Expressly Elegant

Health, exercise and beauty (both inside and out) have always been a priority of mine. I’ve chosen a lifestyle that promotes dignity and splendor… but don’t hear (or read) me wrong, choosing and living are two very different actions.

Six weeks post baby has proven this lifestyle to be, at times, acutely problematic. Showers occur every other day, ponytail holders are dispersed among various rooms and the make-up case is covered with dust and shame. I don’t, however, find this behavior to be unattractive. It’s simply an adjustment to life that needs to be accepted with grace and poise. Motherhood is a beautiful thing, and the lack of grooming should not deter that.

My greatest inspiration is and always will be my companions. The ladies with whom I surround myself with. We are selective with who we call friends; you confide in them, learn from them and grow stronger because of their electric souls. That’s why I tapped into my network to get tips on remaining beautiful… this knowledge came from weathered mothers, new mothers, women on the hunt for that special someone and those preparing to become Mrs.

These tips range from external beauty to internal beauty… and combined, a deadly force. Enjoy!

1. Wear Sunscreen, often overlooked and underestimated. (Almost everyone I asked suggested this, must mean something).

2. Carry your favorite song in your head, at all times. When sad emotions hit you, escape with that song. Nothing is more beautiful than a woman swaying to her favorite lyrics.

3. Despite your mood; conduct yourself with grace, put on presentable clothes and smile.

4. Never swallow your pride; for that is who you are, those are your beliefs. A strong woman is a sturdy woman.

5. Take a selfie. Yup, that’s right. When you’re feeling and looking beautiful, snap a photo and archive it for future reference. (This doesn’t mean post it to Facebook, use it to remind yourself that you are, in fact, a stunning creature).

6. Love yourself. Learn to find perfection in yourself, be happy with your decisions and carry yourself with confidence.

7. Don’t subject to drama. Nothing kills the allure of a woman like the rubbish that exits her mouth. Talk about politics, current events or even reality tv, but, damn… leave the names of your peers out.

8. Don’t compare yourself to others. You are your own person and no one else. Living a life trying to be someone else is a life missed.

9. Accentuate your best feature. Come on, you can name your best feature. If it’s your legs, wear short shorts. Your eyes, wear mascara. Got a hot booty, paint on those tight jeans! Whatever it is, show it off.

10. Wear blush. Simple and to the point. Wear blush.

There you have it, simple tips from simple women. I’d like to ask the same question of men, that will be my next post.

Enjoy this video, it’s my inspiration for the post.




Published by Jacqueline Leigh Boeheim

Jacqueline Leigh is a children's author based in Georgia. She spent many years working alongside advertising executives, producing inspirational and ground break print, web and television ads. Jacqueline later put her focus on journalism, doing what she loves, writing stories for the general public. She has been published in multiple print and digital publications. She’s interviewed big-name bands and small-town businesses, both contributing to her understanding and joy of writing. Jacqueline has now taken her experiences and focused on becoming a children’s author, a lifetime dream.

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