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A Sustainable shopping guide pt.1

Jun 26, 2017

To be sure, the offer of sustainable styles has vastly improved over the last few years. The days of tree-hugging fashions are happily far behind us. But still, finding brands that offer really fashion foreward pieces (that also happen to fit my personal style) and at the same time make an effort to minimise their environmental impact and/or improve labour conditions for their manufacturers? Not always an easy job! That's why I'm starting a small series in which I'll go on a quest to find brands that meet all of my standards. For today I selected 5 brands. We'll have a look at what efforts they're untertaking to deserve the 'sustainable label' and what items I would totally add to my closet if I could (I'm on a shoping stop right now, but that doesn't stop me from dreaming - nor from having a smallish relapse spree for my birthday earlier this month, ahem).

Lessons in finding your own style

May 5, 2017

Three months of no shopping. That's where I'm at today. And I have to say, it really does something with a person. Aside from the heavy withdrawel symptoms, what I notice most is that it has prompted me to think more about what my style is and how I want to piece my love for fashion in my life.

After all combining a passion for fashion with a sustainable lifestyle is quite contradictory. Because what is fashion but the thrill of the new and exciting? I used to think fashion was about finding beauty, about celebrating aesthetics. But for me style can't be measured out in the golden ratio.

5 of my favourite books.

Apr 21, 2017

For me, curling up on the couch with a book and hot cup of tea in the evening, is basically, like, wellness for the mind and soul. So with World book day just around the corner (23 April) I couldn't not dedicate this week's blogpost to reading. Today I'm sharing with you 5 books that I not only loved to read, but that also partly shaped the way I go about my life. Now don't go expecting a list of high-end literary works or difficult philosophical essays. I'm not saying that a little bit of intellectual challenge here and there is a bad thing but, for me, reading mainly means relaxing. So, have a look at my list and by all means, leave your favourite reads in the comments below!

5 ways to reduce fear and calm your nerves.

Mar 31, 2017

Fear. Sweaty palms. Shaking legs. An annoyingly pounding heart. Something in my stomach that doesn't feel like butterflies, but more like an ant's nest. Fear.

I know it all too well. Heck, I propaby feel it on a weekly basis. Mostly it's caused by things I know  I shouldn't objectively be scared of. Like having to drive somewhere and not knowing for sure where I'll find a parking spot. Or running into someone at the grocery store who I know a little, but actually really not that good (should I just say 'Hi' and walk by or is that rude and am I supposed to start a conversation?).

I've had these fears for as long as I can remember. As a child I was afraid to learn how to ride a bike and to swim. But even more afaid to be laughed at if I tried it and failed. As a teenager I became afraid to say something in a group of people, especcially if I didn't know them well and even more so if they were boys (having as a result that I never even gave people a chance to get to know me, which made me believe that people simply didn't like me, which made me eve more shy).

For a long time I thought I was the only one feeling so afraid all the time. The only one who was so insecure, so scared to fail, to be not good enough. But now that I'm getting a bit older and confident enough to talk about it, I actually learned that several of my friends have these fears too. And not only that, I regularly see people opening up about them on social media.

The ugly thruth about "natural" beauty brands.

Mar 24, 2017

"Oh, yes, all our products are completely natural!", the sales lady from Skins Cosmetics assured me while enthusiastically bobbing her head. So I bought a concealer from a brand called Ellis Faas. I didn't know the brand, so I probably should 've asked to have a look at the packaging so I could check out the ingredients, but I trusted on the kind sales lady's judgement instead. WRONG!

Let's all stop pretending that fashion is dying.

Feb 17, 2017

Punk is not dead, but neither is fashion. 'Yeah, duh!', I hear you say, 'the fashion weeks are going on warp speed as we speak!' Then why do I feel the need to state that obvious fact? Several reasons really. The first one is that exactly 2 years ago Dutch trendwatcher Lidewij Edelkoort declared the death of aformentioned with appropriate pathos. And though I quite agree with her complaints about the fash bizz (being that nowadays clothes are merely meant for generating likes and not for wearing, and that quantity over quality results in poorly made garments with a sadly short life span), I do not see why these defects should mean the end of a sociological mechanism that is about as old as mankind itself.

4 remedies to fretting in bed.

Jan 13, 2017

I'm pretty confident that the occasional bed-situated fretting session is a stranger to no one. When lying in bed, all set for a safe and sound journey to dreamland, it seems only natural to let our minds wander over events that happened in the past day, or events planned for the day to come. Nothing wrong with that. It's only when wandering turns into worrying, that we've got something to worry about. Because when our mind gets stuck on repeat and our thoughts turn into a mad-paced, rambling circle dance, there is no way that we'll ever be able to get some sleep.

Fretting, worrying, cogitating. We all know it's no good, yet we all seem to do it sometimes. And once we've started, it's not easy to put and end to it! So today I'm sharing 4 tricks I always apply when the ponder monster is standing between me and my precious sleep. Now, I'm not saying they're miracle workers, but in my case, they often help.