Recently, I was sent an email asking how I look so pulled together when I have so much going on at all times. I do not want to mislead people to think that everything in my world flows perfectly 100% of the time. It’s more like things go as they go, but I have learned that I have the power to choose to see the best in each situation. There are days that I do not leave my house, do not change out of yoga pants, and the biggest accomplishment I’ve made is that everyone has been fed and given some attention. For the days that I need to look pulled together and I have been rushed for time, I like to do four things: braid my hair, dab a little concealer on the dark circles that surround my eyes, throw on a hat, and get a swipe of bright lip gloss. It is so hard to make time for yourself as a mom, wife, friend, boss, etc. I can always tell when I need a little pick me up, and I know what makes me feel a little better after being pulled in so many different directions.
My postpartum hair regrowth is at a pretty weird stage right now, so I love braiding it to get it out of my face. When I don’t have the time to curl or straighten my hair, I throw it in a braid (I am big fans of Dutch and fishtail braids) and it looks like I spent so much time on it when in reality it took me less than five minutes. The ways my life has changed over the past few years have caused me to seriously cut down on my primping time, so braiding helps with that tremendously. And while I know this might be hard to believe, when I met Derrek, I didn’t even know what an under-eye circle was. Crazy, right? Concealer was strictly for blemishes, but my how times have changed. Running my own business, having two kids under two, trying to GROW…any of those things could be the cause of my under-eye circles. Whatever causes them, it is important to me to hide them! I always try to conceal them and apply a bright lip color to brighten my face. It’s amazing how different you can make yourself look when you apply these two things and it can take minimal time which is important when you have so many things to do.
Even though I like to look put-together, I also love a cozy sweatshirt. For those reasons, this “hippies use the front door” from Fin First is the perfect addition to my winter wardrobe. I love the fit and fabric they used for their sweatshirts. I am a huge fan of the “hippies” print, so it was a no-brainer for me to get my sweatshirt in this design. I plan on layering this with flannel and fur vests this season; I cannot wait to show you how versatile it is. Use code: SWEETTEAJEWELS for 20% off your purchasee. I’m in my basic mom uniform for this shoot: shirt, skinny jeans, booties, and floppy hat. I’ve been throwing on this Merlot red hat from Lila Rose Boutique more often than I can count lately. What y’all don’t realize is how easy a quick fishtail and floppy hat can hide the worst of hair days. This hat goes with everything that I have been wearing this season so far. It works perfectly with maxi dresses, fur vests, and, of course, flannel! I love how dressy it can turn an outfit and how easy it is to change the look.
Trust that I am not always as put together and ready for the day as I might look. I’ve found the tricks that work for me, save me time, and still help me look like I put some effort into getting ready for the day. I hope these can help you as we all live our crazy busy lives!
*Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post, and I shop these boutiques in real life. I did receive these items as samples to review, but my opinions are completely my own.*