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Author: Ellie

Is it really a bargain?

Is it really a bargain?

Fast fashion. 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 […]

Do I dare to try Project333?

Do I dare to try Project333?

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.   […]

Not resolutions, just good ideas

Not resolutions, just good ideas

Happy New Year, and all that. You had a good Chrissy? A nice break from work (for some)? Laughed, drank, got fat? Good job.

Have you set any new year’s resolutions? Ugh. No. No I have not. You know why? Because I’m really not that resolute.

Being resolute feels so aggressive. I don’t mind being assertive, but I don’t particularly want to start the year by thinking about strict rules. The reasoning behind the resolutions is what’s important.

There are some positives I’ve been thinking about lately. Over the last year, there have been a few things I’ve put more effort into that I would like to continue. They also have a sustainable/ethical theme:

  1. When travelling, only buying locally-made souvenirs (sometimes challenging)
  2. Only buying “cruelty-free” cosmetics
  3. Moving away form “fast fashion” and buying quality, lasting items instead
  4. Not buying unnecessary nonsense that I’m only going to once

These are things I’ve always felt were “the right thing to do”, but I was either skint or weak.

Neither excuse is viable now. So I will make an effort. A bit more animal-friendly. A bit more environmentally-friendly. A bit more ethical.

No “new year” overhaul. Just being a bit… more.

 

Beautifying a Business Bod – How to accessorize a suit

Beautifying a Business Bod – How to accessorize a suit

I adore the crisp lines of a good suit. Executives, military, flight attendants; there are plenty of suited and booted looks that can draw you in. No doubt someone has done a study about why some work wear is just so appealing, but for me […]

Adding some international flavour

Adding some international flavour

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 […]

Hair choices… sombre or ombre?

Hair choices… sombre or ombre?

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 didn’t want to mess with it too much.
 
It was also partly because for the first time since I was a toddler my hair was an actual colour – light brown. As opposed to mousy-diry-newpaper-blandness-with-a-hint-of-old-teabag colour.
 
Now I have super long hair that needs a good trim, and a restorative keratin treatment. So why not get a nice colour done, too?
 
Here is my predicament. If I were to get whatever colour I wanted, I would get hologram hair. I came across it last night and it looks amazing! I would also consider rainbow hair and unicorn hair. I love that such thing exist <3
 
 

Rainbow Hair by Alexandre Breveglieri, CC BY 2.0, Flickr

 
But I know that hologram hair is our of the question, and the other two are also problematic because I have warm skin tone. So much blue with make my skin look a little sickly (trust me, I’ve been blue before). I would have to go for warmer tones, and the ombre look works perfectly for this. (flame hair, variousombres).
 
 

I adore the fiery look! I’m extremely tempted by it. I don’t have to worry about “professionalism” being an issue; my manager’s manager has purple hair. But do I want that much maintenance? I had pink streaks once. They would start as hot pink and fade to baby pink over 2-3 weeks and then I would recolour. But they were only streaks, so it was easy. What would a headful of colouring effort feel like? All that effort was the main reason I stopped being a blonde.
 
So I’m looking for a middle ground. I can keep my natural hair colour (including the 4 greys I have on one side) and will add some blonde to the bottom. Or maybe some rose. Or amber. What other warm tones are trending right now?
 
Working it: Eye Shape

Working it: Eye Shape

Once again, The Pool has sent me off on a research mission. I follow The Pool on Facebook and find it’s a solid 3-way split: 1/3 disagree, 1/3 agree, 1/3 “Oh hell yeah, right on, sista!”. The post that sent me searching was this: How I […]

Phasing in some minimalism

Phasing in some minimalism

Indoor minimalist, outdoor stylish – can I look creative without owning much stuff? We’re looking for a new place to live. Super excited about the possibility of moving into a dream home: a shiny new apartment on the outskirts of the city. Close enough to walk […]

Return of the bum bag

Return of the bum bag

Of all the 90s fashion trends to be revived, why this one? Whether you call it a bum bag or a fanny pack (and neither sounds attractive), this accessory was probably in your wardrobe at one stage and you did actually wear one. It was functional. It was popular. It was unflattering, but it serve a useful purpose. The problem is that the more useful an item is, the less likely it will stay fashionable. As bum bags disappeared, armband pockets appeared instead. So did cross-body bags, which were a favourite of mine. Sash-bags came along, too. But despite so many attempts, there hasn't been any version that's become timeless, as well as fashionable and functional. Well, the bum bag is back - flatter and without a belt. There are a whole host of reasons why the latest hand-free bag will also be a short term trend. First, it's still a bum bag. It's not new or particularly attractive. It's a small, shiny utility belt. Function will always take priority, which means that will not be able to endlessly adapt to the latest fashion trends. It has to be essentially the same design forever more. It's difficult to express oneself with a fashion accessory if it will always look like everybody else's, just in a different colour. Second, it will always have a limited use. Bags go with everything except exercise. Pouches go with one activity at a time. Heading to the office, then a quick gym class before dinner with the folks requires a few more items in a woman's toolkit than a pouch can provide. But the main reason is that the reason it exists is capitalism. We need to be unsatisfied in order to buy something else. If hands-free bags like the pouch become too popular, then suddenly we'll be flooded with ads telling us that we could be happier if we carried a brush in our bag for unexpected dates or business opportunities. We'd have fewer wrinkles if we drank more water (so we should buy a fancy water bottle). We could be living happily ever after if we'd not been so lazy and we carried things in a real bag, not some silly little pouch like your grandmother had once upon a time. It sounds like I'm totally bagging out the bum bag, but to tell you the truth I would try this new version. I am lazy. I often go places where a bag just feels like more effort than it's worth. And most of my jeans have stupidly tiny pockets that won't fit my phone. But I wonder how they will make it fashionable outside of joggers and festival fans.