A few years back, I had to give up my full primping routine. It was simply too lengthy for a graduate student to summons the energy for, and I had started to realize it felt pretty unnecessary as well. Since then, I can get ready to leave the house and face humanity in under fifteen minutes if need be–without looking like a hobo.
Here’s how I look put together even with a 10 week old:
1. Infrequent showering: I’m with Jessi on this one. Two to three times a week does it for me since that’s as often as I care to detangle my hair. Also, showering at night and putting hair up in a high bun–great time saver.
2. Dry shampoo: After important things like my kid and Jesus, it’s the light of my life. I try to keep at least 2 bottles.
3. 3-minute makeup: Foundation, blush, eyeliner, mascara, bronzer if I’m feeling ambitious. Find products you can depend on and keep them easily accessible.
4. Ponytails and braids. And braids and ponytails.
5. Easy accessories: A good-looking watch, simple stud earrings, or a stack of bracelets add interest to an outfit without me having to put much thought into it.
Where I do put forth some effort is in my wardrobe. Clothes/styling/fashion is a happy thing for me, so I don’t mind taking the time on it when I can spare a few extra minutes. Even if I have to throw something on quickly, it’s jeans and a cute shirt or a dress because I just don’t like going to the grocery in something that I could practice yoga in. It’s just my thing, I guess. But if you wear sweats to the supermarket: no judgement here. This is one area where I think we can safely say to each their own.