To counter the demands of motherhood, which leave very little time and energy for thinking about myself – including what to put on in the morning – I started this blog.

The need for this blog became clear to me following a conversation with another friend with two young kids. She realized that she was in a motherhood-induced fashion coma when she caught herself wearing a tracksuit. “That’s not me!” she cried. “Before Kids, my clothes were cool and I would not be caught dead in a tracksuit. What happened?”

We can all relate. Somewhere between pregnancy and a few years After Kids, something had gone terribly wrong with our own standards for dressing ourselves. Even our preschool boys commented on our clothes looking ugly.  We laughed.  We marveled at those women who somehow manage to look “put together” despite the demands of parenting, work, and baby spit up.  We compared notes on the few items of clothing that were actually working for us. (It was a pretty short list.)

Then we thought, a blog would be a lovely place to continue this conversation – there must be many of us struggling with this! See if you’re one of them.

You know motherhood has hijacked your fashion sense when:

1. You never buy anything white.
2. You never buy anything silk or cashmere.
3. You never buy dangly earrings. Heck, you never really buy any jewelry for yourself.
4. You never pay more than $40 for sunglasses because you know they will be stepped on, scratched or lost before the end of the season.
5. Your daily choice of shoes is: flip-flops, sneakers, or clogs.
6. You have no idea where your high-heeled shoes are. When you finally find them, you realize they don’t fit anymore.
7. Most of your new outfits come from Target – because you can’t seem to make it to any other store.
8. You wear the same pair of jeans all week – because you only have one pair that really fits.
9. Your preschooler is better dressed than you are.

So, this blog tackles the question of how we moms experience the change from “woman” to “mother”, through the lens of what we wear.  I don’t pretend to be a fashion expert, but when I find something cute that also holds up to the demands of caring for young children, I will post it. (If I run across any busts in the process, I will post them too.) In the process of discovering what I want to wear, and what I can’t, or don’t want to wear, I discover something about the woman and mother that I am becoming.

There are two contributors at the moment, both of us professional women who have stopped out of the workplace in order to raise our children. We live in the suburbs of Silicon Valley, and our children range in ages from 3 to 6. If this topic speaks to you, and you find yourself composing a post on your search for the perfect pair of cute-comfy shoes while in the shower tonight, come back and let me know. We welcome new contributors.

Finally, the merchandise that we mention here are our own independent choices – we have no relationships with the companies or products that we spotlight. We sometimes include links to the products so that readers can check them out for themselves, but we don’t get any kickbacks for the traffic sent from here to other sites. If that ever changes, I’ll be sure to post a disclaimer to that effect.  I have never been sent products to review, but I don’t have anything against it; I wouldn’t mind being able to mom-test more stuff. After all, there are only so many pairs of metallic shoes a woman can justify sitting in her closet. 🙂

3 Responses to “About”

  1. Deb Song December 20, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    Hello, I read your postings with a huge smile on my face 🙂 Trust me, I’ve been there. But I am also a professional wardrobe stylist helping real people, like you, all over the bay area to find their personal style again and feel great about themselves despite weight gain, changes in hormones and hair, feet that seemingly blew up during pregnancy and now can only withstand a half hour in heels (if that). Oh, and avoiding light colors and luxurious fabrics like the plague in case of spit up (the kids’, not our own… not yet anyway).

    Happy to help and/or contribute in any way.

    Best of luck!

  2. healthdemystified April 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    Hey Sally,

    Just wanted to personally let you know that I mentioned you in my most recent post at healthdemystified.com, because I just wanted to thank you for what you’ve done to both support my blog and inspire the world.

    I’ve also included a backlink over here to your blog, so that hopefully more people will be able to be inspired by your posts.


    • Sally April 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

      Thanks Eric! You have an interesting topic to blog about. I look forward to reading more of your discoveries on health and wellness. I love that you’re doing primary research and interviews with leaders in the field – good stuff!

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