I realized looking through my essays that, really, I only mentioned style/fashion once so far, and everything I read these days pertains to GMOs, food additives, chemicals in our products and earth, and ways to raise a daughter so that she feels she is worth more than her appearance. There is little time to keep up with the latest style trends and fashion shows. I see my priorities have changed.
That does not mean that I have let myself go to the dogs, I still attempt to wear stylish outfits and I never (okay, rarely) leave the house without makeup. Yes, I even wear makeup to the gym. I certainly do no look as glamorous as my friends that stayed in the city though.
I was watching Project Runway the other night, and I do love Project Runway; it’s my only window into fashion these days, and was bombarded with advertisements for nail polish. I can’t remember the last time I wore nail polish, in fact with all the weeding and gardening I do it’s rare for my nails to be clean.
It was my birthday last week and I was feeling a little down about myself, out of shape and out of style, so I committed to improving myself, bettering myself. I just need a little tune up. So, I started working out again (5-10 minutes, it works, ask me how!) and I got up and painted my nails this morning— one step back to my former life.
I am by no means as chic and stylish as I used to be; that was too high maintenance for my life now. I used to wear so much makeup, and such fussy outfits. I am much more understated now, more Audrey Hepburn than Marilyn Monroe these days. I’m okay with it, my priorities have changed and so has my lifestyle.
I feel better when I feel in-style; of course style is subjective, or personal, anyway.
For me, a few key shapes like a puff, flutter or cap sleeve top and an a-line knee-length skirt or dress— and I love knits, but not like the first Project Runway contestant to go home. I love jeans too, it’s easy to fall into that trap, but they always fit properly—that’s essential, to find shapes that fit your body. Baggy and worn out clothes just won’t do. It’s good for your self-esteem to dress nicely and to take care of yourself and your appearance. Sloppy clothes make me feel sloppy. I always blamed the television show Roseanne for the downslide of style on television— and now you have Jersey Shore. Ever since Roseanne aired it seems like one character after another dresses slovenly.
In my journey to keep up my stylish illusion I found some organic nail polish that claims it’s made without the major chemicals, formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate, or DBP, but there isn’t anyway to keep nail polish on without an unnatural binder. Who knows maybe xanthan gum is the secret ingredient! At least it’s better than some, right?
I have tried slowly changing over to more natural makeup, but I still have a long way to go. I would recommend looking at EWG’s Skin Deep for the items you use often. I’ve glanced at the ratings for some of my husband’s toiletries and I don’t know how to break it to him, maybe you can help?
I do think it’s important to limit the toxins we put into and onto our bodies. After all, there are so many chemicals in everything we use, and then we pile one on top of the other.
Did you see the Daily Mail UK’s article on it?
It’s hard trying to find a balance between staying stylish and not getting a toxic overload. I just have to remember to keep looking at style pages too. What are your favorite glamour websites? Here are a few of mine:
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