December 15, 2016 - Uncategorized

The Essential Holiday Preparedness Party Plan


by Jenn Mapp Bressan

It’s 11AM on a Thursday in mid December and your husband calls to remind you that his company holiday party (that he never told you about) is tonight at 6PM.

Do not panic. With this easy to execute holiday party preparedness plan you’ll emerge from your office bathroom looking festive #AF in fifteen minutes flat.

1.     White Strips

1 If it’s a party, there will be pictures. Smile wide, apply these and proceed with steps 2 – 10.

Try: Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips

2.     Bronzing Lotion


Unless your BFF is a Bronze Berry rep, your skin is probably pasty. Massage a generous (and I mean generous) serving of bronzing  lotion into your legs and immediately wash your hands. Don’t forget to wash your hands. Trust me.

Try: Jergens Natural Glow Firming Moisturizer

3.     Sequin Skirt


Pair this timeless holiday staple with nearly any top, from a slouchy tee to a classic white button down for an instant chic ensemble. Plus, sequins don’t wrinkle, so even if it’s been sitting in your desk drawer all month, your good.

Try: Aqua Sequin Pencil Skirt

4.     Peep Toe + Polish


Silver, bronze or gold – doesn’t matter. Metallic is a neutral. In a true party emergency, opt for a peep toe and use your polish to fake a pedicure on the exposed toes only. Hey – it will do.

Try: Imagine Vince Camuto Pavi Slingback Platform Peep Toe Pumps + OPI Big Apple Red Nail Laquer

5.     Impact Accessory


Chandelier earrings, statement necklace or an arm full of bling bangles: Pick one and be done. If you chose bangles, take them off until you complete steps #6 – #7

Try: Stella & Dot Gala Statement Necklace

6.     Liquid Eyeliner


Take this next step very slowly. Using a light hand, draw a line of dots from mid lid to end. Connect the dots. Now draw a small line upwards from top of upper lash lash line. Draw another line from lower lash line and meet top line at tip to create a triangle. Fill in the triangle with eyeliner. MEOW.

Try: Tom Ford Eye Defining Liquid Liner Pen

7.     Fake Lashes


Fake lashes are hands down amazing for elevating your party eye game. First, remove fake lashes from pack and use your desk scissors trim if necessary. Dot lash glue along edge of fake lashes. Wait 15 seconds. Lightly place far end of fake lash on top of natural lash. Press lightly. Repeat on other side. Repeat on other eye. Don’t worry, the glue dries clear.

Try: Ardell Eyelashes Starter Kit

8.     Highlighter


Using a small makeup brush, tap iridescent highlight powder on the inner arch of both eyebrows, down the bridge of your nose, on top of lip and over cheekbones. Brilliant!

Try: Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder

9.     Red Lip


I don’t want to hear about how you don’t wear red lipstick. There is a red lip for every skin tone. Ask the girl at Ulta to help. Now put it on. Go to party. Look festive.

Try: Armani Lip Maestro – Drama Red 407

10. Party Clutch


This bag only needs to be big enough to fit your phone, credit cards and lippy. Metallic is recommended but if you have a cute and semi clean cosmetic case – make it work.

Try: INC International Concepts Evie Clutch

BAM! Party perfect. Now get out there and make merry.

Just don’t forget to ditch the white strips.


Jenn Mapp Bressan blogs about capsule wardrobes, personal style and funny fashion stuff at MappCraft | Tiny Closet, Tons of Style. There’s still time to create a holiday capsule so you can look festive #AF for the rest of the season. Here’s how: MappCraft | Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide.

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