A life of discovery

Inspiration

It's OK to buy new clothes & still care about the planet

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One of the exercises I do with my clients is to establish their values.

Many of my clients care about the environment, diversity, fair trade and the ethical creation of clothing.

For some, this means wearing previously worn clothing, which can include up-cycled, recycled, or second-hand, either from thrift stores, consignment stores, clothes swapping or as gifts from other friends’ wardrobes.

This is absolutely wonderful!

I help them choose, curate, source and create combinations.

However…

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Why self doubt got between me and my love of leopard skin.

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Why self-doubt got between me and my love of leopard skin.

I have always loved leopard skin. I can’t exactly tell you why (though I could definitely tell you why you like certain things), but I’ve always been drawn to it.

The first time I bought anything made of leopard skin, I think I was about 13 and it was a one piece leopard skin bathing suit. I remember arguing with my mother about it because leopard skin is a polarizing subject.

I loved that bathing suit. In hindsight, it wasn’t the mos…

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Why I disappeared...and why I came back

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Kia Ora,

I haven't been able to blog for the last year.  Then the world changed and it woke me up. 

There were a few months last year when I didn't want to do anything at all.

Depression, malaise, a slump, marinating, pondering, avoiding  - there's a whole thesis in there. Ironically, in June 2020 in the USA, many, many people are traumatized, isolated, depression, anxious, scared - maybe I was just a year ahead.

I can't claim trauma (or anything really, apart from white privilege) but I "…

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Jeans, Jeans, Jeans!

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I never thought I'd be sending my long skinny jeans to the back of the closet, but suddenly I'm all about wide legs. I'm showing off my ankles, I'm cropping, I'm paper bagging and I'm high waisting - here's the "skinny" on denim right now in case you're still a little confused.  Ps. Yes, you can still wear your skinny jeans - but you'll be wanting the cropped versions this year, so go get a pair of scissors!

As a break from skinny, try a low slung straight - these sit on the hips and have a…

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Stacey London "...accept new versions of yourself."

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I love old episodes of What not to Wear, though it is a little dated now. I'm a sucker for before and after shows, they are the only reality TV I'll watch as I know there is usually a happy ending. For those of you who haven't seen it, hosts Stacey London and Clinton Kelly would pounce on unsuspecting style challenged women who were nominated by their friends and family (part helpful/part your worst nightmare scenario) to have a fashion reboot. Armed with a team of stylists behind the scene (n…

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I have wardrobe malfunctions, too

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I have wardrobe malfunctions too


I was on my way to a co-working space to meet a group of women that I adore. I was planning on wearing a particular outfit and I forgot to take my own advice. I was running a bit behind, was meeting someone at a particular time and I don’t like being late. I’d been trying to walk the dog before I changed, so that she would go to the bathroom before I left for a few hours, but she was more interested in talking to the people who are fixing our road. We ende…

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Cladwell App helps get you dressed.

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The lovely Lisette from JetSetLisette told me about the clothing app Cladwell (check your app store) and I've been suggesting it to clients.  

I'm not an early adopter, which means I'm no expert at the app and I'm still baffled by some of the features (I'm also lousy at following instructions) but I'm having a lot of fun with it. Here's the story behind Cladwell  - and right now it's free to download. I anticipate that going forward they will charge a membership fee, so grab it now and tell…

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Guide to alterations

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I'm a big believer in alterations. Being short, I always have to take up hems and I've had pieces mended. I bought a retro 60's lime green and hot pink suit that was a size too big (thrift store) and had it altered to fit and I've had the lining replaced on expensive jackets. I've had fasteners added to tops and jackets that gaped a little and I've even had a dress made from scratch - a Regency dress ala Jane Austen, which I later sold to a costume shop. I always tell clients that if the clothin…

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I'm interviewed by the Ready Pause Go podcast!

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I love listening to podcasts while wandering around the park with the dog, or driving to clients' homes and recently I had the honor and privilege of being interviewed by Erika Parker Price on the podcast Ready Pause Go. 

Here's what Erika says about her podcast:

"This podcast is for the millions of women who take a career pause to raise their family - whether you are contemplating a pause, in the trenches at home with your kids, or ready to relaunch the next phase of your life. …

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Tips for thrift store (and other shopping)

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"I wear your granddad's clothes
I look incredible
I'm in this big a** coat
From that thrift shop down the road."


Musician Macklemore (from Kent, WA, the state I live in) said it all - you can look incredible in thrift store clothes. Here's some tips to help:


Wear clothes you like a lot when you thrift shop.
Why? It's all too easy to find something and buy it simply because you like it better than the other items available. Compare it to what you're wearing and think about other clothes …

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