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7 life lessons from Audrey Hepburn

When you think Audrey Hepburn, you probably think pastry, Tiffany’s, and the famous Little Black Dress. But, in addition to being one of the most sophisticated film stars of all time, Audrey was also wise.

Audrey has been my idol since I first watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s aged 13, and the more I read about her, the more I think she makes a very worthy role model. She was intelligent, kind, compassionate, and very hard working – and despite being one of Hollywood’s most iconic stars, she never lost her sense of modesty and perspective. She liked the simple life, and even though she was famously stylish, her family, farmhouse and her work with UNICEF mattered more than the glamour of the red carpet.

There will never be another like Audrey, but she had some great life lessons that many people can learn from today.

Your style makes you memorable

When Audrey Hepburn was cast for her first film, Roman Holiday, nobody knew who she was. When the film was released, she became an overnight style icon. Why? Because she was just…so…Audrey.

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In the 50s it was still relatively uncommon for women to wear trousers – let alone ballet pumps as actual shoes. Yet there Audrey was, doing it, regardless of the fact that it was unconventional. Why? Because it represented her. It was understated and tasteful, like her, and she really was trained in ballet. In short, the way Audrey dressed worked because it was authentic, not because it was on-trend.

This doesn’t mean everyones’ clothes need to be as iconic and unique as Audrey’s – but it does show how your sense of self influences your sense of style. If you love the sound of dressing more you, but don’t know where to start, check out this guide from Anuschka Rees.

 

You can look after your body and have fun

Today, we’re used to viewing health and fitness as a gruelling task – one that takes willpower, sacrifice and self-deprivation. Celebrities regularly discuss their regimented diets and torturous gym routines. Many people wear their suffering like a badge of honour, the implication being that if you can’t manage to exercise every day, you just aren’t trying hard enough.

Compared to this, Audrey’s approach to looking after herself seems totally alien. She didn’t go to the gym. She didn’t follow any particular diet. Instead, she simply pursued healthy activities she already enjoyed. She liked brisk walks in the Swiss countryside, gardening, and dancing. She liked eating high quality, simple food, often grown in her own back yard. She indulged in a few things, like dark chocolate, but knew when to stop.

The good news is that you don’t need much to make health and fitness more fun. Really, all you need is to look at it differently. What sports or hobbies did you love to do as a kid, but no longer do? What healthy foods do you genuinely love to eat? Focus on those things.

Looking after your mind is just as important

Perhaps one of the things that inspires me most about Audrey Hepburn is that despite all the media attention and stardom, she was an introvert – and did not shy away from admitting it. On the contrary, she understood (even before Susan Cain’s Quiet) how important it was to look after herself in order to succeed as an actress, mother and later, humanitarian.

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Introvert or not, we could all do with more time to switch off – especially now that our lives are increasingly digital. Try working a ‘digital detox’ into your routine, even if it’s only for an hour each day – your brain will thank you for it.

“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”

Small gestures make a big impact

Has anyone ever surprised you with a small gift, a bunch of flowers, or random act of kindness? If so, you’ll know how happy they can make you. Even something as simple as a hand-written note can make your day.

Audrey knew this. She wrote many letters to many people during her lifetime, and had a knack for sending really thoughtful gifts. In short, she showed her friends and family that she appreciated them – not with grand displays of affection, but in the time and effort she spent on them. These gestures are even more poignant in the modern world.

Remember what really matters

Audrey was a successful film star, and at one time, the highest paid actress in Hollywood. However, she never lost sight of what truly mattered to her: her family. When her children reached school age, she made some serious compromises in her career so she could spend time with them.

We all have ambitions, but we also have deeply-rooted values – the kind of things that give us a sense of purpose. There will be times when your values and ambitions clash, forcing you to choose between them. It might be family vs career, but it could be many other things – either way, the choice is always difficult. Audrey might have lost some opportunities because of her decision, but she knew that if she hadn’t, she would always have regretted it.

Never stop being grateful

Audrey experienced some horrible things in her childhood. She endured Nazi occupation during World War II, nearly starved when food supplies ran dangerously low, and never fully regained a normal metabolism as a result. But, rather than remain traumatised by this, Audrey developed an amazing sense of perspective – she knew how fortunate she was.

“Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present, and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.”

Part of what made Audrey (and, indeed, any other universally popular person) so charming is that she saw life as an opportunity – for fun, for new experiences. Today, we know that this mindset protects us from developing mental health problems, with gratitude being one of the most powerful ways to ward off anxiety and stress.

Use your powers for good

Generosity is also beneficial for our wellbeing, and Audrey had it in spades. She was generous and thoughtful with her friends and family, especially her children, and later in life she became UNICEF’s Ambassador for Children.

She flew around the world to impoverished areas to raise awareness of their campaigns, and was one of the first world-famous celebrities to use their renown for a good cause. The cynics among us today might wonder if this was for publicity, but it wasn’t – she was already at the end of her acting career when she took on the role.

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Having someone to look up to can be reassuring when you’re not sure where to turn. Who do you look up to for inspiration? Let me know in the comments 🙂

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Simpler ways to handle your period

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Periods. They’re unpleasant. Often, they are also uncomfortable, painful, and a bit gross. Which is why I’m pretty excited about this blog post.

The way women handle periods could be about to change.

Since adolesence you have probably approached your period in much the same way. Get some tampons and pads, wear them, try not to let it bother you. If it does bother you, take some painkillers. Or, better yet, find contraception that makes it all way more manageable…after going through 6 rounds of awful trial-and-error.

But today, female entrepreneurs are turning their attention to that time of the month. There are a whole bunch of new products, inventions and tools that tackle common period problems in a new way. This is great news because, aside from being irritating, our current methods of handling things are:

  • Bad for the environment – the average woman uses 11,000 disposable sanitary products in her lifetime. That’s a lotta waste.
  • Expensive. Pads, tampons, painkillers…it adds up.
  • Stressful. 80% of women have accidents during their period, and have to throw away around 5 pairs of underwear per year. That’s a good recipe for anxiety.

So, without further ado, here are some of the latest gadgets that could help you make your period simpler.

Mooncup

Okay – menstrual cups are not new. They were actually invented in the 80s. But now, companies like Mooncup have made them easier to use.

Cups do what they sound like they do. They’re made from silicon, side just inside your body, and catch blood. However, because they are not disposable, you can use them again. And again. In fact, Mooncups are said to last years, completely replacing environmentally-damaging tampons. You can’t feel them, and they can be used for up to 8 hours.

When I first heard about these things, I immediately thought: well, if they’re so great, why I haven’t I heard of them before? It seems the answer is simply that they are unfamliar. By the time cups came along, everyone was so used to the convenience of tampons (invented in the 1930s) that they didn’t go mainstream. That, and the fact that using them is different from what you’re used to. But, seeing as they can save you a lot of money, it seems worth it.

Livia

If you get cramps, keep an eye on this on Indie Gogo. It’s a simple, drug-free way to handle pain during your period.

Livia is basically a small TENS machine that uses electrical impulses to block the pain caused by cramps. It hooks onto your jeans, with two gel pads to place on the areas that hurt. It’s wireless, works for as long as it has charge, and judging from the testimonials, it could actually replace pain medication while you’re on. It fits discretely under your clothes, and in comes in pretty colours. What’s not to like?

Thinx

And now for what is, in my opinion, the most interesting entry to the list.

Thinx are, quite simply, period-proof underwear. Yep. These pants are designed to either replace or back-up sanitary products, and can absorb up to two tampons’ worth of blood. All this, despite looking like completely normal knickers. All you do is wear, wash and repeat.

They come in a range of styles depending on your needs, and if you buy a pair, Thinx will give a pack of re-usable sanitary pads to a girl in the developing world.

This may not sound like a big deal, but actually, it could be life-changing…if not world-changing. This excellent video from Thinx explains why:

Clue

Now for an app – but not just any app. Clue is not only useful (yay), free (yay) and beautifully designed, but it does basically everything you’d need a period tracking app to do. It tells you when you’re due to start or stop your period, when you’re most likely to get PMS, helps you track your mood, skin, pain, energy levels, sleeping patterns…the list goes on. It even collects your data month-on-month to help you spot patterns emerge over time. This is really helpful for figuring out if a particular issue really is hormonal, and for planning around difficult parts of your cycle. All this, and it’s also one of the few female health apps that isn’t pink. (Seriously, developers. We’re not twelve.)

The only thing I dislike about Clue is that its pill reminder feature doesn’t really work with 21-day pill packets. It reminds you every day, which is easy to start ignoring if you know you’re on a 7 day break (and therefore, forgetting).

Track your monthly cycle. It’s beautifully complex. from Clue on Vimeo.

To many these tools and gadgets might sound a bit trivial – but as anyone who has experienced the worst of periods knows, they are far from it. Managing periods differently has the potential to drastically improve the quality of life for many women, and reduce the huge financial and environmental cost of simply being female.

Are you tempted to try any of these products? Let me know in the comments! And if you liked this post, don’t forget to subscribe.

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6 little luxuries (that are 100% useful)

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What do you think of when someone uses the word ‘luxury’? Five star hotels, vintage wine, spa breaks? Or maybe fast cars, flashy jewellery and big houses? If you’re trying to lead a simpler life, all of the above might sound completely counter-productive.

Which is why I think it’s high time we re-defined what luxury means.

To me, luxury is being self-compassionate. It’s giving yourself a break, whether you’ve earned it or not. It’s learning to let go of your to-do list. It’s caring for your body, mind and surroundings even if they aren’t perfect. It’s a mindset.

As a person who finds self-compassion difficult, I find that incorporating little (but useful) luxuries into my day reminds me to be kind to myself, to enjoy the present, and to truly unwind.

You may have your own little luxuries that help you find some calm already – if so, more power to you! But if you want a few self-indulgent ideas that don’t clutter your home, keep reading.

Nice shampoo

You don’t need a million different hair products to make your locks shine. A good quality, preferably natural shampoo will both clean your hair and make showering in the morning feel a little special. I personally love shampoos that contain aromatic essential oils to really wake me up in the morning (especially from Neal’s Yard Remedies). Look for gentle formulas and ingredients like fruit juices, coconut oil and argan oil, and you won’t need much else.

Woollen clothing

Real wool is becoming increasingly rare these days, but it is worth investing in if you live somewhere cold. There’s nothing like it for keeping you warm and dry, and contrary to most people’s experiences of wool, not all of it is scratchy. Good quality cashmere or merino is lightweight and super soft, and if cared for properly, will last you ages. If you like mid-century modern style, check out Boden for its knitwear range.

Tip: invest in woolly jumpers in Spring and you can find it at a much more reasonable price!

Super soft bedding

Since buying a pure linen duvet cover, I have truly begun to appreciate quality fabrics. And, as you spend a third of your life in your bed, it seems only logical to make sure it is kitted out. What could be better at the end of a long day than to sink into soft, cool sheets? Additionally, if you buy great quality bedding it can often last decades, meaning fewer purchases overall. (I especially love that my linen duvet is supposed to be crumpled. Lazy girl win.)

Handmade soap

Natural, organic and handmade soaps seem to be everywhere these days. As soap cleans hands just as well as anti-bacterial hand soap, it gives me a great excuse to buy (or make) some. A little bar of gorgeous-smelling soap is so much nicer than one of those big pumps of bright blue gel. It’s also much easier to find moisturising formulas this way, if you get dry skin or eczema. My UK favourites are Emma’s Soap and Jane Maddern Soap, both of which are made in the West Country (i.e. my back yard).

Essential oils

Did you know that recent studies have proven that lavender oil really does make you relaxed, and that rosemary oil really does boost memory? This means some essential oils are useful for much more than scenting your bath (though some are great for this, too). Here is a great, unbiased guide to what we currently know about essential oils.

Tip: while some essential oils are great for skin conditions (e.g. tea tree) they should never be used undiluted. If you have sensitive skin or rosacea, it’s best to stick to inhaling their scent!

Great footwear

I don’t want to get all grandma on you, but I’m going to anyway: you need good shoes. Ones that keep your feet warm, dry and supported. (And also look great at the same time.)

Contrary to popular belief, comfort and style are not mutually exclusive. It can be harder to find sometimes, but not impossible. A pair of well-made shoes will last you years longer than a cheap pair if you look after them – I have some black pointy ankle boots from Hush Puppies that have seen me through 3 English winters, and they’re still going. It’s an investment, but a good one. Keep an eye out for the brands that make your feet happy, and stick with them.

What little luxuries would you add to this list?

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Beauty vs minimalism: can you have both?

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You may have noticed that, despite being a blog about simple living and minimalism, I write about beauty products. Eh? How does that work?

Well, let’s face it: cosmetics are not at all necessary. Sure, it’s nice to wear them and it can feel like you’d die of embarrassment if anyone saw the zit on your nose, but we don’t need them for survival. But let’s say you fully committed to this minimalism lark. If you don’t need cosmetics, what else don’t you need? I mean, do you really need jewellery? Family photos? Vacations? Flowers? Alcohol? Gifts? Art? Any food that isn’t 100% calculated to meet your nutritional needs? Sure, your feet might bleed without shoes, but people around the world go to work barefoot every day. As for your smartphone, pfft. You definitely don’t need that.

You see the problem.

It’s a common misconception that minimalism is the same thing as asceticism. Asceticism is a way of life where one renounces all indulgences, from personal possessions to food and shelter. It’s often practiced out of religious devotion or other beliefs, and in these cases, skincare and makeup would be considered the height of excess. But minimalism is not the same as asceticism – it has a much broader definition, and one that changes from person to person. Where one person feels their life is enriched by giving up their possessions, another might feel they benefit more from keeping a few of them around.

The pursuit of beauty is often viewed as frivolous, but in truth, it is just as unnecessary as many of the things people consider to be essential. And, if it adds more meaning and goodness to your life than you would have without it, there is no rule that says you can’t be a makeup-wearing minimalist.

But what about the cosmetics industry? It’s unethical right?

The truth is: it depends. The beauty industry as a whole has some big issues, there’s no denying that. It tests on animals, it uses nasty chemicals, it promotes a unhealthy fixation on our bodily flaws to sell products. But that’s a generalisation.

There are a rising number of ethical, independent companies that don’t do any of these things. They source things locally, avoid harmful ingredients, and are cruelty-free. That’s why I try to feature those companies on this blog. There are also many Etsy sellers, start-up companies and market traders that are great examples of what the cosmetics industry could look like.

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At the end of the day, money talks; companies are much more likely to make changes if lots of people start spending theirs elsewhere than if a tiny, committed handful stop spending altogether. This is not to say you should buy cosmetics – just that it’s possible to do so without buying into the bad side of beauty.

As for unrealistic beauty standards, they have a lot to answer for; this is another of the cosmetics industry’s big problems. Again, though, this does not apply to every company. Increasingly, people are rejecting the kind of advertising that makes women in particular feel shitty. There’s still a long way to go, but if anything that’s why engaging with cosmetics mindfully, rather than avoiding it altogether, is more productive in the grand scheme of things. The only reason unrealistic beauty standards make for a great marketing tactic is because they work, after all. Companies will stop using it as soon as we stop valuing it.

In summary…

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If, for you, that means eradicating harmful messages, unnecessary stuff and vanity from your life, fair enough. There’s a lot to gain from doing this. But for many people, ‘getting ready’ is an act of self-care. Clear skin, rosy cheeks and shiny hair can be some of the simplest pleasures going, and in this sense, cosmetics can be tools for loving, not fixing, ourselves. In my idealistic mind, that is what the future of personal grooming should be, and for this kind, compassionate brand of beauty I think there is a place within simple living. Realistically, we can no more become joyless ascetics than we can 6 foot supermodels. How we handle the middle ground is up to us.

How do you view cosmetics and beauty? Is it important to you? Let me know in the comments!

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Forget hygge – it’s all about friluftsliv

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I’m going to admit something right now: I live for hygge. It’s warm, it’s comforting and it’s typically used to describe things that happen indoors. All are things I thoroughly enjoy, especially in winter.

In case you missed its rise to popularity in the English-speaking world, hygge (hoo-gah) is an untranslatable Danish word that some have attributed to the country’s high levels of wellbeing. Its closest counterpart in English is ‘cosy’, but in practice, the word means much more than that. It’s used to describe any situation or experience that evokes that fuzzy feeling of closeness, from seeing old friends to warming your hands on a hot mug. When much of your year consists of freezing temperatures and darkness, as it does in Denmark, it’s an extremely useful concept for keeping your spirits up.

However, for those feeling inspired by the spring, there’s another Scandinavian concept. It’s fresh, springlike and involves being outdoors. Literally, it means ‘free air life’. It’s friluftsliv, and like the Danish hygge, it is more of a philosophy than a word.

The word friluftsliv (fri-loofts-live) is Norwegian, and its influence goes deep. It doesn’t just mean being in the fresh air – it means enjoying, appreciating and being inspired by it. It’s part of the wider Norwegian emphasis on the outdoors, where pursuits like camping, hiking and summers at waterside cabins have become cultural institutions. While this is perhaps unsurprising in a land possessing such beautiful landscapes, it’s a lesson we in less active countries could make use of. Scandinavian countries are some of the best in the world for life satisfaction – along with Canada and New Zealand. There are loads of factors that make these places happiness-inducing, but I don’t think it can be a coincidence that they are all known for being outdoorsy.

We can’t all live next to a stunning fjord, but we can all take note of the smaller things: birds singing, sunrises and sunsets, blossom on the trees. We can encourage children to play outside, as they do in numerous (and very effective) Scandinavian education systems. And us adults can indulge in a bit of biophilia, at every opportunity. Fresh air is, after all, the cheapest and simplest of all worldly pleasures.

How will you be enjoying the outdoors this spring

 

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6 multi tasking beauty products to simplify your routine

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I’ve recently been having a bit of a purge – of beauty products. They’ve been accumulating for years, steadily building up as I tried more and more stuff, received (very generously) more and more gifts. If you’re a teenage girl, cosmetics tend to be the go-to birthday present, so it’s not surprising I ended up with drawers full of the stuff.

I realised it was getting a bit out of hand, though, when I realised I could go for months without opening some of those drawers. Half the time, I’d forget what was even in there. Fizzy foot sprays, glittery eyeliner, flavoured lip gloss: all hangovers from my formative years. There was no way I was ever going to get through it, so I didn’t. By various means, I whittled it down (mostly) to the useful stuff. However, I was left with a question: if I’m not using any of this stuff, what am I going to use to spruce myself up?

That’s how I came across these gems. These are products that do what they say. They do more than what they say, in some cases. They are multi-tasking beauty products, but not in that I’m-trying-and-failing-to-do-a-million-things-at-once kind of way. Just a genuinely-brilliant-and-you-need-them kind of way.

Note: all the products I feature on this blog are cruelty-free, and where possible, good to the environment. Because – who needs that BS anyway?

Cheek and Lip Stain

The dewy, healthy look is already quite low-maintenance, and the abundance of different lip-and-cheek products out there makes it even easier. A favourite from the cruelty-free world is Becca’s Beach Tint, a cream that blends into a natural looking tint. If you’re really strapped for cash, makeup artist Lisa Eldridge sometimes uses well-blended satin lipstick on the cheeks in her YouTube videos – that’s versatility.

Multi-Purpose Balm

There are plenty of these on the market, but my favourite multi-tasking balm is from Neal’s Yard Remedies in London, UK. Their Busy Bee Balm is 99% organic, compact, and you can use it for a multitude of things. It moisturises lips, tames flyaway hair, softens cuticles, soothes dry and chapped skin, and it smells nice. It’s like natural Vaseline, only orangey. And, because it’s part of their ‘Bee Lovely’ range, a bit of the money you pay is donated to projects that helps save bees from dying (which, despite sounding like a cute thing, is actually a pretty serious issue). Similar products I’m also a fan of include NYR’s award-winning (but expensive) Wild Rose Beauty Balm, and Burt’s Bees Hand Salve.

Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser

Pixi’s Glow range, especially its Glow Tonic, has rapidly become a sell-out in the UK. Having not tried Pixi products before, I got a sample of their Mud Cleanser to see whether the hype was warranted. I am now a convert. What makes the Glow range so good is that its products contains a small percentage of glycolic acid, a gentle AHA exfoliant that dissolves dead skin without rubbing or scratching. The word ‘acid’ can make it sound a bit scary, but actually it’s much better for people with dry, sensitive or red skin than face scrubs. While not designed to be a multi-purpose product, it cleanses and exfoliates in one go, reducing the need for multiple products.

Flower Water

Flower waters, or hydrosols, are like meadows in a bottle. Almost literally. They’re made by distilling the petals of gorgeous-smelling plants, like roses, orange blossom and lavender. They’re usually pretty cheap, and they can be used for a whole bunch of things: perfume, linen spray, facial toners, moisurisers, the list goes on. If making stuff yourself isn’t your thing, there are plenty of cult beauty favourites that are based on the magic that is the hydrosol; Thayer’s Rose Petal Toner contains (you guessed it) rose water, along with distilled witch hazel, aloe vera and humectants, which attract moisture to the skin without making it oily. It’s loved and revered by many a /r/skincareaddiction member, and I can see why – I’ve even found it’s helpful for a dry scalp thanks to being non-greasy. Decant into a little spray bottle you have a transportable perfume/moisture top-up.

Aromatic Oils

As a person who can be prone to eczema, oils have become my best friend. I take them as supplements, and I use them on my skin at every opportunity – in the shower, in the bath, in hand creams, dry oil sprays, body lotions, hair treatments, face cleanser (and if I’m lucky, massages). Jojoba and almond are my favourites, but there are lots to choose from. Forget all the foamy, expensive stuff – you’ve probably got all you need to moisturise your skin in your kitchen cupboard. The Romans used straight olive oil on their skin, after all, and they really knew how to bathe. If that feels a bit basic though, there are great companies like Lola’s Apothecary that take it up a notch with beautiful fragrances.

The NARS Multiple

Like lip-and-cheek products only even more multi-talented, the NARS Multiple is beloved by many. I must admit, I do not own a NARS Multiple myself – I’ve tried them out, but in all honesty I find the sheer range of colours, finishes and ways you can use them a bit intimidating. But that’s why people, especially makeup artists, tend to rave about them. They can be used wet or dry to highlight, contour, and add colour for a multitude of looks and skin tones. It’s basically grown-up face paint.

Are there any products you would add to this list? If so, let me know in the comments!

 

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Why women need simple living

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Many people benefit from simple living and minimalism. It saves you money, de-clutters your house, and can help you get back in touch with what really matters. However, if there’s one group of people in particular that I think could benefit most from simple living, it’s women.

Why? Because, in the Western world, women are marketed an idea. In order to be attractive, the idea goes, you need skin, hair and beauty products. You need the right wardrobe, the right body, and a whole arsenal of products to keep your gross woman stuff at bay. This last one is hilariously illustrated by Mitchell & Webb:

This kind of message fosters anxiety for women. It gives the impression that female bodies are simply not acceptable as they are – that they need re-touching. Not only is this damaging to our confidence (which, by the way, you also need more of), but it also ensures that appearance-related industries get a nice big profit.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look nice or look after your body. There’s nothing wrong with wearing cruelty-free makeup or pretty shoes. But if the ever-present pressure to fix yourself is causing you to spend more money on skincare that doesn’t work and exercise equipment you’ll never use, that’s not good. All you’re doing is wasting money, taking up more space in your home, and fuelling the idea that you’re not good enough.

In short, it’s complicating your life, and you don’t need that.

Simple living offers an alternative. You may think simple living is about renouncing your worldly possessions and living off the land, and for some people it is. But in essence simple living is really about making life richer, not poorer. Rather than make mindless purchases, you choose the ones that will have the most positive impact on your life. Rather than fill your house with stuff, you make the most of the space you have. And most importantly, rather than take on the commercial idea that more is more, you become happier with what you have. You don’t sacrifice anything, because what you eliminate feels like a gain.

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For women, taking a simpler view of beauty means freedom from the harmful mindset that you can buy it, and so that you can buy happiness. You can’t. No amount of face cream or even plastic surgery will keep you looking 25. It also means you can choose a personal care routine that actually works. No fads, no gimmicks, just straightforward and effective.

Simple living isn’t the only way women can feel better about themselves and their purchases, but in an age where people travel, move house and have busy schedules, it just makes sense.

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