photo: Erica Lavelanet
My R.E teacher Mr. Garner once turned to me and said, “I can tell your bedroom is a mess because you always come to school with messy hair.” He was right. Although I brushed it, it tended to have a life of its own, and although I painted my nails – they would always be chipped by lunchtime. I drew on my hands and I never thought hard about the outfit I was wearing.
Anyone remember that transformation scene in The Princess Diaries? I feel like that happened to me. When I go to events and engagements I’m representing CGD, and I now know that getting my gel nails done and picking out a chic outfit is just part of my normal day. This industry is all about being polished, so here’s what I’ve learned from upping my style game!
Always bring your essentials .
Somehow, I start off the day looking great, but when lunch time rolls around I’m horrified to see my mascara has bled underneath my eyes, and my foundation has caked all over my face. Great. Cue ducking into the toilet and reapplying everything frantically. There’s nothing worse than being caught without when you’re snapping selfies . . . trust me.
Organize your outfits.
Grabbing that shirt from the top of the pile and ironing it with a hairdryer was good enough for school (maybe!), but it’s not good enough for adult life. This means that if you want to wear that unironed shirt, you kinda have to pick it out of the pile and iron it the night before.
Learn from your mistakes.
We’ve all made mistakes. Whether it’s a hair dye disaster, DIY eyebrows or a fashion faux pas. I’ve done them all! I can draw attention to my shortcomings and laugh as much as I like, but if I want people to take me seriously I have to learn from those mistakes and try my very bloody best not to choose those comfortable but hideous trainers unless I’m walking between tube stations.
Judge yourself by your own standards
Unfortunately, there will always be judgy people in the world – that’s on them, not on you. So if they make a comment about your outfit or hair after you’ve spent an hour or more on it, just remember that all that matters is your own comfortability and style. If you look in the mirror and feel damn fine, don’t let any judgy people hold you back!
Low-maintenance is a treat
After trying so hard during the week, it’s amazing to sit in your PJs with unwashed hair at the weekend. Sure, I have to think about the perfect shade of lipstick during the week but a the weekend my biggest concern is which new show to start marathoning on Netflix and the small pile of crumbs that are accumulating on my t-shirt, and that actually feels so much more amazing than dressing down during the week!
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