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Issue 8
by she she me & Shop Girl
May 20, 2005

Murphy's Law

Sometimes things just don't fall into place the way they're supposed to. And this seems to be the case for some people more often than for others. Apparently I am one of those who suffer from Murphy's Law. I can spend hours planning, researching and preparing for an event as simple as getting a mani/pedi, or as complex as a week in the Bahamas.. I can make lists, make appointments and make calls. I can anticipate every possible scenario and plan for any contingency and still, when it comes to getting from Point A to Point B, somehow I always end up at Point Z.

I must point out that this is not usually my fault. The blame will invariably fall on the computer, as in "...our computer lost the reservation you claim was made four weeks ago, and therefore we will have to charge you the bazillion dollar last-minute-travel fee..." and "...there seems to be a small problem; our computer shows that we no longer have any ocean-view rooms available. We do, however, have a lovely room facing the alley, and next to the elevator shaft. Too bad you didn't check in earlier, before the computer programmers' convention showed up."

Such was the case earlier this week, when I arrived in my new city-of-residence, only to find myself homeless before even stepping a comfortably shod foot from my vehicle. Apparently, due to a computer glitch, my perfectly adorable apartment had been leased to a Harley dude and his biker babe. Clearly the old adage "possession is nine-tenths of the law" was true in this case, especially when faced with tattooed biceps the size of Virginia hams. So I wished the leather-clad couple best of luck in their new abode and set off to find a nice hotel.

I was prepared to hole up at the local HoJo, but after using Magnum to phone the H.R. Department I find myself ensconced in a lovely extended-stay hotel courtesy of my new Corporate Relocation Service Clause. AND I can stay here as long as it takes me to find another perfect apartment! So it seems Murphy's Law has landed me on my stillettoed feet (even though once again I have landed at Point Z).

As is usually the case when I find myself in an interesting circumstance, I make the best of an iffy situation. I have always found that perkiness and good cheer can take the edge off of any predicament. Sometimes I channel Katie Couric; at other times I ask myself, "What would that perky little size zero Kelly Ripa do in my shoes?" (Actually, I would rather be in her shoes-the pink Manolo's to be precise!)

So I have developed a list of things that every girl should have on hand should she find herself in temporary digs. These creature comforts also work well for frequent business traveller. As I have found, a generic hotel room can lower the perkiness level of even the most cheerful of girls, so here are a few essentials and suggestions to help keep your spirits up:

  • First of all, unpack completely. Empty the suitcase, the dress bag, the makeup case the trunk of shoes. Hang your dresses in the closet and put your pj's and delicates in the drawers. This is now your home, for as long or short a time as is necessary. Nothing is more frustrating than riffling through a suitcase in search of your skirt. It will invariably end up crushed and wrinkled. Organize yourself! You may as well be comfortable while you are here.
  • Give your temporary lodgings the feel of home. Place framed photos of family and friends around the rooms. A vase of fresh flowers on the coffee table always adds a touch of warmth, as well as a stack of your favorite fashion magazines .
  • Try to keep your day-to-day routine as normal as possible. If you are an exercise buff, make use of the hotel gym or check out one of the local fitness facilities. Go for a walk or a jog to familiarize yourself with the area.
  • Curl up with a good book. A Salty Piece of Land by Jimmy Buffett shows once again that this singer/songwriter has another great career as a novelist! The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd is full of the magic and imagery of life in the south. For a great summer read, try True Believer by Nicholas Sparks. A personal favorite, In the Company of Cheerful Ladies is the latest installment in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith and once again a great book to relax with.

And finally, my personal favorite--retail therapy! A guaranteed pick-me-up. Happy shopping, girls!

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