One of the five parts of the Glorious Wellness Method is: Simplify Everything.
Food. Yes. That often needs simplifying. #JERF is one of my mantras. Just eat real food.
And something that comes up a lot is Clearing out. Clutter. Old stuff. Old habits.
As a start point, I often get clients to do a kitchen detox. Getting rid of crappy, sugary, processed or old food that’s been lurking in the cupboard since year dot signifies a new start. One that’s about nourishment and new habits.
I have a client who decided to do a big wardrobe clear out. He decided he no longer wanted to waste any brainpower on deciding what to wear or being faced with ‘visual noise’ from his messy wardrobe. So he streamlined it and now mainly sticks to a uniform of white shirt, trousers and (expensive) sneakers. It suits him. It’s polished and nonchalant at the same time.
Wearing clothes that are distinctly ‘you’, make life easier each morning by simplifying your choices and help you to feel good – that’s what we all want from our wardrobe, right? I’ve noticed that often at the end of a Glorious Wellness programme, a client loves how they look and feel and upgrade their wardrobe. This happened to a client who bought four new pairs of jeans in one go. Four. It was lovely to see her bursting with vitality and self-confidence.
I decided to enlist the help of a personal stylist this week.
as a Wellness experiment.
I wanted to experience what it’s like to work with a personal stylist, as I think there’s a lot of overlap between how eating well and dressing well makes you feel.
I’m a minimalist who finds it overwhelming to have too much of anything. However, I acknowledged that some of my very well loved items were literally falling apart (makes me happy when they do, it's a sign of them having lived a good life), plus every time I present or speak in public I wear the same thing. Which was getting a bit, well, wearing.
I chose to work with Lynne Meek of Styling Matters. She has great style and she’s kind, funny, never pushy or too scary fashion-y. She gets to the heart of what makes someone feel good.
Here’s what I learnt:
- That 50% of your wardrobe that you don’t wear? There’s a reason. Lynne helped me to understand WHY I didn’t feel great in something and it’s all to do with: colour, cut and how well it fits your personality. Having someone tell you WHY is very powerful.
- You know the stuff you’ve kept even though you don’t wear it because it cost a lot / you’ll fit into it one day / you feel guilty about NOT wearing it? That’s wasted energy that hits you with a negative whoosh every time you open your wardrobe door. The remedy? Say thank you to the clothes, say goodbye to them and send them on their way to a happier life via ebay, the charity shop or your friends.
- Yes, clothes are superficial, to a degree. They’re what we wear to not get cold, wet or arrested for being naked in public. And they’re also armour, confidence-booster, they speak volumes about us before we open our mouth. I’m fascinated by what helps my clients (and me) to get amazing energy. And wearing clothes that suit us helps us radiate amazing energy.
What was really interesting about the experience was that at the start it felt indulgent.
The idea of having a personal stylist felt to me to be in the same realm as hiring a personal trainer, a housekeeper or a health coach (me!). These are things we often feel we ‘should be able to work out for ourselves’. If I had £1 for every time someone says that to me about their nutrition. And having had a personal trainer in the past, I know it’s not just about exercise. It’s about motivation, accountability and focus.
Which was exactly the result of my time with Lynne. In just a couple of days, we edited my wardrobe, decided what was missing that I really needed, made a list, then filled in the gaps with a very focused shopping trip (with delicious lunch included, I’m very motivated by food…..) in only 2 stores to get my autumn and winter wardrobe nailed. I’d say that’s time and money very well spent. Now I can get back to helping high flyers to feel gloriously well.
What helps you to get amazing energy? Let me know in the comments below.