The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Plan

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Plan

Situation: Party Panic

It’s 11AM on a Thursday in mid December and your husband calls to remind you that his company holiday party (that he never told you about) is tonight at 6PM.

Do not panic. With this easy to execute holiday party preparedness plan you’ll emerge from your office bathroom looking festive #AF in fifteen minutes flat.

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | White Strips

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | White Strips

Step 1: Apply White Strips

If it’s a party, there will be pictures. Capsice?

Smile wide, apply these and proceed with steps 2 – 10.

Try: Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Bronzing Lotion

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Bronzing Lotion

Step 2: Bronze, Aggressively

Unless your BFF is a Bronze Berry rep, your skin is probably pasty.

Massage a generous (and I mean generous) serving of bronzing lotion into your legs and immediately wash your hands.

Don’t forget to wash your hands.

Trust me.

Try: Jergens Natural Glow Firming Moisturizer

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Sequins Skirt

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Sequins Skirt

Step 3: Step Into Sequins

Pair this timeless holiday staple with nearly any top, from a slouchy tee to a classic white button down for an instantly chic ensemble.

Plus, sequins don’t wrinkle, so even if it’s been sitting in your desk drawer all month, your good.

Try: Aqua Sequin Pencil Skirt

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Peep Toes and Polish

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Peep Toes and Polish

Step 4: The Peek-a-Boo Pedi 

In a true party emergency, opt for a metallic peep toe and use your polish to fake a pedicure on the exposed toes only.

Hey – it will do.

Try: Imagine Vince Camuto Pavi Slingback Platform Peep Toe Pumps + OPI Big Apple Red Nail Laquer

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Impact Accessory

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Impact Accessory

Step 5: Add Impact Accessory

Chandelier earrings, statement necklace or an arm full of bling bangles: Pick one and be done.

If you chose bangles, take them off until you complete steps #6 - #7.

Try: Stella & Dot Gala Statement Necklace

 

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Liquid Eyeliner

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Liquid Eyeliner

Step 6: Breathe Deeply. Apply Liner.

Take this next step very slowly.

Using a light hand, draw a line of dots from mid lid to end. Connect the dots. Now draw a small line upwards from top of upper lash lash line. Draw another line from lower lash line and meet top line at tip to create a triangle. Fill in the triangle with eyeliner.

MEOW.

Try: Tom Ford Eye Defining Liquid Liner Pen

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Fake Lashes

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Fake Lashes

Step 7: Strengthen Lash Game

Fake lashes are hands down amazing for elevating your eye game. First, remove fake lashes from pack and use your desk scissors to trim if necessary. Dot lash glue along edge of fake lashes. Wait 15 seconds. Lightly place far end of fake lash on top of natural lash. Press lightly. Repeat on other side. Repeat on other eye.

Don’t worry, the glue dries clear.

Try: Ardell Eyelashes Starter Kit

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Highlighter

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Highlighter

Step 8: Highlight Your Face

Using a small makeup brush, tap iridescent highlight powder on the inner arch of both eyebrows, down the bridge of your nose, on top of lip and over cheekbones.

You can thank me later tonight after you look at your pictures. 

Try: Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Red Lips

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Red Lips

Step 9: Red Lips

I don’t want to hear about how you don’t wear red lipstick. There is a red lip for every skin tone. Ask the girl at Ulta to help.

Now put it on. Go to party. Look festive.

Try: Armani Lip Maestro – Drama Red 407

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Party Clutch

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Party Clutch

Step 10: Grab Your Bag

Your party clutch only needs to be big enough to fit your phone, credit cards and lippy.

Metallic is recommended but if you have a cute and semi clean cosmetic case – make it work.

Try: INC International Concepts Evie Clutch

Voila!

BAM! Party perfect. Now get out there and make merry.

Just don’t forget to ditch the white strips.

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Festive #AF in :15 Flat

The Essential Holiday Party Preparedness Kit | Festive #AF in :15 Flat


If you enjoyed my trusty guide to getting glam in a flash - spread some holiday cheer and click that little heart below. It's the holidays!

xoxo Jenn

P.S. I'll bet you have at least 6 events between now and NYE. It's not to late to take your fashion game to next level festive. I can help.

 

 

 

Blind Closet: A Walk In So Epic It Chose To Remain Anonymous

Blind Closet | A walk In So Epic It Chose To Remain Anonymous |  MAPPCRAFT.COM

Blind Closet | A walk In So Epic It Chose To Remain Anonymous | MAPPCRAFT.COM

This post is pure eye candy - short on words and sweet on fall-to-your-knees fabulous photos of a closet so epic it's owner chose to remain anonymous. In this era of Kim Kardashian post-Paris humility, can you blame her? After peeping this collection, I guarantee you'll daydream about running off in a pair of her Manolos.

House Hunters, Fashion Edition

This is not a showroom. This is a closet.

This is not a showroom. This is a closet.

Blouse Call

Merchandising 101: Blouses by color, accessories at eye level

Accessories, Anyone?

From Baubles to Baguettes

The Denim Bar

A carry over from her retail days, this closet owner uses painters tape to catalog her 120+ pair denim collection. She stores her jeans fold up with the detail stipe visible in order to quickly identify denim by size, cut, stretch and inseam. 

And Now: The Shoes

Behold: The Shoes | Blind Closet 

Behold: The Shoes | Blind Closet 

To maximize space in her designer display wall, she arranges each pair with the left shoe frontwards, flush to the wall, and the right shoe backwards. Shoes are further organized by color -- from the top, metallic and nude styles graduate through the color wheel to classic black towards the floor.

Her tall boot collection is housed in a customized stack of clear organizational drawers (like these by Sterlite) to maintain shape and for easy access and space saving.

Did I mention this closet owner is a toddler mom? Because even the most fabulous mommy wouldn't think of chasing a 4YO in 4 inch heels - she stores her go to mom shoes near the door. 

Well Heeled

Get The Boot!

I hope you enjoyed this drool-worthy blind closet tour.

Many thanks to the owner (you knows who you are) for tripling our holiday wish lists.

xoxo

Jenn

PS: CLICK THE HEART, B!