- Paperback: 126 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 30, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1483917673
- ISBN-13: 978-1483917672
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,909,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Embracing Beauty: Practical Style for Every Shape and Season of Motherhood Paperback – March 30, 2013
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In Embracing Beauty Trina highlights many key points, a few of which I'd like to share.
Firstly, Trina removes that mom-guilt that we all feel when we take time for ourselves. Instead of feeling guilty for self-care, Trina explains why self-care is important (and even Biblical). She also shows how one can use self-care to be a blessing to our families and those around us.
Most chapters end with "mommy makeovers." These quick and easy to perform action steps allow readers to apply what they are reading almost immediately. Trina is also quite budget-conscious, so she doesn't say, "Go out and buy a new $45 shirt around which to build your wardrobe," nor does she encourage you to throw out your entire wardrobe. Instead she encourages readers to find out what they really like and how to tweak their wardrobe to work for them.
The humor is the best part of this book. Instead of reading like an instruction manual or a how-to book, Embracing Beauty is akin to sitting down over a cup of coffee and chatting about fashion, getting dressed, and babies. The anecdotes and stories tucked between the pages are wonderful and remind the reader that they are not alone in this quest for style and fashion with the blessing of a post-baby body.
Even the tagline, Practical Style for Every Shape and Season of Motherhood, had me a wee bit concerned--I mean, the only shape my body should be doing now is decreasing. Was this only a book for women in the maternity stage of life where bodies are increasing and decreasing on a regular basis? As woman who has secondary infertility, I was concerned that this would just make my already raw emotions worse.
I shouldn't have worried.
While Trina is clearly writing from the perspective of a mother with multiple pregnancies, whose body is continually changing, the ideas are basic and simple. They are things we've heard before--wear colors that look good on you. Design your wardrobe around those colors. Accessorize. However, Trina takes this one step further with ideas on how to incorporate that into a busy mom's life. Each chapter lists ways you can put her fashion tips into practice when you don't have a lot of time and money.
Beyond this, Trina gently reminds us, over and over again, that God is a God of beauty. That he designed women to be beautiful; that the God who made peacocks and sunsets could not possibly want us to dress dowdy, even when we're at our busiest. That modesty is important, but you can feel lovely and modest at the same time.
I do wish that there was some more discussion about bigger sizes, as far as using color, shape and patterns to deflect the weight we carry. Some of Trina's suggestions, like the purchase and use of tunics, just won't work on my short, size 8/10 body. Tunics, which I have tried, seem to make my thighs look even bigger. And while I love the idea of thrift stores, I do think that what you'll find there is very dependent on the local economy. I have access to three thrift stores, all in economically depressed areas, and they either charge way more than I am willing to pay or have poor quality clothing.
There was also an emphasis on buying clothes that would work through multiple pregnancies and size changes, when, truthfully, that is probably not applicable to the vast majority of women who will never birth more than two children. However, I don't think this detracted from Trina's message of bringing beauty into our closets.
Honestly, I'm about to head back into a third reading of this book. This time, I'm going to seriously work through her suggestions, start thinking about what I want to look like and work towards it. More than that, Trina has inspired me to bring beauty into our everyday life here at home, making it a reflection of the world God has created.
On thing I appreciate about this book is that she doesn't tell you what is modest, what to or not-to wear. She puts forth suggestions, tips, but definitely makes it known that modesty is more than the clothes you wear, but the heart behind what you wear. It's very tastefully handled.
For me, the book was not eye-opening. While I have made purely utilitarian purchases because I *just needed something now* I have been trying for several years to make sure my wardrobe isn't just a covering, but something I love. That I feel good in.
I already know the answers to many of the questions Trina puts forth in her book. But I'm not at the end of my journey yet, and it was nice to have the ideas I've been working toward reinforced and spur me to consider making other changes sooner than later.There are many actually practical tips and suggestions in the book, and while I do differ in opinion with her a few times, I found myself agreeing with her far more often than disagreeing.
All in all, I believe this is a wonderful book that will help women embrace the beauty God gave them in a timely, budget friendly manner, all while saving time getting dressed and ready each day. That's something to get excited about.