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I Stopped Buying Clothes - An Update

Two months ago I challenged myself to put a halt to my shopping habits and not buy clothes for as long as possible. It has been an interesting experience so far; I have learned a lot about self control. Many of you may say that this challenge isn't really a challenge at all - surely you just don't buy things. However, this statement is much harder to obey when we are surrounded by shops and brands constantly pushing for us to consume and buy the latest products, keeping up with the Jones's (ironically)or simply maintaining a trendy wardrobe.

Whenever I have talked about my challenge to others, one of the first things they say is: "but you have so many clothes that you don't even need to buy anymore." Which to an extent is extremely true, therefore this challenge hasn't been a struggle. I technically have enough clothes to survive - we all do - but it is whether I could control my desire for new items, and restrict my clothing spending to nothing.

Before I…

#GIRLBOSS Book Review

It seems that I am a bit late onto this bandwagon, but since I spotted #GIRLBOSS in a thrift store in New York for $6 I had to give it a try. I can safely say I finished reading the book before I got home from my travels, it was definitely a page-turner. However, it wasn't exactly what I expected after hearing the hype that surrounded it a few years ago. What initially lead me to buy this book was the idea of it that I had formulated in my head. I thought it would be a book that just gave our motivational advice for 200 pages, but it was much more than that, it enlightened me to realising that success isn't just about the work you do, but it's also about the person you become and how you improve yourself through improving your projects/business.

The best way to define this book into a category is: autobiography combined with business/entrepreneur/personal advice. As a Depop seller myself, I found this book particularly useful for my selling and making my Depop mini-busine…

Why & How I've Stopped Buying Clothes

Recently I've been hooked onto the fast-fashion issue again, after watching Stacey Dooley's documentary 'Fashion's Dirty Secrets' (which I would 100% recommend to you!) Documentaries like that push me into the mindset of being more aware of my personal impact on the planet. For me, the one thing I believe I could do to prevent my impact on the fashion industry (arguably the 2nd most polluting on the planet to oil/coal) is to stop buying clothes.

The clothing industry has gotten tough to avoid, with consistent 'sale' signs and cheap prices shown on social media. Instagram models also contribute to this marketing, by promoting the brands, simply by tagging where they bought their clothes from. Can we avoid the messages sent to make us want and not need? It initially seems difficult to cut out spending on clothing, as a teenage girl it seems to be all I ever spend my money on (not forgetting concert tickets) but my motivation to reduce my impact on the world …

Why I Still Use CDs & My Fave Albums

CDs have kind of become my thing. I've owned them since I turned 5 and received my first ever CD 'Pop Jr', which I still remember listening to on a regular basis (and watching the music video DVD on repeat!) Following that prime-time of my life, CD's have just been a part of my growing up. They provided music to me when I couldn't simply search for it online, or stream through Spotify (there were days before Spotify and I'm convinced it was better before it existed!) But despite my pure love for music in CD form, people still question why I use them. Why don't I keep up with the times? Why do I spend so much money on music? Let me explain...

How To Organise and Achieve Your Goals

As people, it is important for us to keep ourselves on track, especially if we have high aspirations for the future. I feel that I'm a very ambitious person, alongside being very organised about my ambitions. So, I thought it would be a good idea to share how I set and achieve my goals, how I organise and keep on top of my goals, and just everything in relation to achieving what you want (and making sure you actually do it!) 

Travel Diary: New York City

Last month I visited New York City for the first time with my family and I'm already hoping to visit again. It is no lie that it is one of the greatest cities in the world and I can officially confirm to you that it is all that the internet and movies make it out to be (with a few exceptions but we'll get into that later.) The main reason I'm writing this blog post is to create a small photo diary of my trip (so I don't forget all the important and smaller memories) but it may also be useful if you are planning a trip to New York and want to find out some interesting and new places to visit!

How To Find Good Clothes In Charity Shops

It's been a while since I've written a blog post, so hello again! I've been doing a lot of charity shopping recently, I've always done it here and there to find things for myself but now it has almost become a hobby of mine! Whilst in America, I went to dozens of thrift shops, picked up a few gems there (including some I.AM.GIA trousers for $6 - which I quite happily sold on my Depop for £50!) Whenever I tell people that I found an item of clothing in a charity shop, the usual responses are: "I look and never find anything." "How do you manage to find such good stuff?" "I would never think to look in a charity shop, isn't it just grandma's clothing?" 
So for all of you clueless shoppers, I'm gonna give you my deepest, darkest charity shopping tips all compressed into one blog post, and maybe you can find some gems too!!

1) Visit charity shops more often to increase your chances. A lot of successful charity shopping is based on l…

Film Disposables #1

Disposable cameras have quickly become one of my favourite ways to document memories and everyday events. There is something really special about how you cannot see what you are taking and it is your future self that receives the result. It takes away the moment of going back to look at the photo as you would on a phone, getting the right angles or making sure everyone looks good. With disposable cameras and film, that entire 10 mins of taking photos are taken away from your moment, replaced with time actually having fun, rather than trying to convince everyone on social media just that. What I love about this spontaneous contraption is that you spend less time documenting the moment and more time enjoying the moment. Yes, 9 times out of 10 you don't look good in the photo, but 9 times out of 10 you don't look that good in real life. Having the 1 shot being the only photograph captures a more candid and natural image of whatever you are doing. This is my 4th disposable camera…

Find Your Creative Side

Many people think that being creative is something that only a few are blessed with. I am here to tell you they are wrong, and that anyone can be creative, you just need to find the correct outlet for it, in order for you to actually see your creativity shine through. Art has always been stereotyped as drawings, paintings, sculptures. The kind of thing you would typically find in a gallery. I think that this is correct to a certain degree. This stereotype over what 'art' can be defined as has caused many potential creatives to shy away from it. You may be asking, so how can I present my creative self without picking up a pencil and sketching the nearest object? Well have you ever considered presenting art through your hobbies? Or through the clothing you wear every day, or through your social media, or even through your school notes? Creativity could simply be the selection of coloured pens you choose to write with when writing up school notes. It may not feel very creative, bu…