Where to start?

Posted on: 17th January, 2017

Category: Image

Contributor: Louise O'Dwyer

How about we start off the New Year with gently de-cluttering your wardrobe? After the holidays, there are probably piles of ‘stuff’ that you just don’t know what to do with. Did you know and can you accept that it’s ok to fall out of love with clothes and accessories that you once adored? Don’t be sad, turn the experience into something wonderful. Turn on your favourite playlist, turn it up so that music is all that you can hear and give yourself the luxury of one last fashion show! Take your time, try everything on, change around what normally goes with what; if it doesn’t work the way you need it to, wear it backwards (I do this with a hell of a lot of my tops)…believe it or not this is an amazing style trick. Of course, you simply must approach this event with a little make-up and on a decent ‘hair day’ –– we all know that bed hair and a washed out face will not do any outfit any favours! Be kind to yourself but BE REALISTIC – if it doesn’t fit, it hasn’t fit for a while, then it probably won’t fit again. Let go of it and be absolute in that decision. Donating to a charity shop is such a good thing to do and is internally rewarding. On the other hand, give what you used to love to a friend or someone close; after all, the word ‘recycle’ must never be far from any of our lips. Organise your wardrobe in ‘outfit style’. Use good quality hangers to hang complete outfits on; this saves so much time and effort when time is something that you don’t have. If you are anything like me then you will have a mountain of black clothes – not really the best idea to hang them or fold them all together, is it? Why? Well if you are looking for a certain black top and you have 30 black tops, what will inevitably end up happening is that 29 of them will end up on the floor while you are looking for ‘the one’! Separate out black clothes; I keep just the lace ones in one spot, the plain black with no detail in another, the long sleeve in a different section and so on. Honestly, this saves chaos and confusion.

We are all creatures of habit, which can be a good thing, but when it comes to ‘how you look’ it can be detrimental. Always, always, keep updating your look, it keeps you young, keeps you interested and helps you to feel good. So, your everyday routine has gotten a little blah – the New Year is the perfect time to play around with your hair, make-up and of course, your style. You really don’t have to go mad, trying out a few new simple styles can help you to discover a new look that you love. Start off by painting your nails a different colour. You might be wondering why this can make such a big difference but by changing this one little thing it will force you to look to new colour combinations when choosing clothes to wear.

You are never too old to play around with make-up, I spent an hour on Christmas Day wonderfully discovering the difference that the Sosu Complete Contour Palette makes. I took the time to read the instructions; practice makes perfect and it definitely helps to ‘fade away’ a few years of fine lines and wrinkles. I now understand why you simply must have a good set of make-up brushes and that every one of them has a use and makes a difference. The turkey was cooking, the kids were content, my wonderful husband outdid himself and the puppy was waddling around with a broken leg – it was easy to take an hour to myself.

If you are reluctant to change your hairstyle completely, then how about working what you have got and just drying it differently. It took me 15 years of talking about a bob to actually have my hair cut into one, so I understand how hard it can be. I love it, it is just long enough to tie up, short enough to have an actual style and allows me to flick, curl or even just put it behind my ears, all of which can change how you look completely. Thank you Ciara Wilson from The Salon Shop; I have a feeling that you were involved in the Babyliss heated curlers that were much sought after. While it is beyond my husband, why I, with naturally curly hair, would blowdry it straight to then put it in curlers, after all the years together, he no longer questions these things. There is nothing better than receiving a gift that you will use time and time again, so Christmas morning, I had my make-up tutorial and I put in the heated curlers, taking the time to watch a youtube tutorial on how to put curlers into a bob haircut, well worth it. The practice was done and I was delighted with the result. I really don’t mean to be blabbing on about myself, I just want you to know what you can actually do yourself, how you can make changes and most importantly, it doesn’t cost a fortune. All you need is to put aside a little time, Google and you will find some amazing tips and then just practice until it becomes second nature to you. Skip the crap on the TV, gather up your make-up, all of it, and learn how to use what you already have to make a lovely difference that will update your look. If your winter foundation sometimes appears a little too pale, mix in a little of your summer one – I do that all of the time, especially for an evening look when you want a little more coverage than daytime. It’s not that you have bought a shade too light, it’s just that sometimes our skin underneath might be a little paler and needs an extra lift! Learn how to use an eye pencil; honestly, after my family and my dogs, my eyeliner is the next thing that I would grab if the house were on fire. Dump the dried up mascara, if it was dried up last month and last week, then it is not going to magically replenish itself tomorrow, talk about wasting time and everybody does it! After all that – really look at how beautiful you are, the feel good factor is priceless.

We all know very well that life isn’t all ‘peaches and cream’. We can all dip below the surface sometimes and feel small when things take a turn for the worse. The way we feel about ourselves, other people and our situations can turn around with a simple flip in perception.

You might not be able to control what is going on around you but you can control how you react to it, so for the New Year – I wish you well, I wish you health and the knowhow that when life gives you lemons, you can make lemonade…and look beautiful through it all.

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