Monday, September 23, 2013

Mom of all trades

Being a mom is simultaneously the most rewarding and most exhausting thing any woman can experience. Naturally having a baby can wreak havoc on your style and appearance. I wont lie, there were many days I used a beanie to cover up my "soolkous" and avoided going out all together because I couldn't summon the energy to put on a decent outfit.

 But a fashionista at heart cannot be tamed. I found that, the more I made an effort to spruce up my appearance, the happier I became. As my self esteem grew, so did my patience and willingness to find a few minor tips and tricks to remain stylish. Provided, between the expenses of having a growing baby and dealing with a whole new body type, not much money or willpower is left for anything fashion related.

Which is why I have decided to compile a little list of the things that got me through my "most unstylish period ever". Now don't get me wrong, I don't consider myself an expert and I still spend the odd day on sweatpants and slippers. But in an attempt to regain my former lust for fashion I have figured a few life (and dignity) savers along the way.

1. Do spend enough money on flats
 And I am not talking about regular flats. OH NO! I mean the kind of flats you would not mind showing off to your friends or going to lunch date in. I love colours and prints. If your flats are eye catching and pretty, many of your other sins become less noticeable.

 

2. Boyfriend jeans are both stylish and comfortable
It took me ages to find a flattering pair and now I could practically live in them. You can pair them with anything from a plain t-shirt for a play date or a sheer blouse on date night. And even better; they look awesome with flats too.

 
3. Ditch the ugly nappy bag
I always used to carry around too many things "just in case" my son needed something. As your baby gets older you get to travel with less baggage because you have figured out what you might need and what not. I love colour block shoppers. They are big enough to carry all you necessities , but also stylish so you don't have to walk around hiding your bag from hell.
 
 
 

 

4. Limit your accessories
It might be tempting to pile on bracelets or statement neckpieces, but I know from experience that after carrying a baby around for a bit they only become a great source of irritation. More often than not the baby or toddler starts to pull at them and you have to remove them anyway. I find that stud earrings, cuffs and watches are much easier to wear on days you spend with the little one. There is such a variety in stores that you don't have to worry about looking drab.
 


5. Wear decent (if not great) underwear
I am ashamed to say that underwear is always dead last on my list of worries. Needless to say, I have spent countless  days fussing over bra straps and unflattering panty lines. This can really ruin ones day and no one needs a boob popping out while running around after your baby. I suggest comfortable but stable and feel- good underwear. Lace and frills though, is probably not a good idea.

 

How do you spruce up your outfits when on mommy duty? I would love to know seeing that I am also still learning! Do keep in touch and thank you in advance for your comments.

*I do not take credit for some of the pictures in this post

                                                           TILL LATER, LAUREN!

 
 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Welcome BAGgage





I have never been too fond of bags. Up until last year I found choosing the perfect one, matching it to the rest of my out or saving up for that investment bag completely irrelevant. I am not exactly sure how the change come about, but I suddenly found myself looking for and buying new bags. I have realised just how much a bag can make or break an outfit. There is a certain way I carry myself when I have a new bag or a bag I am proud to show off. Now I'm not saying I am ready to invest a ton of money into designer bags but I have found a lot of cheaper bags can be just as stunning. I have compiled some pictures of bags I adore. I have already started looking for similar ones and will be sharing my purchases very soon.


 













 
Do you have a favourite among these?

* I do not take credit for any of the pictures in this post.

                                                              TILL LATER, LAUREN!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The tattoo diaries

I have been coveting a tattoo since I was in high school but somehow never got around to getting one. Perhaps it was fear, or perhaps it just wasn't meant to be. Long story short, I finally took the plunge recently after a good friend set it up for me. And I can tell you, I am in love! There is something so liberating about getting a tattoo especially if it really has significant meaning to you. I really wanted something small and something that I wouldn't regret......

This was the initial inspiration

I wanted to get a mash up of two things that mean a lot to me. My darling son XYLON and fashion.



This is how it all got started....


Almost done....
 
 
And this is the beautiful end result. I have had it for almost a week and I couldn't be happier. I am really happy that I waited till now. Back then I probably would have gotten something ridiculous. I have too mention that the tattoo artist was extremely professional and as you can see that he does a pretty good job. Feel free to ask me any questions about the process if you have, in the meantime, have a lovely day...

                                                              TILL LATER, LAUREN!