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Morning time savers for your crazy lyf

*Hits snooze button*.

I’m that *fashionably late* friend you tell to be somewhere at 7am when you actually mean 8… I’ll still probably get there after you, not because I want you to arrive first, get us a table and have the waiter ready when I swoop in or anything (WHO, ME?), but because I live on Carmen time (perhaps I’d be early if I lived in Fiji?).

‘Be on time’ is one of my new year’s resolutions – every year. But punctuality has never been my forté (incase you were wondering, I’m much better at limbo and lip syncing ‘Juicy’ by The Notorious B.I.G).

But running late is stressful, especially when the universe decides to work against you (cue coffee down white shirt, no parks, Google maps wigging out and then your best friend from primary school turns-up when they’ve been MIA for 10 years). I know, because I’ve been there, and not a single life efficiency-focussed Podcast has managed to curb this habit.

What does help, is cutting corners. ‘Work smarter not harder’ can apply to your morning routine too, you just need to equip yourself with the right tools.

Below is an edit of everything you need to steal-back the minutes of your life you’ve spent faffing.

By Carmen Hamilton.

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all-in-one = fun

Make a jumpsuit your go-to when you have zero time or energy to put into thinking about an outfit. We're all about this one.

topshop
pinafore style jumpsuit
all-in-one = fun

pin for the win

Arm yourself with a few cute badges that you can pin-on to a plain tee or blazer = instant boss status.

urban outfitters
These Are Things Nope Heart Pin
pin for the win

so fresh and so clean clean

Dirty hair, don't care. Douse your day-four fringe in this stuff and no one will know the difference.

evo
water killer dry shampoo
so fresh and so clean clean

grab n' go

Keep your whole life stashed-away in a cute n' convenient pouch.

baggu
large haf-moon pouch
grab n' go

makeup for lost time

Our favourite foundation looks like skin, feels like air and smells like spring. Wave (buff) this magic wand over your face and redness, breakouts and sleep-deprived skin become a distant memory. BEST. INVENTION. EVER.

ESTÉE LAUDER
Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup
makeup for lost time

the easy shoe

Every girl needs a sleek and sophisticated slip-on shoe - it will elevate any outfit instantly.

mansur gavriel
Ballerina leather pumps
the easy shoe

brighten up

Tried and tested - a splash of colour on your lips is the quickest way look polished. We're so into this subtle redish-orange-browny shade (we swear it even makes us look tanned, which we're 100% not, FYI).

ESTÉE LAUDER
Pure Color Envy Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick
brighten up

quick fix

Practice self-love from the inside out (even during the busy times) with this magical mixture of prebiotic, probiotic and protein powder. It will keep you going if there's no time for breakfast!

the beauty chef
BODY INNER BEAUTY POWDER CHOCOLATE
quick fix

The LBD

An oldie but a goodie - invest in a little black dress with cute details. It will change your life, make you feel good and hide running-late spillage.

SEE BY CHLOÉ
Ruffled flocked georgette mini dress
The LBD

super sneaky

Ideal for when you're flat out (geddit?). They're comfy, they make your legs an inch longer and they go with everything. Wear them with the See By Chloé dress (we dare you).

superga
Women's 2790 Linea Up Down Flatform Trainers
super sneaky
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