Parenting and family, served with a shot of vodka
Superhero, 5, didn’t have any interest in dressing me for the final day of our child stylist project today. So it was entirely up to my Sweet Pea, who will be three next month, to get me dressed.
I have to say, I was pretty stunned. Not only did she do a bang-up job coordinating, everything was seasonally appropriate.
I love that she got in the sparkle that she loves so much. The necklace is three layers of mini sparkle balls, which were super shiny today in the sunlight.
I went to the mall and out to lunch with the family, and I didn’t feel the least bit weird. Awesome job, my little bug.
Here are five takeaways I got out of this week:
1. Shop in your own closet. People say to do this all the time, but I rarely do. Wearing things I haven’t worn in a while inspired me to look at my wardrobe with renewed spirit.
2. Try harder. Before I became a stay-at-home mom, I was writing features and covering shopping, style and trends for a newspaper and magazine. Every day was a chance to express my style, and getting dressed was one of my favorite parts of the day.
When you have to do everything for two kids every morning in a short amount of time, sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to yourself. But I resolve to put more effort into dressing again.
It’s fun to mix things up and express yourself, instead of simply using clothing as a way to avoid leaving the house naked.
That being said…
3. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Let’s be honest: Very few people in the world at large give two craps what you’re wearing. It’s more about making yourself feel good, I think. So on the days time doesn’t allow for me to put together something fun, or it’s just too damn cold to wear anything but jeans and a sweater, who cares?
4. Lose some weight. On day four, my jeans were like a tourniquet. I posed extremely sideways in the photo to hide the little muffin top that was happening. I had tons of cute pants that weren’t even on the table for this, due to my adoration of holiday snacks and red wine.
Friends have said I look trimmer in these pictures, but really, it’s just the way I positioned my body. Notice it’s the same pose every day? Optical illusions, people.
In fact, I started doing the Insanity workouts this week. That will be a post for another day, if I don’t wind up in a body bag first. Right now, I feel like I’ve been hit, and then backed over, by a Mack truck.
5. When in doubt, ask your children. I now trust my tots to make some pretty decent decisions in the style department. I’ll totally ask them to pick out an anchor piece every now and then, just to get me motivated.
Thanks for checking out our little winter break project. Have a great weekend, y’all!