Me? Sure. Yes. On most days, I feel like I’ve successfully escaped from Ugly Mom Island. It’s not that I look runway ready all the time — on the contrary! Sometimes when I’m talking about my book, I notice that people slowly check out what I’m wearing and a look of confusion creeps across their faces. She wrote a fashion book? But she’s wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Maybe she’s suffered a recent head injury and her physical therapist suggested she write as a way of therapy, regardless of whether she’s knows the subject or not.
Style doesn’t mean you have to be fancy all the time. It just means you have to be you. From my style trial, I now understand what kind of jeans I should be wearing for my body type and that Hippie/Bohemian/California Casual style is the look that most closely resembles my personality. So now when I go shopping, instead of wandering aimlessly around wondering W.T.F. I should get, I zip through racks because I know what works for me. It feels great. It feels really empowering.
For example, this is what I used to wear —
This is the picture from my very first day of My Year of Fabulous. I actually miss that jacket. I had it forever and then I was jumping on the trampoline with the kids and our dog, Jake, (not something I recommend) and he bit me and tore the sleeve off of the jacket. I tried to sew it back on, but it’s fleece and I can’t really sew in the first place so it just looked awful and I had to throw it away.
And after my style trial, this is what I wear now —
It’s not super fancy, but it’s definitely Hippie style. The only fancy person in this picture is actually August. My shirt is Free People. My boots are Uggs and very California Casual/Bohemian and of course, the aviators kind of complete the vibe. I’m comfortable, I’m still wearing jeans, but I look more put-together than the previous picture, right? To me, that’s the definition of escaping from Ugly Mom Island. Going from clothes that don’t say anything about you to clothes that do.
Okay, so these are my before and after pictures. And I’m wondering — would you be interested in sharing your before and after pictures? We’re talking about just regular old smart phone pictures. If you feel like you’ve escaped from Ugly Mom Island, I’d love to post your story on Riot Ranch. If you do, not only will you become very famous on the world wide web, but you will receive a free copy of my book, Escape from Ugly Mom Island! What could be better? (Technically, a lot of things but let’s not get picky.)
So if you’re interested, just contact me and we’ll get started!