Sunday, February 7, 2010

It's time for a change!

Ok. Anyone who knows me will agree with me when I say that I usually spend very little time on my appearance. Of course I never consciously look unpresentable (unless I'm just going over to my parent's house or making a quick trip to the grocery store...although I know that latter is a fashion faux pas), but very rarely do I actually spend a minute on my hair or wear makeup. It's even got to the point when sometimes I don't even wear makeup to church. Now, some people may use the excuse for me that I have a child and spend my time on her (because really. I think I make her dress pretty darn cute most of the time). I've used that excuse multiple times myself. Some people may even argue that it's HEALTHY to not spend too much time on the physical appearance. Makeup isn't that important. Don't get me wrong! I'm not trying to offend people that don't wear makeup or anything! I totally understand and agree with you that makeup does feel pretty silly sometimes. However, I've noticed in my own life that if I'm looking more presentable (e.g. have my hair done, wearing makeup, wearing clothes that actually fit me instead of being really baggy and shapeless), my behavior is more professional and I don't feel like I'm lazy!
Where did this sudden, but long time coming, motivation come from? A TV show. Dont judge me.

On Saturday mornings when I want to be sleeping but Taylor wants to get up, I turn the TV on to keep me awake while she plays. This is always the show that I turn on. This show gives me inspiration. I've been trying lately to change my image to be more sophisticated and age-appropriate. This show gives me the motivation I need to change (i know..kinda sad). The last couple of shopping trips I'd had were a little depressing. None of the shirts fit right, so nothing looked good. So I felt ugly and fat. Ok. I'm not ugly and I'm not fat. So, what's the problem? Um...Lisa? How about you stop shopping in the junior's section? And how about you stop analyzing that stupid number on the tag and just get something that FITS RIGHT. These are simple things I knew in the back of my mind, but "What Not To Wear" has given me the strength to embrace it. Like I said. Don't judge me.
Now, I spoke of my hair. I had crazy long hair that I never could find time to do anything with but stick in a boring ponytail...everyday. Even for church. Notice I said "had". Solution? HAIRCUT!! YUP! I chopped off my was overdue.

Now, it's super low maintenance. Yay! Also, I look a lot more put-together and not so frazzled.
What about the makeup issue? Well, since I started watching "What Not To Wear", I've been loving the idea of makeup more. Carmindy, the makeup artist on the show, is all about enhancing natural beauty instead of covering up. She always looks amazing and makes the women on the show look amazing, all while not using tons of makeup. I figured she used really special, expensive makeup. Wrong! Jared's sister, Kelly, found out that Carmindy's stuff is a line of Sally Hansen stuff! And it's sold at Ulta! we both bought a set last night which consisted of:

all for only $20! I used it today for church...that's right! I wore BLUSH!!! Anyone who knows me well, knows that I've never been successful with applying blush...that is, unless it's for stage makeup. I'm like a clown. Today though, Jared couldn't tell I was wearing any while his mom and sister could. I'll take that as a VICTORY!

Again, I'm not knocking anyone who isn't in to this stuff...and, I don't anyone to make the mistake of thinking that this is the focus of my life or that I preoccupy all my time thinking of worldly things like this. Like I said, I'm just trying to change my image so that I look different than I did in high school... I'm not only an adult, but I'm a mom. I need to start looking and acting that part. Ok. I'm off my soap box. :)


Katy said...

Oh Lisa you are so funny. I LOVE your haircut and you have always been so pretty. I've worn make-up for years and STILL can't apply it well worth a darn. Poo.

Tay said...

Yes! I so totally get that! When my baby got to the age of yours, that's when I decided to get off the schlumpy wagon and start looking like I cared to look presentable. And even do my hair for church. Yay for us! Anyway, your haircut is fantastic and it will be nice to have to do your hair. :)

Aubrie said...

Lisa! I LOVE WHAT NOT TO WEAR!! We don't have cable, but I used to watch it all the time and I LOVE the make-up artist on there. I totally got a ton of inspiration from that show. I love your hair cut!

I actually love doing my hair and make-up, and I realize that not everyone does...when Karson and I were engaged we promised we would never let ourselves go, and that we both would make an effort to look our best as often as we could, and, seriously, I think it's for the best. When I get ready (not dressed up mind you...sometimes I wear pj's all day, but at least I do my make-up and hair) I feel so much better. If I feel good, Karson feels good. I seriously could go on and on about how getting yourself ready is a good thing, and all that, but I'll stop at this crazy novel I'm writting on your blog.

I totally understand that having kids makes it so much more difficult to get ready and stuff, but, seriously, good for you lisa!! I hope I didn't come off as abrasive or anything, I just have opinions about it :) :)... I just love you, Lisa!!

nate and marne said...

i totally agree with everything you said. during the week, i am happy if i put on clothes that fit instead of sloppy pj pants and a baggy shirt. i gave up shopping in the junior section years ago, and it made a big difference in how i felt about myself too. i'm glad you posted about it. a little bit of time on makeup and clothing show in the way you carry yourself and feel about yourself. nathan always says, it's not that you look any better or worse, but if you think you do, it shows in how you walk and act. i totally agree!! good for you!! and i love that show too. i want to be nominated for it! :)

Jenny said...

I know people have already said this, but I feel the need to chime in. I love "What Not To Wear". My mom and sisters and I quote Stacy and Clinton all the time. And your hair is really cute! Go Lisa!

Cajsa said...

Love the show! Love the hair! Love the make-up discovery! I might just have to go get some! Awesome!

mattnalisa said...

you are cute! i love your short hair!

Ben and Annalee said...

you are so funny! I've watched that show too and it always makes me want to go out and shop b/c I wasn't age approriate. I'm still not I'm sure. I wear make up but have no idea how to and don't wear much. Thanks for the tips! Your hair looks great!

Kelly said...

Once I was wearing disney overalls (yes, I was THAT awesome) and Jared asked me where I was going so dressed up. O_o ummmm....Yeah, so you can take that for what you will. :)
I am glad we got to find the makeup, I still love it.