A simplified wardrobe
I've been practically living in this cashmere cardigan recently, wearing it with jeans or cords, or this denim skirt. Actually, I've been rotating the same set of 10-15 items for a few weeks now. Getting dressed is simple and fast: I just put on the first (reasonably clean) thing I find and rush off. Doesn't do much for my style, but hey, sometimes there are other priorities...
No, this is not some sort of a capsule wardrobe experiment. In a way, this is my version of the Steve Jobs / Mark Zuckerberg way of prioritizing: save your time and energy by eliminating the small, trivial decisions and focus on what's really important. As most of my clothes can be mixed and matched, there's minimal planning required, and I can get dressed in a hurry.
But doesn't that take all the fun out of dressing?
Yes, I suppose it would, if this was a long-term lifestyle choice. Which it isn't: it's a stop-gap measure to reduce stress. The thing is, I've just been incredibly busy all month, working long hours and sleeping way too little. The flat is a mess, and my clothes are piling up on the kitchen chairs. I haven't done the laundry for ages, and I seem to be living on chocolate and takeaway food.
Yes, I know, I should probably take better care of myself: do yoga and eat proper food and meditate... The truth is, my brain is wired so tight right now that it would simply reject all that as just more stress-inducing chores.
So, I prioritise and simplify my life (as well as my wardrobe) as much as possible: I tell myself that all I need to focus on right now is work and sleep. In that order. My 'self-care routine' at the moment consists of trying to get to bed at a reasonable hour (not easy for a night owl), and eating (something, never mind what) at regular intervals. Everything else will have to wait.
It's always like this in November. There are courses ending and new courses starting, and all the marking and planning involved. It will slow down in December, though.
cashmere cardigan: Brora (old) / denim skirt: KappAhl (old) /
shirt: Next / belt: Diesel / bag: Chanel / boots: Bronx (old)
What do you do when life gets busy?
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