My new years resolution this year is to make more effort with my appearance. Who wants to join me?

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TrampyPants Sun 30-Dec-12 12:30:00

I've never really worn make up, styled my hair or bothered with how I look. That was fine when I was young and fresh. Now I'm 34 (nearly 35) and I want to look good. I have just tried to curl my hair (and failed) and sorted out my make up, throwing out stuff that doesn't suit me.

Okay. Today I'm wearing:

- black skinnies
- grey cowl neck jumper
- black ankle boots
- grey cable knit legwarmers
- greige scarf with black feather print
- grey peacoat
- grey cashmere wristwarmers

Make up the same as yesterday except a Soap and Glory powder blush instead of the Benetint. Hair still terrible though.

Bought some face oil today (Superdrug cheapo stuff) so will use that tonight and will paint my nails (greige). Hate NYE so will do pampering instead of partying!

TrampyPants Mon 31-Dec-12 15:32:51

I am very jealous of people going out tonight, we are staying in, in our pj's. However, tomorrow we are going out with my dad for drinks and weds is mil's birthday, so we are going out for lunch. I have bought a nice sheer top from next today and will do my eyebrows later. My wrists are v sore today so I'm tempted to put scruffs on and wallow, but I won't!

Welcome to everyone, it'll be great to see how this goes. I felt really good in town today, first time in yonks. Because I had tried.

MrsPennyapple Mon 31-Dec-12 17:48:42

Peppa yes, it's normal to be ravenous when bf-ing. Making milk uses a lot of energy!

I'm still wearing rubbish clothes, and my hair is tidy, but not pretty. My hair and I are not friends just now, there's not a lot I can do with it. On a windy day like today though, I'm not even going to attempt it.

I have to admit I am not remotely jealous of those going out tonight - traipsing from pub to pub to stand at the bar for an hour waiting to get served, whilst being elbowed by people, and then fight off drunk blokes who lunge at you with their tongue out. I told DP he's welcome to go out, I couldn't drink anyway so I think I'll stay in with my knitting smile smile smile Might start one of these jumpers for myself, I have very few warm-but-nice clothes.

Am also not jealous of anybody going out. I hate NYE. Both dds are going to parties, so dp and I are going to watch a film in our PJs!

Chottie Mon 31-Dec-12 17:56:55

Today I bought a new Bobbi Brown foundation, blusher and eyeshadows. The BB assistant was really nice and gave me a free mascara and foundation brush. I also had a free make up lesson smile So this post is just right for me. I'm another one who has nice clothes in the wardrobe, but usually wears 'clothes for doing housework in' whenever I am at home. I do dress up for work, but always change when I get in. I think it is ingrained to save clothes for 'best'.

Chottie Mon 31-Dec-12 17:59:49

I was in London today so was wearing Levis, Uggs, shirt and cardigan with a puffa and good handbag.

Now I am in jammies and it feels good smile I'm not going out tonight and I don't care, it's a foul night here.

MrsPApple I'm knitting too smile

Mockingcurl Mon 31-Dec-12 18:28:29

Can I join?

I stopped working 2 years ago and have lived in crap clothes ever since. I wear make up but don't bother with my hair, too much like hard work.

I too hate NYE and am in pjs knitting.

PeppaPrig Mon 31-Dec-12 18:31:40

I hate NYE too. Here's to pampering, not partying wine.

I'm not going out tonight- all shopped out and have no one remotely near to babysit, so I will dye my hair and sort my eyebrows out I haven't done them since DS2 was born

Id love to learn knitting properly- I can knit but can't cast on or off, maybe I'll learn this year and start knitting winter jumpers. grin

putyourhatonsweetie Mon 31-Dec-12 20:12:45

Morning all. I am in central qld so out of sync with many of you

New year new me. Going to start with a run, then a pampering shower (shaving round the mosquito bites....urgh). Will be wearing a nice sundress (as opposed to scrufffy shorts ands a gap t shirt) and then I simply must 'do' my hair, I don't think I have dried it properly all Christmas break

actually scratch that have just heard the thunder, shred not run!

feekerry Mon 31-Dec-12 20:17:25

Hello all!!

I am joining!! i start a new job on wed after being on mat leave for a year. Everyone in my new job looks fab so i need to make an effort.

I need to lose a stone too. Dd is ebf but 9 months old now so a bit of gentle dieting won't hurt.
I have suffered from internal piles since having dd (yuk) so need to improve my diet massively.

Spent 4 hours in hairdresser yesterday getting my hair done for first time in 9 months. Quite enjoyed myself.

Went out today and bought new make up and nail varnish.

Got my face regime sorted with body shop.

Question to all you ladies....how are you going to get you, your dc all ready looking okay and out the door on time???? I am struggling to see how i can do hair, make up, shower etc with a clingy 9month old dd lol!!!!

feekerry I shower and blow dry my hair the night before and try to put make up on while DC's finish breakfast, clothes are sometimes laid out ready the night before so I can grab them on easily.

I don't look my best atm, but I can manage to scrape my hair back, and pop concealer/blusher/mascara on and then the rosy vaseline as I head out the door

PeppaPrig Mon 31-Dec-12 20:32:32

feekerry that is my predicament! Me plus toddler plus newborn leaves little time for beautifying. I'm going to shower and wash hair at night - bit skanky, but better than no shower at all! If time, will get busy with make up, sea salt spray and straighteners in the morning.

PeppaPrig Mon 31-Dec-12 20:33:14

Cross post grin. Big fan of rosy Vaseline here too herefirst.

feekerry Mon 31-Dec-12 21:07:03

Yes i need to put a plan in place. I struggle to get out the door by midday at the moment and still look like shit lol so how i am going to manage to get us both out for 8am and me looking semi okay i don't.know!

Used to have really long hair but.got it chopped short so that should help. Also manages to rope my mum into coming round at half 7 for first couple of weeks to dress and give dd breakfast so i can finish getting ready.
New work resemble air hostess kind of look/perfection. I currently resemble leaky boobed, slightly incontinant, and something undesirable smeared on my clothes. Hmm. Lots of work to do!!

TrampyPants Mon 31-Dec-12 21:10:25

I bathe at night, its easier to style hair that isn't freshly washed (according to my hairdresser cousin) plus its good for my joints. I've just done a polish, shaved my legs and armpits and a face mask. Currently painting toenails.

I'll find it tough too, tbh. But I like lists and organising, so this is my new challenge.

Is it 2013 in oz now?

TrampyPants Mon 31-Dec-12 21:11:36

Congrats on new job!!

minimumthebare Mon 31-Dec-12 21:12:40

feekerry My plan is to keep on top of general maintenance stuff that makes a difference (haircuts, brow waxing, nails etc) so I can get out of the house after a very quick shower/make up in the mornings. On a practical note, DS is mainly FF now, but I've kept his morning BF going as he feeds much more quickly from me than he does from a bottle or a cup! Also aiming to sort my work outfits ready for the week ahead on a Sunday night, have them on hangers ready to go each morning.

Have a look at the routines bits here-I've managed a month so far, but it's all been test runs, as I'm back to work after maternity leave on Weds too! Oh, and my other top tip-get dressed in the morning for work, then put a coat or something over the top while you're getting the baby ready. Only take the coat off once you've dropped the baby off at childcare, or you will find yourself sporting trails of porridge/baby slime into meetings...

feekerry Mon 31-Dec-12 21:19:41

Thank you all.
minimum i think you are right. Major forward planning sounds like the way forward. Like the idea if having outfits all ready on hangers for the week

Think i will.switch to washing hair at night too. Can then just run straighter thru in morning.

YouCanCallMeBetty Mon 31-Dec-12 21:21:00

Oh goodness feekerry I totally empathise. I'm back at work in March and am already freaking out about getting me, toddler and baby out of the house looking decent by 8am.

I plan to shower and wash hair the night before, lay out my outfit before I go to bed yeah right and probably do my make-up in the car at red lights...

TrampyPants Mon 31-Dec-12 21:26:31

Minimum, that's a good idea. If you have the basics in place it'll make everything else easier. Even on slobby days.

YouCanCallMeBetty Mon 31-Dec-12 21:26:36

Ooh minimum going to read your blog now.

SleighbellsRingInYourLife Mon 31-Dec-12 22:25:50

I wore a dress today and only because I wanted to make you all proud grin

Did not go for the lazy option of what I wore yesterday with new top.

It sounds like some of you have a lot to teach me smile

Peppa - I'm always starving while breastfeeding. And I find it impossible to lose weight.

Starting tomorrow I'm back to not always giving in to my hunger pangs.

Things that help - drinking loads of water. Often it's thirst that makes you feel so ravenous.

- snacking on nuts - go for protein rather than the sweet things you probably crave

Congrats re the dress, Sleigh. smile

I wash my hair in the evenings and either blow dry it or shove it into a wet ponytail. Then I either straighten it in the mornings or shove it into a messy high pony (am thinking of cutting it shorter so that I can't just fall back on the pony option).

Yes to sorting out clothes the night before. And I have my make up down to about three minutes, with the daily basics all out on the dressing table ready.

Karbea Mon 31-Dec-12 22:30:33

Evening all,

I body brushed... Wearing leather effect jeans and a grey top, and my new sale earrings.

New start tomorrow!

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