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A Unique Wooden Watch to match any style

A watch is the single most important accessory whether you’re a man or a woman. Wouldn’t you agree?

When I realize I have left the house without wearing one, I freak out! Without a watch on my wrist, I feel almost “naked”! You see, it’s not just a time-teller, but a part of our look and style that makes any outfit feel complete.

I always used to switch between the typical silver and gold bracelet watches, but I had never considered a wooden watch as a potential match for me. That is until I discovered JORD Watches after they reached me out for collaboration.

When I visited their website for the first time, I was absolutely mesmerized by how elegant and unique timepieces they make for both women and men!

I chose the Cassia in the Walnut Wood with a Vintage Rose face. Honestly, it’s the most gorgeous watch I’ve ever owned until now. And guess what! It seems to match with all my tutus perfectly! Thanks to its minimal look, you will never have to worry whether what you’re wearing is going to harmonize with your JORD Watches or not!

Ordering from JORD Watches was extremely easy. According to their instructions, all you have to do is measure your wrist, so your piece of art is just the perfect fit for you. And I have to tell you! I love the fact that they offer custom engraving. Mine says “Be Yourself and You’ll be Pure” in the backplate. My very own my personal motto. Another option would be for an engraving on the presentation box, depending on your choice of preference.

Can you think of a better gift for that special person in your life?

If you love my watch, then this is your lucky day!

You now have the chance to win a $100 voucher for the JORD watch of your choice by entering a giveaway running as we speak! Of course, the winner is not the only one to benefit from this amazing giveaway, as all entrants will automatically receive a 10% discount!

So, Click Here to Claim your chance to Win! Giveaway ends on April 1st!

For your convenience you can find all the links related to this article below!

Giveaway: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/purepeggy

My watch: https://www.woodwatches.com/series/cassia/walnut-and-vintage-rose

Ladies watches: https://www.jordwatches.com/shop/women/

Men’s watches: https://www.jordwatches.com/shop/men/

Watch engraving: https://www.jordwatches.com/watch-engraving/


Wooden Wrist Watch

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FashionLifestyle

How do you deal with the dark side of fast fashion?

I know that it’s hard to keep wearing your clothes for a longer period with the same love you did when you wore it for the first time. I also know how tempted you are when you see all these new stylish garments in the showcases. New trends inspired by the catwalks are coming out every week! Moreover, fashion bloggers and influencers are churning out their new outfits so intensely, that you feel “out of trend” if you haven’t shopped for two weeks. The goal of fast fashion is for consumers to buy as many garments as possible, as quickly as possible. This doesn’t seem to me like a sustainable lifestyle, so some time ago, I changed my mindset about shopping clothes. I also stopped being completely blind to the ugly truths of the fast fashion industry.

Things that fast fashion industry doesn’t want you to think about

So how are the popular clothing brands able to mass produce their products so swiftly? They use sweatshop labor in Bangladesh, Vietnam and other developing countries. In these factories, mostly women and children work hard long working hours for less than $3 per day in horrific and dangerous conditions. I’m sure you’re already aware of that, but in case you’d like to find out more details, you can spend hours here. Another truth is that fast fashion is a disaster for our planet. Negative environmental impact, water pollution, the use of toxic chemicals and increasing levels of textile waste makes fashion one of the dirtiest industries in the world. Clever campaigns of some popular brands make us think that they are OK and even doing good in the world. But as long as they’re still selling clothes as cheaply and as quickly as they are, these “green” initiatives aren’t going to make a difference. But it’s all about the profit, my friends, that’s the deal breaker.

The change starts with you

Well, we can’t expect these fast fashion giants to change their business model. What we can do however, is to start with ourselves and change our shopping model! It’s tough to make big changes overnight, but we can be more mindful and minimize our excessive consumption patterns. So, how to start? First of all clean your wardrobe and I’m sure you will realize you have a lot more things to wear than you thought. When you go shopping, prefer quality over quantity. What I’ve learned during the last years I’ve been sewing is to be really picky about the fabric quality and its composition. Check how the garment is sewn, you can see that some clothing is just garbage designed to fall apart after one wash. Stop with the impulsive shopping. Buy only clothes you are 100% sure about and you know you’re gonna wear it for a long time. Also, it’s always a good thing to support local brands and designers who manufacture or handcraft their products with care and love.

Finding an ethical way to shop fast fashion brands is tough, but when we buy clothes more responsibly, we send market signals to change the system for good. The more demand for sustainable clothing we generate as consumers, the more supply there will be. So let’s start treating our wardrobe consciously! Will you join me?

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Fashion

5 useful tips to get your style from summer to fall

Summer is winding down and fall is on its way, but the temperatures aren’t always on the same page. In other words, it’s transition season! Whether you are planning a weekend escape to a Greek island to enjoy the peace and quiet of the end of the season, you are getting ready to take off for cooler weather conditions or you have an exciting road trip on you mind, here I thought of 5 tips to extend your summer wardrobe and make the seasonal shift comfortably and fashionably.

1. Refashion your summer pieces

I know very well how tempting it might be to go and buy a whole load of new fall wears, because your favorite stores remind you, that you’re not ready for the upcoming season. Before you do so, keep in mind that with some strategic styling your favorite summer pieces can be repurposed for cooler climes. The key to transitioning your summer wardrobe to fall is having the right balance. Typically, I pick one classic summer piece and I try to bring in the right fall touch. For example, pair your favorite sundress with an open cardigan or your denim shorts with a long sleeve blouse. Even by covering your shoulders and showing less skin you inject the desired seasonal change to your summer item. Also, if you swap your strappy sandals for black or brown booties, you’ve already said a lot about the time of year of your outfit. You’ll still be able to wear sandals for few more weeks, but as the days get shorter you will naturally switch to ballet flats, closed toed pumps or ankle booties. When it gets too cold for bare legs, add tights to your outfit. This is another way to extend the life of your favorite summer skirts and dresses, while you can make your outfit pop by playing with patterns, colors and textures.

2. Invest in one staple item

First of all, I highly recommend, to clean your closet, before you hit the shops because you have nothing to wear during this tricky season. Chances are that you have the foundation for a great fall wardrobe already in your closet. Once you know what you have and what is missing, make a list (and a budget) and go shopping prepared. My advice is to save the money for traveling and to purchase one statement-making jacket that really stands out, but goes with all of your summer clothes as you transition into fall. Depending on your personal style, you may need a leather jacket with moto styling, which you can wear with summer dresses and boots, a blazer with a three-quarter sleeve, that is easy to match with your casuals, as well as dressier items or a denim jacket because it’s such a versatile piece. All these items are the capsule wardrobe essentials, that allow you to create endless outfit options and to cook up new ways to wear your summer favorites.

3. Layer up

Since the tropical days are over and the temperature in the evening drops, it’s all about layering. I don’t know how about you, but when I travel, once I feel hot – once I feel cold. Therefore, no matter the season, with layering dressing strategy you will be ready for all conditions. One of my favorite summer to fall looks is pairing an oversized comfy sweater with my summer dress. You can also add a belt around your waist. Another easy way how to incorporate layering into your look is the use of scarfs. If you just add a scarf or a hat, your look is suddenly so much more interesting and dynamic. As I mentioned hats, other accessories like notable necklaces or bracelets in the right fall shades will perfectly work for you as a part of your layer styling.

4. Mind the color palette

Each season has a corresponding color palette, inspired by the colors that naturally occur in the world during that season. Therefore, the pastels and neons of the spring and summer give way to darker and warmer colors. Clothing is only part of the story – make-up also moves with the seasons. Around this time of the year, I usually add deeper hues to my beauty routine and I switch my sheer summer lip gloss with a creamy lipstick formula. Trade your pink, coral and French manicures for more earthy tones like burgundy and taupe or go for shimmery metallic.

5. Be yourself

Don’t spend too much time thinking about whether or not an outfit is season-appropriate, but that it’s weather-appropriate and makes you feel great, regardless of the rules. For the adventurous road trip (which had a happy ending) I was wearing a navy blue soft tulle skirt and I paired it with a light blue denim shirt, while still having on my favorite summer sandals. Since the colors and my three-quarter sleeve made the desired transition to fall, my bag and hat remained clearly summerish. How do you transition your closet for fall?

Skirt – Pure Peggy (handmade)

Denim shirt – Tally Weijl

Boater Hat – Giorgio Hatter

Bag – Fullah Sugah

Greek version of the article is available here!

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Lifestyle

The Rewards Of decluttering Your Life

I started to think about the clutter issues a few months ago while I was moving to a new place. I realized I was surrounded by things that I didn’t need or I didn’t even like. I categorized all the stuff that had no value to me as clutter and I got rid of them. But this was just a beginning because there are so many areas in our lives that need to be cluttered up. Every time I search for something in my handbag, I get mad about the mess I accumulate inside. It keeps reminding me that decluttering is not a one-time action, but maintaining things relatively clutter-free is an ongoing process I still need to work on!

Reasons you need to declutter

You may think that it’s not a big deal because everyone has some extra stuff, right? But too much junk can actually be harmful to your health. No doubt that clutter invites chaos into your life, it can distract you or weigh you down. In a messy environment, it’s harder to focus and process information, so you have to expend more energy to do everyday tasks. It also stresses you out as according to researchers there is a link between clutter and depression. This extra stress caused by clutter could be the thing that leads you to overeat. The bottom line is that however innocent the whole situation might seem, the cost of ignoring the clutter can be higher than you imagine. By devoting a little of your time to get rid of the things that aren’t functional and don’t make you happy anymore, you’ll reap the rewards of pleasing living areas, reduced stress, and a more organized and productive existence.

Time to take a massive action

Just look around you and start the process in order to simplify your life with easy items like useless receipts and similar papers. If you are one of those people who get super nostalgic getting rid of a train ticket, take a photo of it before you scrap it and throw it away. You can digitalize almost everything, so your memories can live in the cyber space forever without being a physical clutter. Then go room by room and drawer by drawer. You don’t have to do it in one day, but make a plan with milestones and deadlines. An important thing to keep in mind is, that every item needs a place where it “lives.” You never lose anything when you put it where it lives.

Going over all the things you have, you may find asking yourself questions that hold you back like “What if I need this one day?”. Instead of that think about questions that will work for you. My favorites are: Have I used this recently? Would I miss it if I lost it in a fire? Would I keep it if this was someone else’s stuff? Would I buy this today? If you are still not sure after that, I suggest you apply the method of the “unsure box”, where you put everything you are not sure about. You will keep that box for a month or two (write an exact date on it). During that period you are able to take anything you need from that box and these are the things you will keep. After the expiration date is over, you have to throw the box away with the remaining items as it is without opening it again.

If you find it difficult to get rid of something because you spent a lot of money on it, remember that the damage has been already made. It’s gone and just because it was expensive, it doesn’t mean it’s worth keeping. You will not miss it and after a month you won’t even remember that you had it. You don’t need to throw it away, you can donate it to somebody who will utilize it.

When it comes to downsizing your wardrobe get a friend, family member or significant other to help you with it. They will hold you accountable and give you an honest opinion. Put all the clothes you have in one pile. That way you will see the number of clothes you have and you will probably get overwhelmed. How much of that do you actually wear? Hold up each piece and ask some tough questions. Besides the cliché ones, like “When did you last wear something,” come up with hard-hitting questions that may make you feel a little uncomfortable, but definitely will bring the result you need. An example could be: “How did I feel the last time I wore this?” or “Is this a representation of my ‘fantasy self’?”

Since I’m on a massive mission to declutter, I was excited to discover the Kon Mari Method by Japanese organizing guru Marie Kondo, whose book can walk you through her extreme strategy for simplifying, organizing and storing your belongings.

Clutter prevention

Now when you have done some decluttering, the good news is that you will be able to control your purchases easily. If you don’t know what you have, it costs you money. Try to keep your space airy and do not accumulate new things. Be smarter of what you are buying, because that’s where it all starts anyway. Don’t buy anything you are not sure about, don’t buy “good deals” and don’t buy back-ups! Be honest with yourself to find out the reason you are buying that because maybe you are doing emotional shopping or you are buying it because it’s cheap. You don’t want to bring these items at home because half a year later you will face the question whether you should get rid of it because you don’t use it. Take care of the things you have and you love, simplify your life and be more minimalistic. Be pure 🙂

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LifestyleSelf-Development

Change your mindset about shopping clothes

Let’s admit it! Living in the consumption world we buy more and more clothes not because we need it or we like it that much, but because we want it to make us feel a certain way. Buying new clothes isn’t just about necessity, it’s such a confidence booster, right? Same thing happened to me countless times in the past. After an exhausting day at work or even at lunch break I decided just to “have look” in a familiar shop I just found on my way. Surprisingly, most of the times something caught my eye and I left the shop drugged with endorphins carrying a new piece or more into my wardrobe. This heady moment never lasts long and a few minutes later my state of mind gets back to reality. I also realized that a significant part of my clothing I had purchased was hardly ever worn, because these purchases were based on impulsive decisions. What about you? Are you in charge of your charges or are you trapped in the cycle, where you buy things spontaneously, never wear them and then you buy more things because you think you have nothing to wear?

Apply a wealthy mindset

Since I have been in process of mindset changes in various aspects of my life, spending my money consciously is the basic pillar in order to get my financial life restructured. I decided to be more frugal in general and it’s less painful than I thought it would be. “Frugal” isn’t synonymous to cheap, it’s about spending more on the things that you really want and are important to you and less on the things that aren’t. In short, value is what matters. All wealthy people do this and this is one of the reasons they hold onto their wealth. I think of it as the first step on my road to wealth building and a more abundant life. If you want to spend your money consciously and live your financial life with the eyes wide open, you can translate the above into two basic rules. 1. Instead of stocking up on cheap clothes, invest in quality. 2. Always think in terms of time and money. Realizing the hours of work you have to dedicate in order to buy the item will help you to understand whether the particular transaction is good for you or not.

Be aware of your emotions

Most of you know that buying clothes (or anything else) is not a path to a lifelong sustainable joy. But why do we keep attaching our happiness to the things that we buy? We like to believe that we’re in control and choices we make result from a rational analysis of available alternatives. In reality, we are driven by emotions so the decisions aren’t logical. Even a small sign of depression or unhappiness, when our emotional desires are not fulfilled can take away our clear mind. Unconsciously we may try to fill this emotional gap by shopping clothes. Therefore, anytime you find yourself ready to get out your credit card stop for a moment and realize your emotional mood. If you don’t feel super level-headed at the moment, just leave the shop, because this is the best decision you can make. Find another relaxing activity like reading a book, educating yourself or meditating. That doesn’t cost anything, it’s an investment in you. You will be a much happier and successful person.

Have a plan

Clean your closet, before you hit the shops again because you really have nothing to wear. You realize you have a lot more than you thought you did. You are not going to be tempted to buy another simple t-shirt when you realize you have another five. I know it’s hard to believe because you find yourself searching through your closet every morning, looking for clothes that just don’t exist. But believe me, it’s there and you just don’t see it through the clutter inside. Downsize your wardrobe by letting go the things you don’t wear and apply minimalism. Create a vision how you want your style and wardrobe to look like and start to think about your wardrobe strategically.  Once you know what you have in your wardrobe and what is missing, make a list (and a budget) and go shopping prepared. Like this, I guarantee you’ll be automatically more picky about what you buy but to be on the save side your new mantra should be “If it’s not a hell yes, it’s a no.”

If you accidentally find yourself in the shop ready to make an unplanned purchase, I recommend to test your decision by putting the item on hold. I usually gave myself at least 24 hours to see if I really want that thing. Furthermore, using cash and seeing the amount of money in notes also helps to be a lot more conscious! How do you control your impulse buying? 

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