Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pink Julep Gets Ready as Inspired by How to Walk in High Heels by Camilla Morton

I'm currently reading How to Walk in High Heels by Camilla Morton and being only on page 10, I can already tell this is going to be a go to book for the self-improvement of Pink Julep behavior for the rest of my life! This book is fabulous so far, not only telling me things I already know because my mother tried to beat them into my brain, but reminding me to stop being lazy about certain things that simply MUST be done!

The book starts by addressing "getting ready" which is a problem for most women I know. There's never enough time, it never works out right and it's not always the happy experience we'd like it to be, leaving us stressed and let's face it, perhaps a little haggard on our way out the door, when we should be our freshest and most fabulously ready to face the day!

One of the first thing that struck me was how Morton talks about setting up your getting ready space. Now I'm always on the quest for the proper organization of closet, drawers and make-up bag to make things easier as I'm sure we all are, but Morton goes the extra mile recommending that you establish a "mood" in your getting ready space. She recommends Diptyque candles (pictured above) for scent. She also recommends that if you're a person who requires music, to go for classical, jazz or soothing music as tunes that are too raucous might distract you and delay your process, therefore making you late.

To translate this into my life, I'm using Mixture Soy Hand Poured Candles in Wild Currant. Let's face it, the shopping here in Cayman is limited so Diptyque isn't really an option, nor am I thrilled with the price tag of such luxuries, but Mixture candles are amazing, luxurious and smell amazing!

For music, I'm not really much of a classical in the morning gal. I used to always listen to music when I got ready growing up and somehow I've stopped. Classical, jazz or soothing would just prompt me to get right back in bed, but I do agree with Morton that something too loud or crazy might up the tension of an already stressful morning ritual. Here is the playlist I've come up with to try out (on shuffle of course) for the rest of the week:

1. Dreaming - Blondie
2. Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf - The Killers
3. Beautiful Ones - Suede
4. Dancin With Myself - Billy Idol
5. Smile - Lily Allen
6. I Gotta Feelin - The Black Eyed Peas
7. Bubbly - Colby Caillet
8. Clocks - Coldplay
9. Put Your Records On - Corrine Bailey Rae
10. Friday I'm In Love - The Cure
11. She - Elvis Costello
12. Love Story - Taylor Swift
13. Linda Goes to Mars - John Prine
14. High & Dry - Jamie Cullum
15. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
16. Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll - The Killers
17. Papparazzi - Lady Gaga
18. Killing the Blues - John Prine
19. Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis
20. LDN - Lily Allen
21. Sunday Girl - Blondie
22. The Climb - Miley Cyrus
23. I Get a Kick Out of You - Jamie Cullum
24. In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry
25. Unwritten - Natasha Beddingfield
26. Wonderwall - Oasis
27. Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's
28. I Love You Till the End - The Pogues
29. Just Like Heaven - The Cure
30. Brass in Pocket - The Pretenders
31. Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart) - Queen
32. Christmas in Prison - John Prine
33. Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
34. Run - Snow Patrol
35. Party in the USA - Miley Cyrus
36. Downtown - Petula Clark
37. For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder
38. Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say) - Lady Gaga
39. The Ballad of Michael Valentine - The Killers
40. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift
41. Big Sur - The Thrills
42. Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
43. Sabu Visits the Twin Cities - John Prine
44. American Girl - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
45. Someone Like You - Van Morrison

The playlist is just a rough draft... I can already tell it's going to need some tweaking, but we'll see.

Morton also focuses on having enough time, so I'm also going to try to get up earlier which will be the most difficult part I fear.

What do you do to personalize your getting ready space? If you have tips you'd care to share, I'd love to hear them!

Pink Julep!


  1. Love the idea of having a space to get ready in. And I'd have to agree that having enough time to get ready really helps not to feel rushed in the day...

  2. I love this recommendation and can't wait to read this book. I agree, there has to be a mood for a getting ready space.

  3. Great post! Sounds like a wonderful read. My getting-ready space is a happy place already but the right playlist always boosts the mood!

  4. That's a fantastic idea! I'm already scrolling through my Ipod, trying to come up with a "good morning" playlist. I've picked this book up and flipped through it a few times, and never bought it- but I think I'll take it home today.

  5. Would love for you to link up this recommendation at our Fab Friday linky party! And, yes it's so true...there never seems to be enough time to get ready.
    Heather @


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