Minimalist Living – April

I am very late with this post. Been flying a lot and studying for my exams. May will also be hectic, but I promise I will start posting more about my travels so you can also see the cities where I go! ^^

Here is finally my minimalist wardrobe for April!

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Not much, huh? 😉
I went out a couple of times which is way you can see a striped shirt and a black top with some ruffles in the front.
But basically, everything else is the same. My favourite jeans and a must black T-shirt.

I must admit though, I’ve been bad! I went shopping! 😦

All on sale of course. Got some things I’ve been looking for, but also some I could do without. What to do??? :/
I hope I’m not the only one and that there are more of us out there! Hello? 😉

If you guys are interested in how I style my minimalist months, please let me know and leave a comment below!

In the mean time, follow me on my Instagram!

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Those who do, know I just came back from Amsterdam, Netherlands!
Be well! =)

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For My Ladies – Mooncup

First things first – if you’re a guy, you probably won’t be interested in this. But you could learn something new! 😉 Fair warming.
I got my Mooncup today!

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I didn’t try it yet, but actually can’t wait to do so!

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I found out about it by accident when I was reading blogs here on WordPress about minimalist living. I thought Wow, how come I didn’t hear about it earlier?! Everyone knows about pads and tampons, but when I talked to my friends not one of them heard about the menstrual cup! :/

Although it’s apparently been around since 1930s, it sounds new and revolutionary to me!

Why I decided to try it?

  • Eco friendly – it is reusable and it can last you for years
  • Money saver – since it lasts for years you don’t need to buy new one each month
  • Simplicity – it is just one thing, reusable and more hygienic

Once I started googling and you tubing it, I realized there is a whole community of ladies out there who use it and talk about it! I found out so many useful information.

Here is a link of a lovely young lady who does videos about alternative hygienic products like cups and reusable pads. I love her! So young, no taboos, she talks freely and with no inhibitions. I learned so much from her! Her channel is called Precious Star Pads.

After researching about it I found out they actually sell it in my home country so a friend got it for me. It was around 32$.

Are any of you using it? What are your experiences with it! Leave a comment!

If you want to see how it goes for me, I will be writing about it again once I’ve used it, so press follow and stay tuned! =)

OOTD Boyfriend Sweater

I went to Dublin, but I forgot to pack a sweater. Luckily, I bought my boyfriend one and packed it so I wore his.
It was unexpected, but turned out really well! The sweater is so comfy I wish I bought one for myself! Then we could do the couple look with the same thing! X’D
I combined it with leggings, brown booties and a colourful necklace to break the monotony of black and grey and make it more fun. I think any statement necklace would work with this or anything else that would add a touch of femininity. I also wore a grey beanie.

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What do you think? Do you like wearing boyfriend clothes?
How would you style it? Leave a comment!

Fast Fashion

I just finished watching this GREAT, EYE OPENING documentary called THE TRUE COST and I immediately felt an urge to post about it.

It was released in 2015 (so I’m not that late with it) and explores the impact of fast fashion on today’s world – people who are involved in it, the workers, the exploitation, impact on environment and so on.

It is something I am sure we all know deep down and are aware of, but are deliberately ignoring it. Because if we do… we would have to accept the fact we are a part of it.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying stop buying clothes. Of course I buy them too. Honestly, I wouldn’t even know where to buy consciously produced clothes. I am sure there are a few, but further research is needed.

What I am saying is BE AWARE. Keep in mind what it took to produce your 5$ T-shirt.
Do you really need it? Do you need 3 black T-shirts? Do you need something you are not sure about? Is it just an instant high?
Is it necessary for a person to die or lose their legs in order to make it? Is it necessary the price is so low, that if you buy 2 of them, you just spent their monthly salary?

It is said by the psychologists that in modern society, more stuff we have, more we are alone and depressed. Can’t buy happiness. Is it an instant high shopping?
Like I was saying in my previous posts, I realized shopping doesn’t bring me as much joy as it used to when I was a kid. Is it the same for you?

Fashion is a great way to express yourself, no doubt about it. It is nice to fit in, ok. So you buy trendy, modern clothes. BUT, there is a difference between being in trend and having style!

If you have style, you don’t need to be trendy from season to season. If you have style, you are your own person. You know what you like and you have no problems with it and yourself.

All of this is also a reason why a capsule, minimalist wardrobe has been occupying my head lately. That is why I am doing my little experiment of tracking all my outfits to see what I do and do not wear. If you want to see how it goes, please follow.

When I go shopping now I ask myself 2 important questions first.

  1. Do I love it? – If I have even a little bit of hesitation about a garment, it’s not right! Don’t fool yourself! You know what you like and want, so why compromise? If the fit is not right, if it’s too long or short, if I feel weird in it, if the shade of the colour is wrong, if there is one small detail that’s on it and I didn’t imagine it like that – DON’T BUY! You know what you like, stick to it! Have patience, you’ll find it!
  2. Do I really need it? – Am I actually going to wear it or is it just cute at the moment and I won’t do anything with it when I get home (it happened). Is it the instant high? Maybe your friend is with you and you’re getting caught up in the moment? STOP AND THINK!

The first question by itself helped me a lot already.

Also, one of my goals is to try to shop for new things as little as possible. If I buy anything, I want to keep it to 12 items per year, that is 1 item per month.
But, before you buy something know your closet. I went through mine and I know what it lacks and also what I don’t need in it anymore. That’s way I won’t buy something just because.

So please, stop and think before you buy. Watch this documentary and become aware. I guess that is the point of my little rant here – become aware!

Here are two links to watch it on line.

What are your thoughts on fast fashion? Comment below!

 

Fat Bell Peppers

I made this yesterday and unfortunately I didn’t take good pics. I just ate it all. hhh
These are just some pictures that I quickly took to show off to a friend through WhatsApp.

I found this one on Pinterest and like the rest of my recipes, it’s quick and easy.

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Ingredients:

  • bell peppers
  • rice
  • mushrooms
  • broccoli
  • bacon
  • cheese
  • eggs

How to:

  1. Cook the rice and broccoli (separately of course).
  2. Fry the mushrooms and bacon on a frying pan and mix it with rice.
  3. Hollow out the insides of the bell peppers and put them in the oven at 200 C for about 10-15 min.
  4. After you take it out, fill it with the rice, bacon, mushrooms, broccoli and on top crack an egg and top it off with cheese. Put it back in the oven for about another 15 min. Check it and see if you need to leave it in more (all depends how you want your egg to be).

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Basically, I just put in whatever I found in my fridge. Be creative and put something else inside! I did a very similar thing already, but with a potato! Yum! 😀

Bon apetit everyone!
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Be well! 🙂

OOTD It’s All About The Shoes

Finally another OOTD.

This one is connected to the post I did a couple of days ago about Minimalist Living. In short, instead of doing the capsule wardrobe, I am just going to keep track of what I wore through January (and other months) and I’ll get a better sense of what my capsule wardrobe will be like. You can read the post here.

A friend and I decided to just go out for drinks and see from there where it takes us. So I didn’t want to dress too fancy. Needless to say, we ended up clubbing! XD

In the end I just wore dark blue skinny jeans and a plain white T-shirt. Boring, huh?
I thought so too, but then I wore this gorgeous gold heels and everything changed! hhhh And of course, I need a little pop of colour so I chose this beautiful blue clutch.

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T-shirt – Primark
Jeans – Primark
Earrings – Primark
Heels – Call It Spring
Bag – Daiso

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For make up I had bright lipstick. I guess I could have worn some kind of a statement necklace , but I really wanted to wear this handmade necklace I was working on, but I didn’t finish it in time. But keep a look out, I’ll show it to you guys soon! 😉 I am really interested in what you think!

If you ask me, simple but efficient!

What do you think?

Like and comment and follow to see the progress on the capsule wardrobe!

Kisses! =)

Minimalist Living

So these thoughts of a capsule wardrobe have been going around in my head for a while now. I did some research, I know what it’s about, I just have to do it. But it’s scary!

I do feel kind of overwhelmed by the amount of things that I have, but don’t actually use. Not just overwhelmed, but I feel silly. Silly they are just sitting there collecting dust. And in the end, it is also a waste of money. Consumerism. Nothing more.

I guess as you get older, you start realizing some things. You realize you don’t need so many things in your life.
When I was a teenager, I was careful when I go out I would wear something new and special. My shirts for going out were not and could not be the same as the ones I wore every day. Now I just put on a plain white T-shirt when I go out and I’m happy with it (which you will see in my next OOTD post – read here :)). But I guess that’s how it goes. When you’re younger it is all new and exciting and you enjoy shopping more.

To get back to the capsule wardrobe. So, I said it’s scary. Let me explain why it is scary for me.

It is all about needs. As you get older, you change. Your needs change. Your lifestyle is not the same as before. Your style changes.
At the moment, I live in a place of eternal summer opposed to my home country where we have all 4 seasons. I do a job where I wear a uniform. Naturally, I don’t need as many clothes – no winter stuff and since I don’t have to worry about what to wear to work (which I actually love! :)), my clothing needs are smaller.

I am in my life now where I have a job which I know is a temporary thing. It would be easy to downsize. But, since I know this is temporary, I know I will need my clothes later on. I don’t wanna buy new again because I do like them. That is my struggle.

Capsule wardrobe maybe isn’t the thing for me right now, but I decided to do a little experiment. I will leave everything as it is, but every time I take something out to wear, I will put it on the side. At the end of the month I will be able to see what clothes I actually wore and it will give me a sense of my capsule wardrobe.

Here are a few pictures of my wardrobe so you can see what’s it all about.

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What do you think about all of this? Any of you out there doing the capsule wardrobe – how is ti going for you?

Please like and comment! I am really interested in hearing a first hand experience!

And follow if you wanna see how this little experiment turned out!

Be well! =)