Sunday, February 17, 2019

Let's Talk About Minimalism & My Closet.

Minimalism is everywhere right now. Maybe it's just because I am looking into this topic quite intensively in the past few months, but I feel like there are more and more blog posts and youtube videos coming out about how to and why to streamline your life. I find the idea absolutely fascinating and if you want to look into the topic further, I highly suggest 'Minimalism' and 'Tidying Up with Marie Kondo', the author of the book 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying' on Netflix and the Youtube videos by Matt D'Avella

And if you are still a bit skeptical, stick with me. I have to admit that minimalism was never something that really interested me. Why? Because I love clothes, bags, and shoes. Guess what? You can still love clothes, bags, and shoes and live a minimalist lifestyle at the same time. The same goes for the hundreds and hundreds of books on your shelves that bring you pure joy when you look at them or your collection of mugs in your kitchen cupboard that remind you of all the places you traveled to. Because minimalism is not about getting rid of everything but what you need to survive. It's about getting rid of what you don't need in your life and the excess that we live in daily. 
I am sure that when you take a look around the room that you are sitting in right now, there is at least one thing that you wouldn't mind getting rid of. And this is exactly what it's all about. If you heard about Marie Kondo you probably heard about the phrase 'does this spark joy?'. And if it does, it should stay. If it doesn't, you can and should let it go. 

For example, think about the drawer in your kitchen that is filled with knives. There are probably one or two knives you always use. And sometimes you even wash these knives per hand just so you don't need to use one of those cheap horrible knives. Why are they still in your life? 

Minimalism looks different for everyone. My boyfriend is hugely into minimalism as well, and his closet also looks like it. He has like three different styles of t-shirts and long sleeves that he loves and just bought a few of them in different colors. The same goes for shirts. And he loves not having to take ages to decide what he wants to wear that day. He always says that it is one decision less he has to make on a daily basis and he can use this mental capacity for something more important. And as much as I think he is right. I can't live like that. I love having the choice of different styles, patterns and colors in my closet. I love combining different pieces and creating new outfits. And I love to shop. Yes, I said it. I love to shop, and this is a post about minimalism. 

But there are very strict rules I stick to and that have transformed my wardrobe over the past year. 

Firstly, don't shop for the sake of it, shop out of necessity. I used to scroll through online shops all the time, absolutely aimlessly. It was like a habit, just to see what is new in the shops. Now I only go (online) shopping when I exactly know what I need. This saves you so much time, money and space in your closet. 

Also, think about if you do not already have something similar in your closet. All too often I find a beautiful long sleeves black dress that is so my style. But just because it speaks to me, doesn't mean I need it in my life. Especially when I already have a few other dresses that do the exact same job. 

Then, it's always important for me to invest in something that I really love and that is of higher quality. Have you ever been on the lookout for a new coat? And you found two that you loved. One is absolutely perfect, but it's much more expensive. The other one is almost perfect... but there are just one or two details that are off. But hey, it's 300 bucks less. But I am here to tell you, that (if you can afford to) always go for the higher quality one which fulfills ALL your needs. Don't compromise. Because if you compromise, I promise you, you will be on the hunt for a new coat in the next season. And if you do that a couple of times, you could have got the perfect coat right away, right?

These are just a few rules I follow in order to prevent me from overflowing my wardrobe with random things I neither need nor really want. But before you implement these or your own rules, it is important to set the foundation for your new minimalism closet.. sort out your wardrobe: 

Marie Kondo has a beautiful technique on how to sort out your wardrobe. Basically, you have to put everything you own on to one pile, maybe on your bed. Yes, everything! This might sound a bit overwhelming but it's so helpful. Then, you should go through every item and take your time. Touch it, look at it. When was the last time I wore it? Does this item bring me joy? Lastly, it's also about how to put everything back into your closet. I personally use Marie's folding technique. That way I see everything I own at once, and I am not simply picking up whatever is on top of the pile. 

And if you are not convinced yet. Imagine opening your wardrobe and ONLY seeing your favorite outfits? No ill-fitting clothes that you just keep for the sake of it, and not because you actually love them. 

I would love to hear your thoughts on this!
x Lisa


Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Foolproof Guide To False Lashes.

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I remember absolutely hating the idea of false lashes just a few years back. I found the idea of gluing something directly onto my lashline extremely intimidating. I was also very worried about what happens if they decide to fall off randomly and I would be left with no visible lashes. However, I simply tried it one day at home and since then I just can't go without it. Okay, I don't wear them on a daily basis, but whenever I want to put a bit more effort into my makeup, false lashes can't be missing. And trust me, it's not as hard as it seems. So today, I thought I'd share with you my foolproof guide to false lashes. 

The right tools
To me, a good lash application totally depends on the right tools. I have personally trusted Ardell lashes, especially the Wispies and Demi Wispies for years now. Not only do they look extremely natural. But they also are so easy to work with as the band is very thin and flexible. For glue, I always go for the original Duo glue which dries clear. Individual lashes might look even more natural, but I find them quite hard to use and they just take so much longer. But of course, that's up to you. For the application, you can use dedicated lash applicators, tweezers or simply your fingers. I sometimes use my fingers and sometimes my lash applicator.

Trim it 
Not everyone's eye shape and size are the same. That's why you might need to trim the lashes before you can use them. Simply hold the lash against your upper lashline and if you need, just cut the band on the outer corner of the lash. Never ever cut the inner corner, as this will make it look very unnatural and out of place. 

Glue it
Now you need to apply the glue. Simply swipe the glue applicator along the lash band and focus most of the glue on the corners. Then let the glue dry for about thirty seconds to a minute, until it starts to get tacky. 

Start with the middle
Firstly, you should start by focussing on the middle of the lash and position it properly. Try to take the falsies as close to your natural lash line as possible. Then push the outer corner in place and lastly the inner corner.

Focus on the inner corner
The part that makes the most problems is always the inner corner of your lashes. So make sure they are properly in place, don't poke your eye and they are stuck securely.

Press in place
While you let the lashes dry you can press the band against your lash line, again focus on your inner corner. I personally press against the lashes itself and also try and 'brush' them upwards with my finger, to make sure they are not tilting down.

I sometimes put on mascara before the application and then just leave out the blending in the end. However, for the best result, you should use mascara in the end, to blend in your natural with your fake lashes. Avoid using waterproof mascara.

Take them off
Now it's time to take off your falsies. Simply grab one corner of the lashes (the band, not the actual lashes) with your fingers and slowly peel them off. This won't hurt, don't worry. Then remove the glue from the band by holding onto the band with two fingers and use other two fingers, or tweezers, to gently pull off the dried glue. I always store my lashes in their original packaging to make sure they don't go out of shape. But I am sure there are dedicated storage boxes for lashes. 

Congrats, you are done! And don't forget: practice makes perfect.

x Lisa

Sunday, February 3, 2019

How To Instantly Feel More Put Together.

A couple of months back I wrote a post about  'how to look more put together'. You guys have absolutely loved it and it was one of my favorite posts to write in a long time. So today I thought I would do something similar but different at the same time: 'how to instantly feel more put together'. Yes, of course when you look more put together you might also feel more put together. But at least to me, there is so much more to it than just what you choose to wear.. 

Give yourself a pep talk.
This might seem cringe at first.. but it really helps. Ever heard the saying 'fake it til you make it?'. Well, giving yourself a pep talk works similarly. You don't have to stand in front of a mirror and give yourself positive affirmation, but of course you can do that. Simply changing your thoughts from anxious negative assumptions about yourself to positive and uplifting compliments can make a huge difference. Think about what you like about yourself or what others might have complimented you on... and give yourself credit for that. And even if you can't think of anything.. by simply telling yourself that you are smart and capable over and over again, you are more likely to believe it in the end and act accordingly. 

Posture is key. 
I repeat.. posture is key. Not only does a bad posture make you look insecure and demotivated. But it also makes you feel like that as well. How are you supposed to feel strong and capable when you hunch over and just stare at the floor while walking. So lift yourself up, look people in the eyes and most importantly: check-in where your shoulders are! This is something you have to work on for months and months and won't come easily over night.. it's a progress. So don't beat yourself up when you find yourself in a bad posture from time to time. 

Just smile (even if you don't feel like it). 
Another case of 'fake it til you make it'. Did you know that by simply smiling, even if you don't feel like it, your brain produces hormones that make you happier? Just because you are pretending to be. So give it a try, even if it seems hard. 

Choose a soundtrack. 
We all have that song, whenever we hear it we just can't sit still. Our feet want to dance, our fingers want to join the rhythm on our desk and even though we are in a public space we can't help but humming along to it. Remember which song this is for you and write it down. The next time you feel out of control and everything seems to go wrong.. play this song. 

Wash your face (yes, seriously).
This seems so trivial but simply washing your face (or just take a shower when you have time and you are actually at home) is a game changer. There is something about the cold water which not only refreshes your skin but also your mood at the same time. This is always the last thing I try but it never fails to help. 

What are your tips on how to feel more put together?
x Lisa