A while back, we asked for “Real Mom Talk” topics and one mom suggested ‘how to look your best when you haven’t showered in days.’ When I read it aloud to the Cotton Babies offices, a mom immediately answered “Flat Iron!”
While a little tongue-in-cheek, it’s a great topic to discuss. It’s hard to feel your best when you are sleep deprived and your body is recovering from pregnancy and delivery. Add breastfeeding into the mix and it’s easy to feel as if your body is not your own. It’s taken some time, but with boldness, I learned to ask moms of multiple children their tips on how to feel “put together” and pretty when you feel flabby and frumpy. Some of these tips can even be used for those final weeks of pregnancy.
My favorite personal discovery was jewelry. Something about wearing a complimentary set with a necklace and earrings made me feel so much prettier and intentional when I left home, even if I was still wearing jeans, a t-shirt and flip flops. I’d pick up pieces in dollar stores, thrift stores and on clearance until I had a rainbow of choices to go with any outfit.
I asked some of the most beautiful women I know to share their tips on how they look and feel their best:
Bekah said, “Belly binding for the newborn days.” Cotton Babies has a variety of items including the Belly Bandit
to help get your body back in shape after baby. You can see them all in our postpartum
“A little lipgloss, blush and mascara go a long way to help you look and feel put together (even if you weren’t able to shower that day),” responded Shannon and Jamie agreed.
Libby says, “SMILE!” If you are looking for a reason to smile, she suggests this blog post: Smile.
Heather said, “When I find an everyday a shirt I like, I’ll buy it in every color they have that is flattering to my skin tone. I have one go-to pair of sporty flats that can dress up or down. In short: keep it simple. Don’t put too much emphasis on how you look unless it effects how you feel.”
Feeling confident and put together can mean different things to different people. What do you do to feel your best and put your best foot forward when life leaves you feeling flustered and frazzled? Share your tips, let’s learn from each other.