How do you do it?

“How do you do it?”  I get asked that all the time.  It’s not as if I execute miracles on a daily basis, run marathons or any Nobel worthy tasks.   What I can do is make things look really easy from the outside when inside I’m usually a disorganized mess bordering on manic.

Usually I get the comment most often regarding about being dressed.  It’s nothing special.  We all do it every day.  Apparently with the shopping event, the online e-mag, the new boutique plus three boys and a new puppy, people expect me to be naked….???

I’m no thrift shopper.  I’d much rather go broke walking into a shop and buying a designer dress that is guaranteed to fit rather than search thrift stores in an attempt to throw together some amazingly odd but fabulous outfit no one else has. (to see someone who can do that visit ( )  I do not have the time.  I don’t even have time to raid my own closet and remix new outfits.  The result of which could be spectacular considering it’s quite possible I have a few items left from the 70’s and 80’s mixed in with some H&M, Diane Von Furstenburg among others at opposite ends of the fashion budget spectrum.

So here is my secret.

Are you ready for it?

It’s quite simple.



Distraction.  Yep, that’s it.  Today my only clean pair of jeans that don’t make me look wider in the hips than I am are skinny jeans from Macys circa early 200_ something.  My shirt is none other than a brainless burnout shirt of which I’m so tired of seeing but can’t bring myself to throw out.  At least it has a sort of pattern reminiscent of old fashion wallpaper to give it character. 😉

It’s “fall on your butt” icy wet cold outside so my boots are black slouchy with about 1 1/2 inch heel.  I’ve managed a quick shower today but haven’t done hair – again due to the weather, why bother?

How do I distract from this hot mess?  Put on a crazy ruffle-trim jacket/cardigan that is a fabulous eggplant color.  It’s not a length I’d normally recommend for a shorty like me, but I couldn’t resist the explosion of ruffles.  I should have a jacket like this in a shorter length.   Or wear this with a little black dress.

So do as I say, not as I do.  But on hot mess days, just create a distraction and own it.  People will be too perplexed to question you 😉

Now you know.  More ramblings to be expected if the snow day threat comes to fruition.

(I’m totally going to go change my clothes)