With a great sigh of relief, we send jeune homme back to school today. We’d moved him to a new school last spring that was a much better fit for his abilities and challenges, but he only had full advantage of the new environment for a few weeks before the regular academic year ended. While he did have summer camp and summer school, he’s a kid who needs and thrives on structure and predictable routine, which is why summers and weekends have become such a challenge. He functions best when his time is planned out pretty much every waking moment; meanwhile le monsieur and I work all week and could use a bit less structure and a little down time on our days off. Due to his sometimes unpredictable behavior, our options for activities outside the home have become more and more restricted. At this point a walk around the neighborhood with the dogs or trip to the market are about all we can safely manage with him. Trying to keep him occupied and entertained on weekends has been wearing us out, so we’ve taken the step of getting some regular help to come in for a few hours on the weekends to give us a break. Even just those few hours to “move freely about the cabin” (and venture out into the world a bit more than we’ve been able to for a long time) has been a welcome relief.
Jeune homme, in fact, is much more excited about returning to school than the kids in this brilliant commercial.
Saturday night I was able to meet up with the lovely Imogen Lamport of Inside Out Style who was on a layover between flights on her way back to Australia. We had a wonderful chat about families, blogging, and style (bien sur). Imogen has developed her own color system, and is not only using it for her own clients, but training people to use the system as well. I had the opportunity to be part of a color and style workshop led by Imogen in 2009. It was such an eye-opener, and I really love how Imogen approaches style, taking into account first the applied visual science of it (in considerable depth and detail), and then factoring in personality and individuality. If you live anywhere near Melbourne, Australia I’d highly recommend working with her in person. But if distance is prohibitive, she has excellent Ebooks available to help you jump start or refine your style: Your Essential Style Guide, Travelling Light, Never Short On Style (the most helpful style book for petites I’ve found yet), The Finishing Touch (tips and tricks to accessorize effectively) and Svelte In Style. Loaded with pictures and illustrations, Imogen shows as well as tells what works and doesn’t. She’s not about 10-items-every-woman-must-have lists, or a single formula for everyone (I’m looking at you, all of you belt-to-create-a-waistline celebrity stylists!). Much of how I choose shapes and silhouettes today is due to what I learned from Imogen’s blog and workshop.
To see some wonderful examples of style personality and individuality, do go visit Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style.
Those of you who are teachers, I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for doing this demanding work that can make such a difference in people’s lives. We are so grateful to the teachers and other staff at our son’s school who have shown him such patience and compassion and seem to have unflagging enthusiasm for what they do.
How’s your week shaping up?