Morning dressing guidance

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Even with the best intentions, getting ready in the morning can sometimes be stressful.

I’ve collected a few pointers over the years that have consistently come back to me in my mornings of need and have helped me focus through the stress haze that seems to be unique to such times.

From I HEART Your Style by Amanda Brooks

A good starting point for the morning is to ask and remind yourself:
What am I doing today?
Where am I going?
Who do I have to be today and who do I want to be?

From A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style by Tim Gunn

Look at your itinerary for the day, see which appointments you have and with whom, and dress for the highest level of expectation for that day.

And also don’t wear a completely replicated outfit as you’ll miss out on an opportunity to experiment with your other pieces. Throw on a different necklace, a clashing bracelet, big earrings or a scarf. Wear different shoes to the last time, see if it makes the outfit feel different. (I often fallback on tried and true outfits when stressed but this comment by Mr Gunn reminds me to explore my wardrobe and to give other pieces a day out.)

From Style by Lauren Conrad

Something as straight forward as a blazer can be interpreted a 100 different ways.

And from an unknown source

Remember that you have everything you need in your wardrobe, it’s just about mixing old things up and finding new ways to present pieces that suit the day.

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Letting things go – Marie Kondo style

Last week I was raving about Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying. This week I’m narrowing my rave to the rather large topic of letting go…

A definite highlight of the book are the strategies that Kondo offers around this topic. The concepts that she discusses assist with overcoming guilt and combating common arguments that arise when it’s time to let a possession go.

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Book Review: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo

 

books-165557_1920I had heard a lot about Marie Kondo’s book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying, before one of my favourite blogger’s posted about his experience of implementing the KonMari method (you can read about it here) and I just had to read it. Well! I don’t know why I waited so long. I greatly enjoyed it! So much so that I looked forward to bedtime so that I could keep reading it – something I haven’t experienced in a while. It’s an accessible and easy read, and worthwhile even if you aren’t obsessed with organising.

I found that I had much in common with Marie Kondo. Many of her ideologies and feelings about decluttering resonated with me and reading about her frustrations with less tidier family members made me laugh. Out. Loud. She recounts childhood stories of forcing objects on her family members because she didn’t want to throw them out. In effect decluttering her area but adding stress to theirs. I had a similar but much more sneaky method. I would place objects in others’ rooms while they were out. Until my family had had enough we’d have countless conversations that went like this:

Family member: ‘What is this [owl figurine/skirt/wire basket]? Did you put that in my room?’

Me: ‘I thought you’d like it/need it!’

Family member: ‘Well, I don’t.’ or ‘Maybe…’

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