The Illusion of Pulled-Together

The Illusion of Pulled-Together

How I get by on a Daily Basis

I’ll admit that I’m not exactly very good at getting out of bed in the morning. In fact, it’s rare for me to not hit the snooze button at least three times. This is part of the reason that every day when I venture off to work, I usually look like a thrown together mess. In spite of this, there are things I like to do for myself and to convey to the general public a message of: “I swear I don’t always look like this, I am capable of pulling myself together if I want.”

I’m now 31 years old and I still don’t wear makeup to work on a daily basis, in fact, unless its Christmas card photo day, I won’t be wearing any. However, I could not live without my once-every-two-week schedule of getting my nails done and relaxing with a pedicure. I was talking to another girl at a party last week and she said pretty much the same thing, “There’s no real need for me to get my nails done, but no matter what, I just feel a tiny bit more pulled together when they look good.” My theory exactly.

I’m fortunate to work in an office environment with little to no dress code, where in the winter I can throw on jeans and a hooded sweatshirt (or shorts and a t-shirt in summer). Sometimes I do actually wish that my job forced me to pull myself together a little more in the mornings though, I’m sure I could get used to it if I had to.

For now though, I’ll keep my easily maintainable fashion presence intact. How about you? Are there things you simply can’t live without to make yourself feel pulled-together, even if it’s just for your own benefit?