Why I (try to) Get Dressed Every Day | Enduring All Things

Monday, April 30, 2018

Why I (try to) Get Dressed Every Day

Well guys, I've been blogging full time for three months now! Well, it's kind of hard to say exactly how long to be honest, since I quit my job on December 8th and then we had graduation, Christmas, Disney World, and our cross-country move. But I'm going to say that I started at the end of January, when we finally got settled in here.

Anyway, I've learned a few things on this adventure. And one of those things is that I need to get dressed every day. And by that I mean I don't wear my pajamas all day even though I can. I put on real clothes, I put on at least a little makeup, and sometimes I even curl my hair. Even if I have no plans to go anywhere!
I work from home as a full time blogger but I still try to get dressed and do my hair and makeup every day. Here is why I do that and also some tips so you can do it too. Hint: It doesn't have to be difficult.

WHY am I doing this? Well I'll tell you.

The number one reason I want to get ready every day is for my own confidence. I worked from home for a tech company for the first 4 years of our marriage. Two weeks after we got married, we moved to Columbus, Ohio. I already had a job and had been working there for about six months and they wanted to keep me on when we moved! Anyway, I was so blessed to have that opportunity, but I got burnt out. I wasn't leaving the house very often. I wasn't getting dressed. I seriously wore the same pajamas for 36 hours straight pretty often. And I got really depressed. It's amazing how much better I feel about life if I put on real clothes and do my hair and makeup!
Another reason is to show Pearson that I want to put in effort for him. No he doesn't care that I look good all the time. He wouldn't care if I never wore makeup or fixed my hair and he's perfectly happy if I'm in sweats. Well, to an extent. The point is, I don't have to dress up to impress my man. BUT, what does annoy him, and very well should, is the fact that I put so much effort into my appearance for OTHER people. Back when I was working from home for that company, I wouldn't put any effort into my appearance most week days but if we were going somewhere in the evening or the weekend where we would see other people, I took a long time getting ready. Pearson didn't understand why I wanted to impress other people so much when really his should be the only opinion I care about. Doesn't make much sense, does it?
And lastly, I get ready every day so I feel like I can go somewhere and do something at the drop of a hat. Yeah there are some places were I would go that I don't mind looking like I just woke up. But most of the time, I want to look a little put together. It gives me more confidence and I enjoy myself more. So if Pearson gets home from work and wants to go out for the evening, I want to be able to jump in the car rather than make him wait 30 minutes for me to get ready. Likewise, I'm more inclined to record Instagram stories or take pictures of myself for the blog if I've put a little effort into my appearance. Again, I'll make videos without makeup sometimes, as you may have noticed, but I'm more confident about it when I have gotten ready for the day.

And now for the HOW. Here are my tips.

My firs tip is to keep it simple. My favorite outfit to wear around the house is a pair of LuLaRoe leggings and matching Perfect T or Irma (or an oversized sweater in the winter). This outfit is super comfortable yet stylish. I mean, I wouldn't necessarily call it my Sunday best, but for most daily activities, it is perfect. I still feel comfy and cozy yet confident, modest, and put together.

But don't get me wrong, I also love a good pair of jeans and a graphic tee! I wore the Marvel t-shirt below to the Infinity War premier, of course! And I'm loving this "In a pan full of muffins, be a cupcake" shirt from The Bigger Beauty and Beyond Shop (pictured below). Also, for some reason, I love the look of the Eddie Bower sweatshirt above (from Goodwill, no less) with a LuLaRoe GiGi sticking out of the bottom. The colors match perfectly and for whatever reason, I feel like the sweatshirt is slimming. I've basically lived in this thing these last couple months. Oh and aren't those rose gold sneakers just the best? I got them for $10 on clearance at Kohls!
Another tip would be to put on your workout clothes as soon as you get up and then shower and change as soon as you're done working out. The idea here is that once you change into something besides your pajamas, you won't go back until it's bedtime. So make yourself get dressed. This is kinda twofold because sometimes it's easier to put on exercise clothes than to pick out an outfit first thing in the morning and if you already have workout clothes on, you might as well work out, right?
Oh and another tip for hair and make up is to keep that stuff simple as well. I've been trying different curling techniques with my hair lately looking for something that's pretty quick and last a few days. I haven't found it but I'm not too worried about it. As long as I wash my hair a couple times per week, I can usually get it to look okay without much effort. Even if that's a styled messy bun.

As for my makeup, I've got a go to light face that I wear when I don't really have plans and I have a more done up look for weekends and stuff. I've got both of these down pretty well and the light one takes less than 5 minutes so why wouldn't I do it every day? Even I've I'm not planning to leave the apartment!
Another tip is to take care of yourself. This goes beyond getting ready every day. Going along with the theme here that when you look your best you feel your best, that starts with how you treat your body. Drink lots of water. Eat a well balanced diet and stick to a good skin care routine!

I recently started taking my skin care more seriously. I am almost 30 (did I say that out loud??) and I still sleep in my makeup most nights. Yep. It's true. Well, that's changed in the last month or so. I found some cleanser that I love (it's Aveeno) and I even got a facial brush (though it's a cheap one from Amazon)! But it's amazing how good it feels to wash your face really well at the end of the day. I even sleep better!

Really what it all comes down to is that when you look your best you feel your best.

I guess I shouldn't say look your "best" because I can certainly look better than a little makeup, a messy bun, and LuLaRoe leggings... If the occasion calls for it. So maybe I should add a clause in there about the situation. Anyway, the point is, I'm trying my best to actually get dressed and ready every day even though I work from home and I don't have to. And the benefits are great!

Do you get dressed and ready for the day even when you aren't going anywhere? What are your tips?
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