The Random Writings of Rachel: "Real" Fashion a.k.a Happy Housework Fashion

"Real" Fashion a.k.a Happy Housework Fashion




There often seems to be a big concern among bloggers and those who read their blogs over what is "real" and what is "fake" in the blog world. Personally, I assure you that all of my outfits are very real. They are the clothes I happen to be wearing whenever I can convince my husband or siblings to take a photo of me. But perhaps this one is a little more "real" than average.

That is, if by "real" I were to mean the kind of outfit I might wear when Angel's gone for 14 hours and I spend the day at home emptying all the kitchen cupboards and cleaning them, washing the bathroom counters, doing laundry, sweeping the floors, and yes, scrubbing my kitchen sink with bleach.

I confirm that yes, I did scrub my kitchen sink with bleach while wearing this outfit. That's perhaps one of those actions that falls on the not-so-intelligent side of bravery, but its true. And hey, no bleach spots have appeared yet, so I must have some talent when it comes to scrubbing!

At the time of this picture-taking I wasn't wearing shoes because I'd been home all day and the skin on my hands was itching like crazy because apparently I can't be bothered to put on rubber gloves when working with cleaners.

Perhaps 'real' isn't the right term, because I'm convinced that all of the clothes I wear are not imaginary. At least I hope so. I don't want any "The Emperor's New Clothes" episodes around here. Let's just call this the "Happy Housework Outfit." I'm sure I have a "Grumpy Housework Outfit" too, but I had a couple little sisters helping me on this particular housework endeavor, so it was definitely a happy one.

Fun Fact: I also wore this mini-dress in my senior pictures. For proof, here's 16 year old Rachel:


I like that hairstyle, but man...they forced me to pose like that. Weird. Trust me, you've never been posed till you've been posed by a Malaysian studio photographer. I think everyone ought to have that experience once in their lives, it's completely unique. They scolded me constantly! I'm all for hands on one's hips...but I much prefer smiling.

What's your favorite way to accomplish a long list of household chores?

............................................................................................

P.S. I have a new marriage-related article up on the QUITE Magazine website, this one is: When Prince Charming Isn't Very Charming At All. Angel said that he thinks it's the best thing I've ever written, so if you have any respect for his opinion, I'd say you should read it.

38 comments:

  1. that is a brave outfit for bleach! All my cleaning gets done with caution because I have no old clothes that I'm willing to mess up... good to know it can be done!
    and, I loved reading your article!

    ReplyDelete
  2. You definitely must have some cleaning skills, because if I tried using bleach with a normal outfit on, I'd definitely be covered head to toe in spots! And if I wear shabby old clothes...go figure - they'll be totally unscathed!

    ReplyDelete
  3. you look so cute! I love all your outfit posts :P and its so cool you can still wear something that 16-year-old Rachel wore. I can do that for tops, but my hips have grown :P :P tee hee. I'm sure its just normal for you through!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh, I just love that outfit! Plus, you look great in it - both then AND now! And, what's more, you look as though you could be a model, m'dear, like, f'reals!

    I'm your newest follower via both GFC and Bloglovin' :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. That's a cute outfit! You look awesome in your Senior pictures :) I read your article and it is great - I agree with that sometimes you just have to let them cool off. My boyfriend has only become irate once and I can get him to calm down quite easily since thankfully, his anger is never directed towards me. He's a very patient and calm person otherwise, so if he's upset or irate there must be a reason. Happy Monday Rachel!! -Iva

    ReplyDelete
  6. They were definitely using your to their advantage; a model looking lady in their studio, of course they're gonna tell you how to pose. haha. on another note, I'm glad I'm not the only one that has to convince my husband to take a photo of me. :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. that's super cute - especially for cleaning. i'm usually in sweatpants and a tee shirt!

    ReplyDelete
  8. aww love your 16 year old pic :) and I look pretty similar when i'm cleaning except i'm wearing old baggy stained sweatpants usually (the ones that I accidentally got bleach spots on, in fact!)
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

    ReplyDelete
  9. Ooh, I'd be scared to use bleach in such a cute outfit! Actually, I'm scared to use bleach at all. I bought the smallest size container because I so rarely use it!

    ReplyDelete
  10. You wear that gorgeous dress for cleaning and bleaching???? You're kidding me, right?

    ReplyDelete
  11. When I'm hanging around the house even cleaning, I'm wearing boot slippers, sleep pants, tank top, and zip up hoodie. When I take my OOTD pictures that is what I'm wearing at that moment.

    I love how you wearing that for both pics :-)

    ReplyDelete
  12. I usually clean in an old t-shirt and pajama shorts. Then I sneak to the laundry room in the hopes nobody can see me in the outfit.

    ReplyDelete
  13. They forced you..hahaha! I love the dress! My favorite way to accomplish chores is either blasting music, youtube videos, or listening to NPR on Saturdays, because that's when they have shows that I can (want) listen to.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I love your outfits! And that article is spot on!!!

    ReplyDelete
  15. You are so cute. I like that you post your real clothes ;). I can't do outfit post because, realistically, I wear pajamas every day :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. Your 16 year old picture is awesome.

    I tend to wear sweats when I'm cleaning.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Wow, you put me to shame. My cleaning outfits are sweats and tees! You look adorable! Thanks for linking up again this week! :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Love the dress! Its funny, I dressed up today thinking it would put me in the "get the house clean so it can get messy again" mood...but unfortunately that hasn't happened so far!

    I'm glad you posted this...I have a similar khaki dress that I've had over a year and just haven't figured out what to wear with it...or if it is even "me." I'm going to force myself to wear it someday, and then we'll know if it's a "me" dress or not. haha

    ReplyDelete
  19. I'm glad you wear real clothes, otherwise this would be a totally different type of blog =P

    ReplyDelete
  20. Wow, 16 year old Rachel looks freakishly similar to current Rachel.

    My current household chores include packing us up and moving us into our new place! So excited to move into a larger space in a new city!!!

    ReplyDelete
  21. ah, this post is perfection -- love the outfit and am in slight disbelief that it still fits you from when you were 16- lucky lady! gorgeous then and gorgeous now.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Cute outfit and that senior picture is priceless! You make it look so natural, but based on what I know about you and the comments you made after the picture, I can also see you saying & feeling things that are completely different from the way you look in this picture. lol Thanks for sharing! oh, and I'm about to go read that article! :)

    ReplyDelete
  23. cute outfit... and i didn't even notice you weren't wearing shoes!

    ReplyDelete
  24. I do not look that cute when I clean. I would have ruined that outfit.

    And I hate cleaning. So I'm usually whining.

    ReplyDelete
  25. I'm jealous you still fit into clothes from when you were 16!!!!!! Go on with your bad self!!!!!
    I look like a straight up BUM when I clean, hahaha

    ReplyDelete
  26. Hee hee! I think all of us have fake posed pictures from when we were in high school. But you look adorable, as always. I had thick plastic glasses back then (blah!). A lot of my outfits now tend to match the colors of my blog. It's not intentional--I seriously have a closet full of pink and yellow clothes.

    ReplyDelete
  27. my work attire is jeans and a tshirt, so i would be the worst style blogger, which is why i only share my outfits occasionally.

    ReplyDelete
  28. I definitely take pride in myself in that you are seeing real time photos of my outfits on mg blog. I take photos before work then write the post that night. I've taken outfits photos ahead of time before, but that's risky bc when the day finally comes to actually wear the outfit, my mood could completely be different and chances are I won't feel like wearing it anymore. But anyway. Just meant I can relate! And what a cute house cleaning outfit! Def way cuter than anything I would wear! And the fact that you can still fit into it is quite impressive. There's no way I could fit into my high school stuff. I don't think. I would rather not know. Haha!
    Morepom.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  29. I love the outfit and that is awesome you can wear clothes from high school, I don't want to even try that!!!

    ReplyDelete
  30. I would never doubt that you are being real ;) I like that little dress!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Good for you for wearing that while doing housework. No lie, I think I've actually gotten into "real clothes" about a handful of time since Colton has been born. Not ashamed to admit it ;) And I loooove your senior picture!

    ReplyDelete
  32. I love that you worn this as a senior - great flashback picture - I am a huge fan of these types of tunic style shirts - very stylish and perfectly fitted :)
    Just popping over from stylish tuesday

    Laura x
    www.sidestreetstyle.com

    ReplyDelete
  33. Aww, you're so adorable in your senior portrait. Still rocking a great dress all these years later!

    <3 Vicki
    wildeinthecity.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  34. Looking very military chic! Thanks for linking up with Stylish Tuesday!

    xo, Paige
    lifesapartydli.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  35. How cute were you...and how come you still look like that?! Are you some sort of genetic super hero?
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  36. Your utility dress is SO cute! I don't think I'd ever pick up a scrub rag with it on, too dangerous!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Okay you look like a model in that picture! But I love this post. And your outfit.

    ReplyDelete