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The Book List #47

Thursday, May 26, 2016
The Book List #47

Why Fashion Matters by Frances Corner

year: 2014 | pages: 128 | rating: 4/5

Frances Corner discusses everything from technology, craft, style, fast fashion; the bespoke and the mass-market; along with consumption, sustainability, and creative expression in this book on Why Fashion Matters. It's pithy and easy to read with a gorgeous hardback cover and attractive format that encourages you to read through the pages in one sitting. Fashion matters to everyone; it's important for the economy, for society, and for each of us on a personal level and this book really gets to the heart of it all.

The Sartorialist: X by Scott Schuman

year: 2015 | pages: 512 | rating: 4/5

The Sartorialist is undoubtedly one of the best street style blogs around; cataloguing fashion from all over the world, Scott Schuman created the platform to express a "two-way dialogue about the world of fashion and its relationship to daily life." The Sartorialist: X is the third volume in a series of books that compiles an eclectic mix of styles and self-expression; a truly inspiring fashion book for anyone looking to enrich their personal style through learning from others.

The Little Black Book of Style by Nina GarcĂ­a

year: 160 | pages: 2015 | rating: 3/5

Although I'm not one for "fashion rules," The Little Black Book of Style is very much about encouraging you to develop your own personal style (within traditional fashion boundaries.) Although advice is given, it's given in a rather tongue-in-cheek manner. There is some great (although basic) advice in here and some rather terrible advice too (does anyone really think it's OK to wear fur anymore?) It's very much aimed at the "traditional fashion" crowd with lots of name dropping, praise for haute couture, and encouragement to follow traditional fashion norms. Although saying that there are some useful pieces of advice to be found within the pages so long as you take it all with a pinch of salt and put your own twist on it.

Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Lustre by Dana Thomas

year: 2007 | pages: 375 | rating: 4/5

Dana Thomas explores the luxury goods market, exploring what "luxury" really means, what its true cost is, and whether the luxury brand clothing market has finally lost its appeal now the high street has taken over. Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Lustre reveals the dark side of the fashion industry by exploring the truth behind Chinese sweat shops, traditional ateliers, the counterfeit market of luxury goods, and the economics of fast fashion; the pages uncover what the true cost of "luxury" really is now the term has been inflated and devalued. A relevant book and interesting read with a message every shopper should hear.

A Studio Refresh

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
A Studio Refresh

In my attempts for a more minimal style of living I have been slowly working my way through a mass decluttering of our apartment; last week was the turn of my studio and I gave the space a lovely refresh. Clutter is so easily amassed and it’s not always quite so easy to get around to clearing it out.

I’m deliberating whether a move to a larger studio is on the cards so I’m reluctant to invest the time and effort into painting the walls white or hanging shelves just yet. I have, however, successfully cleansed the studio of all the outdated equipment and unnecessary clutter I bought with me when I moved in, and given it a little update with a couple of new additions.

A Studio Refresh

Round Tray TableOut There Interiors
Yamazaki Tosca Accessory Tray
Handmade Stoneware Dish

The first new addition to the studio is this round Scandi inspired table tray; I find myself positioning it wherever I need it since it's easy to manoeuvre and has multiple uses. The natural wood frame and raw metal top is lightweight and useful for propping up on the desk to create elevated space (great for positioning things out of the way but still in easy reach) and perfect for using as a textured background in photographs. It’s a handy prop to have for styling lifestyle shots and it’s been a great addition to the studio, plus it looks beautiful in photographs.

A Studio Refresh

Simple Table LampOut There Interiors
Yamazaki Tosca Jewellery Tree

This space always worked best as the ‘packing desk’ so the HP Sprout has been moved to the apartment and I tend to keep the small desk clear for packaging and stacking orders ready for delivery. Although I’ve cleared the space of all the unnecessaries I did add this beautiful simple table lamp, it’s the perfect choice for such a small spot; the copper, white metal, and flex compliment each other beautifully. It’s adjustable so I can get the light just where I need it and the size is compact enough that it doesn’t take up too much room or get in the way. I've also added a couple of pieces from the Yamazaki Tosca range including a jewellery tree for hanging finished pieces from; they add a homely touch to the studio and I love the combination of white metal and wood that matches the lamp.

The Minimal Wardrobe Mission

Monday, May 23, 2016
The Minimal Wardrobe Mission

Tricotage Dress* • Birkenstock SandalsMarc Jacobs Sunglasses* • OMCH NecklaceCLUSE Watch*

Minimalism is about simplicity and careful editing. It's all about being more purposeful with our actions and purchases, and being value oriented, whether that means bringing value to our lives or to our personal style.

The 'minimal wardrobe' series was originally loosely based on the '5 piece French wardrobe' method but it's now taken on a meaning of its own. Focusing on a limited number of items to buy each season can lead some to focus on the number - wants and acquisitions - rather than the needs of a person's lifestyle. While it can encourage little steps towards more ethical choices, conscious buying, and simplifying one's life; the capsule wardrobe methods can be rather convoluted, for some.

If you want to simplify your life, shop smart, feel more content with what you own, and always feel good about getting ready in the mornings, the minimal wardrobe is intended to support and help you achieve that.

The Minimal Wardrobe Mission
Simplify by spending money on quality things
Define edit, develop, and grow our personal style
Enjoy living with less

The Five Focal Points
1 | Stop Buying Stuff
2 | Develop Personal Style
3 | Edit, Define, and Grow
4 | Make Ethical Choices
5 | Embrace Minimalism

I am, by no means, an expert on minimalism or ethical shopping, I'm learning as I go and there is still a lot I don't know. I want to establish my intentions to be more purposeful with my purchases, educate myself on what quality really means, edit, develop, and grow my personal style, learn about ethical practices and those I feel comfortable adopting, and overall build a more simplified, satisfied life by living with less.