Buy less, choose well, make it last

– Vivienne Westwood

Musla is a blog I’ve been following more or less ever since the beginning when it was still only written by Kirsikka. I love the way she writes, it’s really entertaining and inspiring at the same time. I admire (and secretly envy) her wardrobe and home, both so stylish! The latest thing she’s inspired me to question is my own consumption habits, especially when it comes to buying new clothes. This spring Kirsikka started a shopping challenge, a fast, as she calls it, meaning she won’t be buying any new clothes in 365 days. Respect!

It sounded quite easy to me at first but when I really started to think about it, I understood it would be everything else than that. Already looking back on this year I can’t believe the amount of clothes I’ve bought. Still, it feels my wardrobe is not any more functional than it was before. How depressing that I’ve spent money on clothes I don’t even remember… it’s so easy to just buy and forget. Way too easy.

It would be notably easier if I would be able to avoid all the temptations. I don’t hang around in shopping centers, unless I have real errands, so from that point of view I’m safe. It helps to live on the countryside, haha. The hard part is of course the Internet. There’s so many temptations in there, advertisement everywhere and different webshops bump up all the time. The marketing is both visible and invisible, so it’s a struggle both in mind and subconsciousness. What happens quite often is that I click things into the shopping basket but in the end get to my senses and leave the page. Good for me. I would otherwise be in bankruptcy.

I get by far the most influenced by advertising in blogs I read. There’s numerous times a blog post has triggered me to buy something. That’s why I find it so refreshing and truly interesting when a blogger is carrying out a challenge like this, instead of introducing the latest fall fashion. This challenge is something everyone can do and most importantly, afford. This would actually save your money and on the side of that, you would be doing a favor to the environment.

Wabi-sabi is exactly about the delicate balance between the pleasure we get from things and the pleasure we get from freedom of things.

― Leonard Koren, Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

Another very interesting blog post in Musla, related to this topic, was written by Mia a few days ago. She was writing about how we should change our perspective and attitudes towards old, worn out and shabby things, we should value the things we already own and only buy secondhand. She had been inspired by a Japanese aesthetics called wabi-sabi. The idea behind wabi-sabi is to embrace imperfection in all things, appreciate our planet and live a more simple life where wealth, status, power and luxury are not things to be chased after.

This concept really fascinates me, and I think this is something worth striving for, at least when it comes to consumption of new things, especially clothes. I highly appreciate the fact that Musla bloggers are bringing up these topics in such an engrossing way. It has made me stop for a while and reflect on my own habits and I believe this will definitely help me being more self-aware and critical in the future when making the decision to buy or not to buy. So thank you Musla for being such an inspirational and exemplary blog!

Have a lovely wabi-sabi weekend!

xx mybohem




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