As everyone knows, and in case we forget, every year magazines devote forests of Christmas trees on articles discussing pre-holiday-stress-syndrome. Then the Internet and television picks up where they leave off, but at least they’re not killing trees to write the same stories they offered last year.
The reason I mention this so early on is because Edith provoked a great deal of unneeded anxiety when we set out on our current weekly virtual shopping expedition at her kitchen table.
Let’s be frank, she’s stepped over the pre-agreed upon boundaries I set when we started our collaboration. Of course I have to humor her because I can’t draw. I could see by the fire in her eyes it was time for compromise.
Normally — my rules, my game — I choose the clothes we are to virtually buy, then we take them home and mix them with what we already own. Fine, so far, so good. This week however as I was perusing what shade of black I might choose to kick-off our holiday shopping, Edith said: “What about that lovely tobacco colored, one-shoulder blouse from Chloé? You can always wear it with black you know.”
Here is something else I know, and I’ve certainly explained it a million times to Edith: I do not do bare arms — not even one — because they both match and I ALWAYS keep them undercover.
Now for the compromise. Feeling as I do the holidays should be filled with an unbridled spirit of kindness and generosity, I said just take the xxxx blouse, I’ll choose something different.
Long story short: Edith grabbed her blouse and I chose the beautiful white one (Chloé) with the open-work sleeves. Her one-shouldered-blouse is worn with a long, straight silk faille skirt. My fully-sleeved blouse is worn with my trusty black satin evening trousers which you’ve seen many times in other outfits.
Now everyone is happy which is the perfect note to begin our next weeks of dressing for the fetes and celebrations on our calendars.
Next time we go directly to our closets and choose ensembles from within. No shopping, only clever coordination of what we’ve owned for years. Let’s hope it works. Don’t worry, we’ll be shopping the remainder of the pre-game time to give us all some fresh ideas to brighten our spirits.