There is a certain Mommy Blogger who I love to read simply b/c it is funny. She has all these corporate sponsors and she always takes pictures of herself doing the most mundane things looking like a million dollars. Like this...
I guess 65 years later and us women still want to look our best in pearls. Even if it doesn't match the reality of a working modern mom. Heck we all know it wasn't the reality back then either, those ladies had to ration just a few years earlier. Still no one wants themselves looking like this:
Even if it isn't daily reality, they want themselves looking like this:
That is where my wonderment about this mommy blogger was. While I find it ridiculous to "stage" my life and spend the whole day modeling, I'm not the happiest walking around looking like I could be part of the dead people in the movies, The Others. I guess especially with all that has happened I realize I need to try my best to feel good about myself. So how do you that when you can't even clip your hair up or put lotion on your feet? These are some of my ideas.
First off torn t-shirts were not working. So I pulled out the best no sleeves outfit in my closet. Remember this?
Yes, that is me in a swim coverup (drinking soda, not rum). We repurposed it into this:
And we even added a few little ribbons so it wouldn't slip on me.
Miriam added some more swim coverups to my wardrobe. We even have a "church" dress. That was a 10 dollar one from Walgreens.
But when it gets cold and you have a nice event to attend you can't look like you are going to the beach...
So I came up with this number! One night it was nippy though and I was attending a nice event. So I repurposed Chris' dress shirt (which fits over the cast) into this little number. It was ode to all those "tips" I read in Glamour.
My favorite so far though was my repurposing my Indian Sari (I had several given to me as gifts from a good friend in college who hailed from Qatar) into more refined choice for a presentation today. (And yes this time I cheated with a tank top underneath and a couple of safety pins. I normally tie it but I didn't want to risk it falling off :p
Of course cutting edge fashion would not be complete without high quality shoes. While I'm not ready for Jimmy Choos I did get some fun house slippers. I also got some actually cute BORN sandals. And I got a pedicure b/c that is what you do when you can't reach your toenails.
Makeup wise friends have given me hints. Bare Minerals is great when you can't do a lot. My buddy neighbor/dentist convinced me the importance of a professional electric toothbrush. Miriam is the best though. She will do my eyeliner (if it is pencil not my usual liquid). I am doing my face cream 2x a day and using my sunscreen each day.
Baths are a little harder. I miss the old days of my bubble bath. But I am able to get into the kids bath and that is cool. My hairdresser is doing the washing these days on Friday. I miss washing it more often but I only have a couple of more weeks.
As much as I giggle at the modeling mail order bride mommy looking fabulous a minute after giving birth, she has it right about one thing. You need to keep your appearances up. It is good for the heart. You don't need to look like this every day:
Heck realistically I won't even look like "me" for a few more weeks. That doesn't matter. What matters is that you just have to look your personal best that time and circumstances allow. Take the time time to take care of yourself on the outside and most importantly in your heart.
With that said I still won't be on America's Next Top Mommy any day soon ;)