OOTD :: of Tuesdays and tribulations

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So it’s Tuesday. You’re officially entrenched in the week. You can’t get away with “it’s Monday” excuses. You’ve got a buttload of chores to complete. You’ve got to empty out the dishwasher, refill the dishwasher, start a load of laundry, make beds, sift through junk mail, pay some bills, and oh, yeah. The kids. And perhaps even an animal or three. As these things run through your mind like Satan’s roll call, you tumble out of bed and think: plaid.

Yeah, that happens to me on a daily basis. Honestly. Because plaid is cool. Plaid originated in Scotland, which is also cool. Plaid screams punk and comfort at the same time. Plaid is invariably cotton flannel which does not wrinkle, and even if it did, the pattern masks the wrinkles. Plaid never goes out of style.

Plaid is your fashion savior.

Coz lookie above. See me in yesterday’s boyfriend jeans and no shoes? See me in my oversized plaid shirt? Yeah, I’m ready to make those household chores my beeyatch!

But, wait! I suddenly remember I’ve got a parent/teacher conference in a few hours. Or my husband texted and wants me to drop off  that important work document he left at home. Or my mother called and wants to take me out to lunch. You fill in your own unplanned crisis here. But whatever you choose, something happens that will require you to not only leave the house but also interact with people who may or may not care about whether you look like a lumberjack.

Fine. Challenge accepted. Look below.

tuesday motion

See what I did there? Two layers and the same shoes from yesterday and all of a sudden I’m ready to do a power lunch meeting! Now I like this look inspired by this one, but I didn’t have a tee so I used a cami as that second layer instead. Since you may have to take off that blazer at some point and since wearing a cami over a long-sleeved shirt might not be as fashion forward as I think it is, you may want to switch it up by doing the  orthodox thing and wearing the cami under the plaid shirt then layer with the blazer.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – F21 (similar)
Jeans – Jennifer Lopez @ Kohl’s
Cami F21
BlazerCalvin Klein @ Ross
Pumps – Janine @ Payless

OOTD :: of Monday metamorphosis

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Gave you two option for comfy footwear here. Pick your poison.

JMC said she wore jeans “every. single. damn. day” and she didn’t sound too thrilled about it.

Now, I’m not one to defend routine/monotony, but as a working mom, I do so look forward to weekends when I can shlep around in my boyfriend jeans. Perhaps JMC didn’t mean to disparage jeans per se; maybe she just needs a jean reboot.

And since I’ve already talked about wearing items more than once before laundering, I feel no shame about revealing that I intend to remix my fave pair of boyfriend jeans for the next three days this week. Why? Well, a) to prove to JMC that jeans every. single. damn. day can be fun and b) because I’m still on vacay, people, and I’m feeling extremely lazy.

Today, then, we begin with jeans and that all-time wardrobe staple: the Breton shirt. Every gal should own an iteration or three of this top because not only is it extremely comfortable and easy care (most are cotton or cotton blend, JMC!), it’s one step above a regular tee and can easily morph you from homebound hausfrau to errand running ace in a matter of seconds.

monday motion

Some mommies might cringe at the sight of any sort of heel, but I SWEAR that these are like wearing flats.

All it takes is switching out footwear, donning an infinity scarf (a busy fashionista mom’s best friend), and half tucking that tee and you’re ready to grab the groceries and pick up the kiddies while looking cas and polished at the same time. If you’re feeling sassy and/or chilly, throw on a utility jacket for that third layer and now you’ve ramped up your look even more.

Now wasn’t that easy-peasy?

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Gap
Jeans – Jennifer Lopez @ Kohl’s
PumpsJanine @ Payless
Flats – Old Navy

Jacket – Conversation Pieces
Scarf – gift from my mom

NOTE: It was super gusty outside (25mph winds) so I’m trying a new space for my pics. Sadly, I’ve realized that outdoor light is best, and my shots are sub-par, even after tweaking them in Photoshop. Ah, well. Y’all get the point.

5 Things :: what a mom wants

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So my friend JMC threw down the gauntlet at our last GNO: she challenged me to do a themed week centered around the concept of the stay-at-home mom.

I was immediately intrigued. How would my life – and therefore my closet – change if I gave up working? Would it be a gradual process or a sudden shift in fashion paradigms? Would I skew over-dressed mama or go the other route and be perpetually casual?

The more I pondered, the more obfuscated I became. So I asked JMC for guidance and she gave me this:

Well, when you’re an at home mom you’re at home a lot and just going to places like stores, your kids’ school to volunteer, the park. You clean house, and cook, help the kids with homework and piano. So the thing is that you go to different environments to do different things. If I go to the school to volunteer, I’m not going to change when I get home so that I can clean and cook. It has to work with both. I end up wearing jeans every.single.damn.day. It’s the easiest thing and I can do all of the above activities in jeans. I always wear “sensible” shoes. I’m a really boring dresser…I would say as a mom I have to stay away from black because cat hair is too noticeable on black. I also stay away from nice fabrics. Cotton is good.

At first, this confused me even more, but then I decided to do the English major thing and deconstruct the text. What I came up with is this: SAHMs want outfits that

  1. are comfortable
  2. are versatile
  3. can do double duty for both at-home and run-around duties
  4. are not black
  5. are not nice fabrics (which I’m going to interpret as any fabric that requires more than the regular cycle in both washer and dryer)

I also think there’s an underlying plea in the text as well: SAHMs want all of the above, but they also want to look good. Dressing fashionably and SAH mommyhood should not be mutually exclusive. And it shouldn’t matter whether you’re a new young mom of toddlers who can still fondly remember her Forever 21 days or a veteran mom of tweens heading into menopause; we’re all still women and we want to celebrate that. Right?

This week, then, while I’m still on break and have therefore donned my stay-at-home mommy hat, I give you The Physics of Motherhood. I’ll attempt to take an outfit and show you how it can be worn at rest and in motion, so to speak. And in the process, I hope to prove that SAHMs are far from frumpy and can in fact be fabulously fashionable.

HGB :: L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder

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Back when I was a makeup neophyte, I used this and only this as my face product and I ended up wondering time and again why I never looked like the cosmetic counter girls.

Okay, not that I aspire to look like cosmetic counter girls (their makeup looks extremely time-consuming and complex for the likes of me) but I did wish my face retained a modicum of their polish and professionalism. Back then, I truly thought a dusting of this stuff should and would give me my desired effect.

How naive I was!

I now know that L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder is actually the final step to a multi-step layering process, not the whole shebang. Once I figured that out, this powder became my best friend. After foundation and blush and mascara and lipstick, I take my handy-dandy Kabuki brush, swirl it on the compact and proceed to lightly dust my entire face, blending a bit more on the cheeks to make my blush look natural.

And I swear to you, my friends, that my makeup stays put.

All. Damn. Day.

Other reasons this little treasure has made my HGB list:

  1. super accessibility – As long as there’s a drugstore in the area, I know I will never be left wanting.
  2. vast color choices – This was actually a con rather than a pro since decisions are daunting for me. But once I cut my choices in half by determining that I’m a “cool” as opposed to “warm”, it was actually pretty simple to find my “true match”. (I’m a C2 – natural ivory, btw.)
  3. lovely price tag – $8 for a product that lasts me at least 3 months, if not more? Pshaw! That’s a no-brainer.

So really, you have no more excuses. Honestly! What are you waiting for? As if you needed a reason to go to Target…