I saved up my money and went to the nearest Boots. But having never seen boys wearing makeup out, I felt so embarrassed just walking into the store. The shop was in my local area, so I knew I would bump into people I knew and that panicked me! I ended up picking products in random shades, quickly paid for them and left the store in a hurry.
You're busy, life is full to the brim and you don't have hours to dedicate to weekly decluttering and alphabetising your wardrobe by brand, I get it.
Advance warning: this is a blog post about washing clothes... Sounds terribly dull, I know, but here's the thing, your activewear kit is becoming increasingly specialist with lots of clever technology used to create fabrics which can wick away sweat, retain their shape, stay pingy, stretchy and supportive.
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Personally being in a relationship has calmed my personal style. I am very aware of not wearing anything that could be considered as 'fashionably risky' when going out with my husband. Fashion isn't high on my husband's list of priorities and he doesn't particularly understand why people would want to draw attention to themselves through their appearance. I'm conscious of this as I dress to spend time with him.
Doesn't it make sense to invest at least, in some timeless pieces? Pieces that we know we can adapt to suit our occasion; pieces that will sit proudly in our wardrobes for years to come. And when I say 'invest' I'm not talking about spending ridiculous amounts. I just mean good-quality, fairly-made clothes. The characteristic to quality clothing is in the material and the construction, not the logo.
Young women have an acute understanding of what the power of youth means, particularly when it comes to sexuality. Youth is something that is so sought after - we long to be able to capture our physical youth through beauty products and surgery.
This fashion marks a shift away from objectification towards feminine functionality. You know a category has earned its place in our wardrobe when it pushes boundaries. Just as loungewear saw the onesie reach mainstream, so too do we have athleisure brands embracing the jumpsuit.
It's hard not to feel discouraged when you're faced with disparity. You can make a difference by supporting fashion brands that are empowering women throughout their supply chain.
The skin is undoubtedly one of the most important organs in the human body. It's your body's first line of defense against elements such as ultraviolet radiation, pollution, germs, and physical harm. As a result, your skin is vulnerable to superficial injuries and symptoms caused by irritations and infections.
Our discussion broadens to our respective experiences in textile creation and barriers to innovation within the industry, in terms of access to the newest technologies, and it's clear we have both at times had to work within restrictive industry parameters.
It's time we gave as much thought into what we put on our bodies as we do what we put in our bodies. If you're buying a pair of jeans from Primark that cost as much as your lunch; roughly £10 you need to ask yourself why? why are my jeans so cheap?
Wears per buy is a good way to think of it. Are you really getting value for money? Build a capsule wardrobe full of pieces that can be mixed and matched and made from quality materials that will stand the test of time. A perfectly cut organic cotton shirt or a pure virgin wool coat that will be a pleasure to wear and that you will treasure is worth so much more than five cheap tops that you'll wear once and forget about.
And if you're not being sold incontinence pants or told you too could be as desirable as 71-year-old Mirren, you're being targeted with anything from elasto-waist pants, to life cover or stairlifts. At 50. Trainer-wearing, skinny jean-pouring, 14-hour-a-day working me. With a mortgage and a liking for expensive gins.
Imagine a world where fashion is fair. Right now it's not - it's exploitative, environmentally destructive and despite being one of the biggest and most profitable industries in the world, it's also the second most polluting.
It's official, spring has sprung and we've already been treated to a few mild and sunny days. For most of us, this means waving goodbye to bulky coats and woolly hats to make way for lighter jackets, pastel colours, and our trusty espadrilles.
'Just be confident' - easier said than done, right? But for women, it really is. The confidence gap between men and women is real and it's inhibiting women from succeeding at the same rate as men.
So when I saw Nivea's 'White is Purity' deodorant ad campaign, it was hard to not loudly proclaim WTF GUYS. Anyone whose synapses are still firing in their brain should realise the terrible history and connotations of the 'white is right, and dark is bad' ideology. You don't need to have a history degree or a module in post-colonial literature to know this.
With blue skies and warmer weather finally starting to make an appearance, it's time to refresh our wardrobes, replacing heavy fabrics and dark colours with lighter tones and softer textures to compliment the longer days and brighter nights.