Month 1 Of Project 333.

Month 1 Of Project 333.

Happy Saturday my lovelies! We’re in August! And it feels like the world is slowly going back to normal at last. Over the last month I’ve been trying to be more conscious about my environmental footprint, in particular my fast fashion waste. So, at the beginning of July I started project 333.

Project 333 is a minimalist sort of challenge which involves having 33 items in your wardrobe including clothes, shoes, jewellery and bags and you’re only allowed to wear those items for the next 3 months. The project is supposed to help you minimize your wardrobe, reduce the stress of getting dressed in the morning and help reduce fast fashion waste. Now, because I love fashion so much, I decided to take on this project but only with clothes and shoes, I love earrings too much to count those in my 33!

Since it’s already been a month doing project 333, I thought I’d share some of my outfits that I wore this month!

And those are just a few of my outfits I’ve worn over the last month!

I won’t lie to you, I did end up with one or two new items. But you know what? I’m human! And that’s ok. The 4 new items I got were two tops I forgot I ordered about a month before the beginning of the project that ended up coming from abroad about 3 weeks in and then a pair of super cool patterned leggings from a small business that I had been wanting for ages that finally came back in stock and then a coca cola t-shirt that I simply couldn’t pass up. And as someone who used to buy way over 4 new items a month, that’s pretty darn good if I say so myself.

What was week 1 like?

For the first week I immediately felt stress free when it came to getting dressed in the morning, and I was super excited when choosing what I wanted to wear for the day because I liked everything in my wardrobe! Every outfit I put on was comfy and I actually felt more productive when working from home because I was dressed nicely!

Week 2?

Month1 Project 333

I was still enjoying the project during week 2, and I continued to wear loads of outfits I loved and hadn’t thought to put together before! It was this week where I ordered the cute leggings (from Lucy and Yak if you’re wondering!) you can see above! This week I started wearing shoes I wouldn’t have normally paired with certain outfits before and found that I loved these new looks!

Week 3 thoughts?

By week 3 I was still enjoying wear my wardrobe, but there were one or two items I noticed I wasn’t wearing for some reason. I tried switching a few things up and wore one of the items but found I wasn’t as comfortable so decided that I would switch out those items at the end of month 1 if I still wasn’t wearing them. I was also given a dress that was my grannies so I wore that to a family bbq! It was free so I don’t count that as breaking my challenge! I did break my shoe rule by wearing a brown pair of boots I didn’t plan on wearing for the project but it looked cute and it was only twice because they were comfy for walking.

The end of month 1?

I still like pretty much everything in my wardrobe, it’s just the one or two items that I haven’t worn that I’ll probably switch out soon, and that’s only a few items. After a month, I’ve realised that I don’t actually miss my old wardrobe that much, and I’ve only thought about one pair of trousers and a skirt from it this entire month. And since I’m possibly switching out one or two items, I might just add them in.

So, what have I learnt so far?

You can make a hell of a lot of outfits from just 33 items!! And as long as you pick out pieces that are versatile that you love, you can’t go wrong! After a while things can become a little stagnant if you don’t think of creative ways to wear your clothes, so remember to think differently when picking out your look for the day! Also, don’t beat yourself up if you do buy something new and forget you’ve set yourself a 33 limit!

I can’t wait to see what the next month will bring in the form of outfits! What’s your favourite outfit from this month? Let me know in the comments below!

Have a great weekend my lovelies!

Love,

Victoria Blog Signature
Month 1 of Project 333 pin

Packing For A Weekend Away

Packing For A Weekend Away

Who doesn’t love a trip away for a long weekend! Especially over the Summer holidays! Well next week I’m off to some gorgeous lodges in a forest for 4 days and I can’t wait. If you are going away anytime soon, and if you love being organised like me, I bet you’re already thinking about what to pack and what cute outfits you want to wear whilst you’re there. Which means I’ve already started writing my packing list for it.

I love writing lists about what I should pack and what I need to bring with me; I practically live my life by writing lists for everything. One list first thing in my bullet journal about what I need to do for the day, another list when I get to work for what I need to get done whilst I’m there, and then another list for what I need to get done by the weekend and then lists for when I’m off away anywhere.

Also, I need lists to function, I’ll forget way too much if I haven’t made a list. Oh and I’m naturally an over packer, I always have been, probably always will be. Which means: no list = everything I own will be coming with me on holiday. And I’ll forget the essential things.. like underwear. (It’s happened before.. haha)

Since weekends away in England have unpredictable weather, it can be difficult to know what to wear, so that’s why I’m going to make a list of all the essentials I’ll be taking with me!

Here’s the outfits I’ll be taking inspiration from!

I love cozy jumpers, leggings, jeans and scarves! Because I’m so indecisive and will want to pack my entire wardrobe, and partly because I love having options when I’m getting dressed in the morning, here’s what I’ll be packing for 4 days away:

Long weekend packing list
The dungarees, both dresses, stone biker jacket, grey shirt and the scarf are all from New Look! The shoes, accessories, black jumper, waterfall coat, striped long sleeve top, white t-shirt, collared jumper and the two pairs of jeans are all from Primark!

Here’s the basic list of items I usually bring with me whenever I’m off for a weekend away, or any holiday! You can download it here and use it to help you remember everything you need!

Long weekend packing list

What do you like packing for when you go away? What’s that one thing you can’t leave without? For me, it’s my medication for a start, and then my hair straighteners! One thing I love about planning what I’m bringing away with me is all of the cute outfits I’ll be able to come up with! Also, by planning what I’m packing, I’ll be able to actually be a bit more decisive about what I’m bringing with me.

Here’s just a few of the outfits I can make with what I plan on packing:

So that’s what I’m going to be bringing with me on my little mini break! Hope this helps any of you who love to over-pack like me! And let me know if you buy any of these pieces from Primark and New Look; if you see anything whilst you’re out and about that is super cute for English weekends away, feel free to send a link or two my way!!

Have a great bank holiday my lovelies!! Love,

Victoria Signature

Why I Recommend Going Shopping By Yourself

Why I Recommend Going Shopping By Yourself

Last month I came to the realisation that I never go shopping on my own, partly because I suffer with crippling driving and parking anxiety when I’ve got to drive to unfamiliar places with risk of getting lost (please tell me I’m not alone on this!) alongside just general anxiety of being out on my own for fear that something bad will happen.

So, my day off during the week came around and I had an appointment in the morning about 5 minutes away from a huge shopping centre with about 3/4 huge multi-storey carparks, and that was when I decided to rip the band aid off and just go and do it. Plus I was in desperate need of some new clothes and I realised that I needed a nice outfit for a wedding I’ve been invited to.

To put in perspective how bad my anxiety was on the day, I had a panic attack as I was parking my car for my appointment because I was scared I wouldn’t be able to get out of a space once I finally got in it. That then happened again when I thought I was lost trying to find my way to the multi-storey carpark and finding a space to park in that wasn’t the size of a peanut.

Once I finally got parked, the fear sunk in that I might never find my car again (irrational I know..) so I took a photo of where I’d parked and rang my mum to tell her about my triumph and to tell her where exactly I’d parked in case I forgot.

So I made my way into the shopping centre, and my sense of achievement was crazy! I literally felt like I could take on the world, for about 5 seconds. Then it occurred to me that I’m all on my own and that I’d also need to repeat what I’d just done to get home!

Cafe photo with anxiety tip

After this realisation I decided that I would go and have a cuppa before I start shopping to celebrate facing my fears and anxiety head on and this way I would actually face another situation which makes me anxious; which is sitting on my own in a restaurant or café alongside having cake which the lovely eating disorder voices in my head were very adamant would kill me. But guess what, I didn’t listen to those voices and it didn’t kill me! Woo!

I don’t know why I was ever so anxious about this one, because as soon as I got myself a cup of tea and a slice of chocolate cake and started reading a magazine I forgot all about the people around me and it was bliss. Highly recommend it.

Once I finished my tea and cake I felt a lot calmer than before and it set in that I can do the following:

  1. Take as much time as I want looking at stuff.
  2. I don’t have to worry about being indecisive and wanting to revisit the first shop I went in 3 times..
  3. Learn to stop worrying about what other people will think about stuff I’m trying on.
  4. Go and get a snack when I’m getting hungry instead of feeling like I need to wait for other people to be hungry first.
  5. No panicking about picking up clothes in shops and comparing my clothes size to whoever I’m out shopping with.
  6. Try on as many clothes as I want without feeling rushed.

And let me tell you, I had an amazing time once I’d realised these things because I could just be myself and do what I wanted, taking as much time as I wanted.

Whenever I go shopping with other people I spend a long time looking at clothes with them and then hardly ever buy anything for myself. This is partly because I never feel like I have enough time to try everything I want to on, so I just don’t buy them.

But this time, because I was by myself, I spent about 2 whole hours in Primark (mainly because the shop is so damn huge!) trying on as much stuff as I could get my hands on; and after trying on so many clothes I came away with quite a few lovely pieces and some really cute shoes!

Then I went to around another 5 shops and another café before heading home! And after all of that I came home with 4 new tops, one new jumper, a maxi playsuit, 3 pairs of shoes and a load of new makeup! I felt like Alicia Silverstone in Clueless!

As scary as it was for me to go shopping by myself and face my driving anxiety, the benefits I got from it were so worth it. So worth it that I’m already planning my next trip by myself! I’m even debating an overnight trip to a spa!

Moral of this story, if you’re anxious about doing something or scared of doing something, give it a try and take your time with it, it will seem scary and stressful at the time but you’ll soon come to realise that you’re so much stronger than you think you are.

Also, I completely forgot to mention that throughout my time shopping I was very lucky to have my mum message or ring me every so often to make sure I’m okay and staying safe which definitely made me feel more comfortable and confident; so if you’re going to do this and are super nervous, ask a friend or family member to keep tabs on you to give you a little more confidence and security. Trust me, something as little as this goes a long way!

Have a great weekend everyone!Victoria Signature

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

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,

Victoria x Blog Signature