The Prep Time Continuum

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The formula to the perfect nighttime outfit isn’t an exact science, but maybe looks something like this:

(Energy – Effort)/Time = Percentage likelihood of going out when done getting ready

I’m still working on the exact metrics, but one thing I know for sure is that not all my outfits can be a big fuss or I lose steam. It’s the spoils of having a hair and makeup team to take care of some of the heavy lifting for a TV or red carpet appearance. When it’s just me at home, I need a 10 minute routine.


And you’re looking at it. I love this look for a few reasons. First, these Bella Dahl cotton shorts are somewhere between a denim and a PJ which means I don’t need to sacrifice comfort for a cute look. And this Club Monaco silk top is so simple but the tulip style sides make it a little flirty for a night out. To really take it from day to night, I let my accessories steal the show. These studded Louboutins and Chanel mini bag bring a little bit of drama to this simple look.


A pop of Nars matte lip pencil in Red Square to match the sole and a swipe of mascara and there – I have dominated the prep time continuum.

Oh and I’m pretty sure Dirty Hair = Volume + “Woke up like this Curls” anyways but hey, you do the math.

Top, Shorts, Shoes (similar here), Chanel bag, Lip Color

Xo, Tara

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