I’d bet my last slice of pizza that you’ve heard it all before…
First impressions are everything… Dress to impress… You never know who you’ll bump into…
But LBH, who really wants to spend an hour getting ready to go to the grocery store, the bank, and the gas station? Not this girl.
Sometimes I seriously hate the getting ready process. Anyone else?
My hair has a mind of it’s own, make-up is certainly not my area of expertise, and if I ate too many tacos the night before, you better believe I don’t want to put on any pants. Especially not for the grocery store. However, I do think it’s important to put some thought into the way you dress. When you look good, you feel good, and it’s a domino effect from there.
If you’re anything like me, your confidence can use a boost
Truth be told, I feel uncomfortable in most social situations. Eating a forkful of wasabi sounds more appealing than making small talk. Okay, maybe that’s a bit extreme but I’m sure you see my point. Small talk is the worst.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always felt inferior to other people. Anyone. It doesn’t matter if I’ve known the person for years or they are a stranger off the street. This becomes a struggle because socializing is a huge part of life and it’s really hard to have a conversation with someone when you always feel ‘less than’.
From work, to the way too long Starbucks line, to getting the mail (the #MountainLifeStruggle is real… USPS doesn’t come up to my house so I have to go to the post office to pick up my mail)… I feel like as soon as I step outside my front door, I’m bound to run into a social scenario.
If this sounds like you, listen up!
What you need is a boost of confidence. Just a nice little reminder that you my friend, are the sh*t and people should be lucky and thankful to have had the chance to meet you… not the other way around! But how to boost your confidence?
FIND YOUR STYLE AND OWN IT!!!
When you leave the house absolutely loving the way you look, you are going to have this aura about you that will follow into everything else you do that day. That boost of confidence is contagious. You are going to radiate positivity and ooze good vibes without even trying because you just feel so damn good.
This is why it’s so important to put some effort into the way you look – even it is just to run some errands. The key to look cute and feel confident while running errands (or when you just don’t feel like getting ready) is to have a solid game plan. The simpler, the better IMO. My game plan looks a little something like this:
How to Boost Your Confidence While Running Errands
Figure out the quickest and easiest hairstyle that works for you. I have really thin hair so messy buns can make me feel a little something like this:
… especially if I don’t plan on doing much to my face that day. Instead I go for a banana clip or pigtail french braids. If you haven’t tried a banana clip, order one now and thank me later because they are amazing. A banana clip pulls your hair back into a sassy, poofy high ponytail while giving the illusion that your hair is much longer than it actually is. Perfect for us girls who need a little help in the thickness/length department.
2. Make up
I don’t wear much make up to begin with but my ‘errand face’ has a few less steps than my ‘trying face’. Determine what part of your make up routine makes you feel most confident and don’t skip that step. Is it eyes? Lips? Foundation? For me, it’s foundation. I have a lot of red in my skin so if I don’t even it out, I can be mistaken for a tomato. Because evening out my skin helps me feel more confident, most of my make up routine focuses on that.
The Errand Face:
a. wash face and apply moisturizer
e. brow mascara
f. lip stain
In and out in under 5 minutes!
Also, I have eyelash extensions which really helps take away the desire to wear eyeliner and mascara. If you’re considering them and have questions, email me!
My go-to errand attire changes depending on the time of year but my favorite combo is a dress, cross body bag, and sneakers. I mean… it’s just so easy, comfy, and cute! I really like the playful vibe of mixing a girly piece like a dress with an athletic piece like a sneaker.
After almost a year of living in Colorado, I’ve learned that my go-to winter errand look is skinny jeans, a knit sweater, and boots. To step up this look, I like to wear a statement belt with my jeans and tuck my sweater into the front to expose a little bit of the belt buckle.
If you’re not sure what to wear, I’ve got you covered! This flowchart will help you choose an outfit based on how you are feeling.
Download She’s Not So Basic’s What to Wear Flowchart
I’m Michelle, the founder of life & style blog, She’s Not So Basic. On the blog I write about all things related to style advice, self-love, finding happiness, and so much more while wearing both my heart and my scars on my sleeve. My path through life has been anything but basic and it’s left me feeling lost, lonely, and insecure. Every day is a journey towards feeling confident and finding freedom one not-so-basic outfit at a time. Connect with me to see how we can work together, to tell me your #NotSoBasic story, or just to say hi!