Linen – Old man suits or a trendy, sustainable fabric hero?

Linen - Old man suits or a trendy, sustainable fabric hero?

You can’t throw a stick in a shop without hitting a garment made of linen at the moment. It is everywhere!

In the past linen has mostly been reserved for old men’s summer suits. Often matched with a snazzy Panama hat and a stinky big cigar.

But now we are claiming it back, sans cigars. Because linen is a great fabric for clothing for so many reasons.

First of all, it’s really airy and cooling in the summer. Secondly, it has an amazing structure and really creates a beautiful dimension to any piece of clothing. Yes, it does crinkle easily, but to me, it just makes it even more interesting and personal. Linen is always going to look slightly lived in and that in itself tells a bit of a story. I have to admit I hate ironing with a vengeance, so the idea of constantly ironing a linen garment is a no-go for me. However, if you are up for it, feel free to iron away.

The extra bonus is that linen is a sustainable fabric that will last you for years to come.

It’s one of the most biodegradable options out there since it’s made of flax plant fibers. It’s even naturally moth and bacteria resistant! The way it’s made makes it really resilient and it’s one of the few fabrics that’s actually stronger wet than dry. This is the reason why linen becomes softer the more we wash it.

One thing to keep in mind is that because linen is so sturdy, it takes a lot to bleach it. So pure white linen has to go through quite the process. This is why it’s better for the environment to try to stick to natural shades of linen like tan, beige, grey, ivory, and ecru.

Linen - Old man suits or a trendy, sustainable fabric hero?

I’m totally in love with linen and are now looking to invest in a perfect suit in this sustainable fabric.

I’m thinking a long-line blazer and trousers that slightly flare out. (If anyone has the blazer from the latest H&M Conscious exclusive collection – affiliate link, in a size 4 and want to sell it, please send me an email to Tess@TessM.se)

This dress by Mango is gorgeous and perfect to pack when going away on holidays this summer. It’s light, airy and looks amazing with sandals or kitten heels. It’s coming with us on our trip to South Africa at the end of the month. It easily transitions between early morning safaris and afternoon drinks by the pool.

It’s actually on sale at the moment and you can find it here. affiliate link.

If you love this on this great sustainable fabric as much as I do and haven’t invested in a timeless linen piece yet, I have put a few together below. They are all by different brands from Asos.

1 – Miss Selfridge, 2 – Whistles, 3 – Whistles, 4 – & Other stories, 5 – Mango (mine) – affiliate links. 

Linen - Old man suits or a trendy, sustainable fabric hero?

Photos – Ida Zander

 

Mindful Monday 13th May

Mindful Monday 13th May - My weekly goal, mantra, inspiration, and vision

Hello lovelies, how are you today? Are you ready for a new week? I’m happy to be back in London and getting into my regular routines again. 

Having started my blog career in Sweden more than 11 years ago, I’m still trying to figure out blogging in the UK.

When I first started, the norm was to post 5 times a DAY!! I’m not joking. This was way before Instagram and we used our blogs more like we do Instastories now. A quick grainy phone snap of something, a few sentences of what we were up to and maybe a recommendation of some sorts.

Obviously a far cry from where we are today with our glossy and well-edited feeds.

In one way it was great since it gave that instant feel of actually following a blogger. But it was also exhausting and the content was quite blah. In those days I could easily have half a million page views each month. My followers checked my blog several times a day. It’s completely mind-blowing when I think of it now.

These days, as a Swedish blogger, you should post about 10 posts a week at least. Quite a lot still… I do about 7 a week on my Swedish blog.

What I want to ask you guys is, how many posts a week do you want me to put up here?

At the moment I aim for 3-4 a week. Would you like more or is it enough? I would love your feedback, please. I do, in the end, blog for your entertainment (and a bit for my own sanity like these Mindful Monday posts).

What do you think, how many posts are enough?

This is my goal, mantra, inspiration, and vision for the upcoming week;

My mantra this week  – “Think outside the box”  What a cliché! But at the moment I have a niggling feeling that there is something important I cannot see. Something just outside the box of my comfort zone that can make a big difference. So this week I’m challenging myself to do things differently and monitor the results.

My affirmation this week – “I always have a choice”. Our psyche is a funny and complicated thing. It likes to make things simple, prefers routine and things that are familiar. This often makes us feel like we don’t have choices in life, when in fact, all we have is options. We have to break the illusion of feeling powerless and start making slightly uncomfortable choices. I love the idea that one decision can change our lives forever. Like my very impulsive and crazy decision to move to London 14 years ago.

My goal this week – We only have a couple of weeks here in London before we head off to Exeter for Meg and Andy’s wedding. And then a few days later jet off to South Africa to visit Ace’s godfather in Durban. My husband Garth is from Zimbabwe, and we try to make it down as often as we can to see friends and family. The day Ace is old enough to understand and remember more from the trip, we will take him to Zim. But, for now, South Africa is close enough. So my focus is to enjoy home-life before the circus of traveling with a toddler starts again.

Mindful Monday 13th May - My weekly goal, mantra, inspiration, and vision

My dream of the week – I dream about making social media better. I started with #MINDFLUENCING in January and have since tried to inspire bloggers and influencers to think about what we post. What messages we send out and what we stand for. Not just to tackle the mental health issue, but also subjects like sustainability and giving back. I think it’s terribly selfish to have a massive platform and only focus on selling stuff and making money. It’s hardly any effort at all to inspire our followers and fellow influencers to be more mindful. I have unfollowed lots of big profiles who’s social channels only project greed, ego, and self-promotion. Imagine if they took just 10% of their time and energy to actually do something good, what a difference it would make!

My vision this week – My vision is to get the message above across to as many people as possible. To actually be able to make a difference before we decide that social media is evil. Before people start boycotting platforms like Facebook and Instagram. We have to make sure we use social media to make the world smaller, to bring us closer together than further apart. We choose what we put on our social channels and what we endorse, so we ultimately decide if social media is good or bad.

My focus this week – My focus this week is creativity. I’m at the perfect time of my month to be at my best creativity and inspiration-wise. When I feel like this I know I can create great things, so it’s up to me to maximize.

Mindful Monday 13th May - My weekly goal, mantra, inspiration, and vision

The event of the week – On Thursday I’m looking forward to a breakfast event with fashion designer Roksanda Ilincic. I’m a big fan, so I can’t wait to get to meet her in person.

My lesson from last week – I’m not stuck at home anymore. I can do a lot more outside the house now when Ace is that little bit older. Even though he doesn’t attend nursery full-time yet (He will do 5 half-days a week when he starts nursery school next year) I still feel like I have options. Garth can stay in an evening a week and I now know I have the liberty to say yes to fun events and parties.

My everyday-luxury this week – Tonight I will be in bed early to finish “”21 lessons for the 21st century”. It has taken me ages to get through this book. I have to read, stop and have a think about almost every sentence to truly understand the essence of all the cool stuff the author is sharing. I feel like my brain is being fed an incredibly nourishing meal.

My inspiration this week– I watched this cool Netflix documentary called “The Creative brain“. I find these things fascinating and love when they explain why we function the way we do.

What is your personal goal, mantra, inspiration, and vision this week?

Photo –  Ida Zander. Find my amazing jumpsuit from Current Air here. – affiliate link

 

Thirsty skin? Then this is the day cream for you

I do not switch my beauty products very often. I truly believe in sticking with what works and when I have a routine my skin likes, it will take a lot for me to risk disturbing the precious balance.

When I like something I basically just want to bulk buy it and use it for the rest of my life. However, I do have to remind myself of two things;

1. I’m a blogger – It’s my job to try new products and decide if I want to recommend them to you or not.

2. What if I find something that works even better? If I don’t try, I won’t know!

I have a day cream from REN I really like and have been using for ages. However, I know a lot of other people find it a bit too heavy. And it doesn’t work with all serums either.

So I have been looking for a really great moisturizing day cream to switch to.

I already absolutely adore Eve Lom, I  have quite a few of the products. But I have to admit I totally picked this one based on how pretty it is. There is something about gold and white that just makes my bathroom look a lot more elegant. It actually inspired me to dedicate half a shelf only to products in this color combination. Crazy cream lady here!

I am a bit of a magpie.. and it is ok to like pretty, shiny things.

However, when it comes to skincare, it’s what’s on the inside that really counts.

Eve Lom moisture cream is exactly what I have been looking for – basically just like a good big drink of water for my skin. It’s actually awesome. My face is smooth like a baby’s pink little cute butt and the cream goes well with my serums. It’s easy to apply, I feel like it lasts all day and I have no problems adding makeup on top.

The main ingredients are hyaluronic acid and a couple of antioxidants. I don’t actually need much more than that since I get my more specific ingredients from my serums. I truly believe that the key to good skin is to keep it really hydrated.

BTW did you know that one single gram of hyalyronic acid can hold up to 6 liters of water? (source). Isn’t that crazy? It’s actually one of the few ingredients that work for all kinds of skin types since it’s the main function is to add moisture.

If you are looking for a real moisture bomb, have somewhat of a healthy budget and like pretty products, then I can really recommend Eve Lom Moisture cream. It’s actually crazy good!

You can get the Eve Lom moisture cream hereAffiliate link

In the photos, you can also find my amazing Jimmy Choo kitten heels, a headband from Asos and my new amazing earrings by Ida Sjöstedt *

* These products are gifts

 

The recipe of a perfect hen-do in Valencia

The recipe of a perfect hen-do in Valencia - Tess Montgomery

To cook up the most spectacular hen-do in Valencia you need these ingredients;

A blushing bride – Meg! This little stunner is marrying Garth’s best friend Andy at the end of the month and she is a total babe. You can see her in white in the photo above.

Friends & family – Girls, boys, dogs…whoever. As long as it’s people the bride cares a lot about. This time there were 19 of us. Mainly friends, but also Meg’s mom and aunties. I have to admit I have never been to a hen with parents involved before. But I can totally see why Meg wanted them there. I swear they partied most of all of us. The aunties are hilarious and Meg’s mom a total gem. I would encourage more brides to invite a broader spectrum of ages, in this case, it was only a massive bonus.

A hen-do friendly place – Barcelona is both terribly expensive and very done. This is why Valencia is the better option if you want to have your hen abroad. I was totally blown away by this super cool town. You have culture, art, great food, a perfect beach, amazing nightclubs and it’s about half the price compared to London. A no-brainer if you ask me.

Obviously, it’s a lot better for the environment to go somewhere by train instead of flying. So that is something to keep in mind when you choose the location.

Somewhere to sleep – (even though it might only be for a wink or two…) We booked 3 apartments at Bonnies. In the middle of town, spaceous with gorgeous interiors and not too pricey. Included is also access to the roof terrace with a jacuzzi and a spa area with a sauna. I will for sure book Bonnies again in the future since it’s the perfect place to stay for a hen-do in Valencia.

The recipe of a perfect hen-do in Valencia - Tess Montgomery


A fun activity to get to know Valencia – Why not a 3 hour guided bike tour? It was a great way to get out bearings, learn about the culture and see more than just clubs, bars, beach and the immediate area of the flat. Yes, we did lose a few people… but we also found them again. Imagine 19 girls on bikes in a row…

The recipe of a perfect hen-do in Valencia - Tess Montgomery


A cool spot to have dinner – Marina beach club. Gorgeous food (and bar staff), yummy drinks, situated on the beach and with an outdoor nightclub nextdoors. We are talking serious summery party vibes!

How stunning isn’t meg in her white jumpsuit? I think she said it was Primani…*

The recipe of a perfect hen-do in Valencia - Tess Montgomery


A crazy awesome club to go to after dinner– L’umbracle and Mya club!  Go after midnight to party in the garden and after 2 am to dance in the club situated in the basement. Honestly, I have never seen such a beautiful nightclub in my life. The park bit at the top is spectacular. And the music was really great too! You do not want to miss it!

A fun game – We all got a scorecard to fill in during the night. We would win different points by performing tasks like copying a stranger’s dancing, arm wrestle a stranger, find and take a selfie with a man with the same name as the groom, get a piggyback and collect 3 numbers from different men.

Don’t worry, I sent off a quick message to the hubby before I chose to participate. I got “I will be disappointed if you don’t win” back. So it was totally ok for me to join even though I’m married and a Mom. One of the single girls came home with numbers written all over her body. Safe to say she won.

The recipe of a perfect hen-do in Valencia - Tess Montgomery


A (maybe not so well-timed) Sunday excursion – To my great joy we got on a catamaran and spent a few hours out at sea. I was, however, one of the few girls who enjoyed it. Hungover, no sleep and a rocking boat is maybe not the best combination. In the end more than half of our group was hiding under towels, not feeling all that great.

So a tip is to schedule any sea adventures before the big party night.

We had such an amazing time and I think it was the best hen-do I have ever been to. It was a perfect balance between party and recovery time. Even though most of us didn’t know each other, everyone had fun together. I think Meg truly enjoyed herself, and that is the most important thing of all.

Thank you to all the girls who were there. It was an amazing weekend. And thank you Zoe for organizing it all. 

So now you know exactly what to book to have the most epic hen-do in Valencia. 

*Primark…

 

Mindful Monday 6the May – My focus, goal, mantra, and vision this week

Mindful Monday 6the May - My focus, goal, mantra, and vision this week

And I’m back again after an amazing trip to France with my little family. Followed by an epic hen-weekend in Valencia to celebrate Megs getting married.

I feel like it has been months, but in reality, we were only away for a little bit over than 12 days. It was lovely to get to take a break from the blogs and just focus on my family and friends. I’m now back in London with renewed energy and inspiration.

It’s easy to see holidays and recovery time as negative productivity-wise. But in reality, it’s the exact opposite. We need to step out of our everyday lives to be able to stay inspired and focused. If we do the same thing over and over again, we will end up creating on routine and all the imagination and fun goes out the window. So please, never feel like you can’t or shouldn’t take a holiday. Because it’s the exact opposite. It will do you and your work only good.

This is my focus, goal, mantra, and vision this week

My mantra this week – “Keep the holiday vibe going “. I didn’t realize how much I needed this time away. Especially the last weekend on my own for the hen-do in Spain. I feel totally rejuvenated and I intend to hold on to that feeling for as long as possible.

My affirmation this week – “I’m the same Tess as I was before I became a Mom”. I needed this reminder. And the hen-do helped me find my way back to a forgotten part of my personality. I love being a Mom, of course, it’s the best job in the world. But it’s not all of me. I needed a few days away on my own to get in touch with inner self and to bring out fun-Tess again.

My goal this week – To ease myself back into work and update the blogs like normal. I also need to unpack, wash and organize the house. I’m thinking I might make an IGTV clip showing my makeup routine? I have switched a few products recently, so I think it’s time. You can find my Instagram here.

Mindful Monday 6the May - My focus, goal, mantra, and vision this week

My dream of the week – After having explored Dax, Hossegor, Mendy, and Valencia this holiday. I have a new appreciation for Europe. I would love to explore more of France and Spain. It’s so close to us here in London, so why not. We can even drive or take the train from here, so it’s totally doable.

My vision this week – I have a vision of a time when I only do exactly what makes me happy. Mainly work-wise. I have already started weeding out what makes me excited and what I do only because I feel like I should. But I still have a long way to go.

My focus this week –  It’s time for me to get a better balance in my mom-work-fun life. My first step is to take Thursday nights off as “my night”. I won’t work and instead, do fun things. Go for drinks with friends, hit the gym or just go to the movies alone. I really crave time away from the home that isn’t allocated to work. I can’t keep pretending that my work hours count as me-time because it doesn’t.

Mindful Monday 6the May - My focus, goal, mantra, and vision this week

The event of the week – I have had so much going on recently, so I’m looking forward to a calm week at home. I only have a meeting on Wednesday and a dentist appointment on Saturday. That is about as much excitement as I can handle this week.

My lesson from last week – I am more than I think. All I need is the opportunity to be all parts of me. Sometimes it feels like responsibility and age comes with only one particular kind of life. Even though it’s true to a certain point, there are still a lot of freedom if I choose to use it. So I will from now on choose to have a bit more fun once in a while.

My everyday-luxury this week I’m going to be in bed for 10.30 pm this week (talking about being more fun ha!). I have a lot of sleep to catch up on after the fabulous and crazy hen-weekend.

My inspiration this week – Maybe not inspiration per-say. But how cute is the clip of Prince Harry announcing the birth of their baby boy?! He looks so proud and blown away by the experience. I know that feeling and it brought a little tear to my eye.

I hope you had a wonderful bank holiday weekend guys!

What is your personal focus, goal, mantra, and vision this week?

Photos – Ida Zander. You can find my beige linen mix suit by Monki here; the blazerthe trousers – affiliate links

 

One-item-a-month challenge April – Is this the most gorgeous one yet?

I’m so excited to show you what I got for my one-item-a-month challenge in April – The most gorgeous Dolce & Gabbana hydrangea bikini!

I’m totally in love. Isn’t it pretty?

And what’s even better is that I did indeed get something pre-loved. This beauty is from Vestiaire Collective. affiliate link.

Now you might think that underwear and beachwear is a bit unhygienic to buy second-hand? And I normally totally agree that it’s one of the few items of clothing I would rather buy new. However, sometimes people get gifts or buy the wrong size or just decide they don’t like it, even before they wear it.

I was incredibly lucky to find this gem with tags and the protective plastic still attached. It was completely unused and I got it at a great price.

The size was a bit of a gamble, and I have actually never worn a high waisted bikini-bottom before. So I was stoked when it arrived and it fit me like a glove.

This is probably going down as my favorite purchase this year so far. And with summer just around the corner, PPW (Price Per Wear) should be nothing but great.

I have to admit that the beach here in Hossegor isn’t really the warmest. It’s about 20 °C, and pretty windy. I was the only person actually braving it in a bikini on the whole beach. But hey, I’m a Swedish viking, desperately needed some sun on my legs and I had an epic Dolce & Gabbana hydrangea bikini. It was going to happen.

So with a bit of clever positioning wind-wise, it was completely fine. Ace was dressed in his little UV-suit, enjoying digging holes and playing with the sand. I got to actually read a book and relax. It was bliss.

So what is your April one-item-a-month purchase? Anyone else who got something pre-loved maybe?

Honestly, this challenge is doing so much good both for me mentally and my wardrobe. I have completely snapped out of trend hysteria and are fully focused on creating a sustainable wardrobe instead.

I want to be that person who always has something to wear. If you only have items you truly love that actually fits in with the rest of your wardrobe, you will be spoilt for choice as soon as you open the door to your closet.

It’s not too late to join me, there are plenty of months left of 2019. And it doesn’t have to be one item, it could be two (maybe one new and one pre-loved?). You decide!

Would you buy underwear or bikinis pre-loved if the tags and the plastic were still on? 

You can find my January item here, my February item here and my March item here. 

My Dolce & Gabbana hydrangea bikini is from Vestiaire Collective. – affiliate link

 

Mindful Monday 29th April

Mindful Monday 29th April - My mantra, goal, focus, and vision this week

I might still be on holiday, but I am not missing out on my Mindful Monday post.

These things are not just for work, they are for life. Goals, visions, and dreams should always be at the forefront of our minds. And who says they have to be work-related at all? Most of my dreams have nothing to do with my career.

At the moment we are staying in a beachfront villa in Hossegor France. We are incredibly lucky to get to stay with our good friends The Ibanez family. Not only did they invite us to their grand castle-like mansion in Dax, but we also got to go to the converted stone barn in Mendy and now their amazing beach house in Hossegor. Imagine having 3 houses like this, it’s just incredible.

Our timing to come and see them could not have been better since Raf just got the job as the new manager for the French rugby team. We couldn’t be happier and have been celebrating all weekend.

Garth knows the family from when Raf and he played rugby together for London Wasps. Garth was actually somewhat of a “manny” and helped Sandra with the four kids when they lived in London. It was a great way for him to get some stability in his life and for Sandra to get some help. So it was a win-win situation. And now we have the privilege of calling them our friends.

They could honestly not be better hosts. We are terribly spoilt!

Today we spent the whole day on the beach and Ace is in heaven. He has never been to the ocean before and is in love with the sand and the waves. It’s a bit cold to go for a swim, but he plays at the waters edge wearing his super cute little UV suit.

Mindful Monday 29th April - My mantra, goal, focus, and vision this week

This is my mantra, goal, focus, and vision this week

My mantra this week – “Be present”. I’m the kind of person who likes planning my time down to every little detail. At times I end up having a hard time focusing on what I’m doing. Since my brain has already moved on to the next thing. At the moment we are on holiday and are creating memories for our little family to share together. So I need to let go of everything else and allow myself to actually experience my time with them without distractions.

My affirmation this week – “There is enough time in the day to do it all”. Holiday before kids and holiday after kids cannot be compared. I used to be able to do pretty much whatever I fancied whenever I wanted to do it. Not so much anymore. These days it’s Ace who calls the shots and I’m always busy making sure he is fed, changed, stimulated, safe and has slept properly. I still have a few things I want to do for me, like to read a book, get some sun on my pasty legs and get a bit of work done on my laptop. The trick is to find little pockets of time now and then during the day when I can take a minute and focus on the things I like to do.

My goal this week – I’m at the moment putting together an action plan for my social channels. It’s importatn that I know what direction I’m heading and why. So I make moodboards, write down my goals, and make a plan to get there.

I have noticed that my productivity cycle is closely linked with my biological month. I tend to have two weeks of pondering and thinking about stuff, one week when I put pen to paper to make a plan and then the last week is when I make it all happen. It totally makes sense to follow our own monthly cycles to make sure we do the right thing at the right time. We are better at certain things at specific times of the month. So it would be silly not to do it then.

Mindful Monday 29th April - My mantra, goal, focus, and vision this week

My dream of the week – Getting to stay in these 3 completely different houses has made me realize even more that we need a second home. It doesn’t have to be big or fancy, just close to nature. I have a strong urge to get away from a busy London, to inhale clean air, go for walks in nature and just de-stress.

My vision this week – At some point in the next few years, Ace and any future children will be going to school on a full-time basis and I will have my time back again. This is when I want to step up in my career again. Until then my main job is to figure out exactly what this means. What makes me happy, what am I good at and where is my passion?

My focus this week – To enjoy my holiday and let go of everything else. I have even put a holiday reply on my email and just go into my inbox flag the messages I need to reply to next week.

The event of the week – On Friday I will be getting on a train and head to a secret destination. I can’t tell you guys where yet. But I’m very much looking forward to it. Garth will stay here in France with Ace until Sunday and I’m coming back to London again on Monday.

Mindful Monday 29th April - My mantra, goal, focus, and vision this week

My lesson from last week – It’s a bit of a silly one this week. But from now on I have to remember to always pack at least one pair of cozy socks every time I travel. I have been needing them every evening so far. I’m always cold at night, no matter where in the world I am.

My everyday-luxury this week – Is to get to live by the beach for two more days. I love the sound of the waves at night, it’s like conditioner for the soul.

My inspiration this week – I’m reading the book “21 lessons for the 21st century – (affiliate link)” at the moment and it is fascinating. It’s by no means an easy read. I find myself having to go back and re-read certain parts to make sure I have completely got it. But the ideas and facts in this book are so current and interesting. I can’t recommend it enough.

What is your mantra, goal, focus, and vision this week?

Get my dress here, my sunglasses here  and my shoes here – Affiliate links

Mindful Monday 29th April - My mantra, goal, focus, and vision this week
 

My ultimate travel wardrobe for our trip to France

My ultimate travel wardrobe for our trip to France - Tess Montgomery

Blue and white dressCaroline Costas , bag – Marni, blue sandals – Alice & Olivia, top- Filippa K, bathing suit – Duskii, blazer – Iris & Ink, shorts – Vanessa Bruno . Maxidress – Melissa Odabash. ScarfDiane von Furstenberg, leopard dress – Rachel Zoe , earrings – Iris & Ink , sunglasses – Stella McCartney, bikini – Lisa Marie Fernandez,  jumpsuit – Iris and Ink, sandals – Micheal Kors . – affiliate links.

I hate packing… I get so frustrated.

I do everything right. I take my time, I put together and try on my outfits and I plan my travel wardrobe very well. However, it’s also the time I realize exactly what is missing in my travel wardrobe.

“…if I only had that blazer to go with those trousers…” “The dress I saw the other day would be perfect with these shoes. “..etc

I end up getting very annoyed with not finding exactly what I had in mind in my closet. Garth often finds me sitting inside a half packed suitcase on the floor, researching my dream travel wardrobe instead of actually packing.

Obviously, this is not an efficient way of packing at all, but it does help me plan my future purchases. Just as I’m building a sustainable wardrobe for every-day wear, I also need a couple of smaller travel wardrobes.

I want to find items that I will want to wear for years and years to come. Things that don’t feel dated after a season or two. I also want them to travel well, be versatile and fit nicely with the rest of my travel wardrobe. It’s actually quite a lot to ask from a piece of clothing. So it is important that I choose well.

I hate having too many bags and prefer to choose a couple of colors and make sure all my separate items match nicely together. I want to be able to mix and match depending on my mood, but still be able to carry my own suitcase… (hrm…well, at least Garth should be able to carry it).

When I make these dream collages, I always make sure not to pick anything too expensive. This time I put the limit at £350. In case I would fall in love with something. I haven’t picked my item for May yet…

This time I chose one more cool and elegant palette and one colorful and fun version. The dress in the middle would work for both and is a great example of a versatile item that you can dress up or down depending on how you style it.

All the items above are from THE OUTNET affiliate link. It’s a great page if you like me like to buy quality, but don’t care too much about trends and what is in season at the moment. I shop for investments, not to be “cool” at the moment. I have found many great items from THE OUTNET, and it’s a great place to shop when you are building your sustainable wardrobe. 

What would you pick for your travel wardrobe, the left or the right side?

 

Mindful Wednesday 24th April – My mantra, affirmation, vision, and goal this week

Mindful Wednesday 24th April - My mantra, affirmation, vision, and goal this week

I know it’s not Monday today… heck, it’s not even Tuesday. But I blame the long Easter weekend and it is, in fact, my first and only “work-day” this week. So Mindful Wednesday it is!

We have spent the last few days with the hubby’s family in Somerset. Visiting the most beautiful gallery, eating great food and joining in on the mayhem that is a 6-year old’s birthday party. Oh lord, I had no idea what we have ahead of us!

I did secretly enjoy it a bit though, all the kids were so excited and happy, including our little munchkin. He was a lot younger but still joined in on the mini-disco, puppet and magic show and shrieked of delight when the bubble and foam machine came out. He conked out in the car on our way back to London and didn’t wake up until 8 this morning. Result!

So today I’m in work mode and doing my best to get as much as possible done before we head off to France tomorrow. More holiday for us, I feel very spoilt.

This week might be a short one, but I still need my mantra, affirmation, vision, and goal:

My mantra this week  – ”I’m a YES-woman” – We are spending the rest of this week in the south west of France with a family Garth knows very well. They are quite the sporty bunch and I have heard whispers of everything from surfing to flyfishing. It sounds exactly like the kind of stuff I would love to do. I have been fishing since I was a kid and one of my goals in life is to get better at surfing. However, it’s easy to become the Mom that gets left behind with the child. So I’m making it my mission to at least get to take part in 50% of the fun stuff.

My affirmation this week  – ”I can be good at my job AND have days off”. Today is my only work day this week and the rest we will be traveling. So I will have to let go of my expectations to produce as much content as I do in a normal week. I have to have a slow week now and then to rest up, or I will be right back in the hospital with a stomach ulcer again. So my mission this week is to allow myself to do a little bit less than normal (expect 2-3 posts from me here on the blog instead of 3-4). I will try to make up for it on my Instastories instead.

My goal this week – Is to enjoy our family holiday. I’m really looking forward to going to Dax and it’s extra fun to get to go with local friends. It’s always better to explore an area when you have all insider information.

My dream of the week – It’s still 5 years away, but I’m dreaming of a big party for our 10-year wedding anniversary. Rent out a big castle and have a great big bash. I don’t need to do the whole renew the vows thing, just get all of our friends and family together. This year we will be halfway there. Go us!

My vision this week – A proper at-home-office. 4 days blocked off every week for work. 3 days for solid family time. No more working at night and maybe go down to about 70%. I rather want to do my absolute best at a few things than do loads of stuff half-assed.

Mindful Wednesday 24th April - My mantra, affirmation, vision, and goal this week


My focus this week – Live life. Enjoy the moments, Eat and sleep well. Have conversations, explore and try new things. 

The event of the week – France! We will be in Dax, the mountains and on the beach. I cannot wait!

My lesson from last week – It’s funny how life throws you stuff and you don’t always know where they come from. Last week I felt like things were happening behind-the-scenes that I wasn’t aware of. I thought I was doing ok with something and it turns out I was doing really well. It shows that we don’t always know 100% what’s going on and can get nice little surprises now and then.

My everyday-luxury this week– I have just had a mani/pedi and some new shellac. I love taking the time to listen to a podcast, get pampered and just relax for an hour.

My inspiration this week – I recently saw a sentence on Instagram that really resonated with me – ”Be the kind of woman who cheers on and celebrates other women behind their backs even if they have no idea”. Great right? I love the idea of supporting someone behind their back instead of putting them down. That’s what good people do. How powerful is that?!

What’s your mantra, affirmation, vision, and goal this (short) week?

Photo – Ida Zander

 

Buy Less, choose well – How we can build a more sustainable wardrobe in 3 steps

Buy Less, choose well - How we can build a more sustainable wardrobe

As soon as you mention the word sustainable, peoples eyes tend to glaze over and thoughts of what to have for dinner start popping into their heads.

Yes, it’s kind of a boring subject. Sometimes.

The thought of a sustainable wardrobe might fill our heads with ideas of hippie kaftans, yoga pants, and clothes made from hemp and bamboo (don’t knock it until you have tried it…)

But that’s only such a small part of it.

To have a truly sustainable wardrobe you don’t have to limit your shopping to a few brands or look on the other side of the globe. It’s actually not limiting at all to shop sustainable.

Just follow these 3 rules for a truly sustainable wardrobe.

1. Buy less, but buy better – It doesn’t have to be from any particular brand. You just have to love it and wear it for a long time. Skip the trendy “I wear it for a month when it’s in and then toss it” stuff. Instead, hone in on your truly unique personal style and get items that fit you and your wardrobe perfectly. Make sure to wear it to death before you replace it.

It’s not always about what you buy, but sometimes more about what you don’t buy. Skip the 5 items from the high street and buy one thing you love love love by a designer and you are on your way to a truly sustainable wardrobe.

Buy Less, choose well - How we can build a more sustainable wardrobe

2. Do your research – If you don’t have the budget for designer clothes. Don’t worry, I won’t ask you to vegetable-dye your own fabric and make your own harem pants just yet.

Instead, choose well within the budget you do have. Some high street brands got great sustainable ranges. Like H&M Conscious Collection – affiliate link. Look for fair trade, ecological and transparent labor policies. Try to find out where the clothes are made and buy from countries where you know the workes will earn a fair wage for the job put in.

There are of course more or less sustainable fabrics, but if you are new to the idea. Just get yourself a few bits in organic cotton and you can go from there. It’s an interest that has to grow on you to actually be sustainable for your lifestyle.

And if your favorite brand ticks none of these boxes? Be vocal! Press for change. If more of us speak up, eventually they will have to listen right?

3. Borrow, swap, mend, sell and recycle – Imagine getting to dive into your friend’s wardrobe and pull out your favorite pieces to call our own for a few months? Why not, it’s not just sustainable, it’s loads of fun too!

Sell anything you have fallen out of love with on sites like Vestiaire Collective.– affiliate link. And why not buy something new second-hand with the cash? Pre-loved is the shit! Not only do you end up with designer gear to high street prices, but you are also doing the environment a big favor.

Mend broken things, organize a clothes swap or why not start a WhatsApp group with all the girls in your size who you could pool dresses to go to weddings in? (I’m in one, they are brilliant. I’m never ever wearing the same dress and neither are my friends!)

The thing about sustainable is that most of the time, it actually ends up saving us money. And you wouldn’t know by looking at your wardrobe that it is in fact sustainable. (Even though you should indeed brag about it).

Buy Less, choose well - How we can build a more sustainable wardrobe

Sustainability is becoming a lot more normalized and more and more fashionistas and brands are joining in. Until we are 100% there it’s up to us to do our best to help the progress move forward.

I’m hoping I have inspired you guys to keep these 3 simple rules in mind when you are out there shopping for your sustainable wardrobe. 

Photo – Ida Zander. My dress is by H&M Conscious collection – affiliate link