Fail. Across the board. I've worn active wear 70% of the time these past 2 weeks and haven't put much effort into hair or makeup.
BUT! I have excuses. (Excuses are a pet peeve of mine, so I apologize for giving them.) 1) I took on a big project that helps my husband, but takes up my free time and, frankly, my excess motivation, and 2) I am currently 2 months pregnant (yay!) so morning queasiness and depleted energy levels are zapping any "oomph" left in me to put effort into my daily appearance.
The pregnancy has helped me wear more dresses, though! Since this is my second pregnancy, my belly just popped right out immediately and wearing anything around my waist just irritates me. So dresses feel wonderful and I prefer to wear them over sweat pants most days.
However, the past few weeks haven't been a complete failure. Here are some Pin Up Pluses I've managed to eek out:
+ Pin Up Plus: I found a jersey-material dress at the local thrift store for $5, and it is heaven to wear! It is more comfortable than jeans and a t-shirt! It made me want to buy 8 more jersey dresses to stock in my wardrobe for everyday Stay-At-Home-Mom wear, so I scoured Pin Up Girl's site for the cute jersey Luscious dresses, and I particularly love the Octavio Octopus one (dark color and kid-friendly picture are pluses!): But, alas, they don't have it in my size (yet?). I would love to stock my everyday wardrobe with more dresses like this.
+Pin Up Plus: My tax refund finally came and I purchased the Dee Dee Dress in Blue:
Hopefully it will fit around my growing belly! It should arrive in the mail sometime this week.
+Pin Up Plus: I've been able to scour more blogs of gals who are travelling (or have travelled) down the same path I am on right now, and I found a blog that I truly resonate with: The Glamorous Housewife. She combines vintage style with modern clothing, and I think that is where I'm going with my style. She can blend easily with modern society and not look "costumey." (Although, ironically, she was a costume designer for movies prior to being a stay-at-home-mom!)
Through this blog, I found a book that I think all you ladies would absolutely love, "Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 stylish secrets I learned while living...." There are tons of great stories and advice on living life more passionately, like the Parisians, but one thing I thought you'd all love is the idea of a "capsule wardrobe." The author says that not many chic, stylish French people have more than 10 core-outfits in their closets, and it is not uncommon to see someone wear the same thing more than twice per week. Since they value quality, timeless clothing in France, they are able to wear these 10 items in high fashioned ways so that you don't even notice that it's a repeat outfit from 2 days ago. This is what I'm after! I'm a minimalist at heart and I want high quality clothing that will outlast my financial investment in it AND be the most flattering thing I can put on my body. (I know it is weird for me to type this only a few paragraphs after I typed how I love jersey dresses, but I think a well-made jersey dress would fit this bill too.)
So, I knew from the beginning that this journey from Frump-to-Pin Up would be long and difficult, and it certainly has been just that! It is still in the beginning phases, but this is a necessary journey for me to go on. Reading that book has validated this for me, because it uncovered the laziness of the American female culture with which I have grown up, and deep down I knew that "something just isn't right," and now I am starting to see the seams that have unraveled in our once-proud-and-beautiful culture. (Just look at candid photographs from the 1940s and 1950s of typical American women -- they looked sharp all of the time! And they had less conveniences than we have, so what is our excuse?)
I don't have any financial/etc. incentives attached to any of the products/websites I've listed, I just wanted to share some awesome discoveries from the past few weeks. I really, really enjoyed that book most of all, and can't recommend it enough for every female American to read. (I bought the Kindle version; it was cheaper.) I felt like it shouted at me the whole time I was reading it: "Try harder!" So that is what I vow to do from here on out: Try harder!