Toughing it out: striped skinny jeans, sequinned t-shirt, booties, and baker boy cap

After a pretty much perfect summer weekend packed with visiting friends, dining al fresco, a bocce tournament, cruising in our convertible (obviously!) and even a hair appointment for me, I’ve rather unexpectedly been finding myself alternating between bouts of inertia and wistfulness since Sunday night. 😔

sequinned t-shirt, baker boy cap, sunglasses

Now before you go saying that – the inertia at least! – has something to do with all the hot weather we’ve been having lately, I swear to you it’s not!!  I tolerate the heat better than almost everyone I know…and I’m convinced that it’s only the promise of exactly this kind of summer that gets me through the misery of winter year after year.

striped skinny jeans, sequinned t-shirt, booties, and baker boy cap

striped skinny jeans, onyx ring

But our summer is different this time.  Robin is taking night classes now (he’s hoping to make a career change after he lost his job in June) which means he’s not home with me most evenings…and that means there aren’t as many opportunities for impromptu sunset drives or evenings together on our terrace.  And while we’re not at the point of having to go “without” – not yet, anyway! – we are watching our budget carefully, which naturally puts a damper on some of the spontaneous spending we might otherwise indulge in.

striped skinny jeans, sequinned t-shirt, booties, and baker boy cap

I’m constantly thinking of the future, too.  It’s so true that “worry” is the most pointless of emotions – in the end, what will be will be.  And it’s not really worry that I’m feeling anyways; I have absolutely no doubt that my hubby will find another job.  But we humans, as a rule, don’t like change very much…and our lifestyle will change (quite a bit, probably) when Robin no longer works from home.

striped skinny jeans, sequinned t-shirt, baker boy cap, sunglasses

Of course change can be a good thing…and I need to keep trying to focus on that.  In fact, it’s often only after we’ve stepped – or been pushed! – out of our comfort zones that some of life’s very best opportunities suddenly present themselves.  So nothing to do but to tough it out; ideally in a “biker babe” outfit like today’s striped skinny jeans, sequinned t-shirt, booties, and baker boy cap!! 😎

striped skinny jeans, sequinned t-shirt, booties, and baker boy cap



  1. July 27, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    I can imagine these are uncertan times for you and Robin. Try to stay positive and keep faith!

    • Monika
      July 31, 2018 / 6:49 pm

      Thank you, dear Nancy!! I just keep telling myself “change is good, change is good, change is good!!” 😉

  2. Linda B
    July 27, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    There so often is a sense of unease when change comes upon us, and we just can’t quite see around the bend to know what’s coming next. Be gentle Ruth yourself, dear friend. Practice good self care—I would include movement in that. Nothing like a daily brisk walk or hike or run, for example.

    Just care care, okay?!!!!

    • Monika
      July 31, 2018 / 7:05 pm

      The “movement” thing is covered, dear Linda – I’m walking 30 minutes home from work every evening since Robin is in night school right now!! And I haven’t given up my chai lattes, either; when the going gets tough, the tough go to Starbucks!! 😜

  3. July 31, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    I love that you are remaining upbeat and embracing change.

    Are you comfortable with such a long bag strap? That would drive me crazy having my bag banging against my knees. I always keep my bags on the shortest possible strap. Another thing to admire about you!

    • Monika
      July 31, 2018 / 7:21 pm

      Staying positive can definitely be a challenge, dear Rachel; some days are just a bit easier than others!! And as far as my long bag strap goes?? It doesn’t bother me at all!! Still, I’ll admit that – like so many things in life! – it took some getting used to. I don’t remember what prompted the change…but it’s short straps that feel awkward to me now!! 😘

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