G’day my lovely Beach Cottage friends.
Wanna see my new skirt?
So, there’s a whole lot going on in Australian media about real girls ………Deborah Hutton, a 50 year old went naked on the cover of the biggest women’s magazine in Australia, complete with the help of photoshop and it didn’t go down so well…thank you social media, the days of this going un-noticed are long gone..it’s claimed it was just a little bit of airbrushing the age spots…yeah right…it wasn’t really just get the age spots airbrushed….we all know that is so not true, I am a whole lot younger than Ms Hutton and know it’s not true…. (I know a lot of you are not from this lovely land Down Under who read this blog so if you want to know more just read this article it’s worth reading if you are interested in what we real girls have been brainwashed with for, oh, most of our lives.
I think it sucks that the Women’s Weekly supposedly wants to encourage women, of ahem, a certain age to pose naked, to celebrate their bodies and their lives and then photoshops the hell out of the images, making us, mere mortals, out here in MereMortal Land feel even more inadequate than we did before 50 something women decided to plonk their selves, naked no less, slap-bang, right on the front of one of our favourite national magazines.
I was feeling fairly ok about my forty-is-the-new-thirty-body until I saw that.
And that, my lil Beach Cottage friends, is why I wholeheartedly believe in the power of blogging.
Because, as I have said a few times on here, blogging is more real…no I do not show you just how my old cottage looks if I decide to ‘stop’ for oh about a day, no I don’t show you what I look like in the morning before I iron out the crease in my left cheek and pull the hairs out of my chin…
But I don’t show you how ‘wonderful’ I look at 50, naked on the front of your favourite magazine…complete with a Photoshop brush up my backside
I am a real girl here, I do not have a make-up artist, a team of interior designers, an army of gardeners, a stylist to help my ‘wardrobe’, a personal trainer, a cook, a graphic artist who can foof me up or a photographer who ‘works with the light’
I do have 3 kids, a mortgage, a husband with a new business, school fees, teeth fees and sometimes not much time, or to be quite honest, much inclination left for me. But I still want to look the best I can.
And when I started blogging about how I work those Real Girl things above, like budget and time into the things I like to wear, the make-up that makes me feel a little bit brighter, the things I won’t leave the house without in the morning, a very strange thing happened…the feedback was big…one of my fashion posts zipped around the internet, it went a bit viral…my traffic thingy soared that day & my inbox was full the next morning…it seemed, rather than expensive make-up, photo-shopping & designer clothes, girls out there seemed to quite like my Target combats, my wrinkly bits, my small but still very much there Beach Cottage Muffin Top and my Real Girl budget.
And now I embrace that…and I am loving blogging about Real Girl Fashion, Real Girl Finds…it’s given me a new interest in life, I have always loved clothes (not fashion) and now as a forty-is-the-new-thirty-my-kids-are-no-longer-babies I am enjoying it even more…
I don’t know about you, but I am sick to the back teeth of magazine editors telling me how to be like the 50 yr old woman with the perfect body, that actually, is far from the reality of any 50 yr old. indeed 40 yr old woman for that matter, that I have ever known…
I DO NOT want to know about the perfect killer dress that costs oh 3,000 dollars, I don’t want to know about that recipe that uses that perfect ingredient that costs you more than that week’s grocery budget, I don’t want to hear about those Manolos (or whatever they are called) that are so perfect they will change my life, or anyone else’s life for that matter, I do not want to know about that perfect sofa handmade in Italy and costing more than my mortgage, I don’t want to hear about, yet another perfect diet, that will mean that I either lose 25kilos or have killer energy for like ever, and I certainly do not want to see yet another minimalist house without children, (or worse, with white-linen-clad children) that just so happens to be in Mayfair…
I have got more chance of getting any of those things in my life right now than I have of getting to the moon..
plus I don’t what that wholel plethora of it all in my life…I want simple things, easy fashion, easy food and I want, rather than ramp up it up to Jimmy Choos, to low-key down my life…to celebrate, me, to simplyify life and live it the best I can, whatever my circumstances….
What I do want is fashion for a girl with a small budget.
What I do want is food that’s healthy & easy.
What I do want is make-up I can grab in the supermarket.
What I do want is home decor that I can afford.
And that my friends is why I heart blogs.
It’s why I continue to come here and blog the way I do it and it’s why I continue to find inspiration every day from girls, like me, who are not perfect but are living a real life, with whatever that entails
And so, with that in mind, I would like to introduce you to a new addition to the Beach Cottage
The Twenty Dollar Maxi Skirt
modelled by me with my real girl arms
shot by Mr BC with his real girl camera
on location in our real girl town
fitted into our real girl life in the middle of an Aussie Summer’s day
this skirt will suck in your middle bit
but it won’t help with your muffin top
this skirt will make you walk like a duck
but you won’t need to shave your legs
this skirt will pull you in at the sides
but it can do nothing for your upper-arms
this skirt will skim your ankles at just the right length
but it can’t help your hairy chin
this skirt will draw the eye way down away from that other stuff going on
but it won’t help the peel on the top of your thighs
this skirt will be comfy & easy & feel good
but it won’t change those saggy bits you can feel as you walk along
this skirt will make you skip and dance and laugh
but it won’t stop your husband’s
when you ask
do my arms look fat in this?
this skirt rocks
Real Girls rock
your life rocks
be seeing ya Beach Cottage girls
Here’s to Blog & Real Girl Power
skirt : Supre (yes! really! I was shopping for my daughter when I spied it)
(note* I bought a size smaller than I am for sucking-in power)
singlet : Target
basket : The Market Basket Company
photographer : Mr BC skirt wearer : Sarah stylist : Sarah location : the Lucky Country