Monday, January 20, 2014

My Mommy Style Must Haves

These photos are from a couple of weeks ago, but I've probably repeated this style twice since then...

{The only way to check hair and makeup - with an iPhone car selfie!}

My #1 job since March 2006 (the month/year my first born arrived on this earth) has been to be the best mom I can be to my 3 children.  And for me to be that mom, I have to feel my best.  This means having a go-to look (makeup & outfit) I know I can count on to make me feel like I've got it together...even when I don't!  It's kind of like the whole airplane analogy of "put on your oxygen mask first before you can help others"...So True.  Mom needs to look decent in order to tackle temper tantrums and breakdowns out in public.

{Mall bathroom outfit selfie check. Sephora bag compliments the outfit -ha!
If you follow me on Instagram, you're seeing this for the 2nd time!}

As a mom who is constantly on the go (which aren't ALL of us moms going going going??), I know my limits and what makes me look put together in a jiffy but isn't so complicated I can't function with my kids in tow.  

My mom style breakdown looks a little like this :

1. Denim.  #1 mom must have.  Lately distressed denim makes me feel a bit more hip now that I'm approaching another birthday.  But not TOO distressed where I look like I was attacked by wolves. These are by Miss Me.

2.  Black.  No, I don't wear black like Angelina Jolie wears black (all the time!) but when I need to throw a color on quickly that makes me feel sophisticated and not look like I'm trying to hard, black is the way to go.  Plus black doesn't show kid stains as easily from Pop Tarts and spilled chocolate milk.

3. Leather Jacket.  I am obsessed with leather jackets.  I have a few colored ones but my go-to are my 2 black ones - one with 3/4 length sleeves (for springtime) and a long sleeved one.  Again, this mom needs to have a cool factor in her wardrobe, and a leather jacket says that with ease. Similar style to my Free People biker jacket here. 

4.  Big stud earrings.  The ones I'm wearing are called the "Nancy Studs" from Stella & Dot here.  They go with everything and are 100% fake.  I lose earrings like I lose my kids socks in the washer and dryer.  I know my limits and will probably never ask for real diamond earrings for fear I'll lose them.  But these look amazing and go with ANY outfit. And they don't make me nervous to wear for only $24.

5.  Makeup style.  The products I'm wearing in the above car pics are the ones I wear when I'm in a time crunch and aren't feeling especially creative in my makeup choices.  I had to leave for Atlanta at 8am in the morning after getting all 3 kids to school beforehand, so I went for my favorite neutral look...

Products used:
MAC Studio Finish concealer (skin)
Sonia Kashuk Arch Alert Kit (brows, mentioned here)
The original Naked palette (eyeshadow)
Urban Decay 24/7 glide on liner in Zero (inner waterline liner)
Palladio Precision lip liner in Salmon (liner)
Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Pink Cognito (lipcolor)

Oh, and no outfit is complete without a slouchy hobo style purse (I can't get enough of my newest Hobo purchase) full of lollipops, PlayDoh (for keeping kids busy at restaurants), and baby wipes even though everyone is out of diapers - they're still good for clean ups, sticky hands, and makeup removal.  Speaking of mommy style, one of my favorite mommy sites to check out is ElizabethStreet.com.  Remember my mom style diary they featured here? These old pics make me want my bangs back.

If you are a mom, what are your mommy style must haves?

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