We might *technically* be adults, but there’s one childlike feeling that will never fade – the start of a new school year that makes us want to reinvent ourselves.
So, like clockwork, every September I start a metaphorical journey of rebirth. 2013 was the year I dyed my hair a bright red and pierced my septum, before starting university. In 2016 I opted to move across the country to London, start a new career and break up with my boyfriend – all in four weeks. Present day, September 2018, has proved just as tumultuous. Thus far I have quit my job to go freelance (hint: commission me please), added a peachy tint to my hair (hair dye is cheaper than therapy) and basically re-evaluated my life. It only dawned on me recently that subconsciously I’ve been routinely having an “I can be anyone” moment on the ninth month of every year. Sometimes it’s purely aesthetic, like before a new school year when you suddenly decide that skirts must be four inches above the knee and your lips must be covered in dream matte mousse. Or, it’s a deeper personal shift, from popular kid to emo. You needn’t go full shapeshifter, but a refresh of sorts is always beneficial. Below is a collation of clothes, books and beauty products to assist your internal and external refresh.
FROM THE OUTSIDE IN
Having a makeover is far from a shallow or vain pursuit, it can truly become a catalyst for change. Grab these transformative items for a bit of face and fashion Feng Shui.
These Super Cool Colour masks will turn you into a pastel princess in less than an hour and will only put you out of pocket by £6.
Get rid of bad vibes and detoxify your face; this mask from Glossier will rid you of excess oil and impurities to leave a velvety-matte finish.
Get a new wardrobe full of “I like it so I’m going to fucking wear it” looks. The best bit? Nasty Gal has just added a size-inclusive (ish) range of pieces from size 4 to 22.
FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Work on the good stuff, baby. Breathe some life into your work, relationships and friendships with our culture picks.
Feel like you spend your life at work? Don’t get paid enough? Aren’t treated well? Then, change it up. This book by Emma Gannon is a great manual on how to work less and earn more, whilst embracing your multi-faceted nature.
#TheReceiptsPodcast is a podcast all about relationships and unadulterated girl talk. Single? Taken? Who-the-fuck-knows? It will help you get a fresh perspective on what you should be getting and how.
With soulful vocals and heart-healing lyrics, Mahalia’s debut EP Seasons will make you feel empowered and ready to take on the world.
Let us know on twitter @fgrlsclub what you’re doing this “back to school” season…
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