365 days sparkling with promise
52 weeks of momentum for your dreams
12 months of sweet, sexy possibilities
I don't have any major resolutions this year (except maybe to complain less, woh woh!), but I do have a nice new mantra for 2014. (Drum roll, please.)
“This is the year of ME – even sexier.”
With a 3.5 year old and a 6 month old in the house, that mantra seems a little bit ridiculous as I re-read it. You know, shouting out ME! and EVEN SEXIER! are not the most practical proclamations. Yet, I know that when I get enough me-time and that when I'm infusing “sexy” into my daily life – I feel like a total champion. I know I'm a better mom, a happier & more compassionate wife, and more inspired to focus at work. Frankly, I feel better when people flirt with me – and that happens when I'm feeling groovy about myself and my sex appeal.
I plan on writing about this “even sexier me mission” this year, and sharing all the steps I'm taking to promote my inner sexiness. And perhaps you'll join me on the journey? Whether you've got kids or not, you need only to decide that you’re game. Game to be the happiest, sexiest, most confident version of yourself – ever. Ready to roll?
I just have one question: What are you gonna wear?
Yup. You read me correctly. Sounds shallow, but I don't mean it that way. What you wear and how you look totally dictates how you feel. If I’m wearing shlubby sweats, I just plain feel shlubby. And as nursing mom, it's super easy to fall into the schlub-trap – I mean, I'm getting my boobs out every few hours to feed or pump, so you know, it's been all about easy access for a little while.
That’s why the first Mojo Mission of the year is a little wardrobe makeover. I’m not talking about a complete overhaul, but a thoughtful fine tuning. Are you with me? I want everything you and I reach for in our closet to be something that makes us feel good when we slip it on. Stuff that makes us shine not just on the outside but on the inside, as well.
Let’s do this together in four steps:
1) Assess and Prepare. Take a moment to envision your sexiest selves through the years. What have been your fashion hallmarks? Which of those looks still feel great when you think about who you are right now? Which looks should be kissed goodbye to remain fond (or not so fond!) memories? For me? Two favorite signature styles come to mind – my “hippie” look of brightly colored maxi dresses, flowy skirts and flip-flops, and a body-con “rock-n–roll” look with loads of black layers. These looks still feel great to me – so I'm going to rummage around and see what fits and still feels good (and still gives decent access for baby-feedin'!).
2) Sort and Discard. Get three garbage bags. One for alterations, one for donations and the last for true garbage. Start trying things on to see how they make you feel and to gauge how they currently fit you. Is that over-sized shirt just something to cover up your perceived imperfections? Do not dream of telling yourself that you’ll start trying to look sexy 5 pounds from now. You have loads of assets that make you look great today. Start accentuating them now! For me? I'm going to highlight my cleavage (which is mega due to nursing) and my legs (I've been hitting the squats, so my gams & glutes are getting pretty awesome again).
3) Restock! This is my personal fave. Explore magazines, surf the internet and do lots of people watching. Take notes. Take note, too, of what your wardrobe seems low on. Then, grab the girlfriend you think has the best style sense and hit the stores together. Even if you find just one or two new items that give you that sexy lift, it'll be worth it. I don't have a lot of time to shop these days, so finding one or two items in an hour of shopping feels like huge success!!
4) Rock it! Whether it's an outfit that was lurking in the back of your closet, or something new you picked up, enjoy how it feels on your skin. Notice how sexy your curves look in those jeans, and strut your stuff in those hot boots or heels (or flats!). Compliment yourself out loud. . Get your mojo running and wear your clothes with confidence. You will feel like you – only sexier.
With loads of love & affection,