Thought this question would be a good one to lead into a blog about:
To start with – Yes, I do spend some time to get ready because it makes me feel wonderful. It’s amazing what a little makeup, styled hair and a nice outfit can do for your self confidence. Working with Indian moms where most of them believe that’ if you take a little time out for yourself, then you are not a good mom, a wife or even sometimes a good employee. But, I believe you can be all these and be happy about yourself, when you feel your absolute best. I am aware that just looks are not going to help… but how you look on the outside does effect on how you feel inside.
I love to look my best all the time, when I am at work or running all around Bangalore doing the errands or even while working from home.
YES – there are times when I leave the house just like that , maybe a jog or run to the gate to hand over the forgotten lunch boxes ( for my two school going daughters ). But most of the time, I do take efforts to dress up as It makes me feel good about myself.
Here are few tips that I follow while putting together a look and also a doable routine.
Having a working wardrobe-
We have stuff in our wardrobe that we are always emotionally attached to, a sari from your mom /mom in law, or the scarf that your brother gave you or maybe the dress you wore when you met your husband for the first time…
Clearing your wardrobe on a regular basis will make sure that you know what you have in your wardrobe and also get rid of the outfits that you are never going to wear. Or maybe you can rescue some by minimal alterations, restyle them to your current preferences.
While organizing my wardrobe, I like to group similar items and colors together. I group them by -Knit wear tops, Bottoms (shorts at the bottom as I don’t wear them much, capris, denims, and then on top, the trousers ), Skirts , cotton and chiffon or silk tops (silk and chiffons – better to hang them), dresses … , shrugs placed right with the tops. This way, if I am wearing a skirt or a trouser I can easily find what all can be paired with them. I don’t stick to rules nor is my style predictable. So, arranging the wardrobe this way gives me loads of options.
I hate drawers as they don’t let me see all the items in one glance, I only put things like gym wear, socks undergarments, saree skirts in drawers.
My daily “looks “routine –
I usually wash my hair in the evening as I want to avoid blowing it dry. Before sleeping I tie my hair into a pony tail as this gives a nice bounce to the hair. Morning depending upon the weather I may use a straightner or a curler or just scrunch it up (if the weather is too humid, like now it is in Bangalore). Some styling oil always comes handy on bad hair days.
My makeup routine remains the same for work (colors may change) so I don’t spent time experimenting on a regular working day. Take some time once to try out different looks and then decide on one look which you can do most of the time. And once you start doing this regularly, you spend littler time for this.
Do not do all this with a feeling of “you have to do it”, do it because you like putting in an effort that helps you look and feel good . Believe me taking half an hour a day for yourself is never a waste… especially with your loved ones, who care about your needs a “Happy and content U”.
Hope that these simple methods were helpful to all you lovely ladies. I would like to read your comments too.
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