How to Sack Your Security Blanket

What is it that makes you feel safe? Wearing black, notice-me labels, covering your figure in baggy sweaters? Whatever it is, you’re not alone. We’ve all got some sort of sartorial security blanket that takes up emotional and physical space in our closets. Ironically, the very thing that causes closet chaos is that which soothes […]

Why You Need a Frank Friend with No Filter

Everyone has one: a straight-up-no-chaser buddy whose regular shots of honesty make the room spin. Serving up reality in a full-length mirror is part of her charm so don’t ever try and change her. Why? Because it’s folks like the Frank Friend with No Filter that can fast track you from a state of closet […]

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The Surprising Tip That Kills Procrastination

Procrastination. It’s got an addictive appeal, doesn’t it? Why black sack a small mortgage worth of clothes when you can binge watch all 5 seasons of Breaking Bad – again! Despite the mounting evidence (burgeoning clothing heaps, growing inertia, the smell of despair), there’s always a good reason to avoid tackling a closet clear-out. Why? […]

Avoid Impulse Shopping With This One Tip

So, how’s Dry January going? Got that familiar feeling again? Yes, we’ve all been there. You could have sworn there was steam coming from the ATM machine last you used it and your heavily-pregnant credit card is fit to buckle under the weight of a 9.5% APR; yet you still ran around Topshop like a […]

It’s Not Too Late for Dry January

Last weekend I was speaking in Galway at BEO – Ireland’s newest and most dynamic self-care event – about wardrobe wellness. During the Q&A segment, a girl asked me “How do I stop going into Penneys all of the time?” The audience offered a knowing chuckle because the struggle, my friends, is most certainly real. […]

The Mindful Practice of Saying ‘No’ & How to Do It

Nope, no, nein, nay, no bueno, not a chance, fuggedaboutit! Feels good, doesn’t it? Or does it?    Saying ‘no’ gets a bad rap but, ironically, it’s in turning something down, we disappoint fewer people – and, most importantly, we don’t disappoint ourselves. It’s what separates a job well done from several jobs undone. But […]


How do you feel when you open your closet? More to the point, how does your closet feel? Buried beneath those forgettable fads, questionable trends and ‘oh dear, what was I thinking’ is a pile of useless emotional baggage. Bet you didn’t see it. Well, guess what? You’re not alone.  Your closet is more than […]


It’s back to work for most of us tomorrow. That means surfacing from a collective Netflix coma and attempting to look human before 9 am and a feed of mince pies. It’s a scary thought but so is darkening the doors of any retail establishment apart from those that sell milk, paracetamol or something that […]


The process of decluttering can trigger some extreme emotions – fear, loss, shame, guilt. It can also make one feel like a rockstar bad-ass superhero capable of taking on the world and its mother.  That bit generally comes at the end. The beginning and middle are often more complex. Here’s what you can expect.   […]