The Yummy Mummy with no Tummy Challenge - Week Five

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It seems that every week something that's bothering me turns into my post for the Challenge that week. This week is no different. As you have probably read this week I have realised that I have given up on looking good whilst I am overweight and this is not a good thing.

There are several factors that need to be included if you want to look good and the first is the most important, the best and the most simple.

Are you ready? Okay you need Good Underware. Yeah I said it. A good set of knickers and bra will not only allow you to look good and feel good. It will stop your Mum from worrying what the Dr's will think if you get hit by a bus.

The first step is to find out what size bra you need. Go to a shop that you like to be measured at and get measured! A good bra will change everything and will make you feel better too! I go to Bravissimo to get measured (I find that at the department stores I get measured wrongly) and I go at least every six months.

Don't forget your knickers though! I wear Marks and Spencers cotton knickers. Why? Because they fit, the last well and although I choose the Bridget Jones Big knickers style, they don't feel that much like big knickers. I find that they tend to smooth out the lumps and bumps on my hips too!

The next step is socks or tights or stockings. I like to wear tights under trousers if I am wearing dress shoes as I think they look pretty and I have never been one for Stockings. Wearing something that makes you feel good is all that matters, so if pink socks with purple stripes is what makes you feel good then wear them!

Next is your actual clothes. I cheat here. I go to see the personal shoppers in the Department stores. They are free and as they want you to buy clothes (they want you to buy, its their job) they will show you things that will suit your body shape, your budget and your style. The thing is you don't have to buy (Leave your cards at home so you aren't tempted if you are the sort who feels pressured in these situations!) but you get all the advice and can then buy similar clothes in the future.

Last step for me is hair and make up. Hair is simple, every time I have my haircut I ask the hairdresser/stylist for tips on what to do at home and ask them to show me what to do. I have learnt how to blow dry my hair straight, create volume and how to get that corkscrew curl that my hair tries to do but fails miserably. All I have to do after this is practise. Admittedly I haven't been bothering with this for a while, but I know that I shall start doing this again.

Make up I find so confusing. There is foundation, cover up, highlighters, blusher, eyeshadow, eye liner, mascara, lipstick, lipgloss and I am sure I have forgotten something. It takes so long to put on and never stays put and costs so much. My favourite thing is to go to Boots and to get the girls on the make up counters advice. I do buy something from the "expensive" ranges when I do this, (so I don't do it often) but the girls generally will advise you on a similar product from a less expensive range if you explain that cost is an issue.

And there you have it. A polished look that makes you feel better about being you.

Don't forget to stop by the others on the challenge, they need your support too;

Rainbow Jelly @ Rainbow Jelly Ramblings
Shutter Betty @ A Shutter Betty Blog
Amy @ And 1 more means 4
Tina @ Tales from Tina

And if you want to join in then its not too late, you don't have to be a Mummy to a young child, you can be a Mummy to a fur baby (Dogs and cats to those not in the know!) or just a wannabe yummy with no tummy! Please leave a URL link to your post in the comments below and I will update this post with your URL and you will automatically be listed next week.