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The day I realized I’m kind of high maintenance

I came across this article yesterday, don’t even ask me how because I can’t remember where I saw it, but not only did it give me a giggle, but it made me realize I’m not a low maintenance kind of woman or rather, I may just be a little high maintenance in the grooming department!

19 Things Only Women With A Low Maintenance Fashion Sense Will Understand.

1. You have three hairstyles: down, ponytail, and bun.
This would be true. But only because I have a 3 day hair washing routine and here’s a little insiders tip to my world, you can tell where I am in my hair washing schedule by the way my hair is styled – down means it’s just been washed and GHD’d, ponytail means I’m on day 2, I have curly hair, so the it’s starts looking less sleek on day 2, bun means I’m on day 3 and need to hide the curls and frizz and keep it off my face completely.
2. You have one pair of shoes that you wear with 95% of your wardrobe.
 NO! But in winter I have like two pairs of boots which I mostly alternate and my Converse and then I have gym shoes and running takkies, neither of which you’ll catch me dead in unless I’m at the actual gym or out running!
3. Most of your outfits are just some combination of t-shirts and jeans.

 Only 50% of this statement is true. I live in jeans! I have dark skinny jeans, light skinny jeans, black skinny jeans, ripped skinny jeans, stonewashed skinny jeans, dark bootlegs & light bootlegs but T-shirts? Um! HELL NO!
4. This makes getting ready massively easy. What are you going to wear? Throw on the first pair of jeans and t-shirt you can find. Put on aforementioned shoes. Boom. Done.

 Um, NO! Just no!
 I enjoy getting dressed, I love browsing my closet and mixing and matching my jeans (snigger) with tops, jersey’s and jackets with scarves and earrings.
5. Sundresses are also great because they look like you put more effort into getting ready, but you definitely didn’t.

Would you believe me if I told you I own exactly one sundress and I’ve worn it exactly once since I bought it?

6. You have to be very clear with your hairstylist that you need a cut that’s easy to maintain, because you’re not about that life. Your idea of styling your hair is making sure the part is nice, and if you’re feeling fancy, throwing a clip or headband up there.

Bwahahahahaha! See point one.

Also, my stylist knows that I’m like a chameleon when it comes to my hair, I’ll happily change the colour and style as often as most people change their underwear!

7. You find make up a little terrifying. You understand the basics, and might even throw some on before leaving the apartment, but you once watched a YouTube clip about contouring and contemplated the existence of witchcraft.

Mmm, maybe! I love make up, but tend to stick to the basics. Having said that, you will NEVER see me at the office or at a social gathering without my make up. NEVER! I ONCE wore no make up to work, my reasoning: I was sick and knew I would be coming home early, so kind of a waste of make up day…. only everyone was so sorry for me when they saw me because they thought I was dying and one of my colleagues actually shrieked and jumped away from my desk when he saw my face. NEVER EVER again!

8. Whenever you hear that you have to wear heels to an event, you get considerably less excited.

This would be true. I hate heels. They make my feet hurt and push my already tall frame to over 6 foot. So no!

9. Then you get all dressed up, and get kind of excited! Heels aren’t so bad! Your legs look so much longer! You should wear them more often!

Yes, for about the first 5 minutes, then I go back to hating them.

10. And then about half way through the event, you remember why you hate heels, and wish you could just 127 Hours your feet, and hack them off with a dull pocketknife. It would probably hurt less than wearing these shoes for another three hours.

HELL YES! This! So this!

11. You envy that somehow men can get away with wearing Converse with a suit for certain occasions, because that’s the dream, honestly.

Hey! I rock my Converse with a tailored jacket and bootleg jeans! But then I’m 43, what the hell would I know about style and fashion?

12. When your friends want to go out, your favorite thing to wear is a cool jacket over a t-shirt and your nicest-looking jeans.

Except for the t-shirt part (see point 3) this would be me.

13. Your friends relish the days when you let them dress you up. It’s like Christmas, but with dresses! And heels! And eyeliner!

Except its my friends always asking me to do their hair and make up. Let me state, my friends are pretty much all in their 40’s too, so while they may think I have style… what the hell would I know?

14. Every time you dress up, you get a semi-Cinderella moment from your friends. Wow! You look so different! Who knew you had such a defined waist under all those sweatshirts! You should wear that more often!

Nope, mostly because I’m now realizing I may just be a tiny little bit high maintenance and a giant pain in the arse, for my husband anyway!

15. The back of your closet is where all of your “nice clothes” reside. You pull them out for weddings and funerals, and that’s about it.

After my weight loss journey last year, my closet barely hasn’t got anything in it. I donated all my “fat” clothes and building up a new supply takes time and fundage!

16. When you first got a job/internship that required you to dress “business professional” you cried a little bit because honestly what could you wear.

I haven’t had a job like that in donkey’s years. Thank the Pope! I hope to never work in that kind of environment ever again. Do those kinds of working environments even still exist?

17. Then you figured out that you could rock “business professional” by mixing and matching a handful of items, and you’ve already mastered that technique.

Like I said…. Converse, Bootlegs, tailored jacket, it’s about as professional as I may get!

18. You own contacts, but will often just wear your glasses, because you don’t feel like exerting the effort.

NEVER in a million years. I hate my glasses. Those beauties are for reading in bed at home only! I literally turn my budget inside out every month to ensure I’m well stocked in daily lenses, they’re the best fyi, but I’m too vain to wear my glasses in public, I hate them.

19. Going to the gym at the end of the day is really just an excuse to wear your comfy gym clothes for hours leading up to it.

Snigger. No way!

So after analyzing this, I realized, I’m kind of not really low maintenance at all, I may not be a total pain in the arse, but I am pretty close. I’ll never leave the house for a social engagement or work without my contact lenses, my hair being done in it’s appropriate style for the cycle day, a full make up and careful consideration to what I’ll wear from my limited selection which will always include jeans of varying shades and styles! I take a lot of pride in my appearance, I will never be the trendies, the pretties or the thinnest, but I’ll always be groomed!

Are you low maintenance? Or do you also love all the pretty things?


  • A Love Beyond Measure

    July 8, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    I reckon I am low maintenance……but not a slob! I will not go out without makeup and I own more than one pair of shoes, but I really couldn’t be bothered to keep up with the latest fashion. I like to look nice, but comfort is key!

  • Michelle

    July 8, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I think I m both. 🙂 Cant be bothered to dress trendily and my make up every day is just a slick of eyeliner or lipstick if I m adventurous! But I spend a fortune at the salon every month having facials, tints etc and on skincare.

  • paddatjiesema

    July 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    I’m about as low maintenance as can be (probably a slob). Although I do wear a BB cream or foundation every day. But that’s it for my make up. We had to go to an event last week, and I put my shoes on, and told my husband somethings wrong, it hurts like hell. Then I realised it’s only because it isn’t tekkies or slippers.

    We have a high maintenance girl at the office, who always dresses up and wear lots of makeup (she looks gorgeous). Then last week she did an experiment of going without makeup for week to clear her skin. She had multiple people ask her every day what’s wrong, is she sick, does she want to go home etc.

    • Sharon

      July 8, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      I just went back and re-read my post to make sure I never said anyone was a slob. Glad I didn’t. We’re all different and have different priorities and really that’s ok. I just always thought of myself as low maintenance but in a lot of aspects I’m really now.

  • Gaelyn Cokayne

    July 8, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    I’m 100% low maintenance! I only ever wear make up for “occasions” and my hair is in a bun 90% of the time. I can only afford to get my colour done twice a year so re growth is always a problem. I train twice a day so stay in my gym clothes. I am SO the girl in this article! In fact, I’m probably a bit of a slob now that I think about it. I do bath or shower every day though, does that count? 😉

    • Sharon

      July 9, 2015 at 8:08 am

      But you always look gorgeous! And I wish everyone commenting on this thread would stop calling themselves slobs because that’s not the case… just different strokes for different folks.

  • Anon

    July 9, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Is there something as no maintenance? O yeah right that’s Eskom, guess I am a slob. I am sitting behind my desk, hair in a pony tail, no make up, track suite pants, long sleeve T, tekkies with hole in ( I have been looking for a new pair cannot find anything I like and what I like cost 1500 ronds and I do not gym or run so I refuse to pay that!). The tea lady is better dressed than I am. If I do not see clients this is my work attire. Since I picked up weight, lots of it, and hubby telling me how yuck I look – he tends to ask me bi-weekly what am I doing about it, I have lost the will to even make an effort. So slob I am.

    • Sharon

      July 9, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Don’t say such things about yourself! And don’t give up Anon! I totally understand where you’re coming from though. There is a lot to be said about feeling good and that translating into looking good. I gave up, for a long time and I stopped caring to a certain degree because of it. But then I gave myself the gift of my banting journey and it turned everything around for me. Don’t do it because your husband is nagging you, do it because it’s a great gift to give you! You CAN do it. xxx


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