Yes, You Can Rock A Studio Apartment

When you’re fresh out of university and stripped of your toga, reality hits like a right hook. Budgeting may not be your strong suit, and neither would interior design be — unless it was your major. Still, despite the looming horrors of adulthood, sustainable wardrobe trends and forward-moving technology soften the blow. Living alone isn’t easy. Not everyone claims they can rock a studio apartment, but yes — it’s possible!

Home shopping is often exciting, especially if you’re moving into your first one. Though the funding department can often speak for itself, not everyone is particularly thoughtful when it comes to space. Photographic memory or none, measure your room dimensions. Furniture “looking small” is just about as deceiving as two-dollar fortune tellers. Know your apartment’s limits. Anyway, you do want to make sure you can push a bed frame through the door.

Once you have your basics down pat, pick out adjustable storage. Putting away your things in one place will not only be less confusing — it eats up significantly less space. Scout department stores that sell shelves that shrink and expand. That way, they’ll only cater to what you have at the moment, an amount that will likely fluctuate. Bonus points if you pick up a couch with drawers!

Smaller apartments also mean smaller rooms, if not just a single space. In this case, you’ll want pretty versatile fittings. Purchase items with several functions. Finding altering desks, couches, and even beds are surprisingly not too difficult a find. If you can hide them away after use, even better! After all, Transformers aired ten years ago. And on the plus side, your studio should, by default, feel a lot more futuristic.

Though it mostly goes without saying, buy only what is necessary. Decor is crucial to personalizing a home, but if you’re low on cash, keep it on the back burner. If you can’t afford a particular necessity, make it yourself. Get creative, especially with items that aren’t too intimate. Show off your wardrobe on a makeshift wall rack. Nowhere to keep your books? Make a shelf — out of books!

If you’re fussy about an area looking tight, play with illusion. Decorate with striped rugs to make floors appear lengthier. Paint your walls with light colors to reflect sunlight as opposed to absorbing it. Embellish your walls higher up, to give rooms a sense of height. Make things pop in however way you see fit. What catches your eye will likely catch others’ too, but avoid overcrowding! Larger and fewer ornamental pieces trump smaller and plentiful ones any day.

Most importantly, be resourceful. Your home isn’t a doomsday bunker — keep it comfortable. Figure out several ways to use a single appliance. If hitting the laundromat or local diner is a simpler option, go for it. Home will always be there to welcome you back, mansion or not.

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Sustainable Fashion Is The New Chic

I was thirteen when I stopped eating meat. My parents, on a road trip, had driven past a slaughterhouse. I’d caught a whiff of a terrible smell, and even worse, a peek at a butchering session. Since then I’ve maintained a sustainable diet. And while sustainability in food is trendy, people are looking to expand it to other aspects of daily life. Primarily, this includes fashion.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent ample time revamping my closet into something more eco-friendly. Though the fashion industry is quickly welcoming change, the issue of wasteful consumers remains.

Since going on a wardrobe cleanse, I’ve picked up on a couple of tips that have helped me achieve a perfectly green closet.

The key to a hard fashion reset is segregating your closet. Know what no longer suits you and what still rocks your style. Take a few days to contemplate whether you are willing to keep certain pieces or not. If you aren’t, donate or sell them. Whatever you do, don’t toss them. Someone might be into what you no longer are. If you are unsure, borrow grandma’s sewing machine and repair whatever pieces you think you can save. You never know when a garment just needs a little tweak.

Inevitably, getting rid of clothes occasionally means you’ll run short of them. If it’s a case that calls for some retail therapy, shop wisely. Think about what you value in a piece of clothing. Surely, going “green” means you aren’t looking to wear a dead animal, but are you also banning animal byproducts? Where you shop is also something to consider, as buying garments made locally is often more beneficial for a community.

Of course, going on the hunt for a brand new wardrobe is more exciting than anyone gives it credit for. So be sure to do your research for a clearer picture of what you might be truly interested in. Many affordable brands such as H&M are becoming more sustainable (check out their Conscious Collection!). See if your principles align with what certain brands are selling.

More importantly, make a list. Lists are tedious, but they are your friend. Be specific. Purchase only what is on your list. Don’t over shop! Pick out what you can mix and match. You can never expect when you’ll get carried away on a shopping spree.

Hitting the mall isn’t the last of your worries because, trust me, you will always have the urge to shop. So refine your style not according to what is currently in, but what you will feel most comfortable in. Magazines may be outdated in this day and age, but go through them if you must. After all, the new generation seems pretty keen on reviving trends we thought were a thing of the past (hello bell-bottoms).

Give your closet personality. If you grow tired of something, at least you’ll have other things to fall back on. If you’re not quite that adventurous, go for a timeless wardrobe. It may require a bit more effort, but it’ll be worth the time spent and money saved.

While eco-conscious brands are now getting the traction they deserve, you, as a consumer, could be their ultimate key to success.

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