Playing Dress-Ups

At the beginning of this month, my goals were to get out of my jeans-and-Chucks rut, to wear less black, to start using night- and eye-cream, and to get a different haircut.

I’ve definitely done the first two, although I’ve noticed I do have a lot of black clothes. I’ve sporadically used the creams, and am slowly getting into the habit of applying them before I turn out the light. I’ve thoughtabout getting a haircut, but it hasn’t happened….yet. Partly because I need to find a time that suits The Babysitters, and partly because I keep changing my mind. The last time I had a drastic change was when I was 11 weeks pregnant with Tiny, and I regretted it about two hours later. I’ll keep thinking on it for now.

Short hair - 11wks pregnant, sick as a dog, and out for a Michelin-star meal.

Some days, it hasn’t been practical for me to wear anything but jeans and Chucks. On Tuesdays we go to Headstart, so I need to wear clothes in which I can comfortably crawl around on the floor. On Thursdays we catch up with the Yoga Mums, and by the end of the afternoon, I’m usually covered in dribble, snot and food – and not all of it belongs to my son.

I’ve had fun, thinking before I dress. But there’s still a lot of work to be done here. I know that I’m super-comfortable in my jeans and flats, and I’m not about to change the way I dress completely, but I am going to continue to delve into my wardrobe and challenge myself to make more of an effort. And wearing flats doesn’t mean I have to wear a pair of Chucks….I have a number of pairs of pretty ballet flats that don’t get out as much as they really should.

A good excuse to get dressed up - at my brother's wedding

I’ve enjoyed experimenting with some new combinations. Some have worked….some have not. Those outfits have not made the cut for this post….but if you think any of those pictured below should not have been worn in public, feel free to let me know. I can handle it!

I love me some stripes!

More stripes...and my favourite boots

It must be getting warmer: no socks!

A touch of green...

My little helper xx

Things I’ve learned this month:

~ when I find something that works, I tend to repeat it again and again….like the striped-top-plus-hooded-tee that features a couple of times above;

~ some of my favourite items really don’t do anything for my figure, and should probably be ditched;

~ I have a number of pieces that really don’t go with anything else I own. I need to think like Gok, and start buying capsule pieces;

~ I don’t like the feeling of thick night cream on application, but I do like the way my skin feels the morning after;

~ I have more summer clothes than I do winter clothes;

~ I live by the “If you haven’t worn it in the last year, get rid of it” principle. Sounds great in theory, but I tend to get into a spring cleaning rage a few times a year, and give away clothes I then want to wear a few months later;

~ taking photos of yourself is much harder than it looks. No pose looks natural and no camera angle seems flattering;

~ I’m rather fond of my hair, despite often complaining that it isn’t straight, and it isn’t curly, and that there’s too much of it, and it’s too fine. Deciding to part with it again is a big decision to be made, and it may take me the rest of this journey to get there;

~ I have a ridiculous amount of high heeled shoes, which are so pretty, but so impractical right now.

Heels, heels and more heels

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To see what some other fashion-focussed kiwi mamas have been up to, check out:

MakeItGiveIt – Let It Shine – for Miriam’s ‘30 Oufits‘ posts
be. by Belinda – for Belinda’s ‘Personal Style Challenge‘ posts
hello fallow – for Kristin’s regular ‘What I Wore‘ posts

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8 thoughts on “Playing Dress-Ups

  1. Hello Ange! I love the wee black short sleeved jacket that you have and wow you have a lot of heels! Well compared to my one pair. I’ve never been much of a shoe girl. Quite a good challenge though to get out of the jeans and chucks. I think I need some of those ballet flats for spring/summer and a haircut, I really need a haircut. What a good idea to take photos too then you can really see what works.

    • Thanks Meg! I love the little black jacket too. I really enjoyed this challenge – getting out of my comfort zone has been fun, and I’ve learned that you can still dress nicely even when you’re chasing after a busy 18-mth-old! Thanks for stopping by xx

  2. Oh – I love, love, love the photo of Tiny cuddling your legs! Of course that is not what you were hoping for… but, too cute!

    I so need to do this challenge as well – trackies are my uniform right now, but then I think being 12 weeks pregnant is a good excuse! However, I was all about jeans before this… after this baby I so NEED to do something about my wardrobe! My sis-in-law has a friend who does your colours and then takes you shopping – might have to look into that as my ‘reward’ for getting back to my goal weight! Thanks for the inspiration ;-)!

    • Being 12wks pregnant definitely allows you to wear trackies every day! Hope you’re feeling well – loved your latest belly shot 🙂 I can recommend this fashion challenge – it’s been really fun and I’m certainly going to keep going! Oooh, you should get your colours done once No.2 is here and you’ve reached your goal weight, what a reward!

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