Monday, 17 April 2017

4 Ways to Avoid a Bad Mood


Today I could just feel myself heading into a bit of a rut, or a mood, where all I want to do is wallow in self-pity and eat chocolate. But instead of just letting it happen I decided to get out of my room, head outside and hit refresh. I feel a million times better and much much positive. It's so important to try and notice when you are verging on one of these 'moods' so that you can do something to pick yourself up.

How to avoid a bad mood


  • Get Outside. Fresh air is enormously beneficial to clearing your head and helping you think straight. I went for a walk around the nearby park and feel so much more at peace after being outside in nature.
  • Exercise. When you exercise your body releases endorphins, which are guaranteed to put you in a better mood. It also makes you feel like you've accomplished something and gives a little boost to your ego (in a good way).
  • Write a Journal. Reflecting on how you are feeling is so important when it comes to figuring out how to get out of your bad mood, or avoid it altogether. Once you identify what or who has made you feel this way, you can address it, and put it to rest. Sometimes its a lot easier to get your feelings out on paper but it's just as beneficial as saying them out loud. This can also help for the future if you can know in advance what might set you off.
  • Do something you love. Right now I'm drinking tea and watching re runs of Friends on Netflix, but whatever it is that cheers you up and makes you feel good, just do it. And don't feel guilty for it either.
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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Capsule Wardrobe Spring/Summer Wishlist



With my 3 month internship looming (if you didn't know, I'm going on a 3 month work experience placement in Berlin this Friday) I have been thinking about what pieces I'd like to add into my Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe. I'm almost all packed up for my trip away, with about 40 pieces in my 3 month wardrobe, but I'm noticing a few little gaps when it comes to warmer weather appropriate clothing. I've been looking on Polyvore again to find some inspiration and ASOS, Zara & H&M for actually things I could possibly afford.

Capsule Wardrobe Spring/Summer Wishlist
Berlin does get slightly better weather than Ireland so I want to swap out my striped polo neck (knitted might I add) with a lighter weight long sleeve stripe top. I'm so particalur about it though. I want it to be a good length, slightly oversized, will look good both tucked into skirts and jeans and worn not tucked in. So far I've seen a few on ASOS and H&M that tickle my fancy so I may just wait until I get to Berlin and pop into a H&M store.

I think for the past few years I've been eyeing up little red summer dresses, but again, I haven't found the perfect one. I would prefer long sleeves becasue I get cold a lot. And a style that will look great dressed up, but equally ad good with a black ankle boot and biker / denim jacket. I have found one I like in ZARA but it's a tad out of my budget, but we'll see.

I feel like a red crossbody bag is just the perfect bag for my wardrobe. I wear a lot of basic colours; black, grey, white, bit of blue; and I think red is the perfect complimentary colour to add a bit of je ne sais que to any outfit. I have actually ordered one from ZARA (this one here) but I'm not sure if I'll get time to go to the store to actually pick it up before I leave. I didn't really think that through!! But I will either ask my sister to post it over to me or I'll pick it up in a Zara over there. It's so cute too. Go look at the little pineapple embellishment on it :)

I do own a denim jacket which I picked up around this time last year, which at the time I loved, but I found it was a bit too warm to wear in summer as it has a faux sheepskin lining. I'm thinking again I'll wait until I get to Berlin but I'd love to pick up a more oversized true denim coloured jacket in a vintage or second hand shop, maybe even a vintage Levi's one.

We've all seen these frill bottomed black trousers making the rounds on Instagram by now, but it's a trend I'm really loving. I have decided I'm going to DIY this piece for myself and I've picked up a pair of black trousers in a charity shop for €1. It will be so simple to add the circular frill to the hem and once I do I'll be posting in on my blog, so keep your eyes peeled.

Ok, so I know Berlin isn't near the sea or anything, but I am hoping to travel a little bit around Europe while I'm there so I'd really like to pick up a swimsuit to take with me. Just something basic, practical and simple like this little black one here. I love the cut of this one becasue a lot of the one-pieces I have been seeing in stores are quite high cut on the hips, and I'm not sure I'm quite ready for my Baywatch moment just yet. Another colour I'd love would be red (ok, maybe a bit of a Baywatch moment), but I think I'll survive with just the one this summer.

Finally, I would love to dress up my day-to-day outfits a bit more, and I think a small comfy heel would be the perfect way to do so. These beauties are certainly out of my price range but I would love something similar, a low block heel and some straps around the ankle to keep them on my feet. I just haven't fully decided if I want a basic black pair to go with everything, or something a little more exciting like red or leopard print for a bit of a pop. Again, I've been scouring ASOS for those and I have fallen for one particular pair of leopard print cuties.

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

4 WAYS | Tailored Trousers

I recently picked up 2 pairs of black tailored trousers in a charity shop for €1 each (I know, ridiculous!) but I have yet to wear them, mainly because I bought them in preparation of my internship starting in April, so I could have something smart to wear. But it would be nice if I was able to put together a few looks with them that I could wear anytime, so here's a few little styling options.
4 WAYS | Tailored Trousers


I put it together on Polyvore, which I haven't used in ages, but I watched a video by USE LESS on how she puts together outfits, and it resparked my love for Polyvore. This time however I did use quite a few expensive items in the outfits so I didn't bother linking them. It was more about 'a red handbag' than 'a red Michael Kors bag'. If you click on the image it will take you through to all the links but this for me is more about the overall look than the individual pieces. You guys probably own most of these pieces already anyway. That's the point!

My favourite look is probably the first one with the 'girl power' t-shirt, firstly because that t-shirt is awesome (I may have ordered one myself) but also because it's very laid back and very Spring and Summer appropriate, which is exactly what I need for my internship. You could dress it up with a heel and biker jacket instead, as with any of the looks. Change the shoes and outerwear for a more casual or more dressy look. 

The 2nd look is ideal for a work environment where you need to look smarter, but as I'll be doing a fashion internship I don't suppose it will be that conservative. Again, switch up the loafer for a ballet flat or even a black court heel. For outerwear I'd probably add a trench coat.

The 3rd look is possibly the more effortlessly cool look ever, and I'm not even sure I'm cool enough to pull it off. But again they are such basic pieces, a stripe top, a biker jacket.. Very simple. I think it's the red bag and statement shoes that really make the look.

And finally, if it does get a little chilly over in Berlin, or when I'm back in Ireland, a bomber jacket is a really cool way to add a bit of off-duty vibes to a tailored trouser, but also some warmth. Especially with the addition of the polo neck. And I figured an ankle boot had to make an appearance.

What's your favourite look, or how would/do you style tailored trousers? All recommendations welcome. I've never worn tailored trousers before.
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Monday, 13 March 2017

Capsule Wardrobe Essentials

We all have those holy grail items in our wardrobe that we couldn't live without, and seem to gravitate towards all the time. I've picked my top 10 to share with you guys on your journey to creating your very own Capsule Wardrobe, or if you struggle to find the basics to put together simple outfits.


Biker Jacket: Depending on your own style you may like to go for a biker style, or you may like a collarless style, but either way a faux-leather jacket is a staple for any wardrobe, in particular a black one. It can dress up a striped top and jeans, or dress down a pretty dress.

Polo Necks: I have a few of these in various colours (black, grey, cream, mustard and striped) and they go with the majority of pieces in my wardrobe from a-line skirts to under a short sleeve/sleeveless dress. They're a great layering piece, and can be worn all year round if you live somewhere like Ireland!

Oversized Jumpers: I prefer to wear something more fitted one the bottom and something a bit oversized on top so these are a staple for me, but depending on the fit you fancy, knitwear is a definite staple for anyone. A jumper, jeans and boots is the easiest go-to outfit you could have in your wardrobe.

Trench Coat / Faux Fur Coat: For autumn/winter my faux fur coat is my first point of call, but for warmer months I gravitate towards my trench coat. It's a classic piece that I don't think will ever go out of style.

(Skinny) Jeans: ..or whatever is your preferred fit, but skinny can be the easiest to wear in terms of just throwing on any top and a pair of boots. Once you find your perfect fit you'll know which style suits you best.

A-Line Skirt: This is the most flattering style of skirt for my body-shape It nips in the waist and skims over the hips, either slimming bigger hips or adding curves where there is none. I have 3 of these now, denim, black and leopard print.

Ankle Boot: Can you go wrong with black ankle boots? Not really.. They go with everything.. The end!

Black Leggings: They're a great basic, but also an essential if you like to be comfortable. My ultimate outfit is an oversized jumper, black leggings and a pair of ankle boots or runners to be even comfier.

LBD: We've all heard before how essential these are, but especially nowadays when layering has become such a trend, you can layer your t-shirts and polo necks under your LBD to get some wear out of it during the day too.

Crossbody Bag: It's the handiest and safest of all bags, and the easiest to carry.

Check out my video below if you would like to hear me chat more about my Wardrobe Essentials and how I style them.

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Fishnets


Fishnets

Not normally a trend I would consider very 'me', but when it started to fill up my Pinterest feed I knew I would have to cave in and try it out. I have been struggling for a way to wear my loafers in this colder weather so it seemed like a no brainer really.

I've seen so many ways to style Fishnets from under ripped denim, poking out of your waistband, unde a pair of tailored trousers, with loafers, in sock form.. The list is endless really. I've created a Pinterest Board of all kinds of ways to wear this trend, if you feel like having a nosey HERE.


I paired mine under these embroidered ripped denims that I DIYed last summer (see how I did that here), with a simple white tee, my beloved pink bomber jacket and, of course, my loafers. I feel like it was a pretty basic outfit but the fishnets just added a little something extra to the overall vibe. I'm a convert now. Prepare to see lots more of these babies!!x


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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

5 Tips for a 'Greener' Wardrobe


Being 'Green' seems to be becoming a bit of a trend lately and I am ALL for that. With celebrities such as the amazing Emma Watson promoting organic and ethical fashion brands, its time to start listening to them and realising that we don't need to keep supporting the non-ethical brands. Sustainability and eco-friendly options are becoming more readily available. But even without buying from ethical brands, there are plenty of ways to be a bit 'greener' when it comes to our wardrobes.


5 Tips for a Greener Wardrobe


Buy Less. Wear more. When you start questioning what you're buying and if you are truely going to get the wear out of each time, you will start to buy less. Buying less is really the easiest way to shop/live more sustainably, becasue once we all buy and consume a little less, the fashion industry is forced to make less products and use as much energy and resources as they are at the moment. It's also really nice to have a nicely curated wardrobe full of pieces you really love to wear and feel great in. 
Quality not Quantity: How many times have we heard this saying? And yet we are consuming more than ever before. And a lot of what we buy into is fast fashion, which we all know doesn't last as long when we are continually wearing and washing our clothing.

Ethical/Eco Brands: Shop from brands who share more ethical and eco values. They may use recycled or organic fabrics, use sustainable energy to create their products or have better working conditions for their workers (which I believe is one of the most important factors in ethical fashion).

Buy Second Hand: If there are items that you can find second hand then do it. It is possibly the most environmentally friendly way to shop because it involves no extra resources and it gives new life to clothing that may just end up in material landfills. Certain pieces you won't want to buy second hand but I have found some great things in my local charity shops such as a trench coat for €6, a basic black A-line skirt for €2, a roll neck cable knit jumper for €9 (with merino wool), a knitted balmain inspired blazer for €4 and some cute slip dresses for a couple of quid each. There's also the option to alter or customise these pieces if they're not entirely to your taste or fit, but you then end up with a completely unique piece.

Do It Yourself (DIY) : You'll know by now I'm a big fan of making my own clothing, whetehr it's making something from scratch or upcycling a worn out item. Again, you'll have something unique to you. Depending of course on how you source your fabrics and what fabrics you use, you could create a very sustainable and unique wardrobe. Check out some of my DIYs HERE for inspiration.


More Eco-Conscious Brands


If buying from ethical brands is the route you want to take in creating a sustainable wardrobe, I've researched a few brands making positive changes towards sustainability.

Zara's 'JOIN LIFE' Collection is made from organic cottons, recycled wools, lyocell (made from trees from sustainably managed forests). I have vowed to buy all my basic t-shirts from this collection because they are still only €5.95 but are 100% organic cotton, and I love the fit and shape of them too.

H&M are also known for having their 'Conscious Collection' which is made from fabrics such as Lyocell, Organic Cotton and Recycled Polyester. Also part of the H&M Group are COS, & Other Stories, Weekday, Cheap Monday and Monki, which I believe share similar beliefs to the H&M brand.

People Tree are another eco-friendly brand that I've heard a lot about but have never actually bought anything from. It is on the less affordable side of high-street prices but their products are quite beautiful. They have a very simple tailored aesthetic which can be great when picking up wardrobe basics, and again it would be great for those more investment pieces.

For more ethical brands & shopping tips visit : http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/buyersguides/clothing.aspx


I'd like to point out that I am in no way telling you guys not to buy new clothes because I do sometimes treat myself to new pieces, like this shirt and these shoes, and I don't want to be a hypocrite. I am however inviting you to be a bit more mindful while you're shopping and selecting the pieces that you will add to your wardrobe. It will also make a huge difference to your own peace of mind that you're being more aware of your spending, making positive changes that will hopefully impact the environment in a healthy way and let's face it, you're wardrobe won't be full of clutter. Ain't nobody got time to tidy up all those clothes every bloody day!! For more tips on creating a wardrobe with less pieces you can check out my videos on How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe and my Seasonal Capsule Wardrobes.


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Friday, 24 February 2017

What The Hell Are You Wearing?


Personal style is a funny thing. Some days I feel so ME when I wear a certain item of clothing, outfit or colour, and other days I strive to wear something that's so NOT ME, just to push myself a little. I think clothing has always been the one area in my life that I'm not afraid to take risks in or afraid to try something different. When I was in secondary school around the ages of 14-16, before social media 'taught'everybody what exactly style was, I wore a LOT of questionable outfits. At the same time, I don't ever remember being self conscious about them (and I'm pretty much self conscious about everything else). How I could tell if my outfit choices were a bit 'out there' was if my best friend gave me a weird look like ''what the hell are you wearing?'', which at the time just reassured me I looked 'cool' or at least different. I think now, in the age of social media, it can be hard to be different when you're so used to looking at certain trends or styles, it's nearly ingrained in us what we 'should' be wearing. But don't forget to wear whatever it is you want to wear, whether it's a five year old trend, something that has never been trending or just something that isn't necessarily very YOU

I'd say a year or so ago, I wouldn't have dreamed I'd wear an outfit like this. Like, ever!! A pinafore dress?.. Loafers?.. Not a chance. But lately I'm trying to embrace my more feminine side, and the side of me that's almost in her mid twenties and feels as if she should dress like it. Pinafore dress = feminine. Loafers = woman who's got her sh*t together (maybe). 


Also, please excuse my fairly moody face in some of these photos. It was an extremely windy day, and also, just as we stepped out to take these, it started to rain. The joys! But I did get to try out my new 50mm Lens that I picked up just before I went to London, and that depth of field makes up for any amount of rain. I'll be playing around with this lens a good bit in the next few posts so I'll be able to give a proper review of it soon, if you guys would be interested in that. Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I better get dressed and head to college now. I have a lot of work to do!xx

wool coat by me / river island loafers / bershka dress / forever21 polo neck / specsavers glasses


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Thursday, 2 February 2017

DIY Leopard Print A-Line Skirt


I'm finally bringing you a brand new DIY today that I rustled up in no time at all really last week. It's a project I've wanted to do for ages. I've wanted to do a simple A-line skirt tutorial here to show you how simple they can be to make, and also I wanted a leopard print skirt. I've made the pattern from another skirt I own too so regardless if you're a wiz at pattern drafting, own a pattern for a skirt or are a true beginner, it really doesn't matter. Also to note I used an upholstery (homeware) fabric to make this so you don't even have to be too picky with fabrics. I love how mine turned out. 

Here's what you need:


To make my pattern pieces I traced around an A-line skirt that I already owned, and that fit me well. I first traced half of the skirt for the front piece so that when I cut it out on the fold it would be perfectly symmetrical. I added a 1 cm seam allowance to the waist and sides, and 4 cm at the hem.

For the back piece, I wanted to add 2 darts, so I first traced the pattern I had just made for the front of the skirt. I marked where I wanted my darts to go (in the center of the piece, and how wide and long I wanted it to be - 2 cm width, 11 cm depth. I then added 2 cm on at the side of the waist to compensate for taking it out for the dart, and joined this point back into the side of the skirt. I added a 1 cm seam allowance the the left side of the back piece because I remembered I had to add in the zip in this seam. (so it wasn't cut on the fold)

I left the facing the same for the back and front as it didn't require a dart. I made this by tracing the top section of the skirt. You can see on the skirt where I marked the dotted line. This is the facing line. I cut the facing on the fold x 2 but I later remembered that I needed to cut one of them in half, again to allow for the zip.

I cut the front piece on the fold of the fabric so I would have one large piece, and I cut the back piece twice becasue this required a seam down the back for the zip.


 Step 1 :The Darts

These always come first. Sew the darts in the 2 back pieces. Press them facing in toward the center seam.

Step 2: Inserting the Zip

Sew up the center back seam , but don't back-stitch at the top becasue we'll have to unpick this later. Press the seam flat. This will make inserting the zip really easy. You'll also need to make sure your zip is long enough to come down to the widest part of your hips so that the skirt will go on you properly. 

Lay the closed zip on top of the center back seam. Pin and sew in place as close to the zip opening as possible. If you have a zipper foot this will be much easier.

Rip back the stitches in the center back seam as far as the zip opening, and then secure the end of the seam by sewing over this area on your machine again, making sure to back-stitch.


Step 3: Putting the skirt together

Pin and sew the front and back pieces together along the side seams. Press the seams open, and finish with overlocking or a zig-zag stitch (alternatively you can do this to all the edges before you start sewing if you wish).

Step 4: Attaching the facing

Sew both of the facing pieces together at the ends (1 cm seam allow) and cut one of them down the center. This will allow for the zip. Your facing should look like this.

Line up the side seams of the facing and the skirt. Pin the facing to the skirt, right sides of the fabric together. Sew around the top of the skirt 1cm in, the whole way around.

Finish this edge with a zig-zag stitch or overlock it.

Turn the skirt inside out, and press all the facing seams as flat as possible.

 Turn in the excess facing fabric around the zip opening, and hand stitch in place.

Step 5: Hemming

Turn up the hem of the skirt 2 cm, and then again another 2 cm to create a rolled hem. Press in place really well with your iron. I hand stitched the hem in place with a stocking stitch to prevent it from showing through on the right side of the fabric, but feel free to do this by machine if you would rather.

Et Voila.. A brand new skirt to style up and enjoy. I styled mine with this pretty frilled blouse and my new nudey/pink bomber jacket that I nabbed in the Zara sale. It'll be a great alternative to a fur coat or leather jacket n the Spring when it gets a bit warmer and it's a nice shade for adding in more colour too. I think it goes quite nicely with the leopard print. I really hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial and if you do give this a go yourself be sure to snap me/tweet me/Instagram me all of your photos. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the outfit photos.xx

bomber jacket ZARA sale (similar) // flared blouse H&M // boots BOOHOO



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Monday, 30 January 2017

My Current 40 Piece Capsule Wardrobe


As it is coming in to a new season shortly (come on Spring!), and I also never updated you guys on my Winter Wardrobe, I thought I'd put together a post on what I currently have in my wardrobe. I have a weird way of keeping track of the pieces I own and different ways I could style them by saving an image of the item (or one very similar) in a folder on my laptop labelled 'Capsule Wardrobe' and every so often I'll style up some outfit collages on Photoshop. Is that really sad? :P

However, I find it great to have a system to keep track of pieces you own so you can see an overview of your wardrobe instead of having to physically look through everything you own. That can get messy. When I'm thinking of investing in something new, I'll find an image, pop it in the folder, and see if it goes with the other pieces. Anyway, here's a look at the 40 pieces in my current Capsule Wardrobe.

11 Tops : This doesn't include basics like plain t-shirts and vest tops. It consists of turtle necks, jumpers, my plaid shirt, and a few blouses. It's a nice mix of casual and dressy.

8 Bottoms: This mainly consists of jeans, but I have a few pairs of leggings (normal and flared) and a couple of skirts.

2 one-pieces: a basic cami dress and dungarees. I also do have one other dress in my wardrobe currently but I don't wear it very often so I'm leaving it in my occasion wear section (which doesn't get included in the capsule wardrobe - it's never very many items anyway).

8 outerwear: Coats, jackets and cardigans. See my post on my Minimal Coat Collection HERE.

9 shoes: A mix of casual flats, dressy flats, boots, heeled boots etc. I don't include any heels because again they are more occasion wear.

2 bags: a black one and a red one. The only other one I could possibly need (want) would be leopard print.

I'll be doing my best to keep the number of items I own in my wardrobe down, but I do plan on making a few new pieces for DIY posts sooo don't judge me for that :P It's for a good cause. I do tend to swap them out for another item if I wear them a lot or pass them on (charity shop or depop) if I don't use/wear it as much as I thought. How are you guys getting on with your Capsule Wardrobes if you've started one? How many pieces are in yours? Maybe I could challenge myself to have even less.

Catch up on my Capsule Wardrobe Videos HERE

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Saturday, 28 January 2017

5 Ways to Stop Impulse Shopping

Recently I've become a lot more minimal. I wouldn't say I'm a full blown minimalist, but that's the goal. So in order to live more minimally I needed to curb my spending habits and stop hoarding. On the plus side, I also save money, along with having less clutter and a tidier space (and mind). Here are some of the ways I stopped impulse shopping so much.


Stop going shopping. 


If you're trying not to impulse shop, the easiest way is to avoid shops at all costs. Don't go 'window shopping', don't go for a browse.. Because you're going to find something you didn't even know know you wanted. And then you'll have to persuade yourself not to buy it. This also goes for online shopping, just un-bookmark your favourite stores and don't go near them. Unsubscribing from their emails would also be a great help in keeping them off your mind. Unroll Me is a great website for unsubscribing from mass amounts of junk emails at once. I think I discovered it from some other blogger, and every so often they'll email me a list of subscriptions that might be junk. Very handy.

Keep a wishlist

You may think this would make you want to shop more but actually, it's better to have a small list of things you know you really want and that you've also spend time considering. You can make sure these pieces work with the rest of your wardrobe too. You could create a Pinterest board labelled WISHLIST (that's mine up there) and add anything to it that you think would be a good investment piece. BUT the catch is that before you buy anything, it must stay in your wishlist for AT LEAST 30 days. Anything less and it's just impulse shopping again. Then, when you have a bit of money to spend or want to treat yourself, you can pick an item from your list, knowing full well that it has been properly considered for your style and your wardrobe.

Create a Capsule Wardrobe.

photo credit Harper's Bazaar

This might sound like a funny way of not shopping, but I promise you, once you curate your own Capsule Wardrobe that suits your style, taste and lifestyle, you won't want to ruin it with impulse buys again. Not never, but a lot less. So that's where the other tips come in to play. When you experience the joy of having less clothing but wearing all of it, and LOVING all of it, it would be very hard to get back to hoarding masses amounts of impulse buys.

See my tops tips on creating a Capsule Wardrobe HERE

Decide where else you'd like to spend your money.


By spending you money more intentionally, you will see that you have more than you thought to play with. By cutting out your daily latte or weekly magazines or in this case, your weekly trip to Zara, you could save up enough to do something much more meaningful like going on a holiday. Doesn't that sound much better than having a few extra pieces of clothing? Or you could invest in something that might be of value to you and even earn you some extra money, like a sewing machine, a new camera or taking a class.

Make a list of 5 other things you could do instead of shopping


Whether you go shopping as a social thing with your friends or sisters, or you do it as a bit of 'retail therapy' / 'me time', I'm sure there are plenty of other things you could do instead. Try inviting your girls around to your house for tea and lunch instead of going out (also saves more money) or for some pamper time try having a bath, doing a face mask, going for a walk at your nearest beach or watching a feel-good movie. It is way too easy to buy yourself something when you need a little pick-me-up but I assure you there are other ways. And hey, shopping is never as relaxing as you imagine anyway.

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