More Fashion, Less Shopping

I have recently watched a  BBC documentary that talked about how damaging the fashion industry is for the environment. It was so bad that I couldn’t sleep all night. You see.. I love fashion, I studied fashion, I work in fashion, I blog about fashion and here it is, excess of fashion damaging our planet. So today I decided to address this matter and make a promise to myself and to this planet: I need to be more careful with my habits and I want to help others reconsider their fashion purchases too.

The thing is, fashion is art in my eyes, it’s about print and fabrics, silhouettes, talent and creativity. Fashion is not buying something new all the time, always following the trends and not wearing an outfit more than once. That’s not fashion, that’s shopping. And it’s hard not to shop, we’re inundated with ads, with prices, always something new and exciting. And not just clothes, but other things too. The only difference is that clothes are more affordable and easier to change around, so we all fall into the trap of buying too many of them. I’m not here to say that we need to stop buying clothes from now on, but there are ways to reduce our fast fashion consumption. And one that I want to mention today is charity & thrift shopping. It’s such a great way to give clothes a second chance, save them from being dumped. Also by buying more vintage, you buy less from the high street – so they’ll have to produce less and less clothes and, subsequently, less and less pollution. Fast fashion is characterless, let’s go back to fun fashion!

It’s no surprise that I’m a fan of vintage shops, I’ve always been and I pride myself in always finding gorgeous timeless pieces. I still buy from the high street, but I try to keep a good balance. So far, this year has been about 50-50 and I’m very proud of that.

You always tell me how hard it is to shop in second hand shops and how you struggle to restyle your pieces. Well, maybe I can help! If you’re based around Manchester and want to make a change but don’t know how to start, I’ll be offering personal styling & shopping services startig from today. I can come over and help you rediscover your wardrobe, we can go charity shopping together and give you tips on how to find items that match your style and preferences. Any questions, get in touch! 😊

I’m wearing trousers & backpack – Charity shops | jumper – Ralph Lauren (mens) | Belt – Tk Maxx | Boots – Office (old)

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When you feel like giving up

I find that when I take on a challenge, the hardest thing for me is to carry on if I don’t see any visible results. If I’ve spent a lot of time and effort into something that’s not quite how I wanted it to be, it’s very easy to let go and move on. Or to put it straight: to give up. I mean, when do you know you’re on the right track? How long until you should succeed? How much time should you invest? What about money? When do you stop and when do you carry on? Sometimes it’s not that easy, sometimes it’s not that clear and when results don’t come, your mind is playing tricks on you, telling you you’re not good enough, you’re not made for this and you should probably move on to the next project.

This year has been very challenging from this perspective, but I promised myself I’ll carry on no matter what. It was my mission to suck it in and try and put my faith into the power of consistency. I took that saying “hard work beats talent” and really embraced it. It has been one of the most difficult things I had to do: to carry on white not getting any rewards (mentally, visibly or financially).

This made me thing of all the other times when I just gave up. Don’t get me wrong, some things had to be left in the past but some other things I regret giving up on. You know those people who have no regrets in life? I mean, are they for real? I just don’t get it, I mean .. like none at all, zero, null? I for one, have a long list of regrets. That doesn’t mean my life is ruined, it just means I got to learn from my mistakes. And because of some of these regrets I decided not to give up this time. So in a way, having regrets paid off. Another thing that helped me be more focused was a book by Darren Hardy, called The Compound Effect. It talks about the importance of small steps, how it all adds up and the power of being consistent. It’s a lovely book and I recommend you give it a try. Let’s face it – autumn is the best time to read: cosy blankets, rainy days, fireplace in the background and a glass of wine. I’d love to know what you do to keep you going, any tips and tricks I should know? 🙂

Wearing top from Shein | Old Zara Skirt | Vintage Bag | Shoes from Dolce & Gabbana 

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I wish I could turn back time

thrifted outfit vintage time ootd

Today I feel like I wanna go back in time a bit, so why not synchronise my thoughts with wearing a thrifted outfit? What can I say, that’s how I roll! But seriously now. I wish I could turn back time to those lazy mornings and instead of snoozing my alarm, to actually get my arse in the gym. I’ve been feeling really unfit in the last couple of months. Kind of like, you know when you run out of breath by chasing the last tram? Or by stretching a muscle after running for 10 mins. I started feeling like this and thought to myself this is getting way out of hand so I need to start working out properly. Well, I’ve been postponing it ever since this bright idea came to mind and now I really regret it. And I’ma tell you why: I am sick. I have been sick. And I am getting sick of being sick. It’s literally my autoimmune system shouting: “Andra, come on now, do something!”

And I get it.. but you see, I start feeling bad, then I get better, I go to the gym, then I get sick. And it’s a vicious circle. The fact that it’s still cold and rainy doesn’t help either. But I got it now, I’ve made a promise to myself that I’ll start being more active once this flu goes away. I’ll let you now how I get on in a month! Until then, learn from my mistakes and remember to stay active, go have some walks/runs or anything that keeps you moving – it’s the best medicine for your body.

striped vintage jumpsuit outfit

I found this striped jumpsuit in a kilo sale, very fancy I know. I love sales like these, but I have to say it’s been quite disappointing lately. The prices seem to go higher, but the items are less interesting, more and more damaged..and it’s just harder to find a bargain. I liked this one though, I even re-negotiated the price. Got home very proud of myself and realised it has a whole in the leg. You see what happens when you’re out of shape? Even my fashion skills seem to fail me nowadays. But it’s all cool, I was able to fix the problem and I’m quite happy with the result.

What thrift stores do you guys go to around Manchester? Let me know, I’d love to try out new places!

striped jumpsuit

kilosale find

c&a thrifted outfit

Jumpsuit – C&A thrifted | Boots – All Shoes Romania

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