Long Weekend Reading

Long Weekend Reading: some Bank Holiday article suggestions ideas & some beautiful buys too
© John Lewis Edition

Hello all!  An especially warm welcome to the new readers who’ve come over from Midlands Minimalist.  Good to have you here!

How’s your long weekend going?  Been up to much?  It seems that pretty much everyone I know is having a quiet one; aside from a few friends who’ve gone on holiday, there’s lots of talk of gardens and family meals and switching off alarm clocks.

This has certainly been the rhythm of my weekend so far.  It’s now 4pm on Sunday afternoon and I’ve been mainly occupied with eating and sleeping.  In that order.

I’ve also been doing some gentle reading.  While flicking through the pages of a couple of magazines, I’ve been thrilled to spot some good recommendations for the conscious consumer.  There’s definitely a movement towards greater mindfulness around what we buy – something that we’ve seen for a few years in food but is spreading into other areas too.

Long Weekend Reading: Bank Holiday article suggestions & some gorgeous bits to buy
From the Guardian Weekend

In the Guardian Weekend supplement, I was less interested in the article on one hundred men’s relationships with their penises (including a photo collage) than Sali Hughes’ review of high street eye shadow palettes.  The three featured were all cruelty-free and vegan friendly.

If you’re looking for some gorgeous new nudes (again, not the naked men but in terms of eye shadow) then check out Hughes’ choices:

Elf Eye Shadow Palette, £7.50

Nip + Fab Sculpted Eye Palette, £10.95

Basic Moment Eye Palette, £17.50  (I can only find this product online for £18)

Long Weekend Reading: some Bank Holiday article suggestions ideas & some beautiful buys too
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside… or in my garden :: FSC certified deckchair frames from John Lewis, £34

If the recent good weather has got you searching for some new outdoor furniture, I spied some FSC certified eucalyptus deckchair frames in the John Lewis Edition summer issue.  They are £34 each and you can select a fabric sling for an additional £9.

Initially I was drawn to the gorgeous old school style: ethics don’t have to mean compromising aesthetics.   

Long Weekend Reading: Bank Holiday article suggestions & beautiful items to buy
Leon bamboo pot

Also beautifully designed is the bamboo lunch pot (£16) that appears a few pages later.  Made by food brand Leon, the bamboo is biodegradable, sustainable and naturally anti-microbial.

The red box would look fab at any picnic or, more likely, perk up lunch at your desk when it starts raining again!

There are many other amazing ethical, eco and sustainable brands that you can buy from listed in my blog post last week, where I offer a round up of the companies that I met at a recent trade exhibition.

If you too are looking for some reading over the long weekend then as well as last week’s post, you might want to check out the other pieces I’ve had published recently.  There’s been a little spate, covering more on conscious consumption along with a critical analysis of hair  and my response to the dreadful Manchester attack.

My most recent contribution to Welldoing.org :: Managing mental health: the small things make all the difference

For The Revival Collective :: Organic beauty and well-being week: a two-step approach to becoming a more conscious beauty buyer

A guest post for Midlands Minimalist :: One spare tube of toothpaste: five toiletry & makeup minimalist tips from a beauty writer

My latest column for Mental Health Today :: How do we maintain emotional stability in the face of tragedy?

For the Londnr magazine :: Beneath the Barnet: the cultural significance of hair

On raeritchie.com :: What can I do?  One step towards ethical and sustainable beauty

On raeritchie.com :: Eco, ethical and sustainable beauty brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’

Tip off regarding the next blog post: it’ll include a special giveaway!  I’m very excited about this!  

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Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’

Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’

While the sun shone down gloriously on London this Tuesday, I spent the day in the giant greenhouse that is Kensington Olympia.  I was there for a trade show featuring lots (and I mean *lots*) of companies looking for new retail outlets; imagine the Clothes Show or the Ideal Home exhibition without being able to buy any of the goods.  This is probably a good thing as I wanted so much, from sea shell earrings to several different kinds of bag to some oversize pink earrings!

Window shopping opportunities aside, I was there on a specific mission. 

In my fashion and beauty writing, I’m committed to featuring eco, ethical and sustainable firms as much as I possibly can.  In particular, I want to highlight the many innovative and stylish small brands working in this area – brands that don’t have huge publicity budgets but deserve exposure.

At Olympia, I was looking for companies doing good work in terms of conscious consumption so that I could share them with you.

Boy did I find some!  Below I’ve detailed my highlights in five categories (beauty, candles, fashion, jewellery and other).  I hope that you like their look, and their ethos, as much as I did.  Visit their websites, follow them on social media (check out my following lists on Twitter and Instagram if you like) and next time you’re making a purchase, consider buying from one of them.

‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’ Lao Tzu

Do you have any brands that you like to recommend?  Tell me about them!  You can comment below.  Plus if you enjoyed reading this post, please do tell others about it on social media – it really helps!  Sharing buttons are also below.

 

  • Beauty

Corinne Taylor Aromatherapy Products - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’

Corinne Taylor Aromatherapy Products - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’
Corinne Taylor Aromatherapy Products

Corinne Taylor Organic Aromatherapy

Natural, organic handcrafted and vegan friendly, never animal tested, ethically sourced and eco-friendly handmade products in recyclable packaging.  Also free from SLS, parabens, synthetic fragrance, petroleum and mineral oils [That’s quite a list!].

Nathalie Bond Organics

Small batches of handcrafted botanical skincare and essential oils candles made using completely natural and organic ingredients [These aren’t a new discovery – I love their soap, as I mentioned last week – but they definitely warrant a mention].

Nathalie Bond Organics - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’

 

Savon Stories

Raw minimalist organic skincare, handcrafted in England and made according to the family’s century’s old ethos of nurturing the best of good green earth and being rich with less than more.

 

  • Candles
The Bird Box - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’
The Bird Box
The Bird Box - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’
The Bird Box

The Bird Box

Sustainably sourced, handmade in Britain candles and home scents made using pure essential oils.

 

Join

Vegan, carbon neutral natural soy wax candles with cotton core wicks, essential oils and recycled packaging, handcrafted in small batches in a garden studio.

 

Join - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’

The London Refinery - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’

 

The London Refinery

Candles free from petrochemicals, parabens and synthetic fragrances.

 

 

 

 

Sun.Day - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’

Sun.Day of London

100% free from synthetic perfumes, chemicals and paraffin, using only GMO-free coconut and plant waxes, pure cotton wicks and uniquely formulated aromatherapy grade essential oils.

 

 

 

Sun.Day - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’

  • Fashion

Aura Que - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’

Aura Que

Each product is created by handicraft charity units or World Fair Trade Organization producer groups in Nepal, giving local people an income in line with fair trade principles along with a continually developing commitment to minimising environmental impact as much as possible.

By Studio Hand - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’

 

 

By Studio Hand

All products are designed and made in the UK using nontoxic dyes and organic fabrics; all are vegan.  The clutch bags are hand painted and made from abstract paintings, making each one unique.

 

Egos Copenhagen - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’

 

Egos Copenhagen

Natural wool slippers designed in Denmark, manufactured in Nepal using eco-friendly dyes, World Fair Trade Organization certified.  Profits also support a Nepalese orphanage.

 

 

Pala Sunglasses - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’
Pala Sunglasses

 

Pala Sunglasses

For every pair of sunglasses bought, one person in Africa who needs prescription glasses gets them.

Pala Sunglasses - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Studio Kimono - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’
Studio Kimono
Studio Kimono - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’
Studio Kimono

 

 

Studio Kimono

Vintage silk kimonos from Kyoto are upcycled into unique new items, such as clutch bags and jackets.

 

 

 

Terracotta Row - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’

 

Terracotta Row

These bags are made in England from fabric discarded by industry.

 

 

Valentina Karellas -Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’

 

 

Valentina Karellas

Trans-seasonal designs made from textile factories’ surplus yarn.

 

 

  • Jewellery and Accessories
All The Things We Like - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’
All The Things We Like

All the Things We Like

Designed and produced locally to their Dutch studio using local artisans and social workplaces as well as environmentally sound materials such as FSC certified or recycled wood.

Artisan Life - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’
Artisan Life

Artisan Life

Focused on fair trading and supporting Columbian artisans, particularly women with no other employment options, while also using suppliers certified by the Administrative Department of the Environment in Columbia.

Caliz Jewellery - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’
‘Vegetable ivory’ seed used in Caliz London jewellery

 

 

 

 

Caliz London

Handcrafted jewellery created from vegetable ivory, a seed from a Columbian palm tree – a natural, ethical and sustainable alternative to elephant ivory.

 

Just Trade - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’
A Just Trade collaboration with WWF
Just Trade - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’
Just Trade

 

Just Trade

Just Trade collaborates directly with eight groups of artisans in Peru, Ecuador and India to create handmade jewellery that is fairly traded and crafted from locally-sourced and ethical materials where possible.

Ziko Afrika - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’

 

 

Ziko Afrika

Founded by two sisters, Ziko Afrika (‘Afrika has it’) creates modern jewellery using traditional craftsmanship by local artisans in Kenya.

 

Ziko Afrika - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’

 

  • Other areas
Anneka Textiles - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’
Anneka Textiles

Anneka Textiles

Creating upcycled homeware by taking mixed fibre knitwear, returning it back to fibre then re-spinning and felting into new sustainable material without using any harsh dyes or chemicals.

Helen Moore Revival Collection - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’
Helen Moore Revival Collection

 

 

 

 

Helen Moore

The Revival Collection of home accessories is made using off-cuts from the fast fashion t-shirt industry that are saved, sorted, shredded, woven and then reused by Indian families working in good conditions.

Tangent GC - Eco, ethical and sustainable brands to buy: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’
Tangent GC

 

TangentGC

Organic skin care along with garment care and shoe care, inspired by the creator’s grandfather, designed to allow us to better look after what we already own.

 

 

 

 

Seedball

Seedballs are designed to encourage bees and butterflies by making it easier for everyone to grow either wildflowers or herbs or salad.  They’ve been designed specifically for a north eastern European climate and each one containing of these British made balls contains a mini ecosystem of seeds, clay, peat-free compost and a little chilli powder to deter predators!  This is a new concept in the UK but seed balls have been used in ecological restoration projects around the world.

 

What can I do? One step towards ethical & sustainable beauty

What can I do? One step towards ethical & sustainable beauty || Nathalie Bond Organics soap £7.50
Nathalie Bond Organics soap £7.50

Did you see that Sunday Suggestions back?  Woop woop!

It’s Organic Beauty and Wellbeing Week!  Yes, really!  Under the lead of the Soil Association, 15th to 21st May 2017 is an awareness week dedicated to celebrating beauty brands that are certified organic.

Like so many other aspects of ethical and sustainable living, this is a difficult to area to get to grips with.  As the Soil Association points out,

‘there is currently no legal standard in place for organic cosmetics, meaning that any brand can make organic claims on packaging without needing to contain any organic ingredients.’

#wtf?!

Unsurprisingly this makes sourcing organic beauty even more complicated.  However dedicated we are to this mission, it unfortunately seems that there are firms out there who are willing to dupe us with misleading branding and hard to decipher ingredients lists.

So what can I do?  What can each of us do?

1) Get clear about our own priorities

For a start, get clear about our own priorities.  Organic Beauty and Wellbeing Week is, unsurprisingly, focused on organics – but maybe your biggest concern is with animal welfare.  Cruelty free is a related but not identical issue.  Likewise, you might be trying to use fairly traded products as much as you can; this may or may not map neatly on to organic products.  Alternatively if you’re looking for British made then you’ll have different criteria again.

What can I do?  One step towards ethical & sustainable beauty || Look for the Cruelty Free logoWhat can I do? One step towards ethical & sustainable beauty || Buy Fairtrade

This might seem like trying to rank equally worthy objectives, but it is necessary.  Otherwise you’ll be stood at the counter trying do weigh up the merits of a possibly smaller carbon footprint versus fairly traded ingredients from further afield while also needing to decide what food to pick up during your lunch break.

In a complex web of competing factors, we need to make our choices as easy as possible.

2) Do some basic research

We can also do some basic research into the area that most concerns us.  The internet, as well as online shopping, makes accessing niche brands and products easier than ever.  We can check out a firm’s credentials (as I need to do) and buy what we are after with just a few clicks.

What can I do? One step towards ethical & sustainable beauty || Do some research

There are plenty of resources out there to support this.  The Soil Association, for instance, lists the brands that they have certified as organic.  There are also apps that can help, such as Skin Matters by Joanne Evans (unfortunately for IOS only at this stage).  This doesn’t focus on ethical issues directly but allows you to find out more about the components in your skincare, including those chemicals best avoided.

 

I also have an Ethical and Sustainable Beauty Pinterest board where I gather together articles on this topic.  Some of these deal with the big issues and debates but many discuss easily available products, such as vegan nail varnishes.  I update the board regularly so follow along to keep informed.

 

3) Make one change

Perhaps the most powerful step that we can immediately take is to make one change.  This is within all our grasps with little inconvenience or extra cost.

Conveniently I’ve already written an article about three easy conscious beauty swaps!

You can read all the details over on the Revival Collective, but in summary they are:

Trade shower gel for soap

Switch to natural deodorant

Use organic cotton wool

Of course there are others, and I’d love to hear what you choose.  What one change will you make?

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Sunday Suggestions is back!

Sunday Suggestions: a weekly round up of things to read, watch & listen to on a specially curated Pinterest board
It’s back!

Regular readers may remember my Sunday Suggestions posts, a round up of fun, thoughtful or just plain strange items that I’d encountered on the web that week.  I was really thrilled by how popular it was with some of you!  I also enjoyed keeping my ears and eyes open for goodies to include.

So I’ve decided to bring Sunday Suggestions back!

From today, it is here again.  They’ll be more links to (IMHO) entertaining and interesting features from the Internet each week – only from now on they’ll be gathered together on a specially curated Pinterest board.

Sunday Suggestions on Pinterest each and every week!

This change in format means that you can access the board whenever you choose, without having to wait until Sundays if another day works better for you or if you find yourself in need of some mid-week stimulation!

I’ll add the links as-and-when I come across them, although will label them with Sundays’ date so you can easily see the newest content.

I’ll also post a reminder every Sunday morning on social media so that you don’t miss it!

If you don’t already follow me then hope over to keep in contact!  Plus you can send your suggestions to me via these platforms anytime you like…

Instagram

Twitter

Pinterest

Facebook

Thank you for reading, and I hope that you enjoy the return of Sunday Suggestions as much as I am!

 

 

Stop me from buying a pair of sliders: the allure of new shoes

Stop me buying sliders: the allure of new shoes
Zara navy bow sliders £25

I own a dozen pairs of shoes.  This includes wellies, walking boots and the trainers I wear (occasionally) to actually exercise in.

I used to have over fifty pairs.  Back then, visitors to my bedsit studio apartment would marvel at them all stored in their boxes and stacked neatly against the wall in two tall piles.

Back then, I was known to choose cleaning my shoes over eating breakfast if I was running late in the mornings.

Over the decade since, I’ve become more committed to minimalism as well as ethical and sustainable fashion.  I spend more and buy less (actually I always spent a lot on shoes, so I guess I’m just buying less of them).  Right now I’m wearing a pair of patent loafers that I purchased sometime before I started dating my current partner, and we’ve lived together for two years.

I pride myself on having a pretty small wardrobe and sticking to my own style rather than slavishly following trends.  I’m even currently reading a book, Inger D. Kenobi’s How Do I Look?  The year I stopped shopping, about her twelve month boycott of clothes buying – and contemplating doing the same.

Of course you know that this is the point where I insert the big ‘but’.

But I want a pair of sliders.

I really want a pair of sliders.

Stop me from buying a pair of sliders: the allure of new shoes
Puma Fenty £64.99

This thought has been lingering for a while.  My interest was piqued a few months ago when I saw the beautician from next door to the coffee shop where I like to work wearing an Ivy Park pair.  Then yesterday I got serious shoe envy of a woman in a grey suede number on the train.  Now I’m obsessing.

Suddenly all my own shoes seem wrong: too warm, too dark, too heavy, too try hard.

 

More dangerous are my fantasies about what a new pair of sliders would do for me:

They’d complete my wardrobe.  I’d not need buy anything ever again.  This would be the final perfect purchase (even though I already suspect that my plans to wear some new linen trousers for a wedding in August will fail as I’m already wearing them pretty much daily).

Stop me from buying a pair of sliders: the allure of new shoes
Office Sweetness £38

They’d make everything better.  Literally everything in my life would be better if some beautiful new slip on summer shoes graced my feet.  Borderline personality disorder?  Building my career as a writer?  Fears that mental health issues will prevent me from having children?  But I would have bows on my feet!

Most pressingly: I’d feel amazing on at a friend’s birthday drinks on Friday evening.

 

As Inger recognises in How Do I Look?, such longings generate conflicting feelings.  I know that new shoes, any new shoes, won’t improve my life beyond the pleasure of the shoes themselves.

Yet still I hope they’d be as transformative as Cinderella’s glass slippers.

Such is the power of our desires and the lure of the fairytale.  Beneath the fantasy, though, what do I really want?  To lose the five stone I’ve gained through medication, to quell the anxiety I’m feeling about going out socially at the weekend (no matter that these people are my friends)… and to feel as carefree as I did when I was younger, when picking up a new pair of shoes for a night out really did seem to have magical powers.

This is how I felt back in the late nineties – back in the late nineties when I last wore sliders.

I’ve featured here some of my favourite sliders on the high street at the moment (I’d have bows on my feet!).  You can view some others over on my specially curated ‘Stop me buying sliders’ Pinterest board!

Tell me, have you ever had any magic slipper shoes?  Why were they so potent?  And what is your attitude to shoes now?  Do you buy cheap and often or would you rather a pair that lasts?  Do you own a cupboard full but always seem to end up wearing the same two pairs?  I’d love to know.

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#MHAW17 Surviving or Thriving?

MHAW17 Surviving or Thriving?

8th to 14th May 2017 is Mental Health Awareness Week, focusing on the theme ‘surviving or thriving?’  Throughout this time, I’ll be collecting links to related material on a dedicated Pinterest board.  Please feel free to send me suggestions of items to add, to read what’s posted there and to share the board with others.  It’ll by no means be comprehensive (the hashtag #MHAW17 is already trending on Twitter and it’s only Monday afternoon!) but I hope it provides something in the way of a round up.

#MHAW17 Mental Health Awareness Week Pinterest board

If you’re interested in what I’ve contributed to this week of awareness, you can read my latest articles for Mental Health Today and Huff Post UK.  Again please read and share – it honestly helps every time a link is tweeted, pinned, mentioned in a status update or otherwise given a shout out!

For Mental Health Today: I’ve Given Myself Permission to Thrive Not Just Survive

For Huff Post UK: Struggling With Love: Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

 

Clothing & confidence: does wearing polka dots make you happy?

Modelling red coat
Modelling my new red coat at Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on the UK mainland

During my time away from my blog, I spent a great deal of time wrestling with the relationship between clothing and confidence.  What we wear has so much potential to bring us joy but too often feels like a source of stress.  One day we can select an outfit that makes us feel ten feet high; another we can lie prostrate in front of the same rail of clothes despairing that we can nothing to wear – or at least nothing that feels good.

As I worked to get my mental health back on track after a dramatic downturn, I became acutely aware of the toll that my medication induced weight gain has taken on my wellbeing.  Five extra stone on a five-feet-****-all frame sure has an impact!  Suffice to say, nothing fitted and in my newly raw state I was sensitised to just how distressing the experience of getting dressed every day was.  Reduced to wearing an old pair of leggings and my boyfriend’s tops, I literally felt like I had lost myself.  Who was this person in a band t-shirt staring back at me in the mirror?  I didn’t recognise her.

Where had Rae with the cotton shirts and silk scarves gone?

Eventually I got myself together enough to go shopping for new stuff.  The relief was instant, the ease spectacular, the sense of identity restored.  With my new white shirt buttoned to the neck, I could work, I could go out, I could act in the world.  With my new red coat, I was able to go out when it was raining!

I was myself again. 

I am far from alone in recognising the transformative and restorative power of the right clothes.  The latest #StyleHasNoRules campaign from Long Tall Sally, a retailer who caters for women over five feet eight tall, focuses on helping women to reclaim their fashion confidence while having fun doing so.

A study of 1,000 UK adult women found that 76 percent did not feel confident when it came to choosing outfits even though 78 percent of them had when they were children.

96 percent said they had worn what made them happy until they were ten years old. 

Long Tall Sally responded by recruiting girls still in that age group (six to eight) to act as ‘Little Stylists’, selecting and styling outfits for six of their customers who felt in a fashion rut.  The resulting video on the company’s Facebook page has already had over 45,000 hits and generated emotional responses from both the models and the viewers.

The element of playfulness in this process was particularly emphasised by one of the Little Stylists who selected a polka dot dress for her model because ‘dots make me happy, and I want my lady to be happy’.  What we wear may have an important influence on our self-confidence but we can have fun with it too.

My fashion philosophy is that we should take it both more seriously and also less seriously.

The role of clothing in confidence is also recognised by the Smart Works.  Alongside interview training, this charity provides personal styling session for women who are job hunting, providing them with high quality clothing to wear to interviews and keep afterwards.  As they explain,

The clothes we choose to wear have a huge impact on how we are perceived by others, particularly when meeting people for the first time. Selecting what to wear for a job interview is a critical element of our non-verbal communication, and can be a huge influence on the interviewer when they are making a decision on whom to employ.

Furthermore, they claim that ‘over 95% of our clients reported that a visit to Smart Works significantly increased their confidence in succeeding at their job interview’.

It’s possible to support Smart Works in their mission and boost your own confidence through clothes at their forthcoming designer sale.  On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May they will be selling some of their high quality stock at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill, with proceeds going to support the charity.  You can buy tickets here.

Tell me about your experiences of clothing and confidence.  Does wearing polka dots make you happy?  Do you think an outfit helped you to secure a job?  Or do you feel a lack of clothing confidence has held you back in some way?  And if you enjoyed reading this post, please do tell others about it on social media – it really helps!  Sharing button are below.

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