It's been awhile. Nearly three years, to be exact. I've had lot of...personal stuff happen in that time, although that's not why I stopped blogging. I think I was a little tapped out in more ways than one, and having left New York, I didn't feel the need to work work work work work all the time. I needed a break, so I took one.
But speaking of work, I've been thinking a lot lately about what I'm doing (which I enjoy) and where I'm going (god only knows) and whether I've found my purpose in life (um...). You see, I'm turning 40 in approximately six months, I'm halfway through my career, and I'm having all kinds of existential crises, including should I get bangs? So a few weeks ago, Cheryl Wischhover (who is awesome not only because she's named Cheryl but because she's also from Chicago and a great writer) wrote this story on Racked about how watching Younger made her realize that, as a fortysomething woman, she has no idea what to wear anymore. And just like that, I had an epiphany.
I don't know what to wear anymore either. Parts of my body have shifted to different places, and I haven't even had any kids. Skirts are too short, heels are too high, and too many things just make me look like I'm trying too hard. Lace and ruffles look childish, too much distressing looks teen-angsty, and let's not even talk about crop tops or cutouts. That said, I'm not yet ready for linen tunics, elastic waistbands, and statement jackets. To paraphrase Other Cheryl, what do you wear when you're too old for Forever 21 but too young for Chico's?
I'm back to answer that question. I'm going to shop my heart out, try stuff on, put together outfits, make my poor boyfriend photograph me in them (bless his heart), and hopefully provide you with ideas and inspiration. I'm not going to tell you what not to wear, but rather show you what I feel good wearing. Hopefully you won't tell me I look like a cow. While I'm at it, I'll also tackle health, beauty, and general life stuff happening to women our age, because if Gwyneth Paltrow can do it, so can I.
So, should I get bangs?