Fatima Truscott

I shop, therefore I am

written by Fatima Truscott

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Fashion Wheel. Remember it? While my brother would sit endlessly attacking aliens on his Atari, I’d dream of this board game where young girls could fancy themselves as a fashion designer.

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Sadly, I never got it and two decades later, I’m still actually toying with the idea of buying an original off eBay!

This iconic 80s game – with its pink ‘Lazy Susan’ wheel which allowed you to swap the top and bottom outfits so you were always creating something new was probably an early indication of where my love of fashion began…

Similarly, my obsession with the magic of make-up began at six, sneaking upstairs after school to mix strange concoctions in my Mum’s empty Avon cream containers. Usually a fragrant mix of Head & Shoulders, Johnson’s Baby Lotion and of course flour (!) as I mixed, I’d gabble away, talking into a huge bevelled mirror which sat on an enormous mahogany dresser in my parents bedroom as I pretended to present my very own home shopping channel.

And now as a 30-something Fashion & Beauty Editor, I fondly look back on those memories and I suppose it’s fair to say those childhood dreams kind of came true – and hey, if the toys we played with are any indication of what we’ll do when we grow-up, then my son shall be a champion Pokemon and my daughter a singing mermaid! I shall of course support them and wish them both the best of luck!

I can’t imagine life before my little Picachu and Ariel (don’t worry, that’s not their real names!) And more importantly, what on earth did I do with. All. That. Time?

Actually. I’ll tell you what I did. I’d spend hours pouring over fashion magazines and then I’d shop. And. Shop! Car boot sales, charity shops, the high street, the posh shops, ALL SHOPS! I’d spend my days painstakingly rifling through every item on the rails in TKMaxx until cramp set in or trawl Ebay until I went blind!

Always on the hunt for ‘something-a–bit-different’ I’d spend hours styling up my outfits, complete with mood boards (oh yes!) for my make-up and hair ‘options’ until it all looked just right.

And now, with two young children, it comes with little surprise that this luxury just doesn’t happen as much as I’d like it to and although I have yet to turn up at the school gates in my PJ’s (I came very close though last term) I whole heartedly accept that now, it’s not always possible to successfully juggle the sartorial challenge and the school run!

After years of being one of those (annoying!) people who’d work their outfit out the night before (see? I had time back then!) now, once the kids are asleep and we’re a Mr Tumble-free-zone for at least the next twelve hours, the distraction of catch up TV, a bottle of Prosecco and an ACTUAL conversation with my husband most certainly out-trumps any want I may have had to look ‘pretty’ in the morning.

And then the alarm goes off and we are catapulted out of sleep into the mad morning dash; the haphazard routine of making pack lunches, pulling muddy bikes out of the shed, transferring contents of my ‘Mummy bag’ into my ‘Work bag’, my husband misplacing his mobile, “Has anyone fed the cat?” panicking that I’ll miss my train, “Mummy I need a poo-poo” and all that merry morning chaos means our house is very often a circus and my husband and I are the clowns.

And for fear of literally looking like one, I now prefer to keep things simple.

I find that a capsule collection of your most favourite and worn items and beauty essentials makes the whole dressing thing so much more damn easier! You can still mix in new stuff as you go, but the core staples stay the same.

Start by working out what you wear most often and then de-clutter from there. Most people alternate wearing just ten items over four months and apply the same make-up routine daily, so be ruthless and work out your magic must-haves and it’ll all make simple, stylish sense from there…

Fatima’s Top Ten

The perfect fitting jeans

Find ‘The One’ – if skinny doesn’t suit, stick to a classic cut. Nothing looks and feels better than a fit that suits YOU!

Jeans

The throw-it -on

I tend to rotate a black biker jacket, an over-sized blazer and a waxed Barbour to take the stress out of the school run.

BARBOUR-ROSE-LIBERTY-PRINT-BEADNELL-JACKET1

Fatima Headshot I shop, therefore I am. Fashion Wheel. Remember it? While my brother would sit endlessly attacking aliens on his Atari, I’d dream of this board game where young girls could fancy themselves as a fashion designer.

Sadly, I never got it and two decades later, I’m still actually toying with the idea of buying an original off eBay!

This iconic 80s game – with its pink ‘Lazy Susan’ wheel which allowed you to swap the top and bottom outfits so you were always creating something new was probably an early indication of where my love of fashion began…

Similarly, my obsession with the magic of make-up began at six, sneaking upstairs after school to mix strange concoctions in my Mum’s empty Avon cream containers. Usually a fragrant mix of Head & Shoulders, Johnson’s Baby Lotion and of course flour (!) as I mixed, I’d gabble away, talking into a huge bevelled mirror which sat on an enormous mahogany dresser in my parents bedroom as I pretended to present my very own home shopping channel.

And now as a 30-something Fashion & Beauty Editor, I fondly look back on those memories and I suppose it’s fair to say those childhood dreams kind of came true – and hey, if the toys we played with are any indication of what we’ll do when we grow-up, then my son shall be a champion Pokemon and my daughter a singing mermaid! I shall of course support them and wish them both the best of luck!

I can’t imagine life before my little Picachu and Ariel (don’t worry, that’s not their real names!) And more importantly, what on earth did I do with. All. That. Time?

Actually. I’ll tell you what I did. I’d spend hours pouring over fashion magazines and then I’d shop. And. Shop! Car boot sales, charity shops, the high street, the posh shops, ALL SHOPS! I’d spend my days painstakingly rifling through every item on the rails in TKMaxx until cramp set in or trawl Ebay until I went blind!

Always on the hunt for ‘something-a–bit-different’ I’d spend hours styling up my outfits, complete with mood boards (oh yes!) for my make-up and hair ‘options’ until it all looked just right.

And now, with two young children, it comes with little surprise that this luxury just doesn’t happen as much as I’d like it to and although I have yet to turn up at the school gates in my PJ’s (I came very close though last term) I whole heartedly accept that now, it’s not always possible to successfully juggle the sartorial challenge and the school run!

After years of being one of those (annoying!) people who’d work their outfit out the night before (see? I had time back then!) now, once the kids are asleep and we’re a Mr Tumble-free-zone for at least the next twelve hours, the distraction of catch up TV, a bottle of Prosecco and an ACTUAL conversation with my husband most certainly out-trumps any want I may have had to look ‘pretty’ in the morning.

And then the alarm goes off and we are catapulted out of sleep into the mad morning dash; the haphazard routine of making pack lunches, pulling muddy bikes out of the shed, transferring contents of my ‘Mummy bag’ into my ‘Work bag’, my husband misplacing his mobile, “Has anyone fed the cat?” panicking that I’ll miss my train, “Mummy I need a poo-poo” and all that merry morning chaos means our house is very often a circus and my husband and I are the clowns.

And for fear of literally looking like one, I now prefer to keep things simple.

I find that a capsule collection of your most favourite and worn items and beauty essentials makes the whole dressing thing so much more damn easier! You can still mix in new stuff as you go, but the core staples stay the same.

Start by working out what you wear most often and then de-clutter from there. Most people alternate wearing just ten items over four months and apply the same make-up routine daily, so be ruthless and work out your magic must-haves and it’ll all make simple, stylish sense from there…

Fatima’s Top Ten

The perfect fitting jeans Find ‘The One’ – if skinny doesn’t suit, stick to a classic cut. Nothing looks and feels better than a fit that suits YOU!

Jeans

The throw-it -on I tend to rotate a black biker jacket, an over-sized blazer and a waxed Barbour to take the stress out of the school run.

BARBOUR-ROSE-LIBERTY-PRINT-BEADNELL-JACKET1

Comfy shoes Converse. The eternally, cool trainer! They look better battered, but chuck into a quick wash and they’ll come out good as new! Converse

converse

Undies

Regular fittings during and post pregnancy will make a total difference to your wardrobe. This. Is. A. Fact.

undies

Mason Pearson hairbrushMason Pearson A luxury item, but in my experience, it’s the perfect treat for preening post partum hair.

Mason Pearson

Paw Paw Ointment

Once only available in Oz, this handbag essential has earned itself a cult beauty following. Stock up ‘cause you can buy it now in Boots.

PawPaw

Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia

A special fragrance will always make you smile. I wore this to my wedding, so for me it’s pure magic in a bottle. Plus it’s a quick way to hide ‘L’eau de Baby Vom’.

JoMalone

Ballet pumps

Running for the train, late for a school meeting or going on a Date Night. One shoe does fit all. Pretty Ballerina does this perfectly. So take that Cinders!

Ballet pumps

Pink blusher

A make-up friend of mine swears by this nifty trick and I do too. Wear over the apples of your cheeks and instantly look ten years younger.

Blusher.jpg

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