The Essential Guide To A Capsule Wardrobe


With the economic climate looking increasingly fragile during the COVID19 pandemic, you may want to tighten your purse strings. Luxury items such as clothing may need to take a back seat for a while as you budget to ensure that you can pay the rent or have food in the cupboard. Unemployment rates are beginning to increase and jobs are looking increasingly uncertain. To combat this, you need to think outside the box for your wardrobe. Rather than opting for all sorts of wonderful pieces to hang up complete with tags never to be worn even once, think about honing a more nuanced capsule wardrobe instead. Take a look at the essential guide to a capsule wardrobe to give you the breadth of fashion you crave while saving you money.

Make Space

Before you embark on a capsule wardrobe, you need to clear some space in your drawers and wardrobe. Doing this will allow you to hone what you need from your new attire and feel more confident. Take batches of clothes out and place them onto your bed. If you haven’t worn something in twelve months, an item doesn’t fit you anymore, or some pieces are looking a little worse for wear, you need to get rid. Make three piles. Have a donation pile, a sell pile and a dump pile. Anything with new tags and packaging, you can sell for a premium online. This can fund your little capsule wardrobe nest egg to create your new look.

Essential Items Of Clothing

A capsule wardrobe should give you an abundance of choice when it comes to mixing and matching your pieces. With just about 35 or so items of clothing, you can create hundreds of different outfits and looks for formal and informal occasions. You need to consider three pairs of trousers, a couple of pairs of skinnies, some tees, a couple of sweaters, two skirts and a couple of dresses. When looking at your sweaters, go for classic mock neck styles that are ageless and will go with your skinny jeans or short denim skirt. Opt for black and blue skinnies to maximize your combination options and ensure that your tees inject a little color into your styling. If you love the rock chick look, add a leather jacket and pair it with your jeans, skirts or dresses. If you’re a more bohemian girl, go for flowing dresses with softer lines.


If you want to save even more money, consider heading to some thrift stores to pick up some achingly cool retro clothing that you can then upcycle. Whip out your sewing machine and consider adding some embellishments to that classic Nike tee that you’ve bought. If you have a shirt style dress, but you want to make it sleeveless, go for it. If you are more interested in creating a grungy sort of style, cut some holes in your jeans, make some patches for your skinnies and enjoy customizing your Converse sneakers. A capsule wardrobe is highly personalized and can help you to hone your style.

Don’t assume a capsule wardrobe will limit your outfit items - it will do the complete opposite. Follow this guide, save money and enjoy honing your new capsule wardrobe.

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Natural Vs. Commercial Skincare


Natural or commercial? This may be something you’ve not really considered before, as you simply grab the first bar of soap you see when doing your weekly shop at the supermarket. Or, you may have considered natural soap before, but when you realized that it was more expensive you decided to go for commercial soap instead. 

It is understandable that you may be a bit skeptical about spending more on natural soap if you are not fully aware of the benefits that are associated with going down this route. However, it will certainly be money well spent. Mass-produced soap bars contain the likes of synthetic fragrances, sodium tallowate, salts, artificial colors, butylated hydroxyl toluene (BHT), and other preservatives. Does this really sound like the sort of ingredients you want to be bathing in? 

They are cheap for a reason; they are hard and stripped of all their benefits. In fact, they have a very high level of alkalinity. If you use this form of soap, you will actually dry out your skin, as opposed to providing it with the nutrients and vitamins it needs. This can be very damaging to your skin, no matter whether you shave or you opted for laser hair removal to remove body hair forever. Instead, natural soap is made from ingredients such as botanicals, herbs, and essential oils. These luxurious ingredients do not contain any chemicals that are going to irritate the skin or cause damage. They are made with love and care, and they have a much higher glycerin content, which is vital for health and hydration. They will leave your skin smelling and looking gorgeous. 

Why Is Natural Soap Expensive?

Natural soap bars are priced at a more expensive rate than commercial and mass-produced bars of soap are. But, why is this the case? This is something that is certainly worth exploring further, as people want to know if their money is going to be well spent or whether they should simply go for the cheapest bar of soap they can find instead. 

The reason natural soap costs more money is quite simple; it is made using premium quality ingredients - ingredients that are costly to acquire. From shea butter to Jojoba oil, these luxurious ingredients are kind to the skin, providing you with all of the nutrients and vitamins you need as well as other benefits. The same cannot be said for commercially made bars of soap. 

In fact, manufacturers will often extract the beneficial ingredients, such as glycerin, to place it in other products, such as skin lotions and creams, as these items are able to make them a greater return. Thus, when you use mass-produced bars of soap, you are not giving your skin the nourishment it needs. There is also a lot more effort and time that goes into creating a natural bar of soap, especially if you choose handmade soap. Moreover, you know that there has been complete control over the ingredients that have been incorporated in the soap, and so there is a much higher level of quality control. As is the case with a lot of products, you pay for what you get. Do you really want to take a risk on a cheap and poor quality item considering you’re going to be putting it on your skin?

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Why We Should Forgive People When They Hurt Us


Life is full of twists and turns. Sometimes we are perfectly happy, and everything seems to be going our way. We have a fantastic person by our side and are creating happy memories that we feel will last for a lifetime. Suddenly, something comes out of the blue, and we feel hurt, let down and can’t see a way to get back to a happy way of life. 

Human beings need companionship, and so it’s not a surprise that we create very close bonds to other people. We fall in love, and over time this becomes our normal. It is like we have our own world and everything in it is connected and beautiful. Unfortunately, this means that we attribute quite a lot of our happiness and sadness to someone else. In loving another person, we give them the key to our hearts and our souls. This can lead to pain so deep that we feel like we can no longer go on. Maybe we become angry and bitter that we were mistreated. Our lives standstill because we simply cannot move past the pain. 

One thing that everyone needs to remember is that the most important person in our lives is us. You are the only person that can dictate your future and the one person that can make you happy. If you don’t feel this, if you can’t be satisfied on your own, then you will end believing that the person you are with, makes you happy. If they hurt you, you will think that you cannot be happy again. 

There are many quotes such as ‘forgive but never forget’ and while you should always be wary of reading quotes in black and white, cliches like this are cliches for a reason. 

Forgiveness is essential when it comes to self-love and personal and spiritual growth. No matter how much someone hurts us with their actions or lets us down with their behavior, it is the inability to forgive them that creates a dangerous emotional state where we cannot find happiness. You are not responsible for another person's actions, and they are not responsible for your happiness. You have the power to forgive, to move on and to be content and happy with your life. 

It isn't always easy though is it? To forgive? Especially if your trust has been betrayed by someone that you loved and believed in. Hurt can swoop in, and while it is an emotional pain, it kicks off the same fight or flight receptors in our brains that physical pain does. This is why many people who have had their heart broken feel so awful. Because their brain perceives it as physical pain, it’s then tough to imagine feeling better. You can’t watch a wound heal, and you can’t treat it with medicine until it gets better. You just have to take each day as it comes and try to live around how you feel. 

When someone hurts you, unless they have severe mental issues, it is highly unlikely that they wanted you to feel these feelings. Even in a situation where your partner has been lying to you about an affair for years, as crushing and cruel as that is, they may have been so desperate not to hurt you that they simply couldn’t leave. When you hurt, instead of focussing on how unfair the situation is, it can help if you try to work out why and how this person you loved so much would do this. This will help you to grow as a human and may prevent a similar situation from happening in your life again. 

Forgiving is easier for some people than others. Do some research and find out what kind of person you are. Look at your spiritual self too. How do you forgive based on your zodiac profile? Maybe there is a reason you find it harder to forgive than other people. Perhaps there is something that happened in your past which makes this seem so unforgivable. 

It is an excellent time to seek counseling. I personally, love counseling and being able to have a outside perspective. Gong to counseling can help you understand the complicated reasons behind your pain. It will also help you to find the strength to forgive the person that has wronged you. Forgiveness doesn’t mean taking them back. It means letting go of their actions and understanding that you don’t need to be defined by your pain. 

If you can find a way of forgiving someone, you will let go of all the negative feelings inside and walk towards a happier, healthy life.


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