Yes, it has finally happened. A few weeks ago, I left my
glorious thirties to move on to bigger and better, and well, older
things in life.
Just a decade ago, I was frantically planning my wedding and the
thought of turning 40 someday wasn't really on my radar. So now I
sit pondering those deeper thoughts like, what do I want to
accomplish in the next ten years? What do I want my children to
accomplish in the next ten years? What will life look like at 50?
And in spite of all that, the most pressing issue I face, honestly,
is what on earth do I wear now that I've reached the big
I've never been a Fashionista, but do have a taste for the finer
threads in life. Trends are something I rarely follow, unless I
really feel drawn to them. I have a soft spot for Italian shoes and
unique handbags, and am always on the look-out for a good
And since I became a Mama 6 1/2 years ago, what little fashion
priority I had has dissipated into thin air. On many days, I could
be the shining star of the show "What Not to Wear". Though to my
own credit, this is not based on a lack of fashion sense, but
laziness, kids needs coming first, and downright practicality.
Now I have added the age issue to the Mama issue, and instead of
death-by-fashion, I have decided to create a plan. A
fashion-over-forty-for-me plan. Here are my priorities: classic
over trend, bargain over breaking the bank, age appropriate and
most of all mother-proof. In other words, I'm thinking
of opening a new clothing store that offers all of this and
more: "Forever - Forty". Because I have no
desire to look or dress like I am Forever Twenty -
One. It makes me squirm when I see women don the latest
teen fashion as though they actually look good in
it. And even if by some twist of fate they have the body
for it, it still just looks wrong to dress like someone that could
be your daughter, or niece. Maybe I'm just too old
school, but I want to look good, feel good, and be dressed
appropriately fun for my age at any given point in my future.
The only thing left is to convince my husband I need a clothing
allowance to make this wardrobe wish come true. Maybe I
will bribe him with some his-and-hers shopping where we both get to
buy new things for ourselves, not the kids like we usually
do. So wish me luck on my new fashion-venture, and if I
ever really open the store, you'll be the first to know.
See more of Heather's stories here.
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