The Lazy Girls Guide to Making an Effort

We all like to look nice.

We do. Our concept of what constitutes “nice” might differ, but at the end of the day when you feel like you look your best you feel good about yourself.

I witter on a lot about dressing up and how no one makes an effort anymore, but the truth is it’s all too easy NOT to make an effort. No one really minds if you just fling on a jumper over jeans and trainers when you’re just popping to the Post Office, Supermarket, doing the School run, or even going to the Pub.

We all live varied and busy lives, we don’t often have domestic help and most of us like an extra half an hour in bed in the morning. None of these things are conducive to perfectly coiffed pin curls and elegantly manicured red nails, but it IS possible to look groomed in a hurry, even if you’re only going to the shop. Trust me. I don’t get up any earlier than I have to.

These are my top tips for minimal effort glamour. They probably require a little thought, but they’re not hard, if they were I wouldn’t do them…..

Natural nails

File them into a nice shape, keep them a sensible length, a maximum of half a centimetre over your finger tip, and paint them a neutral or clear shade. Your nails will look nice and glossy, breakage will be minimised, and they can be chipped to hell but no one will know unless they look really closely.

Manageable Hair

This is different for everyone and only you know how much effort you can be prepared to make. I can be bothered to set my hair twice a week and spend 10 minutes before bed putting it back in pin curls so it stays curly. If you can’t don’t try this hair do!

I also work from home so if I want to spend all day in curlers that’s fine. It might not cut it in the office.

Wear it longer so you can put it in a bun, cut in a fringe, wear it short and deliberately tousled or get a perm. Whatever is manageable for you, your hair and your lifestyle.

When your pin curls fall flat, you couldn’t be bothered to set it last night, you’ve got no time to brush it out or it’s in dire need of a wash it’s always handy to perfect 2 or 3 hair styles and have some tips and tricks to freshen it up.

A few suggestions, they might not work with all hair styles/types, so play around!

A Hat – I tuck mine under a beret and roll the fringe. It takes about 2 minutes and everyone thinks I have lovely hair. This also works with no time to brush out curls. Just unpin the front few and cover the rest with a hat.

A Hair Rat – Roll your hair around it into a long bun and stick in a few pins. Speedy and looks good when your curls have fallen flat. If you’ve a bit more time you can roll your fringe or just twist the sides and stick in some combs. This looks elegant and grown up.

Dry Shampoo & A Hair band – Spray on some dry shampoo, brush it out, then scrape all your hair back into a high bouncy ponytail or turn it into an Audrey Hepburn style high bun with a bit of backcombing and some grips.

A scarf – wrap it round your head Rosie the Riveter style or fold it into a hair band and tie it on top of your head. roll your fringe back into a quiff and tie the back in a pony tail for a cute rockabilly look

Clothes

Don’t leave choosing what to wear until the morning, especially if you have an early start. You don’t need to lay it all out but at least check that your essentials are clean and have a few outfits that you can wear if all else fails. That way you won’t end up in a screwed up blouse with custard down the front just because everything is still wet in the machine.

My fall back outfits are a couple of black jersey dresses. I know if they’re clean I’ll be able to cobble together some kind of outfit by adding a cardigan and shoes. In the winter it’s probably best to try and be a bit organised about things like tights and stockings too, or have fall back trousers!

My top tip is to take the time to dry things flat. Stretch your trousers and skirts out as straight as you can before you hang them on the line and smooth down collars and turn ups. Fold and hang them as smooth as you can too. I hardly ever iron anything apart from a couple of cotton 50s summer dresses!

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