My husband snapped this photo of my Writing “Helper” this evening–and aside from Her Royal Cuteness, what made me smile at this picture was the background view of my own closet. Notice anything goofy about it?
I’ll give you a hint: if the lighting were better, everything in that closet would show up in some shade of teal or turquoise.
If I were a famous person, maybe fashion pages would refer to this as my “signature color.” Since I’m NOT Somebody, it’s just this funny quirk I have. And hey, it makes life SO much easier!
The fun purse I found, with its sassy western/biker bling? Deep turquoise, goes with everything in my closet. No need to schlepp all my junk from one purse to another with each day’s outfit. Life is easier.
The wool dress-coat? Deep turquoise, goes with every suit, skirt, blouse, and sweater I own. And I can leave my lipstick in the pocket because it’s the same coat I’ll be putting on next time. Life is easier.
The sassy turquoise beaded sandals? Scarf, sweatshirt, earrings? Everything goes with everything. Makes it easier to shop, easier to get dressed in the morning, easier to plan and pack for a trip… Everything I own is mix-and-match. Heck, even my tattoos and my reading-glasses match everything. Life is easier.
I’ve had the luxury (at least, back when I had a professional career that afforded luxuries) of spending more on an item than I might have done if I thought I’d wear it only occasionally–like the pair of turquoise and silver earrings I found at Yellowstone years ago, and still wear all the time. I could invest in that one really nice dress coat, that one purse I love, a couple great pairs of shoes, the gorgeous pair of boots… Knowing that I could wear them all the time.
And since I’m no longer in a position to buy anything new (or used, for that matter) I’m fortunate to have a ready-stocked wardrobe which will last me for a long, long time. I’m still ready to dress for court, for jobs, for Idaho outdoors, for travel, for a spousal seduction, for a motorcycle ride… And yes, it will always be in turquoise. (And yes, if anybody wondered, I even got married in turquoise.) For all its monochromatic scheme, my closet still has a lot of personalities.
My Writing-Helper has a few personalities too, but that’s a blog for another day.