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.

 

 

 

Tiny Gift Guide: 25 Gifts Under $25

MappCraft Tiny Gift Guide

Small Gesture, Big Impact

Just like a capsule wardrobe simplifies your closet, a well executed gift gifting strategy will streamline your December to-do list. But I am not talking about planning the big ticket gifts for kids and family -- I've compiled this tiny gift guide specifically for the little people in your life that make a huge difference to your days.

What better time than Cyber Week to tackle this chore early and at a deep, deep discount? Imagine how less stressful the onset of December will feel with these special people crossed off your list? Better yet, all are available on Amazon Prime - you can have them in hand by Friday! 

Hostess with the Mostess

I love Nest holiday candles - they smell exactly like Christmas. Seriously! I have both holiday flavors and my 5 year old asks me to light them every morning. Your favorite party hostess will thank you for years to come.

The Office

You love your cube mate but her desk is a wreck. A gentle nudge in the form of cute accessories will have her feeling productive #AF come January 1. 

Sitting Pretty

Get your babysitter off her phone with beauty treats to play with after the kids go to bed. 

Going Postal

It's cold out and lonely out there delivering holiday cards in the snow! Show your appreciation with something to warm his ears, hands or smart phone. 

World's Best Teacher

Chances are your kids have at least one teacher under 30 who also happens to be your favorite. Show her some fashion forward, colorful love with gifts that recognize she has a life outside of elementary school. 

Capsule Wardrobe Wonderful

If you are reading this blog you are a capsule lover or know someone who could benefit from the practice. Help get her started with some of my personal closet org faves and hell, throw in a copy of the Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide while you're at it. 

Happy Thanksgiving, ya'll! Hope your week is awesome, filled with family fun and good food, plenty of wine and NO POLITICS!

xoxo

Jenn

PS: Join the Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide Facebook group! Even if you haven't purchased the guide, you'll be inspired by holiday fashion chat and plenty of #OOTDs

PSS: This gift guide contains affiliate links, but I selected each gift suggestion personally and with lots of love. If you buy anything from the list MappCraft.com will earn a few pennies. Think of it as a little gift for your favorite blogger!