Hi Mum's the Word Mamas,
It’s just me, giving you a few tips on how to get up and feel fabulous on the school run even though it may seem like an impossibility, it can be done, give or take a few days of the year!!
Whilst we would all love to roll out of bed, scrape back our hair and shove on some sunnies hoping to be overlooked, there is always an audience. Lets face it the last person to get dressed is mum….Amongst the to-do-list, like remembering to give the children breakfast and empty the dishwasher we need to get dressed and feel fabulous.
But how on earth can this be done? Here are some of my top tips:
Prep the night before:
That age old trick our mothers tried to educate us with - ‘Prep the Night Before’ suddenly creeps up on us….
Check the weather THE NIGHT BEFORE, most last minute outfit malfunctions are due to the fact the outfit that came into your head whilst having a shower does not work with the footwear required to match what's happening outdoors. Instant disaster.
Create a System:
To take the ‘Prep the Night Before’ idea to the next level, I have a mini-runner rail that I use to put a few items I'm not wearing much and items I’m loving to create a few outfits that will mix and match for the week ahead. This is my system and it is fool proof. New outfits instantly!
Hang as much of your wardrobe as you can, generally if its folded you can't see it and it gets lost in the mix. The same applies to accessories, hang them whenever possible. A few of my clients hang them on the inside of their wardrobe.
Changing handbags is often the one thing we almost never do because it takes up too much time. Invest in some smaller bags, one for make-up, another for pain killers, calpol sachets, plasters (mini vodka) and another for change and emergency credit card then take these in and out of your bigger bags.
Get up Early:
I know this sounds scary, deluded and unrealistic but if you manage to get up before the children you’ll be a step ahead of their fun and games, you wont feel forced out of bed when they wake up and you’ll be showered and ready for-em.
Invest in good make-up:
A touch of fake tan and a good basic make-up routine will get you though those awful mornings. I cannot recommend Charlotte Tilbury Chameleon Eye pencils enough. She has already matched the colours to an eye colour chart, just apply at the lashes and smudge, whats hard about that? And of course a under-eye highlighter. I love the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Circle Perfector. This is the best product I've ever used under my eyes, it banishes all those bags and dark circles.
If all else fails, flick your eyeliner or apply red lipstick. This is an instant distraction from the bags under your eyes and the maybe not perfectly selected outfit, but who cares, your lipstick is on fleck!
The biggest tip I can give you is to detox your wardrobe:
Identify and fill the gaps, then make outfits so you can look at your style file and know exactly what your wearing tomorrow or for the week ahead. My clients power shop twice and year and don't waste time or money traipsing around the shops or looking at a wardrobe full of clothes with nothing to wear.
Whats on trend ATM?
These items often sound scarier than they really are, injecting a touch of disposable fashion to your classic capsule wardrobe keep you looking fashionable and in-touch with whats going on in the world before you had children.
Pleated skirts: Midi and knee length, matt and metallic, wear with cami’s, cashmere or a T-shirt
Bomber jackets: To some these sound scary, but they don't need to be.
Khaki: Military Jackets and shirts in lightweight cottons are a perfect throw over in hot weather (when it appears!)
Midi Length Dresses: Florals, boho or pleated, perfect with a leather jacket!
Leather Jackets: With everything...
Ankle Boots: Always suede as they are softer for summer.
Pom Poms: On necklaces, shoes and finishes on bags add an instant fashion update to any outfit. You can be wearing a t-shirt and jeans combo, add a pompom and your suddenly on-trend. Check out Pom Pom Penny.
What to invest in?
Accessories and coats are always worth investing in as they can quickly manipulate a simple outfit with minimum effort. Plus when you mix high street with designer your whole outfit automatically looks more expensive and well put together, that is why I am loving the items being sold by The Second Wardrobe. As mums our budget isn't often what it used to be, so this way we can buy and sell designer items and keep our style stakes high.
Love this advice? Victoria (and other guests to be revealed soon) will be joining us on Friday 15th July for our second Mamas Meet Up; to discuss more school run hacks & is the perfect session for anyone that feels like they've lost their fashion mojo since having a small person and wants it back. More info to follow soon...