Growing up we always hear comparisons of ourselves to our parents. My daughter started out looking just like her dad but now is looking more and more like me (she still has his blonde hair and blue eyes, though). I’ve always been told I look just like my mother and the older I get the more that seems to be true. I am flattered with the comparison because I think my mom is one of the most beautiful women I know!
Yet sometimes being compared to your mother, or feeling like you look like your mother, isn’t necessarily what you want. I heard from a woman recently who caught a glimpse of herself in the mirror and gasped when she realized she looked like her mother. No matter what your mother looks like, that feeling that we have arrived at an age we will eternally think of our mothers being brings on a lot of emotions. While it can be empowering to have transformed into the woman you were meant to be, it can also be earth shattering to realize that we’re at ‘that age’ and aren’t really where we thought we’d be. While it was ok for our mother’s to look ‘old’, it’s not ok for us to, and feeling this way can certainly be a wake-up call.
If you’ve been feeling a little frumpy lately – or if you’ve been too busy to even think about it, here are a few quick tips for updating your look without the overwhelm:
1/ Your hair style – nothing can date you faster than your hair and makeup. Aside from the colors you wear, your hair is the first thing people notice about you. If your gray roots are growing in, giving you an unkempt two-tone appearance, you haven’t had a haircut in years or you’re sporting the same style you did in college, then get to the salon stat! I recommend Samuel Cole Salon (link to www.samuelcole.com) where they offer complimentary consultations and some of the most up-to-the-minute styling. Ask for Kristina to schedule your consultation or appointment and to receive the One Chic Mama VIP discount and star treatment.
2/ Your make-up – Makeup can work wonders to boost your image and help you look years younger. If you haven’t changed your foundation or your colors recently, now is a great time to re-evaluate what you’re wearing as well as your skincare needs. There are many great lines out there. I recommend asking a professional for a recommendation, or a trusted friend whose makeup you admire.
3/ Your Colors – If you’ve had your colors done recently, then you know what your best colors are and how to wear color to help you look more vibrant. If not, you may want to consider a color consultation to learn how to bring out your eyes, your hair and make your skintone look vibrant and luminous, just with the use of color. As you age, the pigment fades in your skin and certain colors that used to look good on you may now make you look washed out. Take note of how you feel when you wear certain colors and adjust accordingly.
4/ Your Clothes – Does what you wear age you? If you’ve been wearing the same clothes for years without any updates, then it’s time to bring your look up-to-date. Add in some fresh colors, get some new shoes and a new handbag (these 2 items alone can make a huge difference) and give your look a modern spin. Be foreward – DON”T go the opposite direction and shop in the juniors department. Looking youthful doesn’t mean looking younger. Find a happy medium in an age-appropriate look that flatters your body type and brings out your best!
5/ Your Attitude – Do you wake up feeling confident and vibrant each day? If not, try a little attitude adjustment. Start with some gratitude and list everything you’re grateful for. Do something new that brings a smile to your face, bust out of your routine and shake things up a bit. Being set in your ways is the fastest path to looking and feeling ‘old’ but the good news is that it can easily be changed. Try a new cereal, a new route to work, a new coffeeshop, and see how small changes can add up to a new perspective on your day – and your life!