WIWW: Momfessions Edition

Y’all, for the most part since hitting my late 20s, I have done very well with getting “dressed” for the day. I started to care about choosing cute accessories, I learned how to pluck my eyebrows, I fell head over heels in love with scarves and I enjoy putting outfits together that make me feel pretty for my husband.

I love seeing all the beautiful clothes people outfitize (outfitize: creating an outfit) each week for WIWW, and I agree that we should cultivate both inner and outer beauty for our sweet husbands, but in the spirit of Momfessions, I just wanna show you what I wore yesterday:ImageIt’s not what I planned to wear, of course. I planned to change from these jammies to exercise duds and get to work with my personal trainer, Jillian. Then I planned to shower and dress in a cute, appropriate-for-chasing-preschooler-around-library-story-time outfit, tuck a scarf around my neck, stuff a sippy cup in my bag and look like a mommy with a plan.

Instead fever happened, temper tantrums happened, puke happened, baths happened, holding babies happened, meals (barely) happened… ya know, life kinda happened.

And then I got into bed without even changing my jammies.

If you’re a mom struggling through the day today– no makeup, no special hair do, and definitely no cute accessories (besides a baby on your hip), live in grace today. Feel the Father’s love shining down and enveloping you right where you sit. Your children, your role as mommy are so precious to Him and His grace is sufficient. Even today. Even without mascara.

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My fashion thoughts for today…
This week I ran lots of birthday related errands… in my city, running errands literally means running errands on foot! So comfy footwear is key! If I have a day when I know I’ll be walking a lot, I opt for comfy shoes. In winter that means my Danskos or my Keens (or if I’m off road, my heavy-duty Timberland boots). A lot of days this means my activities dictate my shoes which in turn dictate my outfit. On days when I’m just meeting a friend, or going to house church, I can afford to wear cuter, less practical shoes.
What factors dictate your clothing/shoe/accessory choices?

And can I say I love fall and winter fashion? Boots, scarves, jackets and a Starbucks cup to-go? 
Yes please.

What I Wore Wednesday & How I Came to my Fashion Senses (finally!)

I used to think that a person’s fashion-dom was marked on their genes- you either had it or you didn’t.

And I was doomed.

In high school and college, I accepted my role of thrift-wearing, cheaply-accessorizing girl because everyone has to wear clothes, and if you’re not fashionable by nature, it doesn’t really matter what you put on.

As a teacher, I filled my closet with passable teacher clothes- dress pants and decent shirts (and I could only wear jeans on Fridays).

When I became a stay-at-home mom, sweatpants, jeans and T-shirts (with spit up on each shoulder, of course) became my uniform.

Only since I moved overseas two years ago have I found my own sense of style and the freedom to express it with confidence. I’ve come to see that fashion is in the eye of the beholder. I would never wear most of the trends that prance down the runway, but that doesn’t mean I’m not “fashionable”.

To browse around a store and pick out things that appeal to me, try them on and evaluate how they look on me, and then to piece together clothes and shoes and accessories that I like, that suit my lifestyle and my tastes, (and our budget)… that’s fashion, baby!

I just hate it took me almost thirty years to realize this and to feel comfortable in my own skin clothes.

So without further ado, here’s my first What I Wore Wednesday:

This is what I wore today to go out to lunch and walk through the outdoor bazaar with my family…and I like how I look!

Dress from Migros: $3.90
Scarf from little local shop: $2.79
Boots from a local boutique: $35

If you’re a tired mommy, and you don’t feel very trendy, much less “fashionable”, take heart! If this girl could find her own sense of style and start to dress in ways that please me (and my husband) and feel good to me, you can too!

(And it doesn’t have to cost a lot either!)

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