Attention all you chronic yoga pant wearers: it's time to ditch those comfy black standbys and start giving a little TLC to your appearance, says Alison Lumbatis, stylist, life coach and creator of Get Your Pretty On.
And Alison should know. She started her style blog after finding herself in a yoga pant rut. She discovered that spending time on herself had a big impact on how she felt.
"When you feel pretty, it's about so much more than how you look," she told us recently. "Having that boost in confidence spills over into every area of your life including your relationships."
Here, Alison talks more about Get Your Pretty On and shares some advice on building a great wardrobe and developing smart beauty rituals. Read on:
Tell us about Get Your Pretty On. When and why did you start your site?
I started GYPO in September of 2012 after falling into a mom rut. It was just the kick in the yoga pants that I needed to start getting dressed and feeling pretty again.
Who should be reading it?
GYPO is all about easy ways to feel pretty. It's perfect for the mom who's forgotten what pretty feels like, women stuck in the yoga pants rut, or empty nesters who are ready to rediscover style and confidence.
Why do you think women - especially moms - often end up neglecting style?
We put everyone else ahead of ourselves; but it's like the oxygen mask announcement says: you need to secure your mask first so you can take care of others. Self-care is not selfish.
What are some wardrobe basics you think every woman should have on hand in order to step out the door feeling great?
Every woman should have dark wash skinny jeans, a great pair of cognac riding boots or leopard flats, long cardigans, quality tees and tanks and lots of scarves in different prints and colors. So many outfit combos can be built using this basic formula.
What types of accessories are you loving right now?
I'm somewhat of a scarf addict. They are definitely an outfit maker!
What's your daily beauty routine?
I have a five-minute makeup routine that I follow every day. It starts with plenty of moisturizer with SPF, followed by liquid foundation and a dusting of mineral powder to set it. Then I use bronzer for contour under my cheekbones and on my temples. I apply a peachy pink blush to the apples of my cheeks. For my eyes, I swipe a shimmery champagne color over the lids and in the corners for a bright-eyed look. Then I apply a dark eye shadow as eyeliner with a small brush, and finish it off with a coat of my favorite mascara. On the way out the door, I swipe on my favorite lip-gloss.
What do you think all women should make sure to do as part of a regular beauty ritual?
I think exfoliating is key, especially as we age. It really helps with cell turnover and to keep that healthy glow, especially in the winter.
What products do you always make sure you never leave home without?
I'm a lip product junkie. My purse has so many lip balms, glosses and lipsticks in it; I can't stand to have bare lips!
What are some of your favorite DIY natural beauty remedies?
Coconut oil. I'm just now starting to see all of the amazing uses and benefits of it. It's addicting!