Did you watch the royal wedding? It was the type of event that was hard to avoid, but has it happens, it was worth watching! After the initial wait to see the dress, there were the sweet little exchanges, the very popular bishop, and the […]
Confession time: I did another order from Everything5Pounds. I have mixed feelings, and this is why. I has been trying to resist fast fashion. Having said that, some of the items from E5P are excellent quality. The other reason for internal disquiet is that the […]
Once upon a time, the “skint” reason made sense. If my work shoes broke and there was only enough money for bills and a spare £12, I couldn’t go out and buy patent leather brogues. Buy I could by something for £9 that would get me through until the next payday, or maybe the next three. I had all the different shoe glues, and I could hand-stitch repairs like a pro. I did what had to be done. I also did what I though I deserved. How could I spend big money on something as frivolous as fashion? I felt embarrassed to spend money on myself in that way.
But now that the insanity of my teens and 20s are over and life is much more secure and stable (in every way), why am I buying things that I know won’t last? Many people are still in that position, and having been there I know how wonderful it is that there are budget places to buy clothes. And, to be fair, I still have some £5 items that have lasted for years. It’s a gamble, and sometimes it’s a necessity.
Now I want to think more about everything that I buy. The most recent item in my collection is a pair of boots for work. Three cheaper pairs I bought fell apart in the first week (I won’t name the high street store). So I went looking for something more dependable. I came across the Schuh 365 day returns. Most of my shoes only last a few months. Every time I throw a pair away (or put them in a shoe recycling bin when I can find one), it just feels uncomfortable. And that’s not just because I’m in new shoes.
It’s hard to resist a bargain, but if I can’t rely on it to last, maybe it’s not a bargain after all.
As with my quest to only buy recyclable, cruelty-free cosmetics, the new year has made me think of other changes. Nothing swift, just those slow-burn changes that make an impact over time. One such change that has been bouncing around overactive mind is Project333. […]
Where do you want highlight?
Waist: The easiest way to emphasise a shapely waist is the cut of the outfit – BUT if your clothes are doing enough you can call in reinforcements. Any belt can do the job of marking out your narrower middle, but the current trend for wide corset-style belts will really make it pop! It’s like a wonder bra for your waist!
Have you ever looked at a national or cultural outfit and wanted to borrow parts for yourself? Not that you want to encourage commercial cultural appropriation, but something caught you eye. The colour, the lines, the pattern, the fabric – something made you feel good […]
I’ve been thinking about doing something new with my hair. I’ve always had a history of playing withcolour, but for the last five years I’ve been rather tame. Partly because I was being “sensible” (i.e. “corporate”) and partly because I was growing it long and […]
Step 1 - Check you have the basics
Step 2 - Find your shape
Step 3 - See the suggestions
- makeup.com - by far my favourite guide
- stylercaster - good becuase it has sketched and images side by side
- Beautygeeks - the chart is actually by Smashbox, but it turns up on a lot of beauty pages because it so comprehensive!