Mommy blogger Stephanie Hanrahan is a busy mother, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have time for herself. Read about her fashion and beauty picks for moms like her.
For my recent birthday, I asked my husband for gift cards to my favorite stores and a designated day to shop until I dropped. With my latte in hand, I perused the aisles at my own leisure. There’s so much to see when you’re kid-free! I sniffed every candle, felt every throw blanket and even tried on jeans that were just the right fit.
Then I left with three bags of new clothes for my children.
This is the blessing and curse of motherhood—we are eternally selfless, even with our spending money.
But at some point, my yoga pants and messy bun (a.k.a. mom uniform) were screaming for a facelift, so I ventured back out to spend a little spare change on myself. We give so much away as women and mothers, sometimes we need to halt the hustle and find the small things that renew us.
Here’s a list of five things that have made me feel better about my mom bod—and myself.
Hello, hips! They say everything changes when you have children and that includes my waistline as well. Enter the most self-esteem saving trend of the year: high-waisted pants.
I’m always reluctant to jump on trendy bandwagons, but these pants from Amazon are a must. They are comfortable and cheap, but rich in compliments. I’ve worn them to parent-teacher conferences with a tucked in tank, and out on the town with a sleek black top. They fit snug at the smallest part of my waist and give generously down below.
I thought I’d feel like MC Hammer, but honestly, this old mom just feels kind of cool again.
“Welcome to the jungle, we’ve got fun and games.”
I used to sing that song about my messy playroom, but now I’m speaking directly to my earlobes. The next time you’re shopping at Disneyland (a.k.a. Target), scoot on over to the jewelry section and pick up a few hidden gems by BaubleBar.
These leopard-print earrings are only $12.99 and will turn those plain old sweaters you’ve had since college (raising my hand high here), into hip and trendy fall fashion finds.
Dry shampoo always gets credit as mom’s best friend, but this hair mask from Trader Joe’s is the long-lost lover you never knew you needed. Set aside $3.99 and 3–5 minutes, and you’ll have salon-style hair with a coconut vanilla scent. It’s a cheap and easy way to make that messy bun look great for days.
Look, I don’t buy Lululemon because I have two children I’m trying to send to college, but I know their buttery softness is unbeatable. Or at least I thought so until I found these life—and money—savers on Amazon.
CRZ YOGA pants are a fraction of Lululemon’s price with the exact same feel (my fitness instructor even vouched for it). They’re soft, stretchable and pass the squat test with flying colors. Wear them to the gym, on the floor with your kids, or even out with a pair of tennis shoes or boots. Also, they sit high on the waist for a flattering front side too.
I can probably count on one hand the number of times I wear makeup a month, but Buxom lip gloss has become a staple in my everyday mom routine. Brush your teeth then apply universally pleasing colors like “Blushing Margarita” or “Pink Champagne” to add a little plump and shine to your smile. This small act will make you feel better about yourself on date night, and at preschool drop off too.
Stephanie Hanrahan was just your seemingly average housewife until she grew tired of pretending and took an axe to her white picket fence (also known as making her private journal public). Learn how she traded her pretending for a panty liner on Instagram, Facebook, and her blog Tinkles Her Pants, where she chronicles her journey as wife to a husband with chronic illness, mother to special needs kiddos, and a woman who often unravels then finds her footing again.
Image courtesy of Stephanie Hanrahan.