August 7, 2015
We had a lovely week in mid-June. So lovely, in fact, that I have been sporting a tan for the last month. Unfortunately the lack of natural sunlight (a direct result of there being an almost complete absence of summer in my part of the world) means that my skin is now turning back to its naturally pale state. Naturally pale skin doesn’t work well with the white clothes that I love to wear in summer… and whilst the weather has been rather more “showers” than “sunshine” and “light breezes” seem to have been completely overtaken by regular “blustery winds”, I have still steadfastly stuck to my light, bright, white wardrobe because, despite what the thermometer might say, it IS summer and I Will Wear Summer Clothes.
The summer clothes consist mainly of white. Yes… I might look like an extra from the “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” video, but who cares? It is a little pick me up which makes me feel better about myself. Admittedly the weather in July meant that I was often found huddling into my (not white) pashmina or cardigan.. and August isn’t looking any more promising in terms of blue sky sunshine – but that gives me even more reason to keep wearing my whites. It is genuinely something that makes me cheerful.
I wear black and grey in winter and somehow that is very apt because it matches my mood… but in summer I want to be bright and breezy and cheerful… and I want my clothes to reflect that. The other reason they make me ‘chipper’ is because my summer clothes were ceremoniously retrieved from the “too fat to fit” wardrobe in the spare bedroom. Admittedly there are still some items in there and I’m still not as slender as I ultimately hope to be… but the fact that I am “back in” some of my favourite summer clothes is a huge incentive for me. It reinforces my motivation. On those days when I’m feeling “fat and unattractive” I remind myself of where I am now – white linen trousers were unthinkable last summer. I wear my white cotton shirt and it looks lovely. Last year summer I couldn’t even button it up. I am carrying less weight now which means that my knees are happier in heels. Last summer was spent in “flats”.. this summer some of my “kitten heels” and “shorter stilettos” have graced my feet and consequently made me feel that little bit more ‘glamorous”.
I have a friend who is also on a weight loss mission. She too has lost enough weight to be able to wear her favourite summer sandals. For her, an instant pick me up is being able to show of scarlet nails in her favourite peep-toe shoes. She is a great believer in the power of a pick-me-up. In the past for her it would take the form of food, but now she has discovered she has something of an obsession with nail colour. She is rarely seen without a vibrant flash of fuschia or a robust red on her talons. And again, her weight loss journey has provided unexpected benefits. She freely admits that in the past her “wholly junk food diet” was not the most nutritionally sound… but upping her intake of fresh fruit and vegetables, and now that she has discovering a hitherto unknown love of fish means that her formerly weak and brittle nails are long and strong and more than able to take the most vivid of varnishes. She has an extensive collection of vivid varnishes. The door of her fridge holds no foodstuff whatsoever – just bottles of nail polish – in every imaginable colour. Her collection is extensive because whereas in the past she would cheer herself buying cakes and crisps, she now picks up a nail polish (often at less cost that the cakes and Cornish pasties of old).
Another work colleague has a similarly colourful approach – she has discovered the joys of flavoured lip gloss. Her current favourite is a pale pink raspberry balm which not only stops her lips from drying out but tastes lovely too. (And if summer fruits don’t appeal, popcorn, chocolate and candyfloss are all widely available). Again, not a diet-breaker, nor a bank-breaker but very definitely a “mood booster” for her.
I know that my face looks much more slender my skin is just a little darker than my “mid-winter-white”. I can also see that the disappointing July weather means that my holiday glow is beginning to go - which is why I decided to treat myself to a bottle of moisturiser with a little bit of self-tan thrown in for good measure. I have applied it for the last two days and even though the sun has been noticeably absent from my part of the world, my sun-kissed look is definitely deepening and (so far) it seems to be sticking to my skin and not to my lovely white linen trousers. I’m not adding colour to my skin... I’m brightening up my days…
With a Hug