How often does this happen to you: you’re scheduled to work in a booth at an expo across town all day, and then you have to immediately go to a wedding 4 blocks away? All the time, right?! Ok, maybe not, but this time of year, maybe you have to get to a holiday party right after work or something. Right? That’s a thing that happens? Magazines are always running “day to night!” fashion spreads, and I never thought it would apply to me… but it DID.
Have you ever been to a Women’s Expo? When I was in high school, I thought it was so cool that my mom wanted to excuse me from classes for the day so we could have a girl power bonding day in downtown Milwaukee. The expectation: an empowering day full of awesome women doing awesome things!! The reality: “are you an autumn, or a spring? Let’s do your colors!” *sad trombone* We were so disappointed that we ditched the expo and spent the rest of the day people watching at the mall, snarking over an appetizer sampler platter…. actually that was a pretty great afternoon. BUT! My point is, Women’s Expos are THE WORST. Luckily this time around, I had an amazing crew to keep me entertained and sane (and run for vodka samples) throughout the day.
On the Saturday of the expo, I needed to tap into my rarely seen ability to plan ahead (I’m much more of a last minute scrambler, which often leads to lunches that consist of a banana and a bag of nuts, or getting to hot yoga without anything dry to change into after, so you’d think I would learn, but no). MB and I were invited to a super fun wedding that was happening within a mile of the convention center, and cocktail hour started right as I would be finishing up. Obviously, it wouldn’t make sense for me to haul all the way back home to change, plus then we’d be very late. So MB agreed to take a cab to the ceremony and wait for me there. The night before, I prepped my outfit:
The morning of the expo, I made sure to start preparing. I “set” my damp hair with some styling creme in a low side braid, hoping for some bold waves by 5:00. I also got my face ready. That sounds weird, right? Anyway, BB cream, concealer, and a light dusting of foundation powder, then I did a simple eye with a trick: I planned to do a heavy winged liner at night, so by day, I took a forgiving casual brown liner and prepped a winged template for later. Brilliant! But thanks to a hot pink uniform shirt, super dry expo air, and lovely fluorescent lighting, I looked pretty dead during the day:
Once that ordeal was… good enough, I went back over my lids with gold glitter. Why not? It’s fun and how often do you get to be a disco ball? Lashes were re-curled and re-mascaraed, then my whole face was locked down for the night with a spritz of all-nighter. Finally: the lips. This evening called for nothing other than a perfect red, supplied by Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick (in Icon). This lip color is the PERFECT product. It’s the perfect blue-red, it dries to a gorgeous matte, doesn’t transfer, doesn’t dry out your lips. It just sits there, knowing it’s better than everything else in your arsenal, but doesn’t make a big deal about it. Also they have a mini version in the impulse bins at Sephora right now for only 10 bucks. GET IT!!
Ok! Ready to hit the dance floor!! My husband went above and beyond by a) having on an amazing outfit and b) handing me 3 Advil and a glass of wine as soon as I walked into the reception hall.
Do you have any events coming up for the holidays that will require you to switch up your look right quick? What’s your go-to strategy??