Do you think that sometimes we dress the way we feel? We listen music that reflects our feeling. We make our surroundings as reflection of our surroundings.
Since my last year low point moment, I want to feel better and enjoy my life more. I want to be grateful and content. I want to choose joy.
I have called it the Joy project .
It is a process, but I believe that it is the little things that will help.
I know a girl that is obese with colour yellow. Every time she wants to buy an item of clothing, it has to be yellow. I actually lost count of the amount of time she told me that she bought a new yellow item. Now I got nothing against the colour but truth be told I do not have much of yellow things in my life. I actually adapted a simple colour palette these past years. You have to be black, white, navy, grey or burgundy for me add you to my wardrobe. But how about a change. Let’s be open to something new. Yellow is the colour of optimism and and amusement. As the colour of the sunlight, it is commonly associated with warmth. In China, it s the colour of happiness, glory and wisdom.
Coincidentally enough, yellow is also one of this year’s spring trends. And although I don’t always follow every fashion trends ( will have to write a blog post about that), I want to follow that one. So far I got myself a yellow dress and a yellow skirt. I also regularly try to buy some daffodils. Daffodils are one of the symbol in Wales so you get a good bundle for £1.
So here is a quick snipet of inspiration of what I found in some of my favourite fashion website while I am working on my little joy project.
God bless x
Yellow candle /Yellow heels/Yellow skirt – H&M
Yellow round bad/dress – Zara
Yellow skirt – River Island
Have you ever lived or being around an hoarder?
When my mother decided to moved back to London three years ago, I had to sort an impossible amount of things. It was an incredible headaches. My mother just love buying things for all sorts of reason and to be honest we can all identify with that. We are all living in this consumer society where adverts constantly battle for our attention, endlessly trying to convince us that we need this or that. As a fashion lover, I am bit of a sucker for clothes, accessories and all around pretty things.
I moved out of my mothers’ house five years ago in a very empty flat. At the time all I had was some books, clothes, my laptop and a desk. Fast forward to now and I have found myself in the reality that I have accumulated stuff. I have not as much as my mother but I am constantly rethinking that I do not want my space to be cluttered with things. I do not want to hoard.
Over the past years, I have become more and more attracted by the concept of minimalism on so many level. This means a lot for me the girl who loves fashion and enjoy buying clothes and accessories.
It all really started with the digitalisation of music for me. Now I used to have CDs and when I was way younger I also owned vinyls (I am an older millennial so yeah I had those). I loved my CDs. But then the mp3 portable music came only, i stopped buying CDs and everything went digital.
I felt like it was easier and simple this way. I then started to look at other ways I could simplify thing by using technology. So at the moment, I am paperless for most of my bills including my bank statements. I scanned most important documents.
A new trend
You can argue that Minimalism feels like a trend this day like veganism is for some. But when ou look at it, the concept makes sense and is relevant. We live in a society that is constantly pushing us to consume more and excess is glorified.
Minimalism is broad in the way you want to use. Some people take it to an extreme and some are more moderate. I tend to be more on the moderate side and to be honest I will recommend people to take it step by step. I first try to come up with what i consider the reasons as to why i decided to make my lifestyle more minimalistic.
Being more organised
although my living space is not huge, I do have to clean it like any responsible adult. From time to time, I enjoy cleaning and organising, it is quite therapeutic at times. But when you are busy, it can get in the way. So it is obvious that with a more demanding busy life, getting things done in a more efficient way is a must. I want to be more productive, planning better and work smarter.
There is a need to eliminate the excess and keep the essential. I am really trying to keep what really means something. so now even when i am shopping i really have to think about my purchases – do i really need these things or do i just want them
Not feeling drained down
clutter whether it is physical and mental is exhausting on so many level. I genuinely find it harder to concentrate in a cluttered space. When space are clean and tidy it is easier for me to work and relax. I realised that I like having open spaces and simplicity. So I am currently considering the decor of my flat and how I want it to look like.
Now although I love my fashion i am perfectly aware that all my pretty things do not bring me authentic joy. They make me smile and I do enjoy them but to be honest we have all done it;we geeked over something and then after some time, the novelty wears off.
We all have to admit that we are somehow influenced by the media and society to buy this or that. We are told that it will make us happy.
Now even when I a make fashion recommendations in my post, they are just recommendations not obligations. I try to be more sensible about my purchases. I do not always need the latest and this is what I am learning. I actually want to get more classic pieces that can be wears in every seasons and be more mindful of trends that will only last a moment.
In conclusion, It is all a learning curve and I am on this journey to embrace a bit more of simplicity just to make things a bit more orderly.
I just want more space to breathe to really focus on.
Now although we are still in February and temperatures went really low this month Spring fashion has taken over the shop already. I believe people are so eager for the weather to change. And personally, I am tired of all the layering and cannot wait to stop wearing tights.
So as anyone who loves fashion I have been checking my favourite sites for new items. One thing that I have been loving for the new season are suits.
Now I am an assistant manager in a law firm so my wardrobe is 50% of formal wear and being the fashion lover that I am I do not want to just have the classic black attire. I think it is important to have a bit of fun with your outfit. So it was quite interesting seeing the different shapes and colours that are out there.
Let me share with you my findings and I hope you will be inspired to suit up fashionably.
Here’s a typical fashion blog
Just like most women, I carry a bag where I try to have all my life necessities. It is not an easy task but we all do it. I do have different types of bags that I use: big bag for work and a smaller one for casual outings. For the purpose of this post, I am focusing on my small Zara city bag.
So here’s what I carry around:
This is just a silver IPhone 6s that I am using since last year.
They are currently grouped on a big keyring just to make it easier for me to find in the bag
As I am try to embrace minimalist, I ditched the traditional big wallet and just have a card wallet where I keep my main bank cards. I have put all my loyalty cards on a keychain at the moment. This makes it easier to have less clutter in the bag. Another alternative is to download store apps where your card is registered and you can shop and collect point on the go.
I do not really carry cash but let’s face it sometimes you just need some coins. So I have a cute pink velvet round purse for the odd pennies.
This is just a small one to keep a couple of pens, pencil and highlighter because you never know when you need to write something down.
Mini Make up bag that contain
mirror, lip balm, lipstick, blot powder, concealer, hand cream, hair bands, bobby pins and a roller perfume
You do not want to sneeze and make your hands dirty
It is true that it is not always sunny in the UK, but sometimes the sun comes to say hello.
Once again, with the UK weather, you always have to carry one
As much as we have a lot of ways to entertain ourselves with our phone, having a book is just the best way to pass time. At least for me it is.