mom-wear-wednesday [6]

>> 8.22.2012

top: h&m// leggings: pink by Victoria's Secret//
baby carrier: beco gemini

on a recent visit to London with one of our favorite friends from Moody,
who happens to be traveling around the world and came to see us!

I'm going to be honest and tell you that today's post was sort of an afterthought.
We've been out all day, and I've been thinking a lot about the background series that I've got going on, and somehow taking pictures of what I'm wearing just doesn't seem that important. 

However, I've managed to rustle up some pictures of actual "mom-wear" in action (complete with photo-bombing baby on my back) so you know that I'm legit.
And actually, this outfit comes in a close second to the favorite sweatpants, as far as the mom-outfit most often worn goes.

I'm always in leggings, and this tank top is long enough so that people don't get disgusted by my uncovered rear-end, and is also loose enough that if I'm having a fat day I'm not too self-conscious. It's one of the few items of clothing that I actually bought more than one of (I have it in a turquoise color as well).
It's a winner all around.

Seriously though, as I've been rehashing my sordid history, I've had lots of conversations with myself about my appearance and why it's something that affects me (and many, many other women) so strongly. I was at the gym tonight, fighting my way through spin class after ditching for at least 6 weeks, and I just couldn't stop thinking about it all:

--all that "fitspiration" that travels around pinterest and blogs, "encouraging" women to be stronger than they think they can and to sweat more than they want to.
--the way I can go from appreciating and *almost* loving my body to being absolutely disgusted with myself in the same breath.
--how it's such a unique and personal struggle that nearly every woman has to face at least once in her life.
--wondering if I will ever reach a place where it's not a concern, or a panic, or a battle anymore. Will I ever be comfortable in my own skin for longer than a day or two?

I think that once I'm done with the series I've got going on right now, this is something I'd like to explore more and talk about in-depth. 

I'd love to hear from you guys, and how you think/feel/worry about it all.
I know I'm not the only one that struggles with this or feels this way, and I'd love to know people's thoughts about the whole thing.

(Boy, the mood around here sure has gotten heavy lately, hasn't it?)
I promise, promise to do a legit post next week, complete with hair-donut video and everything. 
So please don't be scared away by all the serious talk. 
There is a lighter side coming, you just gotta hang in there with me!

2 thoughts:

Desiree,  August 23, 2012 at 9:06 AM  

Oh exploring women's body image is a great idea for a topic. I'm assuming you want our thoughts/feelings/worries on it when you're finished with your current series, so I'll wait 'til then to share mine.

That topic..reminds of a song lyric that I love, "They don't want you for who you are, so you should step outside your skin...Well, I want you for who you are, so you can stay inside your skin"

Hannah August 23, 2012 at 3:52 PM  

I love your thoughts and would love to hear more on body image. As you know, this is something that is such a focus in my life and is something that I've been wanted to explore more of as well. Check out and their article on fitspiration. It's a good one that I reread often!

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