Top tips on finding your style identity – guest post by Tee from Tee-Clutter

I’m a big believer that we can all wear confidence, but this is also about finding clothes that make us feel comfortable and happy. I first came across Tee from @teeclutter on Instagram last Summer. Her Instagram feed is always full of changing room outfits. Her style is simple and she loves celebrating everyday wardrobe gems on her blog teeclutter.com. We then met at the first Lucky Things Meeting Up last year.

Sometimes, Instagram fashion can feel a bit overwhelming and I used to worry that it would be all about expensive designer clothes. I was wrong. Tee was one of the Instagram Style experts who reminded me that high street and supermarket fashion can be just as chic. Remember the F&F leopard print coat I wore heaps over the past few months? I first spotted it on Tee’s Instacorner and it was a chance to make good use of my Clubcard vouchers. As the Lucky Things Meet Up in April is all about style and confidence, I asked Tee to share some her tips too. Over to Tee… Continue reading

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Mindful shopping – guest post by Antonia, Tinker Tailor Online

This weekend we have the first Lucky Things Meet Up of 2017 where Dr Tamara Russell is chatting about mindfulness. I didn’t realise that we could practice a bit of mindfulness to so many everyday things. As Tamara says, it’s not about going off and meditating on a mountain. So I asked Antonia from the lovely lifestyle blog Tinker Tailor Online for her views on how we can be mindful when we’re shopping. The sales are still on so I’m sure a few of us are still on the look out for some last minute bargains. So over to Antonia…

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Mindful shopping

I really enjoyed catching up blogs and social media over the Christmas holidays and I spotted a common thread: to buy better, to support small businesses and to make more considered purchases. It got me thinking about my own shopping habits and how January is traditionally a month when we all tighten our financial belts.

Since we’re talking shopping habits, resolutions and money I’ll come right out and tell you that I am a compulsive shopper, I am extremely suggestible and delighted to be swept up in any retail experience. It gives me a real buzz!

Shopping is a very physical thing for me. I feel a heady excitement when I enter certain shops or spot an item that I love, I make snap decisions then gleefully head to the cash desk without giving my shopping list or my budget a second thought. If you are anything like me the festive season can leave you with a bit of a financial hangover come the new year.

Those of you who regularly read my blog Tinker Tailor Online will know that I took my first steps towards practicing mindfulness this year and whilst I am no expert, I do believe that the practice helps to improve your quality of life so I do my best to spend a few minutes a day with my mindfulness app. Mindfulness helps you to experience the moment, to be aware of what is actually going on and to see the bigger picture. It is the opposite of being on autopilot which incidentally, is exactly how I shop.

There is some evidence to suggest that mindfulness training can be an effective tool in combating the compulsive shopping behaviours that lead to overspending. I would definitely benefit from being more in control of my emotional shopping habits so I spoke to mindfulness expert and founder of No More Shoulds, Amy Malloy who identified being on autopilot as the principle cause for some of the challenges that lead to overspending. Between us we put together some simple and helpful tips on how to be more mindful when shopping and how to make considered purchases that will help you to stay on budget and potentially save you money.

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