Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Thought: Confessions of a Stuffaholic

A admits to her (not so) secret hoarding habits and how she broke them.

Anyone who knows me will attest to the fact that I have a lot of clothes (actually, stuff, I have a lot of stuff, but mostly clothes). This hasn't really been anything more than an amusing truism until recently, when I had to move cities and suddenly realised my belongings were so numerous they threatened not to fit in a Transit van. 

I had a problem.

This isn't Confessions of a Shopaholic; I only own one credit card and so far this year, I've only bought two items of clothing - one from a charity shop and the other from a vintage market, this is more like Secret Lives of Hoarders (OK, not that bad, but you get the picture).

I've always found it difficult to throw stuff away, and am super sentimental, but I realised things were getting out of hand when those darn Facebook timehop photos were popping up on my feed and I was wearing the same clothes I am wearing today! That t-shirt I considered fairly new was actually over eight years old! These jeans I'm sat here typing in were bought in my first year of uni!

Time to sort my life out.

After years of "oh, but what if it comes back into fashion", and "I'll definitely have time to take that hem up", and the classic "I'm sure I'll fit into it one day" was time to be ruthless. I reasoned if it's full of holes, no longer its original colour, it probably was old, and it was OK to throw it away. I convinced myself that if I hadn't worn it for the last five years, its not likely I'll wear it in the next five years, so it could go to a charity shop. I concluded that my feet were unlikely to grow another size to fit into those too-big boots, so gave them to a friend.

This feels good.

I had a lot of stuff I really didn't like and it sounds daft, but I'd kept things I didn't want because I misguidedly felt throwing it away would be wasteful, or ungrateful. I resolved my new mantra of "if you don't like it, chuck it" and you know what? it was incredibly freeing!

A fresh start.

I am still in this process of chucking stuff away, but am already feeling freer, lighter, and more ready to take on tomorrow. Now the next time I move, I will only be taking with me what I want to take with me, stuff that I value, things I find beautiful.

Added bonus - there's a whole bunch of room to buy new things without feeling any guilt whatsoever! (OK, so maybe its a little bit Confessions of a Shopaholic...) 

Do you tend to hang on to stuff? Are you a sentimental hoarder? I challenge you to look at your wardrobe and ask yourself, do I need this? Do I want to carry this with me into tomorrow? I guarantee if you are ruthless, you'll find stuff to chuck, and you'll feel all the better for it!

I have resolved to take this new mentality forward with me, and only keep what I want to keep, what I need to keep, and not clog up my life (and wardrobe) with things I ought to keep.

As William Morris said "have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."

A x

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Thought: Blogs in Brief

A sunny bank holiday weekend, whatever next?

Somehow it's the weekend again. This week has gone by in the blink of an eye, but thankfully we have a long weekend to relax and recuperate. 

In case you missed it, our shoot with Ellie Lines was published this week, featuring some stunning dresses that are just perfect for summer weddings/ festivals/ holidays/ etc. Take a drool here.

This week I have been loving the fact of Netflix - what on God's green earth did we all do before Netflix? - and realised I am in fact watching seven series' at the same time. Should I be worried? Does anyone else have a serial series problem?

Apart from being glued to my computer screen, I ventured outside of the house to laugh riotously at Pitch Perfect 2, and have kept myself up to date on all things Cannes (shoe scandal and all) over on Elle UK.

A x

...just popping out to panic buy prosecco.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Style: Day-to-Night Nails

J picks out the day to night shades that she is lusting over at the moment

Nails that are appropriate for business meetings as well as late night cocktails can be a tricky balance. Thankfully I've been collecting inspiration for just this reason for a few weeks now, see below for some seriously tempting nail looks.

Keeping things simple with a bold all over nail colour is a classic way of brightening your daily wardrobe. Also, if they chip you can easily fix this without ruining your whole manicure!

In no particular order, here's my day-to-night nail wish list:

Nails Inc: Bruton Mews

Essie: the whole of the Greige Collection

OPI: Incognito in Sausalito

What's on your beauty wish list?

J x

Monday, 18 May 2015

Style: Ellie Lines

R~A~J~E and Ellie Lines

A couple of weeks ago we headed to the studio, model and beautiful dresses in tow. We were off to shoot a few pieces from Ellie Line's collection 

We were drawn to the bright and bold aesthetic of Ellie Lines. Girly, colourful, playful and full of movement the dresses we chose to shoot were made for a summers day spent wandering between your tent and main stage. Ellie cites Slim Aarons as the inspiration behind her SS15 collection and you can certainly see that in her use of colour and 'think happy' touches. 

I love dresses. Full stop. They are the best thing to have in your wardrobe because you can just put on a dress and roll out the door. That little number you were wearing during the day, easily transforms into one who wants to dance the night away." 

"Each collection focuses on 100% silk in my exclusive prints. This is very much a luxury British brand and quality is very important to me, which is why each one has been made in London with lots of love and care." 

"Pulling together my knowledge of how a really great dress works with inspiration from the past, I’ve created a collection of timeless dresses that will always be your friend.”

That's a wrap - thanks to Ellie Lines for the beautiful designs. 

R x