How to look your best this party season

December 17, 2015

The Chronicles of Her

Fix up, look sharp. Effort required = zero. The festive season is almost upon us, which means Christmas parties (lots of Christmas parties) and end of year celebrations just for the sake of it. But we’re not talking about your average Saturday night out here, people - these end-of-year events call for stepping it up a notch and looking extra special (no pressure). Sounds exhausting, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be (if you know how to cut corners). It’s all about preparation, and simplifying the ‘getting ready’ routine (because less time in-front of the mirror = more time sipping champaign at the party). Here’s 4 things I do to get dressed-up in a hurry (and they work every single time): FIND YOUR 'FEEL GOOD' DRESS Every woman needs at least one fail-safe option in her wardrobe that she can count on time and time again. I’m talking about something you can slip on after a day at your desk that makes you feel a million dollars. Tip: black is usually a good starting point (particularly if you plan on over-indulging!). MESSY HAIR, DON'T CARE Hair dryers and curling irons are hard work, so I skip them altogether when I’m in a rush. The best alternative? A tonne of texture spray and a dishevelled bun. It takes about 2 minutes, and keeps your formal attire looking relaxed and understated, but still pulled-together. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE ACCESSORIES Nothing takes an outfit to the next level like investment jewellery. Choose just one or two statement pieces that add the finishing touches without overdoing it. For this, I never look further than the Tiffany T collection. I love it’s strength and simplicity. The pieces are always complimentary, but never overpowering, and there’s just something about them that makes you feel extra special. The gold T cuff is at the top of my Christmas wish list this year (dear boyfriend, yes, that was a hint). GET GLOWING There’s nothing healthy about a tan, but everyone looks better with a (faux) one. I never remember to apply one the night before, so I just mix a bit of St Tropez Instant tan with my moisturiser pre-party, and massage it into my arms, legs and décolletage. Trust me, it will make you look like you’ve been on vacation (even though the reality is far from it) and it literally takes two minutes. Winning! WATCH THE VIDEO: .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Wearing: Camilla and Marc dress and Tiffany T bracelets Photographer: Meghan Hosie Videographer: Jason Domancie *Shot in collaboration with Tiffany & Co. and Vogue Australia.