This week we decided to tackle “brights” for Five Take but first I will entertain you with a story of my morning…
Here’s the deal – I’m a klutz. An “I don’t know how that knife slipped”, “Did anyone see that?”, “Oops, sorry about that drink”, “I didn’t mean to do that!”, “Ow, my finger!” klutz.
Good friends have joked that my mother should have made my middle name “Grace” and laughed. For the most part, it is well deserved. Things happen. I drop things, break things but after a while you learn to deal with it, you know? But for the last few years major “incidents” seem to be few and far between. Who are we kidding? I’m not complaining!
Then we have today.
Coat – Apostrophe, Sears
Shirt – Avenue
Skirt – Taillissime
Shoes – Keen Coronado via 6pm.com, $18
Bag – ASOS
Umbrella – Old Navy
I was asked to feed the neighbors cat for the weekend. No big deal. This morning I was walking back home and slipped – no warning. It is weird, usually I can feel myself start to slip or lose traction and manage to keep my balance? Slick sidewalks in San Francisco and the tile floors in BART are a good forum for learning, I guess. Either way, it happened in a split second and I fell onto my knee just as I was about to step off the driveway and into the street.
First thought was, “Ouch.” then a quick glance up and down the street for people or cars. My pride was hurt but thankfully nobody saw! Score. Then again, here I am telling the internet.
But why did it happen? The sun had been out for a few hours, sure the ground was still a little wet. The concrete didn’t have a whole lot of texture but I was wearing my Danksos – you know, thick tread, non-slip. WHAT GIVES UNIVERSE!? I’ve trained myself to walk a little slower in the city – I guess I need to stick to that whenever the ground is wet.
I’m more annoyed that I landed on my knee, instead of my ass – which would have been preferable. I guess when walking down a steep driveway, I should be lucky I didn’t fall on my face. Guess there is always next time…
The morning’s events changed my plans (and outfit) for the day. I decided to keep ice on my knee and do homework because it has become a never ending PILE. By late afternoon, I was fine. You can see the teensy scrape on my knee. Not even a bruise. Yup – all this melodrama for nothing! I expected at least a little bit of purple…
See that little speck of pink on my knee? Yeah, that.
I totally broke my rule about buying things that don’t fit properly when I bought this coat and it’s green twin… cough. Yes, I bought two. And that issue (too small in the stomach) was a minor compromise for great fit elsewhere AND amazing colors. Oh, did I mention it has a hood? A detachable hood. None of my coats have hoods, that was a major selling point.
There are a couple of coats in my closet but honestly – in the winter, particularly when it rains I lust for bright colors. I’ve had terrible luck finding brightly colored coats in my size. My local Sears had a whole rack covered in these coats but only two in a 24/26. I had my heart set on the wonderful cobalt blue but settled for the green. When driving home from my parent’s house on Friday, I decided to stop in Sears and try my luck. There was no plus or women’s section to speak of – save one teensy rack with a bunch of ugly coats… and yes, THE COBALT BLUE COAT THAT I WANTED – IN MY SIZE. I’d say that was pretty lucky! So now I have two.
While I was tempted to go completely technicolor for Five Take, I decided to utilize the bright coat and a few bright accessories with a neutral base – black skirt, cream top. This is very similar to something I might wear to a class – though probably with the shirt tucked in with a belt. Running errands with a “wounded” knee didn’t constitute much effort. The bag is from ASOS – I prefer to carry cross-body styles because it is easier to commute with. Plus they tend to be bigger which means I can shove more crap in them AND carry a camera. Win, win. I picked these shoes up in January to wear for classes and casual outfits. I needed something comfy but kind of cute at the same time.
And of course, we can’t forget my insanely bright umbrella!
So I’m curious – do you like to wear bright colors? What is your favorite?