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Sustainable Fashion and The Capsule Wardrobe

As much as I love going out and buying new clothes I have been thinking a lot about sustainable fashion lately.  It's currently a hot topic and especially with fashion week now on and the urge to buy more clothes as we transition into winter.  But is it really necessary to keep buying new clothes?  What's wrong with our old clothes or buying second hand?

As much as I love buying new clothes I must admit I am quite the hoarder.  I definitely think twice before throwing something out, especially if it hasn't been worn much and always donate a lot to charity every so often.

Adidas trainers - 3 years old

I don't think there's anything wrong with keeping an item for more than 2 years but for some reason people seem to be embarrassed or feel the need to constantly keep updating their wardrobe.  I get that obviously trends change and you don't always want to be seen in something 'so last season' but that is why I have tried to create a capsule wardrobe for myself.

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of items that are classic, timeless pieces that you can wear again and again.  I now look for this when I feel the need to shop; will it last forever?  will it go out of fashion quickly?  will I wear it a lot?  do I have something similar already?  These are the questions we need to be asking before purchasing something.

Here are some of my most loved items that I've had for over 2 years.

Faux leather jacket from Miss Selfridge - 6 years old

Vest top from Forever 21 - 7 years old

How do you feel about sustainable fashion?

Lauren xx

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On Blackheath 2018

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend On Blackheath which is a music festival taking place on Blackheath, London.  I went on the Sunday and got to see the amazing Paloma Faith as well as the hilarious Lightening Seeds and the oh so funky De la Soul.  The weather was so beautiful and it was just such a perfectly chilled day.

We got there about 3pm by taking a train to Greenwich and walking through the park.  We went straight to the VIP area which had it's own bar and toilets.  There were also comfy seats and lots more room to sit and chill whilst listening to the music.  The only downside to the VIP area is the huge fence around the edge so whilst people can't see in, you also can't see the stage but it was nice all the same.



When De la Soul came on we decided to go out into the crowd for a little dance because how can you not when this band performs!  After a good dance we had worked up an appetite and decided we wanted to check out some of the food stalls.  There were so many to choose from I think this was the hardest decision of the day!

I was really pleased by the amount of vegan food that was on offer too and in the end decided on Vegan Vice as I'd heard good things about them from the Vegan Nights events.  I went for the truffle shuffle burger which consisted of a seitan patty which is the best alternative to meat EVER, vegan cheese and mayo.  It was honestly one of the best burgers I've had and I definitely want to try more from them.



Lastly we went to see the amazing Paloma Faith.  She has such an amazing voice and what I love about her performance is that she really interacts with the crowd.  She explained the meaning behind some of her songs and talked about a recent loss she went through which just made her even more relatable.  After that we walked to Lewisham and took the train home after an awesome day in the sunshine listening and dancing to live music.

This was my second time attending On Blackheath and I'll definitely be attending next year.  I would highly recommend it to anyone in the London area.  It's also super family friendly.




Lauren xx

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How To Enhance Your Career

I recently got a promotion at work.  It was such a relief that my hard work had finally paid off because there were certainly times when I wanted to give up.  I'm no expert on how to work your way up the career ladder but I've definitely had my fair share of set backs and that is the inspiration behind today's post.


Don't give up

If I'd given up after every set back I had I would not be anywhere near where I am now in life.  In my early thirties I am just about to qualify as a lawyer and buy my own 4 bedroom house in London.  However, I can't tell you how many nos and fails I've had along the way but I'm now I can look back and realise I'm so glad I kept going.

There's no substitute for hard work

I didn't do particularly well at school and I thought this would never get me a good enough career to live the lifestyle I wanted.  However, it's not always about good grades and top education but hard work.  I did have to go back and study to get the qualification needed to be a lawyer but I did it all whilst working full time and that was way more beneficial for me than any degree and debts I would have ended up with.



Believe in yourself

This is one where I need to practise what I preach.  I am not very confident in myself, maybe because I've had a lot of knock backs and feel like I'm not 'as smart' as everyone around me but if you believe you can achieve.  Sometimes you have to be your number 1 fan and trust that you will get to be where you want to be if you just have a little more faith in yourself.

Learn from your mistakes

You're never going to get it right every time and particularly not the first time so don't be disheartened if you get it wrong.  Sometimes getting it wrong is the biggest learning curve.  Whenever I get something wrong it then sticks with me to never make that same mistake again.  Remember, that most people you work for will have been in your position at some point.

Ask questions

I was always so afraid to ask questions at the risk of sounding stupid but actually, there's no such thing as a stupid question.  What's more stupid is to sit there quietly not knowing what to do and wasting time.  Ask the questions and do the work.  There is no shame is admitting you don't know something.





What's your best piece of career advice?

Lauren xx

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