I know it’s hot as hell today, but I didn’t feel like shaving so I’m wearing pants. Besides, I said I didn’t want to let the weather dictate my choice of clothing. If I’d read the news before I left the house this morning, I probably would’ve worn something rainbow coloured to celebrate marriage equality in the States. I got this top at a department store called Red Apple in Revelstoke. I went there with my family a couple years ago because my dad had a reunion with some of his high school buddies. I don’t think I could ever live in a small town. Shopping wise, I was like “This is it?”. Red Apple is kind of like a Winners or a Walmart, but smaller with not as much stuff. But I managed to pick up few nice things there, this top included. My mint green cardigan is from Jacob and my black pants are from Winners. My Swarovski necklace was a Christmas gift from my cousins. My bracelet is from Sears and my ring is from UBC. These earrings are new. I got them at Payless, along with some other BOGO jewellery over the weekend. I guess maybe I’ll shave tomorrow and start wearing dresses again. Maybe.
Why yes, this is a new dress. Thanks for noticing. I managed to drag my ass out of the house yesterday to go to Italian Day on Commercial Drive with my friend. I’m not the hugest fan of street festivals, mainly because I hate crowds, but I like to attend them occasionally and it was fun. Hot and crowded, but fun. I shaved my legs really quickly in the morning before leaving the house, but my electric razor died before I was done. But I figured it was okay that I didn’t fully shave, since that could be my way of celebrating Italian Day. Since people in European countries aren’t as obsessed with shaving as we are in North America. There were lots of booths and vendors selling various goods and food. Of course I would stop to look at the ones with dresses. I can’t remember which store this one was from, but they had a booth set up and some of the racks had dresses priced at 2 for $30. So this is one of the 2 I decided on. I didn’t try them on, so I wasn’t sure if they would fit properly, but I decided to risk it. It’s a little loose, but otherwise fits well. Better too big than too small, because I’m not going to try squish into a dress that doesn’t fit. My only regret is that I didn’t buy a Janet Jackson shirt that they had in the same booth, especially since she’s touring this summer and I could’ve worn it to her concert. But maybe I can go back and still find at some point. I really like this dress because it’s so bright and colourful. And it just so happened that my green Ross cardigan would match exactly the colour of green in the dress. It’s like it was meant to be. I wore it with my green and gold jewellery, necklace and ring from UBC, earrings from a Lansdowne kiosk, and bracelet from Dollarama. Yay for adding more colourful dresses to my wardrobe!
So for some reason I thought this dress was longer than it actually is. Since it is in fact, above the knee, I had to quickly (badly) shave my legs a bit this morning in order to make wearing a dress acceptable. I long for the day when hairy legs on women are no longer an issue. Will that day ever come? Or am I doomed to shave everyday for the rest of my life? On Friday, I had thought about wearing this dress, but decided on a different one. And it was a good decision too, since I found myself sitting beside a girl who was wearing this very dress on the way to work. I’m glad we managed to avoid a “who wore it better?” competition on the bus. I figured if that girl were on the bus again this morning, she wouldn’t be wearing the same outfit again so soon. And I hoped that no one else would either. I got the dress at H&M at Pacific Centre a couple months ago. The matching green sweater is from Old Navy at Richmond Centre. My necklace and ring are from UBC, my earrings are from a kiosk at Lansdowne Centre, and my bracelet is from Dollarama at Landosowne Centre. After seven days, I finally washed my hair on Saturday. As you can see, it is no longer straight. I’m fine with my natural waves, I just wish there wasn’t so much frizz.
Maybe the reason why I thought this dress was longer is because it was longer on that other woman who wore it. I should know by now that any dress is a short dress when I wear it.
So I wore a dress with no leggings on Tuesday, not realizing how cold it actually was. What a fail. If there was ever a day when I should have worn pants, that was probably it. But my leg hair was growing back fast, and I wanted to go bare legged while I still could without having to shave again. I’m stubborn that way. I don’t dress based on the weather. I dress based on whether or not I’ve shaved, and based on what clean clothes I can find that sort of match. I knew it might be cold and rainy that day, but I didn’t care.
This dress is slightly longer than my other dresses, so somehow I thought that would make it more weather appropriate. I got it at an Orb warehouse sale at the River Rock Casino. I feel like I should be wearing a cowboy hat or something, just because I’m wearing denim. When I was in high school, at an all girls school, they had an idea one year that they would make Valentine’s Day fun by making it a “couples day”, where you could find a partner and dress as some sort of famous couple. My friend and I did Brokeback Mountain. I was Heath Ledger. And I was amazing. But we unfortunately didn’t win a prize for our awesome efforts. Probably because it was also a Catholic school and they weren’t ready to accept our same sex love story.
Anyway, I love jean jackets. I got this one at Old Navy on Robson Street downtown when I had leftover super cash to spend. I didn’t want to wear an actual rain jacket or anything even though it was cold, because it’s June and I’ve set aside the boots and the jackets. But this jean jacket seemed acceptable. It looks as though I haven’t quite set aside the scarves just as yet. At least not for cold days. I got this one from a vendor at the UBC Sub. I got the red necklace as a Christmas gift from my grandma. The Supernatural wing earrings are from Fan Expo Vancouver, my ring is from UBC, and my bracelet is from Suzy Shier. I thought about touching up my nails, but I think they’re too far gone now so I’ll just let them keep chipping away until there’s nothing left to see.
So I finally shaved my legs. After, well, let’s just say a while. I went out for a friend’s birthday on Saturday and the weather was nice over the weekend, so I figured it was finally time. It’s always such an ordeal. I got this Remington electric razor from Walmart because I go through so many disposable ones and always manage to cut myself. Unfortunately it turned out not to be that great. I feel like maybe I should’ve gotten waxed instead because I waited so long but oh well. Throughout my teen years, I tried literally every hair removal product you can imagine, and it turns out I’m allergic to all of them. Nair, Neet, Veet, you name it. My skin has such a bad reaction that it ends up looking worse than if I’d just left the hair on it. I’ve considered laser hair removal, but it’s crazy expensive, and I’ve also been told that it can cause discolouration because my skin is darker. As for waxing, for the amount of wax that I would need for my legs, it’s just not cost effective. So yeah. Razors.
Of course, it turns out, now that my legs were finally hair-free (or somewhat, I missed a few spots, and it’s growing back already), the weather would be cold and rainy. But that won’t stop me from wearing dressing and exposing my legs because I can. When I went to work on Monday, my dad was like “Isn’t it too cold for your outfit?” but I didn’t care. I got this dress at Ross Dress for Less in the States and this red sweater from Sears at Richmond Centre before it closed down. My necklace and ring are from UBC, my earrings are from Claire’s, and my bracelet is from Dollarama. I also painted my nails (badly) on the weekend, but alas, they are already chipping. I also straightened my hair on the weekend for the first time in a while. I used that as my excuse for not going to yoga on Sunday, because I didn’t want to have to wash my hair after and ruin the straightness. Even though it’s no longer as straight now as it was on Saturday, it’s still better than the natural frizz that’s usually present.