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A Klutz’s Guide to Wearing White

By August 19, 2016 Style
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klutz (google definition)

noun

North American informal

noun: klutz; plural noun: klutzes

  1. a clumsy, awkward, or foolish person.

 

White is crisp and classic, can be dreamy or sophisticated and looks and feels super cool and when worn in summer.  But for some of us, it turns every plate of food into a minefield…that may have been the case for me:

-A few years ago, when I was moving from a team-based job to a more solitary role, the first thing my team-mate said to me was “But who will bring you extra napkins when you spill food on yourself every day?”

-I once had to change clothes halfway through the work day because my skirt was so badly stained after an entire plate of Morrocan stew “jumped” onto my lap (or maybe someone bumped me.  I don’t remember.)

-When there were plenty of chairs but not enough space around the lunch table at, people would part like the Red Sea to give me a space at the table. For their own safety.

-Remember when everyone was wearing those T-shirts in the late nineties that said “Actress in Training?” Someone took a stained T-shirt of mine and had “Eater in Training” printed on it.

So yeah.  You could say I was fairly qualified as a klutz.  But those days are over. Really. And I will share my secrets with you, so that you too can wear white without looking like a four-year old used you as a hand-towel after a day of finger-painting. 

 

My Tips for Getting Through The Day in White Clothing:

  1. If you are wearing white pants/skirt/a dress, watch where you sit…
  2. When eating sitting down: bring your chair extra close to the table so any food you drop falls back onto your plate rather than onto your lap. Put a napkin in your lap just in case.
  3. When ordering, it might be best to avoid spaghetti in tomato sauce, ribs etc… anything with a high splash and/or stain factor is asking for trouble.
  4. Sitting and eating without a table with your plate on your lap is probably the riskiest position. If you can’t avoid this, cover your lap with napkins and hold your plate up when you take a bite.   
  5. When eating standing up, use a napkin and bend forwards slightly and elegantly when you take a bite so anything you drop falls to the floor without streaking down the entire length of your outfit. Just slightly.  Bend too much and you will look ridiculous/like you have gas.
  6. When you wear something white, make it an outfit you love. Trust me, you will be more careful.

Now excuse me, I just have to wipe up this coffee I spilled on the keyboard…

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First appeared on nzgirl.co.nz

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By August 14, 2016 Lookbook, Style
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Today’s weekend look: Cashmere blend knit top and necklace from Decjuba, boots from Overland, Jeans from Esprit.

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Boyfriend Pants…If Steve Urkel Was Your Guy

By August 8, 2016 Style
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So when boyfriend pants became popular a few years ago, I thought they looked great.  Casual, comfortable, had that oh-so-cool “just-thrown-on” look.   I eagerly bought two pairs online. One grey and one blue, carefully following the fitting measurments on the site to find the correct size.

When they arrived, the low-slung pants certainly were not too tight nor did they fall off my hips because they were too big.  Yet they somehow they looked so baggy I looked like a hobbit drowning in a mire of material.  So they sat, unworn in the depths  of my closet, only to pop out to remind me of my online foolishness whenever I delved into the deep for something to wear.

Recently, in a fit of decluttering I pruned piles out my wardrobe.  Anything that was not worn in the last year went.  I was ruthless.  But those two pairs of unworn pants…I was determined to make them work. Maybe I could take them in myself.  I tried pulling, rolling, tucking….no, no, no! Um….with the help of a belt…hitching? Seriously, why was I trying to emulate a 90s nerd…urkellayout

But on a second glance, maybe it wasn’t so bad?  Why not go the full-geek with stripes and nerd glasses, or a multi-coloured relic cardigan from the eighties?

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OK as much as I love the Urkel, what say I don’t feel like going out looking like an early-nineties caricature or a “Where’s Wally” cartoon?  Maybe an feminine peplum top and ultra-high, floral-print stilettos will counter-balance the flood-water slacks?

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But I don’t know, then again, he did high heels too…

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Think-Outwards-Thursday #1: Starting small and local…

By August 3, 2016 Helping Others
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It was last  Thursday (I have been a bit slow putting up this post) that was one month since my mother passed away from cancer.

She was the most welcoming, giving person and even when she was sick she was always thinking hard about how she could help and comfort other people instead of the other way around. So I have decided start Thursday of each month “Think-Outwards-Thursday” in her memory, which will feature several times per year.

If things are going really well, this will be a reminder to look outside of my own life and find a way to share what I have.  And at other times, no matter how difficult or sad life can be, to remember that I am not alone in these experiences and in fact there are many people who are worse off.

So this week I am going to start small and local by choosing 3 things I can do for people around me.  I plan to:

 

  1. Go out of my way to help someone just because I can
  2. Reach out to someone going through a difficult time or just having a bad day
  3. Cook dinner for someone outside my household

 

If you would like to join me for “Think Outwards Thursday” I would love for you to share in the comments the three things you plan to do!

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