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Sneaker Crush

Sneaker Crush

One of the worst feelings in the world is being in a rush. Yet, we find ourselves doing it more days a week than we’d like to admit. There are some days you’ll see me literally running down the street to get somewhere (fingers crossed) on time. So you could imagine how bright my eyes got when watching Chanel models (from my couch) strut down the runway in sneakers (granted they’re reportedly $4,000 sneaker). A sneaker lover myself, it reminded me that you don’t necessarily need a heel to make a chic outfit; infact, a pair of sneakers could be just the thing to give you a little edge. Even if it’s not your thing, ladies, carpe diem! Wear those sneakers and get *gasp* comfortable! You have no idea how long this trend will last. And for those of you with pregnant feet; could you be any luckier?

Here are five styles you’ll catch us us in this season.

1. Reebok Classic Nylon Slim

These kicks give me flashbacks to childhood. My mom literally had this style and Reeboks hi-tops in every color under the rainbow. Sadly, she discarded her collection a long time ago, but I’m excited about the possibility of bringing this candy colored memory back to life. $54.99

2. Asics Gel Saga Running Sneaker

Asics has just about the best running sneakers out on the market, so even if you’re only running to catch that taxi, know that your feet will be supported. And envied by passersby. $85.00

3. New Balance Classics W574

This classic has been purchased multiple times by yours truly. The perfect grey goes with just about anything and will mold to your feet from endless use. $64.95

4. adidas by Stella McCartney BOOST 2.0 SHOES

One of the first designers to take sporty chic to the next level, Stella McCartney never seems to surprise us with how cool she can make a basic trainer. $250.00

5. Nike Free 3.0

All hail the Mighty Nike Free. This sneaker is as streamlined and light as they come. The classic black makes it cocktail appropriate, but it’s also available in multiple colors if you want to make a little more noise. $110.00

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.

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