Am Simplí

Simple, minimal

Minimal & Classic – Black & White — April 1, 2016
Buy things that last — February 25, 2016

Buy things that last

Buy, buy, buy… This product is only $5, this is 50% off, and this one is such a bargain, 2 for 1, oh yea, when would you ever get the same deal? It’s now or never!!! 

You come home with bags of stuff and think you got a great bargain, but how much of it do you actually use? If you do end up using it how long will it last before you need to buy a new one?

Well I stumbled upon this website http://www.buymeonce.com  

These are some of the things they sell through their website and guarantee to last for a very long time, if not a lifetime.

Well I’m not sure about wearing the same white t-shirt for ever and ever and you might get bored using the exact same thing for years, but knowing that it will not let you down and you won’t have to run back to the shop to buy the same things over and over again!? Worth a thought.

China – How to survive the metro — February 24, 2016

China – How to survive the metro

You might be one of those people, who dreads the rush hour in the metro, considering it a victory every time you come out alive. But no worries, here are a few tips that could help.

1. Don’t be shy
It’s all about the survival of the fittest, the more pushy you are the higher the chances of getting a good spot or even a seat.

china metro

2. Beware of middle aged women
Even if you are persistent and pushy the one person who can beat you in this game is the “queen of the metro”, middle aged women, aka Dama, who have no mercy and can push you and shout at you if you get in their way.

China Dama metro

3. Staring competition
If you’re a typical Laowai in China you will know it when people start staring at you and don’t feel any shame in doing it. Your options could me (1) stare at your phone, (2) stare back, (3) disguise yourself.

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4. Don’t flip
Did that guy just spit on the floor? Why is there a girl peeing in the corner? Why is there a big shit on the platform? Why is the guy shouting at the top of his voice on the phone? This is where your patience is tested. Take a deep breath…

China pee  metro makeup

5. Who has priority
Well it sure doesn’t seem like the guy will give up his seat for the pregnant lady standing in front of him. Priority seat doesn’t mean a lot and kids always have priority here. Where I’m from kids are taught to give up seats to those in need, but here opposite is true. However, if you do have a kid with you then you are probably the luckiest person and will get a seat in no time.

prio seat

 

Enjoy the ride!

Makeup – less is more — February 19, 2016

Makeup – less is more

Makeup, makeup, makeup, yes, we all love it and the more the better it seams for most of us. Why shouldn’t you buy a lipstick which is marginally different in color than the one you bought last week? So tempting! All those bottles, boxes, tubes, in different colors, shapes, sizes, standing there, screaming at you to buy. Well ladies, let’s face the reality with some facts.

A study commissioned by Poshly and Stowaway Cosmetics found out that on average a woman owns 40 makeup products, out of which only 5 get regularly used. OMG, what? Just 5? That’s about 80% of your collection not being used!

Makeup_1

Another study found that women spend on average $15,000 on makeup during their lifetime, so you could potentially be saving more than $10,000, if you don’t buy makeup that you don’t need. Imagine all the things that you could do with 10K… Pay off debt? Renovate your house? Pay for adoption? Donate? Invest? Give to kids? Buy a diamond? Buy art? Just some ideas that people wrote on the internet.

Back to our topic… Did you know that 75% of us also don’t even finish the makeup that we buy? We just seem to accumulate more and more.

Makeup_2.pngSo next time you want to go on a makeup shopping spree think of what you actually need on a daily basis. What are your essential makeup items? Could it look something like this?

Makeup_3

 

Minimalist inspirational quotes — February 17, 2016
DIY project – old bag into clutch bags — February 16, 2016

DIY project – old bag into clutch bags

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. I am doing it!

I had an old brown Tom Tailor bag, which I loved, but which I was going to throw away and I couldn’t donate it because it had some wear and tear after about 2 years. After looking at it for a while I decided to experiment and make two clutch bags out of it. Here is the outcome.

Before: 
Bag_1

During:
Bag_2

 

After: 
Bag_3

On top of that I made a small pouch for my cables and a cable organizer.
Bag_4

If you need inspirations Pinterest is great for that.

Coco Chanel: woman’s ideal wardrobe — February 10, 2016
Carmen Dell’Orefice — January 24, 2016
Save it for a rainy day. — January 17, 2016
Winter Capsule Wardrobe – part 1 — January 14, 2016

Winter Capsule Wardrobe – part 1

I’m still inspired by Project 333 and I believe I’m getting better at it with each season. For this Winter Capsule Wardrobe, I had all of the clothes already, so the decision of what to keep and what to pack away was just about my inspirations, combinations, warmth and style.

Step 1: Mood board and inspirations
Winter capsule_inspiration

It’s supposed to be simple, minimal, yet have some primary colors that stand out like red and blue. This season I was inspired by Christmas, French classic and chic style. I like the combination of primary colors, for example, red, black (and white), to have contrast when you need it. I’ve also decided to try out black-and-navy combinations, which was a look that was in fashion some time ago, but I want to try it out this season and if anyone asks I can quote Oprah, “combining neutrals—navy and black; black and brown; different shades of white, cream, and tan—shows a real sense of style.” Of course!

Step 2: My Winter Capsule Wardrobe
Winter capsule

Bottoms (3): Boot cut jeans, skinny jeans, black business work pants
Skirt/dress (2): grey pencil skirt, grey woolen dress
Sweaters (7): black turtleneck, white turtleneck, pink, loose maroon turtleneck, red cardigan, black cardigan, striped cardigan
Tops (7): white T-shirt, white shirt, navy woolen vest, maroon long sleeve, red long sleeve, black 3/4 sleeve with lace, long sleeve striped top
Scarves (5): red, blue, striped, pink, grey with stars
Shoes (4): pointy black ankle boots, round black ankle boots, warm platform black boots, navy booties
Bags (2): Casual black bag, black work bag (fits laptop)

Step 3: Evaluation
This adds up to 34 items (instead of 33), but I have the feeling that some things will not last, will be replaced or just given away. The pink sweater doesn’t really fit to the overall color scheme, but I will try it out and it’s also nice to have a different color in case I get bored with other combinations. The maroon color is also not part of my mood board, but I’m carrying it over from Autumn and I like the maroon sweater because it’s warm, cozy and reminds me of Winter.

I also made my own rules for 333 project, and I’m not counting jewelery, otherwise I will end up with a ridiculous number of items and I like to have some freedom with it.

To be continued …