It was cold winters day in October 2016, I took the day off work under the guise of “getting things done”. I decided I would do everything a stay at home mum would do and accomplish my goals of being a domestic goddess for a day. The brief: Alero- Wake up, bake a cake before dawn so the warm cuddly scent of vanilla and chocolate gently wake up the hubby and baby boy. Get your son ready for school in 10 minutes flat and take him to his class waving and blowing kisses to prove to the other mum’s that you have what it takes to be a great mum.
Things started ok, I baked a red velvet cake with all the trimmings, brimming with love and deep levels of creamy butteriness, in my sleep (not a figure of speech) I must have dreamt I was baking because I woke up at 7am with only 24 minutes to get us both ready. I failed at my first task but I wasn’t going to let anything hold me down, I was going to master this school run thing by faya and by force.
Fast forward 23 minutes later my son was ready and a smirk reappeared on my face until I realised I was in a towel only and I had 60 seconds to put myself together. The clock began to count down as I threw on some baggy unironed clothes and a Maxi trench coat and ran out of the door.
I felt a rush of pride when I got to the school gates just in time. Lucky me my favourite parking spot was vacant. I had a smug look on my face, a healthy mix of arrogance and “I told you so”. As I stepped out of the car I noticed it was a very cold day for the month of October but screw it, I was here on time and there is nothing anybody could do to bring me down. After I dropped my son and the adrenaline began to wear off, I started shivering as I raced to the car, jumped in and it took me a minute to comprehend the total and uttmost disaster. Shet!!! What the hell is happening here Pipo!!!! I had NO TROUSERS on. Jesus take me now! ? open your gates heavenly fada. Under my maxi Mac coat was nothing but panties and a pair of tights. I looked around nervously and started typing furiously in Google “What age does dementia kick in”. Pipo pray for me because even as I type this I have big hot tears in my eyes from laughter.
I was talking to myself, mind racing up and down, rewinding thoughts to see if all was ok with us (my mind and I). After sitting in the car for what seemed like 30 minutes (actually about 3) I sped off into the fog never to return back to the place that saw me fall from grace to grass ?. I was saved by my trench coat. Now I look at people wearing trench coats and can’t help wonder what is really under there. Never again is all I was thinking. Photo below is a typical errands/school run outfit
What did this teach me people , Preparation is key. I failed to prepare and it was almost disastrous. So now how do I prepare for school run (for the days I don’t go into My casual wardrobe consists of Jackets that permanently remain in the downstairs cupboard, 2 pairs of jeans and a couple of t-shirts which are all kept separately from my heap of clothes for easy access. My school run capsule wardrobe was very deliberate with no iron items and easy to wear pieces. My wardrobe looks something like this
One leather jacket. Usually something with a bit of character, rivets, studs or embroidered but don’t go overboard, keep it simple
One trench coat from Larodoute. I love colour so trust me to go for yellow. I also have a red trench coat from Zara, very cute
One smart coat in a delicious colour. Lilac is so in style this season
My go to jeans are mom high waisted jeans. I have 3 of them and they seem to style up everything well
These misguided jeans and are on sale now, hurry guys
Black ankle high waisted jeans are also a must have like the river island pair below
Personally I wear t-shirts or sweaters all winter.
If you can’t afford Gucci, fake it with this missy empire tshirt
I also have these Calvin Klein t-shirts in black and white that are simply marvellous. Very soft and comfy
Lastly footwear. I have a few I live in
Adidas superstars which allow my feet slip in and out without tieing laces.
Kurt Geiger boots for a more sophisticated look and will go so well with the lilac coat. They are doing 20 percent off all boots so get in there.
Glamorous wellies for those rainy days
One tip is, put these in a separate area in your wardrobe or in an Ikea small storage solution because spending time looking for these items in the morning is what will get you in situations like mine ?.
I hope I have given you a good ole laugh today.
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Until next time buttercups