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

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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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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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Loving Lululemon: exercise gear when you’re overweight

Loving Lululemon: exercise gear when you're overweight

With thanks to all the Lululemon Regent Street staff who gave me their time and attention. 

‘Don’t laugh at the fat person in the gym’ memes do the rounds on social media every so often.  Trouble is, if you are overweight then getting kitted out to go to the gym can be problematic – harrowing even.  Changing rooms can be an unpleasant experience at the best of times but they’re even worse when you’re trying to hoist various bits of yourself into a highly elasticated piece of Lycra.

Furthermore many of us hold firm to the belief, realistic or not, being fat is a temporary state.  Regardless of how long we’ve been overweight up to now, this isn’t going to continue for much longer.  This makes us question the wisdom of investing any expensive clothing, let alone pricey sportswear – especially if we don’t usually go for the athleisure look.  I gave my one and only hoodie away to my then boyfriend in July 2004.  He looked better in it than I did.

Did you guess that there was a big but coming?

Loving Lululemon: exercise gear when you're overweight

My experience in the UK’s flagship Lululemon store on Regent Street challenged all my doubts, prejudices and resistance.  This Canadian yoga brand not only kitted me out in gorgeous practical clothes that I wanted to wear, they gave me Tuesday lunchtime morale boost.

If the prospect of going into a Sports Direct store causes you to sweat more than a 5k park run, be assured that a visit to Lululemon is totally different.

For a start, it’s a fun place to be!  The flagship shop encourages play, with a photo booth where you can be snapped stating your dream and join their wall of positive intention.  And if you’re looking to begin or extend your yoga practice, the shop also houses a studio.  Offering free classes is at the heart of the firm’s ethos.

They also have a café stocked with food that tastes goods and looks virtuous.  I had a salad and one of those intense juice shots that makes you feel a bit smug even if it has no effect whatsoever!  It’s a great place to stop for a quick lunch alone or a quiet haven to meet with a friend in the heart of the city’s hustle and bustle.

The highlight, however, has to be the company’s clothes.  I had a personal session with one of the staff, another feature that is freely available – and there was no high pressure sales pitch either.  I answered a few questions about my preferences in advance, and a selection of garments greeted me, along with a welcoming sign.

Loving Lululemon: exercise gear when you're overweight

Trousers, vests, t-shirts, outer layers: everything that I tried on was beautiful, comfortable and felt supportive enough to exercise in with confidence.  The service was friendly and discreet, and staff explained the technology and concept behind each of the items.

Clearly a lot of thought and design has gone into every garment.  The Swiftly Tech Racerback vest, for example, was seamlessly constructed to reduce chafage and had strategically placed mesh vents in high sweat areas to help with airflow.

Loving Lululemon: exercise gear when you're overweight

Such attention to detail and design comes at a price.  That particular Racerback vests cost £45, while the trousers cost £98 and the outerwear came in £100+.  The grey marl Run It Out Tee I’m wearing comes in at £62.

These price points obviously rule out many consumers.  That said, some cheaper high street sports stores exclude customers by only catering to a narrow range of body sizes.  I currently wear a UK 16/18 and my body, all of it, was accommodated by the Lululemon garments that I tried.  Easily accommodated.  My experience doesn’t encompass the full range of women’s sizes in Britain today but it’s a marked improvement on existing provision.

Everything chosen fitted.

No too tight seams or skimping with fabric around the chest.  No squishing of my excess required.  No tears of frustration shed.

I didn’t feel like a freak.

More than that, I felt like I had a right to be there.

You’d think that anywhere willing to take your money would give that impression but it’s not the case.  Fat shaming, overt or covert, is widespread.  Yet despite all the assumptions about yoga culture losing its spiritual dimension in favour of pursuing the body beautiful (here’s looking at you, Instagram), I felt valued.

Thanks to a combination of the store’s vibe, the staff’s attitude and the clothing’s fit, I felt I deserved to feel good wearing Lululemon, whether for yoga, other exercise or something else altogether.

Plus I’d be the best dressed fat person in the gym. 

Whatever your size, how have you found the experience of buying sportswear?  Do you think that wearing an outfit that you like and feel good in would make exercising easier or do you think it’s more often a case of ‘all the gear, no idea’ (one of my brother’s philosophical gems)?

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Inspiration from the past & present: Sunday Suggestions 05-02-2017

 

Inspiration from the past & present || Sunday Suggestions 05-02-2017: a round up of things to read, watch, listen to and do || raeritchie.com

Last Sunday I went to see Jackie at the pictures.  It. Was. Amazing.  Left with my mind spinning about the subject of women and power but longer term it’s the film’s style that will probably stick most with me.  The outfits are divine (they have to get the Oscar for costume), as is the set – notably the recreation of the White House in the early sixties.  This Vanity Fair article features the movie’s set decorator, Veronique Merley, who talks about how they achieved this feat.

As the film deftly shows, Jackie O definitely knew the power of image, including the image that she projected as FLOTUS (I wonder what she would have made of that abbreviation?).  Clothes were integral to the Kennedy vision.  Others, including many contemporaries of JFK, recognised this too.  Marjon Carlos wrote this piece for US Vogue about the importance of dress for women in the Civil Rights Movement, going from Rosa Parks to Angela Davis, Nina Simone to Maya Angelou.  

The Civil Rights Movement also features in an interesting, and challenging, long form article in Vanity Fair about Emmett Till, whose murder in 1955 sparked outrage and attracted more support for black civil disobedience.  Sheila Weller interviewsTimothy Tyson, who tracked down the white woman that Till supposedly attacked.

Some of these great Civil Rights activists must be turning in their grave if they could see what was happening in the US today.  It seems that American society is growing ever more divided, with the fault line often running along racial differences.  However the recent protests are a reminder that there is still some hope out there.  Likewise this story, although a seemingly small the gesture, encouraged me to retain hope: a Manchester mum and her two boys covered anti-homeless spikes with cushions. The power of small actions exemplified.

I also want to finish this weekly round up with another example of hope – and the power that we have to do good things.  The video features Lionel Messi, world class footballing legend at Barcelona, and his biggest fan – a young boy from Afghanistan called Murtaza Ahmadi.  For 2.46 minutes, push aside any opinions you have about football (soccer) and focus on Murtaza’s delight and the heartfelt treatment he received.  You may want tissues near by….

Because we all need to feel hope.

Messi & Murtaza

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Alexandra Shulman to leave British Vogue: The end of an era

Alexandra Shulman to step down as Vogue editor :: The end of an era :: raeritchie.com
Alexandra Shulman at the Paris couture shows

This morning the news broke that Alexandra Shulman is stepping down from her role as editor of British Vogue after twenty five years at its helm. She will leave her post in the summer.

I was initially shocked by the announcement, especially as she’d been much on my mind today while I read her diary of Vogue’s centenary year. Yet upon further reflection it isn’t so much of a surprise. A quarter of a century is a long time in any job, especially one that carries so much power and responsibility. Furthermore it is also clear from her diary that she was tiring of certain aspects of her role such as the regular travel (Shulman fears flying and loathes unpacking luggage, adding extra levels of stress to the hectic biannual fashion weeks).

The publishing world, and the fashion industry, has changed dramatically since Shulman joined Vogue back in 1992 (or, more accurately, rejoined; she was features editor for two years in the late eighties before moving to become the editor of GQ for two more years). Back then there was no internet, no Instagram, no hashtags, no influencers. In 2017 I am able to sit on my sofa with my phone watching the Paris haute couture shows live just as Shulman does on the front row, and yesterday I did just that. I saw Lily-Rose Depp escort Karl Kagerfeld out at the Chanel finale at the same time as she did.  Developments such as this pose new challenges for the publishing world. What added value can magazines offer to content that we can all view for free if we choose?

During the same period, and thanks in part to the same the same technologies, fashion’s constant demand for the new and the latest has accelerated beyond what was imaginable in the early 1990s. Consumers in both established markets and also the increasingly influential newer markets such as China and the Middle East want instant – or at least quicker – access to catwalk looks. The old two season cycle with its lag time of half a year is no longer tolerated by impatient customers. This is heralding further huge changes, such as a move away from the traditional fashion weeks to being able to order direct from the catwalk, as Christopher Bailey at Burberry pioneered.

Shulman was well aware of the need for print media such as Vogue to adapt and during her tenure she has guided the magazine in the direction of change. Vogue.com for instance is a lively and time sensitive source for fashion news (such as Shulman’s resignation, of course) and other trends (reporting on the Women’s Marches in recent days). She has bought on board modern fashionistas, such as Alexa Chung (who makes vlogs for the website) and Kate Moss (contributing editor), while also securing old school style and glamour, as in Kate Middleton’s first magazine cover shoot for Vogue’s centenary issue. On top of all this, Shulman has negotiated the delicate balance of producing a commercially viable – nay successful – publication, juggling technological and industry developments alongside keeping designers and their financiers happy all while sticking to budgets and sales figures. Not an easy task in a world where no-one turns up on time.

Some argue that magazines such as Vogue are no relevant to modern style nor represent the cutting edge of fashion. These claims are not without validity but for many (thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions?), Vogue remains synonymous with high fashion – and for the last twenty five years, Alexandra Shulman’s name has been part of that equation too.

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#FiveThingsSaturday Visit Liberty

The heart of Liberty || #FiveThingsSaturday Visit Liberty || raeritchie.com
The heart of the store

For Emma

For a while I’ve been contemplating introducing another feature to my blog as I seem to have a whole bunch of ideas and recommendations that I can’t fit in anywhere else.  All these feel like the kind of suggestions that would make for a pleasant Saturday afternoon, so I’ve decided that’s what I’ll go with: at the start of each weekend, I’ll post five things that you could do later that day (or on any Saturday in the future!).

Sometimes they’ll be themed, as they are today; other times they’ll be more of a mix.  Let me know if you try out any of these ideas or if you have suggestions of your own – contact me directly or use the hashtag #FiveThingsSaturday.  Would love to see your responses!

An episode of The Apprentice 2016 was filmed in Liberty || #FiveThingsSaturday Visit Liberty || raeritchie.com
Don’t blink or you’ll miss me! The back of my head featuring in The Apprentice 2016

If you follow my Instagram account, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Liberty, the London department store (the back of my head even briefly appeared in a recent episode of the BBC’s The Apprentice that was filmed in the ladies’ accessories hall).

Department stores have a special place in my history geek heart, being a new form of public space that emerged in the nineteenth century and one of the few urban places where women were not only welcome but were in fact central to their culture.  There were even moral panics about the heady effects that these palaces of dreams had on women’s nervous systems!

Not all of the original stores retain this magical aura but it is still palpable in Liberty.  Whether you’ve never visited or you’re a regular through its doors, the 1875 Arts and Crafts store is joyful place to spend a few hours on a leisurely afternoon.

Here are my top five things to do there:

Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart Florist @ Liberty || #FiveThingsSaturday Visit Liberty || raeritchie.com
How could you not take a picture?

 

(1) Enter the shop via the front central doors on Great Marlborough Street where you can marvel at the always stunning floral concession, Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart Florist.  There’s often some jostling to get a decent snap of the lush, flower filled stands as it’s the kind of display that could define ‘Instagrammable’.

Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart Florist

(2) Absorb the craftsmanship and architecture.  From the front facade to the back staircase, it is beautiful.  Like gasp worthy beautiful.  Take the stairs on the right and let your hands run over the wooden banister and its carvings.  Head up to the top floor and just absorb the view looking down the central atrium to the floors below (see picture at the top of the post).  It’ll give you an insight into why department stores were the source of sensory overload back in the nineteenth century.

In the haberdashery room @ Liberty || #FiveThingsSaturday Visit Liberty || raeritchie.com
In a corner of the haberdashery room

(3) Visit the haberdashery section.  Wander around the outer edge and take in bolt after bolt of patterned fabric to which the store gave its name.  Even if you’ve never cared to pick up a needle in your life, it’s like a colourful sweetshop rammed with delicious choices. And if you do feel inspired to take up a new project, don’t worry about asking the staff for advice – they are super knowledgeable and helpful.

 

 

 

(4) Get a piercing!  The renowned New York jeweller Maria Tash has a corner of the ground floor where you can buy a range of gorgeous little glittery things that they’ll insert for you wherever you choose.  Anytime of the day you’ll find small groups of women of varying ages gathered around the glass counters giggling and cooing over the array of choices.

I got three new piercings in my right ear back in November and it was a far more fun experience than getting the original pair done in a hairdressers upstairs in Nuneaton bus station.

Maria Tash Piercing at Liberty (booking recommended)

After a Skin Laundry facial @ Liberty || #FiveThingsSaturday Visit Liberty || raeritchie.com
After the laser-and-light facial

(5) Have a facial: Californian skincare brand Skin Laundry has opened its first UK concession in the Liberty beauty hall.  They offer fifteen minute laser-and-light facials as well as a skincare line to support this treatment.  They are so convinced that you’ll love the effects that they offer every customer their first facial free!

I tested the treatment out last week.  I can report that my face looked brighter and felt tauter afterwards although I’m not sure I’d pay £50 to have it done again, especially as it was quite painful – the laser felt like a series of small electric shocks.  That said, it’s definitely worth trying out if you feel your skin could do with a boost!

Skin Laundry (again booking recommend)

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Sunday Suggestions 15-01-2017

Sunday Suggestions 17-01-2017: a round up of things to read, watch, listen to and do || raeritchie.comHello!  An especially warm welcome to those of you who may be new to Sunday Suggestions.  This weekly column is where I share a round-up of what’s caught my eye during the previous week, from articles to viral videos.  I try to ensure that it’s a mix of insightful, intelligent and amusing links that available to all.  Enjoy!

  • If, like me, you’re looking forward to the forthcoming release of ‘Jackie’ at the pictures, then check out this review of the film by scholar Oline Eaton: ‘Jackie’ and the post-truth biopic.  It’s a great read with an in-depth critique from an expert on Jackie O, going beyond the usual film review territory.  I know Oline from my academic days and love her insights into the world of celebrity and gossip.  Whether you’re planning on seeing or not, if you want a perceptive view on popular culture then follow her blog, finding jackie.

 

  • Another famous figure from US history surrounded by layers of myth and imaginings is Henry David Thoreau – yes, the man who ventured out to Walden Pond to see what he could learn about life from living in nature but omitted to mention that he still got his washing done by his mother and sister!  Despite his oversight in crediting unpaid female domestic labour, I am fascinated by Thoreau and his adventures.  One of the happiest afternoons of my life was when two friends and I ventured to his hometown of Concord, MA, then visited Walden Pond.
Walden Pond & scientific discovery || Sunday Suggestions 17-01-2017 || raeritchie.com
My friend Mel & me at Walden Pond, March 2014

Earlier this week, one of those friends forwarded me this article from the New York Times about the scientific research going on at the lake.  It’s a fascinating read about geology and time and the impact of humans on the environment.  It also touches on the intriguing subject of unconscious human emissions when wild swimming (just to warn you).  If you’d like to know more about Thoreau then check out this essay from The Thoreau Society.

 

  • Back to the present day, specifically 15th January 2017.  It’s the third Sunday of the new year.  How are your resolutions going?  Statistically the chances are that your resolve has ebbed away by now.  Maybe you didn’t make any at all.  I prefer to concentrate on plans and having a one word theme for the year, but I do set some goals too.  One for 2017 is to read a book for thirty minutes everyday.  It’s going pretty well so far.  I’ve polished off three interesting titles and have a pile more to keep me going (I’m recording my progress on a Pinterest board if you fancy taking a look or getting some bibliographical inspiration).

Because of this goal, I was pleased to discover that the master of, well, self-mastery, Gretchen Rubin (The Happiness ProjectHappier and Home and Better Than Before) had produced a handy download with tips on how to read more.  On the same page, she has other useful worksheets on topics such as working, eating and exercising.  You can freely access them all on this page.

  • As regular readers know, I’m a big fashion fan.  Today I want to offer up several different sartorial reads that have caught my eye in the last seven days.

Firstly, last Sunday night saw the start of the awards season with the Golden Globes.  Rachel Evan Wood found herself the centre of much discussion for her decision to walk the red carpet in a tuxedo rather than the standard couture gown.  As always, the Pool presented a measured assessment of the debate.  Incidentally, Wood’s look was my favourite of the night; she along with my other choices feature on another Pinterest board, Looks of 2017, where I’ll be pinning any other winning styles that I see in the public arena this year.

Secondly, I am becoming increasingly absorbed in the topic of sustainable and ethical fashion.  As is so often the case when you develop a new obsession, you find references to it all over the place.  This week, Refinery 29 featured ‘Six Ways To Make Your Wardrobe More Sustainable‘.  This offers some good suggestions although it does read like a barely disguised promotion for the ethically minded online retailer Rêve En Vert.  Coincidentally, this week I met with another e-retailer who concentrates on sustainable fashion: check out Sheer for more.  You can also read about some ethical clothing companies that I love in a previous Sunday Suggestions post.

These brands are all small enterprises but the big guns are getting on the mindful fashion bandwagon too.  For three months Selfridges are promoting ‘Mindful Materials’, a showcase for eight brands that they stock with a focus on their environmental kudos in terms of the fabrics that they use.  It’s easy to be cynical about such initiatives but they can raise awareness of important issues.  Did you know that our demand for cashmere has led to the overgrazing of land and maltreatment of some animals?  No, neither did I until I read the Selfridges’ article.

A different approach to the topic comes from my friend Catherine over at Midlands Minimalist.  She’s written a guest post for Joshua Becker’s Becoming Minimalist site about undertaking a wardrobe edit, a move which as a by-product can help us develop a more sustainable stance on what we wear.  Happy to get a little shout-out in the post too!

  • Finally, I like to finish on a funny or heartwarming video.  Today it’s the turn of ‘Our Dancing Town’.  On Wednesday I stayed up far later than usual and stumbled across a gem of a TV programme on the BBC.  Entitled ‘Our Dancing Town’, it’s about a choreographer visiting a rather down-at-the-heel working-class Yorkshire town called Barnsley.

His job is to get locals involved in performing a kind of mass flash mob on the streets of this former mining community.  It’s a tough challenge that you can see him undertaking in this clip of him spreading the word.  But I don’t think I’m giving away an spoilers to say that it all comes together amazingly in the end with a fun music and dance spectacular that could rival the theatrics of ‘La La Land’.  You can watch the foot tapping scene here.  It’ll put a spring in your step and smile on your face for the whole day. Watch and share!

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