Image by Laura Ketteman

Image by Laura Ketteman

Sunday, February 23, 2014

And it begins...

I got two "yays" on my fashion blogging idea. I'm under no delusion that I have a bunch of followers, and am perfectly accepting that my blogging has always been more for myself than anyone else anyway. :) SOoooo, two "go for it"s are good enough for me! :)

Random Thoughts:

If you are into labels or high end stores, you won't enjoy much from me. I have yet to break my mom's lessons in the idea that you can get any look you want or enjoy for inexpensive prices.  I'd much rather have a closet full of various inexpensive items that I can have fun with, mix and match... than way fewer high-end items.  That's just my own way of doing things, and we all have our preferences.

In addition, my idea is more about sharing my ways of mixing and matching.  I'll be sure to list things that I'm certain where I got them, but I may not remember if it has been in my closet for awhile.  :)

My style is generally casual.  Again, I'm a SAHM who is often out running errands, taking kids back and forth, or hanging out with a friend for the day.  I don't really have a need to "dress up" too often, so most of what you see will probably be pretty functional.  I wear jeans A LOT.

Personal Tips:

I thought I'd share a few things I've learned along the way, for what it's worth.

1. Be comfortable.  
On occasion, I've had someone ask me, "Wow, you're dressed up today!" Trust me, I don't care how cute or fun the outfit, I guarantee I'm comfortable.  I have to be functional.  I may not be pulling kiddos in and out of carseats anymore, but it's just not worth a busy mom's time to be uncomfortable as she goes about her day.

2. Know your body type; Know your size.  
Clothes that don't fit, DON'T look good.  Trust me, we all have our "trouble spots."  A couple years ago, I worked really hard to lose about 35 pounds, and I felt GREAT!  Unfortunately, I've let myself gain about 20 of it back.  :(  I guarantee you that if I was still trying to squeeze myself into the clothes I could wear then, I would look pretty ridiculous.  Don't get hung up on a number.  If you wear a size 2, great!  But if you don't, that does NOT mean you can't still look gorgeous in a size 14.  Figure out what is more flattering on your shape.  Do some research online if you can't tell on your own.

3. Wear a good bra!  
Ladies, support the girls!  Now, I'm speaking from a perspective of a 37 year old momma of 3...  And I've never been an "overly endowed" girl.  Doesn't matter.  A good bra, with a little bit of padding and lift can ONLY help, NO MATTER your size.  
Note:  it can still be cute, even though it's doing the job it was meant to do!

I'm a fan of Victoria's Secret line.  I don't like a lot frill or lace, because I don't want to see it through a smooth tshirt.  

Victoria's Secret Bra

My sisters, who were more abundantly blessed than myself, get theirs from Lane Bryant.
Lane Bryant Bra

4. Accessorize!
I have a friend who does NOT leave the house without a cute necklace, big earrings, and a full face of makeup... even if she's just wearing a pair of workout pants and a sweatshirt.  She manages to make ANY outfit look dressed up.  I've never achieved that look myself, but she totally works it.  :)  Don't be afraid to play with hats, scarves, or even a fun pair of sunglasses.

5.  Leggings are never pants.

Just to keep it real... I sit here, typing, on a Sunday evening, in my old Walmart sweatpants and a tshirt that doesn't match... just hangin' out at home with my family.  In case you wondered.  :)

1 comment:

  1. What fun this is, good job oldest daughter,keep it coming!!!!!!!


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