I usually try to dress pretty nicely and present an attractive appearance, but I'd let myself slack during the holidays, and I often don't try to look nice when I'm hanging around at home, so I decided to take on this challenge, hosted by Rachel.
Last night, I spontaneously determined that the "something different" I would try with my hair would be curls. I used to have curls when I was a little tot, but ever since age 7 or so, my hair has been stick straight, and resisted all attempts at curling. I'm a shower-at-night kind of girl in the winter (I hate getting up and taking a shower in the cold, dark mornings) and when I went to bed, my hair was in a just barely not wet stage. I rolled it half-way up in 8 sections, and went to bed.
Success! My hair stayed curly all day, with no hairspray. It looked a little funky around my face, so I pulled it back into two small clips. I usually wear some eye shadow and mascara, but I recently purchased a new eyeliner, and I also put on a little blush today.
My outfit may look a little fancy, but it's not more than what I tend to wear on Mondays anyway. In the morning, I study with my piano teacher, and she always looks so nice that I'm inspired to mimic her style of dressing. It was strangely warm for January today, so I wore a half-sleeve sweater with one of my favorite flowery skirts, tights and my new boots.
After my piano lesson, I did a little shopping at Goodwill (I'm in need of yet another bookcase!) on my way home. Once I got home, I put on an apron and baked a cheesecake and made pasta for the pesto chicken alfredo Mom was making for supper. I felt like a lady from the 50's, working in the kitchen in nice clothes! I usually worry that even if I wear an apron I'll mess up my clothes, but the most dangerous part was washing up the dishes after I finished... I splashed a little water on my boots. And they are fine.
Then Sarah and I ran out a did some more shopping, groceries and gas for my car. It was a long, busy day, and I am exhausted. The curls are showered out now, and I'm lounging around in my sweatpants and t-shirt, with my wet hair in a messy bun, but I really enjoyed feeling nicely put together all day today. I've written before about wearing skirts, and I like that feeling feminine helps me to display a more gentle and quiet spirit. Looking forward to tomorrow!
"but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious."
-1 Peter 3:4