What’s the secret to looking like you have your life together when you’re a wife, mom and a full-time

career woman? There is none. Besides having a supportive family, going to bed really late at night and

skipping a few weeks of vacuuming in exchange for cuddles, it’s hard to strive for perfection when you’re

juggling a thousand priorities. People always ask me, as a busy mom, how do I make the time to do all the

things that I do?


      Here is what I tell them:


  • Get a large family calendar and put your time management skills to action
  • Plan your week ahead, not more. I never plan past one week, because it allows me to be more flexible and not be overwhelmed with what the future holds
  • Have a good babysitting network
  • Carve out dedicated time to give undivided attention to your kids and family (no interruptions please!)
  • Carve out you time (very important!)
  • Let go of perfection and don’t be so hard on yourself. The house will eventually get cleaned. For example, I sometimes clean the rest of my bathroom when my son is having a bath.
  • Multitasking, only when safe to do so (see example above)


      Now the question is, how do you remain stylish while doing all of the above? Simple!


  • Hair: When it comes to my hair, I try to stretch it out between washes. If I blow dry my hair, and/or curl it, I can extend the wear. On the last few days, I wear it up in a ponytail or bun.
  • Makeup: Lipstick is so easy and makes you look done up in a flash. I like to use a tinted moisturizer, spot concealer under my eyes and to hide any blemishes, mascara, bronzer, blush and eye brow pencil. My routine takes me about 5 minutes and I can do this while my son brushes his teeth.
  • Outfits: I like to look up inspirational ideas on Instagram or Pinterest and I will choose an outfit that works for my day. If I have a business meeting at work, then a social event in the evening, I’ll wear something that I can transition easily. You could pick your outfit the night before, but to be honest… who really has time for that?
  • Accessories: I love to splurge on handbags, shoes, scarves and jewelry. It’s an easy way to up your look with very little effort.


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Chantal Sarkisian is a curvy style and fashion blogger in Ottawa for






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