Colder Days Ahead|BUFF Wear

If you’re in England or any other country where you can already feel the low temperatures, especially in the evening and very early in the morning, then this post is perfect for you.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love summer, the beach, tanned skin, late sunsets, etc. (Remember, I’m from Portugal) But the truth is, I love to go back to warmer outfits and all that Hygge feeling at home during these colder days.

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Since I became a minimalist, I stopped going shopping for an entire clothing winter collection as soon as I feel the temperatures going down. Instead, I started investing in a few but very good quality pieces. Clothes that don’t go out of fashion, that are minimal in terms of design, still elegant and stylish, but especially, clothes that are practical and that I can use on a daily basis. No more outfits for specific occasions. That’s long gone!

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I’ve recently found the brand Buff Wear that has very stylish neckwear and headwear pieces like the one I’m wearing on the photos. These are manufactured with very advanced technologies that ensure comfort and protection. And talking about being practical and adaptable, we can wear it on any occasion, whether is an outdoor activity or for a casual dinner out.

Check Buff Wear collections here.

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They’re Always Watching| Andreia Cobb

At the beginning of the month I had the amazing opportunity to model for Designer Andreia Cobb’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection.

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With beautiful and elegant outfits with fabrics sourced from trips to Lisbon, Paris and London.

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I had the chance to wear a gorgeous navy swimsuit along with a willow basket bag from Julie Gurr.

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Hair and make-up were done by Alison Day.

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Professional photography by Morgan Hansford. We will let these speak for themselves.

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If you want to know a bit more about what Andreia is working on, follow her Instagram page here.

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My 15 Day Minimalism Challenge| Minimalism Series

The reason why you opened this link is because you probably are at the same minimalism stage as me. Quite at the beginning. And these challenges can be used as guidelines, incentives, whatever you would like to call it. 51d4b368afe9c2aa0f31a2b6dca2ec9e

But we are all here for the same reason – to declutter our lives, both physically and mentally, and really start enjoying more of our free time and what really makes us happy.

I’m not going to tell you, just yet, how and why I started adapting the minimalism lifestyle because I don’t feel like I have enough knowledge and insight yet. I’m very new and I’m still learning and adapting techniques. But what I can do is share with you a few challenges I’ve been through.

Every single point on this list was tested by me, and it not only works, but it also makes you feel really good after finishing it.

1. Clean out your closet

Reserve a full day to go through your wardrobe piece-by-piece and get rid of anything that you haven’t worn in years or even months. Give it to charity, to your friend or recycle it, but take it out of your house. Read more about it here.

2. Unfollow and unfriend

Be a little more selective about who you follow and who are your friends on Facebook or any other social media channel. You don’t need to stay online friends with people you haven’t spoken to in years. Go through your list and downsize. Read more about it here.

3. Get rid of unused makeup, skin/haircare products

Finish those leftovers that you have since months ago or give it to someone that will use it more frequently. If you don’t want to throw products away, start using them more until you finish them and then don’t buy more of that specific product. Just make sure you trow away every expired product. Read more about it here.

4. Clear out your junk drawer

Trust me, it’s therapeutic. Clean out the most cluttered drawer/box/corner of your house. And avoid getting attached to objects, use those emotions on people instead. Read more about it here.

5. Go paperless billing

Choosing paperless billing will reduce the amount of bills you receive. You can choose to receive an email or text message from most companies if you’re worried you will forget about the bill. Create a folder on your e-mail inbox where you save all of it in case you need to go back and check something. Read more about it here.

6. Stay offline for a day

It’s nice to look up and not down for a day. I’ve tried it for a whole weekend. Read my experience here – Social Media Weekend Detox

7. Empty your handbag

Tip it upside down and watch the dust and debris shower down. The less you have in there, the less you will have to carry around and the less tired you’ll be. Read more about it here.

8. Sort through your inbox until it reaches zero

If you delete all the unnecessary emails and organise the ones that you really need in folders, how easy will it be to go on your inbox and find something! Read more about it here.

9. Spend time with loved ones…

Go have dinner with friends or family. Suggest a meal where everyone puts their phones in a box and practices the art of uninterrupted conversation, listening and eye contact.

10. Meditate

There are lots of apps and podcasts that can help you with this. It’s all about taking time to be calm and present in the moment, in doesn’t matter when, where or how often. Just give it a try. Read more about it here.

11. Turn off social media notifications on your phone

You are so used to visit social media that you don’t need notifications to keep reminding you where and when you need to open that app. You will open it eventually and find out what is happening. There is nothing urgency going on while you’re away.

12. Remove decorative items other than your favourites

Give your house a theme and ask yourself what needs to stay and what you need to get rid of because it doesn’t fit that theme. Ask yourself a simple question “Does it serve a purpose functionally or visually?”, then there you go.

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Write down what you can save, what you can spend and what you’re going to invest for the next month.

14. Clean out your fridge/freezer

Make sure you thrown away everything that is expired. If you keep it clean it will be easier to see what you have and what you need to buy without having multiple products that will just go to waste.

15. De-clutter your work desk

It will make you more productive and organised because you’ll know where is everything and what needs to be done without being overwhelmed by papers. Read more about it here.

I’ll be writing separate posts about my experiences with each one of these challenge points in the next couple of weeks, so make sure you’re following the blog or any of my social media channels.

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