“YOU’VE ALWAYS HAD THE POWER MY DEAR, YOU JUST HAD TO LEARN IT FOR YOURSELF”
Wizard of Oz
The power of shoes, eh?
For Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, they were magical slippers that posessed the ability to send her home to Kansas. For me this week, they’ve had the transformative effect of helping me to feel more glam for the Christmas party season. Let me fill you in…
I was considering writing a blog post entitled ‘My UGG boots are depressing me!’ But as I prefer to focus on the positive, however small rather than the negative, however big, I rejected that idea. But there is an element of truth in it all. Since the weather has turned cold and damp and I have the daily shuffle to school for kid duty, I have been reaching for my warm UGG boots, a woolly jumper and leggings and a big winter coat to throw over, so I feel toasty when out there standing around until the teacher opens the doors. It is all very practical and appropriate for this cold weather but the clothes do nothing to help me feel good. You can’t see my hourglass shape under all those layers and as for feeling sexy… no chance!
Day after day of dressing this way has had an effect on my mood. It’s just like the summer when I was at college doing my ‘A’ Levels and I took a part time job at Boots The Chemist to earn some cash. I was provided with a uniform to wear and whilst smart and appropriate for the job, it had the effect of making me feel less ‘me’. There was nothing different or unique about me next to my other colleagues who wore the same attire, and for a person who loves to express herself through fashion, it was a mood killer. At the end of the summer I packed in my job and hot footed it down to London to take up my place at The London College of Fashion to study Fashion Journalism and Promotion where I could express myself as visually as I pleased!
So this week I have taken to wearing my Winsome Shoes in black glitter by Hotter. They are a classic with a twist – just like me! In the photo above I was inspired by Dorothy and her ruby slippers to wear them with my jeans and pose ‘Wizard of Oz’ style! Then, when I was out for a Christmas meal I teamed them with a vintage style black dress for a glam look.
It’s so easy when you work from home to just wear what is comfortable and warm rather than something that will put a spring in your step and make you feel good. You reason that no-one will see you anyway so what is the point? But I have had to remind myself that the point is to do it for me. I will see myself and I know I will feel better if I look better. I have to remember that – as L’Oreal girls say, “I’m worth it!” So if you see me glammed up on the school run, don’t wonder where I’m off to… The answer is probably ‘nowhere!’ But decide to go get glammed up yourself. We don’t need an excuse to look good. The power is within us… we just have to learn it for ourselves.