I just can't rely on you.
So what do we think about reliability?
I love reliable clothes. My old faithfuls, the ones I always feel good in, and wear again and again.
Solid and sure, they yield the same result every time, and I like that.
This dress, which you have seen many times, is one of those perfect items; it cost £3, it fits and flatters, and I love the lightweight cotton fabric, print, neckline and angel sleeves.
I bought it to sell, but when I realised it fitted me, I refused to part with it. In a way, it was the dress that brought me back to wearing vintage after a twenty year hiatus. It represents the start of my blogging life too.
I owe that frock a lot.
1970s dress - community fair
Bangles and sunglasses - charity shopped
Sandals - Ebay
Reliable. Consistent. Dependable. Trustworthy.
These are good qualities, yes?
Of course they are, and I want to be those things myself. To be the opposite - unreliable, changeable, shaky and flaky, flighty - wouldn't sit well with me.
But you know, I am wondering if there is an irksome downside to reliability.
I'm not intending to be mysterious and cryptic here; the incidents which have me questioning the benefits of being a dependable person are school/PTA-related, and far too tedious to relate here. Really - you'd thank me for not boring you with the details.
I sometimes feel that being available, being able to fill in gaps and take up the slack, also means being taken for granted. I'm feeling the weight of expectation, laid on me without my agreement or permission, and I'm not sure I like it.
So, what to do?
Well, since I seem to be having an Outfit As Metaphor moment, perhaps this combination of an Old Faithful vintage skirt with a new-to-me folk-inspired blouse, represents the way forward.
A bit of the old, a bit of the new.
1970s skirt - Ebay
Blouse and belt - charity shopped
Sandals and flower - retail (sale)
I've been saying no to a few tasks recently; it has caused some consternation, and possibly a little disapproval. But I feel better for putting a marker down that says I cannot always be available.
I'm mixing it up.
Look, I'm even standing in a different spot in the garden. Radical!
(Rant over. Thanks for listening.)
Joining in with the lovely ladies at Visible Monday. Patti has this link-up thing just right - everyone's welcome just as they are, no pressure, and I really appreciate that!