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Christina Applegate’s Blog: How My Style Has Changed Since Becoming a Mom

11/29/2012 at 06:00 PM ET

Christina Applegate's Blog
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Thanks for welcoming Christina Applegate for a four-part blog.

The actress, who stars as Reagan on NBC’s hit comedy Up All Night, is also mom to daughter Sadie Grace, 22 months, with fiancé Martyn LeNoble.

Applegate, 40, is the creative partner for FabKids.com, a monthly outfit club for stylish girls sizes 2-8.

She can also be found @1capplegate on Twitter.

In her second blog post for PEOPLE, Applegate writes about how her style has evolved throughout the years.

I have always been a firm believer in the freedom to express one’s own personality. It is something that has helped me both in my own life and career and is also something that I encourage for my own daughter.

A journey can’t really be a journey without change and over the years, my own personal style has definitely seen many different phases! You might say that when it comes to fashion, I’ve done it all. I’ve gone rocker, punk, super-trendy, and even full-on glamour.

What I’ve learned is that when you are comfortable — both physically and also in how you look, that’s when you look and feel your best. Recently, my style has been all about ease. Here are a few tricks I’ve picked up for creating easy, effortless style.

Don’t wear heels unless you have to

I haven’t put on a pair of heels in years — unless I have to, that is! Flats are just easier for the amount of running around I have to do and can still be very chic. For a real style statement, I love Fiorenti & Baker boots because they are so stylish and are still incredibly comfortable.

Own a few key pieces

One of my favorite tricks is to own a few key pieces that you know work for you. One of my favorites, aside from a good pair of boots, is a great deconstructed jacket. You can toss one over pretty much anything and suddenly you’ve got a great outfit! On top of key pieces, having a few go-to brands can make a world of difference.

Make things easy

Effortless style is a lot easier when you take as much work out of it as possible, and that extends to how the shopping gets done. When time and energy are of the essence, online shopping can be a huge relief. Believe me when I say there is a LOT of online shopping that goes on in my household – and not just for me! Shopping for household items and children’s clothing can be exhausting – if not near impossible and I’m happy to avoid it whenever possible.

I am a huge patron of online sites such as Diapers.com — and absolutely love the convenience of FabKids.com. You get a personalized head-to-toe outfit in just one-click plus free shipping and returns – and it’s actually a fun, enjoyable experience, which is the way it should be! Really, shopping for kids clothes has never been easier.

Get to know yourself

One of the benefits that comes with getting older is that you start to have a much better understanding of what works on you and what doesn’t. There are a million trends and not all of them will work on you. Learn to embrace what works best for you as an individual. This can be invaluable when it comes to personal style — and actually, for other aspects of your life as well.

Christina Applegate's Blog
Courtesy Christina Applegate

– Christina Applegate

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Cate on

Love her, and I follow her style rules myself! I wear flats most of the time, have found what works for my body, and only go for trends that fit into my lifestyle. I also love shopping online, as a working mom of two, it’s nearly impossible to actually go to a bunch of different stores!

Alana on

I just went on FabKids and was excited by the buy one outfit, get one free then I realized they only go up to size 8. My daughters a size 10. :( oh well! Cute clothes though!

joanne1965 on

Good for her! Seriously – there are so many mothers out there that could follow her style rules…Christina, Jennifer L., Beyonce, that K klan…

Kimberly on

Would love to shop Fab Kids, but their website doesn’t work. I was all ready to sign up! Too bad, I bet they could have gotten a lot of business from this post if their website worked. Hope they can get it fixed.

Henry on

Is this an article about fashion or a free commercial for two companies?

Amy on

Frankly, I’m pretty damn annoyed the Fab Kids are just for girls. I appreciate that Ms. Applegate had a girl so she wouldn’t think beyond her own needs, but I have an adorable son that I wouldn’t mind buying clothes for too. Across the board, it’s impossible to find sincerely cute options for him. And compared to girls clothes, there is such little variety. The site really should be called Fab Girls since that’s all it caters too.

All in all, she did do a great job of making this blog which pretends to be advice for moms (I’m sure she has a stylist let alone several nannies… heck, someone may have even written this article for her!) one big commercial for her site.

Amy on

Amen! This blog/total promotional propaganda has truly ticked me off this morning. Shame on People. How about a mom who doesn’t have a staff or a company to push giving actual advice?

B on

TOO FUNNY.. I agree and have been pushing People to have a real mom’s perspective for a long time.
They have published 5 of my letters in their magazine but my website! LOL

(Click my name above to see MY mama website and blog or Google “hysterically ever after” to check it out.. No ads, no agenda.. Just advice, humor, and a lot of postpartum support)
: )

B on

SERIOUSLY?
This is NOT a mommy blog, this is an advertisement for shoes, diapers and her fabkids business deal.
Sad.
Click on my name above… Now THAT is a blog for moms with no other goal than to support you and advise you and make ya laugh!
: )
This article stinks, even though I love her.

B

RIS on

I really like the Celebrity Mom blogs but this one just feels like product placement for $500 boots and the company that she designs expensive baby clothes for…

Anonymous on

Why is she giving style advice? She always looks like a frumpy hot mess. Being a mom is no excuse for not putting some effort into how you look. “Don’t wear heels unless you have to.” Why not! That’s like pregnant women thinking they can eat four times as much just because they’re pregnant. She said something similar about working out. As a very busy, REAL working mom of two, I think she’s just lazy and out of touch!

deb on

Jessica Alba’s Honest Company.com is a great sourse of environ. friendly diapers and other products- I give a year a diapers for baby shower presents- they are cute they have different motiffs- my favorite are the little skulls!

angel on

i miss kelly bundy

B on

People really does need to balance these blogs out with the perspective and thoughts of a “non celeb” mom. This is not a typical Hollywood rag, it’s PEOPLE and by definition should embrace celebrities and the average mom side by side.

I truly enjoy the celeb mommy blogs, they are often full of humor and relatable stories, but this obvious product placement and name dropping has left me thinking that something is definitely missing here.

The average mom has a LOT to offer when it comes to advice, money saving tips and a million other things!

My two cents.
: )
(On a totally unrelated note, if you click on my name above you may find a thoughtful, funny, supportive, creative mama blog full if stories, crafts, recipes and more… just in case you’d rather read about that than $500 pairs of shoes!)

Megan on

B, please stop pimping your own website in the comments. You’ve now done it three times. It’s just as bad as the blog you’re complaining about.

Non mom on

B, if you don’t like what she wrote you don’t need to patronize her site. what a bunch of whiners.

karabearblu on

Love Fabkids and Christina Applegate! Also great name for a girl. My daughter is Sadie Elizabeth.

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