The other day my husband and I were getting ready to go to IKEA in Georgetown, Texas. As we were getting ready, I had to try on several different pairs of pants and MULTIPLE shirts. As I have mentioned before, I am expecting our first baby in November. Being 22 weeks pregnant means that my body (and subsequently my wardrobe) is rapidly changing. Needless to say, as I tried on outfit after outfit, I became a bit frustrated.
Things that used to fit are now packed away and new looser clothing has replaced it. I have documented a small amount of the changes that I am making in my wardrobe in my Modest Maternity series, but honestly there are days where I just want to wear sweatpants and a big baggy T-shirt.
While I was fighting back tears after trying on another outfit that didn't fit anymore, my husband B took a moment to reassure me. B talked about how much he appreciated that I don't just wear pajama bottoms and sweats. He told me that it meant a lot to him that I take the time to present myself well. It only took him a second to say that simple statement but it meant the world to me. It may sound like a silly thing to a lot of people but I was so encouraged to know that the effort that I was making was valued.
So today, I want to "pay it forward". I want to encourage single women, wives, moms, grandmothers, and everyone in between to take care of themselves. Take the time to paint your toes, do your hair, or add a pretty scarf to an outfit. I get a lot of encouragement from Pinterest. It may sound silly, but sometimes all you need is a little inspiration to add some sparkle just for you.
When looking at ways to take care of my skin, I pin ideas here.
For super fun new hairstyle ideas I pin them here.
When looking for styles to keep in mind I pin them here.
Modesty is important to me, so I pin a lot of modest styles here.
Pregnancy makes modesty a bit of a challenge but I pin inspiring pregnancy outfits here.
I am by no means saying that you have to look like Grace Kelly. As I said before, there are days where my old basketball shorts and a weightlifting shirt are my best friends. I understand being busy, stressed and tired. I just wanted to encourage you today to take a moment to add a little sparkle to your world. Don't do it for your husband, don't do it for your friends. Do it just for you. Take a moment to do something new or different that will make you feel special and beautiful.
Are you looking to link up? If so, you should check out all the places I link up.