When I was young, I observed that almost all mothers looked the same – hardly any make-up on them, wore frumpy looking clothes and always a tired expression on their faces. In between diaper changes and midnight feedings, somehow they forgot to enjoy the privileges of being a woman.
When I was dining at MacDonald’s last weekend, I had my first real glimpse of a fashionable, confident and beautiful mother-of-two. With two toddlers in-tow (without a maid), she wore high heels, pretty make-up, kept her hair long, curled and well groomed. I was completely in awe of her.
This incident made a big impression on me, and I think that it’s important for all mothers, regardless of age, to put forth the effort to look nice. It doesn’t require a lot of money though, but it’s the time and dedication.
I looked at myself and I realized that I’m also in the midst of transforming from a woman to a mother! My cute little purses have changed into big and bulky diaper bags. I traded in my heels and platform shoes for more sensible flat shoes. After all, I can’t chase after Little Edison in heels.
When I was a single, I used to spend hours grooming my hair. Now, most of the time, I just throw it into a ponytail to avoid it being ripped out by his little hands. For the same reason, I stopped wearing accessories too. In terms of outfits, I don’t think I would wear a mini skirt or a tube top.
Time is another issue; I don’t have time to mix-and-match my clothes, accessories and shoes. I just have about ten minutes to dress-up with a little make-up on before leaving the house in a jiffy. I’m glad that I have a helper. Otherwise, I probably don’t even have ten minutes!
How did I end up this way? I definitely need to find my womanly self again. I need to wear heels one day. I miss my tube tops too. I want to stay fashionable, chic and confident while juggling my duties as a mother! Can I really do that?