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10 Fast Fashion & Beauty Fixes

In my humble opinion, there is nothing worse in life than heading out the door to work only to suffer a wardrobe malfunction at the most inopportune time! Can I get an Amen from my career girls??

 I, the reigning queen of the klutzes, will inevitably waste, spill, rip, tear or mangle one or more pieces of my ensemble or smudge and smear a perfectly good mascara application by noon. It never fails.

However, with age comes wisdom...and once you've had your fair share of work-related fashion snafus, you soon learn to keep an arsenal of quick fix tools handy.  Along with the ever-present travel toothbrush and tube of deodorant, here is a list of beauty and fashion emergency items you should have on deck at your desk.

{1.} Solemates Heel Protector Caps: I was introduced to these by a publicist pitching bridal story ideas for my FTJ. They are GENIUS. If you're walking on grass or cobblestone/uneven pavement, these heel protectors provide a steady base for your stilettos, prevent heel scuffs and come in a multitude of colors to match your shoes.

{2.} Hollywood Fashion Tape: A red carpet staple, this double-sided tape is perfect not only for arranging clothes to cover boobage, it's also great for fixing hems in a snap! 

{3.} Tide To Go Pen:  A magic pen  that will save your wardrobe . . . and sanity. This little doozie is a stain remover and pre-treater all in one! A couple swooshes across a stained blouse or pant and you're good to go.

{4.} Ouchless Ponytail Holders: For days when your 'do is just done! Pull your tresses up into a nice and neat bun or ponytail and hair worries are obsolete. 

{5.} Nail Polish Remover Pads: Better than lugging around a bottle of acetone and cotton balls, polish remover pads do the job in one. I happen to love the Deborah Lippmann "Stripper to Go", which is a lavender-scented finger mitt that fits snugly over an entire digit. One or two swipes later, chipped polish is a thing of the past!

{6.} Bobby Pins: Another hair savior. Best for fixing stray strands and keeping high buns in optimal condition.

{7.} Mini Lint Brush: A must-have for pet owners with a closets full of black clothing.

{8.} Clear Nail Polish: Adding a clear coat of polish to nude nails looks just as good as a fresh manicure itself!

{9.} Heel Caps: The sound of exposed nails from stiletto heels clacking against the floor is excruciatingly painful to listen to. It literally makes me cringe! These heel caps will keep you lock step in between visits to the shoe repair guy.

{10.} Rollerball Fragrances: God bless the person who invented travel size perfume options in the form of rollerballs. Sometimes (when I'm being quite frugal) I will actually opt for the rollerball vs. shelling out big $$ for a full-size bottle. And they're awesome for a midday olfactory pick-me-up.

Do you keep a fashion + beauty emergency kit in your desk? What items does it include? Leave a comment for me below!

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