I Failed Project 333, And That’s Ok.

I Failed Project 333, And That’s Ok.

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Happy Saturday my lovelies! Can you believe we’re in September? It’s finally spooky season! As someone who loves Autumn and Winter, I can’t wait for Halloween and then Christmas, and the weather to get chillier. It’s this time of year when everyone starts to put away their Summer clothes and pull out their cosy jumpers and ankle boots.

And that leads me onto today’s post; as you may know, over the last few months I’ve been doing a sort of fashion challenge – project 333, and for the first 1 3/4 months it went great. And then, I sort of fell off of the project 333 wagon. But you know what, that’s ok.

I think part of the reason why I struggled to keep up with the project was because I hadn’t thought about how long 3 months really is, and in what 3 months I would actually have to keep my 33 items and the project going for. And what I’d completely forgotten was that Autumn would begin half way through the project. Which meant that my wardrobe of choice probably wouldn’t be suitable for the change in temperature.

Another reason why I failed the project was because I went on a bit of a shopping binge. You see, over the last few weeks I’ve really been thinking about the clothes I love and the style that I love to wear, and to tell you the truth I caved and went on a shopping spree and picked up a few new t-shirts, jeans, cardigans, jumpers and basically anything I loved that would fit with the aesthetic I love.

So yeah, I failed project 333, but that’s ok; because I learnt a lot from the project not only about the importance of trying to avoid fast fashion and being more conscious with clothes waste but also about my own sense of style and what makes me feel good. When I go shopping I try and stick to brands who are more eco conscious and have values I believe in.

What I have decided to do now, is donate the clothes that I don’t wear anymore, and put together a condensed capsule wardrobe of sorts with around 40 pieces of clothes and about 5 pairs of shoes. When I pick up anything new I give myself the task of thinking of at least 5 different outfits I can make with it before deciding if it’s something that is worth buying, so I’m not picking up one-wear-wonders.

So, what does my wardrobe contain now?

Well, I have a selection of t-shirts (I’ve been loving tying tee’s up with high waisted skirts and jeans), mom jeans (with one pair I have personalised with fabric markers, you can see them in the photo above), jumpers, cardigans and skirts.

Here’s some pieces from my updated wardrobe:

It’s funny looking back over the last few weeks at what’s changed and what hasn’t, one of the biggest changes being how much my hair has grown and that I’ve dyed it a dark auburn colour! Here’s a rough run down of what my entire wardrobe entails now:

Updated Wardrobe

And those are all of the items in my new wardrobe! There’s a few more classic items like a few more vest tops and black and white tshirts, but that’s about it for what I’ve got. I’ve also included my black military boots, some brown ankle boots, two pairs of platform trainers, black flats and a pair of white converse.

All that’s left is to find a dress that I like and feel comfortable in for lots of different occasions and I think that’ll be everything I need in my wardrobe. Another thing I’ve found a love for is gold jewellery and headbands. Headbands in particular at the moment because my hair is growing out and is in between styles, and these have been super helpful in helping me tame it a bit.

Even though I changed my capsule wardrobe from my project 333 one, looking back I still like all of the outfits I made with that wardrobe, but I feel a lot more happy with my updated one. I think my favourite items are the mom jeans, my personalised mom jeans, camel cardigan, printed t-shirts and my grey halter-neck waistcoat top.

Although I didn’t manage my three months with my 33 items, I don’t see it as a complete failure, because at the end of the day I found out what I do and don’t like to wear, which is one of the main goals of the project, so in some ways, the project was actually a success? I’m looking forward to seeing how my wardrobe evolves over the next few months, and if I can find a dress I feel comfortable and happy in. I think my new goal for my capsule wardrobe of sorts is to stay under 50 pieces in total, and not have many items I rarely wear.

And that’s about it for today! What’re your favourite pieces from your wardrobe? Let me know in the comments! I always love replying to you and seeing what you’re up to. And don’t forget you can always keep in touch and up to date with what I’m up to over on my instagram @theweightofmyworlds and on my pinterest also @theweightofmyworlds!

Stay safe my lovelies and have a great weekend! Love,

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My Project 333 Wardrobe.

My Project 333 Wardrobe.

Happy Saturday my lovelies! So, this week I’ve been taking a look at my clothes and my shopping habits. I’ve noticed that during lockdown I haven’t bought nearly as many clothes as I did before lockdown and the clothes I did buy were of a much higher quality from brands who have ideals I stand by. I’ve also found that I have a pattern with how I shop; and that pattern is, the second payday hits, I like to go and treat myself to something new to wear. The problem is, I don’t need any more clothes.

And I literally just bought a £65 jumpsuit from Asos that I simply just had to have because it was a bold black and white floral pattern. When it arrived yesterday I realised what I was doing and lucky for me it was way too long on my little legs so it’s being sent back for a refund – bad shopping habit 0 – Victoria 1.

So, as much as I love fashion and shopping, I need to change my shopping habits, not only for the sake of my bank balance, or my lack of space to put more clothes, but also for the environment. Granted the majority of clothes I decide I no longer want are donated to charity rather than just thrown away, but the amount of clothes that were worn once and then donated is much too high for my liking.

And this is where project 333 comes in. Project 333 is a bit like a wardrobe challenge, with the idea being that you only have 33 items in your wardrobe, including your clothes, shoes, accessories and bags; and you are only allowed to wear your selected 33 items for 3 months. The project was created by Courtney Carver who is a minimalist expert and author, with the aim of taking the stress out of deciding what to wear in the morning.

I personally don’t find getting dressed in the morning too stressful, because choosing my look for the day brings me joy, but there are still way too many items in my wardrobe which don’t get worn as often as they should. ( Or they simply shouldn’t have been bought in the first place).

Now, because I’m still a big lover of fashion and I love accessorising every single outfit I put on depending on my mood for the day, I know there’s no way I am going to be able to have 33 pieces in total including my accessories and bags, so for me, I’m going to do this project with just my clothes and shoes. Baby steps..

To give you an idea of what my wardrobe looked like before I decided on my 33 items, here’s what everything looked like when I decided to try this out and what my wardrobe looked like during the clearing out process:

For the record, none of the clothes are being thrown away, I’ve vacuum sealed them away in my loft because after 3 months I’ll swap some items out. And although my clothes rack before looked fine, I know that it was struggling to keep the weight of all those clothes up.

So, now that I’ve cleaned out my wardrobe, what 33 items are in my wardrobe for the next 3 months?

Well, my selection consists of 12 tops, 2 jumpers, 1 skort, 1 pair of shorts, 1 denim skirt, 3 pairs of mom jeans, 1 pair of checked trousers,1 pair of pink cargo joggers, 2 dresses, 2 pairs of dungarees, a leather jacket, a pair of black boots, white birkenstocks, black flats and white converse.

Here’s the tops I’ve chosen:

Here’s the bottoms I’ve picked (I’ve got two pairs of blue mom jeans so I only took a photo of one pair):

Then we have my 2 dresses, 2 pairs of dungarees and jacket:

In deciding on what to have in my 333 wardrobe I went with pieces that could make several outfits to make sure that I don’t get bored with my choices. So, here’s a few simple outfits I can make with the very basics of the wardrobe:

You’ll probably recognise a few of these outfits from my post from a few weeks ago, as they also gave me a lot of inspiration for these looks. I tried to make sure I picked pieces that made me feel good but were also comfortable and practical so the entire wardrobe could be pretty versatile for all occasions. And as for my shoes, I figured going simple would be the best option for me, one pair perfect for hot days, one casual pair for going out and about (not that we’re going anywhere haha, one pair for when it’s chilly and one pair that is a little more smart casual.

I think something I’m looking forward to with this challenge is being forced to look at my wardrobe and the clothes I own in a new way, and finding new and exciting ways to wear pieces that would have gotten lost in the mountain of clothes I had in my wardrobe before. Along with that, I can’t help but think of all the moments I’m going to have to catch myself before I buy anything new, so that will be an interesting challenge with a good outcome if I can stick to the project. My bank balance will certainly thank me!

At the end of each month I’ll give you an update on how things are progressing and going, and I think I’ll try and keep a weekly diary of outfits and how my now much smaller wardrobe is making me feel. Just looking at it now, it looks so incredibly empty compared to how it was before. After all, going from what must’ve been over 100 pieces to just 26 items of clothing and 4 pairs of shoes seems kind of insane, but it’s also quite freeing and calming. That corner of my rooms certainly seems a bit brighter which is nice.

Plus, if this works I can forget about over-packing for holidays! I’ll just take my entire wardrobe haha.

Hopefully this project will bring with it an even greater appreciation for the select items I’ve got and which ones I truly love to wear.

And with all that said and done, what do you think of my new wardrobe? Have you tried this challenge before? How did it go? Let me know in the comments! Wish me luck and have a great weekend my lovelies!

Love,

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Harry Potter Inspired Outfits.

Harry Potter Inspired Outfits.

Hello my lovelies! I can’t believe we’re at the end of August already. Not that I’m complaining, I prefer the colder weather! This week I’ve started re-watching all of the Harry Potter films again for the millionth time, and I then started thinking about how we’re nearly in Autumn and can start wearing cosy comfy clothes once again.

Which led me to start thinking about all of the cute outfits I can make with what I’ve already got in my wardrobe and since I’m a Potterhead, I decided to make up some Hogwarts Houses inspired outfits.

So, what did I come up with?

1 . First up, Griffindor!

Griffindor outfit

For Griffindor, I’d go with anything burgundy, red and other warm tones. I put together a patterned skirt, black tee, oversized grandad cardigan with Harry Potter converse, a golden snitch bracelet, dealthy hallows necklace and lightning bolt hoop earrings. I love this outfit, and that cardigan was actually my grandads and it’s the comfiest thing ever!

2 . Hufflepuff!

Hufflepuff outfit

Yellow, yellow and more yellow! This outfit is so cute! You can’t go wrong with yellow and golden tones paired with denim. Here I’ve put together a yellow tee, mustard denim jacket, a light wash denim skirt, tan chelsea boots with a gold locket and small hoop earrings.

3 . Ravenclaw!

Ravenclaw outfit

This one made me realise I haven’t got many blue tops but I have got hundreds of pairs of blue jeans. For this one you can wear whatever you want, as long as it’s blue! I paired my white tee that I embroidered with Hogwarts with blue mom jeans, my denim jacket with some comfy dc trainers and silver hoop earrings. Cute and comfy.

4 . Slytherin.

Slytherin outfit

I love this outfit because I love these boots that I picked up at Tk Maxx and how cute the pinafore jumper combo is. All you need is green and black for Slytherin! Here I’ve paired a bottle green jumper, black pinafore and black biker boots with green earrings and clutch bag.

And here’s a bonus outfit if you already have some Harry Potter clothes!

Griffindor Jumper Outfit

In case you couldn’t guess, I’m a Griffindor! I picked all of these HP branded items from Primark! Not sponsored but you can’t go wrong with a bargain!

So those are some Hogwarts House inspired outfits you can easily make with what you have in your wardrobe! What’s your favourite Harry Potter film? And what’s your Hogwarts House?

Let me know in the comments! Love,

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Making A Capsule Wardrobe.

Making A Capsule Wardrobe.

Do you ever see those capsule wardrobe pictures on Pinterest and think about how nice they look? Yeah, me too. I’ve tried over and over again to create a wardrobe exactly like the ones on Pinterest and failed every time. Mainly because it meant throwing away loads of clothes I owned and spending loads of money to buy the pieces in the pictures.

So, after lots of thinking and going through my wardrobe about 5 times in the space on 2 months..(I think I’ve stocked my local charity shop for months now!) I managed to get my clothes down to what I feel good in and things I just can’t bear to get rid of. The final time I cleared out my wardrobe was last week, and I was pretty ruthless with everything because I used to be a bit of a hoarder and I buy way to many clothes anyway!(I used a clear out chart that I’ve put a bit further down for you to check out!)

With capsule wardrobes it’s important to note that how many pieces you have is an individual preference.

Why do I love capsule wardrobes? Here’s why:

  • They make getting ready easy.
  • They look pretty and chic.
  • Less space is taken up from clothes.
  • Everything is de-cluttered and organised.
  • It’s easy to pack for trips.
  • You can develop your own style.

Here’s my capsule wardrobe inspo:

Here’s how I cleared out my wardrobe. First of all I started by deciding roughly how many pieces I wanted my wardrobe to have. After a fair amount of thought, I came up with 40 pieces for an all year round capsule wardrobe; not including coats, gym wear, occasion wear and shoes. This is the method I used to clear out my clothes!

Clothes Detox

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After clearing out all the clothes you want to sell or donate, take a bit of time out before you refill your wardrobe with pieces you need. Have a go living with less clothing, and see how you get on.

If you’re like me and don’t wear a huge amount of colour, then you’ll find you probably see that you have already got a colour scheme, you just didn’t realise it. I don’t necessarily think that you need a strict colour palette when making a capsule wardrobe, so long as you love all the pieces and can make several outfits that you love with them. But if you do want a set colour scheme for you wardrobe but are unsure of where to start, here’s some ideas!

Colour Palettes

Now that you’ve decided on a colour scheme, I would recommend you decide which wardrobe staples you want, that can stay in your wardrobe all year round if you’re looking to rotate seasonal wardrobes.

Here’s most of my staples!! With my wardrobe, I’ve decided to have several pieces that are folded up and away from my typical wardrobe as I can then swap pieces throughout the year to make my clothes relevant to the season!

Finally, when you go shopping for clothes, try and invest in better quality pieces. I wont lie, I love Primark, so I do still get a lot of my pieces from there.. Mostly simple staples. I try and swap something new for something old where I can!

I hope this helps you make your own capsule wardrobe.. Or just sort through yours!! Have a great weekend everyone!

Love,

Victoria x Blog Signature

Going Minimalist.

Going Minimalist.

So, what is minimalism, and why have I decided to go minimalist?

Minimalism is usually defined as the process of identifying what is essential in your life and eliminating the rest, so less is more.

So, why minimalist? Well, I’ve always loved how minimalist rooms look, and it seemed like a nice way of leaving stress behind and away from your personal space/stuff. My head has felt a bit scrambled, more than usual recently and in order to de-clutter my head I thought a good way to do that was to physically de-clutter my possessions. You see, I’ve always been a bit of a hoarder.. Never mountains and mountains of stuff so you can’t move around in your own home, but just generally not throwing away silly little things for some reason, which gradually built up over time.

Going minimalist isn’t something that I would suggest doing over night. It can take a fair bit of time. For me it’s taken about two weeks to get my space cleared out, and I think there’s still some more stuff I’ll throw away in the coming weeks. If you’re thinking of going minimalist, I would suggest you set yourself a plan before you begin. Because I’m a person that likes writing lists, I made two. The first one was:

  1. Get yourself some inspiration.
  2. Pick a time-frame.
  3. List what areas you are going to clean out and sort through.

If you’re thinking of going minimalist and wanting some inspiration, here’s a Pinterest Board I made for inspiration:

Once you’ve got your inspiration and set your time-frame, it’s wise to write a list of what you want to sort out and throw away. I set myself a time-frame of two weeks to do the initial clear out; I decided one area per day was feasible for me. If you’re struggling for where to start which clearing out your stuff, here’s my clear out list:

  1. Clothes and Shoes. (I created a Capsule Wardrobe – post coming soon)
  2. Underwear, Bags and Purses.
  3. Toiletries, Makeup and Nail Polishes.
  4. Papers, Books and Magazines.
  5. DVDs.
  6. Electronics and CDs.
  7. Receipts, Bills and Important Documents.
  8. Stationary and Hobby Stuff.
  9. Junk Drawers and Random Boxes.
  10. Workspace.
  11. Emails, Subscriptions and Phone Apps.
  12. Photos and Sentimental Stuff.
  13. The Car.
  14. The Mind.

By going minimalist, I’ve been able to stream line getting ready for everything, all because I know and can see exactly what I own. I also feel less stressed, can find anything I need quickly and I now have more space.

I found it easy to fall into the trap of organising instead of purging, so I would recommend having an image that was your inspiration or write down why you’re going minimalist so you don’t just organise and keep unnecessary things. I’ve decided that if I don’t use it and it’s not an important document or sentimental then I need to lose it.

Something I’ve learnt from this is to stop bargain hunting. This one is a big one for me, I love a good bargain, but that’s part of the reason why I needed a good clear out in the first place. So I’ve started avoiding meaningless impulse shopping, which has been pretty good for keeping my room clear and my bank account fuller.

When I decide to buy something, I try and think of how it will be used in my room in six months time. If I think it will be no longer useful then, I have to think if it was really worth my money right now? Is it something that I am willing to swap/replace another item I own.

As I was sorting through everything I made a few different piles of stuff:

  • Keep.
  • Bin.
  • Check back in 6 weeks.
  • Charity.

Putting everything into different piles allowed me to sort through everything without any guilt. I decided to have a ‘check back in 6 weeks’ pile because some things I was not ready to give or throw away. Becoming minimalist is going to be a bit of an ongoing project of mine, I plan to go through everything every 6 months to make sure I don’t re-clutter and keep everything streamlined.

Just a pre-warning, when you start clearing stuff out, it will look worse before it gets better. So don’t worry if your space looks like a bombs hit it!! Here’s my room before and during the clear out!!

 

 

I ended up finding that I had 200 DVDs, about half a wardrobe of clothes & shoes that I didn’t wear or that didn’t fit which were donated to charity and I had roughly 11 bin bags full of just general rubbish that I used to hide away in my wardrobe. I realised that having 200 DVD’s was taking up a large amount of space and just didn’t look great on display and
I had no space for them anywhere else; then I had a flash back to the 90’s where we all carried around CD books with us everywhere. So that’s why I then ordered a big DVD case that holds 208 discs from Amazon, which can be taken anywhere and it’s nice knowing all my films are in the same place.

Here’s some pictures of my space now it’s all cleared out!!

Hope you all have a great week and let me know if you try going minimalist!

Love,

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Date Outfits

Date Outfits

If you’re like me and can never decide what to wear everyday regardless of what is happening, you’ve probably been sent into a panic when any occasions come round and find yourself searching on Pinterest for ‘date night outfits’ or ‘smart casual outfits’ etc. So that’s why I thought I’d give you a few simple ideas that I like for any occasion when you want to wear something smart casual!

One of my usual go-tos is ‘jeans and a nice top’, but I’ve put together 4 outfits which I think would look amazing on everyone, so feel free to have a look at!! I’ll let you know where everything is from on here and I’d like to add that I’m not sponsored by any brands mentioned! (Although, if anyone would like to send me free clothes and shoes.. I would happily accept 😉 )

Date Night

1. Date night in ‘jeans and a nice top’. I think this outfit is a great one for Spring and Summer time. Anyone of all shapes and sizes could rock this look and it’s great for going out to dinner in or anywhere like the cinema or even just going out shopping for the day! If you’re wondering, I found all of the items in this image from Newlook!

Date Night or Day

2. Day or Night Date.  This one is a personal favourite of mine. I’ve worn variations of this during Spring, Summer and Autumn and I always feel fab in it! These pieces are all from Boohoo and the clothes are from their Plus range (I hate the word plus sized.. We’re all sizes so why do we need plus sized, can’t we just have clothes that are all sizes?? I may do a post about this soon). This is a great look that can be dressed up or down, so you can modify it to your mood and occasion!

Day Date

3. Day Date. If you’re off out for a day date, and not sure on the weather, this can be a good one for you. Simple and comfy is what I went for with this one, and I completely adore those jeans!! This would look fab no matter your height; and if you’re not sure what you’ll be doing whilst out for the day, wearing jeans is a great go to with cute comfy shoes. All of these gorgeous items are from Tesco’s F&F if you would believe it!!

Home Date

4. Home Date. Just because you’re at home for the night doesn’t mean you can’t make it a ‘date’ in my eyes. You could make dinner or have a movie marathon! The good thing with home dates is that they can be cheap or free and you can wear whatever you like and be comfortable; plus, no uncomfortable shoes!! These items are all from Pretty Little Thing (except the necklace which is Boohoo) and they also do a curvy range for those of you who struggle to find clothes that fit your bum as well as your waist!

So, here are some ideas of outfits for date nights or just going out for the day. To be honest, I think to some extent it doesn’t matter what you wear, so long as you feel good and confident in it! It doesn’t matter what your shape, size or height is, you’re all beautiful and have your own unique styles, personalities and that’s what makes you, you!! (And you’re great, just in-case you didn’t already know)

That’s enough from me for today I think! What are your favourite outfits? Let me know and send me photos of you in them @worldsweights on Twitter!!

Love,

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My Spring Staples

My Spring Staples

Spring is finally upon us!! Hurrah!!! It’s always this time of year where I want to clear out my room and my wardrobe. I just want to throw everything away and start from fresh.. But that would cost way too much money so instead I just sorted though all my clothes. And I’ve decided to try going minimalist as I’ve always loved how clear and simple everything looks (becoming minimalist blog post to follow!).

So what are my go-tos for Spring? Well, I don’t consider myself very fashionable, but here’s what I’m loving for Spring this year!

Stripes

  • Stripes. They never go out of style in my eyes, every year I see beautifully dressed people walking the streets and there’s always a few wearing stripes, whether its tops, jumpers, dresses, trousers or even shoes, they always look so chic and pretty.

Shirts

  • Shirts. These can be a bit tricky for me since I’m a busty girl, but I found a few lovely ones from ASOS and even Tesco F&F which fit don’t make me feel like I’m going to burst out of them haha.

Ankle Grazers

  • Rolled up Jeans or Ankle Grazers. Me being a short girl (5ft 2.5inches and proud!) finding jeans that fit me properly can be a nightmare!! But River Island do some brill jeans that I adore at the moment as well as New Look. I am pretty used to rolling up the bottom of my jeans due to them being too long so it’s just natural for them to be one of my Spring Staples.

Tube Skirts

  • Tube Skirts. These are something I never would had dreamed of wearing due to my body image issues, but with the past few weeks I’ve been forcing myself to come out of my comfort zone more with my fashion choices and I think I’m starting to like how I look in them, lumps and bumps and all!!

Trench Coats

  • Trench Coats. I like these for most of the year, or just when it’s too warm for a coat but too cold for going without. I just feel stylish when I wear these to be honest! And pair this with a high-waisted tube skirt, knotted t-shirt and some pumps and you’ve got yourself a cute, chic outfit anyone can rock

Florals

  • Finally, florals. These are always in and out of fashion, but I love seeing people wearing bright bold floral patterns, especially this time of the year. It just brightens up your day, especially if you live in England like me (one minute its sunny, the next it’s showers!), it certainly changes dull rainy days!

Do you have any Spring Staples? If so, let me know what they are below!! Maybe you can help me be more stylish haha 😉 Have a great week ahead everyone!!

Love,

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