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Everyday lip color

Soccer Mom Style: Everyday Lips

I’ve had a beauty revelation.

Let me start by saying I don’t think I’m cut out to be a beauty blogger.  I feel weird taking selfies and think I’m goofy in them.  BUT I’m excited that I have found a super easy beauty “look” that I can pull off everyday.  So, I’m putting my pride aside for the sake of my readers! 🙂

Everyday Lips

I’ll admit, I’ve been guilty of wearing lip gloss for basically my whole life.  I just never got into lipstick.  I hate the smearing, the weird smell, the clumps, and for some reason I felt uncomfortable with bold lip color.  So plain lip gloss it was, and without a second thought.  In fact, my entire makeup routine is practically non-existent on a day-to-day basis.

However, as a wedding present, my brother and his girlfriend (they both technically get credit, but we all know who is responsible for the idea) gifted me a subscription to Birchbox.  Last month’s box contained a chunky lip pencil: Mirenesse Glossy Kiss #14 Perfect Kiss.  It was love at first swipe.

It is just the right amount of color– a bright pop of coral-ish pink a little bit outside of my comfort zone, but not so much that I wouldn’t wear it.  Since it is a pencil, it has a matte finish, but still offers a hint of shimmer.  It is incredibly light feeling and has absolutely zero clumps.  It is the perfect lip color for everyday wear.  I finally feel like a grown-up!

A Major Plus: it makes my eyes amazingly green instead of the grey they sometimes appear– the above photo is not retouched at all!  (The only reason I did a selfie is to show how the lip color enhances my eyes.)

Supposedly you can even use this lip pencil as a blush, though I haven’t tried it yet.  Here is what it looks like on my hand so you can get an idea of the color of the pencil itself:

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss #14 Perfect Kiss

If you’re like me you probably think “why bother” putting on makeup just to run your daily errands.  But if you’re like me, most days you also probably feel like a Plain Jane too!  Honestly, I don’t care what strangers at the grocery store think about my appearance, but it is amazing how something so simple as a fun lip color can make you feel better!  And that is what matters!

Why I Am Proud to Say I Wear Mom Jeans

While browsing Pinterest a couple days ago, I came across a pin that blared “Gap and Old Navy Make MOM Jeans!!”  Intrigued, I clicked through to the original blog post.  The writer had apparently done lots of “research,” trying on numerous pairs of jeans from Gap and Old Navy, photographing herself wearing them, and comparing the results to those of her backside in various luxury denim labels.

Do your jeans qualify as "mom jeans?"

As I read the entire story, I found myself irritated, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on why.  It was a very popular pin.  Scores of women had commented about how funny it was.  The author professed that she was trying to free others “from the noose” of mom jeans.  No red-blooded young woman wants to be caught dead in the tapered monstrosities that our moms rocked in the 90s.  But is this a fair comparison?

At first I decided to simply let it go.  Who cares what some random chick in cyberspace thinks about fashion.  But I couldn’t stop thinking about that article.  I wear Gap jeans.  And I was damn proud to finally purchase a pair of “normal” jeans five months after the birth of my first baby.

I assumed that since I was slim before my pregnancy that I would have no trouble getting back into shape.  I heard breastfeeding just melted away the pounds.  Not for me.  An unplanned c-section meant I could hardly walk, let alone exercise for the first eight weeks postpartum.  Consequently, the weight clung to my midsection.  It was a very discouraging experience.

When I was finally cleared for physical activity, I hit it hard.  I worked out six days a week, graduating from walking and light yoga to more intense cardio and weight training.  One day my husband told me it was time to put away the maternity clothes– they were hanging off my butt.  We went to a store that I thought might have something to fit my more mature shape at an affordable price.  I still had some inches to lose, so I figured that I would get a few pairs of pants until I needed to buy smaller ones again a few months down the road.

When I tried on that first pair of size 27 (keep in mind I’m only 5’3″) Gap boot cut jeans and they *gasp* FIT, it was such a rewarding feeling– my hard work and dedication had paid off.  So what if they weren’t the most trendy jeans on the planet–they had a solid waistband and an actual button and to me that was a huge accomplishment.

So when I see some girl’s diatribe against jeans that millions of us moms wear happily, it ticks me off.  Has this girl had a baby?  Has she struggled to lose those stubborn pounds that made it impossible to wear ANY jeans without an elastic waistband? Doubtful, as she likely would have mentioned that in her post.

She recommends that we moms instead shop premium denim brands which offer more flattering cuts and details.  For two hundred dollars a pair they damn sure better make your butt look incredible!  But when I’m simply looking for a couple items to hold me over while I work on the last ten pounds, I’m not going to sink a car payment into each pair of jeans.

I’m not ashamed to shop at Gap, and if that means that I’m now officially dressed in “mom jeans,” so be it.  To wrap things up, I thought I would include some photographic evidence of my own:

momjeans

Guess what — it’s the same pair of jeans.  Gap Jeans.  Amazing what different camera angles and poses will do!  Like the old saying goes: it’s not about what you wear, it’s how you wear it.  “Mom jeans” doesn’t have to mean something bad.  My “mom jeans” are a badge of honor–I know what I went through to get into these jeans.  Many of us sacrificed so much to become a mother, and equally as much to reclaim our womanly figures.

This is the kind of message we should be sharing– one of positivity and support for our fellow ladies and mothers.  Sure, if you have the money and want to buy your True Religion or Seven for All Mankind Jeans there’s nothing wrong with that.  But there’s also nothing wrong with buying what you can afford and what you feel comfortable in.  Fashion is fun, but I vote that we try to care more about the people behind the clothes.

Uggs moccasins

Soccer Mom Style. The Look: Moccasins

Now that I’m just about back to pre-baby size, it’s a little more fun to get dressed.  I’ll admit that most days I’m guilty of the SAHM yoga pants uniform, but when I DO get to venture out into civilization, I try to make myself presentable.  So I thought I would occasionally share some of my must-haves or good pieces I come across.  You can trust me– I was “Best Dressed” of St. Albans High School Class of 2003, after all.

My first installment of Soccer Mom Style features something I didn’t even know I NEEDED until I opened one of my Christmas gifts from hubby: moccasins.  Specifically, these Uggs moccasins.  I LOVE Uggs.  I don’t care if they are “Uggly” (get it? haha…)  To further reassure you in my credibility, I did NOT succumb to the misguided trend of wearing Uggs boots with miniskirts– even though this was popular around the time of my reign as fashion queen of small town West Virginia.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of wearing Uggs, I will tell you they feel like putting your feet in clouds.  They are so soft and offer surprising support.  They are expensive, yes.  However, they are extremely durable, water-resistant, and I find that I more than get my money’s worth.  I bought my first pair of Ugg boots five years ago and they have made it through working behind a bar, multiple ski trips, and anything else you could probably imagine that would destroy normal shoes.

In addition to the benefits of Uggs in general, these specific moccasins are great because they are so versatile.  They can of course be worn as house shoes, but the pop of color makes them too much fun to keep at home.  I love how I can wear them with any cut of jeans.  The ones pictured are from Gap– grey skinny with a subtle floral print.  I was amazed to find these on sale for $11, normally $70.  I’m telling you, Gap has crazy sales– I’m always scouring the clearance rack shamelessly.

You don’t have to splurge on Uggs to have fun with moccasins.  I have seen tons of cute pairs that cost a fraction of the price.  I actually had another pair of $20 mocs I bought a few years ago, but they’re in no condition to photograph these days!

As a woman, obviously nothing makes you feel more attractive than a killer pair of heels, but as a mom it’s just not practical on a daily basis!  I’m all about comfort, but I haven’t totally given up yet, so I still try to find ways to have fun with fashion– even if it’s just for my Starbucks run.