How to have a great wardrobe?

Hi lovelies,

Today post I want to talk about how to update your wardrobe, how to achieve to have a cohesive style on a budget. I was always jealous to a lot of women how chic, femine and beautiful they are and I always looked at myself as a grey mouse: I can not afford it, I cannot do it.

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I was totally wrong…

I was stuggled to dress up, when I saw myself in the mirror in my 50 EUR Zara dresses I was pissed off . So I have started to read, to watch and to search for a solution: I have read Anushka Reiss The curated closet book and she teach a lot to me:

  1. LESS IS MORE: I do ot need a lot a clothes,they have to be carefully selected and quality.
  2. IDENTIFY YOUR OWN STYLE: I do not need to follow trends to look stylish, know what I feel good in is a way more important.
  3. DRESS TO MY LIFESTYLE: have several capsule wardrobes according to the daily activities and spend the most on, which I am doing the most.
  4. KNOW YOUR COLORS: select a few, which fits to your own personality, you can not look good in everything.
  5. ACCESSORIES: having a great bag or jellews can elevate your style.
  6. TAILOR: fit your clothes.

So I have started to write my closet inventory and I figure out a few things so far:

  1. I hate polyester close to my skin, so I want to get ride off any polyester tops and dresses.
  2. My favourite materials are the naturals like silk, linen or wool, but I also love viscose.
  3. Oversized cut is cheap looking, do not really flatters me, so I will get ride of most of them.
  4. I need to invest in silk scarves, fine jewels and quality leather bags
  5. I would love to declutter most of my fast fashion items as I can not make a use of.
  6. Upgrading my wardrobe will take a long time so I have to be patient and do not get into the fast fashion trap again.
  7. Secondhand is pretty cool, I can find gems on Facebook market place and Vestiaire for a fraction of price.

I might need to start from scratch….

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My closet inventory is coming soon…

xoxo,

February Low Buy Haul

Hi lovelies,

So second month has been passed in 2020, so that means an other haul. But let’s start with the budgeting:

February was just a month to be finally over. I am nearly on a zero leftover now, as we had so many expenses this month, some of them was planed, others aren’t.

So we have bought our very first TV and my husband wanted a voice bar so bad for his birthday so that was his gift. I think we did send a lot of gifts for friends (dispute the budgeting) as we had 5 birthdays and a farewell party this month. I must not forget that my income was 35% lower than in January. I got sick and we had the opportunity to invest in a half pig, which would cover a lot of meats we actually eat so now it is an expense, but in a long term that was an investment…

Savings: only 34 %, but if I add that saved a bit more in January it convers to 51% of the planned one, so I will try to manage it next month somehow

Needs: Sent 16% more on my needs as it should had been…

Wants:

This month I have not bought any makeup or skincare as I am hardly trying to use them up. I went to my hairdresser as a treatment this month, which I only do like every 4 months. I had a few birtdays in this month, so did  purchased some gifts to my husband and to my parents- but these are counted to the need file. I also had to buy a new makeup counter and paper organizers as we have finally finished our glass wall and the oldies was not fitted in… + I had to clean a lot in the house so decluttered a lot too.

What I have purchased for myself:

Kazar shoe- for a while I was looking for a perfect pump, but all of the high-heels was so uncomfortable, and now I have found the perfect one with a blocked heel: elegant, comfy and easy to walk, made of a 100% leather- of course it is not the cheapest from a Polish brand, Kazar -BARI- shop it here.

Everlane– This sustainable brand, which I am eyeing on… it was coming in a paper packaging:

I wanted to upgrde my basics, these are their Basic Cotton Crew in S size and Oversized Alpaca Crew in Almond – S size.

So that is what I have decluttered in the middle of the month:

Expired Make up: Bobbi Brown Bronzer, Nars Orgasm Blush, The Balm Mary Luminizer, MAC Ruby Woo lipstick, ABH brow pomade were all so great and saved several decluttering, but some of them were over 5 years…

Then I had a looking to my jewellery box and found some never gonna use items which I was gifted to a thrift store.

Used up two parfumes and my Estee Lauder coral sun lippie.

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On the wants I have sent 102% more than I would had been…. so failed.

xoxo and see you in March!

Wishlist update

Hi lovelies,

My last wishlist was right before Christmas, so I do think it is time to update. It is also great for me to focus on items, which I really want instead of impulse purchases, but it is also ideal for my family and friends to keep it in eyes. I do not say that these things I want them right away but I would accept them anytime.

I was check my last one, I have just realized it was a pretty great one, so firstly those which I am keeping from it:

Lisa Eldridge’s Velvet Ribbon lipstick,

Levi’s 501 in grey wash

The 2 Furla bags: Mimi and Diva (lots of the colors are so great)-good crossbody mid-size leather bag, which I am looking for so far, but maybe it it going to be a camera style bag….

I was also checked my Luxury Christmas gift ideas and I just realized that all of these items are so great I would love to have them and some of them I want to find second hand or something similar…

Also maybe on second hand, alongside with a silk blouse:

and maybe save up for a YSL Cardholder (190 EUR on Net-a-porter)

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Then the news:

Everlane Alpaca Crew or Alpaca Cardigan: I just truly believe these would be super soft.

Undersea Bikini: local brand, which has an eco and susbainable certificate, this year I am looking forward to their new collection

Maybe some trend pieces, which are missing from my wardrobe:

Organza blouse and Print dress which are trending now.


I have already mentioned my makeup wishlist in my inventory post

Hair and skin care:

I just tend to continue my more natural way so I would love to try a bamboo toothbrush, natural soap and some naked hair conditioner. + face spray

 

Black Friday haul

Hi lovelies,

It is Cyber Monday, so now it is time to share an other haul with you:

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Black Friday is all about great coupons and sales, I was planning ahead to shop only the items which are on my wishlist or on my Christmas gift list, who do not want to buy things for on a fraction of the price…. and finally you can buy all luxury goods you have just wanted.

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Yes, that is might be thue in the US, but here  in Europe usually only 15-20 % or might be more if you spend more, but why to spend on more thing just to get a 30% or a 40% and usually over 200 EUR. So after an exhauted working day I was decided to skip going to any of the shopping malls and looking something online as I was really fed up with people.

Only deals was the same: on certain items, only 20% off ect. okay I have nearly bought this beautiful Furla Mimi for 50% in mid-size, but then I have realized even 220 EUR is so much to spend on myself, otherwise I do not want to force anyone to buy me a that expensive bag for Christmas (if they do in their own that their decision) and I think I will have the case in January too.  I was thinking of a lot of smaller deals like: Undersea bikinis, Cultbeauty, H&M or Mango…

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So finally I was ended up purchasing a train tickets and goung to the countryside to my parents’ house and I think I was never been that thankful for a late night walk with my dogs.

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So 29th November in 2019 was a really great BUY NOTHING DAY.

Xoxo,

Christmas wishlist

Hi lovelies,

Christmas in the air… let’s talk about my wishlist(sarcasm pls). Okay I know they say that items do not makes people happy… but sometimes yes, if they are have the joy and enjoyment of them. -they must not be expensive, but rather useful. I have to admit that I am anytime happy for something handmade, experince vouchers, travel, books or IKEA giftcards ect… of course luxury goods are highly welcomed (if I do not like them at least be able to sell them).

Dear Santa,

Yeah I am having a list of Autumn must haves and yes everything on that list would be also great to get, but here is my specification to go for this Christmas (useful for Black Friday as well):

Brown leather belt: I have to repeat myself, because I have not finding a great one so far, I really need a good classy brown belt (not with a big logo nor a Gucci Marmont belt) just a simple one, even a vintage would be great.

Coccinelle Olivia small wallett in black: I am using my husband’s spear wallett, but it is not so classy to have a men wallett, but that small size I just adore, so that would be the ideal one for it.

Levis 501 in grey- my size W26 L30 (L28 if only that exists), just to say so;)

Hourglass: Ghost Palette– it is a so nice palette, but a bit more expensive than to buy it for myself now.

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Under eye brightening concealers: Becca or Pixi, which I really want to try, I have so dark undereye ereas so anything else are also welcomed.

Lisa Eldridge Velvet Ribbon Lipstick– it is the perfect dupe for MAC Ruby Woo in cruelty free version, but of course I can not say no to the Ultimate Velvet Kit with Velvet Muse, Decade and Ribbon if you wish to have the free shipping:).

Intimissimi Emma Silk bra, but even their new knit silk blend tops are so nice:

Remington: Straight and Curl– I had to declutter my previous one, so I ought to replace it anytime soon and this hybrid seems like a great idea.

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+1 if you have broken the bank or won the lottery I would say to apreciate your time and effort and kind agree a nice Furla Diva Bag or just leave some cash to collect and buy it on the sales in January. Here are my favourite colors:

Xoxo,

P.S.: If you decide to buy a parfume please consult my daddy:). For Jewels please visit The Mamakin store or Pandora.

Textile materials

Hi lovelies,

If you have read my previous post, you might known that I am constanly doing decluttering, trying to waste less, recycle and buy quality instead ofquantity, so any way it is just my journey to become more sustainable.

So in term of cosmetics I try to use everything eco friendly and cruelty free, but now let’s jump into my closet. Recently decluttered a few things that are not my taste or size or in a bad condition, but now I just wanted to know what are the materials which my clothes made of. So Quality is all about the fabric and construction: when a nicer fabric meets with a good construction it is tend to be a higher quality garments, which last longer. Is price tag show the quality? Not all the time, because you sometimes pay for the marketing behind,but I would not say that if you buy a cashmere sweater on a 130 EUR or a 1000 EUR price tag they will be the smae, because might be the materials are the same, but the time and care of production is totally different. I do not think that luxury items are worst the price tag, also in vintage or pre-owned items can be a great deal.

So I just feel, so start buying things which contains at least for 80 % of natural fabric is a good start. Might be the list will not be complete one.

Cotton: might be one of the most common material for clothes and it is natural, there are many different quality of it like organic cotton and it is widely recycleable. Here is a picture of its actual look as a plant.

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Linen: an other natural, plant based textile, made from the fibers of the flax plant.

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Leather:  I think it is clear for everyone, the skin of the animals, most common is cow. So many different prducts can be made of leather, it last long and alright it is not so cruel, but you can choose what is better if you kill an animal (of course not the wild ones) use their meat to eat, skin to create leather goods or produce a lot of faux leather, which cause a lot of gas during production and kill all the natural eco system… Vegan leather is a great option but highly luxurious.

Cashmere and Wool: are fibers obtained form goats. Cashmere is a special type of wool form cashmere and pashmina goats. All of them are ideal for sweater and warm clothes, quality can be different.wool

Viscose:

Viscose is a term often used to represent the viscose fiber that is made from natural sources such as wood and agricultural products that are regenerated as cellulose fiber. The molecular structure of natural cellulose is preserved in the process. The many types and grades of viscose fibers can imitate the feel and texture of natural fibers such as silkwoolcotton, and linen. The types that resemble silk are often called artificial silk. The fibre is used to make textiles for clothing and other purposes.[1]

Rayon is manufactured from naturally occurring Cellulose hence, it is not considered to be synthetic. Technically, the term synthetic fiber is reserved for fully synthetic fibers made from synthetic polymers. In manufacturing terms, rayon is classified as “a fiber formed by regenerating natural materials into a usable form”. Specific types of rayon include viscosemodal and lyocell, each of which differs in the manufacturing process and the properties of the finished product.

Viscose can mean:

  • A viscous solution of cellulose
  • A synonym of rayon
  • A specific term for viscose rayon—rayon made using the viscose (cellulose xanthate) process

The viscose fiber is made from dissolving wood pulp and regenerating it in the form of fibers. Pulp made from wood or bamboo is the most common raw material for making viscose. Viscose process dissolves cellulose pulp with aqueous sodium hydroxide in the presence of carbon disulfide. This viscous solution bears the name viscose. The cellulose solution is used to spin the viscose or the rayon fiber. Viscose rayon fiber is a soft fiber commonly used in dresses, linings, shirts, shorts, coats, jackets, and other outerwear. It is also used in industrial yarns, tyre cord, upholstery and carpets, to make disposable wipes, cleaning cloths and in the casting of cellophane.

Honestly I had totally no clue what is viscose so it is from Wikipedia…

Silk: can be natural like mulberry silk or syntetic from polyester or lyocell. So try to go for the natural scarfs, tops and shirts, they are real luxury.

Lets turn to the plastic side: Acrylic, Nylon and Polyester all made in the middle of a hude chemical process, there are more cheaper then the natural ones. Here is their main trait from dailymail.co.uk:

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Elastane or spandex (in the USA): is a fiber which has elasticity and recovery in it. Usually they use it to give fexibility of natural or synthetic fibers, not on its own. It is gives the comfort to wear any of the clothes. Usually it is lower in jeans but highher (40%) in sportwear.

Lyocell: is the faux silk, shinny fabric made of cellulose. Tencel also made of cellulose (eucalyptus tree) and it widely recycled and as strong as polyester.

I hope it was a bit useful for the future, I am going to continue soon with the Fash fashion recycle movements.

Xoxo,

 

Pieces to invest in this Autumn

Hi lovelies,

If you have read my last blog post, you might know that I made no shopping month. I have listed some products, which I will invest in druing the autumn/winter season.

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Natural fabric sweaters:

I love to wear cotton, wools, silk and really want to own a cashmere one. I am just stictly owning 5 pieces for years so I think just time to lever up.

CASHMERE SWEATER – arround a 100 EUR

Everlane (balck on the right), Naadam (browns on the top right)offers relatively cheap alternatives, I have to figure out if they ship to Hungary or stay to Massimo Dutti (on the left) or cheack at COS.

WOOL SWEATER– more warmer alternative

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Leather biker jacket

I think everyone needs one in their life a classic real leather black biker jacket. Sorry for vegans but natural fabric is much more long-wearing and sustainable than faux leather from plastic…

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Just adore that look on Barbara Palvin. But find a great one at Mango.

Silk bouse

It is an old time classic, which I would in off-white or beige, it is probably the wardest to find one- maybe a vintage one? Might be my granny has one?

Mom or relaxed jeans

I just really one to have an authentic 501 – preferebly in dark wash (on the right), but my mom do had one in the ’90s so tend to check in first (hers one is like the lighter).

Leather belt

I do not own any real lether belt, I only have one, which was with a dress, but now near to 30 I think it is time to invest a few classic: black, brown in a classic shape and a tiny waist belt.

Yeah these are my full outfit inspirations sorry. After writting that post I just convinced myself to check some second hand and vintage stores in the town (treasure hunting).

I guess I will do an October Haul soon, stay turned.

Xoxo,

 

 

August haul

Hi lovelies,

This is again a monthly hauls like usually, but August is my Birthday so most of the things will be gifted for me and also I try to be using less, so for myself I only bought things which I need.

Lets start with my husband’s gift: is a handmade leather bag, which is so georgous in this light cream shade and I prefer to have a crossbody strappy which this bag has. It is not so huge, but big enough for my iPad mini or to keep my takeaway bottle in it.

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From my parents I received a few products which I was really into. Okay to begin the story with: they were asking what I wish, want I want for my Birthday and I was saying oh nothing, I have everything ect. Then my sister give my Feelunique login to them because she knows that I have a wishlist on it and they ordered a Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, an Urban Decay Primer Portion and my fav mascara the Perversion. The pack in not arrived yet, but it is due today to my work place.

I got the NYX Ultimate palette from my bff. Honestly I have never ever thought buying this, but I have thinking to buy a Pupa blue single shadow or a ABH- Riviera Palette, but now everything in it and evenmore colors, which I can use with my natural ones…

From my sister I’ve got The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea food mask, which I tried once in the single use version and it was even better than the Himalyan one. From my brother and his girlfriend a vegan sampoo – conditioner and a cute hair ring (yellow on the picture).

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And yes the things that I bought: this cute, cheap necklance from H&M I think it will be super cute for the beach, The Body Shop Camomille Butter I have repurchased and Coconut mist was a just for fun thing. Lush 7 to 3 cleansing pad and the sunblocker for our upcoming holiday.

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Happy Birthday to Hungary too!

 

Why we can not be zero waste?

Hi lovelies,

Plastics free July is such a nice initiative, however let me write the truth why you can not succeed-> YES the whole world is againts you. So we tried to reduce the platic: so did not buy any soft drinks, plastic bags nor anything with single use plastic packaging. But let me tell you why we failed:

I really like the conception of zero waste(read and watch videos too), specially the 5R, which I try to keep is the next time, but firstly it is my list which I just can not do. I really appricate the people, who live a zero waste lifestyle! 5-rs-of-zero-waste-refuse-reduce-reuse-recycle-rot

  • Travel: I love to travel and can not live without it, I think it is a bit unsightly when zero waste gurus travels a lot (specially by plane or car) to give speech regarding their lifestyle.
  • Washing: instead of using single use products, zero waste usually required to wash, specially hygenic items, to disinfect you do need to use a higher temperature, which increase electricity usage and also waste a lot of (in Hungary: drinking) water!
  • Detergents: eco free detergents also packed in plastic… and costs a lot more than normal ones and usually not that effective. I have tried DM Nature, which is a prettygood eco products for us, but I have read a lots of reviews that is useless for stubborn spots- but we do not have a kid yet so… And also the fabric conditions alternatives are pretty low choices. Yes, you might say these washing nuts- but there are coming for India, form the other side of the World…
  • Hygiene: I can not replace toilet papers or kleenex. From the kleenex it is better to take the paper box ones, but there are having smaller and lower quality. Diva cup is not something that I can imagine to use.
  • Secondhand clothes: I used to shop second hand, but as most of the second hand are extremly over priced, also sells fast fashion and most of the clothes are coming from the UK, so I only go into real, local vintage store. So all those Hada or Cream English second hands sells H&M, Zara, Primark ect. so imagine: these clothes are produced in Asia or Morocco, than they shipped to UK, which they might sold (yes sometimes the stores took the unsold items into the bins) and used once or twice by a women, than they left it into a bin,which they select and sold the best ones (which are the rare used) for the price of 10-15 EUR/items in the Eastern European part. Other problem they cause, that you can not sell your used and locally purchased clothes at all or maybe by facebook market place, which takes a lot of time and energy. The zero waste way would be to shop local designer clothes, which is very expensive or sew it yourself- that is still not the cheapest and also need time and skills.
  • Lack of selective bins!
  • Lack of returnable packaging: milk, beer, wine ect. bottles used to be widely returnable a few years ago.
  • Online shopping: I love to do my shopping online as you can buy much more things then in the shops, it is easier and do save some time. Yes it is comes in a lot of extra packaging, which is mainly plastic.
  • Make-up: I am a make up lover, yes I have not rethink that part of my life;).

I hope you have enjoyed this little post, I am going to update on my steps for a sustainable lifestlye in a few days!

XOXO,

Summer clothes update

Hi lovelies,

I have not written for a while as I mentioned the lastly why… Now it is time to show my recent updates on my closet.

Firstly I have made a bigger decluttering regarding my clothes, shoes- I would say Summer Declutter vol. 1. as I think I have to check it again in August. So have ordered a remixshop bag, to check if I can sell the items, which are unused or barely used – I am fed up with Facebook Market function as it is so hard to get a reliable buyer and takes so long- so the opportunity costs do not pay off if you know what I mean ;). So into the bag I added totally of 10 clothes and a pair of shoes. And also I took 2 big box of clothes to the charity shop, these are the middle condition clothes and one smaller to H&M recycle campaign, I know it is Fast Fashion but, it is better to take the ripped or torned textiles to return them.

So the list will be a bit long, but it was my purchases of June and July, yes I can not afford designer clothes so, it is Fast Fashion…

Shoe: leather sandal by Gino Rossi (Italian brand) ordered it for ca. 28-30 EUR with a -65% discount after a long hunting and that is what I was exactly wanted: beige or brown flat sandal with ankle strappy- I have sent much less than I was expect to be:).ginorossidn694mtwobgbg2512x_gino_rossi-dn694m-two-bgbg-2512-x_ab_0003

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I have placed an order due to the sale at H&M online- I know it is so bad, but things happens- of 5 pieces, but sent back 2 of them due to size (ordered 36 and sent out of a 42) or bad quality. I am keeping these 3:

All of them were 6- 9 EUR, which is pretty good value.

Zara

They are so quick and upto date, so that is why a lot of people love them, but honestly they are a bit pricy compare to the quality… but yes the design… so they do have 2 annual sales, the first prices are usually not so much of discount, 2nd and 3rd are pretty great. I went in to the store by the second and was so suprised nearly nothing left- a lot of crazy tourist bought them all :). So I only find the floating yellow/orange dress for ca. 15-16 EUR (have not find on site, so try to took a picture) and some new collection:

Sorry they do have so ugly models on site so…. It is a black cotton top with a tie (ca. 23 EUR) and the jumpsuit (ca. 45 EUR) – OMG I had to go back 2 times to change: first due to the cassier girl pulled out a thread while she was removing the security thing and next was like a badly tailored one…

Oysho:

I wanted a linen short so bad, so as H&M failed I finally found: so classic (ca. 20 EUR)

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I was a good girl to purchase two bermudas to my hubby:).

Yes there were no beauty haul , but I hope you have enjoyed!

Xoxo,