Walking into her living room, I take my bag from my back, unpack my two yoga mats, blocks, strap, speaker, essential oils, and notebook. I say ‘yes please’ when she asks me if I’d like a herbal tea and, as I start to set up for our session, from her point of view, I’m sure I look calm, collected and like I know exactly what I am doing. And whilst I do know what I am doing, for sure, the calm and collected side of things is a whole other kettle of fish (I have this talent of looking nonchalant even when I am screaming on the inside, or when I am happy… sad… some call it resting bitch face, I call it the British stiff upper lip). Inside, the reality is that my heart is beating out of my chest, and I have thoughts of failure flying at me left, right and centre. My brain launching words like ‘fraud’ and ‘fake’ non-stop into my cerebral cavity.

 

This is a familiar occurrence even with my regular private yoga clients, that I am a fraud, that I am not qualified for the job. And of course I am qualified. Not just in terms of certification, but in terms of experience, having been a full time yoga teacher in London for almost a year and a half, with regular and consistent private clients, I know what I am doing, and I do a damn good job. But as with all mental illnesses and syndromes, there’s no rhyme or reason or valid explanation as to why I feel the way that I feel, and in pretty much every single facet of my working life, I feel like I am faking it. Whether it’s yoga, PT, translation or social media management, some days I simply feel like I am constantly looking over my shoulder, waiting for the yoga/PT/translation/social media police to come up to me, sirens blaring, and say ‘Miss Cluley? Yeah, you’re going to have to come with us, we’re onto you’.

 

It’s called Imposter Syndrome, and it’s a real thing, and I felt such an overwhelming sense of utter relief when I was told about it by a friend who’s also a psychologist about 6 months ago. There’s a reason I feel like I’m a fraud, and it’s all in my head, okay thank the Lord. Just like with any other condition or illness, being able to put a name to it doesn’t lessen the blow or the impact, but it certainly makes you feel a little better, and like it’s not all in your head (although I suppose it kinda is), and to be able to read other people’s accounts of it, and to know you’re not alone in this big ole’ world, is soothing to say the least. It also gives you a place to start in terms of treatment. And just as when the diagnosis of my depression led me to receive treatment, having a name to put to those thought patterns of ‘you are not qualified to do this Hannah, even though you have a Master’s degree in it’, put me on the path to recovery.

 

I am still on that path, and as with everything it’s not linear and it has been a slow one to heal, but it certainly helps. Especially since making the move to Bali, where for my yoga and PT, I am having to really start again from scratch, and find a new way to earn money in a new world, make new connections and fully leave behind those I made in London, it is helpful to have an arsenal of positivity and factual evidence to rebut any ‘you’re not good enough’ thoughts that my ego decides to produce.

 

If you yourself have suffered or are suffering from the same thing, you are certainly not alone, there is evidence to suggest that up to 70% of Western people suffer from Imposter Syndrome, and that it manifests in many different ways and thought patterns. For me it tends to be that I am not qualified or not skilled enough for the job, or that I got there by luck (if you asked me 6 months ago how I got over 60,000 followers on Instagram, I would have said “I got lucky” – no Hannah mate, you are actually pretty fucking cool, that’s how), but for you, it could be that nothing you do is ever going to be good enough, or that you take on too much work in order to avoid living up to your true potential. Whatever it may be, the key is to correct those thoughts where possible, but never to berate yourself for feeling a certain way. Remember it’s a journey to recovery, but it’s worth it.

 

Have you ever had any of these feelings? I’d love to know, so leave a comment!

For the last three month’s I have been trialling TOTM’s new menstrual cup when I am on my period, this blog post will give you a comprehensive overview of the cup itself, why using a cup is great, and whether or not I would recommend you buy it.

To start off with, before I got this cup to try, I was already using another menstrual cup called the Mooncup, which I wasn’t getting on with, so I was really hoping that TOTM’s cup would live up to my expectations, as I was unable to carry on using the other cup I’d been trying out.

First Appearances:

Amongst the many things you might be inclined to place inside your vagina, I personally think that TOTM nailed it on the aesthetic front, fuchsia is actually one of my favourite colours and I generally think the fact it’s pretty does make it slightly easier to transfer over to using one.

Unlike the previous cup I was using TOTM is made from TPE instead of silicone (commonly menstrual cups are made from one of the two), I actually prefer the texture of TPE with this cup, it’s must more malleable, and one of the issues I was having with the other cup that’s made from silicone was that it was hurting when I removed it. Here’s a comprehensive post telling you the difference between silicone and TPE.

It also comes in a really cute bag and mine says ‘Be Kinder To Your Vagina’ on it which is ace and definitely won them some brownie points!

How The Cup Works:

For a more in-depth explanation on how to use a menstrual cup and my thoughts in general, you can check out this YouTube video here.

The TOTM cup comes in three different sizes, and you can check which one you will need by reading their criteria on the website (please note that they’re rough and generic estimates, for example, I use Cup 1 even though it’s designed for under 18 year olds who haven’t had sex yet (major LOLs).

The cup comes with air holes that allow you to make and break the seal, and it also comes with a little stem at the bottom that you can use to pull the cup down. As my cervix is quite low down, I have fully cut the stem off my cup because otherwise I find it irritating around the entrance to my vajayjay (sorry there’s no fun or non awkward way to discuss this). Due to the texture and material it is easily foldable and I found it very easy to place the cup inside. I also find it very easy to remove it.

When you get it you need to boil it in water for 5 minutes to disinfect it, and I then do this half way through my period (as my period lasts for 7-9 days on average) and then at the end of your period.

Have I Enjoyed Using The Cup?

Yes definitely! It 100% took some getting used to and I kept wondering if I was using it right. I also initially ordered the Cup 2 which is recommended for me based on my age, but it was waaay too big, so had to then order a Cup 1, which fits perfectly.

I have to still wear a panty liner at the start of my period as I have a very heavy flow and have noticed some spotting, however TOTM do great organic cotton liners, or I have recently discovered these period pants, which are great!

I also notice that towards the end of my period, where I’ve been using a cup for over a week, I tend to get a little bit sore, which is something that didn’t tend to happen with tampons, so I am working on reducing my usage of the cup at night time towards the end of my period and using panty liners or small pads instead. Think about how long it took you as a young girl to accustom to wearing tampons, I imagine it will be a similar transition for us as adults!

Benefits of TOTM’s Menstrual Cup

  • It’s cute
  • It’s environmentally friendly – you reduce your waste
  • You save money – yes it potentially seems expensive to be spending £20 on a cup, but within a few months you’ll already have saved money and you will continue to save over the years
  • You get to understand your body and your period better
  • It’s far healthier than tampons which leave behind fibres
  • TOTM are an awesome company with some fantastic values that align with my own, you can read more here

Should You Invest in a TOTM Menstrual Cup?

The bottom panty line… (hehe), yes! If you are a woman/human being who has menstrual bleeding I would 100% recommend trialling this cup. There are of course loads of different brands, and I am not saying that this cup is THE best one out there, as we are all different, but this is just the one that I happen to get along with the best and I am happy to continue using it!

Do you use a cup? Have you thought about using one? Have you tried and decided it’s not for you? I’d love to know so please leave a comment below!

Crystals, all of sudden your favourite Instagrammers seem to be using them, your favourite jewellery brand has started selling bracelets with crystals for love, or for luck, but what does it all mean? It can be a bit of a mine field, so I decided to write probably one of the most comprehensive blog posts I have ever written in the hopes that I can give you all the information I ever wanted in one page. Including my favourite crystals and their uses, how I generally use crystals, the science behind them, where I buy mine from, the books I use and much more.

How Do Crystals Work?

So let’s start by talking about what crystals can do, many people use crystals for different reasons, and they have been used throughout the history of humankind, I found this article which goes into this in more detail. If you googled this very question ‘How Do Crystals Work’ you may have found, like me, that it is actually very difficult to get a straight answer.

Here’s the straight answer: We don’t know yet.

There are theories about the vibrational elements of crystals, about how they can take our energy that we put out into the world and amplify it (what I believe), but as it stands, there is no scientific backing. This however does not mean they don’t work. ‘But Hannah… if there’s no scientific evidence, what’s the point? Surely it’s a load of rubbish?’ I hear you croon. Well, let me remind you that once upon a time people thought the earth was flat, because there was no scientific evidence to prove otherwise. Once upon a time someone thought we would be able to walk on Mars and everyone else thought they were crazy… so just always remember that!

However, we use crystals in our every day life without even realising, an article on energymuse.com points out that ‘quartz makes up 12% of the Earth’s crust and is used in almost every kind of technology, including time keeping, electronics, information storage, and more. If it’s possible for crystals to communicate through computer chips, then isn’t it possible that this vibrational energy could be transformed in other ways?’ Here is another great article that goes into detail about the more scientific elements of crystals.

My Must-Have Crystals

Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz was the first crystal I ever bought, and I have about four different ones. Rose Quartz is the crystal of love, and isn’t just for someone who’s seeking a relationship. I use Rose Quartz as a reminder to be a loving human, always, trying to remove the judgement, and to open myself up to all kinds of love, including self love. I keep a large one on my bedside table, as this is said to help bring more love into your life. It’s healing properties extend out to healing emotional trauma, and it is known to be a very calming and relaxing crystal.

What does it look like: it’s pink quartz and can range in terms of tone, you can buy it either rough or polished

Clear Quartz

This is usually said to be the starter crystal, this is the one you buy to start your little collection. It is a master healer and can really be used for anything and everything. It can also be used to amplify other crystals. I have been told by several people to keep one near my head (e.g. under my pillow or on my bedside table) as I sleep, because it is very helpful with depression, mental illnesses and also hormone balancing! I quite often hold one during my meditations when I’m at home to help amplify or deepen the practice.

What does it look like: it’s totally transparent, is a quartz and can be bought either rough or polished

Amethyst

Amethyst is another good all rounder if you’re looking to start with a generic crystal. It comes in a whole host of different shades, and they’re good crystals to keep out in your house as ornaments as it is very good for purifying spaces and protecting you from harmful energy. It is also very calming, is good for meditation, and it works in the mental, physical and higher planes. So when I travelled to Bali in February my mum actually bought me an amethyst necklace to wear when I was travelling to protect me and also look after me in all those planes (it worked, even fell of a motorbike and only had a few grazes!)

What does it look like: it’s a purple quartz and can totally range in terms of shade, often with areas of differing depth and saturation

Labradorite

This is one of my favourite crystals! I wear it most days as it is said to be a major protective crystal, keeping you safe, particularly whilst travelling. It is also known as ‘the stone of magic’ and is said to increase your psychic abilities, it is also very good for enhancing self confidence and enables you to open up to the things the universe is putting into your path.

What does it look like: it is often dark grey in colour with a shimmery green or even blue tinge. It does range vastly however and I even have one that looks almost gold.

Citrine

Citrine is a stone all about abundance, prosperity and success. I keep mine in my purse as it is thought to help boost your money making power. It doesn’t ‘make you rich’ but it certainly opens you up to more opportunities, gives you clarity, more creativity, perseverance and mental strength. It’s also known as the business stone. Charge one up (more on that later) and keep one in your wallet for two weeks, and see if you notice any changes. It is also meant to be a great crystal for when you are starting a new project or a new venture.

What does it look like: this crystal tends to be yellow with flecks of orange, it is also a quartz

Green Aventurine

Green aventurine is very much linked to the environment, and is thought to be able to protect from environmental pollution. It is also the stone of luck, can help amplify self confidence, is another stone that attracts love (as it’s linked to the heart chakra) and is a good crystal for helping to strengthen relationships (romantic and friendship).

What does it look like: it’s green, duh, but you can also find it in other colours

Obsidian

One of the latest additions to my collection, I think the thing I like the most about this is its name (every time I say it in my head it sounds like Optimus Prime is saying it, lolz). I purchased it for my root chakra, as it is a grounding stone, it links you to the physical realm, as well as enables your soul to anchor into your body. It can enable you to delve deeper into your true self, enabled you to find your purpose and stimulates deep personal growth. It is very powerful so if you’re a newbie, it might not be the best one for you. But it works real magic. Be warned it can really open up some deep rooted issues.

What does it look like: it’s cooled lava and is a deep, rich black colour, almost reflective in its appearance.

Selenite

This unusual and yet beautiful crystal aids in mental growth, it enables you to make decisions with more clarity and also guides you close to your intuition. A newer stone for me but one that I am really glad that I got, it helps to promote honesty, within yourself, but also between you and those around you. It is linked very strongly to the moon too and can help you develop your intuitive capabilities and seek your divine truth (whatever that may be).

What does it look like: it’s white and iridescent, it’s very usual looking, almost milky, and can often have striations due to the way the crystals form.

Cleansing & Charging Your Crystals

Because crystals work with energies, they can cling onto them. So when you buy a new crystal, it’s important to cleanse it and then ‘charge’ it (give it its intention).

I cleanse mine by leaving them in sunlight/moonlight for 24 hours, I tend to leave them outside on my window sill as I have a little dip in mine to leave them. However I imagine doing it through a window will still work.

There are other ways to cleanse them, such as rinsing them with water.

There are loads of tutorials on how to charge your crystals, however, I just sit with my new cleansed crystal in my hands in my lap, mentally give it a purpose, and then meditate for 5 minutes, this works well for me personally.

What Do Crystals Mean To Me

For me, whether there is a scientific reason or no, I love my crystals. They remind me to be present, they remind me to be the best me I can be, and I can’t see any fault in that. Even if it is a placebo effect, does it matter? To me no.

Where I Buy My Crystals

Over the years I have bought them from several different places, however the main places I would now go to are:

What Crystal Books I Recommend

For further reading, you can get the following books:

Any questions at all! Do not hesitate to ask! If you enjoyed this/found it helpful, please let me know!

Hi, my name is Hannah, and in November I came off the contraceptive pill. I was really bloody nervous about coming off of it as I felt like it was a comfort blanket, but had to come off it due to getting visual migraines (think weird mosaic patterns in your vision and then blurry edges – not fun).

I think it would be helpful, before I go into any more depth about where I am at right now, if I started at the very beginning. And just a head’s up, I’m not going to beat around the bush (pun intended), this is a post about menstruation, I will talk about blood, so if you don’t wanna hear that shit, first of all, I ask you why, and second of all, I suggest you read no further.

Okay, so you made it to the second paragraph, that’s amazing news. To preface this all, I started my period at the age of 12, from then on throughout my teens, my period was awful. Think heavy periods, waking up in pools of blood so bad it looked like a murder scene, horrific cramps that would leave me crying and unable to sleep, and clots the size of grapes in my pads. I wasn’t allowed to go on the pill because I was so young, so instead I was given something called Tranexamic Acid which prevents major blood loss (please note my GP refused to look into any reasons as to why I was bleeding so much… classic NHS GP experience).

When I was 16 and was in my first proper relationship, I got put on the combination pill, and things got better, the cramps lessened, but my period would still last a good 7 days. I had about 9 good years, with a couple of occasions coming off the pill for two knee surgeries, and was on it last year until I suddenly got an aural migraine as mentioned above, which was actually pretty scary, and my doctor immediately took me off. There was an urgency in his tone, ‘do not take it again’, which made me think ‘if you’re so eager for me to get off it, with one side effect like that, why the hell was I allowed to be put on it in the first place?’

We all know the pill can cause some pretty serious side effects, (read this pretty comprehensive article here for more info) and because of the impact it had on the blood supply to my brain I can no longer take it, and I just feel a bit iffy about taking the progesterone only pill, or any other hormonal contraceptive for that matter. In fact over the past few months I have slowly come to realise that the way to treat hormone imbalances, is to not just take a pill full of phony hormones, that trick your body into thinking it’s pregnant, but more on that later.

I am actually really happy being off the pill, it has been just a little over 8 months now being pill free, there isn’t really much to report having come off it. I definitely felt as if a blanket was being lifted and my emotions were just much more acute and obvious, in a study recently it was found that the pill may in fact make women less able to process emotions, it makes us less emotionally aware and also reduces our ability to empathise, which makes total sense because throughout my teens I was rarely a crier, nothing except for boys being dick heads made me upset, whereas now an advert with a puppy and a semi-emotional song on the TV can get me welling up.

One thing I know a lot of women worry about when coming off is things like skin and body weight. I did lose a little weight but that was more to do with changes to diet than anything. As for skin, my skin is no worse now than it was when I was on the pill. In fact, about two years ago I was suffering from really strong acne on my chin that was constant, whereas now I do get times when my skin is pretty clear. Problem skin and cystic hormonal acne has always been something I have struggled with, and is one of what I could call my main hormonal symptoms, next to severe cramps and lengthy, heavy bleeds.

I can’t tell you much about my libido as I am not in a relationship and even when I was on the pill and in a relationship, it was never an issue for me. I think a lot of women are scared about coming off the pill due to the contraceptive element, which I get, but there are tonnes of other options, many of which aren’t hormonal and won’t fuck with the very delicate hormonal balance of your amazing body. There’s a reason there isn’t a male contraceptive pill, and it’s because men could say NO to it, as women, we also have the ability to say no, even if your doctor tries to make you take it. I have a had a couple of guys be annoyed about using condoms, but my response is always the same “if you’re having sex with me, you’re using a condom” and that’s that. If you’re in a long term relationship I can understand the frustration, but for me, using a condom is 1 million times better than all the shit that comes with the pill.

Since coming off the pill, I did experience some depression. I have been battling with mild depression on and off for about two years now, and I do think the pill, with its boost of pseudo-oestrogen, can make those bad patches a little better. But I am going to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy now and am really looking at how eating well and staying mindful can positively impact my mental state. The pill actually can affect your levels of serotonin which are key to your mood stability, here’s a useful article to read more.

Now let’s talk about my period. It took a couple of months to come back and be semi-regular. Unfortunately, before I went on the pill when I was younger, my periods were extremely irregular and that hasn’t changed, they aren’t as heavy as they once were, but knowing what day they’ll start on has become a thing of the past. I’m currently tracking my period using two apps, and if you’re interested in knowing more about this and why I’m doing it, then let me know. When it comes to my cramps, they’re okay, not awful, I have one bad day of cramps and then after that it seems okay. I am still not entirely convinced all is well and normal with my reproductive system, and I am working really hard to try and balance my hormones through diet and lifestyle factors, so being able to track my symptoms and my period is really helpful, and I try to figure out what is going on with my body and what happens to be my ‘new normal’.

The bottom line (if you’re scrolling for a summary, this is it):

Am I happy I came off the pill?

Fuck yes.

Would I go back onto the contraceptive pill if I was allowed?

No, I would stay off it.

Do I think the pill is bad for everyone?

I understand that the pill gave a lot of women control and a much more positive life when it was introduced. But we have more options now. In the UK, contraceptive pill prescription is SO casually done by the NHS, in other countries like France, women are given a lot of tests and very intricate check ups to ensure they’re on the right one. I think that for some people, whose hormones are in perfect balance initially, and in whom it doesn’t cause any side effects, it can be good, but for someone like me and all the other women who have hormonal imbalances, I can’t see how sticking a plaster on the gaping issue, to just minimise symptoms, without trying to treat the issue instead, as well as potentially instigated a whole host of other issues, can be positive.

I feel like I have woken up, woken up to the real, breathing, FEELING me, and I wouldn’t change that for the world.

Have you come off the pill or even recently gone onto it? What has your experience been? Leave a comment below!

By Sally Gets Wardrobed

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved clothes, especially new clothes. Up until a couple of years ago I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say I thought about new clothes almost every day. In the last 2 decades spent way too much of my salary and far too many hours shopping. I can recall Easter weekends spent almost entirely curating wishlists on ASOS. But somehow I also regularly had “nothing to wear”. My wardrobe was bulging with amazing pieces, mixed with mistakes bought in a state of panic and items I loved and wore to death alongside things that I only managed to wear once before the weather changed. I often tried on 3 different outfits before deciding what to wear to work and always bought something new if I had an event to go to or had to do something that scared me.

 

At the end of 2016 I decided to enter the world of capsule wardrobes. The decision to focus on a simpler, streamlined style coincided with starting the Mel Wells academy, which is where I met gorgeous Hannah. I think the process of learning to love myself and explore the things that light me up helped me to see that I could spend time enjoying clothes without needing to buy them all the frigging time. I also realised I use clothes to hide – my body sometimes, my lack of confidence in stressful situations often. And I use the serotonin buzz shopping brings to numb and distract when I’m feeling an emotion I don’t want to feel – sad, stressed, tired, anxious. You name it, clothes hide it.

 

I’ve always admired women who have a very clear sense of style. Coco Chanel in her Breton stripes, Diane Keaton in Annie Hall’s fabulous uniform, Alexa Chung and her cool nonchalance, Olivia Palermo and her sleek luxey look. So I decided to give capsule wardrobes a try. A quick google led me to Caroline Joy’s Un-Fancy blog and then to Project333. The rules vary slightly depending who you follow but basically you limit yourself to a very small number of items (usually between 30 and 40) and you wear only those items for a 3 month season. Each season you introduce a new wardrobe. Depending on how variable the weather is where you live and the volume of clothes you own you might swap out the whole lot or just a few key things at a time.

 

I’ve followed the process of building a capsule wardrobe every season for the last 2 years. I’ve had really successful seasons and less successful ones, but in that time I’ve become a complete convert. It’s not stopped me spending money on clothes – in fact I probably spend more on the clothes I do buy because I need them to last longer, but it has helped me in loads of ways, some of which I didn’t really expect. I’d go so far as to say it’s been life changing.

 

3 Ways having a capsule wardrobe has changed my life and could change yours

You free up space to focus on the things that are more important

Spending less time scrolling the Zara app and fewer days wandering around Westfield creates more time for other things. More time to do yoga, more time to spend with the people you love and more time to focus on looking after yourself.

It takes a lot less time to get dressed in the morning. And even more life changing, packing for trips is ridiculously easy. With fewer things to choose from you’d think that a feeling of panic would descend if you don’t have the perfect outfit but instead you just go with what you have, and over time you become much more aware of the things you feel are missing, and then just go out and buy them.

When you do shop it’s a completely different experience

It’s still OK to go shopping and to really love shopping. Just like any other addiction, the urge to buy things when stressed or down doesn’t entirely go away but in general shopping becomes a completely different experience. You focus on searching for the perfect pair of jeans or the perfect top in a particular colour rather than getting so overwhelmed with stuff and buying things that don’t go with anything else or look very similar to something you already own. You get to know which shops are the ones that most reflect your style and you gravitate to them first. The whole experience becomes a bit like a treasure hunt.

Capsule wardrobes also work for people who hate buying new clothes. Whilst personally I can’t understand how someone could not want to spend their Saturday on Oxford Street!! I have loads of friends who absolutely hate clothes shopping. They hate it because it brings up insecurities about their bodies – the hideous mirrors, the random sizing and the sadness that comes on when the idea you have in your head doesn’t match what you see in the mirror. Or they hate it because whilst they want to look great they can’t stand looking for clothes, they have no idea where to start and just find the whole experience really really boring. Focusing on a small number of items, centred on a key set of looks, and in a core colour palette really helps people find the pieces that will most work for them.

Spending time understanding your style helps you love yourself more

When you start focusing on what clothes make you feel and look good you stop blindly following random trends and start focusing on how your clothes can make you feel awesome. It becomes much less of a big deal if a trend comes along that doesn’t work for you. You realise it’s nothing to do with your body shape being ‘wrong’. You get less panicked about being ‘out of fashion’ because you’re focusing on owning your own style. When you find the ‘uniforms’ that work for you, you also generally feel good more often. You don’t leave the house in an outfit you later regret.

The occasions when I’ve tended to feel most self-conscious in the past weirdly now make me feel most inspired style wise. Parties, weddings, scary work occasions are now things I look forward to more because I’m developing more of a sense of what will make me feel good rather than panicking about finding an armour to hide behind.

Where to start?

There are some fantastic blogs and books on this topic but the best way to start is to just experiment. Set a total number of items goal and go with it. Be strict enough to make it a challenge but don’t be afraid to swap things in and out if your selection isn’t working and remember it’s supposed to be fun.

I could write a whole other blog about the process of building a capsule wardrobe but here are some core tips to get you started.

  1. Start with what you have. Pull everything out of your wardrobe and separate the things you love and the things you wear often from the rest. These items will form the starting point for your new style. Think about why you love them, test combining them in different ways. Throw out everything that makes you feel crap. Store everything else.
  2. Get inspired. Use Pinterest and Instagram to find people and looks that inspire you. Again, ask why – what is it about this person that gives me such a massive girl crush? What do I love about this look? Every season I create a mood board to help me focus on the overall aesthetic I’m looking for. Season by season and year by year I can see how my style is changing by the shifts in the overall mood.
  3. Find your colour palette. I’ve learnt that a capsule wardrobe works much better when you focus on a core set of colours. Things mix and match more easily and it helps as a quick way to filter when shopping. This takes a bit of time to work out, but once you understand what colours make you feel and look good the process becomes easier.
  4. Buy well. You end up wearing clothes more, which makes it more important to buy higher quality items. Many capsule wardrobe devotees focus also on sustainable brands. This seems easier in the US than the UK at the moment but times are definitely changing. It’s worth looking at the credentials of the people you’re buying from.
  5. Think about what you do in your real life not your ideal life. If you spend most of your time working from home and love hanging out in your leggings buy some gorgeous leggings and own that as part of your style. If you rarely go out to bars, you don’t need loads of clothes to wear to bars. See, simple!

 

Places to go if you want to know more…

Caroline Joy’s blog is a great place to start for advice on the process and gorgeous slow style inspo www.un-fancy.com

Courtney Carver’s style challenge Project333 is a good place to go for more advice on this topic https://bemorewithless.com/project-333/

The Curated Closest by Anuschka Rees is a fantastic book all about finding your style https://anuschkarees.com/curatedcloset/

The #whomademyclothes movement is a good place to start if you want to focus on building a sustainable wardrobe https://www.fashionrevolution.org/

And you can find me on Instagram @sallygetswardrobed to see my style hits, misses and moodboards