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Smarter Style: Claiming Style for Yourself

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Style can be a struggle for moms; not that we don't have it, but because the demands of our lives frequently mean that focusing on our appearance comes dead last. And I really hate when people sneer at someone "dressing like a mom" because you know why moms sometimes rely on yoga pants and don't wear makeup? Because when we're chasing kids, working, grocery shopping, and making sure everyone in our family has everything they need, from dawn until well past dusk, we need to be comfortable and feel good and if that means yoga pants, so be it.

That said, I think we need to give ourselves permission to do what makes us feel pretty. If that's actually spending money on clothes for yourself instead of for your kids, great. If it's taking five minutes in the morning to swipe on some makeup or style your hair, give yourself that time. Whatever makes you feel better, more confident, or like you're still "with it," we need to give ourselves permission to do it. I know I have agonized about spending like $5 on a new lipgloss when I don't really "need" it, but wearing that lipgloss makes me feel stylish and put together so it's totally worth it. So does getting my hair trimmed and colored. I told my husband I will happily wear the same clothes for 10 years as long as I can get my hair done professionally.

What makes you feel pretty? And do you give yourself permission to do it?

by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:49 AM

I feel best when I have had a recent hair cut. I usually wait longer than I should between cuts.

by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Dressing up makes me feel pretty as well as when my hair behaves

by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Painting my fingernails.

by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Dressing up for my husband in play clothes and make up & dressing up to go to dinner makes me feel pretty. I like to wear make up sometimes to go with my mom and sisters for a girls night out. Painting my finger nails make me feel pretty too.

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