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A friend said the other day that I always look so put together, which made me laugh. Because wouldn’t it be nice if that were actually the case. My house is typically in disarray, my bathrooms need serious attention, and really, who has time to shower? I encouraged her to drop by unexpectedly and see the reality, but thanked her just the same.
But it kind of made me want to cry, too. Because deep down at the core of it, I wish I could be put together. I spend most of the day cleaning up or or feeding or tending to little ones. I deal with bodily fluids and leftover food, and it leaves me feeling a little expendable. When I can be a little pretty and more myself when I walk out the door, it makes me feel like I matter, too.
Obviously I’m not going out in a ballgown or anything. Practical is of the essence, since I still have to juggle littles. But it doesn’t mean I have to feel like a shlub, either. There are a few things that help me upgrade my look a little, so I’m sharing them with you today.
1. Lipstick instead of chapstick. I’m reeeeally not typically a lipstick girl. Lipstick always felt like something you wear to be extra fancy. But ever since I got my first kit from Lindsay, I’ve been buying more and using it all the time. I like how it makes my lips feel, and I love that it doesn’t cake on like typical lipstick. It also stays on for hours. No rubbing off on my kids or my coffee cup. I’m not selling it (yet? Maybe?), but just want to let you know I love it. Also – these colors I’m wearing are Caramel Apple and Pink Champagne (self-bought).
2. A pretty graphic tee instead of a workout tee. If you follow me on Insta, you know about my Declan + Crew addiction. I love their soft and beautiful mama-empowering t-shirts. And the mom who runs the business, Amber, is so sweet and has built such a great community around her brand. She was kind enough to send me her latest “Mama All Day Every Day” tee in the prettiest color. I’ve always been a t-shirt and jeans kind of girl, but these tees take it up a level, with a nod to my favorite job – being a mama.
3. A pencil skirt instead of yoga pants. I would never have been into pencil skirts. I wore one for a play once, I think. And then I came across Merrick’s blog, and she makes wearing one on the everyday so doable. Plus, it’s just as comfortable as yoga pants – but even more so. And better looking. That’s a win-win.
4. A diaper bag that doesn’t look like a diaper bag. You know, I’ve had many diaper bags over the years. I now have a Lily Jade, and I’m never looking back. This beautiful leather bag transitions into a backpack or messenger bag when you need it to. It comes with a removable insert that you can use to help organize your bag. And to get really real, a year and a half after getting it – my bag has seen some abuse; but it still looks amazing and works well! And I will definitely use it long after it’s retired from its diaper bag status. It’s a little more pricey, but considering the fact that I spent tons of money on many different bags I had to eventually throw or give away, it’s an investment worth saving for, in my mind.
5. Nice flats instead of flip flops. I am just not that mom who wears heels and gets away with it. To be fair, heels are just not for me in general, but definitely not as a mom. I also used to be a flip flop girl, but not as much these days, unless it’s to the beach. To elevate my look a little, I like a nicer looking pair of flats. You can’t see them, but I’m wearing huaraches in these pics, which are my favorite summer shoe. They’re nice enough to look dressy, and casual enough to look – well, casual.
Runners up: sunglasses and coffee cup.
What do you wear that takes your outfit up a notch? Any mamas out there relate to my need to get a little dressy, or is that just me?