Monday, February 12, 2018

10 Ways to Look More Put Together, With Little Effort


I suck at time management. I suck at mornings even more. The combination is sort of gnarly.

As a result I've come up with several hacks to get myself out the door faster, while still looking put together. 

Why not just skip even the minimal effort as far as getting ready? Because, like it or not, how we look affects how we feel. I like to set the tone for my day by looking like I care.

And, looking like I mean business.

In turn, I DO tend to care more and business tends to gets done-r :) It's a crazy correlation. Try it!



Did you know women who wear makeup are more likely to get hired or receive a promotion? I'm not saying it's right!

 This typically means more effort on a woman's part when it comes to getting ready, in order to be taken just as serious as a man in the work place. Insert major eye roll.  

I'm so down for you going against the grain and NOT wearing a drop of makeup and climbing the corporate ladder like a total all-natural boss babe. I'm also so down for you doing a photo-finish makeup look every morning! To each their own.

For somewhere in the middle, check out these tips for how to look put together with little effort:

1. Opt for a smooth bun over a messy, floppy bun. Yes, the loose strands are cute, but if you want to look more polished, go for a sleek bun that is more structured. It automatically relays that you are more structured.

2. Brows and lashes! I often do not have enough time for foundation or full coverage (usually my moisturizer is still setting as I'm running out the door with a water bottle, green juice, computer bag, lunch tote, and 5 million other things). 

Opt to fill in your brows and swipe on some mascara to accentuate your most defining features. These two aspects help shape your face (hello angles!) and go a long way in making your look more put together than a face full of foundation. 

I know for some the idea of zero coverage is a little unnerving. I used to feel the same way until I upped my skincare game. It's been a life saver. But it took me forever to get educated and get the right routine going. 

Let me know if you have any skin care questions, I'm happy to try and point you in the right direction! It's truly made a difference in my confidence level and saving time in the mornings. 

3. Glasses, fake or real. The stereotype that smart people wear glasses still holds true. And they're just super cute!



4. Heels. They mean business and dress up any outfit! The mere clickety-clack of them is empowering! 

5. Earrings, particularly studs. They immediately polish your overall look in an understated way and require 2 seconds of effort to slip in.  Better yet, throw on a watch. Watches are a timeless (no pun intended) accessory that really level up the class on any look. 

6. A moisturized face. Nothing says struggle bus more than dry, dull skin. Even a spritz of rose water applied to your face can help liven up your skin and perfect your look. 

7. Highlighter. Hello glowy goddess. A quick swipe on either cheekbone and wall-a, you're bright and beaming! I sometimes rock just highlighter, darkened brows, and mascara and I love the look.

8. Fitted clothing. I LOVE an oversized sweater, but if you want to look more put together, tailored clothing is best. If you must do baggy, try to have balance. If you wear an oversized top, don more fitted bottoms and vice versa.

If you want some cute, inexpensive clothing options, Tobi is a fave of mine.

OR try Amazon (I wrote up a blog post detailing this hidden treasure trove of cute deals)


9. Lip color. Even on an otherwise naked face, a pop of color on your lip goes a long way! One of my favorite bloggers, Officially Quigley, rocks a matte red lip with little to no makeup on. It looks so chic on her! See here. I actually just ordered her exact shade to try myself with ZERO makeup on. 

10. Lint roll that shit!! Puppies, kitties, dust bunnies! Whatever you have, they get all over your clothes. I lint roll on the daily (especially when wearing black).

If all else fails, just grab an almond latte. A girl with coffee always looks put together ;)

Are any of these your go-to remedies for a more put together look in the morning? I'd love to know if you have any other tips!

P.S WRINKLES! 

Can't stop, won't stop. 

Iron out the creases in your clothing. OK, sorry, byeeee!


Post Details:

Sweater dress linked here.

Photo edits by Miles of Color.


32 comments:

  1. Homegirl yes - The clickety clack of heels is straight up empowering. Always feel way more put together and take on world when in heels for sure! Hehe love that lint roller comment hahahahaha truth girl! (Also those glasses are wicked awesome. Just sayin.)

    -Allison G @hiallisonevelyn

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  2. you’re the best!! thanks so much for reading woman!! :)

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  3. I seriously never would have thought of some of these!!! It’s so helpful to have these go-tos when you’re in late/panick mode �� LOVE THIS ❤️

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  4. thanks Madi!! they really help me in a pinch :)

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  5. I have no idea why my comment isn’t coming through, so hopefully third time is a charm. I seriously love these ideas!!! I wake up so early in the morning and it is hard to get myself out of bed. I will definitely be trying some of these tips! Especially the bun!

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    1. thanks for your persistence girl!! thanks for the read :)

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  6. Totally agree on heels & lipstick!!! I am so lazy and don’t wear makeup 6 Days out of the week but this inspired me to bust out the lipstick! Cute outfit too

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  7. Love it!!! Did the slick bun today and totally looked more put together!!!

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  8. Love those glasses! You should rock em at work :)

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    1. bah I’m nervous too!! but thank you!!!

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  9. I don’t leave the house without highlighter !!! I’ve learned to embrace my glasses and bun as a regular weekly to do . Love your passion girl ❤️

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    1. yes glasses and a bun are SO cute! thank you so much!!

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  10. I second or third the compliment on those glasses! You rock those. I may have to buy some glasses to help cut the glare from the computer screens. My eyes are so sensitive to blue light and I went and got myself a tech-ish desk job. Also I am slow in coming to your blog but great work lady! Congrats!

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  11. I love these. I usually opt for oversized or loose fitted tops and a opaque legging or pants. I LOVE ME SOME BOOTIES too and I like that simply throwing some on and hearing them clack clack clack is what you said.. empowering ⭐️⭐️

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    1. love the booties and loose fitted top with pants!!

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  12. Loved these tips! I’ve been working on looking more put together, even on my busiest days. Love the glasses tip, I just got some that are strictly for computer use to block out blue light ��

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    1. love the blue light glasses! I need a pair! thanks Stacy!

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  13. I agree with this 100%! I work in an office setting and these things matter!

    www.theblondedaydreams.com

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    1. awesome to hear this applies in the office!! :) Thanks for the read!

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  14. Girl thank you for this! I love your blog.

    SofiaGora.com

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  16. This was an awesome post with A TON of amazing tips!! Find me at https://www.amygriff.com/ <3

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  17. You look stunning! I totally agree with #8. Thanks for sharing all these amazing rules. Now it's time to apply them lol

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    1. Thank you so much! hope these work well for you lady!

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  18. Love these ideas! If you all you have time for is a little moisturizer and mascara I love thinking about keeping that skin glowing and highlighting your eyes. Keeping this post in mind for those quick mornings out the door.

    xoxo Naomi
    www.myfairolinda.com

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    1. Thank you Naomi!! Love your home ambiance blog post! candles are everything!

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  19. Yess! Love this post! I’d have to say, brows and mascara really do do the trick! Sometimes that’s all I have time for, and that alone, brightens up my face and makes me look alive and more put together! Thanks for all of the other tips and tricks, love your style! ♡

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