Well after a pretty depressing blogging weekend, and too many comments from people telling me I made them cry, I decided a good fun post was in order. And thankfully, Monday in Darwin was a public holiday in Darwin, due to race day, which provided me the perfect opportunity.
If you read my last post, you would know that Saturday wasn’t the best day for me. I was feeling kind of down, and really needed some time on my own. So with the Public Holiday, Boatman said I could go out and he would watch the kids.
But what to do?
I didn’t really want to go out with anyone, because I just wanted some time to myself. And the thought of just going and sitting somewhere and having a coffee kind of bored me. I love shopping, but really had nothing I needed, or any money to spend.
But Sunday night I read a post by Lil, from Going Left,, where she linked to this website, Birdsnest, where you could shop for clothes depending on your shape or style. I discovered two things.
1.) I really have no idea how to describe my body shape. I’m not pear, but I could be. I’m thin, but not really petite. I am small chested, that I do know, and my head is the right size for my body. (I think.)
2.) I have no idea what my ‘style,’ is. According to this website, all the styles I thought I would like, looked too complicated for my laid-back Darwin self. And despite it being the name for the clothes I did like, I wouldn’t really describe my fashion sense as ‘playful.’ (Because I have four kids and I dress for comfort, practicability, and the weather. Which is hot.)
Then I remembered that as a teenager, when my friends and I had no money to buy clothes, we would go into the dressing rooms with the most disgusting outfits we could find, and show each other.
Well I couldn’t do that, cause I was shopping by myself, and I’m far too mature now anyway (cough, cough) so I decided to do the next best thing. A blogging sponsored shopping trip, in which I tried on different styles of outfits, took photos, and then wrote about them later.
So…..this is the Many Styles of Jess.
This is me at home, in my very messy bathroom (I have four kids don’t judge me), all ready to go out. This is what I would wear on a typical day.
So of course I get to the shops at about 9:30, and because it is a public holiday, nothing opens till ten, except for Big W and K Mart. I considered doing a ‘Budget Jess,’ style, but that’s not so different so instead…
Can I just say that trying on Maternity Clothes is the best way to start a shopping trip, because everything is big and it is a great self esteem boost.
I did feel a bit silly carrying a kids ball in to the change room though.
After this, things were still closed, so I walked up to Woolies, and bought myself my very favorite Pauls Lite Iced Coffee.
And this is what I sat on while I was drinking it.
Scary one eyed Thomas. And it didn’t feel weird because I have four kids, and hanging out by the two dollar rides is really quite homey to me.
Finally some shops opened. My first stop was some weird hippy shop with lots of tie dye, and flowing skirts.
After this, I walked past a hunting shop (which I would have loved to try on, but there were no change rooms and there is only so much I can do without any shame.) So I wandered into a surf shop and found this.
I really have no idea what you would do with this, but it seemed fun.
Then I decided to pretend I was a sixteen year old with cool, grungy jeans, who lived somewhere a lot colder than Darwin.
Although this outfit could be worn by someone older than a high school student, if you have ever had kids, forget about getting the zipper up. All positive skinny feelings from baggy maternity clothes dissapeard with the pair of size 10 jeans, that I’m sure were actually a minus 2.
Which is a bugger cause I really liked them.
Needing a self esteem boost, I headed into Lorna Jane, which is my most favourite shop, and went straight to the discount rack (which is my most favorite rack.)
I came up with this.
I love LJ clothes so much. They always make me feel skinny.
Next it was off to some girly looking store I’ve never been in before, and after looking at the price tags, I realized why. In honor of the Darwin Cup, I was going for a Spring Race theme, but couldn’t smuggle a fascinator into the change rooms, so instead it was just a dress.
I decided that not only do I have inadequate funds for this particular number, I also don’t have the boobs.
From one expensive shop to the next, and I decided to pretend I am some high paid executive, instead of the rangler of four small children, who lives in a house where mess is part of the decor.
Clothes like this, could almost inspire me to go back to work.
After a hard day at the office, one needs to relax at home with a glass of wine, and some comfortable PJ’s
Is it just me, or could you totally wear this out?
By this point I was kind of running out of steam. There is only so many clothing changes one can actually take, and so I decided to visit one last shop, and find the craziest thing I could.
Have to admit, after this, I would totally wear this fluffy vest if the weather was cool enough.
And the Jeans were awesome if they were one size bigger and did not show my muffin top.
So I had an iced coffee, tried on a bunch of clothes, got new blogging fodder, and enjoyed some time out, which made the morning a great success.
And if you’re wondering if I actually bought anything, I did. The outfit from Lorna Jane, and the Hippy top cause it was half price, and I actually kind of liked it, and the lady convinced me it would go great with jeans. (Also some coat hangers for the kids, because I have four children who have just had birthdays, and they needed some new ones.)
My purchases, of course, left me with one final style; begging my husband for forgiveness for buying stuff.
But after all that, I still don’t know, which ‘style,’ I am, so tell me.
Which Jess is Best?
And which one would you wear? What’s your style?