Fashion Friday:  Getting "dressed up" with Latonya Yvette

Fashion Friday: Getting "dressed up" with Latonya Yvette

Remember how Jenny Slate insists on "anointing" and "adorning" herself every morning?

My sister, Emily, is a cool professor and cool mom.  She's has been home all summer with her baby girl, getting ready for the fall semester.  Monday was her first day at the office and, naturally, she was anxious about leaving her daughter and the looming workload ahead.  When I asked her about how the day went, she said, "You know, if anything, it felt really good to dress up."  

YES!  Isn't this true, mom?  It's not the clothes themselves that make us feel good.  It's the intentional act of caring for ourselves, of loving ourselves a little, while our children and our obligations stir up commotion for us everywhere.  

Recently, Bust Magazine ran a piece on stylist, writer, and ultracool mom, Latonya Yvette Staubs. I loved all of her responses... particularly this one about how she approaches getting dressed as an artistic endeavor and a way to get happy:

…To be able to get dressed up not only as a creative act, but also almost as armor. It’s this insistence that I’m going to have joy in this every single day.
— Latonya Yvette Staubs for Bust Magazine

Latonya has a blog, and is featured a ton on sites like Man Repeller and Mother Mag.  Check out some pics of her great style.  

 Pink dress if part of her collaboration with  Sonnet James.

Pink dress if part of her collaboration with Sonnet James.

Being a mom definitely plays a huge part in what I wear because I have to be comfortable. That doesn’t mean sweat pants and sneakers – comfort is being comfortable with myself.
— -Latonya Yvette Staubs for Bust Magazine

"Dressing up", for Latonya, doesn't mean wearing fancy clothes.  It means taking that extra time to get excited about your body, your face, to "feel joy" about who you are each day.  Here are some items she relies on for jazzing up her mom life:

1. Bold lipstick.  (her favorite shades are this one and this one)

2. Statement earrings. (her favorite ones for summer are here)

3.  Comfy dresses with sneakers or boots. (she worked with Sonnet James on this collection)

4.  Clogs. (she loves the $$ Bryr brand)

Check out my picks for "dressing up", Latonya style, below:

FOR SWEATY-BODY WRANGLING:

FOR MINIMAL HUSTLING:

I hope you take the time for yourself this weekend!  Here's a song for some SERIOUS R&B joy.  Sing it to yourself, mom.  

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