The weather report suggested we’d be in the mid-80s last Wednesday. It surpassed that prediction and got into the mid-90s.
Two days later it got all the way up to 61 degrees. The rain was coming down so hard as I was heading to a client shopping appointment that I thought I had Dolby theater sound inside my car.
I swear April is scheming every day: “I’ll surprise them tomorrow with some lightening and thunder; wait, how about 90 degrees in the day and then 40 degrees at night; I could stir up some high winds so the pollen flies all over and burns people’s eyes!”
If April were in therapy, the therapist would be probing to get to the bottom of
this erratic behavior.
The Serenity Prayer helps to deal with April
There are some things you just cannot change and April’s disposition is one of them. It brings to mind the Serenity Prayer, which I learned in Al-Anon, a 12-step program. Al-Anon helps family members deal with the predictably unpredictable alcoholic behavior of a loved one (uh, does ‘predictably unpredictable’ sound like any month you know?). The Serenity Prayer is recited in every meeting. Here it is:
God, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
The courage to change the things I can;
And the wisdom to know the difference.
To find fashion sanity, one must accept that April will do what April does; we can’t change it. We can find the courage and creativity to adjust to it one day at a time.
Here’s how I adjusted on Wednesday
I got out summer pants for the first time: a blue-gray stretchy pant by Lior Paris. It’s mostly viscose, some polyamide, and a little elastin. It’s a favorite. It’s lightweight but still can look professional. It came from J. James in Sonoma.
Then I put on a lightweight white cotton tunic blouse, lower in the back than the front. There’s something so classic about a white shirt. I usually like to wear a third piece (jacket, blazer, cardigan, vest, bolero, or jean jacket) to finish an outfit but when it’s hot, I have to get creative.
My Flintstone’s inspired Beauty Bundle
I created a Beauty Bundle that looked light but still had some pep to it. In my thinking, a standout necklace can be the third piece you need in the summer.
A friend gave this necklace to me. I love how it has that Flintstones, pre-historic feel. Don’t you think Fred’s wife, Wilma Flintstone, would wear a necklace like this? Using Wilma as my influential fashion icon, I chose to add an earring that’s very airy. To me it looks like lava. When I write up outfits on my wardrobe charts I always call them my lava earrings.
I searched through my bangles and found one that echoed that organic direction. This bangle looks like marble and it fits into the color scheme.
I decided to go with lighter shoes as well. I wore my AGL patent leather oxfords in this light shade of taupe to finish off my transitional outfit.
We’ve covered a lot here today: April’s erratic behavior, Al-Anon and the Serenity Prayer, the Anatomy of a Transitional Outfit, a Beauty Bundle, and the Flintstones. If it seems like this blog post went all over the place, blame April!