Happy #MakeoverMonday !!!
Hey Everybody! Meet my MIL, Julie, or Juju as we affectionately call her. My husband, Steve, is the oldest of her four children, and we have had the privilege of giving her the first (and currently only) of her grandchildren. But if we're honest, which we always are, being the first of the kids to do the things hasn't always been easy. You know everybody always has this crazy stereotype of what a mother-in-law is supposed to be like, and most of the time "it ain't good." Well with being the first to date long distance, the first to be engaged, the first to be married, and the first to have kids has allowed us to be the petri dish to prove which familial relationships and boundaries would be healthy and viable or not. This scenario is RIPE for the makings of the stereotypical mother/daughter-in-law relationship. And in the early years (thanks to my strong-willed hardheadedness) we both found ourselves on the giving and receiving ends of hurt and frustration, because hello: sinners in a petri dish.
I am SO thankful He never leaves us or forsakes us. With many hard and good conversation has come SO. MUCH. GRACE. So much growth. So much change. So much trust. So much love. I am so thankful that neither of us are the same as we were, even 5 years ago. I am so thankful that we see our similarities and CELEBRATE them because it is so fun! I really do feel kinda guilty that I get to have such an awesome relationship with my mother-in-law when other people don't. And I can say this with full assurance, I absolutely would not be thriving with my kids in this season were it not for God's role through her in some of our absolutely toughest seasons doing what a Juju does: Cooking and feeding and buying and taking care and spoiling so that we could keep our heads above water.
I know sometimes I probably annoyed Julie with all the hair and makeup rhetoric for the luxe|wise side of things, but she tolerated me like a champ. ;) And now finally, with the kids in school and more free time on our hands to spend together, we actually got to take the time to walk through a few processes to redefine her everyday hair and makeup routine. And not unlike most of my clients, she tells me, "Cam, I've been doing *it* this way for years. So sometimes it's just ingrained to keep doing it the same way out of habit." And I get that. Truly. I'm honestly the same way. But I think the small changes we made had a huge impact. Don't you think?! Since our Juju is a world traveler and real go-getter, we opted for a few things to help keep her looking bright-eyed and bushy tailed even when she's feeling a little road weary. Of course evening out her complexion was at the foremost for looking healthy and glowy, but her eyes are what I wanted to liven up. Instead of doing a dramatic/heavy smokey eye, we opted for a natural toned smokey eye. We used nude waterproof eyeliner in her lower lash and water line to erase any darkness/redness and popped 1/3 set of demi wispy lashes on the outer corner of her upper lash line to really draw her eyes up and out. We used contouring and fake lashes to fake a face lift, and there ya have it. A bright and fresh-faced Juju with her beautiful balayaged beach-waved hair ready to face the day.
Thank you, Steve's guitars, for serving as such a glamorous back drop. *insert sarcastic side eye*
But isn't she a cutie? Also, check out the time lapse video of our time together below. Thanks for reading along. Now you can Watch + Enjoy!