Little Things: 8 Ways to Feel Pretty on Blah Days

As a work-at-home mom, the average day doesn’t always include hair, makeup, and coordinating clothes. I don’t necessarily need those things to feel pretty — in fact, my husband fell in love with me 8 years ago when I admitted that I was actually kind of scrubby. But winter can be especially hard since my skin gets dull and dry, I am less likely to wash and style my hair (there are few things more miserable than getting out of the shower with wet hair when it is freezing outside), and I tend to drown my figure in layers of thermals and sweatpants because I really don’t handle cold all that well. I don’t mind being a little scrubby in my day-to-day life — my husband likes it and it keeps me warm! — but after a while, it does have a noticeable effect on my self-esteem and my mood. It doesn’t take much, though, to help me get back on track. Here are 7 small things I do that make me feel pretty in a hurry on a day when I really need it!

  • 1. Wear Fake Lashes 1 of 19
    Eyelashes

    The first time I wore fake eyelashes, I vividly remember catching sight of myself in a mirror at the store and thinking, "Holy cow, I look AMAZING." A little extra oomph around your eyes can really make you feel like your best self.

  • ELF Eyelashes 2 of 19
    ELF Eyelashes

    If you're not sure how you're going to like wearing falsies around, give this super affordable set a try! You can find them at Target in the makeup section or online.

    ELF, $1

  • Shu Eumura False Eyelashes Smoky Layers 3 of 19
    Shu Eumura Eyelashes

    Once you've got the hang of putting on and caring for false eyelashes, take the plunge and pick up these babies.

    Shu Eumura, $28

  • 2. Put on Red Heels 4 of 19
    Blazer and Plaid

    Never underestimate the power of red heels! They're inherently sexy and a total confidence booster.

  • Charming Charlie Perfectly Polished Pumps 5 of 19
    Charming Charlie Polished Pumps

    I recently picked these up while out shopping with my mom and grandma and they are the most lovely wine color. They're sexy without being totally in-your-face about it.

    Charming Charlie, $29

  • ModCloth Ballroom Glancing Heel in Ruby 6 of 19
    ModCloth Glancing Heel in Ruby

    I adore the color AND that delicate ankle strap.

    ModCloth, $32.99

  • 3. Think Pink 7 of 19
    Pink Maxi

    There's something about pink that automatically makes me feel pretty. It's undeniably feminine and the right shade can make your skin look fresh and beautiful.

  • Dorothy Perkins Pink Ruched Waist Dress 8 of 19
    Dorothy Perkins Pink Ruched Waist Dress

    A wonderfully flattering shade of pink PLUS sexy side cutouts!

    Dorothy Perkins, $21 (on sale)

  • Urban Outfitters Sparkle and Fade Pleated Skirt 9 of 19
    Urban Outfitters Sparkle and Fade Pleated Skirt

    If all-over pink feels like a bit much, you can still get a serious dose of romance with this soft, pleated skirt.

    Urban Outfitters, $39 (on sale)

  • 4. Bust Out the Glitter 10 of 19
    Sequins and Chambray

    Sequins and glitter are automatic glam. It's hard not to feel beautiful when you sparkle! Don't own anything with sequins yet? Check out my post 12 pieces to help you sparkle this season!

    Chambray shirt from Target, $13.78 (on sale)

    Booties from Kohls, $36.99 (on sale)

  • 5. Get New Underwear 11 of 19
    Target Balconette Bra

    Sure, no one will see it but you (and your spouse) but it's amazing what some new dainties can do for your state of mind!

    Target, $16.99

  • Anthropologie Ombre Slip 12 of 19
    Anthropologie Ombre Slip

    This gorgeous slip is perfect for a special night out.

    Anthroplogie, $128

  • 6. Put on Red Lipstick 13 of 19
    Red Lipstick

    It's a simple thing, but red lips are one of the quickest ways I know to take my brain from, "blah!" to, "I feel pretty!"

  • ELF Red Carpet 14 of 19
    ELF Red Carpet Lipstick

    A little nervous about trying red lipstick? ELF Red Carpet or Velvet Rope are a totally doable investment.

    ELF, $3

  • Mac Ruby Woo 15 of 19
    Mac Ruby Woo

    It's a cult favorite for a reason! The blue undertones compliment most skin tones. I recommend going to a MAC counter to buy your lipstick though — if Ruby Woo isn't right for you, then the talented people who work there will help you find your best match!

    MAC, $15

  • 7. Put on Your Fav Dress 16 of 19
    Maxi and Blazer

    Every woman should have a special dress in her closet — something that fits, flatters, and always makes her feel like a million bucks. This one makes me feel long, lean, and glam. I can easily wear it on its own or add layers for interest (and warmth!).

    Similar blazer, Macy's, $89

    Maxi dress, ASOS, $50.82

  • eShakti Little Red Dress 17 of 19
    eShakti Little Red Dress

    A little red dress is perfect for so many occasions. This simple option could easily be dressed up with heels and a fitted coat or dressed down with flats and a slouchy cardigan.

    eShakti, $42.95

  • Banana Republic Gemma Wrap Dress 18 of 19
    Banana Republic Gemma Wrap Dress

    Wrap dresses are so classic, flattering, and totally chic.

    Banana Republic, $98

  • 8. Wear What Makes YOU Feel Good 19 of 19
    Vest and Heels

    I LOVE vests, top knots, booties, and skinny jeans. My husband dislikes 3 out of 4 of those things, but when it comes to helping me feel pretty on an off day, I reach for my favorite things rather than his!

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