Organising my life/diary out with a little help from Papier

January can sometimes feel like the longest month of the year. The weather’s miserable, Christmas has long gone and you’re either impatiently waiting to get paid, or you have the dreaded tax bill looming. And I have two tax bills. My personal and my company so DOUBLE joy for me. I’m really trying hard not to sit around in my pjs feeling sorry for myself, so I’ve thought of some things below that (hopefully) will help pass the rest of this long month, and you won’t need to spend a penny to do them.

Organise your wardrobe.

This is of course the most obvious one, I don’t know about you but this new year when I got back from home, to my home, I just wanted to declutter and organise EVERYTHING. Apart from the fact I was sick of staring at my wardrobe feeling like I had nothing to wear, I decided to take action and go through it all to see what I needed and was amazed to find things I forgot I even had.

Plus note: depop/ebay anything you think someone might love more than you and you can make a bit of extra cash. Anything else recycle/charity shop.

Shop your own wardrobe

Following on from your wardrobe declutter, shopping your own wardrobe is a great trick in January when you’re trying not to shop IRL. Try and put together new outfits from things you already have. Have a look on pinterest for some outfit inspiration-it’s where I get a lot of mine. I’ve now thought of three other ways to wear my Realisation Par paisley skirt-it’s not just for summer.

Rearrange your house/flat

This is a great one to make you feel more motivated again-especially if you work predominately from home like I do. You don’t need to buy anything to do this (I did just buy the lamp above- after we sold our vintage 60s bar to pay for it, so technically I didn’t actually spend any money and got rid or something I didn’t need for something I needed! win win) Even the littlest things like rearranging ornaments, changing your coffee table display or switching up your cushions from your bedroom to your living room can make all the difference.

DIY projects

Do you ever just endlessly save DIY projects pins to pinterest in the hope you’d one day get round to them, or you’ve got piles of things you want to alter, photos to frame etc. I know I do. January is the time to finally do them. I finally hung up my boyfriends cowboy shirt collection that he wanted me to in the hall and I’ve framed prints that have been lying around since last year, January is such a great time to do things like this as there’s not really a whole lot else going on.

Book Club

I feel like I have the most free time in January, as apart from anything else I hate going outside in this weather, so it’s the perfect time to catch up on my reading or start those books just lying by my bedside table waiting to be read, instead of scrolling aimlessly through Netflix. It’s the perfect time to get cosy with a book (preferably in the bath) and again you don’t need money for this-that’s what libraries are for. You could even look to starting your own book club if being in the house  is getting too much for you, or you loved a book so much you want to hear what if everyone else thought the same.

 

 

 

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This year I’m getting a little more organised with blog posts, I want to start doing certain themes a week/bi weekly. For example off the top of my head: my weekly Pinterest inspiration, the ten best, my week in outfits etc.

I’m just trying to get a little more into a routine of dedicating more time to my blog and blogging and making regular posts-so far so good!

So, without further ado, here is the first my weekly inspiration post, and it’s all things pink that I seem to be saving this week. To find out sources of images etc, head over (and follow me if you like) to my Pinterest.

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Let’s talk vintage. Apart from being one of my favourite ways to shop, it’s of course a more sustainable way too, and it’s great to shop vintage with the current trends that are popular in fashion right now. You can find things no one else has, or buy into current trends in an individual and even more affordable way. Of course I’m lucky enough to have my own vintage shop and I go vintage buying and sourcing on a regular basis so here are my five things I think are always better to buy vintage.

1. Prairie Dresses.

Prairie dress from Waiste Vintage

Vintage Gunne Sax prairie dress from Etsy

These are having a moment yet again, every time we get any in they sell straight away, and even more so after the new Little Woman film has just come out (still not seen it). I’d just like to say there are some great sustainable brands doing these too (Batsheva etc) but of course these are inspired by vintage dresses. The absolute vintage classic of these type of dresses (in my opinion)  is Gunne Sax (founded in 1967 they specialized in Victorian and Edwardian-style designs) so if you get your hands on one of those you’re winning (they’ve really sky rocketed in price but if you dig deep, try charity shops too). Try typing in Prairie Dress into and instagram search or check Etsy for the best selection of these.

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2. Jeans

Vintage Levi’s from my Brighton shop

A few of my fave vintage pairs, I like to cut off the hem at the bottom

Apart from the fact the denim industry, especially with fast fashion, is one fashion industry’s worst offenders of environmental damage as they use so much water to make, there is SO MUCH vintage denim out there, if you like to hunt for it you can find some great pairs of denim. Believe me once you find that perfect pair it’s worth the hunt. We sell (and I’m not exaggerating) hundreds of vintage Levi’s in the shop every month and the planet hasn’t been harmed in doing this. I’ve seen nearly every single jean style you can think of, and that’s just the one vintage brand we sell. Plus Levi’s don’t make them like they used to. A great brand that actually reworks Levi’s jeans is Redone, and you can read more about them here– they repurpose vintage Levi’s to give them a new lease of life if you’re looking for a certain fit. Obviously it can be quite difficult to find the perfect pair of vintage jeans, don’t be afraid to try on different sizes and cuts than you’re used to-for example I just don’t suit 501s as much as I’ve tried as i have a small waist and bigger hips and thighs, but I’ve found Levi’s 595’s are a great fit for me, I’ve also sized up in them as I find vintage styles smaller, plus they zip up so no fiddly buttons.

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3. Classic Vintage Designer Bags.

For me shopping for vintage classic designer bags is a far more affordable alternative than buying brand new, and the ones on offer are in such good condition they look brand new anyway.  A great place to find them is of course Vestiaire. They have SUCH A GOOD selection. Think Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Dior etc, all the it bags of the moment you can find great priced vintage classics on there. My tip is to type in what bag you’re looking for and save that search as an alert so you know immediately when someone is selling what you’re after.  My boyfriend bought me this vintage tan brown Chanel 10″ 2.55 double flap bag for Christmas (she is so beautiful my new baby, just look at her) and I couldn’t be more in love for it-he found it on eBay and it’s been authenticated (be careful on places like eBay that are prone to fakes) and it was half the price of any new version.

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4. ‘Decade’ trends.

Dress and leather trench from Waiste Vintage 

I know, I know this one is a bit vague…but what I mean by this is the 60s/70s/80s style items that have come back and are having a moment again right now. Why buy a cheap/expensive copy of a vintage style when you can buy the real deal? Think puff sleeves, fringe jackets, leather trench coats wool blazers, retro print dresses, leather jackets-all these you can find great vintage alternatives to the high street.  I specialise in 60s/70s vintage but other places to look are Vestiaire/Farfetch pre-owned (for amazing genuine vintage designer pieces) and Etsy and Ebay. Orrrr instagram is another great place to discover vintage shops-try using hashtags and keywords to find what decade you’re looking for.

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5. Fluffy collared (and cuff)/ Penny Lane style coats.

Of course these have to be vintage! There are SO MANY good ones out there, you know the ones, they’re usually leather or suede with a fluffy collar or fluffy collar and cuffs. I have a vintage collection of a quite a few of these, I swap and change them in and out of my wardrobe constantly, my new favourite is this beautiful green leather vintage trench with fluffy collar. If you want the fluffy collar and cuffs why not get creative and add your own to a vintage leather trench coat? I’m thinking of adding some removable cuffs to this green one. Places to find these: Waiste, Etsy, Ebay.

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Happy New Year, and Happy New decade.

Wow where did that go? I hope everyone had a lovely festive break (hopefully without too much family drama etc) As always, Christmas and New Year went by in the blink of an eye. I always feel like they should move New Year to when the Winter changes to Spring as I find there’s nothing sadder than waking up on New Years day knowing that the weather is still going to be as bleak for the whole of January. We spent Christmas in Stoke at my mums then headed over to Sheffield, then spent New Year in a big house in Alfreton with Ollie’s family, it was sooo nice to have TEN ACTUAL DAYS OFF and away from Brighton and the shop, there’s been too many stressful things going on with that recently (that I can’t talk about for legal reasons) I’m hoping we get it sorted soon because the stress and the anxiety it’s caused us over the past few months of last year has been awful. When stressful situations like the one we’re currently going through happen, I do have the tendency to become a bit introverted and pull back away from everything and not want to do anything, so I’m trying not to let that happen this time and let it affect me in that way this year.

This year I’ve not made any resolutions because to be honest I don’t really believe in them, why wait til New Year you can make them anytime, but I have made a promise to push myself to create more content, focus on my blog and YouTube and put myself out there more. And to stop focusing on the numbers/comparing myself to others.

Looking back over last year, it was a pretty rocky one but with some great things too. I’m so proud of everything I’ve achieved personally , starting the year off by signing to Premier and took on loads of exiting new projects and campaigns, I feel like this is only the beginning with them and I’m so looking forward to what is in store this year. I took a step back from working in my shop as I quickly realised working in it wasn’t for me and it was making me really unhappy as it wasn’t creative enough. And with everything going on I didn’t want to give myself any more anxiety about it than I already have.

I still do all the vintage buying of course (something I have and always will LOVE) and I started to concentrate more on growing the Waiste website again as that had been really neglected, and it’s really started to work so thank you so much for anyone who has made a purchase and supported my brand in any way. It means the world. I’m still trying to figure out how to juggle everything and not feel overwhelmed and stressed by it all but we hired someone to take care of the listing and posting so that’s a big weight off my shoulders. As much as I want to I can’t do it all.

As bleak as January is, and as much as I’d rather be my pyjamas binging on whatever Netflix series I’m into (at the moment it’s Queen of the South-so far so GREAT) I know that procrastination is my worst enemy, so this year I’m stopping that and facing anything I know I’d rather put off and not deal with straight away. I’m a perfectionist and most of the time I feel like nothing I’m doing is good enough, so I’ve made a promise that this year I’m going to recognise all of my achievements and get that content out, flaws and all because no one is perfect and this is what I love to do, so I’m not going to listen to the voice in my head telling me I’m not good enough.

2020 is the year of self love and self belief.

Photography: The Curries

Dress: gifted from And Other Stories

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Party season is well and truly upon us. And I probably should have written this post about a month ago but there you go. Before I continue, let me just say I LOVE party dresses, this is not a post bashing them by any means, but I wanted to give you a few different outfit options/inspiration to make you stand out this part season, as I know for me that unless it’s a vintage number, I always have the fear that someone will turn up in the same dress as me. So I’ve looked into a few other options for you to make sure you are looking your best this party season. Including the piece I am loving at the moment-sequin trousers.

How good are these gold Sezane ones? They look great with this arket pussybow blouse or any satin/sheer puff sleeve blouse, I do love a gold and cream combination but they’d just look stunning with a black one too, I’ve linked a couple of styling options below-and if you want to make them into a jazzy daywear option (as who says sequin trousers are only for parties-not me) they look just as good with an oversized jumper too.

I also love the maxi skirt and top option, I recently wore the same arket blouse as I’m wearing here and left the bow open with my vintage silk maxi skirt in the same colour (see here  – linked a very similar one below) and that went down a treat, I loved that outfit and am definitely planning to wear it again soon. So you can also mix and match these outfits to create different looks for different festive  events. Side note: everyone actually thought it was one dress and were amazed when I told them it was separate pieces. I’ve linked a similar two piece by Sezane below, how pretty is that tulle skirt and shirt?

Trousers: Sezane (gift) Clips: And Other Stories, Satin Blouse: Arket (gift) Sandals: old Sezane

All photography: The Curries

Another thing I love and need to get into more are suits, I’ve included a dreamy one from and Other Stories (would look great with the arket satin blouse underneath, similar vibes to my satin outfit but in suit form and that rather snazzy gold one below from Topshop. That would look great either worn just the blazer with jeans, or as a set, or just the skirt with a blouse. That’s three different looks right there, and the same goes for THAT sleeper party pyjama set that’s been on my wishlist forever too. I’ve also included the matching top to the gold sequin Sezane trousers if you wanted to do double sequins, or how about a black sequin jumpsuit?

 

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