Style Diary: 30 Days of Mirror Selfies

At the beginning of the year I set a number of style goals for myself. These were to:

  • Buy less and make better use of what I already have.
  • Buy better quality, investment pieces and avoid fast fashion.
  • Shop as ethically as possible.
  • Be bolder in my styling and to have as much fun with my clothes as possible.
  • Actually make use of all my accessories and jewellery.
  • Experiment more with my makeup.
  • Go to the hairdresser more often.
  • Make more effort to style my hair.
  • Paint my nails every week.


In order to keep myself accountable to my goals I have began taking a daily mirror selfie to document each outfit I put together. With the exception of the first of January (I forgot what day it was) I haven’t missed a day yet, even the days I didn’t get dressed.

Now, a mirror selfie won’t help me shop more ethically or get me to the hairdresser but it has helped me tick off a few of my style goals. The mere act of documentation has pushed me to select items from the depths of my closet rather than consistently reach for old favourites. I am now wearing more of my jewellery and accessories and I have been pushing the boundaries with my styling.

I have found it so interesting to track how my style has evolved over the month that I now plan to continue this experiment for the entire year. I can’t wait to reflect up on an entire year of outfits at the end of 2018.

So here it is: a full month of mirror selfies.


Emma Batchelor

Emma Batchelor

As well as a near obsessive interest in fashion, Emma is a former scientist, occasional contemporary dancer, avid reader and self-confessed cat lady (she has three). Emma lived in Leiden in the Netherlands as a baby and Leiden ought to have been her middle name had her mother thought of it at the time and not chosen Louise instead.


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