I was offered an opportunity to go to a really cool conference few months ago because of a group I participate in at work that's all about innovation from within. I do enjoy some innovation, but when you are trying to steer/outfit a big ol' ship, sometimes (most of the time) it's a very difficult thing to do. Like, our company is an ocean liner big, and innovations mostly happen in the 28-foot cabin cruiser range of companies. So, the chance to innovate on an ocean liner ACTING like a skiff was one I couldn't pass up.
You know, by way of background.
The time for conferencing came and thus this Monday and Tuesday our ocean liner got a bunch of folks together to innovate. Many of these folks came in suit coats and slacks/skits as their interpretations of 'innovation casual' (the actual dress code!), which means that 1) they own a suit coat, 2) feel more comfortable wearing one that not, and 3) are obviously People of Some Importance in the OL, like Officers and not the Enlisted.
(OK, there were some enlisted there too, like me. I opted to wear Not A Suit Coat [surprise! I don't own one] but rather floral-print black flowy pants with a long-sleeved v-neck black tee [thanks Eddie Bauer!] one day and a rib-knit crossover dress [Torrid] over cropped leggings [also Torrid] and a print infinity scarf [Charmin' Charlies!] the next. The SAME black flats both days [The horror!]
I looked POSITIVELY innovative, if I must say so myself.)
However, clothing is not the reason I shouldn't travel. I felt no embarrassment about my outfits, having thought through my choices and picking the ones I felt were a good mix of comfy/flattering/interesting.
No, the reason I should probably re-think travel for work (or anywhere, especially when planes and hotels are involved), is how I LOOK when I travel. OK, how everything above my neck looks, if we're being precise.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is what 1) nights of poor sleep and 2) entire days of dehydration do your your (not so) faithful correspondent:
NOT an exaggeration. I lose my eyelashes and everything! And stay this way for the duration of the trip! Even with Visine and fancy eye creams and all the water I can get down my gullet!
Y'all, I feel SO BAD for the people that had to spend time with me the past few days. It was NOT a pretty sight, though I tried my best. Also, hotel lighting schemes suck in a major way, so there was no really good method to ensure I was 'doing it right' in terms of horror amelioration.
Shamefaced admission: For years I read in fashion mags and Good Housekeeping and ladies rags of that nature, that models are slavish to facial spritzers and chugging water and all manner of skin hydration methods to stay 'fresh' while they jet-set, and I scoffed at their puny selves for not being more resilient and tough-skinned, like me, for whom travel never seemed a bother. Well, SOMEONE must have found that picture of me in the attic and given it a nick, 'cuz now I scoff no more.
TRAVEL FACE IS REAL.
And should be shown to nobody, ever.
I did have a good time though, so there's that.
Please tell me I'm not the only one who suffers from the dreaded TF, won't you?