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Monday, 16 January 2017

How-To | Get Ready Quicker Everyday

Untitled Ever since moving to the city all those years ago now, I can get up later. I'm a ten minute walk to work yet that now means that sometimes I leave getting up literally to the last minute. So if you're like me and quite frankly would rather have five more minutes in bed than spending that precious time on yourself getting dressed, then hopefully this will help...



Choose your outfit the night before

Chances are you know what you'll be doing the next day. Whether it's work, a country walk, a wedding or just an average Joe kinda day, decide what you're going to wear. By all means, you're not then stuck with having to wear this - if it snows 7cm outside, maybe switch up your courts for some wellies but you get where I'm going with this... I tend to plan my outfits a week ahead as with Mon-Fri, I know I'll be at work, sometimes I have more formal days than others depending on meetings and then I make sure whatever I choose to wear to work can work for my evening plans too.

Maybe you're rocking a cami and skinny jean combo with a snuggly cardigan in the AM but come the PM switch up your knitwear for a biker or blazer - outfit stresses be gone.



Meal prep

If you're like me, the thought of cooking in the morning before work fills me with dread - so get your meal prep done before you hit the sack. It'll mean you can literally grab and go on your way out and you'll feel a little bit like a girl boss.



Pack your bag ready

So this one's a little like school - get your bag packed before bedtime. Think of everything you'll need that day - sometimes I need my Macbook, somedays a notebook or if it's a Friday and we're going 'out for one' (it's never one, that's always a lie), I'll usually have some handbag perfume, a phone charger and some backup flats. Whatever it is, get what you need ready so you're not faffing around in then morning wondering where your Apple lead has walked off to.



Have everything you need handy

I'm talking your shoes to your make-up and your handbag to your keys - keep them in a place where you'll remember where they are so that no extra time is spent turning the house upside down because your partner moved your car keys in what they thought was a 'logical place' - sure Mark, sure...



Put some music on

This one may seem a little odd but your favourite music will not only get you in a bloody good mood in the AM, but it'll help you keep track of time. Stay with me on this one... An average track is what, 3 minutes? So you know five songs in that you've been getting ready for 15 minutes and it's probably time to start wrapping things up.



See the light

Natural daylight is what the kids call these days 'the one.' Where you can, use it - make sure your mirror or dressing table is as close to it as possible so you can actually see what you're doing. If you're an early riser and mother nature hasn't raised that sun yet, invest in good lighting to help you see the light - like a Pebble Grey Illuminated Mirror. You can get them for your bathroom or ones for your dressing table that'll make your morning routine a breeze.



Practice makes perfect

If you like to make an effort with your hair and make-up, that's A-OK. You can look fly in five minutes, trust me. I used to wash my hair everyday - yep EVERY SINGLE DAY. What was I thinking... Now it's only twice a week and I make zero effort with it apart from on the third day where I'll add some curls so I don't look as 'laidback.' And I can curl my whole head in 5 minutes because I've done it so often. I can also do my make-up in 4 minutes whereas back in the day - getting ready took me an hour. The same applies to you - practice your routine and you'll get it down I promise.



Don't check your phone

Apart from switching off your alarm, try to avoid using your phone in the morning. The minute I open my social channels, emails and messages, I can get lost for hours. Put it down, and keep it on silent until you leave the house. It'll make you more zen too.



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