Because I’m ill, I am not able to work, and that means everything I do has to be on a budget – energy-wise and money-wise. As a result, planning is my friend. If I have thought about something beforehand, it makes everything so much quicker, easier, and less worrying. That includes clothes.
I was looking at this fantastic dressing room today, and was shocked that anyone could have that many clothes. If I did, I’d never get dressed at all because I wouldn’t have the energy to decide what to wear. I have a small wardrobe, partly on purpose, because cutting down options means less to worry about, but also because of money. I just can’t afford to spend lots.
Mostly I buy my clothes from my catalogue, on a monthly payment basis, and annually, with my birthday money. Relatives are kind enough to donate to my clothing fund every year, and I plan very carefully what I am going to spend it on. I make sure all my big purchases colour co-ordinate, and concentrate on one core colour and two accent colours.
Currently navy is my core, and bright red and bright (lime) green are my accents. At the moment, though, I am feeling a pull towards charcoal grey, and since I bought a dark grey sweater in the sales a few years ago, I’ve been thinking I might go in that direction a little. Plus it seems to bring out the colour of my eyes. (It’s really hard to work out what colours I can wear these days, as I am growing out my coloured hair and letting the grey come through. I didn’t think this measure, taken because I just can’t be fussed with home dyeing anymore, would make such a big difference to my complexion, but it does.)
I have an ulterior motive here too. I haven’t been able to get past the creative block I have with my art, and I find that if I just do a scribble in my journal, it doesn’t have to perfect. It is just a gesture drawing with a few colours to note down information in a graphic form, and it cons Nigel into thinking what I am doing is actually not painting at all! Clever, eh?
Using my journal in this way is a helpful planning tool. It helps me to work out what extras I need in addition to what I already have, and to budget for them. It also allows me to think through how I really want to look for a particular occasion, such as a wedding. I am also finding it is changing the way I feel about my clothes. I’m finally at the age when I can get away with wearing very classic styles, and you can see from my sketches that there is a distinctly ‘50s vibe going on. I’ve always been in love with Dior’s 1947 New Look, and it looks like that is where I am going. I’m intend to grow old elegantly as well as disgracefully!
How could you use your journal to plan your life or your look?