The Beauty Minimalist

The Beauty Minimalist

The other weekend I had lunch with some awesome bloggy-instagram types. These get togethers are always a blast. Nothing is taboo. The conversation is by turns hilarious, revealing and educational. There were a few beauty experts amongst us, which is something I find fascinating. Like peering into a foreign world I know nothing about. Hearing about feather touch eyebrow tattooing, contouring and eyelash extensions was all quite foreign and exciting. You see, on the totem pole of personal grooming I sit very low.  Read more

How to create a uniform

I didn’t much care for my high school uniform. An uninspiring green and white plaid blouse, matched with a dowdy green skirt and thick brown stockings in winter. When you looked out over a sea of girls dressed the same way, we looked like a forrest with our tree trunk legs.

BUT, I did like not thinking about what to wear in the morning. I did like the lack of pressure. Whenever a free-dress day rolled around, anxiety about what to wear would come rolling in too.

Fast forward (just a few) years and I’m time poor in the mornings. While I love to plan outfits for special events, there are days I’d be happy to give dressing over to a uniform.

I think lots of women feel the same way — that it would be great to have a wardrobe where you can just grab and go, with zero thought. And look fabulous. Read more

How to slow fashion

How to slow fashion

We live in a funny old world. Jeans can cost less than a sandwich. There are now 52 micro-seasons of fashion, rather than the previous two major seasons with resort in between. A dress can appear on a starry Instagram feed one day and a copy in high street fashion stores a week later. It’s all so fast. Fast. Fast.

When things gain lightning speed, perspective can reduce to a pinpoint. I recognised this in myself. It’s part of the reason I have committed to my no-buy year and why I’m still on track. Read more

New Trends. Old Clothes.

It’s getting cooler. You know, dipping below 20 degrees occasionally. The stores are full of new season goodies – boots, coats, long dresses, scarves and the promise of cozy, wintery times.

A new season is always exciting when you love fashion. What will the new trends be? What kind of lovely new things will people be wearing?

I am keen to be in fashion while being out of the buying loop. So I have a little problem – how can I adopt new season trends while not buying anything new?

Is that even possible? Read more

How not to get bored of your clothes

how not to be bored with your clothes

I was talking shopping with the girl who was shaping my brows. We were chatting casually, as you do, in that artificial, intimate bubble. I told her about my year long no new clothes commitment. She thought I was slightly (admirably) nuts.

I need new clothes,” she said immediately and then she paused “well, maybe I don’t but I’m bored with what I have.

Ah, there is the crux of it really. One of the big issues with the no clothes commitment. Once the virtue of it all subsides, it is kind of boring.  Read more