It made me think however, that I've been leading a bit of a double life. When I'm in England, even my mother comments (occasionally) on how "smart" I look. (For any Americans reading, this means that I look spiffy or well put together rather than "intelligent".) In the States, since I work from home and usually only leave the house to do the school run, I slob around in jeans and a t-shirt. In short, I'm not generally known for my dress sense.
It's not that I'm trying to impress anyone in the UK, or have no respect for the Americans I hang out with, it's all about airline baggage restrictions. I'm usually in the UK for at least a month, and have various events to attend (this summer a wedding, two parties, a funeral and a conference). This means I need to pack very smartly (used in the American sense.) Everything has to be co-ordinated, and scruffy t-shirts with limited usage are just not in the running. The end result is a woman who wears co-ordinating scarves, interesting jewelry and un-scuffed shoes. (Tip - these scarves are great for pulling together otherwise non-matching garments). Even the young porter in the Hoxton Hotel commented on how my multi-coloured scarf matched my purple shirt and my bright pink bag. (See what I mean about scarves - I'd never usually do purple and pink like that.) And yes - I know that he was just being a big suck-up, but he still commented on my co-ordinated outfit rather than the weather.
And dear, sweet Michelle Twin Mum actually tweeted that I am "one glamorous lady", after she saw me at the BritMumsLive conference. Definitely should wear more of them there fancy scarves and bright colours.
Meanwhile in the US, apart from it being too bloody hot to wear scarves and other interesting stuff, I'm back to plain t-shirts and capris or Gap skirts. (Not doing shorts, thank you.)
I keep thinking I should do like Potty and make more of an effort for everyday things, but really - the school run? I mean, that would require getting up 15 minutes earlier each morning to think about what I was going to wear instead of
I think I'm doing well with my motto - As long as it's clean!