As the year draws to a close, I am finding things at work are not winding up but instead, ramping up. To be honest, not having taken any holidays this year has been difficult (and possibly a bit detrimental to my health and well-being). I feel like I am running out of puff (or, quite frankly, that I have already run out of puff) and yet there is so much happening in the workplace right now, so resting on my laurels is not an option.
So what are the little things I can do every day to make myself feel better? Apart from:
1. Finding the funny, lighter side in situations that threaten to consume me;
2. Cuddling our fur-baby, Lily, every opportunity I get (and trust me, you have never felt fur as soft and silken and luxurious as hers, or snuggled a cat as beautiful as she*);
3. Surrounding myself with my favourite people, at work, at home (God love my patient, strong husband), in social settings; and
4. Eating well, gently exercising and making time for me;
I can wear something sophisticated or cheerful, because when you feel you look good, the flow-on effect is manifold.
So on Tuesday, I donned a recent yoox purchase of mine, this easy and oh-so-functional cropped white cotton sweater by Snobby Sheep (sold out, but you can find more here). Made it Italy and retailing for more than $200, I purchased it for only US$26. I paired it with this gorgeous pencil skirt by Diane von Furstenberg – called the “Samara tailor“, it is made from a thick, stretchy viscose blend and has an invisible zip vent up the back. It is a proper pencil skirt: high waisted; tapers at the knee; fitted; makes you walk with a little wiggle 😉 It makes me feel very womanly (and as a consequence, sexy… albeit office-appropriate sexy, of course!). I bought it from eBay for $39 – it retailed for over $380.
I wore my new Pedro Garcia ‘Paola’ chocolate suede booties, as the dark brown hue is far more flattering to the ensemble than a black shoe. I also need quite a vertiginous heel when wearing this skirt – as I am not 6 feet tall, a pencil skirt always requires a heel to elongate the leg and add polish. Pedro Garcia shoes are made in Spain with leather lined, moulded cork footbeds, making them incredibly comfortable under foot. I have numerous Pedro Garcia shoes (heels and flats) as they wear so beautifully and are quirkily chic. You can buy the ‘Paola’ style here and here.
I may not have conquered the world in this outfit but I did feel so much better in it. And isn’t that just about the same thing?
*NB: This is not a biased opinion.