Slipped and fell right back into my Mom uniform.
Lavinia and I have been back from the USA for exactly one week. I’m both happy and bummed to report that we are already back in our routine.
Today was her first day back at childcare so I took a yoga class and now sit here writing (at my glorious new Macbook Pro.)

Returning home from America gave me a little extra pep, confidence and a few new items for my wardrobe (what better reason to get out and about than a new outfit?) I wanted to make it a point to explore the city of Melbourne more. Two days in- and we did just that! Straight into town to meet a friend for coffee.
Alas, the weather turned drab so my motivation plummeted. We did have two appointments this week which forced us out of hibernation and into jeans… I tried staying dressed until my husband got home from work buuuuuut fail. 

Somehow I’m in my Mommy uniform again (uuuuggggghhh) and I need to fix the situation.
I love the idea of getting dressed everyday (in something other than sweats) because it makes me feel better about myself. Also it means I’m more likely to go and do something last minute. Are we out of garlic? I can confidently run to the supermarket. Does my sister-in-law want to meet for coffee? I will be prepared to enter society.

When I was suffering from post natal depression both my daughter and I lived in our jammies. It’s funny looking back at her ‘monthly progress’ photos she was often in PJ’s. It’s the sad type of evidence which shows that I was struggling. 

Mommy- let’s put some clothes on and get amongst it.
I’m no longer struggling but I’ve sure gotten lazy with my fashion- which sounds superficial but it’s not. I believe the way we dress not only expresses how we feel about ourselves but also how we want the world to perceive us. And those two things are important.
In the early post natal months I was limited with clothing because of nursing, then in the months following I was working to shed baby-weight. Recently I realised that my old wardrobe does not necessarily represent me anymore. I don’t have to worry about looking ‘corporate’ or ‘adult’ I don’t have much of a nightlife…I just want to look like me- so I am trying to figure that out how to do that.

When I was in Buffalo I finished my half-sleeve. It’s something I’ve wanted to do but haven’t had the guts to for many years. I finally feel confident enough in myself as an artistic person to present myself as such. When I was in Nashville, a cab driver asked my friend and I if we were musicians- I took that as a HUGE compliment.

Rock’n’Roll Mama (oooouuuuuch!)
So what the hell am I still doing in my sweatpants? I don’t know, but I’m going to change that before it’s time to pick up Lavinia.

Even though my family is on a tight budget due to a home renovation (which just started this week!) I decided to really think about purchasing one or two things that make me feel good, comfortable and are durable enough for my Mommy lifestyle. So far my boyfriend jeans have been a great investment. My beloved 1990’s are back in fashion so I snatched a couple flannies and a cute pair of converse. Maybe I’m dressing a little young for a 34-year-old Mother but you know what? I feel a helluva lot better than I did in my sweats and hoodie.

So there you are. Fun/ cool Mom reporting for duty. It took all of ten minutes. (Don’t mind my messy spare-room bed in the background, priorities people.)

A little effort goes a long way.
The tools:
A bit of makeup (concealer, bronzer, eyeshadow, mascara and lipgloss)
Boyfriend jeans
Black and white flannel
Blue wool v-neck sweater
Gold hoop earrings

What’s your Mom Style? What’s the one thing you could wear everyday to feel good about yourself?

Author: dawnrieniets

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9 thoughts on “What’s Your Mom Style?

  1. Dawn you look cute as hell!
    I too am sick of being in my trackies ( sweats) & cannot wait for it to be warmer so I can get out of them!

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 5:26 am
  2. Love this look Dawn. It is so easy isn't it. And be gone with your comments about dressing your age. Hell I'm 50 next month and I still dress the same way I did in my thirties. You look fab!

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 6:01 am
  3. It really is much easier in the warmer weather isn't it? Let's make a pact to get dressed this Spring/ Summer! <3

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 10:09 am
  4. Thanks Deb! I'm with ya all the way. If I still want to dress like I did a decade ago- so what! 😀

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 10:09 am
  5. Personally, I love a plaid flannel to channel my inner Kurt Cobain. I am on team FAB (acronym for Fifty and Beyond) which is way above your demographic but style evolution never stops. Each age brings its own joys (and sorrows). What have to do is focus on the former. Here is a link to a review of “That's not my age” there are some lovely illustrations by Melbourne artist, Leo Greenfield, so you can not help but be inspired. P.S. You rock a full fringe

    Posted on August 20, 2015 at 11:08 pm
  6. Thanks for the compliment on my bangs! (Far less expensive and scary than Botox when I can just cover the wrinkles.) I will definitely aim to enter the FAB club when the time comes. I hope I can still channel 90's grunge bands when I'm 50. Loved your post and the illustrations you shared!! It's right up my alley. I'm interested to learn more. <3

    Posted on August 21, 2015 at 7:59 am
  7. I love the look Dawn! But don't forget that nobody be making an over sized hoodie look better that a Buffalo gal. It's in your blood.

    Posted on March 8, 2016 at 2:42 am
  8. It is totally in my blood. Buffalo hoodies 4 lyfe.

    Posted on March 8, 2016 at 3:30 am