Fashion Friday: Getting "dressed up" with Latonya Yvette
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:
"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:
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.