Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Getting ready to go
One of the things I like with having a vintage style is that it looks so neat and put together. So naturally, every time I leave home I’m perfectly attired with a well thought out outfit, immaculate hair, painted nails and the lipstick in place.
Of course not. I’d like to, but in reality I don’t always have the time. I guess that is true for most of us. We work, go to school, have kids and a thousand other demands. Finding time and space to focus on you may not be so easy. I work irregular hours and sometimes I have to get up at 4.30 in the mornings and I’m not a morning person. But despite feeling tired and very unimaginative at that time of day, I still like to look nice. Over time I have evolved a few strategies to make it easier to leave home in something else than the first thing that you pull out of the wardrobe. Or from a chair…
I take 15 minutes out of my evening to prepare for the next day. I actually set a timer otherwise I tend to feel that it would take too long, but 15 minutes really isn’t.. Then I put out all the clothes I’m going to wear the next day, down to stockings and bag. Jewelry too, if you use that- I never remember. Wash your face, brush your teeth and check out the bag, so you have everything you need in it. If my hair is curled I pin it up at that point too. All that doesn’t take me 15 minutes, but I use the extra time to do some tidying. I’m not a naturally tidy person, but you can put away quite a lot in just a few minutes.
I iron my clothes. Vintage style usually demands ironed clothes- not much spandex there. It’s much easier to see what you actually have if the clothes are ironed, than if they are in a pile at the ironing board. It’s also easier to get the wrinkles out if you iron clothes when they have been washed and not allowing them to pile up and get the wrinkles set.
I like to experiment with my make up, but not a 4.30 in the morning. So I “put out” my make up as well. I have a lot of makeup and it does take time to rummage through it to find the right lipstick or eye shadow. And even if everything was in order, well, after a quick search, that order is so often gone. Instead I put what I need, including contact lenses and perfume, in a little pink make up bag. It also means that I can take it with me if I need to.
Make use of your TV-time. I don’t watch TV, actually, but at some point in the evening I often relax and watch a movie. That’s when I do my pin curls, for example. I know that not everyone can make them without a mirror, but you can also paint your nails. Or mend clothes. Or brush your shoes.
I take a quick look in a full length mirror before I put on my coat.
If I’m good and do this, then my mornings are a breeze. I shower the evening before, get up at 4.30 and leave home 5.10 and that includes breakfast.
If I’m not good, well, let me regale you with what happened the last time I didn’t do my routines. I had sort of put out my clothes, but the skirt I had planned to wear was hanging in the wardrobe. I knew it was there, all ready to be worn, so I didn’t bother. I didn’t bother doing my 15 minutes either, even if I did most of the things I usually do. Guess what happened? Well, firstly I felt out of sorts all mornings and despite waking up a few minutes before the alarm bell, I still somehow got late. I ran out of time when I did my hair and makeup and ended up foregoing rouge and just scraping my hair up in a pony tail before, without looking at the mirror, rushed out to catch my train.
You may have already guessed what more I forgot. Yes, you are right I DID forget to put on my skirt and went to work in my petticoat. A very nice knee length petticoat in black- perfectly decent. But still. My darling brought me a skirt when he went to work and before that I stayed very put behind my desk, but if I had done my routines I would a. have hung my skirt with the rest of my clothes and b. checked out the mirror. My workmates had a good laugh though.
Do you have any good tips and tricks?
(Picture sources: http://irrational-propensity.blogspot.com/2012/01/slacker-sunday.html