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You all know that I am a big believer in the Minimalist Closet, and in building a wardrobe of basics that fit your life and your figure. I preach this particular gospel both because it is practical and because I don't really think anyone needs to spend thousands of dollars or an entire morning getting ready to face the day.
Get up, get dressed, get on with the important parts of your life, whatever they may be. Amen.
Over the weekend, I read an article in the New York Times
about Timothy Ferriss, author of "The 4-Hour Work Week." Ferriss' theory is simple: if business execs cut out all the extras, like Twitter and Facebook and IM and e-mail, they will have time to go scuba diving in the Cayman Islands, rather than being chained to their Blackberries and laptops.
I totally buy that. For the most part.I think that no matter what you are talking about -- getting dressed, running an internet start-up, mauling through the day with small children -- the fewer Must Do things on your list, the better. And I think that all of us tend, at some point, to see things that are essentially extras as necessities.
The question is, how do you make the distinction? How do you know that mascara is a must but eyeliner isn't?
What are YOUR everyday basics, beyond a closet full of clothes that really work? What ELSE do you do to get ready for your day? Do you wear makeup every day? If so, what are your Go To products? How about jewelry? Always the same pieces, or something specific to each outfit? Do you style your hair every morning, or only on some mornings?
And -- the big question -- is your current routine working for you?
This week we'll think about what the other basics are, beyond just great clothes. What is the bare minimum that we all need to do to leave the house looking polished in the morning?
You start. Tell me about your mornings.