This is an exciting time of year as the weather and season changes. We find ourselves looking forward to returning to our post summer-holiday schedules, continuing our studies, sending the kids back to school, and the return of pumpkin spice everything. But while this is an exciting time of regeneration for a new season, it can also be stressful gearing up for the routines that come with the fall.
Here are some ideas to help keep you organized and on track, with tips to keep you looking and feeling your best inside and out.
Feed Your Body Right
One huge challenge for many of us is eating properly during the first few weeks in September. One way to help your body stay healthy and minimize the stress you will no doubt be feeling is to plan a healthy breakfast to get your motor running each morning. One great go-to breakfasts, that is both satisfying and simple, is delicious Overnight Oats.
Fill a jar (try Weck Jars from Crate and Barrel) with 1/2 cup of large flake oats put into the jar, nut milk poured over top of the oats just to cover, topped with 2 tablespoons of organic unsweetened coconut, 1 tablespoon of pepitas (pumpkin seed), ¼ cup of berries (blueberries work well) and a quarter cup of vanilla coconut milk yogurt. Seal the jar up, put it in the fridge, and in the morning the oats are hydrated making a creamy smooth oatmeal parfait.
To add a bit of variety try adding peanut butter and a sliced banana, or add some spices like cinnamon for a different flavor. A few other reasons to love oats? They are high in fiber, high in protein (12g of protein per cup ) they nurture healthy gut flora, help to regulate blood sugar levels, are low in fat and studies suggest that eating oats can reduce the risk of some types of cancer.
Ten Minute Makeup Routine
One of the most common issues that my makeup clients have is that they have very limited time to achieve a polished look each day. Keep things as simple as possible, using great products so that you have a successful application each time.
Set up a dedicated space for yourself and lay out your tools the night before if possible. For a simple yet effective makeup routine, the key items that you will need are a pressed powder foundation, a bronzer/blush combo, a great brow product, mascara, one neutral eye shadow and a tinted lip balm.
First, apply your powder foundation to clean moisturized skin using a brush or the sponge provided; a great choice would be Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation as it has a mirror and a separate storage spot for the sponge. This format is great to take along to work in your bag for those last minute touch ups. Next, sweep your bronzer on from your temple, down under the apples of your cheeks and along your jaw line; Tarte’s Coloured Clay Bronzer Blush is an all in one product that will give you both bronzer and blush in one easy to use compact.
Now you are ready to fill in your brows; you can use a pencil or pomade, or even a powder if you choose. The format is up to you and I recommend Elate Cosmetics new Brow Balm. Apply with an angled brush and then comb out for a more natural look. Your brows frame out your eyes for your next two steps; eye shadow and mascara.
Choose a neutral shadow like one of the peaches and pinks we will see this fall like The Balm’s Shimmering Champagne Shadow and apply it to your eye lid. Now you are ready to apply your mascara; Vegalash Volumizing Mascara will help you achieve that defined lash look that is right on trend this fall. Finish up with a simple and sweet tinted lip shade like Crazy Rumors Hibiskiss in Coral, a medium neutral pink that works for everyone. As it is a tinted lip balm it does not require a lip liner or ultra precise application. Toss your balm and powder compact in your bag and you are ready to go.
Closet Clean Out
The capsule wardrobe is a great way to add structure. It focuses on the idea of having key interchangeable pieces and staples, with a focus on quality over quantity. You could look to start with items like a great pair of jeans that fit well, a pair of casual and dressy boots that will work with skirts and pants, a pair of classic black heels and a few tops that can be mixed and matched with your work bottoms.The best way to start on the path to this more minimalist wardrobe is to go through your closet and start thinning it out before the weather changes. To do this go through and make three piles of clothing and shoes “categories” – Keep, Donate/Consign and Toss. With the exception of an evening gown or a special occasion outfit or shoe, most of our clothes are duplicates or are beginning to get worn out. Things that no longer fit, are dated or no longer work for your lifestyle, should also be moved along to their next life.
Be sure to sort through your handbags and accessories as well; styles change and your taste can change too, so why not consign a few pieces to get that one new piece you have had your eye on. Ultimately it is really up to you what you consider to must keeps, but the mantra ‘quality over quantity’ is the perfect guideline for everyone.
With all eyes on fall, I hope at least one of these tips will help you stay sane as we gear up for one of the busiest seasons of the year. But do make sure you take some time to enjoy this season of change and abundance.
Peace, Love, and Lipstick!
Next week: Lay a Great Foundation: Best Face Primers