In January of this year, I put up a Natural Hair Roundup post, discussing my experience with a multitude of haircare products popular within the natural hair care community. The post was pretty much a random mishmash of natural-hair related stuff compiled from my experiments on holiday in the US: products I thought I’d dislike and ended up liking, products I thought I’d like and ended up disliking, etc.
As part of the post, I included a photo of a pair of lace Valentino shorts I saw in an e-mail from Berdorfs, with the comment “…I love these Valentino shorts. Someone please style them on a model with natural hair!”. Well as I tried to ease the pain of Rafa’s Wimbledon loss (*sad face*, but proud of how gracious he was in defeat…and Nole played lights out tennis so can’t really complain…in theory), I was browsing about online and came across a post on the Keep a Child Alive Black Ball on Coco & Creme. What did I spy on the post? Actress Naomi Harris in said shorts with highly textured, if not natural, hair (I never can tell these days). Wow, at least today I got one thing I wanted #VamosRafa!
More seriously, Naomi Harris looked great in the shorts and I want them even more now (ridiculous price tag be damned). In fact, my clothing vocabulary excluded shorts for about 6/7 years when I went through a ridiculous “I’m-too-fat-for-shorts” phase. Now that I’m older, supposedly wiser and exactly the same size, I decided I’m now OK with wearing shorts.
I’m so okay with shorts that today, I wore shorts for the first time in years. On my way home from the Great London swim (1-mile while recovering from a flu!) still high on adrenaline, I decided to run a few errands. I headed to Marleybone to pick up my favourite leave-in conditioner and on my way out the shop I saw the huge red sale signs at the By Malene Birger store across the street. I looked super scruffy as I’d just finished swimming in the Royal Victoria Docks (I was carrying a large cloth tote with my wetsuit!) and thought twice about entering the store and potentially getting the Pretty Woman treatment. I decided to chance it and see what was inside. The girls in the shop turned out to be nice (must be that practical Danish ethos seeping into the corporate culture) and I bought the most adorable peach chiffon shorts with a green leaf print at an unbelievable discount.
So excited by my purchase, I decided to wear them today with a J.Crew denim shirt and a Brooks Brothers belt my sister got me as a gift ten years ago (scary to think I have items of clothing that old!). I’m happy to have overcome my shorts aversion (thanks in part of my yoga buddies who convinced me to practice in the skimpiest of skimpies). That thing Oprah said about the beauty of getting older (i.e. being more comfortable with and confident in yourself) is really quite true! Yeah for my late 20s!