How to get ready quickly in the morning (and look amazing for the rest of the day)

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OK super mums, today’s post is especially for you.

Yep YOU! You there, who struggles to find 5 minutes in the morning for yourself,  as you battle sleep exhaustion and a hungry, cranky baby.

You there, who has to battle getting the kids ready before you can even attempt to put on your battle face. You there, who would love to look and feel like a million dollars for the day, but just cannot find a way to make it happen because the morning’s are just too damn busy!

It’s tough being a mum at times, especially on a morning.

There’s not enough time, not enough hands and not enough coffee (or tea in my case).

I know how it is and I feel your pain too sisters. Hell, by the time I’ve got my little one fed, dressed and dropped off at nursery or grandparents, I feel like I’ve done a day’s work before I even begin my day’s work! Phew!

With mornings being so stressful (or just make that plain hellish!), it’s no surprise then that our attire and look can leave a bit to be desired at times.

However, even though as a freelancer and blogger I work from home, I still do my damnedest to make sure I look half decent at least, most days.

Why? Well, because it makes me feel better, it makes me happier and I don’t have to worry if there’s a knock at the door, that I look like something the dog has thrown up.

Getting ready in the morning is a struggle, granted. But, after nearly two and half years of being a busy mum, I think, no I believe, I’ve finally got it down to a bit of an art form.

Here’s how to get ready, super quickly in the morning and look amazing for the rest of the day. (And I promise you it’s easier than you think.)

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 1) Feel human again and get showered

A quick shower will mean you are super clean in minutes. It will also wake you up. (And who doesn’t need that?!)

No time at all? Just jump in, quickly wash yourself with a creamy shower gel (that’s super moisturising) and jump out.

Little longer? As above but wash and condition your hair too.

 

2) Sort out the barnet

Washed your hair? Then quickly comb through, add a deluxe styling product and leave to dry naturally.  Later in the day if you’ve got five mins, you can always run your straightners through it or give it a curl. (My preferred option!)

No time to wash your hair? No problem. Either spray in some dry shampoo and give it a good brush, tie it up (if it’s long) or wear a hat if it’s short and looking awful.

 

getting wardrobe ready for winter

 

3) Pick a pre-crafted outfit 

You know when you’re always on the last minute, when you can never find a thing to wear? Well you can forget about ever having to worry about that again if you do this one thing:

 Organise your wardrobe by OUTFITS.

This little style rule has transformed my life (honestly) and has probably given me back at least an hour of my time each week, because no longer do I root through my closet in a panic, waste precious minutes and get that feeling of total and utter despair, when I’m up against the clock.

Organising your clothing into outfits will make your life less stressful. It will give you back time and help you feel on top of things. It’ll also make you look gorgeous and pulled together. So do it. And do it NOW.

 

4) Apply your day face 

Hands up if you’re one of those people who spends ages rummaging through a dirty, rammed make up bag in the morning? Ok hands down. It’s time to stop.

Most of us have a ‘day make up face’ and by that I mean we tend to wear the same make up day in, day out, (if any at all) so why not use this to your advantage? Grab yourself a box, make up bag or tray and fill it with the few selected items you need to create your perfect ‘day face’.

For me, it’s concealer, mascara, blusher, eyeliner, powder and lipstick. These are my basics but you’ll have your own.

Once you’ve got them all together, give your ‘day face make up’  a dedicated spot near a mirror and in the morning, ignore the sparkly eye shadows that might be calling you from elsewhere and just head straight there. Job. Done.

 

close up rainbow necklace

 

5) Add an accessory (or 2, or 3…)

And no mums, I’m not talking babies or toddlers here (as gorgeous or as cute as they are!)

I wear accessories EVERY day. I often plan my outfits around them and I’ll be honest, I rarely if ever leave the house without wearing a pair of earrings. Even if it’s a small pair of studs. (No one wants to see holes in your ears right?!)

Embrace scarves, emphasise you waist with a belt, dig out your patterned tights and show off your jewels! The simplest outfits can go from drab to fab in seconds with an addition of an accessory or two, so go wild and get creative.

 

6) Spritz some perfume

I don’t need to explain this do I? You cannot help but feel better if you smell great.

Even if you’ve covered in baby sick, even if your hair is unwashed, even if you’ve had about two hours sleep.

Perfume always makes me feel more glamorous and womanly and I mean come on, who doesn’t want to smell great? Plus, let’s not forget, it takes mere seconds.

 

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7) Throw on a great coat and great shoes…

And leave them by the front door so you can easily grab them on as you’re legging it out of the house.

A stunning coat will dress up or cover any crap outfit and great shoes, well you know what they say. You can tell a lot about people’s shoes so don’t disappoint.

These two items can make or break you so no scruffiness is allowed my friends. Knackered flats are not what we want here and coats that are past their best and don’t fit well will not do you any favours.

A stunning coat that fits you well and lovely shoes that are ideally comfortable and sassy (they do exist honest!) will take you places. Even if it is just to the school gates and back home again.

And if you wanna wear your PJs underneath, well then that’s up to you. You have my word I won’t tell a soul.

 

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With love,

Kate

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“How to get ready quickly in the morning (and look amazing for the rest of the day)”
  • Ah, dry shampoo. My best friend.

    You’re right, those mornings are seriously hard, and I look like crap a lot of the time. I love your ideas though. I’m definitely going to do the make up one. Somehow on the days I do get time to do my face, I don’t seem to be able to find everything. I’m sure my mascara hides from me.

  • Love this! Living here I never wear make up during the day (it would sweat off in 5mins tops!), of course this is nice but you’re right there’s something that makes you feel good when putting a bit of make up on and making an effort with you clothes!! Here my mummy uniform is cut offs and a vest top or a throw on dress…..takes seconds to get ready but mostly I feel pretty slummy!!!!

    • Thanks so much. To be honest living where you live, I suspect you don’t need any make up or pretty clothes to make you feel fantastic, the scenery and gorgeous weather is probably enough! Can i come and visit? ;-) X

  • I think the outfit idea sounds good. My wardrobe just needs a massive overhaul and working out what goes with what will probably help me clear out the stuff that clearly doesn’t go with anything! Also a dry shampoo fan…..!

  • Fab tips there darling, all about arranging outfits, I can’t relax if wardrobe isn’t sorted! I have my go to make up essentials too for the day that give me confidence and if I need waking up, it’s red lips here! Adore those shoes too, where are they from! Gorgeous post. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

  • I love this! I too like to put my ‘face on’ in the mornings for the school run, which probably sounds really vain but it makes me feel ready to face the world (and playground!). I like the advice about sorting your wardrobe by outfits, I’ve never thought of doing that so I think I’ll give it a go! x

    • Yay! Another ‘face on’ lady. Good for you darling. Def give the outfit thing a whirl, it’s such a simple thing to but I never thought about it. Would love to hear how you got on too x

    • Thanks Louise! And I do indeed, the necklace was from Topshop sale over the Summer. Sadly it broke yesterday (*Cries) but I’m hoping I’ll be able to fix it somehow! x

  • YES! Whether I’m sitting at my laptop writing for clients or taking the Little Man to the playgound I always feel better about my day if I feel good about the way I look – shallow perhaps but it gives me so much confidence! I don’t go anywhere without ‘my face’ either :) I really must make the time to organise my wardrobe though – it’s a mess! Fab post lovely x

    • Thanks Michelle. It’s not shallow I don’t think if it makes you feel confident and happier. Here’s to make up! :) X

  • Organising your wardrobe in to outfits is a brilliant idea! My little one hasn’t come along just yet but I think I will put this one in to place now ready for when she does! #brilliantblogposts

    Emma | frillsanddoodads.com

  • Organise your wardrobe by outfits??? This is probably the most life-changing piece of advice I have heard in ages. I LOVE it. I always try to get my clothes out the night before. I always do it for the kids but I don’t always manage to do it for myself. Or, I change my mind when I look at my planned outfit in the light of day! But, wow, I could save so so much time by organising my wardrobe this way. I’m due a wardrobe clear out and tidy up and I think this is what I’m going to do. Oh, I’m feeling so inspired! Thank you lovely – great tips xxx

  • Some great tips here – I really need to sort my wardrobe out and I think you’ve just inspired me to do it! Am also going to invest in some dry shampoo – thank God for working from home though – some days I’m lucky if I even get to brush my hair, let alone style it! Fab post #TheList

  • Great post, although I tend to go make-up-free most of the time, saving it for evenings out, partly because my skin doesn’t agree with it. Agree with the shower and perfume though. But sadly even at the great old age of 38 I’m still no good at accessorising…..one day I’ll learn!

  • I always manage to put foundation on because I don’t want to scare the children at school. I don’t have my ears pierced and only wear jeans and long sleeved tops so that saves me time!

  • My two are 13 & 2 and I also work from home so I don’t tend to bother too much with hair & make-up but will definitely need to perfect the 5 minute look ready for the school run

  • I have been really trying my best to get gorgeous each morning. The motivation is hard to come by sometimes as a stay at home mom. Love these tips. I think this weekend I am going to rearrange my closet! I’m excited! Thank you <3

  • Organising clothes by outfits is definitely a fantastic tip. So obvious yet I’ve never done it. Must try harder!! Although on the days I’m not working I tend to slob out and keep pyjamas on as long as possible! thanks for linking up to #sundaystars

  • Fab post, enjoyed this. Wish I had as much motivation as you! I have a 2 minute shower, don’t bother with make up really and sling on the closet thing I can grab in the airing cupboard. However I don’t leave the house until I have perfume on and a little touche eclat. Tanned smart boots and a nice coat are essential! #SundayStars :) x

  • You are my style hero!! Love this! It’s taken me nearly 2 years to get interested in myself again (with my twins I’ve had no time) however I’m with you on the shower, accessories and make-up. Makes me feel so much better. LOVE the tip about the outfits….running off to do that now xxx Jess xx Thanks for linking to #sundaystars

  • My day/work face is a compact foundation and powder, eyeliner and eyebrow pencil. I can’t accessorize at work because I work in a Reception class at school and my work clothes consists of trousers and jumpers. I never feel as though I am well dressed at work, there is no point so I try to make up for it at weekends and during half terms. I then get comments like, oh you look well! (just because I have worn a decent outfit with earrings and a necklace! I feel so much more confident when I look decent! Oh I use talc on my short cropped greasy hair, as its highlighted blonde I can get away with it and it smells nice too! :)

  • I love this. I work from home too and my most unproductive days are the ones where my husband takes the kids to school and I don’t need to get dressed til 3pm. Its just not the same! I LOVE the tip about organising clothes by outfit- I am going to spend time this weekend doing that. Thank you! x

  • Yesterday I went to put on some dry shampoo and the bottle was empty. It was like a scene from a horror movie. ;) I love your idea about organising one’s wardobe by outfit. That makes a lot of sense! #allaboutyou

  • This post was written for the likes of me! I take forever to get ready in the morning, yet always looked slightly frayed around the edges!
    I must agree on the paired down make up bag, I used to have a huge bag full of things I hardly used. Now I have a simple one that I use everyday and save my ‘going out’ make up in a shoebox. It really does save time, and mess!
    I’ve been guilty of letting my wardrobe slide into disrepair since my youngest was born. I know I own too many pairs of leggings, it’s just not right! I’m thinking some kind of new year style challenge may be in order.
    Xx

  • Ha, I love your kick-ass tone! I have bursts of getting ready like this, then other days go in in my gym kit. But I am genuinely going for a run…honest! LIke the organising your wardrobe idea, and love the photo of you and your little angel doing each other’s lippie!x

  • You are a super mum!! What a lovely post, I think I try and do much of this…most of the time but never put outfits together!! Doesn’t it not take longer to put them together in the first place? Haha! I’m such a rookie when it comes to dressing myself. My clothes are ofter easy to find as they’re in a pile on the sofa after I took them off last night!! (I wish I was joking…!)

    Thanks for linking up to #TheList xxx

  • I do love those days I have a shower AND wash my hair! organising by outfits is a nice idea – at the moment I just have a huge pile of clothes I pick the nearest, comfiest thing out of! I’ve also been guilty of wearing scruffy flats for most of my maternity leave but I have just bought some fab boots – I blogged about some new buys here if you’re interested…
    http://yummyblogger.com/2014/11/20/baby-w-and-mummys-autumnwinter-haul/
    Glad I stumbled upon your post via #TheList xx

  • Love this!

    I get the train to work three days a week, so normally do my make up on the train. I get some odd looks, but I don’t care. It’s one less thing to do at home!

    Love dry shampoo too!!

    Jemma xx

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