Looking Your Best at Every Moment

Christine Chiu, billed as the expert housewife, says every woman should put as much effort into looking your best as you would a relationship/work/family.

Every woman should take the effort to look and feel her best, every day – no matter what.

Since no woman wakes up photo shoot-ready, she must make conscientious decisions to “freshen up”, which in, turn is statistically proven to improve both mood and perspective on life! Here are a few quick tips on feeling and looking fantastic:

o Instead of using a 30min. steam shower to wake yourself up (long showers dehydrate and actually suck out your energy), take 10 seconds and use a facial spritzer (such as Evian facial mist).

o Trick yourself into one extra hour of sleep. Set your alarm for one hour earlier than usual, then hit the snooze button and continue sleeping. You’ll feel like you treated yourself to and the body to a bit more rest. It’s psychological, but it works!

o Trade coffee in for nutritional drinks with healthy caffeine (Vemma/Verve)

o Have time-outs for yourself. Your body and mind both need at least (2) 15minute time-out sessions, away from whatever it is your doing (work or kids)

o Develop a “happy place” for yourself and use it. This can be a physical or imaginary place that brings a smile to your face and helps you realize just how fortunate you really are. “My happy place is the Chanel store!” Christine says.

o Dress to impress… yourself. Your daily attire affects your daily mood.

o Use a powder bronzer – it gives you instant life and color!

o Eyelash extensions are a must-have. The not only make you feel sexy and powerful, but they accentuate the eyes and enlarges them!

o Well-shaped and lined eyebrows give definition to the face, and shows alertness and attention to detail

o Give yourself a facial at home: cleanser, toner, exfoliant, masque, light peel, extractions, and moisturizer. Voila!

o Give yourself a mani/pedi while watching the news. Skip the driving, parking, waiting, and hassle of going to the nail salon.

o Moms – power in numbers! Get together baby-sitting schedules so that you can rotate babysitting each others’ kids.

o Allow yourself one TREAT per month. This should be capped at no more than 10% of your net disposable income. Go ahead, buy something for YOURSELF.

Balancing it all:

The best advice Christine has about maintaining balance amongst relationship, work, and family is learning to “group”. Instead of seeing 10 girlfriends for lunch or drinks individually, get a group together for an activity once per quarter. At work, ask your boss if you can figure out an “alternative work schedule” in that you work longer hours in less days. 10 hours 4 days per week, instead of 8 hours 5 days per week. In doing so, you will save time and money on the commute, feel less stressed, and have more time to take care of personal business or to spend with family.

Her no-fail everyday outfit/uniform that will work for every woman:

LBD, of course! – lace, chiffon, silk

Other than making every woman look 10 pounds lighter and 2 inches taller, the Little Black Dress can be your “little perfect outfit” for almost any occasion. You can then accessorize according to the time of day, or occasion.

DAY: Throw over a patterned or textured blazer with a colorful scarf and pumps.

LUNCH TIME GOSSIP SESSION with FRIENDS: Skip the blazer for a trendy (fashion-statement) belt and fun knee-high boots.

COCKTAIL PARTY: Strip yourself of all of the above and focus on blingstatement pieces in necklaces, cocktail rings, and earrings. But avoid over-crowding your upper body with too much. Think of yourself as a teeter tooter; your upper body and lower body needs to balance out with each other in the amount of attention they receive.


10 Responses to “Looking Your Best at Every Moment”

  1. 1 Saiyid Ma
    April 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Nice tips, the one I’d disagree with is setting your alarm an hour earlier. In the long run your body will do better with 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, rather than 7 + 1 hours.

  2. April 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    You cover everything in this one. Excellent! Thanks!

  3. April 3, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Anyone tried Bowflex home gym work out equipment? I want to lose fat and gain some muscles. Give me your feedback please. What about Soloflex or TotalGym? Anyone using it now and like it to recommend it?

  4. April 10, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    This is a great article. Since I work at home, I find myself only showering every other day and not putting on make-up and not dressing “up” (wearing lots of sweats and tshirts)… I don’t feel as “sexy” anymore since I don’t put any effort into my appearance when I don’t leave the house. Maybe putting effort into it really will boost my self-esteem about my appearance!

  5. 5 Elizabeth I
    April 11, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I actually do a lot of this, and I don’t care what anyone thinks if I look glamorous at home. I have a couple of other suggestions…

    1) Keep your feet moisturized. If you are at home this is so easy to do and you will be so pleased that you do not have to whip out that pumice stone.

    2) I totally agree on the mani/pedi. I have always been more pleased with the job I have done than the job a salon has done.

    3) Lip gloss. My lips constantly have gloss on them, even when I go to bed…I always feel great about that.

    4) Know where to find a good massage…it solves a multitude of problems.

  6. 6 Elizabeth N.
    April 17, 2010 at 5:11 am

    We do the “hit the snooze thing”. I know my husband appreciates the “bonus sleep” of getting to hit snooze a few times. Not me so much – as I am the one who has to keep hitting the button!

  7. 7 Marc
    April 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Cool, I’m using this checklist for the wife!

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