I just got back from a weeklong workshop in Sea Island, GA(more on that amazingness later) with my favorite crew of talented women, Amy Osaba, Krista Janos of Blue Eyed Yonder, Claudia Mejerle, Shanna Skidmore, Meredith Mejerle, and a new addition Katy Dennison. We represented the creative team for Elizabeth Messina's A Lovely Workshop 2013 and it was a whirlwind of a week jampacked with a whole lot of beauty. With four workshops now under my belt, I'm starting to feel like a seasoned pro! Working 21 hour days is par for the course so I thought I should mention what my survival essentials are...

1. Long thin tee shirt tunics from Calypso. I am obsessed with this style because a long shirttail is key for being able to bend over, pick up furniture, reach up high on a ladder, etc. Drapey knits are your best friend.

2. What is more practical for those days when you don't have time to shower or put thought into a "beauty routine" than this hat. Instantly makes me feels like I've put some effort into my look, even if I haven't really.

3. Cacao Aztec Aphrodisiac bars. I am fortunate that Cacao calls Atlanta home, because I can not get enough of their divine chocolates. They also generously donated these bars to the workshop and it is the perfect thing to nibble on for a quick hit of sugar when energy gets low. A little luxury on a long day.

4. Benefit They're Real mascara. I was gifted this little gem in my welcome bag since Benefit was the beauty partner for the workshop. New favorite mascara alert! I have puny, pitiful, stick straight wimpy lashes and this made me feel like a 60s baby doll. Love.

5. Mossimo Leggings. I challenge anyone to find a more useful uniform than black leggings on a photo shoot. While I would prefer to wear my worn-in overalls I do get far less disapproving looks with black leggings...and they are admittedly more comfortable. 

6. Frye Oxfords how I love thee let me count the ways. I can wear these for hours and hours upon end without needing relief. I hope they never discontinue this style because it is chic and utilitarian and I love the hint of heel.

7. While Weleda Skin Food is a longtime fave, Aquaphor is a less expensive alternative. It seems to be the staple in every makeup artist's kit and I can see why. I'm vigilant about keeping chapped lips/hands at bay and this does the trick!

8. Klorane Dry Shampoo is my secret weapon for surviving showerless days. Sometimes there is too much to do and showering is a luxury that just has to wait. This dry shampoo is my gold standard.

9. This Apolis + Kinfolk tote is THE JAM. I am always on the search for the perfect toolbag and this one is my new favorite. The burlap, canvas, and brown leather is the trifecta of fabric dreaminess and I am living for all of the pockets on the exterior. Also, the straps are the perfect length. 

10. Ashley of Ice Milk Aprons generously sent a huge shipment of her aprons to the workshop and I wore mine happily with pride! I'm a huge fan of this pocketed version because I'm always needing a place to stash my scissors, clips, and doublestick tape. I wonder if I could convince her to make this style into a toolbelt? Hmm...

11. Elizabeth's makeup artist, Erin Skipley, introduced me to a new-to-me concept... DRY CONDITIONER!!!!! Hot dang I may never have to wash my hair again. She sprayed my beaten up, split ends with a little hit of TIGI Rockaholic Dry Conditioner and I was officially hooked. I ordered two bottles today!

12. Benefit Benetint. Red lipstick is my singular makeup but when I am handling exquisite(and expensive) wedding gowns I will forgo my signature red lips for a hint of color. I have kept this in rotation since I was in middle school but it is a lifesaver when your face just needs a little something to feel finished. This was also included in my welcome bag and I used it all week long. Minimal effort required!

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