I adore the Duchess of Cambridge. I realized recently that I am a bit too preoccupied with her (more than a 40-year-old American wife and mother should be anyway). However, I love how she has conducted herself thus far; she is a wonderful role model for young women (and even older women). Members of the Royal Family should present themselves with grace and dignity; but, as we all know, this hasn’t always been the case. However, the Duchess has done a beautiful job of representing the Royal Family and for acting in a manner that will hopefully inspire young women to emulate.
This led me to think about how I have been presenting myself lately. I turned 40 in January and I vowed to always step outside my home looking presentable. Of course, it’s a good idea (as we Francophiles know) to look presentable inside your home, as well! Still, my resolution was to at least always leave my home ready to encounter anyone looking my best. I had good intentions. It started out well. Sadly, I have slacked in this regard.
This past week, I hit a low point. It’s worse than “mom jeans.” I left my house in black yoga pants that have a small hole in the bottom, blue flip flops (not even cute ones…the $5 grocery-store bought kind) and a green old t-shirt with some writing on the front. I had no makeup on and my hair was pulled back in a clip haphazardly. I caught sight o myself in a mirror at the store I went to and I was rightfully horrified. This happened seconds before I ran into a former colleague. I was completely embarrassed, of course.
On the way home, I thought about how the Duchess of Cambridge does not have the “luxury” of leaving her house looking like she just came from the worst workout of her life. I should not give myself this “luxury” either. I shall channel my inner French girl. I shall pretend I am the Duchess of Cambridge. I shall always look presentable and chic.