9 Interesting Facts About Denim

Denim – everyone’s favourite. We love it and we live in it: jeans, shirts, jackets, skirts… the list goes on. Having been in use since the 15th century this fabric is still very much in demand; modern-yet-classic, fashionable-yet-casual, plain or faded in different patterns we simply can’t get enough of it.

Denim – everyone’s favourite. We love it and we live in it: jeans, shirts, jackets, skirts… the list goes on. Having been in use since the 15th century this fabric is still very much in demand; modern-yet-classic, fashionable-yet-casual, plain or faded in different patterns we simply can’t get enough of it.I used to be a denim junkie. Before my now famous KonMarie session my wardrobe held over 30 pairs of jeans alone. Crazy, I know… but not to worry as most of them didn’t give me joy anymore they were donated to charity and I am sure someone else somewhere is making very good use of them right now. Anyways, winter is over and spring is upon us, which can mean only one thing – wardrobe change! All this rummaging about in my clothing kind of put me in the mood to find something interesting out about my beloved denim, so here you have it… 9 facts I didn’t know about. I hope you will also find them interesting.

Denim was invented in the 1500s in Genoa, Italy to be worn by the sailors in that city’s navy; it took over 300 years for it to become popular and worn by masses.

In the earlier years, denim was associated with hard working labourers like miners, farmers or railroad workers who needed a durable, long-lasting yet comfortable clothing.

Cowboys = denim. Picture a cowboy. What is he wearing? Cowboy boots, well-worn blue jeans, denim shirt and a hat… am I right?

Blue jeans became popular outside of the United States, thanks to American Soldiers in World War II who wore jeans when they were off-duty.

Every American on average owns 7 pairs of wearable denim clothing? Seems like a lot but just look into your wardrobe, you might really be surprised.

About 2.5 billion yards of denim is produced every year all around the world. Over 50% of denim is produced in Asia alone, specifically in China, India, and Bangladesh.

Most of the denim fabric is washed in water after colouring in order to prevent the shrinkage.

One bale of cotton can be used to produce 225 pairs of denim jeans.

It takes 1800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make one pair of jeans… ooops! That’s a lot of water!

Are you a denim lover? Could you survive without your favourite pair of jeans?

* This is a collaborative post.

Summer Footwear Wishlist

After KonMari-ing my entire house, my footwear collection went under the knife too. Not a big deal, as the shoes which I got rid of simply didn’t bring me joy anymore, but as a result I am now having some gaps in my slimmed down yet joy giving, shoe collection.

After thinking long and hard about summer footwear I’ve made a shortlist of the shoes I would like to buy. One would think that summer shoes would be all open with lots of straps, kind of like your typical sandal look but hey, we are living in the UK, which means I need shoes to survive the British summer and a collection of only sandals isn’t going to cut it.

It’s funny when you think about it… it’s summer yet my wish-list contains boots! No, I am not mad… I simply live in the more rural part of the country where the weather is super unpredictable so one has to be ready for any scenario 🙂

So, what’s on my wish list?

After KonMari-ing my entire house, my footwear collection went under the knife too. Not a big deal, as the shoes which I got rid of simply didn’t bring me joy anymore, but as a result I am now having some gaps in my slimmed down yet joy giving, shoe collection.

Hush Puppies Janessa | Coast Embellished Sandals | Crocs Olivia II Flats | Sole Diva Cork Wedge | Clarks Dinah Pixie | Heavenly Soles Heeled Leather Ankle Boots | Brakeburn Green Loafer | Cushion Walk Mule | Moda in Pelle Wilmia Sandals

What do you think about my choices?

Do any of them take your fancy?

* This is a collaborative post.

Review: Lingerie by Victoria – Freya Enchanted

When it comes to lingerie for a very long time looks meant everything to me. My lingerie had to be pretty more than comfortable and then all the rest…. Lately this priority has changed for me. Yes, it still has to look pretty and yes it has to be comfortable but most of all it has to fit well and do its job as intended. As it ended up getting your bra fitted right is the key!

It’s actually quite silly that at my age I was wearing an incorrect bra size. Once I got it right all my clothes suddenly started to look different. In the last month or so I’ve replaced almost 100% of my bras, mainly because they were the incorrect size.  Now I have a much smaller collection but they are all the correct size and actually keep my boobs in check as intended.

Lingerie by Victoria – Freya Enchanted Plunge Balcony Bra

The latest addition to my lingerie collection is the Freya Enchanted Plunge Balcony Bra by Lingerie by Victoria. The bra comes in two colours: black and anthracite grey (this is the one I picked). In addition to the bra you can also purchase matching thongs or briefs to finish the set.

Review Lingerie by Victoria - Freya Enchanted Plunge Balcony BraThe Freya Enchanted is designed for the fuller bust. It comes in cup size DD up to HH and chest size 28-38, so plenty of choice.  It’s an underwired, non-padded bra with a high underarm wire and low-cut front. My bra is a 36E and I would say it’s true to its size. It fits perfectly and feels rather good, I have to admit. The Freya Enchanted offers a very pleasing design. The lace part is sown at a slightly lower level than the solid fabric pieces which means that it doesn’t stand out under tight fitted clothing. The straps are wide enough to provide comfort throughout the whole day as well as offering a lot of space for adjustment (which unfortunately some other bras don’t).

In general I really like the bra, it looks nice and it feels great. I would say that my only wish was it had three hooks instead of two but the two hook setup seems to do the job well enough for now so it’s not a big deal.  Priced at £33 it offers very good value for money and you have an option to choose bottoms in order to complete your look depending on your preference. This was my first experience with Lingerie by Victoria but I am already drooling over some new sets….

Have you ever shopped at Lingerie by Victoria?

Do you prefer to buy your lingerie online or go to the store?

Winter in the country – Top 5 Winter Fashion Essentials

Winter in the country is not the same as a winter in the city, despite the air having the same temperatures, city walls, tall busy buildings and 100s of hot cars in traffic jams make every city feel warmer and cosy, when in the open countryside it’s just you and the elements.

I know that when it comes to fashion we all have our likes, dislikes and often different tastes but if you are living in the countryside I believe you will have the same basic needs as me… one being to wrap up warm so you are ready to face the forces of nature outside.

So today I would like to share with you my top 5 fashion essentials for surviving winter in the countryside.

Winter in the country – Top 5 Winter Fashion EssentialsHat
I might be biased here because I love hats in general, not only in winter, so for me a good hat is a must. I hardly ever leave my house without a hat and if I do this is only because I am wearing a hoodie 🙂 I remember both as a child and a teenager I hated hats! I always thought they were uncool and made me look like a dork. It was only during my uni years that I actually started to develop my love for head wear and since that time my hat collection has ever so slowly kept growing.

Scarf
This is yet another essential which is a must have for any outdoor activity during winter time. Not only will it will keep you warm but a nice scarf can add so much to your entire outfit. Remember accessorising can be very useful as well as fun.

Gloves
Mark says that I am cold blooded as my hands and feet are always freezing (well, I say that my blood pressure is low, but hey ho what does he know) so for that reason alone I always, always have a pair of gloves in my jacket pocket.

Socks
Again this has something to do with me being cold blooded but I hate having cold feet, especially during winter time. Good quality, thick, warm, preferably wool socks can make such a difference to achieving toasty feet.

Snow boots
Well, we might not have the snow very often but despite the name snow boots can be used when no snow has fallen as well 😉 Super warm, waterproof and breathable they offer all I am looking for in my winter footwear.

This is my list of basic essentials for winter in the countryside.

Did I miss something?

Would you replace one of my picks with something else?