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Shop Your Wardrobe


Shop Your Wardrobe


I’ve written about the growing popularity of a capsule wardrobe before – the idea of shopping less but focusing more on quality and for some, how ethically items are made too. I think there is definitely something in this, and while I don’t think fast fashion will ever slow down, it’s important to be more conscious. While some high-street stores have been publicly shamed for their treatment and manufacturing methods, others have been praised for making more of an effort to focus on this aspect and making fashion not only fast, but ethical too. Building a capsule wardrobe isn’t just about concentrating on the quality of fashion though, but about the wearability too. We are all guilty of having pieces in our wardrobe that we just don’t wear (although of course we will, one day, we just haven’t had the right occasion for it yet). While some pieces may hold sentimental value, others we have worn perhaps just a little too much. Sometimes, especially when a new season comes around, we become so intent on buying new, that we forget about the old. With shopping moving online, it’s become easier and easier to browse and buy that we don’t even need to leave the comfort of our sofas. This autumn, I’ve decided to delve inside my wardrobe a little more to discover those lost and forgotten pieces that I can re-wear for the colder months ahead. With an array of cosy jumpers that I bought last year, a selection of blanket scarfs and quite the collection of faux fur coats safely tucked away, it’s made me realise that I certainly don’t need to go out and purchase a whole new autumn/winter wardrobe like we are so often led to believe. This is also where the capsule wardrobe concept comes in handy: buy good staple favourites that will see you through year after year. A good cable knit/fisherman jumper for example is a great investment and a timeless piece that will never go out of style. By shopping your own wardrobe and trying pieces on that you may have forgotten about entirely, you’ll see that it’s almost like having a new one after all, you just need to get creative. Although there will be pieces you’re missing – I’m still after a wool long-line grey coat – you can always add those in time. I will never stop shopping and I’m afraid, although I’m an advocate for it, nor could I restrict myself to a capsule wardrobe, but being more mindful and conscious of what you do add to your wardrobe is definitely something I could get on board with.

A Time for Reflection


A Time for Reflection


Last weekend, I caught the last half an hour of It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s one of my favourite Christmas films. A true nostalgic classic that always reminds me of family Christmases when I was younger.  Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Henry Travers as Clarence Odbody, it is a heart-warming tale, even in those moments of despair. When contemplating ending his own life through financial debt and worries, George Bailey is shown what life would be like if he never existed. If all of the good he had accomplished never happened and where all those people who he touched throughout his life, would be now without him. It is a powerful and thought-provoking message. Even as the film credits roll and they are all merrily singing Auld Lang Syne, it is a film to remember all year, but even more so perhaps at Christmas. It is said to be a happy and promising time of year. A time to spend with friends and family. But it can also be a difficult time of year for many too. Worrying about all the gifts to buy, the food that is needed and the extras not to be forgotten.  I heard on the radio last week that the average person will spend £700 this Christmas. It seems a staggering amount of money doesn’t it, but fairly accurate when you begin to count everything up.  As the big day itself grows nearer, it’s important to take a step back. To remember what this time of year is really all about. It shouldn’t be about presents or eating too much food, but about having the time to spend with loved ones. To be thankful and to relax after a long year and enjoy those moments. Yes, it can be stressful – and expensive – but it’s also a lovely time for reflection before the new year begins.

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas


Whether you have one day off or two weeks, we all look forward to having a little time off over the festive season if we can. Those ‘3 days’ between Christmas and New Year are commonly spent in a glorious festive haze. Not knowing what day it is, or how much cheese we’ve actually consumed, it’s the perfect time to enjoy some guilt-free relaxation. To switch off from an undoubtedly busy year and spend time with family or friends we may not have seen for a while. Whether you are at home or staying away, the Christmas bubble is something I always look forward to.  From watching Christmas films, to making turkey sandwiches or bubble and squeak, to squeezing in just a few more Roses, playing just one more board game or doing a little Boxing day Sale shopping, it’s a time with little expectation. Most years, a good Christmas walk tends to be in the diary for us, perhaps a trip to the beach if we can manage it and re-watching some of our favourite festive films. While I’m all for staying home during this time, it does feel good to get out and about. It’s all too easy to hunker down and hibernate for the duration of Christmas, but the shock when you do return to work seems greater as a result – or perhaps that’s a sign you’ve really switched off. For many, there will be a few family traditions floating around at this time of year too. Some may have a quieter Christmas in preparation for a busy New Year, or vice versa. Perhaps you’re going away for part or for whole of the period or have made the decision to stay at home and keep it low-key. However you’re spending your Christmas this year, and however long you’ll have off from work, I hope it’s a truly happy and healthy one. Merry Christmas!

Your Festive Wardrobe


Your Festive Wardrobe


While some of us may already have started planning out our Christmas outfits, it seems the number of occasions that call for a thoughtful outfit increase every year. From something special for Christmas day or for visiting the family on Boxing Day, to the office Christmas party and the annual meal-out and impromptu dancing with friends, it can be difficult to keep up.  It doesn’t always seem necessary – or right, given the current fast fashion climate – to buy something new for every occasion; and yet, it’s nice to dress up. It’s nice to have something new to wear and to feel glitzy and glam for the festive season. From sequins to metallics, pops of red to velvet and silks, we really are inundated with beautiful sartorial options at this time of year. But how about approaching your festive outfits in a more mindful way? Not just taking into account repurposing and re-wearing for next Christmas, but how it can worn for more than one occasion this season too.  While those sparkly and special items are highly distinguishable – making it less tempting to wear it on more than one instance in such a short space of time – they can be wonderfully versatile too. A sequin top for example – tucked into a pair of black high-waisted flared trousers, worn under a velvet pinafore dress, teamed with a metallic pencil skirt or a pair of tailored shorts. Velvet has made a welcomed return, as it does every year around Christmas, being such a festive fabric. A pair of navy velvet shorts can be teamed with gold, silver, black (yes, really) or coppery tones.  Even a simple black shift dress can make a festive and versatile option: paired with a sequin blouse, over a thin red knit or with a sparkly pair of tights and heels for the office get-together. While I’m all for fashion that is highly impractical and fun, I think choosing festive favourites that work cohesively with other items in your wardrobe is a sensible choice. An all-over sequin top – whilst seemingly impractical – might actually pair with a wide array of items, making it a wearable option for more than one occasion. I’ve included a few of my favourite festive choices for this season below. Some of which can be paired together or worn independently – perhaps with something you already own in your wardrobe. Velvet Wide Leg Trouser | Whistles | £119 Metallic Midi Skirt | Kate Spade | £325 Black Lace Top | The Kooples | £118.50 Marie Floral Sequin Blouse | Anthropologie | £98

A Thoughtful Resolution


A Thoughtful Resolution


Whilst we’re still in the midst of seasonal festivities with Christmas only a few weeks away, I’ve seen a number of articles discussing the new year and plans for 2020. It’s funny isn’t it, that so many of us set our new year resolutions to begin in January. We may think about them in the months or weeks leading up to the new year but remain intent on not starting them until 1st January rolls around. I understand the relevance of that first day in January. It is fresh and exciting – a new year that seems to be bursting with promise and opportunity. Why start something new in the second week of December when the arrival of a year new is just moments away? I’m not saying I am starting a new resolution or two now, but I must admit, I have been giving it some thought. Rather than rushing to think of a new resolution to adhere to on New Years’ Eve surrounded by prosecco and music, I’m determined to give them a little more consideration this year. It’s the start of a new decade too. While the same resolutions will float around – I want to set some goals which will be beneficial. Not just goals to stop doing something either, but rather the idea of starting something, or doing more of something, that will bring joy and contentment.  I realised the other day the importance of contentment. It is unusual today to feel utter contentment. We are always striving for more, buying more, yearning for more. What’s wrong with what we have? It’s difficult to simply set a goal telling yourself you must feel content – it needs to start at the root. You need to ask the question – what makes me feel content? Then do more of it. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Perhaps it is. Next year then, as we welcome in 2020, my resolution is to strive for a little more contentment in my life.