When it comes to life as a mum we are all unstoppable but it can be so easy to get caught up in the 24/7 responsibility and rush of it all that we also tend to forget about ourselves and end up putting ourselves last. We are all too often the last to eat, the last to bed, the one drinking the cold cups of tea or coffee and almost always the last to get ready and therefore sometimes just throwing on whatever we can find that isn’t (too) crumpled or dirty! Style can be the last thing on our minds.
But it doesn’t have to be that way, over the last year I have been making more of an effort to make sure that I don’t always come last and also discover my own personal style, whilst continuing to be an unstoppable mum. I have come up with a few ways to make sure that style is not last on my list and still have time to drink a hot cup of coffee once in awhile too! Make sure to read to the end for your chance to enter to WIN with Ziera shoes.
Starting the day feeling a little organised always gets me off on the right foot and so planning my outfit has become a bit of a night time ritual, I plan & get out everything and have it all hanging on my wardrobe door with my shoes out as well ready for the morning. If I don’t do this I can guarantee I will try on at least 3 things in the morning, discarding the choices that did not make it onto the bed for me to the have to put away later and most likely will be unable to find a clean pair of socks or stockings either. I even do this with the girls uniforms so that everyone just has to get dressed without having to find anything at the start of the day. With planning my outfit the night before I find that I am always happy with my choice in the morning and can sometimes even be the first ready!
To make the above step easier, organising your wardrobe is a must! I am not talking about where everything is only made up of 3 colours and looks like a rack in a boutique clothing store or something from pinterest (but wouldn’t that be nice) just more along the lines of removing clutter and those things you know you NEVER wear then with what is left keep each clothing type together, so all the jeans together, then the pants, skirts, long sleeved tops, then short sleeved tops, jackets, coats etc. and invest in some good coat hangers too so that when it comes to not only planning & choosing outfits it’s easier, and putting things away becomes easier too. We are not all blessed with those amazing walk in wardrobes, with shelves and racks everywhere…maybe one day, but you can still keep things clutter free, sorted and easy to find even with the smallest of wardrobes, trust me I have one! This simple step also helps you know what you have and makes it so much easier to put outfits together each night.
INVESTMENT IN QUALITY SHOES
When it comes to style, shoes are one of my most favourite fashion items! In my mind shoes can make or break an outfit, not only in the look but the comfort of them too. It’s all very well to have the most beautiful stiletto heels, but if you are hobbling about half way through the day because they are so damn uncomfortable and are literally killing your feet then they ARE breaking the outfit. With winter fast approaching so too is the need for warmer shoes and my most favourite shoes of all, ankle boots! I love ankle boots, they are flattering, go with just about everything & look great flat or with a heel. For the last couple of years I have been on the hunt for a pair of tan heeled ankle boots, I have some flat black ones that I have thrashed season after season but have never found the perfect tan ankle boot until now! Thankfully one of my favourite shoe brands Ziera have come to the rescue again with the Toledo ankle boot, in TAN! (they also come in Platinum!) These boots are not only gorgeous but ridiculously comfortable too, meaning I can wear them all day, with almost any outfit and remain an unstoppable mum too!
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
Style is not about making sure you are wearing the latest fashion or the exact outfit on the mannequin in a store front window, style is about you and your originality. As they say, ‘fashion is what you buy and style is what you do with it!’ Remember to wear what you love, be adventurous and break the rules. Most importantly believe in yourself and honestly that is what will shine through, rock those new boots with that dress you have had for years. As mums, it is so important to show our children our belief in ourselves and if a rocking outfit makes you feel that much more unstoppable then wear it with confidence! Awhile back I would’ve worried that maybe I was too ‘old’ to shop at certain stores and yes there are some items in those stores that are not for me (by choice) but there are also plenty of options that I can wear and will regardless of my age because if it makes me feel good then I am all about it.
Lastly as much as it is important to rock your own style & believe in your style there is nothing wrong with looking for style inspiration in all sorts of places, be it magazines, blogs, Pinterest or Instagram or from those amazing women we know & love like our mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends. There is something empowering about being surrounded and inspired by the amazing women in our lives and Ziera are continuing their mission to empower and support women not just by making them feel and look great but also by giving us all the chance to nominate the unstoppable women in our lives with Ziera’s new ‘Be Unstoppable’ campaign celebrating women doing great things.
Ziera is searching for unstoppable women to win one of five prizes of $2,500 plus five pairs of shoes to give them a helping hand towards achieving great things. You can nominate as many unstoppable women as you like. Each time you nominate, you’ll go into the draw to win one of 100 pairs of shoes, one for you and one for the person you nominate. Achieve the extraordinary every day. Be unstoppable. Nominate the unstoppable women in your life HERE.
WINNER is MICHELLE SOKOLICH, YAY!!! please email me with your details to get the voucher out to you asap.
PLUS you can also WIN a $250 voucher towards your own new pair of Ziera shoes by heading over to Ziera having a look at their latest range then commenting below and letting me know which pair of Ziera shoes would make you even more unstoppable. Competition closes April 12th. The winner will be announced here on the blog. NZ residents only.