Mid-season humdrums

Okay, so I've sort of been feeling, in retrospect, that I may have been a little depressed over the past year. Not, like, really clinically depressed, but a little flat. Maybe it was the economy, maybe it was the unexpectedly busy summer, I'm not sure, but at the end of it all I wound up gaining tons of weight this past year, working a lot, not going out (stopping drinking didn't help -- it's awkward to go out and not have a glass...), and more or less becoming more introverted and comfort-focused than I've been in a while, probably since senior year of college. My biggest priorities these days are work, food and sleep, pretty much in that order. Thus the weight gain, hermit-ism, and flatness.

So I've really been trying to take small steps this fall (read: this past week) to turn my focus outward -- away from being a homebody, staying in, working all the time, eating all the time. I haven't really bought myself anything nice all year, so yesterday I went to Bergdorf Goodman and got a pair of Balenciaga flats I've been wanting for a while. And this morning I trudged through the rain to BCBG and bought two dresses. I have a lot of stuff, but right now I just don't feel comfortable in a lot of my clothes, so I need to find nice things to wear while I figure out this weight thing I'm going through. Wearing leggings and big sweaters every day is horrible for my morale.

So, YAY! I got new clothes. Here are the two dresses I picked up at BCBG today -- I really recommend going to the store on lower-Fifth Avenue. It's a really manageable boutique-y size, the sales staff couldn't be nicer or more enthusiastic and their fitting rooms are huuuuge and quiet and all velvet-y -- they reminded me of my favorite dressing rooms ever, in the lingerie department at Selfridges in London, which are all red velet drapes and low lighting.

"Observe Everything. Always think for yourself. Never let other people make important decisions for you." — from Bad News by Edward St. Aubyn