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Offspring and I try to travel to Dallas to visit with friends and family there at least once a year. On our last trip we spent 6 weeks there and my friend Ollie gave me a Dallas style makeover.
This may sound crazy, but when I told Ollie that I was about to turn my life upside down, and end my 10 year marriage because I wanted to have a child, she thought it would be fun to have one at the same time. Yeah, I was right, it sounds crazy, and that’s not even half the story.
Ollie already had five kids, two grown and 3 littles from her second marriage. Her 3 boys were one of the reasons I decided to have kids. I spent so much time with her awesome boys that I started to imagine my life with kids of my own, and suddenly at age 37, it finally seemed like a really great idea.
I divorced, and quickly found a source of the secret ingredient I needed for this special project. Obviously I’m glossing over A LOT of drama, but this post is supposed to be about a makeover. Ollie and I each began our baby projects in Honduras, but ended up having our girls 6 months apart, and in different parts of the United States. We made a pinky promise that we would make a real effort to get them together at least once a year so that they would have a childhood bond.
On this trip we visited museums and attractions, the Arboretum, the Texas State Fair, the Zoo, and the girls had a fairy portrait done at Enchanted Fairies. It was an amazing opportunity for them to strengthen their friendship.
Ollie and I couldn’t be more different. She’s Honduran royalty, of the beauty queen variety, and I’m a tomboy. While she was getting her hair blown out, I was trying to get the grime off my face from a day of dirt biking. She is a socialite, I’m a hippie. She always looks put together, and I always look thrown together. Her look is classic chic, mine is… not as easily defined.
We do have a ton in common though, and a friendship that allows us to be brutally honest with each other. During this last visit, she flat out insisted that I allow her to make some adjustments to my wardrobe.
I was nervous at first because she has a penchant for animal print, rhinestones, and stilettos, none of which I think I can pull off. I’m one of those women who look like a newborn baby calf when I try to walk in high heels. Thank goodness she was realistic, and let me take baby steps, trading in my DC Shoes for ballet flats, and a pair of low heeled vintage boots. She gently eased me into animal prints with a couple of scarves, and replaced my hoodie with a fitted jacket.
When I was packing to go home she presented me with a really cute purse that I’m ashamed to say I haven’t had the guts to use yet – animal print, rhinestones, AND studs! Maybe tomorrow.
I’m grateful for the makeover, the 50 pound bag of clothes, shoes, and purses for both Offspring and me, and for a friendship that means more to me than I can put into words.
My New Year’s Resolution is to learn to wear scarves in more ways than the one I know now. One of my favorite fashion bloggers has an amazing video tutorial and makes it look so easy.
updated Sept 2017