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Welcome May!

The month of gardening, remembering to shave your legs and paint your toes, and the MET GALA.

Ohhh yes my friends, even though I don’t take “fashion” seriously, and I believe that it is in large part responsible for the giant machine of consumerism which i’m trying to slow (in my own small way!), I still have an appreciation for beautiful things.

The Met Gala is the epitome of art as fashion (or fashion as art, however you’d like to see it), and I LOVE seeing what the designers come up with for this special occasion. I don’t know if it’s the exclusivity of the event, the thematic sense of occasion, or simply the incredible exhibit that follows, but I am definitely one to get caught up in the glamour of this annual fashion event. (If you’re interested in the Met Gala, I would highly recommend watching The First Monday in May)

To be completely honest, this is something that I struggle with and have tried to accept over time. Can someone have a genuine love for aesthetics and fashion while maintaining a well-edited and curated closet? I think yes. Although it is hard, I do think you can be a conscious consumer and appreciate the art and beauty that is fashion without having to shop and indulge in it all the time.

While I'm not perfect, I’ve learned that there is beauty and a sense of fulfillment in appreciating the existence of something without having to own it.

MAY 

This of course, led me to start thinking of the items I do own, and how at one point I considered them to be absolutely beautiful and a perfect fit to my closet. I still do love everything in my closet, but after a while, it is easy to fall out of love with our clothes, even the expensive ones which we may have coveted for so long.

As we continue to transition seasons, I prepare to make the clothes I just spent all winter wearing as desirable as possible for next year. Did you know that 95% of discarded clothing can be upcycled or recycled (source)? Instead of getting overwhelmed by such a staggering percentage, here’s what you can do.

Before I put any winter items away - like fall and winter coats and heavy sweaters, I’m taking them to my local seamstress and dry cleaner, where I’ll get them cleaned, and have any holes or tears mended before the start of next season. For my heavy sweaters (I still wear some of these in the summer on cool nights), I’ll give them a hand wash at home and depill them with my sweater razor (here’s an old video about how I do this) before putting them back with cedar blocks.

Here’s why this helps:

That “new to you” Feeling: Pulling out an old winter coat that still has old tissues in the pockets and maybe a coffee stain or two isn’t the most inspiring way to start a new season. Chances are, the dilapidated state of your garment will have you wanting a new one prematurely, and lo and behold - stores will be full of shiny new coats waiting for you. When you deal with stains and holes before the start of next season, you end up with a beautifully maintained garment that feels “new to you”. It’s a lot easier to reject new unnecessary retail offerings when you’re happy with what you already have.

An Easier Second Life: Maybe your weight has fluctuated, or you’ve moved to a different climate, and you can no longer wear these garments by the time next season rolls around. If that’s the case, a garment that has been cleaned and properly maintained is more likely to enjoy a second life, lessening its carbon footprint. You will be able to confidently consign or donate your piece, knowing it is getting proper reuse instead of being shipped overseas due to over saturation of the secondhand market.

I try to seek out seamstresses that are attached to, or affiliated with a dry cleaner that way it’s a one stop shop. Alternatively, if you’re handy, I would recommend tackling small mending yourself. I have started darning my socks and love the quiet time it forces me to take with myself (and my socks!). So throw on your favourite podcast or tv show and get your clothes prepped a season ahead of time. And don’t forget to paint your toes!

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT - Nailing French Girl Style Series!
A Guide to French Girl Style
I've used my "shop your closet" method of breaking down a certain style into elements to recreate that effortless french girl chic look!
French Girl Essentials & Who to Follow
A list of French Girl wardrobe essentials, ethical French brands, plus who I like to follow for french chic fashion inspiration!
French Girl Beauty
Since I'm no beauty expert, I called in my friend Melody to help me nail that "no-makeup" makeup look that French girls seem to always sport with elegance.
WHAT I'M LOVING THIS MONTH
I recently featured this gifted tee from encircled in my most recent video. I love that it is ethically made in Canada from sustainably sourced materials but I especially love that its an elevated basic that works for casual and more formal events. Versatility is my jam!
I've been using *Eucalan for several years now for all my delicates and hand washing and I am STILL. IN. LOVE. It smells like the spa (my favourite scent is Eucalyptus), is an eco-friendly formula, biodegradable, it's NO RINSE (yay! For lazy people like me) AND can be used in front and top-loading machines. I also have small bottles which I always take with me when I travel. I can't rave about this stuff enough! 
Thank you so much for reading, I am SO grateful that I'm included in some small way in your day. Wishing you a beautiful month of May! xx
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