Being a parent is a difficult job. There’s no training, no sick days and you have to think on your feet. The hours are long, the expectations change every minute, and alongside that you’re trying to run a home, work and maintain some kind of a social life. So it’s fair to say that looking fabulous isn’t always high on the list of priorities as a busy parent. However, it’s definitely important to try and take time for yourself sometimes. Looking good isn’t just about being shallow, but when you’re comfortable in your appearance, you tend to feel good on the inside too. You don’t dash out to the shops or go on the school run and pray you don’t see anyone you know. Instead, you can look in the mirror and get a boost of confidence, and maintain some of your own identity separate from being a mother too.
Choose Comfy Yet Flattering Clothes – (I’m Loving The Athleisure Movement)
When you know you’re only going to be cleaning the house, taxiing your kids around and running errands, it’s tempting to grab a baggy old top and a pair of old joggers. But there are ways you can dress for comfort and still look stylish too. I’m absolutely loving this whole athleisure movement – with some of my favorite brands being Lululemon and Victoria’s Secret. They make outfits to suit any body shape and will flatter your figure while still being easy to move around with.
I also love to wear a pair of skinny jeans, a cute top and a boyfriend style cardigan to keep it casual while still looking on trend. When you’re busy during the day, you probably won’t want to mess around with a ton of jewelry or accessories, either. But a bright scarf and bag can add a nice pop of color and interest to an outfit, especially if you’ve kept it quite plain and simple.
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Look For Bargains
Kids are expensive. And as parents we always put their needs first, meaning you might not be left with a huge budget for buying clothes for yourself. But there are plenty of ways you can find nice pieces without breaking the bank. You could look for discounts and vouchers online, this promo code for Forever 21 for example gives you a range of different deals to choose from. Whenever you’re shopping online be sure to do a quick search for codes as it can reduce your spend. You could also try your luck in thrift stores too, you might uncover a hidden gem which costs a lot less than you’d pay in a shop.
Stick To a Good Skincare Routine
Early mornings, late nights and general chaos of daily life can wreak havoc on your skin. You might not have time to apply a full face of makeup each day, but one thing you should make time for is a skincare routine. A simple regime will only take you a few minutes each morning and evening, but you’ll thank yourself for it later down the line. A moisturizer and eye cream are your two most important products if you get a bit of extra time a facial oil and a mask will give your skin a real boost of hydration. You’ll stay looking fresh and youthful for as long as possible, and when you do get chance to glam up and apply makeup it will go on a lot better!
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