The Lettuces: Back in Black, Again

The Lettuces: Back in Black, Again

NOTE: This post was originally published on Instagram. I am reposting and backdating it here as part of a historical series in order to preserve these meaningful memories and early motherhood thoughts and experiences in a way that is not tied to any social media platform. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for some time. As we formally shelter in place in NYC, this project brings me happiness and a welcome break from the news. 🖤

Since becoming a mother, a few close mom friends of mine have warned me that babies steal our beauty.

And it’s true.

If eyes are only beautiful without any hollow below them. If a waistline is only beautiful if it’s perfectly trim and taut. If breasts are only beautiful if they are perky spheres. If belly buttons are only beautiful if they are tiny and tight. If a face is only beautiful without lines. If hair is only beautiful when it’s thick and smooth and virgin. If bellies are only beautiful without c-section scars or stretch marks running across them. I

t is true.

If you decide your beauty can only be considered beautiful when it fully aligns with someone else’s antiquated and false standard.

And I’ve just never subscribed to that. I can’t say I love every change of those I’ve personally experienced. But I don’t let that dictate how I feel about myself.

So here I am in Greece. Back in my black one-piece. With my seven month old baby playing in the backyard with my soon-to-be seventy year old mother. Asking my husband to take my picture by the pool.

Originally posted on June 23, 2018

NOTE: This post is not sponsored. All thoughts are unbiased and my own. All photos and content are property of Lauren Cosenza Beauty LLC.

Lauren Cosenza consults for top brands, websites, and magazines and serves as a trusted beauty/fashion/mom expert, a brand ambassador, an on-camera personality and spokesperson, a creative director, a published editorial contributor and writer, the creator and owner of DIVAlicious®, the creator and owner of BEAUTYfull®, a product junkie and an insatiable beauty and style seeker — with a former life at Cosmopolitan, Shape and Bustle/BDG brands. She currently runs Señor Lechuga Hot Sauce with her husband and baby boy as the Co-Founder + Head of Brand.