The problem of possibly being over prepared

There are two downsides to having a year to contemplate starting uni. The first is the inevitable stress and terror it will cause. (and it WILL cause, if you’re anything like me)

The second is the response to the stress. The preparation stage. It’s all very well and good being prepared. If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail, as my woodwork/metalwork/food technology teacher used to say. I expect he still says it. (he also used to say I’d make a great spy due to my ability to answer questions very evasively, so maybe take what he says with a handful of salt)

The trouble with that is, I think I might be taking a bit too much stuff with me.

pile-of-boxes

This would be too many boxes.

So if I maybe take a suitcase full of clothes and a box full of kitchen things… and probably another box of kitchen things, and then a bag/box of notebooks and stationery things… oh! and let’s not forget my bassoon (it’s big.) and music, and sheet music, and my satchel bag(s) because I love my satchel bags…

I don’t know, is that too much? I’m pretty sure I’ve forgotten something.

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Project 101

I’m a bit of a fan of the concept of minimalism, especially in wardrobe/fashion. This feels a bit like cheating, because I used to absolutely hate fashion (with a passion!) so I never really had a maxi-wardrobe to downsize to a mini-wardrobe.

Still. I console myself with the idea that it’s basically as if I came to the idea of minimalism pre-prepared! I might actually end up too minimal, because I’ve just realised there are at least two summer tops I can’t wear again unless I become suddenly flat-chested/skinny-as-a-rail. It won’t happen. So I may have to buy a few more things. Or not, I suppose, depending on how this goes…

Anyway, I’ve digressed. Project 333 is a minimalist fashion project where you choose 33 garments and wear them, and only them, for three months. That… is a long time. Especially considering that a) the seasons are changing and b) short attention span combine to make this a tricky one. So I’m making my own project. I’m living life on the edge, baby!

Project 101 is my own challenge I’m setting myself to wear 10 garments (shoes inclusive) for one month. If the title Project 333 confused you (like it confused me), I hope that goes some way to explaining it. (I must’ve spent a good few minutes asking myself what all the 3s were about. Now we know. Cool story, bro.) This is basically going by the usual rules, but so you know:

  1. Underwear, sleepwear, lounge wear and workout wear don’t count (not that I’ll be doing a lot of workouts, but…)
  2. Items not included should only be worn for their intended purpose i.e. no wandering around in trackie bottoms for days on end. That’s cheating.
  3. The 10 item limit also doesn’t include jewellery you wear all the time i.e. watch/wedding ring.

Anyway, without further ado, here is the wardrobe I intend to use during Project 101:
http://pinterest.com/charlim/101-summer-wardrobe/

There is a top missing, because I bought it several years ago and apparently it ceased to exist after it stopped being sold. Anyway, wish me luck etc, because I may well need it.

Oh, and if someone could work out how to embed pinterest boards properly on wordpress.com, that’d be spiffing. I just spend half an hour trying to do it, and that above effort was the best I could do.

Product review: Karma Komba

247-Karma-Komba-2This is Karma Komba. It is a shampoo bar. Now, I know what you might be saying. “A shampoo bar? That’s a bit newfangled for me, Charlifarli. I much prefer my bottle.” Well, hold your horses, because I hope to sell it to you. (No, I’m not on commission.)

As Lush themselves promise:

Gives a lovely wash with great lather – and leaves you smelling of Karma.

Karma is our signature fragrance and has been around since the start of Lush. Here we have tried to give a lovely shampoo bar that doesn’t just get your hair clean but will also leave your hair wafting of Karma fragrance all day.

In trials we have found they last as long as approximately three 250g bottles of conventional shampoo. This makes them amazing value – but also means that for every bar you use, you are saving three plastic bottles. Helping the environment is good for your Karma.

Well, I don’t know about smelling of Karma all day, but the bathroom certainly smells really nice so that’s a plus. It helps if you’re willing to use their karma soap as well though, obviously. So, that’s a tick in that department.

You only need to use a little bit of it, so you just sort of rub it on your head and then massage into your scalp. It lathers up lots, so don’t go rubbing it all over the place. You’ll be all foamy. Plus, in a pinch, it doubles up as a body soap, which halves the things you have to pack with you if you’re going on holiday/pilgrimage.

And as far as longevity is concerned, they are definitely not exaggerating. It lasted for about 4 months washing my short hair once a day. So, let’s say you have medium hair and you wash it once every other day. Still four months. Long hair and every other day? Two months. Ish. Not bad though, because I’m guessing long hair just eats up shampoo anyway. And you probably have to wash it half as often so… I digress. The point is, it lasts quite a while.

At £5.50 a bar, it’s a bit more expensive than your average bog-standard bottle of shampoo, but if it lasts longer it’s more cost effective. Plus, there are the environmental benefits of no packaging/being really tiny so it takes up less space in the lorry.

You’d be mad not to go for it.

Just over a month to go

So. One month to left. This is the thing I’ve spent a year stressing about, looking forward to, and being terrified about in equal measures. I’ve wished it closer and I’ve wished it further away, sometimes at the same time.

Now it’s almost here.

I’m a bit excited, I think. I’m looking forward to getting out there and being a student. I’m definitely looking forward to having a bit more autonomy. I’m looking forward to having my old friends from school over to my uni flat. Hopefully my flatmates will be my new uni friends, but if not I’ll probably make some on the course. I’m taking my teapot with me as means to bribe them into liking me though. Who doesn’t like tea?

Then again, I’m still nervous. There’s so much to think about; budgeting, buying food for the week (a whole week’s worth of shopping? Mad!), lectures and note-taking…. There’s so much to do. It could get overwhelming.

Maybe it won’t though. I’m probably just worrying too much.