Happy New Year to all of you! Today, I’ve brought along a very suitable topic for this time of the year as well: New Year’s resolutions.
I’m never thinking much about resolutions to be honest, they simply come to me. Sometimes, they do come at the beginning of a new year, but sometimes, they also come right in the middle – like last July, when I decided it was time for me to stop eating animals altogether after I had taken a 3-year break from vegetarism. Since July, I’m also trying to eat vegan as much as possible and it feels so so good. Going back to eating almost no animal products anymore was my best decision in 2018 for sure and I hadn’t planned it at the beginning of last year.
Resolution for the new year? Fashion Detox!
Another step into a more conscious lifestyle is of course re-thinking my consumer behaviour. And even though I’m already doing that, I want it to become even more intense. Mainly, I want to re-think my consumption of fashion and accessories this year – buy less new things and buy only what I really need.
Furthermore, I want to save up that money for bigger dreams: a house in the South of France (perhaps in 10 years time?), fields around it, one or two horses, some cats and dogs and a calm life with my man Max and our green 1978 Citroen CX automobile which we intent to restaurant in the following years. I know these are big (and also quite expensive) dreams, but I’ll work hard to achieve them.
My 10 reminders for a fashion detox in 2019.
But back to the topic of consuming less fashion and accessories. Here are ten questions I’ll keep asking myself this year once I’ll feel like I really need to shop new clothes and accessories.
1) Do I really need that item?
2) Will I not be able to keep on living without the item?
3) Will this item make me happier?
4) Will this item make me more popular?
5) Will this item make me more desirable?
6) Will this item make me more beautiful?
7) Will I freeze to death without this item?
8) Is the price of this item acceptable?
9) Would I give this item to my children and grandchildren?
10) Will I still desire this item in one year time?
I believe that in 99,9% of the cases, I will answer all these questions with NO and that will definitely stop me from buying it. And that’s a good thing.
And then, suddenly, you are reminded of all the things that you once desired and now own. Get them out again, fall in love with them all over again and understand that once, you felt about these items like you now do with something new. Makes you change your perspective, right?
PS.: but of course, you’ll still see new things on this blog from time to time as this is part of our job. But believe me, these items will be wisely chosen as well and won’t be the biggest crap. But of course, that was never the case on this blog.
Photography: Max Bechmann & Ricarda Schernus