Looking Forward


IMG_8428 leggings and sweater – H&M; boots – Hunter

I was wondering how after the last few days, and my own feelings on the way we conduct ourselves online, I was going to genuinely segue back into daily style posts.  More so, I was wondering how I would post something so trivial as what I’m wearing without making myself look like a hypocritical jack ass.  I know that these posts are downright silly, and so I’ve always ‘tried’ to make them somewhat helpful by including tips and options and calling it ‘inspiration’.  And deep down I know I’m certainly not changing lives, but if anything perhaps offering some options.

Anyhow, as many of us do at this time of year, and especially in light of recent events, I’ve been looking forward to the new year.  How I want my life as a mother and wife to look, how I want my family’s life to look, how I want this blog to look.  So I’m starting today with this post and showing a bit of honesty.

See these leggings?  The baby peed on them soon after I took these pictures yesterday.  He was sitting in my lap and he plain and simple, had a diaper malfunction.  You know what else?  I didn’t change out of them.  It wasn’t much pee, nothing a good swipe with a Costco wipe couldn’t fix.  So I continued to wear them because I have about 3 pair of bottoms that fit me and I need to preserve the ones that fit for as long as possible.  You want to know something else?  These leggings are great camouflage, but really really flimsy and they do a horrible job of holding in my belly, so I’m just gonna wear long sweaters to cover that scene up because my postpartum belly still looks about 4 months along.

I haven’t worn makeup since Sunday because I’m tired and drained and can’t put forth the effort to put it on.   This is what I look like when I’m tired and drained and with no makeup.  I also haven’t dried my hair in at least a week?  This is what it looks like air dried.  Originally I was going to crop out my face and just show you the outfit, but what the hell?  Since we’re opening up and being honest here.

As a “style” blog I’m supposed to provide inspiration.  I’m supposed to look my best at all times so that you get ideas or whatever, and want to look your best too because look good feel good, right?  And for the most part I believe that.  But sometimes the best inspiration and pep talk anybody can give is to show you reality and honesty, and let you know you’re not alone and no, you’re not a loser for not styling your hair every gosh darn day.  I haven’t dried my hair or put on makeup in days, and I’m wearing pee-pee pants, but hey, at least they’re cute pee pee pants.  So if you’re thinking I always look put together I’m here to tell you, heck.no.  The only reason I look somewhat put together on most days is because I choose, for the most part, to put on clothes that I love because I truly believe putting on a pair of leopard leggings require just as much effort as putting on a pair of yoga pants.

So cheers to no makeup, crazy frizzy hair, and pee-pee pants!  This is my life.  And I love it, every last minute of exhausting minute.  Cheers to you, and cheers to me.  We are beautiful.  How about a little more of this in 2013, yes? IMG_8448 IMG_8432 IMG_8450

Andrea Howe

Andrea is the founder of For The Love Of, a lifestyle blog dedicated to approachable, modern living. She writes about style, her love of DIY, and living a healthier life through wholesome, nutritious cooking. She is also a regular contributor at Babble. Get in touch: Facebook, Twitter You can find Andrea on Instagram @andreavhowe and @gwynethmademedoit

  • You’re hot.

    Feel free to come to my party without makeup…as long as you’re wearing clothes, anything else goes! ; )

  • I shall be the first to say…
    “Three cheers for pee-pee pants!”

    Great post, Andrea.
    Real is always the most stylish look.

  • Erica W says:

    girl you look seriously beautiful in that second last picture – with ‘no make-up and crazy frizzy hair’ – love the honesty, that’s what real life is all about 🙂

  • Thank you so much for sharing! You are definitely not alone in feeling like you just can’t muster up the effort to put on some decent clothes. Today, I put on makeup, but I let my hair air dry into a big frizz ball, put it up into a ponytail, and pulled my mismatched jammies back on. And went through the Chick-Fil-A drive-thru to get lunch for me and the kids. With my hubby’s flip flops on. 🙂

  • Kelly says:

    You look gorgeous like this (and with makeup and done hair too). Yes, yes – more of these type of posts.

  • Liz says:

    Yay for stylish loungewear! I look like this about 90% of the time… little to no make up, air dried hair, and comfortable pants. 10% of the time I put in the effort to look more presentable, but really, this is what moms wear. Thanks for keeping it real! And leopard print leggings are so much more styling than sweatpants.

  • Carly says:

    Love this post..
    the leggings are adorable on you- leopard leggings post partum, YES PLEASE. You have me inspired to run out and buy a pair…except I sort of put myself on a “you can’t buy anymore shit for yourself until all your xmas shopping is done” ban.

  • i love real life inspiration!

    and i totally feel the same way sometimes about outfit posts. I’m like “i’m not making a great contribution to anyone” but I think a lot of what you do, and what I try to do, is inspire women to shop their closets, be creative and take care of/feel good about themselves! and sometimes taking care of ourselves means skipping makeup (or rocking dirty hair 4 days in a row– guilty over here) and having pee (or dog hair in my case) on their pants.

  • Priscila says:

    1- if this is your messy look… Girl, you are beautiful!
    2- you should have seen my postpartum belly. You look so good!
    3- thanks for keeping it real. I love this new direction! 🙂

  • Gina says:

    Keeping it real is ALWAYS gorgeous and ALWAYS inspiring. Thanks. {still giggling at the pee-pee pants}.

  • Rena says:

    I appreciate your honesty. And your hair looks GORGEOUS airdried. 🙂

  • WOW Andrea you sure look good wearing your Leggings and Wellingtons, I love them.

  • B. Clark says:

    What a great post! I enjoy your style posts and as a mother of two preschoolers I especially enjoyed this perfectly imperfect motherhood moment! Adorable.

  • I love everything about this post! I too have had a hard time putting forth the effort to Look Nice lately… I can’t remember the last time I put make up on, it’s been over a week I think! I live in stretchy running pants and baggy shirts when I am at home… Sometimes I get a wild-hair and will do my make up just to look nice for when my Hubs gets home from work. I love motherhood and all the random things it throws at me, especially these crazy bags under my eyes every morning!!

  • Shon says:

    Great post! I have been in this season for a while! Welcome, stay a while. It is so great to just be “real”!

    Thanks again for the help with the necklace. I will post and credit you soon!

    Cheers to 2013!

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