Welcome back to our weekly Wednesday blog post. Thanks for sticking around reading my blog, liking my Instagram photos and sending me your sweetest DMs. Recently, I have been thinking about ways that I can and should do differently this year to offer more values to you as a reader. As a fashion blogger, I feel guilty for shopping and encouraging consumerism. I, myself, usually do not chase after trends nor do I ever feel the needs to own something trendy immediately. Whatever you see me wear and style on the blog and post on Instagram are the exact version of me you’d see in real life. You’d be surprised as to how casually dressed and simple I am.
Going back to the ideas of doing something different, I’m really considering to go towards a sustainable and ethical fashion this year. Nothing will change drastically since I still love shopping for designers and pick up things at the high street here and there. One thing I have noticed this past year is that I shop much less and less at H&M, Zara, Urban Outfitters, and Topshop. Trust me, the guilt of consumerism is constantly bugging me as I do not see shopping like how a normal fashion blogger shops a sustainable option for me. I am trying to slow it down as well as only keep what I need.
Introducing Project 5
Think Project 5 like my personal goal towards ‘shop less and smarter’ shared with you all. Inspired by a series Testing Basics from one of my favorite bloggers, Lizzy Hadfield from Shot From The Street, where she shops one item category from multiple brands and price points, wear them, wash them, and give them proper rating at the end. Give her videos a watch, here. I also get inspired by a series of videos on Youtube from various beauty vloggers where they do their makeup or skincare routine using only one brand.
Project 5 will be a permanent series here on my blog, Style & Senses.
I will include 5 items, best ones that I have tried and tested, from a brand. Or it could be 5 items from 5 different brands that lie under the same category. Brand suggestions are welcome, and they do not have to be only fashion. Beauty, home decor, furniture, and anything lifestyle related. Again, I would love to expand my blog beyond just fashion content. I guess if you have been reading my blog for a while, you’d notice I have been featuring lots more beauty and lifestyle posts. I know it is a competitive blogosphere out there, and outfit blog posts simply do not do as well. It is a lot easier and fasters for people to scroll through individual photos on Instagram than scrolling through multiple photos on the blog. I, however, still very much enjoy writing and creating blog post content. Videos, of course, do a lot better, so that is something I really have to pick up soon. Promise!
In terms of what items or brands that will be featured in Project 5, I’d like to only include credible brands. Brands that pay fairly to their workers and do well to the environment. Think basics. Essentials. Minimal styles. Items do not or rarely go on sale, and they wash well and hold up through time. In short, my hope is to help you buy fewer and smarter things.
Clothes that I rewear & Outfits on repeat
Nude and lilac pairing.
See how I’ve styled these lilac pants different ways, here.
I’m loving trench coat at the moment. Can you tell?
Same trench coat styled, casual and cozy.
Shop my pearl necklace at Mejuri HERE!
Oversized blazer & tote for a coffee shop day.
New Aritzia wool scarf that I got on sale for $30, so warm!
jacket: ALLSAINTS | jeans: EVERANE | boots: COS | silk shirt: EVERLANE | earrings: MEJURI
Fun boat day.
Rewear & repeat at its finest!
jeans: TOPSHOP | blazer: ALMINA CONCEPT | boots: COS | bag: LOEWE | necklace: MEJURI | turtleneck sweater: TOPSHOP
I hope you’ve enjoyed the outfits above. Hope you’ll get inspired to pull old items in your closet, style them differently and get more wears out of them. Stay tuned for my first Project 5 featuring one of the most requested brands, EVERLANE! Have a wonderful and productive week!
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Photos by Toan Chu Photography