Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My Top Ten Strategies For Keeping It Sexy.

As the mother of a young child, it's difficult  to keep in touch with my inner sexy chick. After a long day of battling persnickety people, dirty dishes and grumpy babies, all I really want from life is a cozy pair of sweats and an hour or two of couch time.

I certainly don't feel like spending my few free minutes primping and pampering myself the way I used to. Heck, these days I'm more likely to take a razor to my mono-brow than take the time to pluck those stray hairs.

But, my inner sexy chick, she puts up quite the fuss if ignored too long. To keep her happy, I've found a few fast, easy ways  to remind myself that I am a woman first and mommy second.

Things like:

Red lipstick. I almost always put on at least a little makeup before I leave the house (that's what a couple decades of battling acne will do to a person). But I don't feel fully dressed until I put on that final coat of lipstick. After all, nothing distracts people away from those dark bags under your eyes like a pair of shiny red lips.

Hair dye. Shortly after Tori was born, gray hairs started sprouting on my head. At first, I tried to pluck them, but for every hair I removed, two more arrived at the party. But I refuse to give in to gray hair, damn it. So these days, my red tresses get a little help from Miss L'oreal.

Pretty underthings.  I might have baby food splatters on my shirt and mismatched socks on my feet, but you can bet that underneath it all, I'm wearing something with at least a little lace. A girl's got to have standards, after all (and a little support).

A pair of kick-ass heels. I love me some high heels. Loooooove them. My knee, on the other hand, hates them, but I am more than willing to put up with a little pain for the calf lengthening, back-straightening, chest-enhancing stance heels give me.

A really awesome jacket. Most of the time, you'll find me in jeans and a T-shirt. But when I need to remind myself that I still know how to fake it? I'll add a little jacket.

A quick pedicure.  I have long since given up on painting my finger nails. The sweet perfection that is a good manicure lasts all of five seconds on my hands. But my toes are a different story. Those I like to keep polished to perfection, even in the dead of winter.

Dry shampoo. These days I'm lucky if I have time to toss back a cup of coffee in the morning - never mind the 30 minutes it takes me to wash, dry and style my hair. But with the help of a little of that powdery shampoo goodness, I can cut my grooming time by two-thirds.

A good flat iron.  I invested in a $60 job a few months back and I have never once regretted it. Sure, my eyes might look a little crazy, but with the help of that flat iron, at least my hair can give the illusion of put-togetherness.

A flirty, twirly skirt. Although I always seem to don these numbers on ridiculously windy days (much to my chagrin), nothing makes me feel girlier, or prettier, than a really nice skirt (especially when paired with the aforementioned heels and red lipstick).

A power nap. Like most moms, I'm chronically short of sleep. So when I need to be on my A game? I try to get a little shut eye. After all, my smile is one of my best features, and it is always at its brightest when I'm well rested.

Those are my secret weapons. What are yours?

I'm joining up with The Mommyologist's monthly Mom Sexy link-up. Join in and see how everyone else keeps it sexy!


  1. I love this post!!

    It even works for a working girl like me!

  2. Oh I love lip gloss.
    And high heels too. (Except they kill my feet. But I would do it for beauty)
    And I LOVE a good SPA day.
    And getting my nails done and toesie's.
    And lacy underthings never hurt anything either.

    Ahh. Thanks for sharing.

  3. oh and getting my eyebrows done..When I get those babies done, I feel REAL sexy...;) *wink wink*

    I just wish I could wax as good as my wax lady..Or whatever you call her..lol.

  4. I probably have 20 red lipsticks. Seriously. And too many pairs of heels to count.
    Also? I had been using a really expensive dry shampoo spray I get at Sephora.
    Tresemme just came out with a $4 one and I actually like it better.

  5. Dry shampoo is the BEST. A total lifesaver. I need to find a swirly skirt.

  6. My daughter loves when I wear twirly skirts. Actually, my husband does too. It's a step up from jeans.

  7. Haven't tried the dry shampoo...i will add that to my next shopping list! For me, I would also add a good pair of "rump huggin" jeans. You know...the ones that show all the right curves :)

  8. I love dry shampoo! But I have to say, the one thing that keeps me going as a mom is getting my hair done. I need to have my highlights! So I definitely agree with you on that one. Bye bye grays!!

  9. This is a pretty great list. You might be sexier than you think.

    Lovin' the heels, skirt and jacket. If it were not for hair dye me and sexy would no longer be friends.

  10. So glad you mentioned make up. I just tried the new Cover Girl Smoky Shadow Blast and Shine Blast lip gloss..........The make up was sent to me by BzzAgent. I'm very in love with the eye make up because it has a rounded end for the color and a tapered end for the smoky effect. It has just a hint of shimmer so it sort of glitters (I love glitter!). The lip gloss is amazing too. Both feel nice and smooth and silky. They make make up application go on quick (which is needed in my case because of my two little ones!)

  11. hair dye! :) I like me some dark locks (obviously!) It makes me feel mysterious and sexy.. Which I am NOT! I am "cute" not even close to "sexy".. but sometimes with my dark hair, my eyes done up, a great bra, and some kitten heels I feel VA-VA-VA-VOOM sexy :)

    GReat post!

  12. Oh man you have reminded me how Unsexy nursing bras are. I simply cannot wait until the days of leaky boobs allow me to throw on a sexy number! Totally on the money with everything babe. It's hard to feel sexy as a mom sometimes but it is SO worth it!

  13. Oh, my awesome black jacket, red lipstick, and jasmine perfume layered on my coconut oil! Makes me feel like the sexy island girl instead of the island girl turning blue in the middle of the frigid Canadian prairie.

  14. These are SO great!!! I have always wondered if that dry shampoo was any good...I think that I will pick some up for sure!! And I LOVE my flat iron. It can save me even on the worst hair days!!

    You go with your sexy self!!!

    Thanks for linking up!

  15. Love lip gloss! Always makes me feel put together....Great post!

  16. i love your list! following!

  17. This was a good list. I agree w/ the red lipstick and pretty under things. Many days they make all the difference.

    I have never tried the dry shampoo, does it really work?


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