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10 Easy Tips For How To Be A Mom AND Look Good

Whether you are a working mom or a SAHM, the way you dress is important because not only does it affect how you look it affects how you feel. So read on to find out how you can look good and feel good in spite of the chaos that is motherhood.

6659_404233676358385_517206476_nEspecially when you have young kids it’s so tempting to wear the same black yoga pants everyday with whatever t-shirt is reasonably clean, running shoes, and hair in a pony tail. It’s quick, easy and comfortable. But you know what? After a while, you get into a funk. After my first was born I didn’t even want to get out of my crusty torn sweatpants. My body was mangled, I was just “fat” instead of pregnant and without a bra my boobs hung down to my belly button! I felt like crap. I watched all the pretty people on television and remembered when I used to look like that. But, it was okay, I told myself, because I am a mother now and I wouldn’t trade it.

Well, guess what? After having the twins I realized that just because you are a mother doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice yourself. In fact, you shouldn’t. Looking good is feeling good. When you feel good about yourself you are in a better mood, which makes you a better person and a better mother. You can’t take care of your kids if you don’t take care of yourself first.

Being a working mother of three young kids I have learned a few tips for how to make yourself look and feel like a million bucks without actually spending a lot of time and money. Here are some of my top tips for making it work.

Here is what my haircut looks like.

Here is what my haircut looks like.

1. Invest in a good haircut. No matter what you are wearing, if your hair looks good it will elevate your appearance to the next level. After years of wearing a pony tail everyday I decided to make a change and the results were amazing. Work with your stylist to find a cut that works with your lifestyle. In my case, I needed something that was more wash and go (never blow dry my hair), was versatile (read I could still do the pony tail thing is needed) and looked good. My stylist gave a great haircut with choppy layers that frame my face. The cut requires minimal styling because the shape is in the cut, and the messier it gets, the better it looks. Long hair is great but it is a pain to style and if you wear it up 99% of the time, what have you got to lose?

2. Use double duty products. Instead of foundation I use a tinted beauty balm that moisturizes my skin as well as providing a light foundation. With a baby you don’t have a lot of time to be fussy with make-up, but bb cream is lightweight and can be worn alone (I find foundation looks weird if you don’t also wear some blush/ eyeshadow) along with a tinted lip gloss or tinted chapstick (like Nivea’s fruity shines, less than $4 each). For work (or home), I love Maybelline 24 hour lip colour because when you put it on in the morning it really does last all day (even after drinking etc.) I know I don’t have time to be freshening lipstick, nor do I want to have to clean up lip stick stains from my cups, the kids faces, my clothes etc.

3. Dress for your age. Trust me on this one. Dressing age appropriately will make you look younger not older. My heart sinks when I see a mom who looks like she is taking clothes out of her daughters closet. People always fight me on this, but I am sorry, most people will NOT take you seriously. Save the fun bright pink for your PJs.

4. Dress for your size. Same idea. You can take the cheapest of clothes and they will look good if they fit you properly. Even the most expensive jeans look trashy if you are pouring out of them (not to mention you won’t be very comfortable).

5. Invest in a few timeless pieces. While prints and colours are fun, invest (and by invest I mean do your best to get them at a discount but they will ever go as cheap) in a nice coat and pair of boots. There were lots of times I had to go out late night to the pharmacy for something and I was covered in dog hair and spit up but once I put my nice coat and boots on you would never know. Stick to basic colours like black because not only will they match everything they will last you for several years.

6. Never buy clothes you can’t wash. My house is a laundry free-for-all. I wash anything and everything together

Use pop tabs to hang matching tops and bottoms together when you do laundry so you can grab and go.

Use pop tabs to hang matching tops and bottoms together when you do laundry so you can grab and go.

(special baby detergent, I laugh at your special baby detergent). I don’t have time for hand wash, and certainly not the time and money for dry clean only. Pick things you can throw in the washer and dryer, even if it means passing by a really nice pair of wool pants. You’ll thank me later.

7. Learn to layer. Layering is great because not only will it allow you to adjust depending on the temperature, its a great back in case life gets in the way. Baby’s diaper leaked on your sweater? No problem, take it off to reveal a clean t-shirt underneath.

8. Running shoes are for running. Crocs are for crocodiling? (well they might as well be). Look, I know what you mean. I have Achilles tendonitis which means I have to be extra careful about how I choose my footwear, and I love running shoes, and I didn’t leave the house without my crocs when I was pregnant. But you can step it up a notch without sacrificing comfort. In summer I have a great pair of Sketchers shape ups sandals that are strappy and metallic. They look great with all my capris and maxi dresses but are still super comfortable and (supposedly) give you a better toosh. In the fall I love those suede booties because they are warm and comfortable and look good with mostly anything. For work I have a cute pair of short black booties that look good with pants or dresses and have just a small heel so they are comfortable to walk in, but still give a nice clicking sound when you walk down the hall.

9. Dresses are great. While on the surface dresses seem like they are more high maintenance they aren’t. Think about it. Pick out a dress and there’s your outfit, done. I lobe maxi dresses in the summer because they are cool and comfortable and you can still play in the playground without flashing the world. In the winter, sweater dresses are great because you even wear them with pants if it’s really cold or even jeans if you want to wear it like a tunic and dress it down for your day off.

All my scarves hanging on the back of the door

10. Be organized. Whether I am working or it’s my day off mornings are always a busy blur of commotion, so the last thing you want to be doing is figuring out what to wear. Get your outfits together the night before, or even put them together when you are putting the laundry away so you can just wake up and go. One of my big secrets is shoe organizers (you know, the ones that hang on the door). They work great for everything. Not only do they keep your stuff organized and hide away in the closet, with clear pouches you can see everything at a glance. I have one for scarves, one for shoes, one for winter accessories, I even used to have one for make up.

Remember, it doesn’t happen all at once. Take one step at a time and try to incorporate one thing into your routine. Before you know it you will see how you look and feel better and that will encourage you to take your routine even further. You are not being selfish or conceited. You are investing a small amount of time and money in yourself, because you are worth it.

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About Shannon

I am a university educated full-time working mother of four children. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.

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19 thoughts on “10 Easy Tips For How To Be A Mom AND Look Good

  1. Love the pop tab idea. I try to have my clothing and the girls clothing picked out the night before.

    Posted by Piper's Run | January 30, 2014, 8:35 am
  2. i love your haircut! I mean adore! I tried to get what I call the soccer mom do-almost a reverse bob and well lets just say it did not go as planned and i am in the growing out phase! lol Pop hanger idea-amaze-balls…ugh i am officially a stalker of this blog!! πŸ™‚

    Posted by Abby | January 30, 2014, 8:43 am
  3. I shall try! πŸ˜‰

    Posted by The Vanilla Housewife | January 30, 2014, 8:43 am
  4. I agree about the haircuts. They really make the most difference of all for feeling human again. I’ve only managed to get two since I gave birth (eight months ago), but still, better than nothing! Now I have a short bob, which is also good because it’s hard for babies to grab πŸ™‚

    Posted by sparrow | January 30, 2014, 9:41 am
    • It is really tough to get away, I know. But it only takes an hour or two away but like you said, it will save you the frustration of never being able to style your hair.

      Posted by Shannon | January 30, 2014, 9:47 am
      • Hi Shannon
        Wondering if you could offer me some advice on getting betting organized all around especially with meal planning and me time.
        I am having a hard time balancing it and look like crap all the time
        Feel like it any way. I’m going to reread these posts
        And try and chip away at it slowly like you mentioned.

        Posted by Nancy | August 22, 2016, 2:02 am
  5. You did get a good cut! I am contemplating making an appointment for a haircut one day. Unfortunately I left it a little too late after we got back from Christmas shenanigans and I hit Chinese New Year and now I just have to ride it out until we get into the normal season again. I’ll ponytail it rather than pay the Spring Festival surcharges!

    Posted by Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist | January 30, 2014, 9:55 am
    • Huh. I never heard of spring festival surcharges. You learn something new every day. I went from being a ponytail every day to now just maybe once a week, and it’s the same amount of work but I look and feel better. Good luck with your future haircut.

      Posted by Shannon | January 30, 2014, 10:06 am
  6. I definitely see where you are going here. Good overall idea. Not all these tips work for my lifestyle but hey, picking and choosing is what’s life is all about right? πŸ™‚ Great share.

    Posted by Heather C | January 30, 2014, 8:18 pm
  7. Great tips, Shannon! I’m all about the dresses. I work full-time, but from home. When I’m not traveling, I can fall into a pony tail/sweat pants rut, too. A shower, quick hair fix and a sundress does a lot for the mood without a lot of effort. Love your posts!

    Posted by MamaMickTerry | January 30, 2014, 11:11 pm
    • Thanks! I was the same way on my first mat leave because it seemed like so much work for nothing but then I realized it doesnr take much to completely brighten your day. Thanks so much for reading πŸ™‚

      Posted by Shannon | January 30, 2014, 11:16 pm
  8. Like it

    Posted by Kavita Rawat | February 1, 2014, 7:33 am
  9. Great haircut! I just had one recently a la garçonne but in hindsight was too short because I now need to go back and I don t have the luxury to go go every month. Plus i have been missing the mommy pony tail hahah So will explore the length you chose.

    Posted by redlipstickmama | February 2, 2014, 3:28 pm
  10. Really cool. It is really hard to be fashion forward mum and also have the kids in tip-top shape. Thank you for the reminders.

    Posted by wewritelifeblog | May 13, 2016, 5:00 am

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