Saturday night = disaster. Once again, I deluded myself into thinking that I really had picked my outfit out and that I really would be able to get ready in half an hour. Think again! The outfit changed three times in the final ten minutes before leaving and I definitely, definitely needed at least an hour.
Mostly for my own benefit, I spent part of Sunday compiling a list of things to do when you are heading out the door!
– Set up some music to get you in the mood. One of my favorite “getting ready” songs is Let’s Get It Started by The Black Eyed Peas from 2004 – for some reason it always gets me ready to dance.
– While the music is playing, set up your space to get ready. I like to burn some incense or fragrance when I am getting ready. Lately, I’ve been craving some of these home fragrance oils from Sabon NYC. Unfortunately, the tangerine just sold out but coconut would be perfect for summer – the smell of coconut on a balmy night will definitely get you in the mood.
– Pick out at least three outfits and lay them on the bed. Take into account the weather, where you are going and what you really will feel comfortable in. My biggest problem is confidence – I pick out the outfit that I really want to wear but I always end up looking at something that requires less courage. I usually get my boyfriend to help me with the final pick and he always gives me a little more confidence.
– Decide what you are doing with your hair. If you need to wash it, do this at least an hour before you go, giving yourself ample time to blow-dry it, straighten it, whatever you need to do. By the way, now is not the time to try something new, unless you are a hair stylist by trade.
– Take a shower or bath. Use a hydrating lotion or a body wash that smells really sweet and fresh. I prefer a hydrating lotion as it gives my legs that extra sheen.
– Brush teeth, use mouthwash, etc. If I am getting ready to go out, I usually do this in the shower.
– Pick your shoes. Again, think about the weather – don’t wear sandals if you are going to have to trek through puddles. Don’t wear boots if you are going to be dancing in a hot, sweaty club.
– Last step = accessories. Don’t go overboard and think about what you’ll be doing. I used to wear chunky bracelets all the time, but when I would go dancing, I’d end up with little bruises on my wrist. Heavy earrings can also be a dancing hazard!