I'm back! Did you miss me? A few of you left me some very nice words on our Facebook page, some sent awfully kind emails…but most wanted to know one thing: WHAT THE HECK, S? WHY SO SILENT??
Friends (and any longtime reader) all know that silent is not something I typically do.
My long vacay even spawned pregnancy rumours! Honestly. I'm not pregnant. Very much NOT. Just…well…busy, I guess. It's just what happens when you live tragically far from those you love and don't have nearly enough time to see them. You know?
So for two weeks, my blogging brain was OFF. Completely shut down. I was starting to worry that I had run out of ideas. But on the way back home (the very, VERY long drive back home), my brain kicked back on. At least the part of my brain that's constantly spinning over how best to rock a plaid shirt, debating the benefits of loafers vs. ballet flats, and the part that Can't. Stop. Shopping. So despite the fact that my house (in it's partially-unpacked-state) looks like a bomb went off…I've been positively itching to sit down and write. Specifically about style resolutions for 2013. Lucky 13, Mamas! Not just lucky – 13 is also a prime number, which is really a beautiful thing.
So Mamas, looking into 2013, here's what I'll be focusing on. So if you'd like to join me…just repeat after me:
1. …will try harder with my hair.
I will take advantage of the numerous bed-head products on the market and do something fabulous. I will adorn, perhaps, the unwashed mess on my head with pretty hair clips, or figure out an easy braid. I will even take a break from my tired ponytail. (gasp) In 2013, I may have dark circles under my eyes and an unidentified substance on my shirt, but my hair? My hair will be a thing of wonder.
NOTE: Later this week, I'll share my insanely-easy hairdo finds that seriously ANYONE can do (You can tell I'm a novice because I still use words like 'hairdo').
2. …will invest in stylish outdoor clothing.
Whether the dark days of winter bring ice, snow, sleet or hail, I will be ready. I will not avoid taking the kiddos outside because I'll freeze in my wool peacoat. Nor will I not hit the trendy coffeshop after sledding because I look like a small house in my snowpants. I will instead embrace the fact that I am a Stylish Mom Who Plays and take dressing myself for cold weather just as seriously as I do dressing the kids. I will also figure out a cute snow-playing hairstyle that goes under my oh-so-cool winter hat. (see Resolution #1 above)
3. …will figure out footwear that doesn't involve tall boots.
Tall boots will always have a place in our hearts, and our closets. But it's time. It's time to ease up on our style training wheels. (Remember when tall boots and skinny jeans felt all cutting edge?) In 2013, I, Mama, will bow my head in acknowledgement to all that the tall boot taught me…and will then try my hardest to find an alternate mom-uniform. Even if it takes all year.
4. …will think twice before buying another solid-color shirt.
Because I want to take part, dammit, of these new, liberating trends that have taken hold of our fashion consciousness!! I want color, yes, but color alone is not enough! I want patterns. And when I'm ready? I will mix patterns. In 2013, I will not wear my striped shirt with just solid sweaters. I will wear it with solid sweaters and polka-dot pants. I will wear it with a plaid scarf. I will wear it with another top of different stripes. So when I find myself in the midst of a clearance-sale madness, clutching yet another solid-color shirt/sweater/tee/whatever…I will STOP. And consider my closet carefully.
5. …will get my sh*t together (style-wise).
2013 is the year that all ill-advised, impulse purchases will STOP. Instead, I will clean out my closet – really clean it out – so I'm left with only pieces that work. Pieces that I will actually wear. I will then put time into figuring out how to wear my existing pieces better, and make a Master Shopping List of the additional pieces I need. When I'm ready to shop again, I will be insanely picky. NOTHING will be purchased unless it makes my heart beat fast, or makes me cry tears of joy.
(And I will STOP marking secret Target purchases as "groceries" to hide them from my husband. Unless, of course, they make me cry tears of joy. Then all bets are off.)
NOTE: A closet clean-out article is coming later this month. Until then, here are a few articles that might help get your shizz together (and I really need to re-read them myself).
6. …will wear bold makeup like it's no big thing.
On my most casual days, I'll rock a red lip like it's nobody's business. Or, if I'm in the mood, shocking pink. Perhaps orange, mid-summer when I'm tan. On mornings when I'm running around frantically, I'll throw a chubby, glide-on eyeliner (in teal, maybe?) into my diaper bag to add a pop of color later. In 2013, my makeup will be applied with this one simple rule in mind: colorful, bold make-up looks effortless and cool when paired with casual everything else.
7. …will find the perfect white tee…and STOCK UP.
In 2013, I will make it my mission, nay, my quest to find t-shirt perfection in white. This quest is a worthy one. The humble white tee is not just a shirt. Oh, no. It is the cornerstone of any good mom-uniform, the core of an insouciant French-girl's closet, and the foundation upon which to build an outfit of awesome. (Especially with all of the print-tastic pants of late.)
You with me, Mamas? Also, our Style Resolutions from 2012 still apply. Especially the one about rocking white pants…something I've been loving again this year. But what are your style resolutions for the year?? Any that you're feeling in particular?
Mamas, it is SO GOOD to be back! Happy New Year!!