This post contains affiliate links. I earn a small commission on purchases you make using my recommendations at no cost to you!
A few months ago I had Claire Hastings on the blog to share her tips for staying stylish when you have a baby. Today she's sharing 5 suggestions for mamas to thrive in beauty and fashion this spring and summer.
Sometimes it's easy to forget the little details when it comes to fighting the frump. This post is a great reminder to take care of little things like your skin and health to feel better over all.
In her last two recommendations, Claire mentions a couple of big trends this spring/summer. Can you guess which ones they are?
Check it out below!
Spring has begun and all the flowers are in bloom! Well, at least in the northern hemisphere. In Australia, where I come from, people are just starting to enjoy their autumn pumpkin spice lattes and long coats paired with rain boots. These two seasons have a lot in common, however, from rainy days, to the skincare routine that we need to use.
Luckily, 2017 seems to be friendly towards moms whose fashion needs to be paired with comfort, so I’m eager to start this year off fresh and enjoy new adventures.
1. Brighter makeup palette
I have a friend who tells me that they can pry dark red lipstick from her cold, dead hands. She’ll wear it all year round, but even she tends to change up eyeshadow colours in spring.
It’s possible that you have forgotten the joys of wearing pinks and corals after a long, tiring winter, but do remember that spring is the best time to have a little fun.
If you prefer soft femininity then go for nudes, but have a well-defined statement eyebrow. If you want something a bit more crazy, try a fuchsia lipstick and experiment with new blush colours – from peach to shimmery pink.
A bold lip is encouraged, so here’s your excuse to treat yourself to some new shades. I like liquid matte lipsticks simply because they stay on all day, and I don’t have to worry too much about reapplying them. If I need to fix my make up every half an hour, then it’s just not worth my time, so I’ll always go for long lasting products.
2. Season appropriate skin care routine
After a long winter that dried out our skin and made our lips crack, spring is a real refreshment. Most of us don’t have the same needs all year-round, so we need to adjust accordingly.
I like to tone down my moisturizer and start using something water-based that will allow my skin to breathe, and won’t feel too greasy.
If you aren’t doing it already, then you should really start washing all your makeup brushes regularly, at least once every month. Dirty brushes will make you break out, and who wants to welcome spring with a face full of annoying pimples?
3. All shades of yellow and athleisure
Yellow is such a lovely, bright colour, but it took me a while to find the right shade to match my skin tone. Note to self: anything neon is probably a bad idea. I enjoy finding a good dress because it’s honestly such a useful hack: wear a dress – instantly give people the impression that you have put in some effort. Another good thing is that athleisure is apparently destined to remain popular, so we can all look forward to comfort as well as style.
4. Proper vitamin supply
Spring is just the right time to change your diet and start eating healthy food again. It will help you get ready for summer, and lighter food can help you counter that weariness that sometimes comes with the changing of the seasons. If you’re feeling really tired, get some quality supplements that will replenish anything you might be lacking, and maybe try doing some light exercise in the mornings. Maintaining your health should always come first.
5. Florals and trench coats
One of the hottest spring trends are silhouette-enhancing big belts and accentuated shoulders. Another comfy yet fashionable piece that you shouldn’t miss this season is trench coat. So grab a nice, wide belt to accompany it and head out for a relaxing spring stroll.
Designers have also lately become obsessed with head-to-toe floral outfits (shoes included). We all probably know that Devil Wears Prada quote: “Floral? For spring? Groundbreaking.” But it actually could be, combined with a lot of self-confidence. We all got sick of coldness, pale colors and monochrome combinations. However, if you are not so sure about all floral outfit, combine this cheerful print with jeans, black or sand palette.
I always enjoyed fashion, and what I love even more is finding ways to make it work for me. And that’s my general advice for anyone – modify fashion until it suits your needs and level of comfort, and remember to have fun with it.