November 29, 2012 06:00 PM

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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.

Courtesy Christina Applegate

— Christina Applegate

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