Revamping Yourself in the New Year

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The start of a fresh, new year is a time when many women make resolutions to update their look. But who has the time or the energy, especially when you're busy caring for a child with type 1 diabetes? And is it really worth the effort? Stylist and fashion editor Jennifer Chan says yes -- and you'd be surprised at the far-reaching effects: "A great outfit can make you feel strong and unstoppable no matter what life throws at you. Embrace a bolder style this year and you can reap the benefits of a sassier, more confident look that's fashionably functional, too." Even better, her tips can easily be incorporated into any schedule, no matter how jam-packed it is:

  1. Clean out the old. First, purge your closet. "Paring down your wardrobe to only those items that fit your body shape and are in great condition makes getting dressed easier every morning," Chan says. "Toss out items with holes, stains, and faded colors." Be ruthless!
  2. Get fit. "Finding versatile clothes that fit properly will save you hours of wardrobe dilemmas," says Chan. So don't buy clothes that are too big in an attempt to hide your curves, or clothes that you're hoping to fit into "someday." The goal is to find pieces that fit well and flatter your body now.
  3. Add some glam. Before running out the door at lightning speed, add a piece of jewelry to your outfit -- even if you're just wearing a sweater and jeans. "Costume jewelry is a great way to add some sparkle without breaking the bank," says Chan. "Look for items that work for every day, but have just a hint of bling to make you feel special." Try a pair of stud earrings, a glittery bangle bracelet or a funky ring to elevate your look from "thrown together" to "put together" in seconds." Just one piece of jewelry can make all the difference," Chan says.
  4. Pucker up. Want a quick pick-me-up that costs less than 10 bucks? Hit the lipstick aisle! "A swipe of a bright pink or bold red can really awaken your look," Chan says. "Lipstick comes in infinite shades and is budget-friendly for any mom." Plus, it only takes a few seconds to apply (just not in the rearview mirror at 50 m.p.h., please!).
  5. Renew your 'do. Sure, your hair looks amazing when you strut out of the salon. But who has the time to style it every morning? (Hello, ponytail!) Chan says the one product moms should never be without is dry shampoo. "It work wonders!" she says. "It absorbs excess oil and grease if you're short on time to shower, and gives you mega volume. Spritz at the roots, flip your head over to blow dry just the roots, fluff and you're good to go."
  6. Step into a new shoe. A great pair of shoes can update an entire outfit, says Chan. "Invest in a fabulous shoe that's practical yet pretty," she advises. "Moderate wedges give lift but still provide comfort; ballet flats can be anything but boring if you find one with an adorable bow, jewel ornamentation or playful color."
  7. Get that rosy glow. The best way to revamp your makeup routine? Blush! "Women sometimes skip their cheeks, but blush can make all the difference in the world by giving you a refreshed, youthful glow, even if you're low on energy and sleep," she says. "Contour cheeks with matte bronzer for an instant rejuvenation." We like the sound of that!

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.

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