Tuesday 10: Spring Color Inspiration

Below are ten colorful items all around me that have influenced my spring color palate.

1. What I Saw: Daffodil Yellow

2. What I Saw: Petunia Red

3. What I Saw: Storm Cloud Gray

4. Pop Culture Inspired: Effie Trinket, The Hunger Games

5. Pop Culture Inspired: Joan Holloway, Mad Men

5 Spring Colors sitting at my desk

6. Cherry Blossom Pink (Lotion by Bath and Body Works)

7. Dark Kiss Plum (Lotion by Bath and Body Works)

8. Fuchsia (iPhone Case)

9. Peacock (Wedding Invitation)

10. Mockingjay Blue

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What colors are inspiring you this spring?

Looking Good: Pregnant and Pospartum Bellies

Why, oh why, is it such a big deal when a pregnant woman poses nude?

Although I don’t have time for reading magazines (unless I need a distraction in a waiting room), I check out the cover to know all that I need to know about which celebrities are getting a divorce, which celebrities I have never heard of, and which celebrities made a million dollars selling their baby’s first photo. Although I am a prude about being sexy, magazine covers are not shy about selling what sells; sex. If it’s not a celebrity baby’s first photo on the cover, you can bet it is a sexy celebrity showing some skin. Combine the two and you get a pregnant celebrity posing nude.

I was 11 years old when Demi Moore posed on the cover of Vanity Fair in 1991. Let me do the math for you, I’m gonna be 32 this year. I didn’t understand ‘pregnancy’ back then and thought it was gross. I hoped that when I had children, there would be another way to do it that wouldn’t involve a big round belly. Big round bellies were for Santa Clause.

During the first 7 months of my pregnancy, I looked bloated like I usually do. I was relieved when my belly got bigger and I no longer had to endure stares from people trying to determine if I was pregnant or not. If you’ve got an Etsy shop, perhaps you could make a t-shirt that takes the guess work out of it; This isn’t a belly full of Doritos, I have a person growing inside of me.

I gained 35 pounds during pregnancy and it was all belly. Big belly. BIG belly. It was like an uneven shelf and I used it as such. When I was sitting behind by desk, I had to slide my chair back further as pregnancy progressed. I realized something wonderful was happening.

I DON’T HAVE TO SUCK MY STOMACH IN!

Whenever I posed for pictures, I could turn to the side and let my belly stick out. Whenever I wore a form fitting fabrics, I didn’t need to wear a jacket to cover my belly. Whenever I wore pants my belly could just hang over the top. Oh, glory! There was no more pretending to be a smaller size I wasn’t. I was pregnant and proud!

My boobs went from big to biggerer and I have no idea what my legs looked like down there. Also big I think. I eventually lost track of my belly button too. Gone! Things were just big. This was my body and I was growing a baby! YAY!

Dramatic re-enactment of what my cover might have looked like. Does my face look model-moody or just moody?

Alas, magazines did not offer me compensation for posing nude during my pregnancy. If they had, I would have enthusiastically accepted. I have never in my life been so proud of my body. So confident in my shape. The ‘pregnancy glow’ must be caused by confidence and comfort in the curvy shape that results from growing people.

It is a shame that only hours after giving birth, I was wondering why my stomach didn’t look much smaller than it was when there was still a baby in there. It made me sad that when I left the hospital my shirt was tighter and my maternity pants were still very necessary.

A postpartum celebrity posing nude before the personal trainers and chefs get them back into shape would be a nice reality to show on a magazine cover. Pregnant bellies are wonderful, but what happens to our bodies after babies are born is equally as dramatic. But ‘reality’ means something very different when a celebrity is marketing or exploiting themselves. It would be nice to see a celebrity stepping forward to showcase a sagging belly, swollen breasts, and a sleep deprived facial expression. They would have the enthusiastic support of this mommy!

Please vote for Mommy Huh daily… and from your smart phones too!

Working Mom Style: 3 Sweater Alternatives

As a working mom, my look is limited to the constraints of time and budget. Working Mom Style highlights simple ways to make a fashion statement. If you’re a corporate mom or a SAHM, these tips and tricks can work for you too!

Remember to follow my Working-Mom-Style Board on Pinterest for style tips that can work for any mom!

Although the winter has been mild, I often underestimate the chill. For years I have gotten warm and cozy with bulky sweaters, but there is nothing stylish about a gender-neutral and over sized sweater made for function and not fashion. Here are 3 sweater alternatives that will keep you warm and looking stylish.

3 Sweater Alternatives

Blazer: You can get blazers in many colors, patterns, and fabrics. Blazers also come in lightweight and heavyweight (for those days when it is really cold).

Just be careful with blazers. The wrong one can be just as bulky as sweaters if the cut and fit is too large.

 

 

Scarf: Scarves are an endless source of possibilities and options. They come in a variety of fabrics and lengths and can be the perfect accessory to any outfit.

You can also tie, twist, wrap, and drape your scarf in a number of different ways to change the entire look and accommodate any scarf length.

Poncho: Not only are ponchos trendy, they can be really warm and comfortable too. They can function as a light cover up, or even as an alternative to wearing a coat.

They’re also super comfortable! Nothing tight or restricting about a poncho.

How to Make Barbie Skinny Jeans Out of Duct Tape

Don’t let the title discourage you from reading. Let me explain.

I always enjoy meeting and connecting with new readers. Sure it’s nice to know people are listening to what you have to say, but it’s wonderful to hear what others are talking about. Occasionally I’ll discuss a topic others are discussing as well, but mostly I share random thoughts in my head. Life just happens and no two stories are truly alike.

I always take notice of the search engine terms that bring people to Mommy Huh. Nearly every day it is the same terms; Hungry Caterpillar Party (which I highlighted in Mommy-DIY). But today (oh yes, today is obviously different) the top search engine term was ‘how to make barbie skinny jeans out of duct tape.’

Yes, indeed strange. However, the story is much deeper and personal than that. Barbie was a very important part of my childhood. Some people have inspirational teachers or kind neighbors, I had a plastic doll. A youthful obsession with Barbie.

If we had been more realistic about Barbie, we might have recognized how much women love shoes and clothes (neither of which we had a lot of). But Barbie’s wardrobe was weak and consisted of the clothes that came with our new Barbies or something crafty our mother or grandmother had made. We also had a few vintage outfits my mother had passed down to our Barbies.

I advise you to refrain from labeling my childhood as spoiled when I discuss how many Barbies we had. My sister and I always earned our new Barbie dolls by doing our chores or for good behavior and academic accomplishments. We NEVER acquired Barbies via tantrums or bribery (are you listening son?).

On one occasion, my sister and I stole some Barbie clothes from a playmate. Obviously this was not one of our better moments nor one we ever repeated. Instead we used creativity when Barbie needed a costume or special outfit. With permission mostly from our father (mom was more likely to say no), we took the clothes we had outgrown and used the fabric to make some new outfits. We’d cut out a basic shape like a rectangle, and use that to make a pencil skirt. Or cut a few small circles for the head and arms to make a shirt.

Scissors + Unused Fabric= Simple Barbie Clothes (unfortunately Pinterest did not exist in those days or else I would be happy to showcase our designs and creations)

I had learned to use scissors in Kindergarten, but one skill they didn’t teach was sewing. Without sewing, the clothes ceased to be clothes. Our solve? Yes my friends, DUCT TAPE. Our dad had taught us that duct tape could fix anything and could be used to make seams without a needle or thread. We could tape the clothes on and pull it off when Barbie was done. With our imaginations, a pile of unwanted fabric, and duct tape there was no limit to Barbie’s wardrobe.

If you are reading this and were the person who had searched for ‘how to make barbie skinny jeans out of duct tape,’ I intended no embarrassment! I’m merely highlighting the irony that strange as it may have been to search for ‘how to make barbie skinny jeans out of duct tape,’ you have actually come to the right place! Leave me a comment and I would be happy to help!

Bloggers, have you ever encountered some interesting search terms?

Working Mom Style: My 3 Make-up Must Haves

As a working mom, my look is limited to the constraints of time and budget. Working Mom Style highlights simple ways to make a fashion statement. If you’re a corporate mom or a SAHM, these tips and tricks can work for you too!

Follow my Working-Mom-Style Board on Pinterest or follow me on Twitter @DCWorkingMommy for style tips that can work for any mom!

As mom, my ‘getting ready’ routine has been simplified for time and degree of difficulty. You know moms get no privacy in the bathroom no matter what they are doing. One of my getting ready must-dos is putting on a little make-up. With practice, my make-up routine has been adjusted to 3 simple steps to accommodate minimal time and effort.

WITHOUT Make-Up:

With Make-UP:

My 3 Make-Up Must Haves

(In order of importance)

1. Mascara does amazing things. It make me look polished, wide-eyed, and emphasizes a feature I kinda like; my eyes. (Cost: $8)

2. To cover blemishes and dark circles I use a liquid foundation with moisturizer and SPF. It’s like a 3 in 1 tool for my skin. (Cost about $15)

3. Blush is a subtle touch but gives my pale skin a pop of color. Bonus when you use it on your eyes too! (Cost about $4)

My 3 step make-up routine is done in under 3 minutes and doesn’t bust my me-budget!

Jeans: The Mom Kind and the Skinny

Like any conversation about a controversial topic, it’s best just to get to the point and say it.

Let’s talk about ‘skinny jeans.’

I imagine your reaction is a lot like mine has been since women rightfully or wrongfully started wearing skinny jeans. I was wowed with my own brain power when I vowed never-ever to wear skinny jeans quicker than you can shake a stick at the time-space continuum. If you don’t speak nerd like I do, that means it’s really fast.

Purchasing jeans has always been one of my least favorite things to purchase. Yes, worse than bathing suits. You can cover up a bathing suit but you might look a little strange wearing pants on top of your jeans. Also, you have to take off your shoes when trying on jeans which feels too much like commitment. All this drama just for an average pair of jeans without any features like boot cut or slim.

"I'm not a woman anymore, I'm a mom."

I thought as a mom fashion was supposed to get easy… as in you no longer have any time for fashion and you let your personal style go in favor of comfort, convenience, and budget. I also thought that they made a special kind of jean for moms that wasn’t skinny, had full coverage for the bottom half, and came with roomy features like pleats and elastic waistbands. Now they have things called jeggings, pajama jeans, and skinny jeans. I just dare you to tell me which of those three words sounds good.

My personal experience with skinny jeans began the same way many other life changing experiences began; with a great pair of boots. I longed for something a little prettier than the snow boots I wear when I think nobody will notice.I found a great pair of boots and had visions of adorable outfits and a strut in my step.

The reality of skinny jeans became apparent after I realized I had neglected my new boots because I had no way to showcase them. After my husband suggested I get a pair of skinny jeans, I asked him why I bothered to marry him. Nonetheless, there was no denying or ignoring the fact that my husband had just suggested I go shopping. So I did.

Obviously this story has a happy ending. It did involve shopping after all. Indeed, I found a pair of skinny jeans the looked good, felt good, and was an excellent price. Let me highlight a few things I learned about skinny jeans:

I'm brave enough to wear skinny jeans and share a picture of them with you.

 

1. Skinny jeans are made of countless fabric blends, washes, and colors. Find the pair that looks best of your frame!

2. Don’t be a grumpy old-fashioned woman like me. Trying new things can be scary, but it can also be refreshing. I can’t tell you how many times I have ignored a trend only to love it later.

3. Skinny jeans CAN be comfortable!

4. Skinny jeans can be slimming and you shouldn’t be afraid to flaunt your mommy curves.

As a working mom, my look is limited to the constraints of time and budget. Working Mom Style highlights simple ways to make a fashion statement. If you’re a corporate mom or a SAHM, these tips and tricks can work for you too!

Follow my Working-Mom-Style Board on Pinterest or follow me on Twitter @DCWorkingMommy for style tips that can work for any mom!

 

 

 

Working Mom Style: 3 Simple Ways to Dress up your Hair Right Now

As a working mom, my look is limited to the constraints of time and budget. Working Mom Style highlights simple ways to make a fashion statement. If you’re a corporate mom or a SAHM, these tips and tricks can work for you too!

Follow my Working-Mom-Style Board on Pinterest or follow me on Twitter @DCWorkingMommy for style tips that can work for any mom!

1. Dress it up with a headband:

I have long, thick hair. Without time or patience for a complicated hairstyle, I usually pull it back in a ponytail.

To dress things up and make my look more interesting, I added an embellished headband.

Did I mention it was very inexpensive?

2. Secure hair with a braid:

Bobby pins are effective, but in my opinion, not something that should be seen unless they are decorative.

To keep my long bangs away from my face, I pulled them to the side and added a small braid that I tucked behind my ear. Secured with a bobby pin, of course.

3. You CAN cut your own hair, just do it carefully:

I haven’t had a hair cut for more than a year, so I cut long bangs myself which can be styled and worn in a variety of different ways.

Before you snip, cut your hair long. It can be cut shorter but once it’s gone, you can’t put it back.