On the one hand: Motivation to make a little extra effort. Plus, some of you sweet people actually like these posts!
On the other hand: Extra effort takes extra time and energy. Also, what about the whole, "Man sees outward appearance, but Jehovah looks on the heart?" The Bible -- the book I hold most dear -- has plenty to say about not giving undue focus to outward adornment, especially at the expense of the "hidden man of the heart."
What's a beauty-loving girl to do?
I don't know the answer. What I do know is that the spirit behind these posts, and behind getting out of one's pajamas into something mildly flattering in the morning is NOT ...
a. To impress my blog readers and in-person friends.
b. To judge my fellow mamas for the way they present themselves.
c. To spend more time getting dressed in the morning than I spend reading His Word.
d. To blow my budget accruing a huge, fashion-forward wardrobe. (To review: I rarely spend more than $20 on a piece of clothing, I often shop consignment/thrift stores, I pare down my closet so that it only contains pieces I feel good in and will happily wear.)
The fact is, though, that until this corruptible shall put on incorruptible, most of us act the way we feel, and the way we feel both drives and reflects how we dress. The Professor, for example, stopped wearing T-shirts to campus once he earned his Ph.D., even though he's working with the same people. He figured the doctorate merited at least a collar. :-) And would I arrive at a paid job in sweats and a stained T-shirt and expect anyone, myself included, to take me seriously, even if I were well-qualified for the position?
I would not. Neither would you. Right?
Moms (and I include those who spend some hours at paid employment), don't we have a high calling? Doesn't it ruffle our feathers when someone denigrates the job of raising human beings? Don't we appreciate a little respect?
So how about -- without undue vanity or obsession -- if we sort of ... dress the part?
I just have a couple pics from this week. Remember Renée's advice to enliven a snoozeworthy outfit by accessorizing? Well, there was a bare-bones ensemble or two this week that could use the help. I'm not sure I achieved "WOW," but maybe it was a step up from "Meh?"
BONUSES: My "vintage" kitchen! My loving dog!
Cardigan: Target (currently on sale)
White T: Gap Outlet
Capris: Gap, from Thrift Store (Savers?)
Gold Flip Flops: Reef Krystal
Green beaded necklace: Holly Lane Designs
Necklace #2: The Vintage Pearl
Scarf: Old Navy
Bracelet: Handmade by Martha of MotsDots
And there you go! Anyone have a success story to share? I've loved getting a few emails about thrift store finds!
Links: The Pleated Poppy