The Trouble With Charity – This post pointing out the trouble with companies using charity as a bandage on all the problems they are causing in a world is on point and a very interesting and intelligent read which will provide you with a new viewpoint.
How To Have The Confidence To Wear Whatever You Flipping Want – Cynical Duchess writes about her experience of body positivity, self-confidence and how to feel better about yourself in a beauty controlling society.
How To Overcome Your Fear Of Sharing Your Blog With Friends And Family – A post that not only provides you with tips for telling about your blog to friends and family but empowers you to speak and be proud of what you want and like.
The Myth of Size Small – An article empowering women to think outside the size box and rather dress to look great, whilst explaining one theory why women want to dress in a size small.
Is Ethical Fashion Elitist – Questioning whether it is fair to expect everybody to afford ethical fashion.
Do you have any articles to share write them in the comment box below?
Minimalism and capsule wardrobes have been a trendy topic for quite some time now and although, I don’t really want to restrict my wardrobe by a number I do like to follow some of the principles such as wearing garments more than once #30wears. For many, however, it seems to be difficult to make a capsule collection no matter how much they would like to. People don’t have the time or know how to curate items that would work together or find garments that would last the test of time. If you recognised yourself here, or just became interested then read forward about Honest Rosie. And if you don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is you should check the Honest Rosie blog for an explanation.
Honest Rosie is a brand that has readily curated a 6 piece capsule collection for you. All the pieces work well together and they are so carefully designed that with just 6 pieces you are able to create 30 outfits! Sounds impossible, but the pictures are here to prove.
In addition, Honest Rosie is trying to run everything sustainably and ethically. They are big advocates for fair labour showing videos of the women who make the garments, pay fair wages and raise awareness about environmental issues and working conditions. The garments are made out of pre-consumer, upcycled fabrics.
The collection includes a blue vest blazer, a white shirt tunic, a white jumper, a blue button-down blouse, a light blue skirt and a dress in one and a pair of light blue trousers. So most of the garments are versatile and can be worn in many ways, which is absolutely amazing! The colours work well together and if you don’t want to buy the whole collection you can buy just one item that will definitely complement your own wardrobe. I hope to see in future that they will bring out some other colour variations as well!
When I heard about the brand they had just finished their Kickstarter campaign and earned much more than they were aiming to. With such a great idea I am not surprised! At the moment they are in the process of manufacturing the garments and I hope they will soon be available for sale! They are definitely striving for transparency and I wish they will share their location and how they supply their materials.
To check out their website visit here and definitely visit their Instagram account, where all the pictures in this post are from!
Have you heard of Honest Rosie before? Do you want to have a capsule wardrobe? Let me know in the comments below.
The end of May was a beautiful time in the UK with the amazing sunshine and the heatwave, and I enjoyed it to my fullest, but more of it in the upcoming Happy Favourites of the Week post. During May I’ve been trying to plan and look for the summer, but somehow the summer bucket list seems to be hard to compile and half of what I managed to add to it was accomplished during the beautiful days in May; drink Pimms cocktail, sunbathe in the botanical gardens, spend time on a terrace. The rest are concentrated on travelling and working, as well as reading few more books and having a picnic. I hope I will be bitten by the summer inspiration bug in June! What summer did inspire me to do though was write about Finland as a tourist destination and some tips to be touristy in a sustainable way.
This month I was excited about several sustainable brands like Mirabelle Jewellery and Boodle boutique. What especially caught my eye was the Kickstarter campaign by OneSqin, which you should definitely check out as well!
I got on a story mood in one of my happy favourites of the week and in another, I told about my Finland trip and my beautiful new dishes! I shared my favourite April pictures from Instagram, and there were quite a few of them. I shared some videos for feminists and about feminism, which I was inspired by.
By the end of the month, we were shocked by the brutality in Manchester which made me think and then inspired me to share some articles that inspired hope. Sometimes even the terrible things can inspire you to do something, and I guess it is exactly the horrible things that inspire the change in our world. What do you think? Finally, I ended the month with hopes of inspiring people to really embrace their power to choose how they behave and how the purchase things.
Now I wish June will be full of adventures for me and in addition to hard work I wish to relax a lot! How was your May?
I’ve been meaning to tell you about the Boodle for way too long. I mentioned it the first time in December in my gift guides when I bought one of their t-shirts as a present for my boyfriend. I knew the cute and quirky animal themes is something that he would like. And I wasn’t wrong. The t-shirt is organic cotton, which not only makes it clean of toxins and sustainable, but also soft to wear. Since Christmas, the t-shirt has been worn often and washed as often. It has kept it’s print excellently and the fabric still seems as though it is new.
Like this wasn’t a reason enough to write about the brand, there is actually more. The brand, founded in 2010 by a Nottingham Trent graduate Bethan Buss, is always trying to make everything in a sustainable way. Their garments are made out of organic cotton or recycled materials, their inks are eco-friendly where possible and the paper and card they print on is 100% recycled. And no wonder. As Bethan is inspired by animals, nature and adventures, what better way to celebrate that than making sure you are producing sustainably and not harming the environment!
The brand concentrates on screen printing their adorable animal prints on various items including clothing for women, men, kids and babies, greeting cards and art prints. In addition, they sell mugs and absolutely beautiful chalkboards. I am obsessed with this whale one. Unfortunately, I already have a cat chalkboard at home. Does a person need more than one chalkboard in their house?
If you got interested in the brand (why wouldn’t you) you can check their charming website to learn more about them, check their shop and their blog.
The last pics are from the Boodle website.
Have you heard of Boodle before?
It’s May already, how crazy is that! The start of this year has gone so quickly! The main thing in April was my trip to Finland to see my family and my darling little godson. The trip was enjoyable and heartbreaking. Although, the feeling that people miss you when you are gone is kind of wonderful, at the same time you feel guilt for not being there for them all of the time. It seems I will need to make another trip again soon.
April was the month of Fashion Revolution when you ask brands “Who Made My Clothes?”, I also shared in the same with you the SUSS Kickstarter campaign, which I am eager to know the result off! I shared with you some free classes about sustainability and introduced you to Primrose and Pixie, the sustainable and ethical lingerie and sleepwear brand. In addition, I got really excited about the ReTuna – the mall for recycled and repaired goods.
I was really inspired by spring with all the light and flowers cheering up our days. I shared my favourite Insta pics from March and was really inspired by Coromandel flower illustrations. I tried out a new to me beauty brand Evolve Organic beauty and am sure it is in my beauty routine to stay. I shared some articles about feminism and the first 12 books I’d read in 2017.
How was your April?
I am sure all of you have seen “Who Made My Clothes?” posts on Instagram and Twitter for the past couple of days. If you haven’t, you should definitely read this! As I’ve written before and many others before me, fashion is a very polluting industry and can be very harmful to the human race as well. People who make clothes for the many multimillion-dollar fashion companies do not get the same benefits as the companies do. Mostly these people work in unsafe environments, are treated inhumanely and do not even get compensated accordingly. When shopping for fashion we rarely stop and think about this, however, for some, it is their everyday life.
Fashion Revolution is a movement to change this and for the week of 24th to 30th of April they ask everybody to ask “Who Made My Clothes?”. Sometimes the answer can be easy. There are many designers who boast about their local production and hand-made goods. In most cases, however, this is not so easy to answer. Big companies like to hide their manufacturing practices. It is not really media friendly when people find out that the company has been exploiting children or the building collapsed killing hundreds of their employees. So it is left up to us, the consumers to put the pressure on these companies to change the way they do their business.
To join the movement and change the way fashion companies do their business ask them “Who Made My Clothes?”. You can learn more about the movement from the Fashion Revolution website, including the Fashion Transparency Index, the garment worker diaries, information what the price behind your garments means and much more. I spent literally the whole day perusing this website. In addition, you can check their Instagram account to follow the journey of the movement.
Additionally, you can support those brands who are being transparent and are trying to make a difference. I’ve posted about SUSS Instagram account before and how they have the greatest tips to be a more sustainable fashion shopper. Well, now they are in the process of starting up “A pop up concept store promoting a lifestyle for a healthier and happier planet.” How amazing is that?! I can’t wait! And if you want to support them you can fund them on Kickstarter until Monday 1st of May. So hurry up!
How do you support sustainable fashion?
“We are here to sprinkle pixie dust into your underwear drawer”
This is what it says on the Primrose and Pixie’s website, a new lingerie and sleepwear brand from the UK created by Sarah Louise Richards. And browsing through the website and their Instagram account it is exactly the impression that you get, as well as fantasy, magical and cute. Beautiful, romantic and ethereal pieces. The brand does not follow trends but rather takes inspiration from other-worldly, dreamy and gothic.
The brand is locally designed and produced in their UK studio. All of their items are vegan-friendly and they favour organic fabrics that have a Confidence in Textiles certificate. Each item is made-to-measure making it more sustainable, definitely.
It is obvious that the brand is new and the offering is quite limited but absolutely beautiful. There are few pieces of sleepwear and lingerie with lovely and cute prints, although still keeping it sexy. I absolutely love their shorts, which I would love to wear at home and I would definitely feel sexy, but still decent.
The only thing I hope they will improve upon is their sizing. When ordering any garment you can choose from XS to XL, however, when they are offering made-to-measure there would be a chance to fit the garments more, especially with the bra. On the other hand, they have great size chart from where you can choose which size would fit you and could feel comfortable ordering from them!
Check out their website and Instagram, where all the pictures are from.
How do you like the cute lingerie and sleepwear brand?