Hello, LDV readers. It’s Karima from A Note on Style. Here we are mid-January and I’m finally getting into my groove. I started the new year much like I ended the last in a deep state of comfort centric clothing. But this has gone on too long. My outfits were uninspired and thoughtless and the repetition was zapping my energy and creativity. For nothing more than to lift my spirits, I need to shake things up. It’s time for a few tweaks.
I’ve decided to put a little more effort into getting dressed. Even on days when I’m not leaving the house, at a minimum I’ll slip on a great shoe and wear a few pieces of jewelry. I’m tired of seeing a closet full of beautiful things untouched month after month. Out come relaxed dresses and pleated skirts. I’ll still wear jeans and joggers, but pair them with a chic flat as if I were going out. I never thought I’d be over the comfort of shearling Birkenstocks, but the time has come.
I’m missing polish. Donning a few pieces of jewelry contributes to the more pulled together look I’m after. Rummaging through my jewelry drawer feels like I’ve found old friends. Almost every piece has a story attached and sparks a memory of good times. I especially love rings right now with my hands taking center stage all day on the keyboard. Necklaces are good too. It’s wonders what a strand of pearls can do to brighten up even the most doldrum outfit.
My beauty routine has basically been minimized to skincare. Makeup is rarely used when I’m at home all day. Originally (first lockdown), I embraced the idea of going natural but there are plenty of days when I just look washed out and tired. I can’t say that doesn’t affect my mood. A quick pick me up in the form of a swipe of lipstick changes everything. A true hero product! My hair is in a similar situation. I’ve been letting it air dry which is rarely a success. So rather than be unhappy with it misbehaving, I’ll toss on a cashmere beanie or tie on a head scarf.
It’s a start but these little tweaks make a difference. I may be slightly overdressed for hanging out at home, but I’m starting to feel like myself again.
photos from top: self; Paulina Wesolowska; Rafa Gallar