Simplified Sundays ~ 30 Days To Minimalism

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  • Sunday, 6 September 2020

Life is complicated. Whichever way you look at it, there are constant obstacles, pressures, expectations and it can be overwhelming. I’m a strong believer in controlling the controllables, and if there is a way that things can be simplified, I think it is worth applying. Whether this is physically or mentally, I would argue that simplification is a huge way to relieve stress and make life easier. 

With this in mind, I want to start writing a series here on Madolyn Thinks called Simplified Sundays, to share ways in which I have simplified and in turn, made my life a little less complex. 

The first of these Simplified Sundays posts is around minimalism, more specifically de-cluttering possessions and items in the home. I’ve put together a 30 Days To Minimalism Guide, which is a breakdown of various different categories to sort through and minimise. I really feel that having and owning less ‘stuff’ simplifies things greatly. There is less choice, less cleaning, less tidying, less organising and fewer distractions. It also means you have more time, more space and clearer surroundings, which in my mind equals simplicity. 

Some of these categories are larger than others, and some may take you no time at all. But I’ve split them up into days so that in theory you can greatly simplify your belongings over the course of a month


Day One: Wallet/handbag 

Day Two: Underwear/socks/pjs   

Day Three: Clothes

Day Four: Coats/jackets 

Day Five: Shoes

Day Six: Accessories 

Day Seven: Linen and towels 


Day Eight: Makeup 

Day Nine: Skincare 

Day Ten: Beauty products

Day Eleven: Hair products 

Office & Livingroom 

Day Twelve: Junk draws 

Day Thirteen: Books 

Day Fourteen: Paperwork/life admin

Day Fifteen: Ornaments

Day Sixteen: Electricals

Day Eighteen: Digital Media ie cds/dvds/games 

Day Nineteen: Paper media ie magazines/newspapers/post 

Kitchen & Bathroom 

Day Twenty: Kitchen appliances 

Day Twenty One: Crockery/cutlery/pots & pans 

Day Twenty Two: Bathroom cabinet ie medical supplies etc 

Day Twenty Three: Cleaning products 


Day Twenty Three: Sentimental items 

Day Twenty Four: Photographs 

Day Twenty Five: Hobbies ie camping gear, musical equipment 

Day Twenty Six: Work 

Day Twenty Seven: Boxes - of old items and the instruction manual

Day Twenty Eight: Seasonal items ie hats/umbrella/picnic gear 

Day Twenty Nine: Car

Day Thirty: Travel items I.e. suitcases/bags/adapters

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Welcome to Madolyn Thinks... Again!

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  • Thursday, 3 September 2020

I feel as though blogging is a fairly reflective process. Over the years I have shared various elements of my life here on Madolyn Thinks from shopping hauls, to fashion must haves with a few travel diaries thrown into the mix. Lately however I feel as though I have turned a page and begun a new chapter of my life. I have grown a lot in recent times and I feel as though one of the reasons Madolyn Thinks has become a neglected aspect of my life is because I lost a real passion for it. The problem I faced is that I no longer felt that it was reflective of myself now, despite my continuation of love for both writing and photography. My focus, lifestyle, thought processes and everything in between has shifted, and the topics of my previous posts don’t seem to represent me as a person anymore. 

I have used some of the lock-down period to take some time to reflect on Madolyn Thinks and figure out what it is that I want the focus to be. In the past I have really enjoyed having this space and being able to use this platform as a creative outlet and want to continue to do so. With this in mind, I would like to introduce a new wave of Madolyn Thinks, or the next chapter as it were. My plan is to archive some of my older content and move forward with posts which align more with my current mindset. 

I still want to incorporate my interests of travel and reading, as well as my love for beauty and fashion on Madolyn Thinks, but I would also like for there to be more of a focus and a deeper intent to my writing. Madolyn Thinks will still remain a personal blog, however I want to use this space to share learned experiences and practices that I have adopted into my life. The notion of minimalism and intentional living is something that has been learning about for the last four or five years. This has only intensified over the last year or so, as I have applied it to most aspects of my life. 

As well as there being much more of a focus on minimalism, intentionality and tips on simplified living, there are also a few more minor tweaks to Madolyn Thinks. There are some new elements including a ‘Book Club’ page, as well as a few new tabs at the top for some series/topics that I have scheduled to write about. These include Simplified Sundays, Resources, Capsule Wardrobe and more. I am also going to change the scheduling of my blog posts, publishing content on Wednesdays and Sundays each week. 

I’m really looking forward to getting back into blogging and I’m excited about how Madolyn Thinks may develop. So here’s to moving forward and trying something new! 

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Black Lives Matter - Listen, Read, Watch: Educating Myself Further

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  • Sunday, 14 June 2020

There is a lot going on in the world at the moment and recent events have really highlighted some serious issues that we all need to address. Change happens through action and the sharing and understanding of information. Over the last few weeks I have made the effort to listen and have discussions to educate myself and those around me. To make a stand, we must stand together and unite. 

Below is a list of some of the most impactful things I have read, watched and listened to, in order to educate myself further. I wanted to share these resources in the hope that they may inspire and educate others. 

“I understand that I will never understand, but I will stand with you”



  • Louis Theroux Dark States: Murder in Milwaukee
  • 13th 
  • Time The Kalife Browder Story 
  • The Central Park Five (2012)


  • BlackKKlansman 
  • 12 Years A Slave 
  • Django Unchained 
  • The Help 



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Outfits of The Week | Working From Home Edit

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  • Thursday, 23 April 2020

Since the lockdown began over a month ago now, I have encouraged myself to get dressed everyday, especially on the days when I am working from home. My default uniform seems to have become comfy jogging bottoms and a crop top, with some sort of cosy knitwear if I’m feeling a little chilly. 

I think that even if I pop on some loungewear, it’s important for me to make the effort to get up at the same time everyday, wash my face, do my morning skincare routine and get dressed. It has really been setting me up for the day, and makes me feel a lot more productive when I’m sat, working at my desk. It is so easy to stay in bed with my PJs on, and work from there, but I find that having a morning routine, similar to the one I had when I was going into the office everyday, has really helped me to adjust to staying at home.

There are so many clothing brand sales currently, and I’m so guilty for browsing loungewear bits and pieces online on a regular basis. Femme Luxe Finery have got some great pieces on offer at the moment though, ranging from co-ords, over sized Ts and jogging bottoms to suit anyone’s preference. I’ve recently picked up a few new pieces from them, which I have linked below. 

Outfit Two: Black Leggings & Black Tank

Outfit Three: Dark Green Joggers & Black Tank


This post contains PR samples from Femme Luxe, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Cute & Casual Tops For Lounging At Home

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  • Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Now that we’re all staying at home in an effort to keep each other safe in the brink of all of this madness, comfy clothes have become an absolute must! 

I’m a huge fan of loungewear at the best of times, but with me staying in and working from home every day, there is no way I’ll be sitting in office attire on a daily basis for the foreseeable future. 

Femme Luxe Finery have some amazing loungewear pieces that are super affordable and perfect for days spent working and lounging around the house. 

Joggers are an absolute staple for me, I find them easy to throw on and find it super handy when they have pockets. So when Femme Luxe kindly asked me if I’d like to pick out a couple of pieces from their recent collection, I chose a couple of different tops that I could wear around the house, paired with my joggers. 

I love this cute little caramel tank top paired with these baggy white joggers. I find the fit really flattering and because of the shape and hold, there is no need to wear a bra, which is always a plus when it comes to comfort. The material is so soft and silky and can easily be worn on its own or underneath a little cardigan or jumper. I really like the racer back finish, which again provides support and extra comfort. 

This second caramel tank top is made with the same material as the one above, but the cut is slightly different. The straps on this top are very thin and it comes much lower both on the front and the back with a square finish. Although it’s not quite as fitted, it still provides an element of support and so again, there is no need for a bra.

Nothing beats a classic black T-shirt, which can be worn with pretty much anything. This is a really nice tight fit, which I find much more flattering with my body shape, as an over-size, loose-fit T can drown me a little. As I have a shorter torso, I like to tie my Ts into a knot at the front to create more of a cropped-finish. I also really like that the neckline on this T is a bit of a looser fit, again creating a more flattering and comfortable fit. 


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Top Tips For Planning Your 2020 Travel

  • Sunday, 23 February 2020

I decided towards the end of last year that I wanted to set myself a travel challenge for 2020. I love to travel, and with work commitments and moving to London, I wasn’t able to do as half as much as I wanted to in 2019. 

I wanted to make sure this year that I put myself and my goals to the front of my focus. There isn’t often a time in life that you can put yourself first one hundred percent, and so I wanted to take advantage of this and tick a lot of things off my wish list. 

My travel challenge/goal for 2020 is to visit 12 different places in 12 months. I know that this is a lot, both financially and time-wise, especially with me still working full time and now living in London. But I have been sensible and organised with my planning, and so I thought that I would share some of my top tips, and things that I have done to make this goal achievable. 

Make a Travel List 

One of the first things I did at the beginning of the year was sit down and make a list of all of the places that I wanted to travel to. Although this may not be a concrete set of travel destinations, it got me thinking about where I wanted to go, and helped me to figure out when would be the best time to visit throughout the year. For example, I knew that I wanted to visit Iceland, and so have penciled that in for November, as I know that this is a good time of year to travel to Reykjavik.

Diary overview 

Once I had made a list of places to travel to, I then had a look at my diary for the year. This way I could see what commitments and plans I needed to work around. In my current job, my annual leave runs 1st April - 31st March, so whilst reviewing my diary, I also worked out how much annual leave I had to take/ensure that it will be spread out across the year. 

Being organised with my diary has been really helpful in planning my trips, I even set up a spreadsheet of the year so that I could easily see what my plans are at a quick glance. 

Check Your Finances 

So, it’s all well and good making a list of travel destinations, and checking your diary to see when you can go, but if your finances aren’t in check, you won’t be able to travel no matter how free your schedule. 

I reviewed my salary and savings and looked at how much I could realistically put to one side every month in order to fund my travel. I also checked through my outgoings to see where I could pull back and save extra cash to put towards traveling. I get asked a lot of questions to do with finances and so I think I might write a blog post to cover this subject a bit more in depth. 

Link-In With Friends & Family

I always think that traveling is more fun with other people. I love to share experiences and memories and with life being so busy, it’s nice to have the excuse to spend some quality time with loved ones.  So it’s good to link in with those that you’d like to travel with and see if your plans fit in with theirs. Once you’ve got the green flag from them the real planning can begin! 

Book Your Travel 

So, list of travel destinations complete, diary organised, finances in check and best buds approved, there’s nothing left to do than book! I always like to book my travel first, whether that is flights, trains, hire cars etc. Once my travel is booked, I then look into accommodation. There is no right or wrong way of doing it, this is just the system I prefer. My top site for booking flights is Sky Scanner - I find that they always hunt down the best prices and offer good little suggestions to save money by amending your flight times or traveling out a day early. I also like to look on Air BnB for accommodation because there is a huge range of places to stay in and if there are more of you the cost can be really low. 

These are my top tips when it comes to planning out a travel overview for the year. However, if you would like to know more information about how I plan/book individual trips ie city breaks/road trips etc, please let me know. 


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Budapest Capsule Wardrobe

  • Thursday, 6 February 2020

Next week I’ll be flying over to Budapest for three nights with some of my closest friends and I can’t bloody wait! We’ve had it booked for a few months now and I’m so excited to explore the city and everything it has to offer. 

With us only being there for a short while, we’ve only booked to take hand luggage on the plane. However, the weather is going to be a little on the chilly side, we’ve got a range of different activities we want to do and we’ll be going “out” out at least two of the nights... So I want to make sure that I’ll have enough room to pack clothes that will keep me warm, items that’ll be practical and outfits that I can wear during the evening.

It may seem a little over the top to some, but the organisational planner in me decided that it would be best to create a capsule wardrobe that covers all of the above. That way, I don’t have to worry about what to pack, because everything has been pre-planned. I also won’t have to worry about outfits once I arrive in Budapest as everything goes with at least two other items, I have a range of day-time and evening looks, and I’ll be covered for all weather possibilities. 

Budapest Capsule Wardrobe 

Black Jumper, Femme Luxe | Blue Jeans, New Look | Red Skirt, Primark | Black Jeans, Primark
Corset Top, Femme Luxe | Jumper Dress, Femme Luxe 

Black Tee, Pull & Bear | Camel Jumper, New look


One pair of black tights
One pair of black heeled boots
One Pair of Vans
One black puffer jacket 
A black belt 
A set of PJs 
A Swimming cosy 


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