Dienstag, 23. Mai 2017

Life often seems perfect on social media~

Greetings my dearest readers,

Social media can be loads of fun, I very much enjoy sharing some wee its and bits and pieces of my life with you and seeing some sniplets of other wonderful souls appear on my very own dashboard, but it can be so easy to forget that is is just that: pieces.

Today I came across quite the thought-provoking video, that you shall find at the very endof this post.~ 
 I would  be super interested though, how many photos actually look like this *thinks*
It is very important to me, personally, to be honest and genuine with the people around me and that also includes my followers. But nevertheless - and I have written about this already in the past - I do not share everything.
Just like with everybody else, I have negative things happening in my life as well - and it is on purpose, that I keep most of them to myself. Most of the time,it just doesn't hold enough relevance to me, to focus my energy on posting about it. And to be honest, I am not someone who is easily pissed off about the regular annoyances of life or who stays annoyed for long enough to compose something for the internet *laughs*.

Every now and then though, it is important to remind people, that nobody is perfect and that what can be found on social media, is only what we decide to share, so it will always remain but a fragment of the complexity, that is one's life.

What are your thoughts on this and have you ever caught yourself envying somebody else's life online?

Dienstag, 16. Mai 2017

"Things that are wrong about me" - how my accident changed my outlook on my own body

On my latest Uni field trip with my Nature Conservancy class, I ended up talking with some of my collegues about body image and body positivity. It started for no particular reasons inbetween admiring rare plants and forest biodiversity, but all three of us mutually agreed that it still is socially looked down upon, when you cannot join in the circle of "things that are wrong about me".

Of course it makes me very happy to see that the general movement is going more and more into the direction of "we are all beautiful in our own way" rather than the oh so famous "you have to look this way, otherwise you are ugly" (which is a state of mind that was extremely popular when I was in Highschool and that I despise a lot) - the thing is though that even with said improvements, being self confident with your own body still tends to irritate (generally speaking) people more than self confidence in other areas like skills or work.
Maybe not so much in my own area of friend, but a whole lot with aquaintances or distant friends even. Being happy with the way you look and are is easily mistaken with vanity and indeed, there is a thin line between the two.

Thinking back to my 15, 20 - even 22 year old self - there has always been something I wished was different. The list of things that were wrong with me, according to myself, was seemingly endless and I literally had titled my Selfie-folder with "Me -.-".
Growing up as a rather athletic teenager it seems weird that I still had body issues and moments of crying in front of the mirror, but being buff wasn't really the stadard of beauty back then (oh gosh, it was the time where eating disorders started blooming again because the beauty ideal was pretty much as thin as you can possibly be). I can remember how I've had a constant hate relationship with my bigger than average thighs and the - what I called "inexistence of a waist".
I was very slim, but anything but petite, which was unfortunate, because being petite was the thing.

 It's in fact, a wee bit like biodiversity in nature, don't you think? Everything is different and that is what makes it so precious

I learnt to appreciate the way that I look over time and funny enough only started to miss my build when I had my accident and couldn't sport at all for a couple of years.
In a way, it was one of the best things that could have happened to me, although it was in fact one of the worst experiences in my life. Looking at how it changed me mentally, helped me to let go of some unhealthy patterns and starting to appreciate my body the way it is (also raising some self-awareness and taking me to a point where my greatest motivation for working out and eating healthy is not my fame or my looks, but my very own health). And nowadays, I can happily say that there is nothing wrong with my body at all.

To me it is sad that some people are so conflicted with their own bodies, that they cannot deal with someone who is at peace, but change come sfrom within.

Sonntag, 19. März 2017

(HW) Five ways to recycle old clothes

According to a survey by Greenpeace Germany, only 21% of the questioned people throw their clothes into the trash, because they are broken beyond repair. The most popular reasons to get rid of them are stains/colour fading, because they don't fit anymore or simply because they are not after their owner's liking. I am going to share with you five alternatives to the trashcan, that can be a lot of fun but also extend the life of the pieces in our wardrobe - let's go!

  1. For items that (maybe hold sentimantal value but) have become boring - Fabric dye When I first discovered fabric dye, I was amazed by what magic it can do. I started, because my favourite colour - a dark, foresty green - seems to never hit the shelves of local clothing markets and I haven't stopped using it since. It is amazing what impace either refreshing a colour or entirely changing it (the later is more exciting!) can do to an old looking and slightly lifeless piece of fashion.

    Before and after of a gorgeous coat that I secondhand-scored and loved, but I really hated the colour and thus didn't wear it that often
  2. For items that are too plain for your taste - fabric paint  I can especially recommend this if you are of the artsy kind. Investing in one or two bottles of fabric paint (I recommend the Marabu metallic line for dark fabric, it ends up looking very neat; Boesner or Mastnak have them, if you are located in Vienna) gives you the freedom to really customize items and especially create something new.
  3. For items that are just plain ugly - donate / sell /swap Either you can earn a little extra by selling it (Willhaben, Kleiderkreisel,...), or drop it off at a local secondhand market or a donation box. These ways are also my favourite way to get new items for a reasonable price. Clothes-swap parties with friends are also recommendable - so much fun :)
  4. For items that are broken - repairing Taylor, s relative who can sew our you yourself try your best with stain removal or needle and thread.
  5. For items that are really broken - recycling Cutting it up to create a piece of cleaning cloth or making something entirely new from it (if you are gifted with the sewing maching) There are quite some tutorials on line how to turn an old piece of clothing into something new :)

Samstag, 18. März 2017

(HW) A tiny little approach to a minimalist-inspired wardrobe

Here I was standing, a couple of years ago with a bursting wardrobe and didn't know what to do. If I was being honest with myself, most of the clothes spilling from the racks in the most messy way you can imagine, I had not worn in ages. I was fed up, because it felt impossible to keep this monster of a closet tidy. 

As I am known for sometimes quite drastic decisions, I decided to pile it all up, pick out the pieces I had worn at least once during the last six months and donated the rest (exceot for some hopeless items that were turned into reuseable coth wipes for cleaning). 

What it these items were all you had?
There are people out there, who promote something called minimalism; as the name suggests; owning as little as possible and only after I had gotten rid of most of my clothes (and having hardly bought enw ones since!), I could finally truly understand why somebody would willingly limit their belongings : it is absolutely relieving.
  1. I feel less stressed out, because the clutter is gone
  2. Tidying takes about no time
  3. If you only have clothes you actually like wearing, you feel great every single day
And there is another benefit to this: since my clothes are limited, I shop more thoughtful than I used to a couple of years ago and hardly get new things without really needing them. This allows for making more conscious decisions on what I buy (I rather spend a bit more on shoes that will last me for many years to come).

 I am curious, how many pieces do you own, that you haven't worn in more than four months and could you imagine living a minimalist lifestyle?

Freitag, 17. März 2017

(HW) A new pair of jeans for every season

The fashion industry knows more than four seasons - and every season comes with its own trends, colours and "must-have-items". It is quite the brilliant marketing technique to be fair: the entire beauty industry aligns, all magazines and ads promote a certain style (even sunglasses go with the flow) and while we are at the height of one of those short lived fasion periods, we are already given a preview on what will be the trend in the season to follow.
The changes are usually quite subtle so over time, our wardrobe keeps changing constantly, just to re-stock it with pretty much the same items a couple of years later.

Checking through youtube and watching some "Spring haul" or "How to be trendy" videos for research horryfies me - how long will these clothes be worn before they are thrown away again? This is such an incredible waste of both ressources and money - but as long as we are stylish it doesn't matter, right?

 "Every girls dream wardrobe!"

What the fashion industry has created is need. Just like in so many other branches of industry, we are led to believe that there is something we are missing out on that needs to be filled - you could call it an exploitation of something, that in all honesty is quite human. Everybody has something they are passionate about and want to have in their life but if this thing is something that only comes in a bulk and needs very frequent replacement, maybe we should ask ourselves if it is really worth it afterall.

Huge discount companies like Primark (everybody's favourite example of evil, whereas H&M is not much better at all) absolutely benefit from our need to consume and stay modern. But buying something more sustainable or higher quality is more expensive, which equals less loot in total. Since trends are short lived, no one cares, if the shirt breaks down after a year or so, because we won't wear it anymore anyways by then.
I personally think that this gap within ourselves that is on constant demand is better filled with something else - something, money cannot buy.