Tuesday, 30 August 2011

An Experiment in Simplicity - Part One: About Minimalism




I've been reading a lot about wardrobe minimalism and personal uniforms over the last weeks and it looks like I'm finally ready to take the plunge. 

It all got started two years ago when I found out about The Uniform Project. Even though the idea was very appealing, I couldn't see it working for me. Despite detoxing my wardrobe several times, I still felt unsatisfied about it and wanted to do something about it. I did a bit of research: I've been advised to narrow down my entire wardrobe to 50 items (including undies) or to use only four colours: a base colour and three accent colours... Well, I'm not giving up on any colour, dude.





A few inspiring thoughts:

"There is no need to act like a curator and keep every object from your past in a box as proof of your existence." 

"If you get rid of an object, you're not getting rid of the person who gave it to you, or the person you were when you acquired the item."

"The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less."
- Socrates

"Essentially, minimalism is about breaking out of the mould of always wanting more. It’s about finding happiness in what we have already, instead of chasing something that is always out of reach."

Three thought-provoking articles:

• Should memory boxes be given the boot? - by Oliver Burkeman.
• Create Your Own Uniform - by Mademoiselle Robot.
• Personal Uniform - by Style Salvage.


Having a personal uniform is time-efficient and ever-challenging. 

• I want to figure out what my visual identity is and stick with it despite the trends.
• I want to spend less time rummaging through my closet and more time living my life.
• I want to free myself from consumerism and use my money on something else than clothes I don't need.

Next stage: reorganizing my wardrobe. Wish me luck...




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I'll be selling many pieces over the next weeks for only a few pennies so make sure you visit the 'shop my closet' section once in a while!



Sunday, 28 August 2011

Just a minute ...


...in August.




Buying... the perfect blazer.


Drinking... iced matcha latte.


Watching... The Royal Tenenbaums - I know, Diana... about time.


Listening... to Oh Land.


Going to... Øyafestivalen.


Loving... my new haircut... Bob's back!


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Summer's already coming to an end in Oslo and I'm actually looking forward to layering and wearing quirky tights again.
How have you been?



Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Ten Ways To Wear That Little Black Dress [Four]



 

The Sleepy (aka boring) Edition
Dress - Monki
Golden Brogues - Soft Grey


And just so you know, Laura drew my portrait... (!!!) 
And Mademoiselle Robot wrote a great article:

xxx


Thursday, 11 August 2011

Wreck This Journal - Part Five


Can you believe how long it's been since my last Wreck This Journal entry? Well I can't. Do you know there's even an app now?! It's called Wreck This App.  About time to get a few new pages done.






Read more about the project here.
Full set here.


My partners in crime:




Monday, 8 August 2011

Oslo in the Summertime








Oslo in the summertime
"The streets are strangely quiet
Cause everyone's away on holiday."



Monday, 1 August 2011

Highway Unicorn



Oh boy, do I have winter gear? Well, I do live in Norway - aka the place where winter was invented! I didn't mention any of my sweaters or jackets before for two reasons: I don't have that many and they're not a choice but a necessity. I use them to get from point #1 to point #2 without freezing to death but I usually take them off as soon as I'm indoors. Layering is an art. However, as I intended to have a new inventory to compare with my previous one, I thought I could include my entire wardrobe this time for the curious ones. 



Lady Gaga - Highway Unicorn Just push play.


• chest of drawers
* 10 summer tops
* 10 all year round tops 
* 6 winter tops (ie with sleeves)
* a Tinkerbell tshirt 
* jammies (two pants and a few awesome tshirts)
* 6 cardigans
* 9 woollen sweaters

• tiny closet 
* 8 dresses
* 10 winter skirts
* 9 summer skirts
* 9 shirts or blouses
* pink bermuda shorts (ahem... never worn)
* 3 pants and 2 shorts
* 3 blazers
* two sequined jackets
* 18 pairs of shoes (only two of them suitable for winter)
* one pair of pink wellies
* a polar bear coat
* a black coat
* a red rain jacket


I also have a box filled with gloves, scarves and two hats: a red one and a gray one. I have a new wardrobe detox planned at the end of the summer, it should be easier to get rid of summer clothes once fall arrives here... 


Still aiming at becoming a minimalist, it's taking longer than I thought.