Saturday, February 19, 2011

Kids Remember Everything

Don't you want to be the kind of mom whose children would some day submit your retro picture to the "My Mom The Style Icon" website? Instead of the mom whose children remember you for your seemingly endless supply of grey sweatpants and Tevas? I do. It's a new goal for me.

This blog makes me think of some of the clothes my mom used to wear when I was little. They were pretty sweet. I remember lots of big-collared silk shirts and polyester pants in bright colors. Oh, and patterned headscarves! It was the 70's after all. I don't recall her ever really having sweats, except for in the 80's, and they were bedazzled. She wore them with her bedazzled tennis shoes from Nordstrom (heinous now, cool then). And I'm proud to say she never pronounced her rear end as being "PINK" nor "JUICY." Both terribly gross things for a rear end to be in my opinion, though plenty of otherwise sane people seem to want to make such statements.

Think about it. What will your children remember about your style when they're older? It's pretty good motivation to take a shower now and then...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

No I Am Not Pregnant

But I kind of want to be, because of these Bashful Bump Maternity Bodysuits:

WHY DIDN'T I KNOW ABOUT THESE THINGS WHEN I WAS PREGNANT? I swear that my pregnancy-related carpal tunnel probably had as much to do with my constantly trying to cover my bulging front (and back) as it did with my circulation. I actually still might get one, since I'm pretty sure that I flash my undies to the street behind me every time I have to lean into my minivan too far. I actually have very fond memories of my college-era bodysuit, which I wore under everything. It might just be time to relive those days, albeit with less Keystone Light.

They are beautiful, functional, and made by a fellow mom (so you know they work.) If you are currently gestating, you have no reason not to buy one, two or ten. You can do it here.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Suiting Up

I have a question.

What exactly is the appropriate swimwear for baby/mommy swim class in a steaming indoor pool swarming with other mothers and children? Seems to me that there are VERY few options out there. Here's a glimpse at what I'm currently seeing:

1. The Straight-Up Mom Suit

Think LL Bean. This is probably the most prevalent, and also the most depressing. I am all for not showing too much skin, but these suits are like the reverse of sexy. They're like a sexy vacuum. Not that anyone should be trying to be sexy at swim class, but somehow I think just owning one of these suits will mean you will have 25% less sex per year.

2. The Slightly Inappropriate Suit

Think Victoria Secret. This is the opposite problem. Usually these suits are on bodies that can pull it off, and believe me I applaud that, but it's a little disconcerting to see quite so much skin when I'm trying to get my toddler to make a puffer fish face. Or it could be that I'm just jealous.

3. The Athletic Suit

Think Athleta. I get the catalogs for these companies and I think, "Hey, I like that swimsuit. The one on the girl playing volleyball/surfing/kayaking." Then I realize that I don't do any of these things, and that on me, the same suit might look an awful lot like The Straight Up Mom Suit.

4. The "I Used to be on the Swim Team" Suit

Think Speedo. I'm embarrassed to say this is the category of suit I currently wear. Mainly because of a lack of other options. It's the suit I wear when I swim at the gym, so it's also what I wear to my kid's swim class. It's also what the swim teachers wear, so I convince myself that I'm just wearing the appropriate uniform. It's a problem.