I usually walk to work – it's only a mile – and I see certain people regularly walking at that hour. For instance, I meet a group of women going for a five-mile walk every morning, rain or shine. They're probably in their 60s, and they start at the country club. They all look like they're pretty well off, and they dress similarly with well-groomed hair, sunglasses, and expensive sportswear. I call them the Stepford Crones.
I walk past a school just before the bell rings, and I often see certain mothers walking home after taking their kids to school. I usually say hi, and today one of them stopped me and said, "I just wanted to say that you've always got the cutest scarves and accessories when I see you."
How sweet, and how fun! I always think I'm just sort of ordinary, but then someone stops and says something like that and it makes my whole day! The Crones also compliment me from time to time, which is nice since some of them seem kind of bitchy.
Here's what I was wearing this morning when I got complimented, which is convenient because I'd already decided to do a post about the dependable clothes I took traveling – and I was wearing those clothes! Except the scarf, a gift from my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, which I didn't take on this trip.
My recently bepimped black raincoat, which has a hood and big pockets (also seen here). It never wrinkles, and was easy to fold up and put into my backpack while we were trapped in LAX. I also took these fleece leopard gloves, which I could have washed and dried in any hotel room (and I probably should have after picking up salty sandy things on the beach at Charmouth).
Thrifted Sporto boots, previously seen here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here. I love these! They're nothing fancy, but they're comfortable and walkable, and they hold up to rough treatment, like walking on the shingle beach at Charmouth.
They were $5 at the thrift store, so cost per wear is now about 5 cents.
These were thrifted, and they're similar to four – yes, four – other pairs of Lee trousers that I bought new in black, charcoal, grey denim, and brown (the brown ones are now shorts after I fell on my knees on the oiled lane at the bowling alley).
I always forget to take pictures of me carrying my handbags, but this is the one I took with me.
I also took the pink ruffled shirt as an alternative to long-sleeved tees. It looks pretty close to the Pantone Colors of the Year for 2001 and 2011, which means I'll be linking it up to Spy Girl's 52 Pick-me-up – Pantone Party!
Do you have dependable travel companions? Are they boring but comfortable and you wouldn't live without them?
Also linking up next week with Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, and Shoe Shine at The Citizen Rosebud.