Sunday, August 27, 2017

FABRIC MATTERS

FABRIC - Your number one priority

After my last post about my addiction to the colour red and my new dress, I decided to follow up with a crucial part of my closet. Recently I talked about a minimalistic closet, covering the reasons and ways to achieve a perfect wardrobe.

Today, following that post I am going to talk about a major part of the minimalistic closet or even an ideal closet that you should strive for.


Fabric, fabric, fabric - why is it so important to have good fabric in your closet?

Ever since I was a child, my mother always insisted on good quality fabric. As a child, I never understood why I couldn’t have the t-shirt that I wanted and why fabric played such a major role in our lives. I remember arguing with my mother and insisting that I didn’t care about the fabric and that she was just bringing that argument to annoy me.



Today, I understand why my mother was so strict and believe that she is the reason I pay careful attention to it and this is why:

1.          Your health is your priority!

It is commonly known, that a lot of fabrics are treated chemically and therefore can negatively affect your health as well as the health of the planet. Many scientific studies show, that toxic fibres can lead to diseases such as cancer, hormonal dysfunction and much more.

Why is that, you might wonder?

Many fibres go through a toxic process, which includes bleaching for example. Would you pour bleach and other chemicals on your body? So why are you still wearing them?



2.          Quality and longevity

If you desire to build a durable, practical and some sort of minimalistic closet, filled with pieces that are of high quality (you should most definitely read my recent post, in which I talk about a minimalistic way of living and also), you should invest in the quality of your clothes.

A good, natural fabric will last you way longer than a synthetic one. The fabric will remain the same no matter if you washed it once or 560 times. A synthetic fabric, on the other hand, will shortly tear apart or just lose its colour, shape and its initial look.  Furthermore, cheap synthetic fabrics look cheap - sorry to break it to you, but that’s the truth.

Yes, I understand. Natural fibres can be more expensive and it is harder to find them, but honestly, you are wearing them on your body (of which you only have one) and if you want to look nice, invest in something nice, makes sense right?
This argument brings me back to my post about the minimalistic closet - Less is more. In the end, you are the one to decide, but personally, I rather have items that will last me a lifetime and look nice AND don’t cause my body any harm than risk my health.

Finally, hoarding toxic fibres also damage the environment, as you have to repurchase your damaged low-quality items.



What is 'good fabric' and what do I have to look out for?

1.          ‚Good fabric‘ is traditionally characterized by natural fibres such as cotton, wool as well as angora. It is derived from natural sources such as plants and obviously, is healthier for your body than any other type of fabric. Also, natural fibres have a tendency to be more durable, which is a big advantage, right?

2.          Make sure to avoid synthetic fibres such as polyester, rayon and viscose! These fibres are not produced naturally and contain a lot of chemicals as well as toxic elements. It is extremely harmful to your body as with time it absorbs the waste and toxins. Also, certain fabrics that are not natural do not permit you to sweat properly, which can also be a major issue.




To find out what fabric your clothing is made of, you just have to read the tag on the clothing, as easy as that. Often clothes have a blend of different fabric, which makes it harder to find something that is 100% cotton for example. In that case, make sure that the % of the natural fibres is higher than the % of the synthetics.



To conclude, I am not forcing you to change your wardrobe or only buy 100% natural fibres. You have the power to do whatever you want to do and no one is going to judge you, you do you! My goal is to inspire people as well as stay aware of what we consume, buy and put on our bodies.



xx Lisa



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Thursday, August 17, 2017

THE GIRL IN RED

As a blonde girl myself, I find that red color compliments me a lot. So since I figured that out, I decided to go all red - ALL THE TIME.


It came to the point, that red lipstick became my signature color (namely my all time favorite 'Ruby Woo' by MAC). Honestly, to all the blondies out there: if you haven't tried red color on yourself, go for it! I swear, it will change your life. In an upcoming post, I will show you how to wear, combine and incorporate red into your closet and outfits. 

Frankly, I believe that every girl should have a red statement dress, which you wear on special occasions that will blow everyone away. Just imagine yourself rocking that gorgeous dress that will make you the most beautiful, fierce and powerful woman ever seen! Red color is associated not only with fire or blood but also with power, determination, danger, strength,  and most importantly, confidence!

Today, I am going to share my new favorite red dress, which makes me feel extremely confident and beautiful. 

Recently, I discovered a new shop in Luxembourg, which opened in the city center of Luxembourg only a few months ago. The boutique is called Claudie Pierlot and it is situated at the rue Philippe II in Luxembourg city.


The dress itself is called RHODES and it has a skater skirt paired with a lace top. The back of the dress is open, which means that you have to work those back muscles! In addition, it has a round neck and 3/4 length sleeves. 



With the dress, I am wearing nude heels, a red lip and a clutch by Louis Vuitton. 


This beautiful dress is not exclusive for an elegant night out, but can also be paired with a leather or jeans jacket and casual heels to make it look more 'simple' or casual. The dress allows you to wear it both day and night on a various range of occasions. 




I wore this dress in Barcelona for a romantic date with my boyfriend (who also gets all the credit for the pictures). It went perfectly with our dinner date, as well as the fancy party at the W Hotel in Barcelona. 






WEARING - 

Dress - RHODES by Claudie Pierlot
Shoes - Andrea Pinto 
Clutch - Louis Vuitton


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Thursday, July 27, 2017

ALL ABOUT THE BUCKET LIST



As we grow older, we naturally plan our lives according to our personal path of life. Some of us write bucket lists, some a 5-year plan, but why is it so important to have a plan in life?


Personally, I don't believe so much in precise, well-built life plans just because our lives can be so random and unpredictable, that you can't foreshadow everything that might come your way. However, what I do believe in is a list, some sort of bucket list that has all of your goals, your dreams, wishes, and challenges.






SHOPPING LIST OR BUCKET LIST?


You might wonder, what exactly is the point of having a bucket list? It seems so trivial and stupid, nothing worth taking seriously.

Well, not exactly. Studies have shown that bucket lists are very important not only to help manage time and money but also raise your self-esteem and ambition as it makes you believe that you and only you hold the power to achieve all your goals.


1. AS ORGANIZED AS YOUR MOTHER'S KITCHEN DRAWERS

Writing a bucket list (or actually any sort of list), will help you remain (or become) organized. The fact that you are writing your plans down (for example if you have a weekly to-do or bucket list) is going to visually help you understand what has to be accomplished. The next step is to figure out how or when your plans are going to happen.


2. MANAGEMENT STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BUCKET LISTS


Not only will a list help you become and stay organized, but it also contributes to your time and money management skills.

Having a plan of what you really want or what you really have to do, will lead having to manage your time (to fit your plans in your schedule) as well as money. For example some projects on your bucket list, are going to require your financial engagement. Naturally, if you don't want to be in debt for the rest of your life, you will have to save some money up, and manage the expenses well.

Furthermore, bucket lists are going to help you stay realistic and have some sense of measure. As I explained before, most plans and projects require money, so you still have to remain reasonable (at least a little bit).


3. WHAT DO I WANT?

When you decide to finally sit down and write a bucket list, you will be confronted with one main question "What do I want?". Sounds relatively simple, but there is more to it.

Five minutes into sitting down and gazing through the window while thinking about the fries you really wanted last night, you will realize, that this was never just about the fries. Actually thinking about what you want, will lead you to think about what you want to achieve in life, what you would like to do and see. Soon enough you will sit in front of a handcrafted list of your future accomplishments.


4. IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN DO IT

Your personalized list is going to help you to stay motivated as it displays your dreams and wishes that have to be accomplished. Yes, it might be a long and difficult path to reach your goal, but it is worth it.
Having a visual of what you want and have to achieve will also help you be successful, ambitious and motivated. PRO TIP: Keep your list where you can see it, just to remember why you are doing what you're doing and always having a visual of your goals. Some people like to keep it even more visual by making a collage of what you want.
It is also very important to include rather "small" goals, just to keep you motivated throughout the process. There is nothing more satisfying than putting a check mark next to an accomplished goal!



5. QUEEN B IS SHAKING

Last but most certainly not least, a bucket list is going to increase your self esteem as well as your self accomplishment, as you will always remain aware of where you stand and what you've done, whereas without a list you might have accomplished several things but you are not going to remember precisely what, when and how much it was.







xx Lisa
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Monday, July 24, 2017

FASHION DISTRICT – MINIMALISTIC WAY OF THINKING



JUST A HYPOTHETICAL THOUGHT: WHAT IF YOU THREW ALL OF YOUR CLOTHES AWAY?


Don’t worry, I’m not ordering you to throw all of your clothes away, but just think about it... What clothing items would you purchase if you had to re-stock your clothing? To be more precise, what pieces would you buy if you would have to build a long-lasting, timeless closet? 



So what exactly do you have to look for when you a) ‘rebuild’ your closet or b) are trying to improve it?

If you want a successful closet that is timeless, I would suggest going the ‘minimalistic’ way. What I mean, is that you build a closet with limited items that you can combine in numerous different ways. Here are some tips you can follow, which will help you throughout the process of creation.




1. QUALITY

Now listen, quality might be the most important thing in the entire process. You never want to waste your money on items that are not worth it – low-quality items. Think about it, why would you buy a low-quality item that loses its shape, color or rips apart after a couple of washes? Instead, you can save that money and buy a piece of better quality clothing that will last you forever. I understand, better quality equals higher price, but trust me it is worth paying a couple of bucks more.

RISKS YOU ARE TAKING

Low quality not only looks bad (because usually, it is pretty easy to spot), but it can also damage your health. It might sound far fetched but it makes sense: you are buying an item that didn’t cost anything to produce, which is filled with diverse chemicals that finally touch your skin and penetrate your breath, right? Not only that, but some materials are not good for your skin and health in general. For example, materials that contain Polyester, Acrylic, Nylon, and Rayon should be definitely avoided.


WHAT IS RECCOMENDED

Personally, I would recommend looking for natural material as for example cotton and wool. You also have to make sure that the fabric is 100% cotton and not only a small percentage that is mixed with something different. As for accessories, I would recommend looking for real leather or something similar, as it is very durable (then again, you have to keep the cruelty in mind.

Also, don’t forget! Always check the stitches of the clothing (or bags, shoes) because even if the material is good, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the work was done properly and with no defaults.

Finally, something that you always have to keep in mind is that expensive brands do not always have great, high-quality items. Most of the time you are paying for the name and not for the quality. This thought goes vice versa, as not all ‘cheap’ brands have bad/low-quality items. For example H&M sells affordable clothing with not always good quality, however, they also sell organic cotton t-shirts and other pieces for the same price as the rest.




2. WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Following the minimalistic way, you have to think practical. The pieces you will acquire, are items that you can combine in numerous ways, for example, a dress that you can wear during the day but also for a night out. Usually, these items are simple but chic, easy to combine and not too extravagant.




There are some items that you should have to have a successful closet:

1. BASICS

Every closet needs basics; make sure that these are also in ‘basic’ colors like black, gray and white. This will help you with the combination of different outfits. Basics combined correctly can quickly look super trendy, chic and classy. For example look for basic black and white t-shirts that you can combine with blue/black jeans and sneakers (perhaps also add a blazer to look super trendy!).

2. PANT(S)

Honestly, you don’t have to go ham with jeans and pants, 2 pairs is more than enough (if you’re a real minimalist); it is important to have a good pair of black jeans/pants, it is most definitely an essential, since you’ll be able to combine it with practically everything. For the second pair, look for a blue simple jean, perhaps a ripped jean (but good quality!) if that’s what you prefer to wear.

3. CLASSY CLOSET

As I said before, you can easily combine basics to make the entire outfit look classy by adding a special piece. This piece could be a blazer for example. To complete your closet full of basics (wow that almost sounds like you entered the ‘basic’ section of H&M) you need to add a couple of dressy shirts, blazer(s) and dresses.





4. MAKE YOUR STATEMENT

Okok, I hear you. You don’t want to be that basic, I understand. No need to remain that plain and basic. There is always space for statement pieces, your colorful jacket or your crazy dress that you bought last summer. Statement pieces are amazing and they add up to a perfectly combined outfit.




SIDENOTE - This principle applies to everything in your surrounding, not only your closet is concerned. This can also apply to overall organization (post might follow) and furniture and general possession.





My point is, don’t go overboard with clothing that you don’t really need, instead invest in good quality items that will be by your side forever.



Just remember – LESS IS MORE.


xx Lisa
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