I recently wore a skirt with a few different colors in it, the primary one being navy. While it did have a little black in the print, I decided to wear navy shoes that have not been worn since 2012. I like the shoes a lot. Nice size heel, open toe, silver trim. I had not had any navy in my wardrobe since way back then so they sat in my closet. Thinking about this as I slipped the shoes on, something popped into my memory and I froze in horror.
Back in 2012 I’d been up for a romance writer award and was, to say the least, a bit frazzled. My critique partner arrived from back east and we were planning on driving to the conference in Anaheim. I had to attend a private group, meet other finalists, listen to professional panels, and all before checking in and being able to change clothes. I was running around, doing my usual questioning of what to wear so I wouldn’t look all crumpled after the drive. After trying on something with navy, I put on the shoes. Then I caught a glance at myself in the long mirror and shuddered. I didn’t look professional enough.
“Give me five secs,” I said, leaving the car on and the air on and my purse with glasses on the seat. “Get in. I’ll be right back.” Back inside the house, I quickly grabbed another dress and a light jacket, threw that on and ran out the door.
At the conference one of the ladies commented on my shoes. “I have those shoes, they’re very comfortable. I have them in three colors.”
I nodded smiled and muttered something. It was a whirlwind event going from one activity, one photograph after another. And you guessed it. As I slid into those same shoes for the California Dreamin’ Writers Conference last week it hit me that I had taken off a navy and white print dress and slipped on an outfit in the black and taupe colors back in 2012. With navy shoes! And I have proof of what I wore by the many group photos. Thank heavens feet were not included in those pictures. Ha ha ha ha hah!
I’m sure the woman who commented thought I was some kind of quirky old lady. Have you ever done something like that? Come on. Fess up. I can’t be the only one. 🙂