I always knew that in order to maintain looking young, I had to take care of what I already had (i.e. my skin), and purchase items that are classic. Now, you know that not everyone fits into a "style", but owning classic pieces, that stand the test of time, will make sure that if you do splurge a little now, it will be able to be stretched across a decade or more and still be relevant.
Skin Care Routine
- Moisturizer with SPF
- Exfoliation Scrub
- Eye Cream
I don't think it matters what you use, just that you are using it. I have tried skincare lines from the very expensive, to something you can pick up at Target. If you have a favorite, then love it and use it! I am not here to recommend a certain company, but I am here to tell you that if you start taking care of your skin early, it will pay off in a youthful glow for years to come. Additionally, you might think 20 is a little young for "eye cream" but the first place a woman will start to show age is around her eyes, so why not combat it as soon as you can?
5 minute Makeup and a Glamourous Makeup Routine
- Powder (whether mineral based, pressed or loose)
- Neutral eye shadow (some that can be layered to transition from day to night)
- black eye liner
Again, brands are not what matters. You should be able to throw on your "face" in a simple amount of time, and then now how to up the ante when your makeup calls for going out. The great thing is that makeup companies are realizing that if they package things together, then it makes it a lot easier for people who are trying to "get a clue" when is comes to makeup. My favorite neutral palette is Naked or Naked II by Urban Decay. It has ever color that can go from day to play in just a couple of tones. It works with all skin tones and will last forever!
- Ballet Flats in a neutral palette. You can wear these anywhere. And I promise once you find a pair that you love, buy stock in that brand.
- Black Heels. This is the one shoe that I urge you to splurge on. A great black heel can take you from the office to a night out, even your work parties. Black heels can tow the line between structure and fun, and the right pair will never go out of style. Think a "low" heel, 3 inches, and leather. My favorite pair of heels I bought 9 years ago. They are still looking great, and because I found a quality pair, they are not going to be out of style next season.
- Tall Black Boots. This is critical, especially when transistioning from spring/summer to fall/winter. Again, this area, if played right, will give you years of wear. Think low heel, or flat, classic lines, and leather.
- Weekend Shoes. This is wear a fantastically designed pair of sleek sneakers come in. Converse, Puma, Adidas enter my mind. I am not talking about running shoes. In my opinion running shoes should ONLY be worn when, in fact, you are running. Or if it fits your character, perhaps a pair of loafers or moccasins.
- Sandals. No, not old navy flip flops. Actual sandals. They can come in a mulitude of colors and can even be slightly dressy when venturing into the metallic zone.
- Black Trousers. Whatever brand carries your favorite black dress pants, that is what I am talking about. Make sure to stay away from trends in this department, as it will "date" you quickly. Find a fit that is slightly wide, low to mid rise, and fits you like a glove.
- Jeans. Here is a place where it is easy to get caught up in the trendy things to wear, but honestly, don't. You don't need your jeans to be bedazzled, the stitching to be white and wide, ultra skinny, or strange rips/tears, or odd dye jobs. Find your favorite brand and a darker wash denim and love them to pieces.
- Pencil Skirt. If there is one thing that can instantly make you look pulled together, it is the classic lines of a pencil skirt. Keep in mind, a pencil skirt is supposed to fit tight across your hips and thighs, and it will also sit high on the waist. If you are more pear shaped, or worried about the width of your thighs, a great A-line skirt can give you the same pulled together look, and still make you feel confident.
- Statement Pants. Maybe they are tweed, plaid, or just brown. You should find a great fitting pair of pants that have a pattern, and love them!
- Cardigan. Everyone should own a couple of these. They will look chic in the office, on a date, or even just when you are on the go and need a light jacket. Black, of course, is a no brainer, but you can have a little fun on color and pattern. I love a good leopard print, and will wear it as a neutral.
- Tailored Blazer. A great fitting blazer will never go out of style. If you need a reference look at Kate Middleton. She knows how to find a well fitting blazer and it can go from office to date with a few accessories.
- Little Black Dress. This dress will get you from A to Z. You can wear it to work, a date, on a job interview, etc. It all comes down to how you accessorize it.
- Cold Weather Coat. Even if you don't live in an area where freezing temps are the mainstream, chances are you may travel somewhere where you will need to have a coat to get your through.
- Lingerie. Not for your significant other, necessarily. By lingerie that is for you, and trust me, if you love the way you look in it, trust me, they will love the way you look in it too.
- Leather Handbag. Think streamlined. No sequins, no big logos, something that can go the extra mile and not go out of style.
- Clutch. You want something that you can carry on a date, or to a party and look classy but functional at the same time
- Watch. Invest in a good time piece. Michael Kors is my go to purchase. Mid line prices and instant upgrade to your arm.
- Weekender Bag. Sometimes, on short trips, you don't want to look like you are moving in, but you shouldn't stuff all your things into a too small tote. Get a nice looking weekender and impress your company.
- Sunglasses. Find your signature shades. These will work wonders when you eyes are bloodshot from a party, or just tired from running your kids everywhere.