Yes, it’s me… you probably thought I’d given up on the blog front. I will be totally honest, I nearly did. I lost my mojo and love for writing on the blog.
Can I explain why? That’s a difficult one in one sense and in another way it ain’t. I know I’m not making much sense. I just had a lot of personal stuff going on and it can really take its toll in more ways than one. So that mixed with all the bad press Bloggers have been getting in recent months and me just not wanting to do it.
I have put pressure on myself saying you need to post/take photos/do shoots/write as well as post daily across all platforms and attend events. The blog got the brunt of it and I said when the time’s right I will start again. That being said I don’t feel its 100% the right time as I really and truly had to force myself to open the laptop and start to type. Feck it I even shed a tear in frustration… I know like, wtfudge ?
As you can see I’m back and typing so its a start. In October I challenged myself to do a OOTD post on Instagram that meant a new outfit everyday of the month and to really make my wardrobe work for me. I can tell you now it made looking in my wardrobe significantly less frustrating. It also meant I had to be organised and lay my outfit for each day out the night before, which saved me time and I wasn’t stressed wondering what to wear … screaming into the clothes abyss, “I’ve nothing to wear”. I was up, dressed and ready to take on the day.
It made me get rid of unwanted items: four black bags full to be exact !
The charity shop benefited I can tell you and any really worn items got the bin.
Taking a photo of each outfit showed me what I thought looked best on me and maybe an odd item I didn’t like and got rid of, so it’s a great thing to do.
Take the time to understand your wardrobe so lets say 70% is your work wear, 20% going out clothes and 10% gym or leisure wear.
Think about colours and styles that suit you.
Shop smart by purchasing about two new items for the season ahead.
A great fitting black dress and a pair of flats are a good staple and teamed with a statement accessory it’s versatile for the changing weather, worn with a light jacket on warmer days or with boots and tights on colder ones. If you already have these pieces in your wardrobe or your budget is tight pick up a few statement accessories to revitalise your look.
If you don’t have the time or budget to shop for new pieces, you can wear the same black blazer, black skirt/trousers and crisp white blouse. The secret to looking fresh… always make sure what you are wearing is clean, pressed and tailored. People won’t notice if you wear the same item often, but they will notice if your clothes are wrinkled and stained.
Here are a few images from my October outfit challenge, you can check them all out here on my Instagram. Let me know what your favourite is or do the challenge yourself and let me know if it helped. Even just planning your outfit the night before for a week and see how you get on; I bet you’ll be converted.
Love Marie XxX