Wearing the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), that is how I dress up for my highly hazardous work environment – the construction site. A shirt with caution vest, denim pants with hardhat and steeltoe to protect myself from electrocution, falling debris and puncturing from tie wires and steel rods protruding everywhere. Mind you, my hardhat saved me from having a concussion for a hundred of times and laborers that saw me every time always have this snide remark “Buti na lang may hardhat ka, Ma’am.” (Good thing you’re wearing a hardhat, Madam.)
Covering yourself for protection is good but inspecting the site under the scorching heat of the sun is not so good – at least for the reputation of the girly girl in me. I don’t feel very feminine with hair sticking on the sides of my face and shirt wet from sweat and accumulating stain from either mud because its raining or dust because its hot.
A clip of concrete pouring a steel deck – see the protruding tie wires?
One time, the hubby and I went on a series of site inspections around Quezon City. We geared up – backpack, hardhat, stiletto kidding, it’s steel toe. Our pants were of dust, cement and mud. Our kili kili (armpits) sweating off, we both hate the inconvenience we call umbrella, the freaky sunscreen is a hot thick film sticky on skin and our hair is glued to our faces, plus the hard hat gives a nice touch of crown. Imagine the horror on my face when we got a call summoning us for an emergency meeting on one of our client’s offices in Ayala.
Of course we went through.
Typical FOTD on site.
Thank goodness I’m not the only one with the driver’s license. I tried finger-combing my hair, I even attempted to at least put some brows on when the red light’s on and swipe color on my lips. Brush the oil stain from my lower pants, white paint stain on my backside shirt and patches of dried out mud from my hardhat and steel toe using wet wipes.
I gave up.
After work glow vs. After pampering glow
We entered the room just like so and guess what? As expected, all of the people inside wears formal. Mga ateng (female) architects wore dresses, & cat walking on their wedges. I vividly remember a junior architect in a tuxedo complete with a black bow, parang magpoprom lang (like attending a high school junior-senior prom). ‘Di ko na tinignan kung nakafalsies sila kasi maiingit lang ako! (I didn’t bother to check if they’re wearing false eyelashes, I will just get envious!)
Well, actually may isang nakafalsies! (I caught one wearing false eyelashes!) I can only imagine wearing makeup at bumilad sa araw (and bask in the sun).
It’s understandable, how I look. Until I mentally compared myself to the woman who opened the door for us; a woman wearing a corporate dress tiptoeing on her stiletto, leaving a whiz of gentle perfume on her path. An office secretary in her turf – structured curls of hair, perfectly winged eyes, full-on brows with gleaming smile of matte red lips. My head wondered if it’s transfer-proof until I died a little.
That’s why I love dressing up whenever the event asked for it and when I got enough time to pull it through because toddlers and deadlines aren’t always on the same Cartesian plane of time. You choose your battles, either bathed & fed kids and deadlines reached looking like a beggar, or looking gorgeous with untidy home, hungry kids and utility bills unpaid! Okay, that’s over-escalating things but when you have minor beta-thalassemia aka defective hemoglobin, you don’t have enough muscles to check all the things for Today’s To-Do List.
Like I said, sometimes, toddlers and deadlines aren’t always on the same Cartesian plane of time – unless the universe aligned to make you shine; the toddlers are asleep so I can have extra time to think about the clothes I’ll wear or put on decent makeup or an extended family member drop by to look at the kids while I do me.
Rare occasions where I don’t stay long that much on site that I can still wear the same top to my evening affair without the smell. From construction site inspection to blog event transformation.
Science has proved it. The brain chemistry behind the interest of people in personal appearance, like intense passion for clothes and the likes, like falsies, makeup and perfumes are highly because its pleasing and humans very much like to see beautiful things that vibrates pleasing aura.
Personal appearance alter your approach and interaction with the world.
We know our clothes affect other people’s impressions of us, but what’s more important to know is that what we wear affects us too, so the mud on my shirt and the oil stain on my pants really has something to do with my internal pulling of hair and crying on the corner.
The secretary who opened the door for us lead us to the conference room. It just made me sigh with relieve that she’s friendly and accommodating. What’s more? We won’t be staring at her the entire time nor the junior architects like prom dates waiting for the sweet music to start while beating myself up in the process, because we are meeting with their superior. Their superior.
My saving grace? We were introduced as the project-in-charge and hence, our outfit. The senior architect reclaimed my dignity albeit the greasy-sweaty look. Her, carefully taking notes of what I’m discussing sort of made my self-esteem higher. I may be a construction worker per se, but I’m the head engineer in the group and it’s crucial that they listen to me.
Clothes are one of human’s basic need, but in our modern times, clothing has been raised to a higher standard we call Fashion so if you’re a girl who loves to dress up, go you! Your girly girl closet isn’t frivolous, its just that it contains a myriad of channels to heightened up your game.
And as for me, well, I may not always have my brows on-fleek, sometimes my katamaran (one of minor beta thalassemia symptom is fatigue) attacks, and I’m no exception to smell like a construction worker after a day in the field but I got a head on top of my shoulders. That’s more important-er (engineers aren’t suppose to be good in English).
Clothes will boost our confidence in facing the world when its stain-free and newly looking, good thing there’s Elextrolux Ultimate Care Washing Machine with FashionCare technology!
With Electrolux Ultimate Care you can “Buy now, wear forever!”
The unique Electrolux UltraMix Technology guarantees your favorite clothes (in my case, my construction site clothes) to look newer for longer! No matter what lifestyle you’re in, Electrolux’ Innovative Vapour Refresh program – a quick cycle designed to refresh delicates without using detergent, will get your clothes wrinkle-free with less ironing hassle. That’s hitting two birds in one stone! It refreshes your clothes, leaving them smelling fresh and looking like new. No more smelly clothes! And the Woolmark certified cycle will fit all kinds of clothes even the precious woollens! Now we don’t have to hand-wash special types of clothing like fishnet, wool and cashmere.
With Electrolux FashionCare you Wash. Wear. Repeat!
This feat is important for my school kid because so far, he only got a pair of uniform that I hand wash because I’m afraid that my washing machine will ruin the delicate fabric and for my construction uniform PPE, I had to hand wash after having the long strong cycle because the washing machine isn’t strong enough to remove stubborn stain, too.
The roses in the family. My sister Beth, yours truly and our Mother E. We love wearing fishnet for skirts, wool for scarves and cashmere for turtlenecks.
Electrolux FashionCare will remove the worry of frequent washing leading to faded colors that includes white! Unique Electrolux UltraMix™ Technology delivers an exceptional deep clean even at 30°C, keeping clothes vibrant and newer for longer – perfect for my everyday uniform/construction clothes. It also allows water to be pre-mixed with the detergent and activated even in cold water, ensuring a deep yet gentle clean – perfect for my school kid’s uniform, and delicate fabrics like fishnet, lacy dresses and silk.
The Jersons love vibrant colored polo and long sleeves on Sundays. With Electrolux Ultimate Care Front Load, I can save muscle for more important things on my Today’s To-Do List and that’s to devout my time to these boys!
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My best power dressing look.
I still wear my PPE; that’s a standard protocol in the field of my choosing, but I have more appreciation of my profession now. I help in civilizing humanity, I volunteer in designing public maternity facilities, I’m in the middle of conceptualizing a sphere house – which will float when it floods and will roll during earthquake. In the end, it is one of our main source of bread and hence, I must be thankful that I am able to wear my PPE.
Electrolux FashionCare Front Load Washing Machine
With Electrolux FashionCare I can use my muscle to take care of my loved ones because I know it will take good care of our clothes – removing stains and making it newer for longer!
I still love adoring girls in their carefully articulated outfits, I try to recreate the look when I’m up for it too, but for now, I’m excited for this latest technology innovation in washing the laundry; it has come to a full new height and now that it could take care of my family’s well-being with 99.9% Allergen Free, our everyday work and school clothes, our special clothes with Innovative Vapour Refresh program, and the environment, too with Energy Efficiency Feat!
I’m a proud girly girl but one of the boys and just like me, Electrolux FashionCare has the tough muscle for stain but a soft heart for my delicate fabric!
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