78318884Finally, you have awakened. After showering, you walk over to your closet and just stand there. You have no clue what your next step is going to be. Meanwhile, the time just looks at you and walks away. You yawn, so uninspired. Puzzled even. You say to yourself a hymn of a thousand excuses. Surprisingly, you think of yourself as the more stylish girl in your crew. People look to you at the office. Gee, the expectation is so high. “CHALLENGE!” In my greatest Cosby Show hype-girl voice, I challenge you to not only be stylish after you have dressed, but I challenge you to be stylish while you get dressed. The very meaning of our fave, most times over-used word, “fabulous” is “having no basis in reality.” Ladies, I’m telling you that in real life we can extend our concept of style today. Getting dressed can become the best part of our glam days if we integrate a few quick tips into our morning routines. The process of getting dressed in the morning should be both an efficient and pleasurable experience. Instead, so many of us lack a steady routine to dressing in the morning. I say, if you have to get up at 6 a.m., why not make it a fabulousness based in reality?

THE PRE-SET: Clothing + Accessories + Makeup
Perhaps it’s the rebel in you that has insisted on ignoring this advice. Why don’t you go ahead and select your clothes before bed? To remind yourself, place a super cute sticky on your wall next to your closet and title it, “Today’s Look.” You’ll remember and maybe even impress your boo.

Take the extra step and place the accessories you have in mind on the hanger. Ladies, this is not over-thinking your look. The pre-set is all about preparation, plus it saves you loads of time in the morning. There should be a designated area on your dresser or vanity for makeup. This area should have all of your brushes and products pre-set in the morning.

THE CLOCK: Why 2 Clocks Are Necessary
We should all strive to be fashionably on time. We can’t afford to be late for jobs in a recession. This is precisely why you need two clocks. The clock on your dresser should be set 10 minutes fast, use the clock on your phone for the exact time.

THE MOOD: Space + Scent + Music
Don’t set the mood just because he’s coming over. Be true to you and get into the dawn by creating an energy for dressing. Turn on your favorite radio station or playlist. In fact, create a playlist just for dressing. Play the songs that make you feel fierce and confident. Next, light that fragrant candle you’ve been saving. Place it on your dresser or vanity and allow the scent to further awaken you. Keep your dressing area organized and uncluttered. You can’t dress fabulously with things splattered everywhere.

THE EATS: How to Eat & Get Dressed
The stylish set should not avoid breakfast. It’s worth getting up a few minutes earlier to enjoy a morning snack as you dress. While you’re in the shower, broil your water for coffee. Once the kettle starts singing, jump out and pour! It’s critical to take in a fuss-free breakfast while you dress. Later for crumbs and messy jelly. In your sultry robe, pull out a bowl of green grapes before you apply your makeup. As you comb out your hair right before you apply your lipstick, pause a for sip of your coffee and have another grape.

THE GRAB & GO: 5 Items to Grab in a Dash and GO!
A million thoughts dance inside our heads in the morning. We’re the most forgetful at this time. Spare yourself by placing these five essentials next to the door:

Keys
Bag
Phone
iPod
Energy bar

Quickly double-check yourself in the mirror, wink and GO!

  • lish

    Lol I line my shoes clothes and jewerly all in the same area before bed and I do the alarm clock method as well!!! Makes things easier in the am trust!

  • Mona

    Awesome article! Short and sweet and the tips are great. Will make them part of my routine as soon as I get a job. Wish me luck in the interview this Wednesday :-)

  • lish

    Good luck Mona!

  • http://www.alishatillery.vox.com Alisha

    Great article! I have the hardest time getting ready in the morning. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve laid my clothes out the night before (unless there’s a big meeting). I recently made a pact to myself that I would step my workwear and morning regimen up. This article is reinforcement.

  • http://ladymagick.blogspot.com terri

    Love the article!!!!!!!

  • http://prettyisanunderstatemet.blogspot.com The Joy Krystal

    i thought i was the only one who sets their dresser clock ahead…. even with getting th child ready i’m still late! *sigh*

  • Vv

    I think I’ll try your 5 fabs ideas… Today I was late for a team meeting and I felt sooo bad! :(

    Getting ready in the morning is always stressful for me even if I get everything sorted the night before! I never tought that the way I prepare is the problem… I hope this will work!

  • Kenya

    OMG! Totally love the article! Some tips were in effect…but I could definetely take notes on some others. I felt like you were sitting next to me, your words really came to life.

  • http://twitter.com/thestylescholar Geneva S. Thomas

    Luck is for the unprepared. So I’m encouraging you to go get that job Mona girl! Glad you guys liked the piece. gt. xo.

  • Shi

    Love the article and the tips…a good reminder of what I sooo need to be doing. I’ve only go the alarm clock thing down, but I need to definitely get to organizing. I’m getting to work!

  • Miro

    Great job G! You never cease to amaze me. I must say, men do love women who are prepared, especially one that knows her worth and embraces it. These are definitely rules that can be applied not only to women but men as well. I’ve taken note, but instead, I grab my keys, wallet, ipod, cell, take a look in the mirror, nod, rub my head and pop the collar to the trench, spray some “smell good” and off we GO!!! Hello, New York!!!!!

  • Raven L.

    Lil G, Great Article!!!! Not only do I set my clock thirty minutes ahead of time, but I love listening to music in the morning; particularly my collection contemporary artists on vinyl. There is something about that crackling sound that adds pure joy as I get dressed. Thank you for the advice!!! You are too funny for the throwback, “CHALLENGE” remark. You know I can appreciate that one!!!

    Raven L.

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  • Toya

    Great article G! I took notes and as soon as I get some free time I am definitely going to incorporate the “Today’s Look” display next to my closet…….. but you have to come over and do my wall like yours, lol. So proud of you girl and keep the articles coming!

  • Alexa

    Haha, this is exactly what I do every morning…..i get up shower and stand in front of my closet and then I get mad because I can’t come up with a slammin’ outfit in so little time before class.

    Trust I will be taking notes from this article!

  • Soul Cry

    I do most of them (even have the clock in my car set 5 min fast), except lay out my clothes before I go to bed. I do think about it, but just can’t seem to make that final decision until the a.m.

  • Mona

    Thanks Lish and Geneva! The interview was great. I prepared for two days and organized my look since last night. Woke up early this morning for the final arrangements (notes, CV and documents portfolio, last check at their website) and was there on time and ready to shine! I saw no black people at the company so I was proud to represent, especially in the Private Banking arena. Will keep you guys posted on the outcome. Cheers!

  • Nu Nu

    Great job. Good tips. Lovely writer. Proud of you g!!!

  • http://www.shopalu.com/categories/Camisoles/ Camisoles

    Good tips. Thanks for this nice advice.

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  • grace

    Loving your articles. Not that this is new but love your take on things. I will definitely implement. I am looking forward to more of your articles.

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