Mama-style has carved it’s own little niche in the social media world, and has set the bar high when it comes to fashion. Personally, I get lost for hours looking for inspiration across many different areas, fashion included. So are you, like me, frequently falling down the Instagram rabbit hole? Though you may not have a lot of free time to craft the perfect head-to-toe look, you can incorporate the many ideas that you see in your favorite Instagram feeds into daily uniforms. To help you save time, we tracked down some of the most stylish mamas on the web. Here are 7 mamas who are crushing it and worth a follow. 1. Blogger Charlotte Groenveld of @TheFashionGuitar. I’ve been following Charlotte since she gave birth to her second baby. Super edgy but polished too, Charlotte has a way of taking high fashion trends and spinning them into classic. She has the quintessential NYC streetstyle. 2. Art director Nicole Fasolino of @NicoleFasolino. Nicole’s style radiates a bohemian sensibility, equally as free-spirited and delicate as it is rough and sexy. She is committed to sustainability, but remains fashion forward. Think beach meets street; gorgeous long flowy dresses paired with moto or military jackets, and a baseball hat. 3. Blogger and stylist Latonya Yvette of @latyonayvette. Latonya has a 70s vintage throwback sensibility with a modern twist. A super fashionable and chic mama, her style is comfortable, yet elevated. Think high waisted denim, turtleneck sweaters and super cool head scarves. 4. Fashion director Yasmin Sewell of @yasminsewell. An ever-evolving hairstyle, Yasmin is cutting edge, high fashion all the way. A walk of art, she even kept it super avant-garde throughout her pregnancies, and maintains a masculine, but feminine sensibility. 5. Blogger Samantha Wennerstorm of @couldihavethat. With an overall classic and polished style, Samantha keeps things simple, effortless, but super chic. You can always find her in key pieces worthy of an investment. 6. Blogger Sai De Silva of @ScoutFashion. Sai, who's expecting baby number 2, and her daughter (who is an intricate part of her style blog), are classic with edge. Keeping it sexy always, Sai oozes NYC streetstyle. 7. blogger Dikla Goren of @diklagoren. Dikla, the Israeli mama-beauty who you’d never know birthed 3 little ones. A coachella spin on NYC streetstyle, Dikla is edgy, chic and sexy. Typically in raw denim with studded boots and a hat, her style is easy but elevated.
Mom life demands efficiency. Because while the amount of hours in the day are the same as before kids, now a sizable chunk of that time is spent caring for and loving on those little people. Compromises happen—and let's just be honest, the old beauty routine is one of the first things to get cut.
But, wait! You don't have to sacrifice putting on mascara or, worse, skipping the SPF. Instead, why not flip it, reverse it, and look at the bright side? Here's your opportunity to streamline your morning makeup routine. With some savvy skin care and beauty hacks, you can get your radiant glow on in record time.
Here are our tried-and-true hacks passed down from Motherly mamas:
1. Embrace multipurpose items
If the most pressing issue is limited time, consolidate multiple steps of your beauty routine with a multipurpose item. For example, instead of starting with a SPF moisturizer, followed by spot concealer and a blendable foundation, you can take care of all of that in one go with one of our favorites: Earth Mama's 3-in-one Lady Face™ Tinted Mineral Sunscreen. The beauty stick also allows you to easily fold SPF 40 into your routine, because Lady Face doubles as super-safe, clean sun protection. Even better? The sunscreen blocks blue light from those ever-present digital screens with a ray-scattering, non-nano formula.
2. Revive dried mascara
Especially after a sleepless night (#motherhood), mascara can make a major difference in how well rested you appear to be. If you realize your tube of mascara is dried out, don't write it off as a lost cause. Simply soak the sealed tube in warm water to loosen up the mascara — or add a drop of a multi-purpose saline solution into the tube. That should do the trick until you have time to buy a replacement. (But let's face it: You're a mom. It's okay if you're tired.)
3. Keep coconut oil handy
Coconut oil isn't just for the kitchen. From a DIY hair mask to an in-a-pinch lip balm or naturally removing makeup at the end of the day, coconut oil's cosmetic hack-list is long. For summer, we especially like adding a thin swipe of organic extra virgin coconut oil to the cheekbones at the end of the makeup routine for a bit of an extra glow.
4. Multitask while deep conditioning
If your hair needs a bit of TLC, consider applying a natural, paraben-free deep conditioner before doing chores around the house or even a short workout. By working up a bit of a sweat, the conditioner will set even better before you rinse off in the shower.
5. Start your hair care routine the night before
As you work to find your new normal morning routine, it can help to simply reschedule a task or two—like hair. If you shower the night before, get a jumpstart on your look by blowdrying, straightening or even braiding it for loose waves in the morning.
6. Even out your skin tone
Between multiple wake-ups during the night and wavering hormones, complexion issues can become a thing for most mamas. Thankfully, the hack for managing that is as simple as finding a great foundation that goes on smoothly and doesn't cake or crack through a morning of momming. Scope out the ingredient list for naturally nourishing components like coconut oil, shea butter or beeswax — and skip the stress (and the return process if the shade doesn't match) by going for something that easily blends with most skin tones.
7. Find brands your feel great about
As a mom, you might find yourself considering bigger life questions: Are my cosmetics safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding? Are they helping the world my children will grow up in? Can I trust the ingredients and mission? Pro tip: read the ingredients on all your personal care products, memorize the ones you want to avoid, and look for third-party certification to ensure the product is actually what it says it is. When you find a brand that walks the talk, you're going to want to be loyal.
8. When in doubt, go for a bold lip
With happy hours swapped for play dates, your daily routine may look a bit different than it used to. But who says you have to leave your personal style behind? If you've always been a fan of makeup and going a bit glam, keep going for it, mama! The extra 60 seconds it takes to apply lipstick or whatever else gives you a bit of pep in your step is well worth it.
This article was sponsored by Earth Mama Organics. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.
My belly has been through some things.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum (yep, severe debilitating pregnancy-related vomiting), the pregnancies of each of my four kids, the 65 pounds of weight gain I have endured with each pregnancy, stretch marks, Occupational Therapy for pregnancy pelvic pain, unmedicated childbirth, and of course, postpartum recovery.
It's my personal opinion that this belly deserves some love. So starting with my second pregnancy, I've relied on Belly Bandit's postpartum belly bands (which I own in three sizes) to help support my core, reduce swelling, and begin to activate my midsection after nine months of being stretched to the max.
Here's why I love Belly Bandit:
In just over three weeks, we will become parents. From then on, our hearts will live outside of our bodies. We will finally understand what everyone tells you about bringing a child into the world.
Lately, the range of emotions and hormones has left me feeling nothing short of my new favorite mom word, "hormotional." I'm sure that's normal though, and something most people start to feel as everything suddenly becomes real.
Our bags are mostly packed, diaper bag ready, and birth plan in place. Now it's essentially a waiting game. We're finishing up our online childbirth classes which I must say are quite informational and sometimes entertaining. But in between the waiting and the classes, we've had to think about how we're going to handle life after baby's birth.
I don't mean thinking and planning about the lack of sleep, feeding schedule, or just the overall changes a new baby is going to bring. I'm talking about how we're going to handle excited family members and friends who've waited just as long as we have to meet our child. That sentence sounds so bizarre, right? How we're going to handle family and friends? That sentence shouldn't even have to exist.