Another 12 months…

I re-read my first blog post recently. When I started blogging I knew I wanted to talk about style, fashion and sustainability. And it felt like the 12 month ‘no shopping challenge’ was a good hook to hang it on. There were three main reasons for it – physically too much clutter in my wardrobe; my background working in environmental law; and a desire to rediscover myself and my own personal style.

Where am I now? Well, my wardrobe is less cluttered and I’ve become more careful about what I buy, choosing things I really love and that will last, over fast fashion. I have a much better idea about what is in my wardrobe, and I wear a greater percentage of the clothes in it.

I have also returned to ‘real’ work as an environment lawyer. 3 days/week in the office, immersed in all things environmental from wildlife and species protection, to plastic pollution – and I love it!

Nothing stays the same. I am continuing to rediscover myself and my own style.

Was the wardrobe clear out another step towards more confidence, clearer thinking and a little bit more spring in my step? Or has the general upthrust in my life encouraged me to edit my wardrobe and ditch the crap that I never wore and would never wear in the future? I guess I’ll never know …

So, I’ve updated my username to something that feels more ‘me’ and I’m looking forward to sharing lots of interesting posts with you going forward… Here’s to the next chapter!

A New Wardrobe, Literally.

Re-Working my wardrobe has been, and still is, an emotional process…. here are a couple of lessons I have learnt so far…

I think Spring is finally here?!  Well, to be fair, the beginning of the week was perishing …. on Monday I was so cold and wet, having completed various errands on foot, that I came home, ran a hot bath and lay in it for half an hour to thaw!  (And I wore a woolly hat and gloves to walk to my Pilates class, which is actually only a ten minute stroll away!)

But this end of the week, I’m definitely feeling more upbeat about the weather.  The sky is blue, the sun is shining and I’ve left the heating on at home giving me the impression that it’s a good 20 degrees outside!

And I’ve had my bedroom painted.  Big news!  In the List of Things you need to update, change, alter and re-work in times of separation and divorce, then getting your bedroom painted is right up there with ‘change your email address’ and ‘cut your hair’  (I’ve done one of those, so far…) Continue reading “A New Wardrobe, Literally.”

A Stumble, A Pause …..and a Little Holiday.

This December, I needed a little break….

It turns out I didn’t feel that sparkly during Advent despite my best intentions?! The reality was slightly different to the gloss!

I was unwell in December, and then I had one of those little ‘health scares’ that seem to be a part of mid-life. All fine now, I’m pleased to report. Continue reading “A Stumble, A Pause …..and a Little Holiday.”

Why Am I Doing This?!…

Why have I decided not to buy any new clothes for a year?!…

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This was the question I asked myself yesterday.  I was feeling low.  I’m practically a single mother, and two weeks of half term with 4-5 semi-teenage boys in the house (my own three, plus nephew, plus french friend ‘learning english’) is pretty hard work!  I’ve started my blog; unsubscribed from various emails to avoid shopping temptation; edited my coats; and purchased an elongated selfie stick with which to take some ‘totally amazing’ photos of the abundance already in my wardrobe – and what I really wanted to do, yesterday, was buy myself a new dress! Continue reading “Why Am I Doing This?!…”