Erin Phillips is a stay at home mom (SAHM), student and former makeup artist. You can find the daily exploits as a wife, mother and student on her blog, , as well as instant updates on her Facebook page.
Now that we’ve gone through what a tasteful wardrobe should consist of, and the sparkly things that go with it, now it’s on to the rest- the Fringe accents.
My personal obsession- shoes (okay, makeup, but shoes are a VERY close 2nd). I am right there with Carrie Bradshaw and gasping “Hello Lover” whenever I see a cute pair in a window.
They are historically how people judged your lot in life. People with money could afford nicer shoes. Now, with some pretty decent ready to wear mass productions, we have some very cute options to go with our lovely classic wardrobe and tasteful jewelry.
There used to be guidelines for shoes. Kitten heels or flats for the taller girls, and no self respecting woman would dare wear 6” stilettos. Not so much the case anymore. I’m 5’7” and adore wearing heels, because they elongate my stubby legs. Your main focus should be on what makes your outfit look good, and what you’re most comfortable in.
Next is your bag. This very well may double as your diaper bag. And there are some adorable purse/tote looking diaper bags available. What you’d want to have in your “arsenal” is:
- Small Clutch. For the times that you’re able to get out, usually with your little black dress. These are barely bigger than a typical billfold/checkbook wallet and should be used to hold your ID, cards, cash, touch up makeup (powder and lipstick) and cell. And nothing more… because, well, there’s no more room.
- Old Standard. This fits your wallet, cell, possibly a brush- basically all you need while away from home supplies. For moms with older children, we usually find room in there for emergency toy cars or princess accoutrements, the directions to where we’re going, our cell, a small address book, etc. This could also be your diaper bag for smaller children… just remember- if you have to lug this thing around, make it work for you.
- A Large Tote. This is usually what you’d carry with you when traveling (and is usually the first sign to a native Floridian such as myself of a tourist) But these help when flying- or cutting corners at the movie theater. There’s LOTS of room for ANYTHING you need.
So, now you have your clothing, jewelry, shoes and bag. Add your makeup (and a few hair tips I’ll get to next) and we can all emerge from the Mom Rut and start doing the Mom Strut (and look fabulous doing it!)