I used to take hours perfecting my eyeliner and trying on every skirt in my closet in the morning. I never had a care in the world. After my daughter was born, I had to think of something quick or I’d run out looking run over. With baby #2 on the way, I have even less time. So in order to prepare myself for the craziness ahead, I called upon some very fashionable moms to share their tips on surviving the mornings with kids and tots in tow and still looking fabulous. Here are a few of their tips for a speedy morning routine.
The Morning Routine 1 of 10
Making morning simple with these super simple tips from the super moms of style.
The Editorial Diva 2 of 10
Miami based mom of two, Astrid Rivera is a host, editorial director for Latin Blah, reporter, and mom of two.
"One thing that has worked for me is to choose (have it ready) the look and the pieces I am wearing the day before ( I even try them on to see how I look). I tend to wake up at least 30 minutes before the children so I can get ready without any interruption. Have some nice flats or sandals (neutral color that match with everything) in the car. If my feet get tired of the heels, I change them."
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The Hair Expert 3 of 10
Daily Baez is the founder and voice behind Daily Curlz, a seriously popular blog for curly hair women.
"Getting ready in the morning in a curly girl house can be quite a challenge. For this reason, the night before preparation is very important so you don't see me in the morning looking like cruela devil: I set mine and my duaghters hair the night before, either on twist, braids or up in a pineapple style (a really top loose pony tale),in the morning is pretty much just untwist, unbraid or put the pineapple down. It is all about prepare everything the night before, including the coffee(because who can start a day without coffee? not me ) clothes, backpack, meals and all the essential to start our day on a good foot. I am not a pajama mom, instead I always run out of the house in a rush morning in my workout clothes. A hat can also come in handy on those bad hair days."
The Beauty Guru 4 of 10
Keka Riley is a writer for Young Republic, cosmetic line founder and mom to a preteen.
" In the mornings, time is of the essence for me so I plan my outfits and corresponding makeup looks (pre-packing my mini mua bag) the night before AFTER my daughter has gone to bed. I've mastered a 5 minute face therefore just a quick shower, getting dressed and applying my makeup are all I need in order to start my day. Prepping my cosmetics bag the night before keeps me from, frantically, searching for my makeup and helps me remember products that I would, otherwise, forget."
The Lifestyle Writer 5 of 10
"I try to stick to a palette of neutrals when I'm buying clothes and then add in pops of color with pieces I really love, especially accessories. This way my entire closet becomes mix and match and it takes the guess work out of it when I'm in a rush."
The Make Up Maven 6 of 10
Sara Amendola is a makeup artist, junkie and the latte loving momma behind the blog Love, Laughter & Lipgloss.
"Well I always keep my hair long enough to pull back even in the shortest of pony tails. I never want to look like the other moms who roll out of bed so I might pair a crisp button down shirt with some lounge style pants and moccasins or an easy tank dress and denim jacket. I can literally get dressed in the dark. And always one of my three lipsticks....Jenna, Cosmic Raspberry by Bobbi Brown or MAC Ruby Woo."
The Glamour Mom 7 of 10
Kristyn Kilcullen is a military wife and mom to a 4-year-old daughter. She is also the Editor of K Squared Glamour.
"I am obsessed with blazers and find them to be one of the easiest and quickest ways to glam up an outfit with little to no effort at all. Anytime I am in a hurry I grab a basic tee, pair of jeans and throw on a blazer. The blazer makes my outfit look polished and put together as if I spent time getting ready but in reality, it only took seconds to get dressed.To hot to wear a blazer? Then instantly glam up your t-shirt and jeans with statement jewelry pieces or accessories instead. Throw on a chunky bold necklace or earrings and a cute pair of wedges, flats, or boots. If it's cold outside, toss on a chunky scarf instead."
New Media Mami 8 of 10
Dee Trillo is a bilingual beauty and fashion blogger and lifestyle writer for several media outlets and mom of two. Catch the @HauteFrugalista on twitter for more.
"As a mom on-the-go, I have learned I can't go with the flow when it comes to morning routines. My best tip its to prepare everything the night before to avoid time wasting, running and forgetting things. Pick out an outfit, complete with accessories, and make a mental note of how your day will go. Make sure what you chose to wear will be appropriate for any event or meeting you might have that day. To maximize your AM routine in a fashionable way, make your closet work for you. Arrange an individual set space for separates, accessories, outerwear and dresses, and divide them by color as well as by style from day to night."
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Magnificent Millie 9 of 10
Jasmine Marie Lockett is a professional make up artist, business manager for some of the biggest beauty brands on the world renown, Magnificent Mile and proud mother of the sassiest toddler in Chicago.
"Pick something simple that you know looks good on you and you feel sexy, comfortable and confident in. Then maximize your look with a GREAT lip, a fierce brow and an flawless complexion! I'm quick on my feet, gotta love moms!"
Yours Truly 10 of 10
After ten years as a makeup artist and 6 as a wardrobe stylist, I thought getting dressed would be easy...until I became a mom. So I started a blog with tips of my own as I figured out the hardest of all jobs, motherhood.
My tip...have a "mommy uniform" a go-to outfit that never fails and never lets you down. I say a pair of straight leg jeans and a stripe top has been my go to as of late. I usually throw on any pair of flats that make their home by the front door. A swipe of lipstick, my sunglasses and I'm out the door...with enough time to pick up a latte.