Ok so you know those days when you wake up and you casually check what time it is only to realize that you’ve massively overslept and you’re Nicki Minaj wake up song has actually been on repeat? And then you have a mini heart attack because you realize that you have to be out the door in 20 minutes to have a shot to actually making it to class on time. And on top of all that, you have no idea where your keys are and you certainly have no idea what you’re going to wear.
I had the unfortunate incident of finding myself in this little pickle of a situation last week, although luckily, I was just going to work so all I needed to put on was the first pair of jeans I could get my hands on and my lovely black Front Room shirt (which I’m sorry but I don’t love a latte. If you’ve seen the shirt, that little pun totally makes sense.) But for those of you who actually have class to get to or somewhere else where you want to look presentable, this week’s blog is for you. How to get up and at ‘em and dressed and ready to go in 20 minutes. It’s like Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals except with clothes and less time.
Now in the winter, this situation is a bit more sticky than any other season because you can’t throw just on a sundress or some denim cutoffs and be good to go. Well I guess you could, but have fun freezing and don’t say I didn’t warn you. You could always go the sweatpants route, but a.) that would totally go against everything this blog stands up and b.) you still have 20 minutes, enough time to be pull an outfit out of your rear-end. (Please excuse that visual.)
First off: go brush your teeth. That is one thing that you don’t want to forget to do before running out the door. People will forgive you for being a couple of minutes late. People will not forgive you if you sit next to them with stank breath for 50 minutes. And for even more good measure, pop some gum in before you head out the door.
Next: Wash your face or throw some water on there to wake yourself up, put some life back into your still asleep skin. Some cold water in the morning, you’ll be alert in no time.
Now the important part, getting dressed: When it comes to last minute outfits, I think it’s a good idea to have a couple of key go-tos because let’s face it, sleeping past your alarm and waking up in a terror is eventually going to happen and you’re going to need to be on your fashion A game to get put together in no time at all.
For me, I like to start with jeans. They’re simple and classic and easy to build an outfit around. Then, I like to throw on a plaid button down and some chunky boots and that’s pretty much my outfit right there. You can also add a graphic sweater on top if you’re in a cheerful/playful mood or a plain sweater if you’re going more classic. Or just put on a good ole’ white-tee because those will never fail you. Then as time permits, add more to your outfit. Jewelry, scarves, hats, the more time you do have, the more you can play. But don’t stress because you can’t decide what color scarf to layer on, you’re already in a rush as it is.
If you’re in a leggings type of mood, and if you’re rolling out of bed, you probably are, you can totally make these work for a day of class. One rule and I cannot stress this enough, please please please please please make sure your butt is covered. Throw on a long, slouchy sweater, it works perfectly in this instance. Also, make sure you aren’t wearing tights or super thin-leggings. Please spare everyone the favor of not having to see what’s goin’ on inside those “makeshift pants” you’re wearing. Through on some boots or flats if it isn’t too cold outside. And wah-laa. Or, if you have a sweater dress hanging in your closet, throw that on. Dresses are so simple because they’re one piece and you’re done. Add some shoes and bam.
Makeup wise: Here’s where the time can get ya. Obviously when you’re pressed for time already, you don’t have a bunch of spare minutes or even seconds to spend getting your face all done up. Here’s a good, fast routine: start with some tinted moisturizer and smother that all over your face. Kudos if it has SPF in it, because that’s a must and it’ll save you a step if it’s already mixed in. Then, add a couple dots of concealer if you need it anywhere and blend some underneath your eyes to get rid of any dark spots that make it look like you did indeed just wake up. Leave people guessing that, don’t make it look like you should have a sign plastered on you that says “10 minutes ago I was sleeping.” Add a bit of foundation if you have have time or even just some in darker or redder areas. Next, curl your eyelashes wish an eyelash curler to perk them up a bit and add some mascara. Boom, face is done. If I have time to spare, I like to add a little black eyeliner on the outer part of my bottom inner lash line or some highlighting powder on the cheeks to pick my face up a little. But pick the one product for your face that you can’t live without or the one part of your face that you want to inhance, and use that one product or make that one part stand out. This not only perks up your face but it’ll make you feel better when you’re highlighting your best asset or using that same product that is part of your daily routine no matter what. And with the stress of this kind of morning that you’re already feeling, you’re going to want to keep that confidence up.
For your hair: Braids, buns, and ponytails are the perfect on-the-go, getting ready supa fast hairstyles. They are all really easy to do and take no time at all. Pick one, do your hair, and bam, you’re ready to go.
So ta-da there it is, how to get ready in a flash be out the door in 20 minutes. And if you need your morning caffeine like I do, set the alarm on your coffee pot so it’s done by the time you get up. An extremely important time saver, especially for me and not to mention it smells so good that it makes me actually want to leave my bed.
Now you’re DTD!
P.S. Happy Birthday Lindsay! Love you!!!
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