Wednesday, August 22, 2012

It's Official...

....I'm old.  Now that I've written it down it seems even worse than it did when I said it out loud.  I think I've probably been old for a while been either A. been in denial or B. didn't really know.  I'm hoping that it is more of A because I think being old and not knowing you are old is extremely awkward.

I worked at the College of Charleston for 6 years before I had the Little Guy.  It was major culture shock moving to the deep south and my wardrobe was unprepared.  I'd spent 4 years in rainy Western PA and 2 years back in Kentucky.  All of the sudden my collection of heels, sweaters and scarves had no place.

I was only 24 (yes you can now probably figure out exactly how old I am) when I started working at CofC so sometimes I felt like I was still in school myself.  I've never been much of a fashionista so I started paying attention to what people were wearing and copying it.  Don't laugh but back then it was pearls, polos and the popped collar.  Oh yeah!  And I did it too.  I don't think there are any surviving pictures.  Tragic.

Some styles took me a little longer to adopt.  When leggings came out I swore I would never give in. I mean, when I think of leggings I think of my favorite outfit in the 9th grade.  You're probably already laughing a little at me on the inside but picture this...loafers....a long pink crocheted sweater....a long gold necklace that may or may not have contained bubbles...and the kicker?....cream colored stirrup pants.  Yes you heard me correctly.  STIRRUP pants.  Half of you reading this are probably too young to remember those so I present the best Google image I could find.

The sad thing?  After Googling this it seems that stirrup pants may be coming back into style.  Oh my word.

So regardless of my initial hesitation I was soon rocking the leggings....and the rainboots....and an overabundance of Vera Bradley....large fake pearls...and even skinny jeans.

Then motherhood screeched that fashion train to a halt.

After I stopped working I was sucked into the "I don't work so I don't have to look super awesome all the time" warp.  Additionally I didn't have the gold mine of a college campus from which to draw my inspiration.  That was all ok.  I was still feeling good about my fashion choices until a couple of weeks ago when I went shopping at a little store called "Forever 21".

Sadly I will clearly not be retaining my "21" status forever.  Not that I really wanted to.  But seriously y'all!  This place was a nightmare!  First of all it is like a 2 story Walmart.  All filled with clothes.  Clothes.....that are organized, oh, not at all.  I got the wrong size in something and literally wandered the store for 5 hours looking for the rack from which it came.  I tried to find my way out of the store and ended up in the next county.  I mean seriously it is like miles and miles of clothing.  Second....the music.  IF you can even call it that.  It was SO loud.  SO so very loud.  I could barely think while I was in there getting lost.  And last...let's be honest.  I'm not 21.  And after 2 kids I do not have the body of a 21 year old.  I swear I fit into a size 73 there.  Not so good for the post-baby-body-in-a-fashion-rut confidence if you know what I mean.

So.  I'm old.  And honestly I'm ok with that.  Maybe my foray into the teen shopping scene will help me get motivated to finish my weight loss goals.  I don't know.  All I know is next time I go (which will be never by the way) I'm going to ask for a map!

My cutest fashion accessory!

linking with Things I Can't Say today


Shell said...

I can't even go in that store. It's too loud for me. So I'm old. ;)

Shell said...

Just saw your about page. When did you graduate from GCC?

Wayne W Smith said...

All you need to Cougar wear anyways right? Working on a college campus always makes me feel old the first week. The freshmen all look so young. Yeah, that is my excuse and I am sticking with it.

Sippy Cups and Pearls said...

hahaha you are NOT old - this post cracked me up! glad I found you from the hop today! I'm your newest follower! whoop whoop!

Chloe said...

Don't feel bad, I'm 22 and I HATE that store, too. haha!

I'm a new follower from the Follow Me hop.

Hope you can stop by

Kristine Foley said...

L.O.L. I feel the same way and can relate! NO WAY NO HOW am I wearing the stirrups tho! Eek! New follower from the hop! Excited to follow your cute "old" self :)

Kristine from The Foley Fam {unedited} Blog

Mom of 12 said...

I'm totally terrified of that store! You are a brave woman.

Michelle said...

There are lots of stores with crazy loud music! I avoid them. Plus, dressing stylish wo wearing wanna be teenager clothes is a good thing. It's not's maturity;)

BusyMomofTwins said...

A new follower from the "Follow Me Wednesday". Really enjoying your blog. Hoping you will come and follow me.


Stephy Marie said...

Following you from Follow Me Wednesday blog hop!
Loving your blog so far, and can't wait to read more.
Your Newest Follower
PS- I only go into Forever 21 a couple times a year b/c it overwhelms me and shopping with a toddler is impossible most of the time hah! :D

Robbie K said...

I totally rocked the stirrup pants too! Your outfit sounds divine :)

Mom of A and a said...

Hi,thanks so much for linking up the Mommy Brain mixer! I totally go for comfortable nowadays!! :D

Cate said...

hahah I am laughing so hard! I totally have a uniform....and am okay with wearing the same thing everyday! makes life easy :)

Sarah Beth said...

Found your blog via the Mommy Brain Mixer. Too funny. I used to shop at Forever 21 all the time when I was in college (3 years ago). Now I get a headache walking in. Looking through your blog we are a lot alike =) Anywho, I am your newest follower! If you get a chance, stop by my blog =)

Sarah @ Our Family of Three

Dalayna Dillon said...

Just topped ya off to 200 followers ;) Visiting you from Follow Me Wednesday link up. Looking forward to following you and your cute little blog. I blog over at See ya around!

Vicki said...

Hi I found you through Follow Me Wednesday! I totally cringed when I read "stirrup pants" I remember wearing those monsters! haha

Happy to be your newest follower!

Jamie said...

You're far from old! I saw your picture at the bottm and just made me smile.

I don't view old until we're well into our 50's.

Just take it as you're more experienced in life, and that's always a good thing!

The Students Wife said...

You are not even old!! I had to laugh though.. I used to have a pair of those stirrup leggings! I agree with you though.. Forever 21 is really like a big, crazy, loud walmart!

I am your newest follower from the monday mingle!

Heather Paulding said...

me too! heh heh heh! I might as well say it. I am going to be the big 30 this year and I feel like my life is officially O-V-E-R...over!

I am your newest follower!

Sorry kid, your mom doesn't play well with others said...

Found you on the blog hop. I turn 30 this year and I am dreading it!

Kera said...

Hi! Stopping by from the GFC Hop. Loving your blog and that cutie accessory of yours :)

Stop on by and say hello!

Mrs. Edwards said...

OMG I had those pants! And in every color known to man too. How funny. I am your newest follower from the GFC blog hop. Feel free to follow back at

I look forward to reading through your blog.

menopausal mama said...

You are way too young to feel old, but walking into Forever 21 makes a gal feel that way! Trust me, I'm old on the outside but very young at heart on the inside. And yes, I am from the generation that actually wore stirrup pants and (God forbid!) padded shoulders. Ahh..those were the Dynasty years!! You blog post is hilarious and I could relate to it on so many levels--despite the age difference. Newest follower from the GFC blog hop. Would love it if you could visit my humorous blog site and follow back. Thanks for sharing!

Ashlee Christopher said...

Those are freaking awesome! Excited to be your newest follower it is VERY nice to meet you!

Katlyn Larson said...

Hi Laura!
I found you on the GFC blog hop and thought I'd say hi. New follower right here, whoop! I would love if you could check out my blog!


The Not Quite Military Wife said...

I went to College of Charleston and loved it! What a fun job! Are you still in the area? I got married and left the beautiful south unfortunately. Stopping by from the hop!

Nicole Buckingham said...

No way stirrup pants are back? I'm feeling all nineteen eighties again... this could be fun, maybe?

I'm so late, late, late but I'm following ya now from the GFC hop. If you're up for a bit of a ride, I'd love it if you'd join me at where we're riding the wave of life one teensy tinsy adventure at a time. AND this month we're launching our little etsy shop with giveaways galore. 'hope you'll join the fun...


Jessica McCoy said...

Stirrup pants- NOOOO! ;) Lol. That's crazy.

Following you from GFC blog hop. Love to invite you to the Weekend Blog Walk at At Home Take 2. Hope to see you there.

Jessica @ At Home Take 2

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