Anti-consumerism VS Eco-Consumerism Thoughts

Since starting my journey towards simple, environmentally-conscious living, I've reached the conclusion that the difference between this and my previous lifestyle is my rate of material consumption. It has made me question whether purchases I have made in the past were impulsive or considered, and what potentially influenced me to buy so many things. Both marketing and capitalism push for mass-consumption in order to make profits, but was I just an unconscious cog in the system or was I really aware of what I was doing? 
Why do we consume so much in the first place?Western consumers have more possessions than they need, yet they spend more time and effort buying new things (Menzel and Mann 1994). The majority of us have everythign we could ever need to survive, yet we still continue to consume more and more. It seems like there is this culture-wide striving for a material goal that will never be achieved. In regards to clothing, consumers are driven by social pressures to wear the …

Zero Waste Periods: My First Experience Using a Mooncup

The shift to a low waste period was always going to be the hardest step for me. Menstruating is annoying anyway, so for me to change my tried and tested stress free routine of using pads, it was going to require a lot of motivation to shift to using a menstrual cup! I've never really enjoyed using tampons, so the idea of something being inside me all day, as opposed to just a pad wasn't very comforting. But I was chatting to a few friends who use a Mooncup, and I thought I'd give it a try - with the aim of reducing my waste. As someone who doesn't use makeup wipes or create much bathroom waste (I wrote a post about the swaps I made), my period and disposable plastic pads seemed to be the only waste I created. So eliminating my period waste would be a huge achievement in my zero waste journey!

 Before I start talking about the benefits of switching to a plastic free period, I thought I'd include a day-by-day description of my experience using the Mooncup for the fir…

How I Sold Over 200 Items on Depop

Selling on Depop can seem time-consuming and difficult, but I think with some practice and the right approach, anyone can be successful on the app! Yes, there are more users on Depop than when I first started out, but instead of looking at it as 'more competition' you should look at is as 'more potential customers'! Learning how to sell on Depop is a process. I started selling on Depop in 2016 and haven't stopped since, and here is how I sold over 200+ items since then.

What is Depop? Depop is an app where you can primarily sell and buy second hand clothes - though it is also used to sell/buy other items such as books/cds/home-decor. There are approximately 13 million users on the app, with a generally younger age demograhic than eBay or Vinted (other places you can buy second hand clothes.) The format is very similar to Instagram where you have a 'grid' profile with 3x3 squares and a 'feed' showing the recently posted items of people you follow. …

8 Places to Buy Second Hand Clothes Online

Not all of us are blessed with local treasure-filled charity shops or thrift stores, and I realise that this can put a lot of people off when it comes to buying second hand clothing. They walk into a local charity shop, which is unfortunately full of clothes they don't like, and then they give up completely on buying second hand. First of all, 1 trip to a charity shop should NOT determine your liking for second hand shopping. I gave some key advice on How To Find Good Clothes in Charity Shops a while ago, if you have plenty in your local area but just haven't been successful. However, I understand that the stock of a charity shop depends on the donations, so you may not get what you are looking for if there aren't many people in your area with your style!

This is where online second hand shopping becomes your new best friend! It's understandable that not everyone enjoys rummaging through edless rails of old clothes in attempt to find a gem. I know for me that the '…

6 Ways To Declutter Your Clothes Without Harming The Environment

Decluttering your clothing can feel really satisfying and cleansing in your wardrobe, but have you ever considered the environmental impact you might have by getting rid of your clothes? It can feel easy to just throw your old things away in the rubbish, but that isn't the most environmentally responsible way to remove unwanted clothing from your home.

I know that the world of recycling and waste can be quite intimidating, which is why I partially understand that some people just throw things in the bin. So to make your decision easier, I have come up with 6 ways to get rid of your clothing, other than just throwing them in the bin!

The 'easy' option is to donate them to a charity shop, but that isn't completely environmentally friendly. Yes, there is a good chance that your clothes will be sold on and worn by someone else. though there is also a chance that your clothes will be discarded-of by the charity to landfill. If your clothing is of good quality and is likely …

Why I Stopped Wearing Makeup

I can't remember the last time I wore a full face of makeup. My best guess would be my year 13 prom, which was nearly a year ago now. I was never really someone to 'glam up' everyday, and I haven't worn foundation ever! The most makeup I would wear at once would be: concealer, powder, highlight, blush, mascara, eyeshadow, lipstick, eyebrows and maybe liquid eyeliner if I was feeling up to it. And that would be a special occasion.

If we throw it back to 13 year old Ella, who wore black winged eyeliner every day to school. I used to love it, it was my art, my known skill and something that I enjoyed doing in the mornings. So I understand why makeup is so loved by everyone! I won't deny that the feeling of getting ready and being able to approach the day with confidence was fulfilling. But it sometimes felt like I needed it for confidence in my apperance, an external support of my confidence that I was relying on.

Filling in my eyebrows was always the biggest confid…

5 Most Worn Wardrobe Staples - Basic Tops

This is the first post in a new series on my blog, called Most Worn Wardrobe Staples. Where I quite literally show you, the most worn staple pieces in my wardrobe for that clothing section. Once I've done all of them, I'm hoping I will be able to put together some kind of capsule wardrobe. But until then, I'm going to find out what I love and wear the most!
Recently I've posed the idea of having an all-year wardrobe. You see people switching in and out of seasonal wardrobes, but I almost feel like clothes should be cross-seasonal, not restricted to one season. So for that reason, I have included winter and summer tops in this collection. I could have included the many (black) tops I have, but the reality is that I wear these 5 the most. If you are looking to try something similar, ask yourself, 'If this top was taken out of my wardrobe would I miss it?' That should help you out!
Whilst trying to create a wardrobe I love, I've also been taking into conside…