As you’re reading this, I’m more than likely sitting at my desk trying to look alive. I just got back from vacation, and I’m pretty confident that tomorrow I will feel refreshed and alive and ready to take on the world. But for now, I’m just trying to look awake and alert, and not like I’m nursing a sunburn and dehydration that I acquired this weekend while on a bachelorette weekend. (Soooo worth it, but I am a total zombie today!)
Pretty much the biggest trick I have up my sleeve in looking like I have my act together, is knowing how to look polished. Regardless of what I’m wearing – ball shorts or a ball gown – I aspire to appear polished. Here are my tips for getting by on those days that you oversleep or have an 8:15.
You know how certain things just look nice? Pearl studs are one of those things, in my opinion. I wore my hair up a lot my freshman year of college, and so I really embraced the femininity of pearl earrings, because I felt masculine with my hair up. After my college graduation, I stopped wearing pearls because I felt like they were so college. I started wearing them again recently, and I even keep a pair in my purse at all times just in case I forget my earrings. Even if I’m out running errands in my sweats, you can bet that I will be wearing my pearl studs! I like to purchase a cheap pack of assorted sizes so that I have my dressier pearls, my fun pearls, my subtle pearls, etc. (And because I lose everything…)
I like blazers because they immediately make you look a little more professional and help you to survive life in an overly air conditioned office. On my intern’s last day on the job, I asked her to wear a blazer to work so that I could send her on her way with a professional head shot. She was wonderful as it was, but I was taken aback at just how more capable and confident she appeared just by adding a blazer. That lesson stuck with me and pretty much converted me from never wanting to wear a suit to wearing a blazer almost every day, even in July.
Posture is important all of the time, but I especially focus on my posture on days where my appearance is leaning on the sloppy side. In meetings, I always strive to sit up straight as opposed to leaning or slouching into my chair. I try to keep my shoulders back and my chin up. Yoga is awesome for helping with posture if that’s something you feel like you need to work on.
Some days, I really don’t have the time/patience/energy to slap on an entire face of makeup. So I use an abbreviated number of products depending on how much time I have and what kind of skin issues I’m dealing with that day. (Like my current sunburn…) I’ve really fallen in love with Josie Maran’s Argan Color Sticks because they’re good for lips and cheeks and take about zero makeup skills to use. And after this little experiment, I never leave home without mascara!
5. Slicked back hair
When I was probably a junior in high school, I read an article in one of the major fashion magazines that said “Slicked back is a hairstyle.” and my mind was blown. (I wore my hair slicked back in a bun every day during middle school because of ballet lessons, and so many people made fun of me for it.) Dry shampoo is your friend, but some days I am beyond dry shampoo, and I just part my hair on the side and slick it into a nice, harsh little bun.
Here are some of my favorites to help me look “polished in a pinch!”
Do y’all have any tips for adding some polish to your look? I would love to hear them!