Sketch Sunday 71

Not much crafting has been going on around here. Instead there’s been this:

Planning for an overseas trip. But not a holiday. An author tour. This is both exciting and terrifying. And it’s going to be a lot of hard work. There’s so much to organise. Not just the usual cat sitter/house sitter/bills/post/packing to do, but public speaking events to prepare for, publicity material to arrange and a whole different wardrobe to pack.

Earlier this week I went looking for the impossible: shoes that I can walk for miles in and stand up for hours in, yet look good with a skirt or pants, are nice enough to wear to a fancy restaurant, can be worn in hot/cold/wet weather, and aren’t so expensive that if my luggage is lost or stolen I’ll want to cry.

Believe it or not, I think I managed it, thanks to the current fashion for runner-style impact absorbing soles on shoes. I found a pair of mary-janes for warmer days, and some lace-up boots for other times. The boots do have rather high heels, however, so I’m going to give them a bit of a test run first.

I go ironing-free when travelling. My favourite store for crushable clothes worthy of a fancy restaurant is Motto. I also keep to a limited colour scheme – in this case black, red and purple. Yesterday I found myself wishing I had a flirty red top top to include on this trip, and then it occurred to me I have a red dress made of t-shirt material that I like the top half of, but don’t like the skirt part.

I can see another refashion in my near future.