It's been quite the couple of weeks here. I released a new book: Superhero in Superior, the second book in the Nora Hill Mysteries.
I've been sick with some sort of mystery illness that makes it impossible for me to do anything other than drink Vernor's and binge watch BBC mini
series on Netflix between naps.
And last week I broke every fashion rule I've set for myself and those around me.
I bought purple leggings.
Here's how this went: Because I've invited everyone in the world to more Partylite parties than I can count I get invited to a lot of in home parties. A LOT of parties.
Seriously...I get invited A LOT.
It's a normal thing, I get it. I invite, people come, they shop, I benefit with free candle stuff. In turn, they have a party, they invite me and fully expect me to show up and shop so they can benefit. It's how those in home parties work.
So when an adorable daughter of a church friend of mine bounded up to me wearing THE MOST ADORABLE piano keys leggings, and invited me to a Lula roe party, how could I say no? Besides, the young lady said, "It's fun clothes and I know you're fun, and you'll love these!"
How can I turn down an invite when I'm told I'm fun? My kids don't tell me that. Sometimes it's all about the ego!
So last week Friday I headed off to the party. Hubby came along because, well, my friend lives out in the country and I can never find the driveway in the dark. We weren't alone. When we got there, it was clear that a lot of the women couldn't find the driveway in the dark, given how many husbands where in the dining room.
Lula roe, if you're not familiar, is an in home clothing company that is all about comfort. With sizes for children as well as fluffy girls like me, I have to admit there was a lot of cute stuff there. We walked around the various rooms of the house where the clothes were displayed, chatting with friends and acquaintances along the way. As in home parties go, this one was great!
"Sarah, aren't you going to get some cool leggings?"
Now, I can see how my church friends might think I'd be all in when it came to leggings with splashy flowers and prints. I mean. I have pink hair. How can I not get excited about loud clothes?
Regular readers will know, however, that my fashion rules for myself and others include this: NO PANTS for adults should be any color other than black, blue, all shades of brown, and grey. White is allowed only rarely and then only on women over 60. And leggings should never, ever be worn as pants by anyone over the age of 9.
And yet, here I was. after some cajoling, walking up the stairs to try on (and thereby breaking another fashion rule for myself, "Never try clothes on anywhere but at home") a pair of leggings that were ORANGE and had big, bright triangles all over.
Worse yet, I put the leggings on, put on a long gray top, and emerged to model for my friends. (Breaking yet another rule, "Don't model clothes for anyone but Hubby and Peaches and if they say it looks good wear it.")
From the base of the stairs, all the women in the room cheered! "They look SO CUTE ON YOU!"
(This from a group of women who, by the way, did NOT buy any leggings for themselves. Except for Kirsti, who looks fantastic in leggings and who can wear a maxi skirt upside down as a full on halter dress. She's just awesome in fashion.)
I was unsure, and normally I would have called Peaches up to make me see sense. But Peaches was working. So I had Hubby look at them. All he said was, "I like orange, but I don't like big patterns."
Okay, I put the leggings away. But then....
"How about these? The pattern's not that big!"
Purple, with yellow flowers.
I tried them on. Everyone cheered about how cute they were. Ever the people pleaser, I bought them.
I got home and the next morning I explained to Peaches about the party and the leggings.
"Mom, you bought leggings? For yourself?"
I showed them to her.
"Oh mom...you're not eight."
(This is funny because when she's shows me clothes I say, "Oh Peaches, you're not 22." I've been saying this since she was 12.)
And so, I decided I had to return the leggings. I couldn't were them, I'd never get the idea out of my head that I looked like a second grader.
But, lucky me! Kirsti asked about the leggings Monday at choir rehearsal. I told her my issues. She said she wanted to buy them from me. After a bit of friendly haggling over Face Book this week we agreed on a price and tonight I will be, once again, legging-less.
The moral of the story, kids, is that peer pressure is a real thing. Those after school specials told the truth! You have to be careful and be strong, otherwise you might find yourself owning a pair of purple leggings. That or, you know, you'll have a drinking problem or start smoking or something. It's all peer pressure.
The cruel thing is, Kirsti is going to wear them and look like a super model in them.
But she's got normal colored hair, so it's a trade off, I guess.
Meanwhile, enjoy your weekend. I'm off to do a craft fair where I will be signing and selling Superhero in Superior. Stop on by....10025 W. North Avenue, Wauwatosa. Saturday, November 19, 10-2 Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. I
I'll be the one with pink hair and regular pants.
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