A New Gig

Pssst…I’m breaking my blog rules today & posting WORDS on a WEDNESDAY.

Didja feel the earth shudder there? No you didn’t. Stop being so dramatic. Sheesh.

If you’re cool six ways to Sunday and you’re on Twitter, you’d have seen some news yesterday. Today? I’m blogging about our Nanny over at Liberating Working Moms.

Want to know something even more awesome? I’m going to be over there pretty consistently now- I’m one of the newest Contributors!

I’m thrilled to pieces with this, I can’t even tell you. What’s more (oh, there’s more. I know!) I’m joining the contributor ranks alongside one of my new IBFFs, Brandy, who’s bringing up the Mann Clan over at Mannlymama.  

We’re in some great company over there with Tracy, Brandee, Katherine & Shannon. I’d love for you to come check out what we’re doing. It’s kind of incredible, I gotta admit.

Don’t worry, I’ll still be posting here on Life With Ladies as much as ever…it’s just that now you get the occasional double dose. Lucky you!

Now…how to figure out this whole blog badge situation. I’m extremely professional over here. Pfft.


Working With Style: I’m all over the place here

I am growing le tired of the cold temperatures. Now, I should slap even myself for that statement since it’s been unseasonably warm here so far this winter. Like…it just snowed in any real form for the first time LAST NIGHT. This is Windsor. We’re in Canada. In January. With our first snow. Whaaa??!

But still. I stare at my closet every morning and the same series of thoughts runs through my head: “You need coffee. That shirt is super cute, and you’ve never tried it with that skirt and necklace…oh…but…you’d have to wear that fuckin cardigan over it again. Could you pull off short sleeves today? Maybe no one would mind if you turned up the thermostat. Maybe you could wear a scarf? You idiot…a scarf doesn’t cover your damn arms…you need coffee…” This. Over and over again like Groundhog Day every morning anymore.

So, since I value warmth over cuteness (sighhhh…) I end up trudging through another sweater, another cardigan, another long sleeve shirt. Blech. And speaking of blech?

These #urinaledition shots are starting to be hazardous to my health

Boys are…gross.

At least this day I had cute accessories. I need some new ones. Much like THIS:

I gots a feather

So I think a need a wardrobe revival. Good thing I have a top-secret way to get that done this weekend without spending a penny. It involves garbage bags & champagne & underwear and I’ve already said too much…

Aaaaaaaaaaaaanyway…I did throw together one outfit this week that I declared a sure-fire winner. And then Ryan told me I looked “yummy” which seemed as good as any thumbs-up I’ve ever gotten:)


Also. Also?? I remembered to put on lipstick four times this week. OVERACHIEVER.

Come on and link up with us over at Liberating Working Moms! And since everyone loves a good party, join us at the hashtag #WorkingWithStyle on Twitter.

Working With Style: All human-like and junk

Duckface. And do I have a wonky eye here?

Look, please bear witness to the lips! THE LIPS! They are bathed in colour! COLOUR, I SAY!

This is excitement at its finest, folks. Because that girl in the photo to your left? She’s never worn lipstick before. <close your mouth>

I used to read Cosmo magazines by the dozens <close your mouth> and they all made it seem like guys liked low-maintenance girls. Two pages over, the quiz pinned low-maintenance girls as those that wear chapstick only and never ever lip liner. Plus, I drink a lot of water and am kind of incredibly lazy and don’t want to reapply lipstick over & over. So, chapstick was my best friend. I had the best moisturized lips on my university campus and was none the wiser that I looked almost identical to a ghost sitting in my economics class completely motherhumping clueless.

Fast forward a few years (10. when did THAT happen?) and I have a big girl desk job which requires me to look respectable. It turns out that I actually like to look respectable, I like to dress up, I like to sometimes do my hair nice, I like to experiment with makeup. Thanks to a series of #officefashionshow Instagram photos, I realized that I look completely ridiculous with no lipstick on. I am whiter than white and have very light eyebrows. I’m pretty good with eye make up, but the lower half of my face virtually disappears with my low-maintenance chapstick plan.

Exhibit A. Holy face upgrade, Batman.

See? And this isn’t even the brightest lipstick I own now. And I do own multiple lipsticks now. An amazing feat.

I’m all for low expectations, so it’s my goal to remember to apply lipstick at least three working days every week. So far I’ve been pretty good. I’m still not great at reapplying throughout the day, which I really need to be better at. I do hate when it gets all over my coffee mug, but at least that stops my husband from taking it to work with him, and that would probably happen less if I bought more expensive lipstick. But along with being lazy, I’m also cheap. (form an orderly queue, gentlemen)

And as it turns out? My husband does love a low-maintenance girl. It’s just that my low-maintenance has evolved over the years to become a much more polished version. It may take me 3 extra minutes in the morning to fish the lipstick out of my purse but I think it’s kind of worth it. Agree?

(gratuitous outfit post because I almost never wear this blazer)

Come on over & link up with us at Liberating Working Moms, we don’t bite! (much)

And if you’re on Twitter (or are you the creep who clicks on my twitter profile from this blog every.damn.day and won’t reveal yourself?) we’d love to have you join the party:

I just linked up with @babe_chilla over at @LiberatingWM for #WorkingWithStyle ! Come check it out! http://bit.ly/zmjlyv