Consciously-Consider Clothing, Purchase #1: Trench Coat
As I was taking a critical look at my wardrobe this spring I noted a near-fatal error for a person in the Pacific Northwest---no stylish coat for rainy days. Sure, I have my allotment of fleece jackets and vests. And, yes, I have some warmer winter coats that are water repellant. But I didn't have a nice-looking coat for these rainy spring days.
Keeping in mind my new intention to buy carefully-constructed, classic clothing, I started nosing around the internets for a trench coat. I figured that, at 36, I should buy a big girl coat for once. No more cheap little one-season wonders.
After some searching I ended up at Lands' End's Canvas store. I really love what they're doing here. Totally classic, American-cool clothes. Traditional with just a tiny twist here and there to keep it modern. I bought the Heritage Trench Coat in light khaki. It won't let me paste the photo here so you'll have to follow the link or just believe me when I say that it is a truly classic trench coat. I've already gotten a lot of wear out of this baby since it's been raining for the last 40 days and 40 nights. Noah, where's that ark?
Consciously-Considered Clothing Purchase #2: Running Shoes
Another (uncomfortable) realization was that I am so dissatisfied with my current wardrobe because it is not fitting me well due to some pounds in the mid-section. Sigh. I've never been a slender girl but right now....it's bad. I did really well losing all of my pregnancy weight, plus some, while breastfeeding. But when I chose to transition the Sprout wholly to a bottle at 10 months,I didn't chose to decrease the amount I was eating proportionally. So....well, you know what happens.
I've had a few people ask me when my baby is due. Embarrassed silence.
Rather than moving on to more "fun" purchases, the next purchase really had to be replacing my old running shoes that had been sitting on the back porch for the last two years gathering dust. A trip to the local running store set me up with these Saucony ProGrid Guide 3 shoes. Now I'm working on fitting in a long walk or a jog as many days of the week as I can.
If you see a slightly-round woman pushing a double jogging stroller and accompanied by a large Weimaraner on one side and a neurotic German Shorthaired Pointer on the other, huffing and puffing around Southeast Portland....yup, that'll be me.
Thanks for the encouraging comments on the first Consciously-Considered Clothing post, both in the comments and in person.
Please comment below with your current favorite way to exercise and what gear you've found essential and worth the purchase price. I need ideas!