Sorry, Chic Ain't Effortless
How Putting in Extra Grooming Time Helped This New Mom Look Fabulous
For the longest time, before I became a mom, I instructed my hairstylists, "It has to be easy," and "I don't have time to fuss." It's not like I didn't have the time, either. I just liked the way this ethos positioned me as a woman who could look great with little to no effort expended.
And that worked from my twenties up to my late thirties. I could sashay out of the house in faded jeans and ratty espadrilles, wearing just a slick of lip gloss. My skin still glowed and my butt was perky.
But something happened on the way to my mid-40s. I had a baby and I started to age—in that order. My skin lost some luster and maybe needed a bit of makeup. Jeans with flats just weren't very flattering anymore. My attempts to look effortlessly chic suddenly required a lot more effort. Even my thick, wavy hair suddenly looked frizzy and unkempt instead of carefree. A few grays, here and there, didn't help either. And at a period in my life when I had fewer minutes to get ready, I suddenly needed a lot more time.
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