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29.9.11

Pink Blush Giveaway

Bunches have very kindly offered this beautiful Pink Blush bouquet to one of our King's Daughters subscribers.  To enter make sure that you are subscribed by email to this blog and then simply leave your name in the comments section and then share this post with one of the share buttons below.  We will close the comments sometime next Tuesday and randomly select a winner.   If you don't win, you can still purchase your own beautiful Pink Blush bouquet here.

Thank you Bunches for your continued support of King's Daughters and the King's Daughters Conference xxx
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27.9.11

Flower care: fact or fiction?

There are many theories and old wives tales about the best ways to care for cut flowers, so I thought I would share some awesome info with you from Bunches
Bunches provided us with the lovely chocolates that we had in our gift bags at the King's Daughters Conference recently, which was very kind of them. 
All Bunches bouquets come complete with a flower care leaflet. For more flower care tips, visit their flower care page.


  • 'Adding sugar or a copper coin to the vase water is the best way to keep your flowers fresh' – Fiction. It's best to use flower food as it contains the correct PH balance which prevents bacteria from growing. Liquid flower food is provided with every Bunches bouquet.
  • 'Fresh flowers should be kept away from the fruit bowl' – Fact. Fruit produces ethylene gas which significantly speeds up the flower aging process.
  • 'Putting Rose stems in boiling water for a minute before arranging helps them stay fresh' – Fact. Holding the base of the stem in boiling water removes any air bubbles so the vase water can reach the bloom.
  • 'It's best to arrange your flowers in cold water' – Fiction. Luke warm water is best as it has less oxygen in it, which prevents air pockets from being trapped in the stem.
  • 'Flower water needs to be changed every other day' – Fact. This reduces the amount of bacteria which grows in the water which shortens the life of the bloom (this also prevents any unpleasant smells!)
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24.9.11

Money Matters

Are you tired of trying to get through each month, living only to make ends meet? Have you read all the books that promise ‘seven steps to financial freedom’ but lead you nowhere? Or are you someone who has plenty of money but can’t find any satisfaction in life?

Money Matters has powerful, yet easy to understand principles that will radically revolutionise your view of money. Best of all you don’t need a huge bank balance as a starting point, no matter what your current financial situation, whether rich, poor or anywhere in between, these principles will challenge you to the core resulting in financial freedom and a life of contentment GUARANTEED.

This set of three books has been written to help you deal with every angle of money matters. Money Matters is designed to help you understand the principles behind Godly money management. Money Matters Devotional is a thirty day reading program to assist you in 'changing' your mind in the area of money. The Money Matters Workbook is a very practical workbook giving you everything you need to take control of your money one step at a time.


Money Matters 

Simple Truths Leading to Financial Freedom
Designed to help you understand the principles behind Godly money management.

Availalbe on: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Kindle
Money Matters Devotional

Renewing the Mind in the Area of Finances
A thirty day reading program to assist you in 'changing' your mind in the area of money.

Availalbe on: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Kindle
Money Matters Workbook

Sort Out Your Money  One Step at a Time
A very practical workbook giving you everything you need to take control of your money one step at a time.

Availalbe on: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Kindle



Download spreadsheets and template letters mentioned in the workbook here.
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20.9.11

Free to Say No

For years I asked myself why it was so hard to say no when my dad was molesting me. It is such a simple two letter word yet I could not form it in my mouth or shout it out at him. ‘No’ might have prevented the whole thing, ‘no’ may have scared him away, and ‘no’ might have saved me from carrying that awful memory all of my teenage and adult life. ‘No’ has so much power behind it yet no is the one word that has taken me years to learn to say. 

The question plagued me all through my adult years as I found myself in all sorts of situations where ‘no’ was the best answer and I ended up saying yes or simply not saying anything at all. Why? What caused me to be so weak and frail? I knew that my inability to say no would cause me more pain and heartache.

Fear.

My conclusion is that I feared saying no. I feared not being liked. I feared not being good enough. I feared rejection. I feared what people would think of me. Fear left me powerless to say the one word that would save me from even more hurt. How bizarre is that!

The Bible says that perfect love casts out all fear and that fear involves torment . Torment was most certainly a reality for me on most days and as that torment grew, so did the wall around my heart. Even though the wall grew stronger my ability to say no didn’t change. I grew less fearful as God patiently and tenderly poured His perfect love into me, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. Slowly I began to understand His love and acceptance. In time I started to value His opinion above people’s opinion. Living to impress God and not other people gave me a new found freedom that I had never known. It didn’t come quickly though, it took years of hard work and a firm decision not to care about what people thought of me.

With this freedom came an ability to say no. There is most definitely a connection between self esteem and the ability to say no. Either you are the sort of person that says no to everything by default or yes to everything. Neither is healthy or good. The ability to make a wise decision and execute your decision with a firm yes or no is one of the signs of freedom.

Types of ‘Nos’

There is the obvious ‘no’ that I should have learned such as ‘no I will not have sex with you’ and ‘no you cannot touch me there’. No matter how much I really didn’t want boys to treat me the way they did, I always felt that they would reject me if I didn’t let them have their way.

Now that I am a mother, I try and find ways to make my children feel totally comfortable with saying no so that they can avoid getting themselves into this sort of situation. Most importantly, I try to help them develop their relationship with God so that they know that He is the only one that they need to please in this life – EVER. My husband is more pleased because I live by this rule, my children are more pleased and I am more pleased. Pleasing God overflows into every area of our lives.

The less subtle no is the ‘no’ to busyness. It seems harmless and a lot less dramatic than sexual abuse, but it is not as harmless as you may think. Many women can’t say no to church duties for example. It is a different scenario but the same root – FEAR.

Fear of not being accepted by the pastor or church leaders, fear of not looking as spiritual as other team members, fear, fear, fear! Women in church are too busy, completely overloaded with ‘works’ simply because they fear the consequences of saying no. Yet when Mary said no to the busyness just to sit at Jesus’ feet Jesus said :

“Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Mary unashamedly said ‘no’ to the work and simply sat at Jesus’ feet! She was free to say no because she knew what was important at that moment. How many of us are scurrying around like busy bees trying to serve our best to Jesus. Our heart is to please Him, our desire is to serve Him. All good intentions with a seemingly pure heart, but is it really? Are we perhaps so busy trying to earn His favour that we are forgetting that it can’t be earned? We already have it – in full measure. He already loves us and accepts us the maximum that is possible. If we truly understood this I think we would do a lot less and sit at His feet a lot more.

Women of God, be free to say no to Church busyness when you need to, I am sure Jesus would say the same to you as He said to Mary,

“You have chosen that good part and it will not be taken away from you.”

Find out more about how I found freedom through saying no my book 'Free'. More chapter snippets will follow soon, full details about this book are available here
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17.9.11

King's Daughters Conference 2011 CD & MP3


We had a fantastic day together at our recent King's Daughters Conference.  After many months of planning, we managed to pull off an awesome day!  The food was spectacluar, the music was magical, the message was life changing and the men were true gentlemen.  I had so much fun and I hope you did too!  I would love to hear what impacted you most.

If you weren't able to join us then please make sure you book your ticket for 2012 and for your convenience we have made the messages available in MP3 and CD format below.  More news and gorgeous photos coming soon...

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15.9.11

Being a Woman AVAILABLE NOW

It's with extreme joy that I want to announce that our latest book, Being a Women, is available for you to buy.  We have had an incredible journey together at our weekly Girl's Nights and this book is the result.  Together we have explored what it means to be a Godly woman, we have recorded our conversations and opinions and presented them to you in a lovely book.  Also, as an added bonus, Lorah-Kelly had done some awesome photography and added it to our book so we have something pretty to look at too.  A very girly book but don't be fooled, the content is extremely challenging!  There were nights when tears were shed at how hard it can be and nights when much laughter was shared at the pure joy of the journey. Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster ride as you read Being a Woman which is available here in the UK, also in the USA and coming soon to Australia.
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13.9.11

Being a Woman - Who is Beautiful

In the end, all that we truly want is to be found beautiful! This is the one question we are all asking,

“Am I beautiful?”

We ask it from our father when we are little and we ask it from our boyfriend or husband later on in life. When we are out with our girl friends we need to know that we look beautiful and when we go to work we are asking the same question too. It’s OK to ask this question, God made us that way. The problem today though is that this question leads to another question, which is,

“How can I be more beautiful?”

This question leads us down all the wrong paths and gets us into all sorts of bad situations. When we don’t feel beautiful we feel incomplete and so we look for ways to fill that void. We try new clothes, we experiment with hair and make-up and some women even get their natural features altered or enhanced. All in the quest for beauty.

Sadly some girls will do anything to feel beautiful and that includes doing things for men to gain their approval or doing things for friends for the same reasons. Many woman have only made themselves more ugly in their quest for more beauty. God’s heart is broken when He sees all the beautiful princesses that He made, act in this way. True beauty does not come in the form of a diet pill or a bottle of hair colour. It cannot be attained the through the clothing that you wear or by anything that you do to your body. True beauty truly starts from within.

Cliché? Absolutely not. Don’t switch off now, don’t think you know what is coming because you don’t. This is the truth. 

Is external beauty important? Yes - undeniably. Is external beauty important to God? Absolutely!

Psalm 149:4
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.

True beauty can only begin when we humble ourselves at the foot of the cross of Calvary and accept the free gift of salvation that Jesus offers us. If you have ever seen a beautiful woman you will know, that in time, once you have begin to know her, that her beauty will be exposed as superficial.  Most of the time she isn’t real and she isn’t happy. This is because she hasn’t been saved from her sins and lives with the consequences daily. When we humble ourselves and accept what Jesus did for us, He will truly beautify us and so the journey begins.

Proverbs 31:30
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. 

The Greek word for praised is hâlal which means to be a clear colour and to shine! Have you ever met a woman who literally shines? She is so attractive that you can’t stop staring at her. There is something about her that attracts you to her, you just want to be around her all the time. Sadly, there are few women these days that have this quality. It is as rare as a precious stone and I can’t say that I have met more than two women in my life that have had this effect on me. I am not talking about celebrities or preachers – people that you see at a distance. This isn’t real, you don’t really know them. No, I am talking about a person that you have actually spent time with, been in the same room with and had a conversation with up close and personal! 

The amazing thing about these women is that they don’t make you feel jealous like other pretty girls might but they actually leave you feeling like a better person yourself. This is true beauty! Having the ability to glow like that surpasses all other sorts of physical beauty that exists and the great thing is that we can have that sort of beauty. I don’t know about you but this is the sort of beauty I would like to have – it surpasses anything else that there is on offer. 

I am sure you are wondering how we get this, aren’t you? The key is in Proverbs 31:30 – fear the Lord. Fearing the Lord means to revere Him deeply and yes, to be a little bit afraid. Not afraid because He might hurt you, He would never do that, but perhaps a bit afraid of how AWESOME He is and how mighty and powerful He is. I know that the day I meet Jesus face to face I will most certainly tremble in His presence. 

If you truly desire to be beautiful, then may I suggest that you work through this book again, this time go deeper. Ask yourself the same questions but search within yourself for truth. My hope and prayer is that every chapter in this book will help you unveil your beauty, moulding you into the rare and precious gem that you are. Determine to be changed on the inside, whatever it takes, not matter how hard it gets. Do the work! A diamond is formed over millions of years under extreme pressure, don’t think you can just follow a few steps and then start shining like a beautiful diamond. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and dedication, which is why a truly beautiful women is very rare these days. We spend too much time altering our body and shopping for better clothes and too little time doing the work on our character.


Psalm 45:11
So the King will greatly desire your beauty; Because He is your Lord, worship Him.

Desire comes from the Greek word 'âvâh which means to wish for, to cover and to long for. God, our King, greatly longs for you to unveil your beauty. He waits with baited breath for you let it out so that His purpose in us can be complete. You have no idea how valuable and important your beauty is and I am sure you how no idea how beautiful you are capable of being. Don’t go down the path that leads to destruction as you will never find beauty in all those things. Go to God, He designed you perfectly and He holds the key to unleashing your true beauty.

Let it out! Shine. Before you know it, your outside will follow and when people will not stop staring at you and you will know why. Girls, desire to be the beauty that God made you to be and don’t settle for anything less. Cosmetics are fun, clothes are necessary but just like a cheap perfume, they simply don’t do the job. You are valuable and precious and extremely beautiful!

The Being a Woman book and worksheets are available here
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9.9.11

Conference Eve

It is the eve of the conference that I have been planning and carrying inside my spirit since January.  Yes, I truly have been pregnant with this conference and tomorrow is my due date!  Literally nine months.  So I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of my journey with you.

January 
First Trimester (1 to 12 weeks)
It was unplanned! I had no intention of getting "pregnant" and I most certainly wasn't trying to - it just happened. I sat considering the year ahead and felt that this was the year to focus on building something for the women. Until this point I had never felt the time was right, but now, on this day, it felt right. So I opened my heart and wrote down a few ideas on my blog.

I started off with a Girls Night! It seemed like a fun idea and didn't look like too much work. The focus was very specifically to disciple and care for the girls in our church. It was not to be a time of outward focus and reaching out to the lost, this was very much about growing our girls into beautiful, Godly women.

Every Tuesday night, at my home, we had a nice time together over a lovely dinner. The focus of our Girl's Night was to get closer to each other and closer to God, so that we could be all that God wanted us to be. We spent time chatting about real life stuff, we prayed for each other and cared for each other. For special occasions we planned to dress up and go out somewhere fancy - just for fun! Our theme was to explore the big question for 2011 - "What is the true meaning of being a woman?"

Slowly the focus shifted - I couldn't see myself only having an inward focused group - we needed to be beautiful, Godly women for a purpose. When the girls grew a little, my plan was to offer them an opportunity to reach out to the lost and dying world around them, and to share what they had gained in our Girl's Nights.

Girl's Friday Nights would become a monthly girls night with a sharp focus to reach out to women in our community who are struggling with life and who are far from God. Our cities are filled with lonely, hurting woman who are desperate for solutions in their life and before King's Daughters attempts to have a global impact we must first have a local impact. As always we would have great fun nights but these nights were specifically set aside for us to reach out to others, starting with our neighbours and people we meet daily, as well as women trapped in detention centres, prostitution, asylum, single parenthood and so many other things.

Conception
Then it happened, the conference was conceived. I had no idea that I had conceived a conference, I just wrote a few thoughts down. It seemed like a good idea so why not? I thought nothing of it and added it to the line up for the year.

I wrote, "An exciting look at what can happen when a woman places her ordinary life into the hands of an extraordinary God! King's Daughters exists to inspire and challenge women to understand their identity and value so that they can lead an amazing, abundant life with passion and purpose. The King's Daughters Conference is a unique experience where you will encounter God, be completely refreshed and equipped to be all you can possibly be."

Words flowed with ease onto my blog and the date was set.  I didn't think anything of it and got on with my year.

Early Signs of Pregnancy
Tiredness consumed me. My usual energetic, perky, self motivated self had become a very tired heap of 'nothing'. Nothing inspired me, nothing motivated me and nothing interested me. Some days I was even scared, wondering what had happened to me. How did I go from the high that I was on last year to this exhausted, tired, very low woman. Something was wrong but I didn't know what.

After careful examination I determined that I was not depressed. I still had my joy and I still loved life. Hope was still in place and there as nothing that I wanted to change. I was simply tired! Little did I know that this was one of the most common early sign of pregnancy.  I almost forgot about the conference until one day when I started dabbling with the events page on my blog again. The idea started to tug at me and I thought perhaps this would actually happen.

Confirmation of Pregnancy
Randomly, out of the blue, one of our congregation came up to me after I preached one Sunday, and said, "That was a conference message young lady!"

I was very surprised. Of all the things he could have said, why those words. He had no idea of the plans I had made or the desires of my heart. Even I didn't fully realise the desires of my heart until he said those words. Of course! Of course it's a conference message. I found myself delighted and excited and ready to make firm plans to do this conference that I had so boldly written about. The pregnancy test had been done and the pregnancy was now confirmed. I could no longer deny that there was something growing inside of me.

Within days the tiredness started lifting and the excitement grew. It was official now - I was doing a women's conference in September - nine months after conception. At the time, of course, I didn't count the months, it was only upon reflection that I realised the significant timeline.

April
Second trimester (13 to 27 weeks)
Busyness and frantic planning had left little to write about during this trimester.  All I can say is that I was extremely excited with occasional patches of nervousness.  Most of the time I simply busied myself with the preparations for this big day!

August
Third trimester (28 to 40 weeks)
It was August with about four weeks to go and I felt so tired! I felt like I was carrying a heavy weight around with me all the time.  Everything felt like such hard work. I had only sold three tickets and was hoping to have sold one hundred by this point. I felt like giving up so many times but the nagging 'what ifs' were my constant companion.  What if it all worked out at the last minute? What if God was testing my faith and I failed by quitting?  What if lives were depending on this? So I held on and kept pushing forward. I didn't want to wish my life away but I did really wish it was the 11th September or the 12th, or any day AFTER the conference! Each day seem so tiring and so stressful. When I was not worrying about ticket sales I was remembering that I had to preach two messages and host the whole thing. That was even more scary than the ticket sales!  So I ignored it and stayed focused on the details of the conference, the things that I could control!

9 September
Now it is the day before the due date, I have done all that I can do, all that is within my control.  The rest is up to God now!  Watch this space for the photos, I can't wait to share the photos with you :) If you haven't got a ticket yet there is still time.  If you are reading this on Saturday, still please come on over and join us, we will find you a seat, we will find you a nice cuppa coffee and we will welcome you.  Don't miss out - come on over and share in this precious, joyous moment.
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6.9.11

Sin Smells Like Fart

A couple of Sunday's ago a preached an usual message and my opening sentence was 'sin smells like fart'!  I was so nervous to preach this message. It wasn't a pretty message. It wasn't planned.  I had a totally different message planned which I have since preached.  On this particular occasion, I felt that God wanted to say something to His church and so with ten minutes notice, before church started, I scribbled down some rough notes and preached a message called Sin Smells Like Fart.  I think it is titled Why Jesus? on our church podcast page to make it a little easier on the ear, but the message is the same.  Have a listen here.
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5.9.11

Being a Woman - Who Knows Jesus

You might have heard about Jesus or read about him but do you know Him? In Genesis 4:1 it says that ‘Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain’. This level of Adam and Eve ‘knowing’ each other was so intimate that Eve conceived and had a child. 

In the same way, we should know Jesus. When we know Jesus that intimately we too will bear life.  We will be fruitful, we will multiply on many levels in many ways, we will bring life into this world and we will have something to show for knowing him. Is this how you know Jesus or is He just a prophet or teacher that you have read about? Is He the lover of your soul, the first person you greet when you wake up in the morning and the last person you say goodnight to when you are about to fall asleep or is He just someone that you have heard about in Sunday School or on this blog? 

Knowing Jesus is the most wonderful thing you will ever experience in this life. Truly knowing Him, deeply, personally an intimately is the most magical, romantic and powerful thing that there is to know. It will change you forever. Knowing Jesus will set you free from the things that hold you back in life, knowing Jesus will unleash your hidden potential. Knowing Jesus will make you feel like the most beautiful woman alive and knowing Jesus is the only way to live.

If you don’t know Jesus you must be wondering what on earth I am on about. You may even be born again and Spirit filled but still think I am nuts! Reading this won’t do too much for you without knowing Jesus. Let me tell you a little bit about Him, this is a story that I wrote in my book ‘Secure on the Rock’. It’s the best way I could describe Jesus and what He has done for us.
We love Him because He first loved us.

As I read and reread what Jesus said, I am overwhelmed by His love. It is blatantly obvious to me that I don’t deserve this. It is like the prince in England going to the slums of London and seeing a young girl lying in her vomit in the gutter. The prince looks down at the girl with such love and picks her up to give her a hug but the girl glares at him and spits in his face telling him to go away. The prince doesn’t even flinch but says to her;

“Please let me help you. Come to my home and I will give you beautiful clothes, the finest food. You can live with me forever and never have to worry about anything at all.”

The girl in the gutter looks at him saying how she likes her life, it is fun and she really just wants to be left alone so she can stick another needle in her arm. The prince leaves at her request to go home to see his father, the King. The prince makes it abundantly clear that he is in love with this girl and wants to do whatever he can to rescue her and make her his princess. The King says to the prince;

“There is only one way left my son. You have to take her punishment. She is guilty of theft, drug abuse, prostitution and heresy. The only way she can be excused of this is if the fine is paid. You have to go to court and tell the judge that you did all these things and then you have to be publicly humiliated, beaten and put in jail. You will be treated as a common criminal. This is the only way she can be free and come and live here with us.”

The prince doesn’t hesitate at all and get’s the ball rolling by going off to see the judge. Once the prince has taken all of her crimes upon himself, she is set free and her slate is wiped clean. She no longer has a criminal record. She is free to go. Of course she doesn’t know this as she is still drunk in the gutter.

The prince receives his beating and finally he is locked up in jail. The girl remains unaware that this is happening and even though she is completely free she continues to live in bondage as a criminal, always hiding from the police when they drive by.

One fine sunny day the prince is released from prison. He has served his time and paid the price for all of her crimes. He eagerly searches the streets of London until he finds her so that he and she can finally be together. Finally he finds her sitting in a heap in the park crying her eyes out. She is so sad and tells him that she has had enough of this life. Proudly he pulls out a piece of paper from his coat. It is her criminal record. He shows it to her. At first she is confused but then she sees what it is.

The weight suddenly lifts from her as she realises that her freedom has been purchased for her through this young prince’s sacrifice. He offers it to her as a gift and asks if she would like to spend her life with him in his castle. She gratefully agrees and runs off into the sunset with her darling.

This is kind of what Jesus did, only He did so much more than can ever be put into words. The worst part is that we never really love Jesus for who He is, we only love Him for what He did for us. We love Him because He first loved us . I understand this about myself. I see clearly that I did not love Jesus first and I did not love Him because He is wonderful.

I loved Him because He set me free. I loved Him because He showed me the way to a better life. I loved Him because of what He gave to me and for what I could get from Him. This is why I used to love Jesus. Yes I loved Him after I met Him but I see now how selfish this love was. He knew this though, He knew I would love Him only based on what I had to gain from Him yet He still did it, He still loved me enough to die for me.

It is because of Jesus love for me that I truly began to know Him. If you don’t know Jesus as I have described, if you think He is as a police man that watches that you don’t make mistakes or like a harsh husband or father, please let me tell you the truth. He is the lover of your soul, He is your Saviour and Redeemer, He is your knight in shining armour and He wants you to know Him as these things and so much more. If you want to know Him then don’t wait another moment, pray this prayer now.


Dear Lord Jesus,

Today I want put my life right with you. I want to be the woman you want me to be and nothing else. I want to give myself to you 100%. I say yes to your offer of perfect love and I gratefully receive this love now. I thank you that your death on the cross made it possible for me to be clean and to be free.

Please wash me clean today so I can have a brand new start. Please forgive me of all my past sins. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. You are my Lord and Saviour now.
 

Amen


The Being a Woman book and worksheets are available here.  
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3.9.11

Fanny Adams



















Meet Jane, one of our King's Daughters Conference speakers.  Jane has an incredible story which she will share at our conference, but she also has an incredible business which provides ethical fashion.  Jane creates unique clothing from second hand items which she then 'modifies' using vintage fabric trims and buttons.  She stared out by simply making customised clothing, bags and hats for herself.  Friends and even passers-by in the street, would stop her and ask where she had bought her gorgeous bags or clothes. Many enquiries and many orders later she started cardigan parties where she would show off and sell her latest designs. One thing led to another, which led to her making 300 hand trimmed cardigans for none other than Cath Kidston.

Jane has since opened a fantastic shop in the gorgeous village of Blagdon where she sells the best organic, fair trade coffee in England along with her creative jacket and cardigan designs. Her shop also showcases local items and even boasts a man corner with bits and bobs to keep the men busy while the women shop.  So for a great day out and some ethical shopping why not visit Fanny Adams Vintage and if you are able to, join us at the King's Daughters Conference to see some of Jane's fab items. 
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1.9.11

Ethical Fashion III

Hi girls,

The last couple of blogs have been all about ‘ethical fashion’ and I told you that this time would be about planning your wardrobe. This is really important if you want an ethical wardrobe. It means NOT buying on impulse, without any thought, poor quality clothes that quickly get chucked out.

Rather this is buying where each piece is important, valued and looked after, (even mended rather than thrown away). Buying this way is buying less and better quality. (Many of the more expensive clothes for sale will not have been made for fair wages BUT you can be sure that really cheap ones guarantee unfair pay).

This is buying thinking of the lifespan of the item and shopping with a plan and budget in mind. It’s a reason discovering your personal style is helpful so you can build up a wardrobe of things you actually like in a style you feel comfortable in.

A few ideas on planning your wardrobe:
Consider the way you spend your time and how much of your wardrobe is dedicated to each. It makes sense to have more clothes for things you spend more time doing. Make two pie charts with the following:

Time you spend:     
At work
Socialising
Hobbies/ sport
At home/ other
Etc.

Business wear
Formal/smart
Sportswear
Casual clothes
Etc.

You could consider building your wardrobe by collecting groups of clothes that can be worn in a number of different combinations for each of the categories you have identified that you need to dress for. For example, 2 jackets, 5 tops and 3 bottoms would make a month of different combinations if they all went together!!

Planning is a consideration but so is caring for our clothes to help them last. Here are a few suggestions:

Wash low (many clothes can be washed at 30 deg), spin fast, tumble less. You can cut up to 40% of the energy bill created doing laundry. 70,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide are churned out by tumble driers in the UK each year. That’s the same as 20,000 return flights from London to New York each week. If you use your washing line, you can save £60/ year!

If you look after your clothes properly, they’ll look better and last longer. Put your clothes away clean and then dust and clean your wardrobe regularly and air clothes (especially if they smell smoky) before you put them in.

Wire hangers are not the best for clothes. Coats, jackets and shirts all benefit from shaped wooden hangers. These space themselves naturally which prevents over crowding. Hangers with clips or clamps are good for skirts and trousers. Hang skirts from waist and trousers from hem (helps creases drop out). Use padded hangers for light blouses and dresses. Knitwear, t.shirts, scarves, jeans and sports clothes can all be folded. Hang belts on tie racks or over hook of hanger—avoid rolling them. 

Love
Anna
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