I've always been a pretty practical girl. I do think it was out of neccessity rather than choice because my taste in things can be electic if I allow myself to go there. Being on a budget I don't always allow myself to get the funky 1960's flower sunglasses or the hot pink purse because I have a little voice in the back of my head that says to me, "how many times are you going to wear this? or "do you know how many things you can buy with the money spent on that one thing?"
I confess, I really do have a little voice in my head that whispers lots and lots of practical things to me. I think that voice is important to have because it keeps me from making spur of the moment purchases and keeps me from overspending.
I feel a new leaf turning in my life. I feel as though it is time to bring back some of the joy of having FUN.
How does a mother of three bring extra fun into her life? Playing with the children is a blast, going on dates with my husbands is always a joy, and chatting up with good friends always puts a smile on my face. But I think for most busy women we tend to feel stuck in our routines and in my case, practical ways and find it hard to add some more fun into our daily lives.
So I decided that the most practical way I can bring some fun in my life is through my wardrobe and my blog. This will be for ME. Not for anyone else although it is always wonderful when people can appreciate it or have fun with you. This is my way of bringing some fun into my daily life filled with homework, abc's, Lego toys, Phineas and Ferb, and Playdough.
Here are the ways I will bring some FUN into my Wardrobe and into my Life!
Novelty prints are fun but what I really love about them is that it can really aid in helping you express more of your personality. For example, if you love fruit you can wear a dress with a watermelons on it. Its just super fun and super pretty! There is no denying that!
I have been afraid of investing in reproduction dresses for years now. I have purchases some eShakti skirts but they are all solid colors. Again, my practical side coming out. With reproduction I will be able to find more novelty prints dresses and separates. Although many repro pieces can lean more to the pricey side, many companies offer sales and coupons. I love vintage dresses immensely but it is getting harder and harder to find amazing dresses with my exact size. With repro I can easily make exchanges if something doesn't fit right (unlike with vintage) and reselling repro will be far easier than trying to resell vintage. It's a win-win for practical me and yet I will invite some amazingly fun pieces into my closet!
Want an easy way to add some POP and DAZZLE to your wardrobe? Just add some kitschy accessories. A popcorn shaped handbag, a cupcake ring, a apple hair clip, or a camera brooch. Accessories of any kind really make a an outfit stand out. Kitschy accessories are also another way to let your personality shine out through your wardrobe. And I mean how much fun is a purse in the shape of an ice cream cone anyway??
It has been ages since I have gotten my nails done properly. I mean I have had manicures here and there but having acrylic on it (to make it harder) is something I haven't done since right before I began teaching (2000). I used to have super long nails and got them done every week. Oh they were beautiful.
I hesitated through the years having it done like that again because of the impracticality of having long nails but I made a compromise with myself. Long nails and three small children just don't gel together. BUT what I will do starting soon is heading to the nail salon and ask to make sure my nails are always short. That way I can have them all glammed up and extra pretty without having them get in the way of my housework and mamawork. I cannot wait to start doing this for myself!
Nail colors add instant fun to your look. I have also thought of using nail decals because well, they look so darn cute. I think that calls for a mother/daughter manicure, don't you?
Another way I plan to bring more fun into my wardrobe and into my life is through the use of color. Swing by tomorrow when I share why adding more color into my life has been inspiring me daily.
Here is a list of places that I have found some incredible pieces and fun kitschy accessories:
Modcloth (Ice Cream Purse)
Pinup Girl Clothing
Kate Spade (Popcorn Handbag)
Etsy (Nail Decals)
ASOS and Aldo
Tatyana Retro Inspired for Modern Women
Are there any other shops you would suggest? Have you found that you need to add a little more fun into your life and into your wardrobe?