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11.07.11

Tidy Your Morning Routine

Lifestyle + Home

By: Candice Kumai

Picture this: you wake up after a restful night’s sleep, ready to take on the day. You do some gentle stretching, brew yourself a cup of coffee or dunk a teabag in hot water and sit on the terrace, relishing the early morning light. Next, you draw yourself an aromatherapy bath….

Reality: you slept through your alarm, your yoga mat is covered with dirty clothes and coffee? Pssssshaaaww right. No time for coffee with your lagging ass!

The truth is, most of us sexy, busy working ladies are in a constant rush in the morning. A smooth morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Never miss the train again – here are 5 tips for streamlining your weekday routine:

“School-night” Prep

Remember school nights? Take a cue from the kids and pack your bag the night before. Assemble your lunch, lay out your clothes and put important extras near the door (rain boots, umbrella, sunglasses, that big presentation!)

Nix the Snooze Button

Lose the snooze! You can’t possibly get quality sleep in those extra 5 minutes. Think about it: those extra 5 minutes could earn you more shower time! Speaking of which…

Power Shower

Maximize your shower time. While your conditioner does its thing, lather up, throw on a face mask or brush your teeth (really!) Save lengthy exfoliating sessions and deep conditioning treatments for the weekend.

Beautify Like a Badass

We all have drawers full of makeup, hair and skincare products we rarely use (glitter mascara, anyone?) Clean out your beauty bag, leaving only the everyday essentials. Better yet, scout out multi-tasking products, such as tinted moisturizer, 3-in-1 blush and shine-enhancing mousse.

Yo yo …break the Fast!

You know we can’t forget the food! Keep your morning meal simple. Stock your fridge and pantry with essentials like fruit, oatmeal, Greek yogurt and hard-boiled eggs. Prefer a hot meal? On the weekend, freeze leftover (healthy) pancakes, waffles and French toast. Simply pop in the toaster, slather on some pumpkin butter and go!

Work it out… cover girl! xx

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