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Posted on: Thursday

The other day, as I found myself stumbling out of bed with entirely too little sleep, waging a battle of wills with a baby girl who had decided that she was far too mature for naps anymore, and cleaning up the aftermath of a theiving dog who had discovered how to steal brand new groceries from the kitchen counter when no one is looking (goodbye greek yogurt. goodbye bag of oatmeal. goodbye loaf of bread. hello fatty fat dog.), my sister called and asked me what I was doing for fashion week. I looked around at the mountains of laundry I needed to drop off (cheap drop-off laundry service: another reason why I love NYC) and realized that fashion week was nearly over and I'd been so busy that I hadn't even realized it.

Not that I was planning to be front row at any shows or anything (*maybe someday*), but with all of the hustle and bustle it is fun to grab coffee downtown and model-watch, wander into small-label underground shows, and drop into one or two of the gazillions of fashion parties around town. With all of this {amazing, spectacular, wouldn't trade-it-for-the-world} new family business, though, I just hadn't made time for any of that this season. But you know what I do have time for: lipstick.

Feeling ladylike is definitely a bit more difficult with a purse on your shoulder, a phone in your hand, and a baby on your hip. Lately, I've found myself throwing on the .. here comes that dreaded word.. practical outfit instead of the trendy one. My style seems to always be in a state of evolution, and I like it that way. I've been choosing flats over heels, nursing-friendly tees over cocktail dresses, and doing laundry over going out.  But the one go-to that always makes me feel like a million bucks is my red lipstick.  It's a two minute ritual that changes my whole day & can be done anywhere (super Mom-friendly). I've become a master of applying it in a bumpy subway car.

When it comes to red lipstick, I have literally tried them all. This one by Nars is my favorite hands down: stays on forever, perfect color, great pigment, and matte. When I put it on, even if it's simply with jeans and a sweater, I feel really glamorous- ready to go anywhere in the city.  And I think that that's kind of important. Because even if I'm just going out to walk the dog and grab some groceries, I want to feel like a glamorous New Yorker. Every week can be my fashion week.





10 COMMENTS:

  1. Belle, I so feel you on this one. I look back at pictures of myself from a year or two ago and think, "God, I was so with it." Now everyday I'm wearing pants with some sort of stretch in them and, yes, the nurse-friendly t-shirt. I got a new hairstyle. That's been my way of trying to avoid the frumpy mommy syndrome.
    You look great! I love the red lips on you. I may have to try this color... :)

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    1. Thank you! And yay for new hairstyles (I would love one one of these days!). Yeah, a few years ago, fashion was my life. Now it takes a back seat to family, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I hope to start posting more regularly about little things that keep me feeling ladylike as a Mom.
      xx

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  2. I LOVE those lip crayons from Nars... And I'm nervous about dressing 'cute' again once I have the baby, so this lipstick idea is great.

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    1. Don't worry! My best advice is to not buy into the whole maternity wardrobe/"Mom" clothes market.. For me, a couple maternity items mixed in with my husbands shirts and looser-cut pieces got me through pregnancy and postpartum. No matter what your size after the baby comes, your style will find a way into your wardrobe. Congrats!

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  3. You look gorgeous! I have yet to find a red lipstick I like, so I am happy you recommended one! I will have to go try it out!

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  4. I love lipstick too--and if I am having a bad skin day, or a bad hair day, or generally any bad day I put it on and feel better. I wish I was braver and wore a brighter colour like you though--love the red!

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