As part of our new Sunday Series, every week, we bring you a new expert advice column to make the most of your life in Abu Dhabi. This week, Antoinette Chorlton, fashion consultant and founder of Glamour on the Go Stylist, tells us how a few simple changes can help you always look your best.
Happy New Year! With every New Year comes new resolutions, good habits and routines. You might think that looking gorgeous and glamorous takes a lot of effort, especially when you have little to no time, work long hours or are a busy mummy.
You might think it’s not important or maybe it’s the last thing on your mind… but, what if I tell you that it is important and that it won’t take much of your time at all? What if I tell you by following three very simple steps, easily incorporated into your daily routine, you will be ready and glamorous in no more than 30 minutes. Interested? Here we go…
- Organisation and planning are key. Find your daily “uniform” that makes you feel fabulous and that you know looks good, that will fit into your lifestyle, routine and most importantly, suit your style and personality. A pair of jeans and a statement top, a skirt and a comfy T-shirt, a dress or a pair of trousers and on-trend trainers or flat shoes. Whatever it is, find your style and you automatically find your uniform, making it so much easier getting dressed in the mornings. Plan your outfit the night before and have it laid out where it’s easily accessible and you don’t have to go looking for things in the morning – shoes, accessories and jewellery included. This step cuts out at least 10 minutes you will be wasting finding something to wear.
- Get your monthly grooming done. This includes nails, eyebrows and hair. That way you do not have to worry about chipped polish or ungroomed hair and if your eyebrows are well maintained you don’t need a lot of makeup either. If you don’t like wearing nail polish, ensure your nails are kept clean and tidy. Dirty fingernails are never a good look. Find a make-up routine using no more than five products with multiple uses to cut down more time, like a moisturiser and foundation in one, a lip and cheek stain and an eyebrow filler and mascara in one.
- The little details are the most important details. Make sure your clothes are ironed, all the buttons and zips are intact, and your shoes are well heeled – meaning the soles and heel rubbers are not worn down and your shoes are not scuffed. Also ensure your handbag is clean and all the hardware intact, your clothes don’t have a frayed hemline – unless it’s meant to be frayed like a pair of jeans – and your clothes fit you perfectly – no overlong pants legs or jacket sleeves or too tight jackets and blouse buttons that gape when fastened.
By simplifying your morning routine and getting into good habits, you will look glamorous and put together within 30 minutes every day. It will become effortless and you will become stylish and elegant without much hassle and thought to it.