Sunday, 13 April 2014

Date Night

Sometimes you decide on the spur of the moment to go out for a casual dinner with your son.  You really want to spend time with him, though you are exhausted and look less than your best, which means unwashed and strangely styled hair.  You are dressed in something only one step up from sweats so you must change, but the cold grey weather and feeling tired and thinking, this is just my son who already loves me no matter what I look like, all  make you decided against a skirt which is what you would typically wear going out.

You pull on a clean pair of jeans and one of your many navy blue sweaters.  That's the easy part.  Your hair has weird lumps so maybe a hat is a good idea.


 No a hat is not a good idea and not even your famous Half-Angelina pose can save it. You try your favourite pair of shoes which for some reason you almost never get to wear, probably because they have higher heels than you typically wear.


You kind of like the look but feel it might be too contrived and too predictable in that fancy shoes with jeans sort of way which you feel you can't pull off.  You've tried flats.  The brown loafers somehow didn't appeal and black ballet flats aren't doing much for you either.  It's cold and you realise you need some sort of jacket but don't want to wear black so you pull out your favourite multi-coloured hoodie.


 Okay, now the shoes really feel wrong and so you grab the booties you may or may not have made a mistake in purchasing, which is a whole other post, and you give your very best Justin Bieber- badass -teenaged boy -I don't give a shit pose.


 Wait a minute.  Do you even look as much like a girl as good ol' JB?  You grab your fringed handbag and decide you don't give a feck, you just want to go out and see your son.  And off you go, grabbing your green scarf on the way.


27 comments:

  1. Great pics and style, Shawna! Those boots a super sweet! :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Tina. Sometimes I think the casual looks are more challenging than dressing up a bit.
      xo

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  2. Hope you and your son had a lovely evening x

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    1. We did have a great time. I love hanging out with him.
      xo

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  3. LOL ... I'd have given up, stayed in my pyjamas and ordered a take away.
    xx

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    1. LOL-well I am home a lot so I do like a chance to get out. There were one or two other things I had to go out and do so I called up my son and said let's go and get dinner. :-)
      xo

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  4. Looove that hoodie! Given me creative ideas :-) when you're not feeling the best, nothing looks right I imagine. Glad you managed some time out with your gorgeous boy. I think the look you chose was the stylishest

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  5. Thank you, Jazz. We had a great time. I love that hoodie too. I've had it for several years and it's still a favourite. Strangers comment on it when I wear it out.

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  6. You look like the coolest Mom! I like this outfit in all its iterations.

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  7. Thanks! I like your new avatar! I was thinking like a mum because after I put the hat on I thought, no I can't tell my son that I can wear a hat in the restaurant and he can't. That's just not fair. Then I thought, he's an adult now so I wouldn't say anything anyhow. And then I thought, oh damn I think too much.

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  8. Casual is super-challenging - I find jeans difficult to get just right. Love the boots.

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    1. Causal looks are definitely more challenging, and so are the bare (read as needs shaving) legs that come with spring weather.
      xo

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  9. Casual dinner? Son? I've never done either - unless you count pizza with one of the cats looking at me. Either way you look perfectly put together and cool. Hope you had a good night. x

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    1. When I have pizza I eat it in bed wearing pyjamas and the cat eats the bits of red pepper that are left behind on my plate.
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  10. oh shawna - i know this days when only a burca seems appropriate.
    in the past i did it like you and felt even more miserable once out on the street. so i have some "bullet proof" outfits (put together on a fine day) ready in the closet which i can put on with closed eyes but look fab and lift my mood when i catch a glimpse in a shop window....
    btw - love the hat on you, you look young and fresh with!

    xxxx

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    1. I want my burqa to be purple paisley though I'm sure I would still have trouble deciding which boots to wear with it! My bullet proof outfits are skirts and sweaters in winter but in warmer weather when I must abandon the tights there is always that issue of my legs needing shaving. Such a pain!
      xo

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  11. Hahaha, your half Angelina pose is awesome, sexy vibe! :D I think the four pair of shoes look awesome :D I liked the first, the second, third and fourth! Especially the first loafers, they're really pretty! And I loved the hat, why did you take it awaaay, sniff!
    The cherry on the cake is that hoodie though! It's an amazing original piece, I want to snatch it :D

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    1. I actually love that hat too and it's so easy to knit, which is good for a novice knitter like myself. I'm going to knit more of them I think. It's the same one I'm wearing in my profile picture. It can be worn with the brim down or rolled up.
      xo

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  12. Were you inside my head? I've been there a million times before and probably will again.I would go with the first one though! But I like your approach ,very simillar to mine! Thans for visiting my blog.

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    1. Sometimes in order to escape my own head I must visit the heads of other people! ;-)
      There seem to be a few votes for that first one. My hat is popular!

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  13. You look like every other single person on the Island! LOL This is called "the Island uniform" I think : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. LOL-well I am certainly an island girl. I would look very peculiar if you plopped me down in New York.
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  14. I enjoy your storytelling, Shawna! And that is such a fun hoodie - no wonder it's your favorite! I am so glad that you had a nice outing with your son. He sounds like a total sweetie. I hope food was good too! ;)

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  15. My son is definitely a sweetie. I love his company and chatting with him about pretty much anything. The food was very good. It's a nice little family owned and run Italian restaurant and always a good experience.
    LOL-I'm glad you picked up on that as a story. Fun to experiment with writing in the second person, which is rather a peculiar thing to do. One of my favourite authors, Tom Robbins, wrote a whole novel that way.
    xo

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  16. This rings very true with me as something of the process I go through when getting dressed. Usually ends up with a giant pile of clothes on the bed that I (sigh) have to deal with when I get back.

    The blog helps, though! After you get a backlog of outfits, you will be able to go back and reference yourself and pull premade outfits out. :D

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    1. I once thought I should take a ton of photos and pin them all over the wall in my closet and then I thought no, I will die and someone will see this and think I am some sort of major narcissist. I think some people do this on pinterest. That makes sense but I'd be inclined to want to make it private so others can't view it. I don't know if that can be done or not.

      I think there are pre made outfits in my head and part of the goal is to get brave and step away from them. However some days are made for the comfort of a familiar outfit!
      So glad you dropped by!

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  17. I exactly know THIS feeling!!! Have it all the time! ;))))
    Very lovely casual outfit.. I love all your shoes! :)

    have a gorgeous weekend
    Dana :)
    http://danalovesfashionandmusic.blogspot.de/

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