Since adopting the Zero Waste lifestyle, my life and that of my family has completely changed, for the better. We not only feel happier, we lead more meaningful lives, based on experiences instead of stuff, and action instead of inaction.
Today, my goal is to shatter pre-conceptions associated with the Zero Waste lifestyle and share what we have discovered about its incredible health, financial and time saving benefits. 

Fashion Friday: Wearing PJ's out!

Happy Fashion Friday!

A minimalist wardrobe sometimes requires you to think outside the box in order to maximize the use of the few pieces you own. My only pair of PJ's is black and silky but completely opaque, making it descent to wear out. So this week I thought "why not?".

Wearing the top with flare pants

Wearing the bottom with white tee and blazer

How Zero Waste is my outfit?
All (PJ's, sunglasses, bracelet, necklace, blazer, white tee, black flares, nude heels and purse) were purchased used. The sandals were a gift from my mom four years ago -I could not refuse them;)

39 comments:

  1. Wow. This actually works! Because you've styled them with more structured pieces like the trousers and blazer, and have rolled up the limbs they have taken on a new life. :::golf clap:::

    Now, what do you wear to bed on nights that you have worn your pjs out and about?

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  2. Why does it work for you ? I don't understand ! When I wear my PJ's, it's only like... if I was wearing a PJ's ! ;) Congrats, you're always so stylish

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  3. I did this yesterday, and no one noticed! Black ballet flats and a white sweater make black pj bottoms turn into black (comfy) trousers. :) They went in to a full load of wash last night, and today those black pants are paired with a black workout jacket and yellow tee shirt - perfect for playing with the kids. Thanks Bea!

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  4. Have you ever tried Rit dye to put life back into some black basics? I have a few black items that are beginning to fade, but the garments are in great shape otherwise. I was just wondering if a dye job would save them. Thanks!

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    1. Your question is timely: I am covering this in an upcoming post!

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  5. Anna, RIT is cheap. I've done it with success. Give it a try!

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    1. Great! Thanks! I was afraid that it would run or bleed color when washed. I'll give it a try. :)

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  6. Anonymous3/01/2013

    wow Bea so stylish do you still wear your black shirt on a regular basis or have you re thrifted it.

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    1. I have re-thrifted it as I can just grab one of Scott's when I need one;)

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  7. I LOVE your creativity! These posts on clothing (and your lifestyle in general) are so inspiring. Thank you! :)

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    1. No, THANKS to all of YOU for your support, for following the blog, and for letting me know what posts you like!

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  8. As a (french and parisian) jewellery designer, I really admire your smart way of getting dressed! I had to write it... Bravo!

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  9. Anonymous3/01/2013

    WOW WHAT A GENIUS IDEA to use your jammies. looks fabulous!! Are they thrifted and how do you get the legs to stay rolled up??LOVE YOUR BLOG KEEP IT UP!!!

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    1. Funny, I had forgotten to add my PJ's to the list above;) - they were thrifted and I have updated the post. Thanks for your question!.

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  10. You work it girl. Holy cow, you inspire me! Thanks for sharing.

    Annie

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  11. It looks great! I think some of my tops may work but the bottoms will definately not...haha!

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  12. Anonymous3/01/2013

    I love your outfits but you always seems to have heels on. What do you wear everyday to keep up with two young boys?

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    1. I do wear heels most days of the week. I specifically choose heels over wedges so I can bike with them (I find it difficult to bike uphill in wedges). But for hikes and anything really active on foot, I wear my boots (they are my alternative to the sneaker). For wrestling and playing football inside - a nightly activity, I wear my slippers;)

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  13. Anonymous3/01/2013

    As spring is around the corner in the northeast, and it is time to think about transitional and warmer weather clothes, I would love to see a post (or, read in the book!)on where to begin to put a small, useful wardrobe together....I have pared down, but still have a lot of "stuff" and "nothing to wear"...

    Love your style, Bea, and love the blog!

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    1. I am currently focusing my posts on covering what's not covered in the book, to avoid repeating myself and maximize my time.
      I go into great depth about simplifying (everything in the house) in the book. Can you wait a month? April 9th is the release date;)

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    2. Anonymous3/02/2013

      I have sold or donated many of my books, but not all, and I think your book will be one to have in paper, to read use as a reference. April is perfect timing. Keep up the great work - you are making a real difference!

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  14. Anonymous3/01/2013

    I CANT BELIEVE YOU BIKE IN HEELS!!! amazing woman. Do you wear a helmet too? Now your secret to your nice legs is out :) I am going to wear my black jamie top tomorrow too. Thanks for the idea.

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    1. No, I don't wear a helmet -I am a leisure biker and helmets does not match my outfits;)
      The kids and Scott wear them though.

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    2. Anonymous3/04/2013

      Bea,one of your motivations for living this lifestyle is your kids future. What if you get a head injury and are unable to care for your kids? ANYBODY who rides a bike should wear a helmet regardless of how little you ride the bike.

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    3. I expected an Anonymous comment just like that! ;)

      Once again, I have always been honest on my blog. Not wearing a helmet for leisure biking is a personal choice: one that I do not intend on lying about to please you (or avoid comments like yours); one that I do not expect others to approve or understand; one that has actually motivated me to bike more and drive less (even go down to one car) as many European (that I am) do -please Google images of "bikers Amsterdam" (be prepared to also see pictures of kids without helmets!).

      It also feels great not being afraid of the "what ifs" as the one you mention. If I were, I probably would have never bungee-jumped, had kids or embarked on the Zero Waste lifestyle! And I sure would have a house full of clutter for the "just in case";)

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  15. Anonymous3/01/2013

    Bea, A different question. Do you cover paper work in the book. It is the one thing that seems to swallow me up and I need some ideas/help. It seems to be everywhere. I am a paper magnet it seems.

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    1. Yes, the book covers how to go paperless.

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  16. Anonymous3/01/2013

    Your recent posts of FB of your home are very lovely. Your home looks so peaceful and calming...

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  17. Anonymous3/01/2013

    Bea do you rethrift when you purchase your new thrifted clothes , or is it when you change your style, do you constantly re edit your wardrobe and evolve your style,as you always look so amazing with fresh current style ,does it take some homework to achieve this? I could shop constantly and not achieve this.

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  18. Preordered the book on Amazon. SO excited!!

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    1. Anonymous3/02/2013

      I like that there is a kindle version available. For anyone who does not have one you can download a program on your computer so that you can read the book on your computer and not have a more wasteful paper copy.

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  19. Anonymous3/02/2013

    just being curious does your mom and dad and other family members adopt the zero waste lifestyle, they must be in awe of you.

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  20. Ithink you are wonderful Bea!, as you are protesting against what the majority of citizens take as acceptable, as really they are not breaking any rules or laws .It is deemed ok by society to have ready meals bathed in cardboard,as a saturday night treat. It is ok to buy seasonal clothes in the mall,and to occasinally update your home with some new decor from the homeware.It is definitley a new way of living,and you truly live up to the saying be the change you want to see, well done Bea.

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  21. Wonderful! You look great. My PJ's are flannel, although I work from home so... :)

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  22. An off this topic question: We are considering 2 things I know you already do/did, the first is adding solar, the second is adding under counter freezer/fridge drawers. I was wondering what kind of units u have (seperate, combo, etc.) their size (24", 36" 2 drawer, 4 drawer...) and if you've found anything challanging about them (r their things "too tall" kind of thing). I also found there are only 2-3 brand people online (and designers) recommend... as a nich market it appears higher end is better as they are more dependable (Wolf, Viking). I was also wondering about their energy usage as compared to a "standing untit" (our solar needs would be quite a bit greater than your as we're in the north). Thanks for any tips.

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  23. What do you think about H&M conscious initiative? will you by from them? is it acceptable by your rules of 'zero-waste'? http://www.hm.com/us/longlivefashion#path=1.1&transition=10&duration=500

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  24. Thanks stardust for sharing the link. I think it's great that H&M is raising awareness about the recyclability of clothes, as many other retailers have done before them (esp. Patagonia). And when I have a wornout piece of clothing I might go to H&M to recycle it to support these efforts but I would Refuse the voucher that they offer as a reward, as I do not buy new clothes (in my mind, as long as used ones are available, new ones are a waste of resources).

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  25. Anonymous3/07/2013

    I am amazed with the selection you have at thrift shops in your area. Now, do you happened to see these PJs or did you set out to find some PJs and you were lucky enough to find the perfect item?
    I feel thrift shopping can lead to impulse buying habits. When I am at a thrift store and if I see something that is clean, in good condition, fits me and if I like it, even though that wasn't something I went to look for, I will talk myself in getting it right there and then; when would such a perfect piece become available again? Do you find that to be the case with you too?

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