A Season for Beauty (and a book review)

a new (to me) way to tie a scarf.

a new (to me) way to tie a scarf.

I am so excited to share my friend Trina’s new e-book, Embracing Beauty, with you all! This book has been such a blessing to me personally and I want to share it with every mother and every woman who hopes to become a mother. I am also honored and a tiny bit embarrassed to be quoted on page 63. (Read it for yourself and you’ll understand why.)

“God created me with a little extra helping of the love of beauty.” These words from Embracing Beauty resonated with me. I think I might have actually nodded when I read them . . . I definitely smiled. Whether it is a pretty pink dress or my mother’s teacups or a glorious sunset, you’d better believe I am drawn to it. On a recent date night I exclaimed, “Look at the sky!” My husband’s response was: “I knew you’d comment on it.” 😉

4 weeks postpartum and so glad to dress up a little for a date night picnic.

4 weeks postpartum and so glad to dress up a little for a date night picnic.

Clothes, hair, and make-up are no different. At an early age I rejected my mother’s idea of “play clothes” and started wearing my “Sunday dresses” on weekdays. By the time I was 12 I had rebelled against jeans and shorts and only wanted to wear long, flowy skirts and dresses, preferably pink and lacy. When I started college classes, I was wobbling across campus in high heels and big sunglasses, spending an entire paycheck on a pair of earrings, and determined to emulate Audrey Hepburn.

But Embracing Beauty is not about being a single, carefree young woman with the ability to spend most of her income on clothes. This book meets me exactly where I am right now, smack dab in the middle of breastfeeding, a new waistline, and Wendy’s baby hands wiping banana all over my shirt. Now and probably for the next several years, I am going to have to find ways to adapt and embrace this season with all of its changes, yet without sacrificing my God-given delight in beautiful things.

12 days before Wendy arrived. I gained about 50 pounds by the end and even most of my maternity clothes didn't fit!

12 days before Wendy arrived. I gained about 50 pounds by the end and most of my maternity clothes didn’t even fit!

Embracing Beauty is helping me to do that. It has reminded me of things I already knew about myself (like my love for the pretty and the feminine things in life). It has inspired me with new ideas for how to make my clothes work with my ever-changing body. And it has given me a greater understanding and appreciation for why this is all so important.

The book has tons of helpful tips such as how to choose a personal neutral (not necessarily neutral . . . mine is pink!) that makes getting dressed in the morning easy. Who doesn’t need that? 😉 Trina is like a wonderful best friend, giving you ideas for how to tie your scarf one minute and reminding you of the importance of getting dressed for the day the next. I am not one for staying in my pajamas for more than five minutes, but I have rarely ventured beyond jeans and a t-shirt since Wendy came. I am digging through my drawers and my closet and trying to think a little more creatively, so stay tuned, because there will be photos! One change I am making is wearing earrings again . . . not my preferred chandelier style yet (too tempting for babies to grab) but small studs.

Big sparkly earrings are like a sign saying "Yank on Mama's ears!"

Big sparkly earrings are like a sign saying “Yank on Mama’s ears!”

It encourages my heart to know that I am not the only mama who longs for and needs more beauty in her life; we all do. Stop over at Trina’s blog to learn more about the book and be sure to check back here next week for the new “What Wendy & Her Mama Wore.” :)

Please note: I am partnering with Trina as an affiliate, so if you purchase Embracing Beauty through one of my links, I earn a little something. However, I recommend the book whether you purchase it through my link or someone else’s. I hope it is as much of a blessing to you as it is to me!

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4 thoughts on “A Season for Beauty (and a book review)

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  3. Heather

    As someone who loves fashion, I think that even though a woman gets busy, and life doesn’t always require getting dressed up, clothes (and jewelry) are a way to express oneself, to compliment one’s inner beauty. I think everyone should try to make a little extra time for that. I look forward to seeing your pics! Thanks for the sharing!

    1. Claire Post author

      Thanks, Heather! I absolutely agree with you. As you say, I don’t have many things in my life that require getting dressed up, but I love to do it anyway. :)


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