Saturday Style 12 | How Living in a Renovation Zone Affects Your Daily Routine

Happy Monday, everybody! How was your weekend? Ours was a real doozy, which I guess is to be expected when you’re living in a renovation zone. You know what I didn’t expect from all this, though? The struggle to put together an outfit on a daily basis. It seems silly, but it’s true – being home alone with a bunch of male workers in the house, I’m not exactly inclined to prance around in one of my pretty sundresses, and I also don’t want anything too nice to get covered in sawdust. So, I had to forego any hope of getting “real” style photos taken and keep it completely real – slouchy tees and boyfriend shorts for the win.

How living in a renovation zone affects your daily routine

This might as well be declared the uniform for all when you’re living in a construction zone. It’s comfortable but put-together enough to be presentable in front of contractors, and if you happen to get caught in the construction mess it doesn’t matter too much – it is just shorts and a tee, right?

Oh, and hair and makeup? Forget about it. All last week, I adopted a shower-at-night routine so I at least got clean and was able to wash my hair when needed, but then I hardly did anything else with my personal appearance. Maybe a dab of concealer here and there, but not much else, and my hair has pretty much been affixed in a bun or topknot at all times. Hey, at least I got a pedicure!

The reason being for this low-maintenance look and routine is that even though the contractors say they’re going to be at your house at a specific time, it usually ends up being way earlier or later than planned. If you follow me on Snapchat (msinthemidwest), then you know that nobody showed up Wednesday as planned, but I still had this nervous feeling in my gut that the second I would get in the shower, somebody would show up. Not exactly the awkward encounter I want to deal with.

How living in a renovation zone affects your daily routine
tee | boyfriend shorts

In all honesty, it kind of was a refreshing way to get ready – not feeling the need to get all dolled up and instead just keeping it casual and carefree. I think I’m going on almost a week straight of not wearing a stitch of makeup, and I know my skin (and schedule that doesn’t allow for hour-long makeup sessions) thank me. I definitely could get used to that and adopting this mindset throughout the summer, especially on warm days.

What do you prefer in the summer – getting dressed up or keeping it casual? What about going makeup-free?


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  1. 6.16.16
    mdb0112 said:

    I love this look, girl! I actually rarely wear make-up. I need make up for a photoshoot I’m doing, and I have no inspiration. I told the girl that it’s rare when I wear it, so I have a very limited amount of make-up knowledge. You’re totally right about contractors, too! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

  2. 6.7.16

    Unless I’m going out for a special event I typically go makeup free in the summer! It is so freeing and much less of a hassle to deal with face sunscreen! Love the low-key look too 🙂

  3. 6.6.16

    This is what I love most about summer! Casual outfits, messy hair and no makeup! Plus, it’s so great for your skin + hair to take a little break every once in a while. Hope everything is going well!

  4. 6.6.16

    I know I love this look so much! The tank version of this top has been my go-to for workouts and climbing lately. It really is just the perfect one to fall back on. Renovating is so exciting, I hope it’s going well!

    • 6.7.16

      Thank you! It is exciting, just a little bit stressful. I need to check out the tank version of this top – it’s my favorite!

  5. 6.6.16

    I personally love going makeup free during the summer, or really at anytime during the year! I feel like it gives my skin a chance to calm down. I saw that your contractors didn’t show up, and I felt so bad for you! I would have been nervous that people were going to show up right when I got in the shower too!

    • 6.7.16

      I seriously couldn’t believe that they didn’t show up when they were supposed to – I was NOT a happy camper!

  6. 6.6.16

    Yes!!!! I am LOVING that natural light streaming into your kitchen. I cannot wait to see the completion and you know I love a good pair of BF shorts and grey top 🙂

  7. 6.6.16

    you’re still totally adorable. i would be in sweats and an ugly tshirt haha.

  8. 6.6.16
    Ashley said:

    Low key outfits like this are my go to anytime I don’t need to be too put together. It’s nice to just be able to throw it on feel relaxed!

  9. 6.6.16

    I love having a makeup free day on the weekends. It really is a nice break. This is the perfect casual outfit.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  10. 6.6.16

    I have a very similar outfit I live in! Kitchen is looking good!

  11. 6.6.16
    Lauren Scorzafava said:

    I love casual dresses and messy hair in the summer!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  12. 6.6.16
    Christina Sotherden said:

    This is the perfect outfit for your weekend! I could live in this look even without a reno, ha! I dress so lazy when we’re inside the house!

  13. 6.6.16

    That tee looks amazing! Also loving how the kitchen looks so far– it’s always the worst when you’re waiting for someone to show up, and you’re totally right about feeling like the second you leave or need to do something they’ll show up!

    • 6.7.16

      Right?! That was my entire life last week – I constantly was living on pins and needles wondering if I needed to stick around or if I could leave the house.

  14. 6.6.16

    Loving this look on you, perfect blend of cozy-chic while living in a construction zone. Can’t wait to see the finished product <3
    Green Fashionista

  15. 6.6.16

    This is my go to outfit for summer! Love comfy tees and denim shorts! You look great with no make up and top knot! I can’t even look at myself in the mirror without concealer in the morning lol!

  16. 6.6.16
    Debra Stachelski said:

    Oh, the joys of home renovation! Of course, you still look cute in your dressed down and minimal makeup look. I’m all for the casual look and I actually think your skin will thank you for the break from makeup for a bit!

    • 6.7.16

      Thank you! Yes, my skin has been pretty good lately, and I’m sure that’s because I have been laying off the makeup.

  17. 6.6.16
    Jenn said:

    That’s what I wear when we have workers come to the house too. Presentable and comfortable but not too over or under done. Hopefully the construction zone is gone soon!

  18. 6.6.16

    That is exactly how I felt when we were having our condo painted last spring. I was like umm what do I wear and when should I shower haha. Cute outfit though and I hope that everything is going well so far with the renovation. 🙂

  19. 6.6.16
    Biana Perez said:

    I love not having to wear makeup and just being in a relaxed look!! I love how comfy that slouchy tee looks! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  20. 6.6.16
    Pamela said:

    That’s my typical weekend outfit! I love a good slouchy tee with shorts! And it’s definitely perfect when you’re in a renovation zone 🙂 <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  21. 6.6.16
    Mónica Sors said:

    Interesting post 😉


    Mónica Sors