You know how birthdays have a funny way of inciting reflection and possible depression. Well, It’s about 2 weeks shy of my **th birthday and I had been reflecting and depressing, cleaning and shopping when I came across clothes in my closet l had not seen since before I had become a wife and mother to two– 8 years ago. Naturally, I want to try them on. Of course to see if this aging lady has really changed. Because if they still fit then that would mean, in my world, I haven’t really aged or changed “physically” at all. (oh yeah!) After praying and slowly slipping on the first dress, memories of a slimmer waistline flooded my mind. If. I. could. just. hold. my. sto. mach. in… I could fit it. (exhale). It worked. I have to capture this moment. Honey take a picture!
…and The Closet Actress Series was born.
I’m in the closet too. Me, the actress. Much like my forgotten but favorite digs, Me, the actress has been tucked away for so long for reasons I am not prepared to explore in this post. Perhaps the stills below would help to express the frustration behind that story. In any case, this series premiere of The Closet Actress is about rediscovering the forgotten.
It was my birthday and I needed a way to celebrate. Dinners and lunch with friends were on the list but I wanted something more. Purposefully more.
The clothes I am wearing in this episode of The Closet Actress are dresses and skirts I haven’t worn in 10 years. I am proud to say they fit! not perfectly as in pre-kids perfectly but they never the less fit at least for an at-home birthday photo shoot with my husband.
I am glad to have created an occasion to take both the clothes and the gift out of the closet.
May you be inspired to rediscover what’s been tucked away and forgotten in your life.
Are you a closet actress, photographer, artist, writer, knitter? Do tell.
Wardrobe in order of appearance:
Green Circle Dress with Belt, MICA
Floral Halter, Mario Balthazar
Black Sleeveless, Rubi Rox
Pleated Skirt, Mohji Kohji
Film and Theater Inspirations:
The Birds, 1963 Imitation of Life, 1959
Raisin in the Sun, 1961 Grease, 1978