The Secret to My Holiday Party Prep

Let's be honest, holidays are right around the corner. For some, this means spending time with family and friends, drinking egg nog, and opening presents. For others, this may be the first time you're meeting your significant other's family and you are beyond nervous. For me, it is my first holiday in a different state, on my own, without my mom and close friends 10 mins away for refuge. This gives me more room to go out and explore on my own, and in this case, I've accepted a few holiday party and movie premiere invitations. Yes, I said it! Movie premieres!

So here's what my prep to fab count down looks like:


1. Shave your pits:
When I say your pits, I mean everywhere that have hair growing out of it except your eyebrows and scalp.

2. Drink some bubbly:
I get nervous before a party, so I pop some bubbly, get some liquid courage while getting dressed. I find that I am approachable and fearless when I've had one glass before stepping into a room.

3. Hair + Makeup:
Now, what's a party if you're not glamorous? A sleepover. Haha! My hair is always curled to fit the curvature of my cheeks. I try my best to stick with a natural look to keep the focus on my eyes or my style, not my unblended makeup mistakes.

4. Thigh Highs:
You may be asking, "why a thigh high?". Simple: It makes me feel sexy. If I'm going to a party, I want my confidence through the roof. Thigh highs and a fierce lipstick do that for me. I walk in thinking I own the place.

5. Shake, Spray + Go

My secret weapon for staying dry in a sweaty situation at a holiday party? Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant

I have a love-hate relationship with deodorants. Growing up, my mom had to create homemade remedies for my bad odor. It's not like I didn't use deodorant, they just didn't work. I found myself switching products every two weeks in order to keep my personal hygiene on par. That's when I fell in love with Dove.

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant goes on instantly dry and provides 48 hours of odor and wetness protection in addition to caring for skin. So not only will you smell good, your skin will thank you later. 

All you have to do is spray and go. No time to stand, holding your arms up while it dries, it cuts your routine down by a few minutes and the magic of it all? NO RESIDUE! I know! Girl, if you can find a deodorant that gives you the "shake, spray, and go" option, and leaves the armpits of your favorite clothing clear of any residue, is worth a try. It's perfect for our on-the-go lifestyle. 

All ready and set for my holiday party shenanigans, I grabbed my sexy lace heels and strutted out the door. 

Makeup (check)
Dress (check)
Confidence (through the roof)


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What's your prep like? I'd love to hear it!
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Debbie-Jean Lemonte

Debbie-jean Lemonte is a Jamaican-born New York-based photographer, who specializes in Portraits and Family events such as engagements, weddings, showers and maternity sessions. She stumbled into blogging as another vice by expressing her love for fashion, lifestyle and photography.