"The Busy Mom Guide" to Effortless Style and Self-Care

The guide designed for mom's deserved relaxation and confidence, just in time for Mother's Day.
May 10, 2023 by
Audriana Cristello
In this article, we will explore some valuable fashion and beauty tips specifically tailored for busy moms, helping them achieve effortless style and engage in self-care practices.

As a busy mom, finding the time and energy to focus on fashion and self-care can feel overwhelming. However, taking care of yourself is crucial for your overall well-being. By implementing the following tips, you can effortlessly elevate your style and incorporate self-care into your daily routine.

Fashion Tips for Busy Moms

Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of essential clothing items that can be mixed and matched to create various outfits. By curating a capsule wardrobe, busy moms can save time and energy spent on deciding what to wear. Opt for versatile pieces such as basic tops, comfortable jeans, and a few statement accessories. 

Some pieces I opt for are a classic white t-shirt and I know this is something you can find pretty much everywhere but pay attention to the fit. In your perfect wardrobe, do you prefer something with a higher sleeve, a slightly cropped fit, something tight fitting or a looser fit? For me, I find a looser fit to easily tuck into pants, a higher sleeve cuff and a thick material that allows for no see-through situations. 

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More examples of your capsule wardrobe essentials are a white button up, neutral colored tanks or t-shirts, my favorite baggy cardigan or sweater, a pair of 501 jeans and Ribcage from Levi's, a black blazer and matching trousers, a black dress in a style you feel confident in, a pair of white tennis shoes, a ballet flat, kitten heel and a loafer. 

When selecting clothing items for your capsule wardrobe, opt for pieces that can be easily mixed and matched to create various outfits. For example, your favorite blazer can be paired with jeans for a casual yet polished look or worn over a dress for a more formal occasion. Investing in a few versatile items like a classic white shirt, a comfortable pair of black trousers, and a blazer can go a long way in creating different outfits without much thought. Here you can style a white button up in two outfits by simply changing the pants, shoes and blazer color.

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Now, I don't want you to think that you have to stick to solid colors for a capsule wardrobe to work because you can use prints the same way. In my wardrobe, I have black and white sweaters, and tops. The way I use stripes is based on the thickness of the stripes. Another way I get away with wearing neutral colors with my stripes is the fit. Is it a turtleneck, is it cropped, is it fitted or loose, is it a short sleeve, long sleeve? Somedays, I will opt for the loose black and white striped sweater and I will turn to my black trousers and white loafers because I know I need a comfortable look, but with the capsule wardrobe, I never sacrifice a chic look.

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Don't forget about handbags. I always opt for a black bag, or red shoulder bag because I find I can rely on those colors to match with all my clothing, no matter the outfit. These are my go-to bag to throw on, but for you that may be a tote or crossbody, so utilize what you know works for your lifestyle and fashion sense.

Beauty Tips for Busy Moms 

Quick and easy skincare routine

As a busy mom, time is precious, and skincare routines need to be efficient yet effective. Simplify your skincare routine by focusing on the essentials. Cleanse your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser to remove impurities and keep your skin fresh. My favorite is the Youth to the People Superfood Cleanser. This brand focuses on the natural ingredients. Follow it up with a moisturizer that suits your skin type to keep it hydrated and nourished.

Consider incorporating multitasking products like tinted moisturizers and BB Creams that provide hydration, sun protection, and a hint of coverage in one step. This can help streamline your makeup routine and save time. My favorite one is the Dr. Jart+ BB Beauty Balm SPF with Niacinamide.

Time-saving makeup tips

When it comes to makeup, focus on enhancing your natural features in a minimalistic way. A few key products can make a big difference in your overall look. Start with a tinted moisturizer or BB Cream to even out your skin tone. Then, apply a swipe of mascara to define your lashes and add a fresh look to your eyes. Add some neutral eyeshadow for that extra color and I suggest adding some highlighter right in the corner of your eyes for the appearance of brightness and let's be honest, like you got 8+ hours of sleep!

If you want to add a touch of color to your face, choose a cream blush that can double as a lip tint and even an eyeshadow if the color is right for your skin tone. This way, you only need one product for both your cheeks and lips. Merit Beauty and Ilia have great options for this all-in-one beauty balm. Finally, groom your eyebrows by filling them in with a brow pencil or powder to frame your face and give a polished appearance.

Remember, the goal is to achieve a natural and effortless look that enhances your features without requiring much time or effort.

Incorporating self-care practices into daily routines

Self-care is essential for your well-being, and incorporating it into your daily routines as a busy mom is crucial. Find small pockets of time throughout the day where you can engage in self-care activities. It could be as simple as taking a few deep breaths, practicing mindfulness, or listening to your favorite music while taking a shower where you actually take your time to enjoy the steam and alone time.

Whether it's taking a warm bath with aromatic oils, indulging in a face mask treatment once a week, or reading a few pages of a book before bed, these moments of self-care can rejuvenate your mind and body. Sometimes self care doesn't look like these things, maybe self care to you is making your coffee with your favorite milk and syrups and curling up on the couch to watch your favorite show. Self-care is all about how YOU want to enjoy this set aside time, whether it spent up doing something check-box approved, or simply relaxing on the couch doing nothing at all, this time is meant to be guilt-free and enjoyed mama!

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Quick message to all the non-mom's, future mom's and current mom's, 

I am so proud of you and all the sacrifices you have made for the happiness of your children. You have created life with your body, so treat that body of yours to some fashion choices you feel good in and make self- care a priority. Happy Mother's Day xo.

Audriana Cristello May 10, 2023
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