i've always loved this look. i have so many magazine clippings of this naked face with eyeliner. pinned here.

I was writing my post for Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine today which always gets me thinking. I was talking about truths in my life right now (the post will go up here on wednesday) and one of my truths is that I haven't painted my nails since October. I have naked nails. I hate naked nails.

As a mother it is so incredibly easy to neglect yourself. You're exhausted those first few months after welcoming a new baby and the last thing that I want to do when I have a spare minute is to cook a healthy meal or exercise or shower for that matter. I just want to chill. However, when it comes time to get dressed to meet girlfriends I regret all of those decisions. Nothing fits right now and I'd be lying if I said I didn't care. Life has just been so nutty that I'm craving comfort food and I'd rather spend money on things for our home than on new clothes.

I'm so amazed by these women (see here, here, here, and here) that look flawless and have multiple children. I mean, it just blows my mind. This week I'm working on taking baby steps to feel better and to feel pretty. I think I'll start with shaving my legs.

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  1. I think you are just as beautiful as those women you linked to. They chose carefully the pictures they post on their blogs. Don't we all? Don't knock yourself down, lady.

    1. big hug to you jo!! i feel like the frumpiest lady ever. thank you!

  2. I always think you look stunning! I have continuously gone back to look at your maternity looks for future inspiration ;) And when you are not pregnant-you look awesome! Don't doubt yourself lady. Just paint those nails and shave those legs. Besides you DO have Tammy Taylor hair-that's just a feat that some of us will never have. Love you, love you!!


  3. It's so hard not to compare in this blog world, but it's really important to remember that we don't see the whole picture on other people's blogs. I had a baby in October, and I feel soooo blah and frumpy most days. My clothes don't fit. My hair is falling out. My skin is breaking out. BUT I've decided to just take good care of my hair and my skin. To put a little bit of makeup on each day. To think nice things about myself. And to stop comparing myself to others... easier said than done. But I'm working on it! And my efforts are really helping! For the record, I think you look absolutely beautiful!

  4. just an FYI, you are just as pretty if not more so than all of those girls you listed. I know about not feeling the urge to wake up and getting your pretty on. How about seeing that it's 1pm and realizing you haven't taken a shower yet. Yeah, that's happened, more than I care to admit.

  5. Lesley you are gorgeous, inside and out! I know that feeling all too well. It's 8pm and I haven't showered or changed out of the outfit I put on yesterday morning...yikes! But at least the baby got a bath today ;)

  6. You're beautiful, inside and out! Although, I often feel bewildered by Rockstar Diaries, too. Do all four of them look picture-perfect, all the time?! There's that comparison thing again! :)

    It'll settle down for you soon. You seem to be doing great in the meantime!

  7. Of course I look at you as flawless and together just like these blogs! Chin up buttercup! It always feels this way after the baby! "Doughy" is how I describe it best:) Remember you will emerge from your winter-time chrysalis when Spring has sprung! Just start slathering lotion on and hacking away at your hooves now. Oh wait, maybe that's just me? ;)

  8. the biggest temptation for me in blog-reading is comparison, like natalie says above. compare house, clothes, hairs, babies, on and on! and that is when it's time to check reality a bit.
    i usually paint my nails when i feel frumpy. that makes it atleast 15% better. ;)


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