel like getting into at 8:00 AM. I’ve already done my readings and quiet time, cleaned my zone AND gone for my run and showered. You want more?
I can go a LOT longer than I thought without a hair cut.
When lockdown came and the salons in our town were closed, I thought, Oh, my goodness… I’m going to lose my mind and take scissors to my own hair. Well, virtual friends, I did neither. Like so many others, I got shaggy and creative. And it was just fine.
Caveat: My hairdresser is AMAZING! It’s rare to find someone whose cut (for short hair) can easily last 6 weeks and still manages to look good far past that. It’s about scissor genius. Hope at Salon Sano. She’s worth driving for. Did I mention she’s a curly cut diva?
Addendum: You cannot imagine how glad I am that I decided to take the grey leap years ago! Watching oodles of women freak out about grey roots on social media was amusing… (If you were one of them, I’m sorry, but I did chuckle at your expense. I hope you can forgive me.)
I’m nicer when I like my outfit.
Yes, you’ve seen the memes, and they’re true. Clothing has the power to affect our mood. Dressing well is a form of self-care. Seeing so many men and women default into PT gear day and night makes me sad. Not just because I’m an image consultant, but simply as a person watching them slide down the slope into anger, frustration, and depression. When you can’t control almost anything else in your life, you can still control what you put on your body. And that’s POWERFUL!
I choose to use what I wear to support my goals and my mission! Not everyone else makes that choice. #thingsyoucantunsee
I CAN use an entire tube of mascara in three months.
See #1. When you wear false lashes regularly, you go through a LOT more mascara. Partially because you get used to seeing yourself ultra-lashy. Partly because you use mascara to blend your real lashes with the false ones. Thank you to Rachel, the makeup artist, who taught me that one…
And the 2020 reason? Because you go everywhere masked and eye makeup is king this year! Lipstick sales are down dramatically, but eye makeup sales are up more than 200%.
I’ve always been the woman who replaces her mascara every three months. Religiously. Because eye health, people. Until 2020, I had never used up a tube of mascara in that three month period. This year I got my money’s worth from Spring, Summer, and Fall’s mascara purchases!
I’m happy to take a Busman’s Holiday…
No other kind of holiday was happening this year! Taking a themed staycation (Even if I was taking pictures, writing blog posts, and posting on social media) was a fun way to shake up my style! The themed mini-wardrobe part of the Staycation gave me some focus and eliminated a LOT of decisions.
No wonder I like travel packing so much! I’m thinking about heading into 2021 by doing a 10 X 10 for the first half of the month. Hm. That would make it a 10 X 15. Maybe it should be a 15 X 15? It’s been chilly and I’ve been layering…
So How About YOU?
Did you learn anything about Style in 2020? About your style? Do any of these lessons resonate with you? Please share… I love to hear your thoughts!
PS: Don’t forget to replace your mascara! Your eyes AND your eye doctor will love you…