Alarm. Breakfast. Work. Lunch. Work. Dinner. Bed. Where are you, social life?!

I learned this lesson quickly growing up about 10 minutes away from Seaside Heights, NJ.  I would often grapple with the decision of whether to meet up with my friends after a long night of hostessing or to hit the hay and call it a night. This past summer was my last one to spend at bars and clubs with my friends before I headed to college an hour away from it all, so I forced myself to find a happy median between my job and social life. 

So my solution was to do both. I realized that life is too short to miss out on opportunities I may never have the pleasure of experiencing again. Don't let your excuse for refusing to meet up with friends for drinks after work be attributed to you not having time to change into something fancier. 

My advice: If you know you have an entertaining evening planned, pack a lightweight bag filled with accessories, makeup, perfume and deodorant that you can store in a drawer or in your car so you can modify your work clothes and your look on the go. That's what I did when I needed a quick fix for my hostessing attire. I kept a bag in my car with all of favorite accessories that would be sure to spice up my tattered work look (and smell!).

Wearing something basic, like a black blouse or cream dress, will be easy to pair with colorful accents. No need to stop home and waste time! Time is of the essence, especially when it comes to relaxing on a breezy night with your best friends near the beach.  According to Cosmopolitan's April 2012 magazine issue, a "budget-friendly secret: you can go from a.m. flirty to p.m. foxy just by switching your accessories." Adding edgy jewelry and darker makeup for a more dramatic effect will be sure to turn heads on the dance floor. No one could even tell I had just rearranged an entire restaurant to accommodate a party of 24 just a half hour prior. 

Your work attire will be so refreshed and revamped after dark that if your coworkers were to see you out, they would hardly notice the outfit adjustment, guaranteed. By the time I met up with my friends, they could not believe that I hadn't stopped home first to spruce up. It was not only easy to execute the style switch, but a few touch ups did the same as the usual hour of prep time. It is possible for girls to be ready in 10 minutes, believe me, Lovelies.

How do you transition from work to nightclub?

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