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The „Don’t buy anything this season“ Challenge

It probably was an impleasant moment for the Bread & Butter Berlin management, when Vivienne Westwood entered the stage last week and called to stop buying anything this season. In her opinion especially the fashion industry produces much too much and the consequences of fast fashion are disastrous for the environment and people in the producing countries.

“DON’T BUY ANYTHING THIS SEASON”

If I look around, my growing circle of friends are consuming less, instead of hunting every style and trend. Not consuming earns much more reputation than another new outfit. And people, who don’t buy anything for a certain time – once a week – or even one full year long – inspire and impress with their amount of money saving with this lifestyle.

„A full year of no spending seemed the only way of resetting my relationship with money completely.“ claims Michelle McGagh (listen to her audio book here).

„Not spending any money“ means in her definition no morning takeaway coffees, no cloths, no makeup. No cinema trips, no nights in the pub, no takeaways or restaurant meals, no holidays, no gym memberships, not even something like a candy bar from the supermarket. Only the food her husband bought on a budget of $57 per week and essentials like mortgage utilities, life insurance, charity donations, broadband and mobile phone bills or basic toiletries and cleaning products were allowed.

It sounds very hard to live like that for a day or even one week – to start with cooking every meal you eat. But she saved that way AU$37,000 – and not to mention the other good aspects like less waste and having a low carbon food print.

Well, Michelle McGagh is an extreme example of the stop buying movement, but what can each and every one of us learn from it? We could try out how things change in our consumer behavior if we stop hunting every trend piece, and focus on what we already have in our closets. Most of us own more than we could wear in one season, so instead of adding more on more we could first start reducing our masses to the really essential pieces. Many of this years’ trends can be styled with already existing clothes.

THE FRENCH FIVE

I think will adjust this challenge in a way that allows me to buy 5 pieces this season, also called the “french five pieces wardrobe”. Building a capsule wardrobe out of high-quality basics and only adding some selected fashion-forward statement pieces each season is a really clever way to spend less money on fashion while owning only beloved things. And a real challenge for me!

Buy only 5 pieces per season is my beginning of consuming less, and I am looking forward what will be on my top 5 this summer or rather what old treasures out of my closet will come alive! Thank you, Vivienne Westwood.

Interior Kids Shopping

KIDS x DESIGN: POOL PARTY

Having their first bath is for every baby quite exciting. I remember my little one and his big eyes, when I slowly sat him into his tummy tub. Meanwhile he started already enjoying the bath in a big bathtub with a lot of foam and water toys. Slowly every room of my apartment is turning from a female home into a kids place, which I was in the beginning afraid of – but when I see how much fun my son has I do not care any more to live on a huge playground.

Especially when there are so many things that are not only exciting for kids but also for their mums! Why not kill two birds with one stone and redecorate some things in a way to pleases both of us. Here come some ideas for the bath for big and small ones.

Interior Kids Shopping

KIDS x DESIGN: SHORTNEWS

My little boy is growing from day to day and already 5 months old. It is unbelievable how fast time flies when you have kids – and we are already buying a little chair for him so that very soon he can have “lunch” with us. Searching for kid chairs was again – like most of the other purchases for him – not quite easy. Because you have to buy stuff, and at the same time don’t want your stylish home more and more become looking like a kindergarten. So it is every time a little fight, but this time I am quite happy. My strategy is: Mix it up with really straight, minimalistic and bold interior pieces. I am looking forward to show you my selection of interior investments:

Outfit Shopping Winter

OOTD: First Snow with Acne Studios Boots

Lovely people, winter finally arrived in Berlin with its first snow. It is so beautiful, when everything is coated with a very white and clean layer. It just started snowing when we took the photos two days ago, in the meantime we already have several centimeters of snow and -2 degree celsius maximum during the day!

Fashion Shopping Trend

SHOPPING: BEST BUYS NOV/16

Autumn/Winter 16 offers a little new interpretation of elegance: Tie cuff blouses, pullovers with frilled details, cut-outs and statement ring belts are big right now. Minimalistic cuts and luxury materials finish the look!

Here are my favourite pieces, shop all of them at affordable prizes online (most of them less than 40,-EUR!).

Creative Mind Shopping

Buy less, choose well, make it last!

Hello again lovely people,

my little baby break is over and I am happy to return online – step by step – not without a fresh new start! In the last three months my world changed, not only from having this new life as a mother with a lot of responsibility and only few hours of sleep, also the way I think about certain things, especially about how I organize my wardrobe is something I want to tell you about.