Last weekend I had spent a beautiful, sunny day in Ogunquit, Maine for a socially distanced reunion with friends I hadn’t seen since January/February- right before the pandemic really started making waves. We kept our distances with our beach towels, chairs and umbrellas- and wore masks when we weren’t lounging in our selected spots or swimming in the ocean. There was delicious food, music, and a lot of overdue catching up with one another- and truthfully it was such a soothing, relaxing day- which was exactly what I needed amid all the chaos we’ve all been facing in recent weeks/months.
It felt like pre-pandemic normalcy- if only for a few blissful hours.
The only downside was that with all the swimming I did, I kind of forgot to reapply my sunscreen as liberally as I should have. I’m not proud of it- considering how strict I am about SPF and given how pale I am- but I admittedly got a little forgetful in all the fun I was having and lost track of time- resulting in my getting a pretty significant burn on my back, both shoulders, and thighs.
I spent the early part of last week in a lot of pain as the burn healed, and now I’ve reached the peeling/flaking process- which is always gross. To spare others from having to see me shed my skin like a snake (and keep comfortable until it’s over) I’ve been covering up with old, oversized band t-shirts with my shorts and sneakers.
And although my “Mystic Pizza” shirt isn’t for a band- it does make me feel like Julia Roberts when I have it on- which is also fun.
I picked up this shirt while grabbing pizza a couple of weeks ago when I visited Mystic, and it’s quickly become one of my favorites. It’s big, soft and bright- and with some shorts and slip-on flats- I was ready to go about my day.
And to add a little 1980s-inspired flair to it- I tied some of the extra fabric at the bottom into a knot to make the shirt look a little shorter on me.
I think I’ll let my hair go a little bigger and more wild the next time I wear this to really emulate the Daisy Araújo character accurately.