Originally posted on NYC Moms blog June 8, 2010
After I was laid off last year and given the rather sad job market, I decided to start a blog to enhance my social media skills which was a gap on my resume. Who knew, I would end up enjoying writing about my crazy life raising my daughter as a single mom in New York City, or best of all, get invited to cool events where I met other great mom (and dad) bloggers while I job searched.
Of course, looking on the positive side to being unemployed, I was able to spend more time with my daughter. I love being able to drop her off at school without having to rush off to work and not having to juggle the gazillion babysitters for pick up so I could work late. And of course, I now have the time to work on getting healthier by going to the gym.
The flip side to all this is that writing and job searching is a solitary experience. Since I am not married or have a significant person in my life, it's just my daughter and me. And because I don't have to go to the office in business attire, my wardrobe consists of sweat pants, a white t-shirt, sneakers and no make-up, not even lipstick.
Occasionally, over the past year, I have had in-person interviews which forces me to "dress up" but honestly, I always feel underdressed or not quite put together. I have been out of the game too long and have no idea how to dress anymore? How is that possible after only 9 months? I am so ecstatic when the initial interview is a phone interview just so I don't have to deal with getting out of my sweat pants attire.
This is New York City, fashion capital, I am surrounded by fashionable people all day, every day. You would think that would mentally force me to attempt to look cute on a daily basis. Every so often, I will try to put on make up and wear cute clothes for pick up or just running errands but that little effort lasts a about a day. Being pretty takes work.
Then, I started getting invited to blog events. I thought that would snap me out of my fashion funk. I treated the blog events like work events, wore business casual and actually put on make up. I was actually excited to put in the effort. But I realized that most of the bloggers who attend these events, just wear jeans so I started wearing jeans. I did not even bother to wear cute shoes, just comfortable ones. And trust me, I have cute shoes.
Then last week, I reached a new low. I actually went straight from the gym to my hair appointment in my sweaty, stinky gym clothes. I did not even make the effort to bring a change of clothes to the gym so I could shower and change. At the end of the day, I thought to myself, I seriously need a makeover or a new job to get me out of my clothes funk.
I would love to hear from other work at home moms. How do you keep your appearance from heading down the tubes? I need an makeover intervention, NOW!