If you are fortunate (or maybe unfortunate) enough to know me, you will know that when you say to me "Are you looking forward to your trip to Europe?" I will say "Yes, but I am stressed because I have so much to do!" When you ask me what I have to do, I will tell you that I have to organise some day tours in Paris, work out our London itinerary and buy some bits and pieces. I then get a funny look as it doesn't seem like I have that much to do.
My main issue is clothing. I need new clothes. And not a few. I need lots. The only issue with losing weight is that you generally don't fit into your old clothes. As I've dropped 9kg on the 12WBT, I've dropped a dress size or two. As I dropped weight over spring and summer, all of my winter clothes don't fit and I haven't replaced them as the weather was warm and I didn't need them. Even my skinny leg jeans look like a relaxed fit pair of jeans, which isn't the look I am going for (and they look baggy around my butt).
Whilst B and I are going to Europe over spring and summer, Europe is a little similar to Australia at the moment where the seasons have gone a little pear-shaped. In Australia it is autumn and its still nice and warm - it'll be 25 degrees tomorrow. In London it's spring and its cold - it'll be 12 degrees tomorrow, which is freezing for me. So, I really do need winter clothes.
So you are probably thinking - What is your issue? It's every woman's dream to go on a huge shopping trip. Well, I find it hard to buy clothes. Wait, I'll rephrase that. I find it hard to buy causal clothes. I feel like I have no style and I look like a dork.
I find it so easy to buy clothes for the gym and exercising. I think I have a pretty good collection of tops, shorts and leggings. I also love having bright coloured runners!
And I am really good at finding pretty dresses for events.
I also find buying work clothes easy, with the exception of pants (I don't like wide legged pants). Oh, and I don't have many photos of me in my work clothes, so I thought I would just chuck in some photos of me being silly at work - I love wearing site boots and skirts!
But casual everyday clothes just stump me. I can walk around the shops for hours and I can't find anything I like. I know that I am picky. See, I don't mind paying a fair bit of money for my clothes, just as long as I know they are good quality but so much of the clothing in the shops is of a poor quality.
I think that before I lost weight I was in a bit of a rut with my clothes. My uniform pretty much consisted of jeans, a t-shirt and a black cardigan. Or I would wear a black or white long sleeved top. Oh, and if I wanted to jazz it up I would put a scarf on. Hmmmm... that sounds like what I wore to ice skating last weekend!
I suppose my other issue is that after losing weight, I kinda have no idea what is going to look good on me. I there is a little voice inside my head that likes to pipe up when I am looking at clothes, telling me that I shouldn't even bother trying on that jumper as it's only going to make me look fat. I shouldn't listen to that voice but I do.
I think my other problem too is my age. I'm nearly 30. I have no idea where 30 year old women shop. I go into some shops and I feel way too old and I go into other shops and I feel way too young.
At this rate, I will be wearing gym clothes to Europe! I think I really need a personal stylist, who I can pay by buying them lunch, who can find new clothes for me that make me look fantastic and cool!
I have to go clothes shopping on the weekend - if I don't I seriously won't have any clothes for Europe, so I will let you know how I go!