About six weeks ago, I joined this style challenge called Get Your Pretty On.
It’s basically Garanimals for adults. A capsule wardrobe. You know, a few mix and match pieces that form lots of different looks.
Back in the day, I was a total Glamour DO, but after the kids and becoming a mom, and the monotony of motherhood and gaining weight, I had totally let myself go.
I had become a Glamour DON’T, and I didn’t like it.
I was tired of walking out of the house feeling crappy about myself.
So I joined the challenge where I received a shopping list and 21 days worth of really cute combinations. And I didn’t even have to leave my house because there are multiple links provided in the challenge to all the items on the shopping list.
It took me about a week and less than two hours total to gather the pieces on the list (because I did the shopping online). I had about half of the stuff already. And I didn’t get every single thing on the list. I skipped a shirt and some of the accessories and a purse.
But once I had gotten everything on the list, I committed to getting dressed every day in real clothes. No matter what.
Because up until then, this is pretty much what I looked like every day:
Unless I decided to break out the yoga pants and black sweater and really get dressed up…
So every day I got dressed. And it didn’t take long because I didn’t have to spend any time thinking about what to wear. I just checked my email, and I knew what I was going to wear the next day.
For the first time in about ten years, even though I’m still almost twenty-five pounds heavier than I was when I got married, I left the house feeling put together and stylish and cute and sexy.
I have to tell you, walking into your kid’s classroom to volunteer looking like this:
Getting invited out with a friend on the spur of the moment and knowing you can just throw on this:
feels reeeaaaallly good.
Not having to say, “I don’t have anything to wear” feels good.
Feeling confident feels good.
And ditching the pajama pants feels great.
It’s not a lot of clothes on the list either, but doesn’t it look like there is?
Just the other day Number 4 looked into my closet and said to me, “Mommy, you hardly have any clothes but you look like you have so many things!”
That challenge ended about three weeks ago. I kept up with the getting dressed after it ended, except for the other day when I was running late and I hadn’t planned well, and I worked out and then went to pick up Number 7 from school and then went to Costco after that, and I hadn’t showered and I was wearing yoga pants and a hoodie.
And I felt like shit.
I was literally slumping. I wanted to hide behind my cart.
That’s when I realized that although it’s totally what’s on the inside that matters the most, not taking any pride in your appearance really affects your self-esteem and how you carry yourself.
If you have lost that pride, if you have stopped taking care of yourself, you are in luck. Because the next challenge started today.
Deciding to get dressed was one of the best decisions I made for myself in 2015.
And this challenge made it so easy. I didn’t have to think about anything. And it gave my brain the little jumpstart it needed to start thinking that way again.
Click here to join now and get the early bird pricing. I already joined and got my list this morning.
The fall challenge was literally the best investment I made this year, and I can’t wait to do the next one.
Let’s do it together!
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