So, I’ve had a couple of style epiphanies (yes, that’s a thing). Firstly, as a result of moving house and a lot of my stuff still being packed away I’ve actually realised how much more pleasant life is with less stuff. Secondly, on my recent trip to Paris it really hit home how awesomely stylish French women are. Combine these two bits of information and the result being I want to have a bit of a style overhaul – replacing throw away fashion with classic staples and move more towards a quality over quantity approach to my wardrobe. Maybe even one way reaching the full ‘capsule wardrobe’ thing. Which clearly won’t quite be the case as you know, old habits die hard and all. So when Braun got in touch to see if I wanted to take on a 30-day switch up your style challenge I was absolutely up for it.
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The Braun Silk Epil 5
To me, part of the appeal of a minimal wardrobe and Parisian approach to style is the confidence and the idea you can throw on whatever you want and feel totally confident and ready to go – wether you’re off for drinks or popping out for drinks. Hardly the sort of confidence that would freak out at the idea of bare legs at a moments notice. So as part of the Switch Up Your Style challenge (check out the Braun Instagram from more info on the challenge from brand-face Jessica Alba) I’ve been trying out the latest Braun Silk Epil – the Braun Silk Epil 5 – I’ve talked about how I’ve tried epilating as a hair removal alternative on shaving I’m a fan of before. Especially after mastering the ‘secret’ to keeping it as quick, effective and pain free as possible (more on this in a moment). This style overhaul of mine was the perfect excuse to get back in the habit of epilating. The main bonuses to epilating over shaving is the frequency in which you need to do it is less – as the rotating head of the epilator plucks hair out at the root it takes longer for hair to return and when it does it’s softer and less prickly than when you shave. My main tips for first-time epilating is to make sure hair isn’t too long – this isn’t like waxing where you need to let the hair get to a certain length, another bonus – and try a wet/dry epilator like the Braun Silk Epil 5 so you can use in a bath as I find this soothes the initial slight twinge of the plucking feeling whilst you get used to it.
To top off the ‘ready to go’ confidence I need to master for my style overhaul I’ve also made sure I add a gradual tanner and body oil back into the weekly routine so my legs aren’t just smooth but also have a hint of colour and moisturised too. Then to refreshing the wardrobe – I wanted to make sure I did this without buying new stuff as much as possible as it sort of defied the point of the minimal Parisian approach. So I had a good browse of what I had and pulled some of my older favourites that are classic plus picked up a couple of essential basics to round it all out. Trying to keep the colours on the rich/autumnal end of the scale with navy, maroon, grey, black and denim. All in a similar palette so I could easily pull out a pair of skinny jeans and heels or leather shorts and a chunky sweater and they would all work just as well. Thus (hopefully) starting to nail the slightly more grown up/’thrown on – but stylish’ look that I would give my entire beauty collection up to be able to master. Ok, maybe not entire collection… but maybe a good chunk of it.
So my five new ‘style rules’ that I’m using as my guide for switching up my style:
– When buying new things, always ask myself ‘would a stylish Parisian woman wear this?’ If the answer is no, then don’t buy it.
– Invest in quality classic items – currently in the market for a great quality leather jacket.
– Wear the ‘special’ items more often.
– Less is more, keep accessories simple.
– Don’t *always* dress for comfort over style, try and strike a balance of the two.
Get involved – this 30 day style challenge isn’t just for me. I’d love to hear in the comments or on Twitter/Instagram what you would love to switch up about your own style this season?! Join me on your own personal style shake up and let me know what little or big changes you’re keen to make too!
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