I went through a period of depression when we first moved to Australia. I couldn’t work for the first 6 months, and I knew virtually no one. It proved one of the most difficult hurdles I’ve faced in my life so far: Picking myself up off the ground, going through culture shock, and attempting to make friends in a completely new country. Each day, I struggled to get out of bed and get dressed. When the government finally granted me permission to work, things started to pick up some. I at least had a reason to get dressed a few times a week and meet a few people in town. As time went on, the Lord started to speak to my heart about making a bit more effort in my daily beauty routine. Thinking back, I believe I thought myself unworthy of the effort. Slowly, as I learned to obey His new task for me, I started to see that He saw me as worth it…and that meant the world to me. I started to feel better and had the confidence to put myself out into the world again.
When I saw the positive test and started to feel sick for those first few weeks, I knew what the importance of a beauty routine would mean in the coming months. With all the hormone changes and commotion, I could easily sink back into a routine of sweat pants and oily hair. So, I wanted to share a few things I do to keep myself feeling pretty and “glowy” during this pregnancy.
- My hair. I have found that styling my hair really keeps me feeling pretty. If I style it up, out of my face, and in a cute hairstyle that I know looks nice, the make up and clothes I wear are easier to put together. I spend less time feeling frumpy and more time feeling cute. Plus, over these past 3 years of practise, I have learned to do my own hair. The lovely Christina at Hair Romance wrote an ebook that I bought a year or two ago (30 days of twist and pin) that has literally changed the life of my hair. She has recently developed a new one focusing on braids–One of my great loves.
- Makeup. Admittedly, I don’t put on make up every day. Most days, however, I do, because I have students or friends that I see and want to feel confident and look my best. Even if I just put cover up on and a little mascara, I feel a huge difference. I love Lisa Eldredge videos for make up tips. The one posted above is a look that I want to try soon. She has heaps of videos for different things, though, so check it out!
- Clothes. One thing I’ve tried to do in the past few years is buy clothes that had a nice, lightweight fabric that would feel comfortable yet look polished. By filling my closet with these pieces, I have avoided looking frumpy even on the days when I just want to lounge. Don’t get me wrong, I have sweatpants and hoodies, but a limited amount that I try to only wear at night (in fact, changing into my pajamas is a lovely routine for me that lets me know it’s time to relax and not worry about looks anymore). Maternity clothes have proven no different for me. I have less of them than my regular clothes, so I have to do more laundry. It’s nice, though, to have clothes I feel good in and to have them nice and clean often. Plus, I figure I have to get used to more laundry soon anyway, right? The majority of my maternity wear comes from Old Navy. They have a fun and affordable selection.
- Other. I painted my toenails the other night. Although it felt like a marathon, looking down at my toes and seeing a cute colour now is one little touch that makes me feel pretty. Jewellery is another little detail that can polish an outfit. I don’t wear much jewellery, but a nice pair of earrings or necklace makes a bit of difference. As far as shoes go, I’ve had to compromise a bit and get some sandals that look decent and feel extremely comfortable. I have sensitive feet and need a good shoe that will not hurt my back (how old do I sound when I say that? Wait, don’t answer that). So, I went into one of those old lady orthopedic shoe stores and bought a pair of sandals with memory foam in the sole. So far, I love the way they feel, but I do think of them as my first pair of mom shoes (i.e. I miss my cute shoes).
What are some of the things that are important to you in feeling beautiful, pregnant or not?