9.28.2022

Is There A Beauty Industry Equivalent To Refashioning?

 


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Regular readers will be aware that refashioning is a passion of this blog. The art of taking your old clothes and reworking them to be worn again differently is so important. It allows you to keep using and wearing the same pieces over and over again, solving many of the problems with fast fashion. You no longer go out and purchase new clothing all the time, reducing the resources used to manufacture clothes. If everyone refashioned - and clothes companies made items that could be worn for a long time - the ecological impact of the fashion industry would be much smaller than it is. 


Of course, the fashion industry isn’t the only place where there are problems. You can look at the beauty industry as another example of where this “fast” lifestyle is taking over. Fast beauty is when there are countless new and trending beauty products made all the time and pumped out. There’s always something new and exciting you have to get, prompting you to consume more and more. Needless to say, this has a negative impact on the environment because of all the resources used within the industry. 


That brings us to today’s topic: 


Is there a beauty equivalent to refashioning? 

Well…there is and there isn’t. Unlike clothes, you can’t take makeup and turn it into something new to use. Makeup also has a shelf-life, so it goes bad when it hasn’t been used for a long time. You also wouldn’t be able to take lipstick and refashion it as eyeliner, much like you could take a dress and refashion it as a small top and skirt. 


However, you can upcycle in the beauty industry, though mainly from a packaging perspective. Old bottles and tubs can be upcycled and turned into storage containers or small plant pots. So, there is an element of refashioning, but it’s only regarding the beauty product’s packaging. 


What can be done to combat fast beauty? 

Aside from upcycling your makeup packaging, there are a few other things you can do to combat fast beauty. One idea is to look for products that are built to last. When online shopping, pick products from trusted brands that work well for you. Don’t get cheap items that will only last for a few weeks before needing to be replaced. Also, don’t get cheap things that simply won’t do as expected. A cheap moisturizer is unlikely to provide the benefits of an expensive one because it won’t have the active ingredients. So, you’d end up buying loads of other products to try and get the same effect, which uses way more resources than if you invested in the expensive product, to begin with. 


Another new idea is to find brands that use upcycled cosmetic ingredients. Effectively, they take things that would usually be put to waste but use them to make products. It’s a far more sustainable method than most beauty brands are currently using. 


Furthermore, choosing brands that cut down on packaging can also be useful. There is simply too much packaging waste in the beauty industry, and this needs to change. Thankfully, many top brands are changing, realizing that the fate of the planet is more important than brand image and marketing! 


Lastly, the main thing you can do is attempt to not get sucked into trends. It is hard when you see countless influencers using the latest products, claiming they’re God’s gift to mankind. You want to buy them, try them out, and see how they look. But, you quickly get sucked into the whole ethos of fast beauty - you keep on buying new products whenever they come out. Instead, make a list of products you actually need. In most cases, all you need for a skincare routine is as follows: 


  • Cleanser

  • Moisturizer

  • Serum

  • Exfoliator


That’s it; anything else is overkill! For makeup, you only really need: 


  • Primer

  • Foundation

  • Eyeshadow 

  • Eyeliner

  • Concealer 


You could add other things to the list for days when you want to go all out, but this is basically all that’s required. What’s more, you only need one of each product. I think THAT is the main problem with fast beauty. People will have three foundations, four different cleansers, and an exfoliator for each day of the week - it’s madness. 


Refashioning is the solution to fast fashion, but the main solution to fast beauty is to just be more aware of what you’re buying. Purchase things that last for a long time and won’t need to be re-bought again and again. Stop following trends all the time and select a handful of things that you will use every day. 


7.25.2019

4 Style Tips + Modern Holiday cards

This post is sponsored by Basic Invite, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend companies and products that I have personally tried and loved.


I know, I know it’s barely July and I’m already talking about modern holiday cards. BUT it IS “Christmas in July” season! This is the perfect time to start thinking about Christmas, because it’ll get you excited for Christmas and these style tips can be applied year round! Along with each style tip, I’ll also be sharing why I love Basic Invite!

1. EMBRACE COLORS

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Before I scare you off, neutrals are colors too! By colors, I don’t mean you have to walk around like a rainbow. (But if that’s your style, please go ahead!) And by “embrace,” I mean do what feels right for you. For example, I like to embrace pinks, whites, and more pastel florals in my wardrobe. By "embrace," I also mean not being afraid to try new colors outside of your comfort zone. Start by picking one item in a color outside your comfort zone and pair it with other items that are the colors of your choosing.



Basic Invite is one of the few websites that offers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. There are over 180 different color options so you can personalize your cards down to the smallest detail. I'm very picky when it comes to pinks and I am usually disappointed when it comes to getting the exact pink color that I want on an invite. But with Basic Invite, I have various pretty pinks that I can happily choose from! This is definitely what sets Basic Invite apart from almost any other online stationery company.

2. TRY IT ON FIRST 


I ALWAYS try my outfits before heading out. There have been numerous times when I planned an outfit in my head, but once I put it on, I was like “nope!” Thankfully, for the most part, I have time to change. Hopefully, you’ve had time to change, if this has happened to you, hehe. :)


Basic Invite is one of the few websites where you can get a printed sample of your actual invitation. This is amazing, because this way you can can see exactly how it will print & the paper quality before committing to it. 

3. ACCESSORIES MATTER

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What truly pulls an outfit together? Accessories! Whether it’s a favorite purse or some fabulous shoes, there’s no denying that accessories matter! Liven up your tee & denim combo with a straw purse in summer or animal print booties in the fall. 


Your invitations are no exception. With Basic invite you can choose from over 40 different colors of envelopes, so you can make your invite pop and stand out before even being opened. Make sure your Christmas party invitation has a festive envelope to match.To make things easier for you, envelopes are peel and seal!

4. LET YOUR PERSONALITY SHINE


This gets said often, but the most important style tip is to just be yourself. Let your personality shine! You make the outfit, not the other way around. :)


Foil cards (flat or raised) are available in gold, silver, and... ROSE GOLD! (If you didn’t know, I’m obsessed with rose gold, it was even my birthday theme this year).


One last thing I’ll share about Basic Invite, is that they also offer an address capturing service that allows you to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media site to request your friends and family’s addresses. How easy and convenient is that?! P.S., Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at NO COST on all card orders. I encourage you to browse around the site and look through their invitations, victorian Christmas cards, and even business cards.

Right now, Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51 



6.11.2019

Easy DIY: Denim Patch Skirt Refashion


The month of May was really busy and I felt like it just flew on by. This was one of the best Mays and I wish it would've lasted a little longer. Some of my highlights were...

1. Getting my driver's license.
2. Celebrated my 25th birthday with a rose gold & sparkly party.
3. Spent a great week in the Bay Area with my hubby.


Since I was having so much fun, I let my sewing machine take a little break. But now, we're back at it! I decided to ease back into sewing with an easy DIY. I love patches because of how easy it is to customize something to your own liking. Here is how easy it was to refashion this denim skirt. 

Oh and... yes, I cut my hair! I felt I needed a change and I just went for it. I haven't had short hair in years, but so far I am loving it. :)


5.03.2019

Classic Capsule Wardrobe



Fast fashion has made it quick and easy to pack out your wardrobe with more choices than you’re ever going to need. But the truth is, it is making most of use waste time just trying to choose an outfit for a coffee on a Saturday afternoon. The fact is, that having too much stuff, means we end up having too much choice. Having too much choice means that we end up unable to choose at all - or taking far too long to do so.




Here are a few things that you can never go wrong by having.




Ankle boot. These work with dresses, ankle-grazing jeans, suits and so much more. Perfect for people who love no ideal fuss-free shoe. The Chelsea boot is perfect.




White trainers. They look slick with pretty much any outfit and don’t have to cost too much to get a great pair.




Leather jackets are pretty much a timeless piece, and everyone should have one. You can have the typically grungy biker jacket or opt for a slick, beautifully cut coat instead. They last for years and will work with pretty much any outfit.




Silk shirts are stunning and can add a touch of class to even the simplest pair of leggings.




High quality tunics can be a quick go to in the mornings, and they are super flattering too. The work with leggings, jeans and trousers and can work in a home or office based environment.




The perfect pair of jeans do wonders for your capsule wardrobe, but it might just take you some time to find them. Mom jeans, high waisted, ultra-high waisted, skinny fit, boyfriends, and shapers. There is a lot to choose from as well as a massive variation in the quality. So try a few pairs before deciding on your go-to cut of jeans.




Ballet pump flats in nude and black. The nude pumps elongate your leg and work with everything that black doesn’t work with. They work with dressed up or casual and are very comfortable when you’ve worn them a couple of times.




T-shirts. Basic cotton t-shirts in a range of colours will see you through summer, and help you with layers in the winter. They work with jeans, leggings, skirts and under pinafore style dresses. Have around 4-5 in different cuts and colours.




Sets of jewellery - three in fact. One pricey one that gets pulled out for special occasions, one bright and bold costume jewellery when you want to spice up an outfit and finally some lighter more delicate jewellery to add a touch of class to your outfit.




Once you get rid of the things that you don’t wear in your wardrobe, you can concentrate on filling it with things you wear. Taking away the hours of choosing an outfit and replacing it with minutes - because everything works together, there will be no lousy outfit days.

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