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Is Your Closet Making You Sick?

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Ah, the feels! All the feels! Splashing around in one’s emotional puddles can feel utterly liberating, especially when it comes to our closets. We fall hard for hand-beading, get butterflies over beautiful fabrics and feel like a Marvel superhero in the mere presence of a jumpsuit.

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The Happy Closet – A Thank You

 

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It’s been a month since the release of The Happy Closet. With that, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has supported my mission of wardrobe wellness. Thank you to those who bought the book and put it at #6 in just three weeks on the non-fiction hardback charts; for all of the kind #bookshelfies; and for making it an Amazon success. Thanks to a very generous press – radio, television, online, newspapers and magazines – who’ve given it such generous coverage and to my publishers Gill Books. Above is a small window into the past month. For the full story, click on Press Cuttings and tab across the numbers on the bottom of the page (there are five in total).  Happy Weekend! x

Closet Obesity – Let’s Kick the Habit

 

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Shopping tastes good. Really good. Whether its a gourmand high street buffet or designer amouse bouche, the pay-off is the same: delicious satisfaction.

But like most things in life, too much of a good thing can often lead to no good at all. Shopping is easy; knowing when to stop is the hard part:
• The moment we hide what we buy because we’ve bought too much
• The lies we tell ourselves (and others) to avoid facing the wagging finger of shame
• The empty feeling in our hearts (and wallets) when we bought something else we didn’t want or need.

That once familiar satisfaction now feels like uncomfortable bloat – a muffin top we just can’t seem to shift and before we realise it, our closet doors don’t actually close. Try as we may to push, tuck and commandeer our feelings into a ball of denial, the evidence is irrefutable. We’ve gone way too far. What’s more, we don’t know how we even got here.

Sound familiar? If you think your closet could do with a health check, live in Ireland and don’t mind cameras following your journey, please DM me (info AT thehappycloset DOT me) for details on an upcoming documentary. Details required by Tuesday, 2nd February.

Where to Buy The Happy Closet

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O.K. So, here’s the deal. The Happy Closet is selling out – and fast. I’ve been receiving a lot of emails asking where the book can be purchased in Ireland, the U.K., Australia and the U.S.A. The list I’ve compiled below gives a snapshot of the online retailers that currently stock the book. Please note: this does not include bricks and mortar stores; just online. Click on the link to take you directly to your preferred e-tailer. Any questions, feel free to drop me an email and I’ll get back to you straight away. Happy Reading! x

www.amazon.co.uk – ebook in stock; hardback back in stock 

www.easons.com – ebook in stock; hardback back in stock

www.foyles.co.uk – hardback only

www.thebookpeople.co.uk – hardback only

www.whsmith.co.uk – hardback only

www.bookdepository.com -hardback only

www.waterstones.com – ebook in stock; hardback sold out

www.gillbooks.ie – hardback only

www.wordery.com – hardback only

www.abebooks.co.uk – hardback only

www.blackwells.co.uk – hardback only

www.biblio.co.uk – hardback only

www.sainsburyentertainment.co.uk – ebook only

www.thebookcentre.ie – hardback only

www.booktopia.com.au – hardback only (Australia only)

www.alibris.com – hardback only

www.barnesandnoble – ebook only

www,amazon.com – ebook and hardback (U.S.A. only)

www.ibooks.com – ebook only

Don’t Make Me Break Out the Singing Elsa Doll…

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Do you want to know what the real secret is to creating a happy closet? Mindfulness. And do you know what mindfulness really is? Just a snazzy word for ‘to pay closer attention’. When we pay attention, we are mindful. When we are mindful, we are fully present in the ‘now’. That means putting the past to pasture and forgetting about the future. What is your life like today? And more to the point, how does your clothing reflect the person you at this point in time? Sounds simple yet we all get it oh-so-wrong. When faced with the prospect of letting go, we’ll pull out an arsenal of epithets with a few rounds of self-serving bias to justify potential over purpose (‘I might need it.’; ‘It could come in handy’; ‘You never know when you’ll need .’). It’s not easy, is it? Nor is mounting the mother of all defences to keep from black sacking your ‘pulling’ dress from 1998. Let it die with dignity; this is not Weekend at Bernie’s. So, just how does one let go gracefully?

Keep present
Unless you are already taking steps to diet into those size 10 jeans, keeping them is preventing you from engaging with the now. By focusing on what doesn’t fit; you avoid having to deal with what’s real. Otherwise, they simply serve as a mockery; a reminder of our failed choices.

What’s so uncomfortable?

If parting with that sweat-stained t-shirt from your ex is a cognitive feat too far, there’s probably an unresolved fear afoot. Figuring out the ‘why’ behind your resistance will help release the chokehold on the past. P.S. You will find another relationship; just get rid of the smelly DNA sample.

Don’t deny it

The act of holding onto clothes that no longer serve you subconsciously allows you to fall back into old habits. Denial prevents us from real growth (and is an insidious form of self-rejection). Holding onto things that don’t fit makes a mockery of who we are today. If you’ve no longer got any room in your life for whatever is taking up space, it needs to go. STAT.

Don’t settle

The words ‘it’ll do’ never did anything. Don’t simply buy something because it is adequate. The more you make do, the more you’ll be prepared to compromise. Good enough is exactly what got you here.

Stop trying to make it work

If it doesn’t work now; it won’t ever work later. So, stop trying to make it work. When something is right – be it a relationship or a pair of jeans – it just fits. It doesn’t need clauses and conditions to justify its presence.

For more tips on how to part with poise, pick up a copy of The Happy Closet.