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How to Organize Your Clothes to Fight Fast Fashion

As a part of my own personal journey, I have dedicated myself to a new way of living. I will come to explain many of my changes over the next few months, but today I am going to tell you about how I am organizing my life to fight fast fashion.

What is fast fashion? Fast fashion is the result of America’s consumeristic attitudes of things. It is the fashion industry pumping out $5 t-shirts made of toxic materials from people slaving away sweatshops. I can’t claim to know all about this subject but there are a few documentaries on the subject such as The True Cost and The Machinists.

So come next year, I strive to have a closet filled with a majority of natural fabrics from ethically sourced brands. But I don’t want to wait till next year, I want to make moves now!

The first step, get educated! If you really want to change your own habit of consumerism and fast fashion, please research it and find your own reasons why. Don’t do it because it’s a trend, do it because you want to. You need to make changes in your own life that will be sustainable for you.

The second step, make your choice. Once you have educated yourself on the issue, make your choice on how you want to tackle fast fashion! Do you want to own only natural fabric clothes? Do you want to own clothes from ethically sourced brands? Or do you want to make the full commitment of organic, non-toxic, natural fabrics, from ethically sourced brands? I would love to make the full commitment, but I’m not personally there yet. I have decided to start by owning equal amounts of natural and synthetic fabrics clothing items.

The third step, take inventory. Take out all of your clothes and lay them down somewhere you can go through them easily. Depending on your personal choice, you are going to separate your clothes into categories. Because of my choices, I separated my clothes into “natural materials” and “non-natural materials.” Because of the clothes I had, I chose to put items that were made of at least 70% natural materials in the “natural materials” pile. Everything else went in the “non-natural materials” pile.

The fourth step, discard. After you have taken inventory of your items, choose which items you are going to donate and/or sell. You need to take this step in order to get to your goal. Take a look at my inventory!

 

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Separated clothing items

The pile to the left holds 41 “natural materials” and the pile to the right holds 68 “Non-natural materials.” I decided to donate 26 of the “non-natural material” items, leaving me with 42 items to *almost reach my goal.

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Items to go for donation.

 

The fifth step, be mindful. Be mindful and aware of the clothing items you have and cherish them. Be aware of the choice you made and keep that promise to yourself. This doesn’t mean that you get to clean out your closet and then when the next holiday sale comes along, you go crazy because you “were so good getting rid of those other items.” This may take some discipline but it is probably the most important step because it is sustaining your choice. I hope this post is helpful in you making the choice for yourself to fight fast fashion in any way that you can.

  • Aurora D.
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Target Style

Everyone loves/hates Target. I am one of them. I love the convenience. I love the dollar section. But I also hate some of the cheap quality items I buy into. I hate my addiction to consumerism that seems to fly high whenever I go to Target. But that’s another conversation we can have later.

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One day I found myself going through the dollar section in the front section of the store and I found all of these cute sticky notes and stationery items.

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I organized them in this adorable pink and gold pineappleĀ mini folder.

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And look, I have extra stickies for notes that are also just pretty to look at.

Do you have a stationery collection? Addiction? Tell me where you get your favorite items!

  • Aurora D.
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Makeup Declutter: Tools

So I realized that I never finished all of my decluttering series. Here I am, completing my tools to be decluttered.

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Hmm. It all seems unnecessary when you look at all of it together.

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Dirty brushes mean well loved!

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Morphe M439: I love to use it buffing in liquid foundation.

BH Cosmetics 113: my all in one extra powder brush, it is slightly domed at the top so it is good for buffing and blending loose or compact powders.

E.L.F.: Don’t know the exact name of the brush but it is awesome! Love how soft it is. I use it for bronzer or other face powders.

E.L.F. Powder Brush: I like using this for my compact powders to grab the powders evenly.

Sigma Flat Kabuki F80: Originally this was my liquid foundation brush, but it can be used for either liquid or powder foundation.

Morphe E26: This is used best with my compact creme foundations. I can use it to put different contour colors in the perfect place. It’s a good brush to have for cream contours.

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E.L.F.: Don’t know the name of this one either but it can be used to easily place contour powders.

E.L.F. Blending Brush: I like using this to blend out powder contours.

Morphe M601: This is generally used for highlights and brushing away eyeshadow fallout.

Real Techniques Blush Brush: I use this to set my foundation with setting powder. It keeps the powder light and not caked on.

Real Techniques Setting Brush: I originally tried using this to set my undereye area but now use it for highlighter.

Luxie 522 Tapered Highlighter: Great for highlighting.

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Angled Radiance No 10: Perfect blush brush.

BH Cosmetics 117: I use this for my shimmery blushes.

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Yes, I even have these artist-like makeup brushes. These were bought from TJ Maxx. The foundation brushes work well and spread product evenly. I use them for liquid and powder products. My only complaint is that these brushes are too cheap and two of the brush handles have broken on me!

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Not going through all of these. Admittingly, I love all of my blending brushes and the cheapest brush all the way on the left is my favorite brush to place my base eyeshadow. The Younique brushes work so well and are perfect for traveling with.

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These are the brushes I am parting with. I have no use for them, or they are fraying. Thanks for reading! Or just for looking at the pictures ;)…

  • Aurora D.
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Project: 5 Day Makeup Routine

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Challenging myself to keep to a certain makeup routine for the work week.

Ok, it’s not really a challenge for me. I have been doing this for the past few weeks and have come to a realization that it’s a great plan.

What do I Choose?: I choose all of my basic products I want to use on my face. Primer, foundation, setting powder (if wanted or needed), contour/bronzer (or both), concealer, eyeshadow palette, mascara, and brow product.

What is Missing?: I tend to not choose a few items in this bunch because I like to switch it up depending on what I am wearing for the day.

  • Blush – I have been shying away from using blush on a daily. Sometimes I feel “too made-up” so I skip it entirely. Or maybe it depends on the eyeshadow look or clothes I am wearing for the day.
  • Highlighter – Similar to blush, it just depends on what I’m wearing or how I’m feeling.
  • Eyeshadow Primer – I only use one eyeshadow primer (Too Faced Shadow Insurance) so no use in switching things up.
  • Lip – I love choosing new lip products and changing them regularly. I will generally stick to one kind of lip product in the same week. For example, I will stick to liquid lipsticks one week and change to stick lipsticks another.

When do I Switch Things?: I keep up the same routine for up to five days. Mondays are usually when I like to choose my products for the week. I get a fresh start every Monday morning! On the weekends I like to try new products or go makeup free to give my skin a break.

Why Do This?: I’m choosing to do this for a lot of reasons.

  1. I wanted to be able to use a product long enough to form a good opinion about it. For example, applying one foundation throughout the week helps me determine if it’s the foundation that doesn’t work with my oily skin or just because I used a different moisturizer that day.
  2. I can appreciate the products I own. If I challenge myself to use different products, that will help me see the amazing stuff I already got. I might catch myself drooling over the new contour palette out on the market, but then I realize I have multiple contour products in my stash that I love using.
  3. It will challenge me to be creative. If I continuously use the same eyeshadow palette, I can get more creative with my looks. If I find that I can’t get inspiration from the palette, then maybe it wasn’t a good buy for me.
  4. It helps to take the stress of getting ready in the morning. Some days I would find myself taking too much time putting on my face before work. I would get overwhelmed some days because I had too much to choose from. This system helps me stay on track and use my time wisely.
  5. It allows me to use up my products wisely. If I see that one of my products is coming to the end of its shelf life, I can put it in the rotation more often.

How Do I Keep Everything?: I found this pink wood tray from Target about a month ago and it works perfectly. I put all my products on the tray for the week. In the morning I move the tray on my desk and when I’m done, I move it on top of my makeup container. This way, everything is clean and out of the way for when I need my desk.
I challenge you all to do the same! Pick out all of your basic makeup products and use them for the entire work week. Then switch it up next week. Let me know how it goes! I will be talking about my weekly products soon!

  • Aurora D.