Current Go-To Outfit

The weather finally feels like spring! I’m still using my winter capsule wardrobe and I’ve been repeating this outfit so much. It’s not only super comfortable but still looks put together and is perfect for the current weather.

Current go-to eco outfit

 

This Kowtow tee dress is my current favourite piece, I wear it as often as possible. Made from fair trade organic cotton, it’s so soft and comfortable – like wearing pajamas 🙂

I’m also wearing:

  • a thrifted hat
  • the reclaimed silver Pyrrha necklace I always wear
  • jacket I made
  • belt I’ve had for years
  • tights from a Lanius x Kunert collaboration using recycled fishnets
  • cruelty-free shoes from By Blanch

 

Green Berlin

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In January I traveled to Berlin to attend the Ethical Fashion Show and GreenShowroom and while I was there had some time to also check out some eco fashion stores and vegan restaurants in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg area.

We stayed at a “biohotel” called the Almodóvar which incorporates sustainability in so much of what they do. For example they have organic foods and textiles, use sustainable and reclaimed materials, and are conscious of their energy use and try to reduce it where possible- something I didn’t even think about before staying there was the energy it takes to have mini-fridges in hotel rooms. It’s a lovely hotel and I particularly liked all the wooden furniture- from sustainable forests!

Eating

Berlin is amazing for vegan restaurants, we really enjoyed The Bowl, 1990 Vegan Living and brunch at Lück’s, and had some amazing donuts from Brammibal’s. The hotel also has an organic vegan/vegetarian restaurant with a nice breakfast buffet.

Shopping

There also are a lot of sustainable fashion stores in Berlin too, on this trip I visited Möon, Loveco, and Homage which are all beautiful shops carrying amazing eco brands and local designers!

Also not included in the video I went to the huge Humana thrift store in Friedrichshain and Made In Berlin which has a great selection of vintage clothes.

These are only a few of the stores and restaurants in Berlin though, you can always find wonderful places exploring the city. It’s also a really sustainably conscious city and a great place to eat out as a vegan or shop consciously.

 

 

Ethical Fashion Show & GreenShowroom

In January I took a trip to Berlin to attend the Ethical Fashion Show and GreenShowroom– a joint trade fair where conscious brands sell their new collections (in this case F/W 17) to retailers. It was wonderful to see and chat with so many sustainable and ethically-minded brands! These are some interviews I did with a small % of the brands (I think there were around 180 total exhibitors!).

 Part 1

 

Part 2

 

I loved hearing everyone’s stories and seeing all the different approaches to responsible fashion- from brand new, innovative ideas to using techniques that are thousands of years old!

What really stood out to me was how passionate everyone is about what they’re doing, it’s incredibly inspiring to see so many people who are working towards a better industry even though they face a lot of challenges. I wanted to focus on more positive stories with these videos but I also chatted about how difficult things can be. In particular people talked about how there’s pressure to lower their prices and also a lot of stigmas around sustainable/ethical fashion- some buyers avoid the event entirely and apparently stores are sometimes wary of being labeled an “eco fashion store” because of consumer perceptions. Conscious fashion has come a long way and is definitely growing but it also reinforced that there’s still a long way to go.

 
 

Questions To Ask Before Buying New Clothes

To go along with my video about 5 things I no longer buy, these are some questions I’ve found helpful and are good to ask yourself before buying a new garment:

 

When/where will I wear this?
  • Clothes should fit your lifestyle, only buy pieces you know you’ll actually wear.

 

What will I wear it with?
  • Make sure the garment works with what you already have and doesn’t require you to buy other things to wear it. I try to think of at least 3-5 different outfits including the item, if I can’t easily think of them I know it’s going to be difficult to make that piece work in my wardrobe.

 

Does it fit and is it comfortable?
  • If it doesn’t fit right, can it be altered? Your clothes should fit the way you want and if it’s not comfortable when you try it on, you likely won’t enjoy wearing it.

 

What is it made from and how do I care for it?
  • Make sure the material has the properties you want (eg. soft, breathable, water-resistant, etc.) and is a fabric you like wearing.
  • Check the care instructions and only buy things you are prepared and able to care for properly.

 

Is it good quality?

 

How long can I see myself wearing this?
  • 1 year? 5 years? 10? …20? This helps avoid fleeting trends and the longer you can see yourself wearing something the better the investment it is.

 

Does it fit with my budget?
  • Make sure you can afford it and that your money isn’t better spent on a different piece(s).

 

Are there any sustainability aspects? Is the company trying to reduce their environmental impact?
  • Look for sustainable materials, eco-friendly production, or any other areas where the brand is conscious of the sustainability of their products.

 

Were the people who made this paid fairly for their work?
  • Support companies who manufacture in an ethical way – pay their workers a living wage and treat them with respect. Check out brand’s social responsibility policies and look for fair trade brands.

 

Do I love it, or am I trying to convince myself I need it? Is the price/sale factoring into my decision?
  • It’s easy to get excited about something new so make sure it’s an item you actually want and will use (giving yourself some time to think about it often helps). It’s also incredibly easy to be tempted by sales, ask yourself if you would feel the same way if the product was regular price.

 

Winter Capsule Wardrobe

The items in my winter 2017 capsule wardrobe (I generally follow the Project 333 capsule wardrobe format):

Tops
  • Light grey cotton jumper – People Tree *
  • Grey jersey top – Comazo | earth
  • Long dolman sleeve top
  • Plaid shirt – secondhand
  • Light blue shirt – thrifted
Layers & Sweaters
  • Grey cardigan – thrifted
  • Gold/green jacket – thrifted
  • Knit vest – handknit
  • Asymmetrical jacket – handmade
  • Red sweater
  • Icelandic sweater – thrifted
  • Mustard/navy sweater – People Tree *
Bottoms
Dresses
Accessories & Bags
  • Black hat – thrifted
  • Beige knit hat – handknit
  • Blue knit hat
  • Scarf – handknit
  • Blue/grey backpack
  • Black bag
Shoes

 

Winter is my largest capsule as I wear the most layers. This capsule includes 33 pieces but I did not include my winter coat, I also realized I did not count the belt shown in the video- so with those the capsule would be 35 items. I don’t include jewellery, loungewear, athletic clothes, or undergarments in my capsule wardrobes.

 

 

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Green Favourites 2016

This year I created a series where each month I share 5 things including an eco product, slow fashion brand, book or documentary, something I learned, and a blogger or youtuber I follow. This is a summary of all my favourites from the year!

Green Products

Argan oil – I use it as a simple face and hair moisturizer

Reuseable produce bags

Glass water bottle from Soulbottles

Dr. Bronner’s pure-castile liquid soap

Reuseable food wraps from Bee’s Wrap

Rose water

Safety razor

Jar for seed sprouting at home

Reuseable coffee cup from Ecoffee Cup

Insulated water bottle from S’well

 

Slow Fashion Brands

MUD Jeans

A Wool Story – reclaimed hand-knit wool accessories

Project JUST – assesses and reviews brands ethics and sustainability

Osei Duro

Odina – eco swimwear

Elle Evans – eco swimwear

Zady

Slumlove Sweater Company

Wintervacht – upcycled blanket jackets and coats

Uye Surana – ethically made lingerie

Tonlé – zero waste fashion

notPERFECTLINEN

 

Books & Docs

Books

Overdressed: The Shocking High Cost of Cheap Fashion

Eating Animals

Threadbare

The Curated Closet

Harvesting Color

Docs

Trashed

Sweatshop

Minimalism

A Fibreshed for London

Before The Flood

 

Conscious Chatter (podcast)

 

Things I’ve Learned

Ethical consumer study by Ohio State University

Climate and beauty products – Glycerin is a humectant

Only boil the water you need – Leyla Acaroglu TED Talk – Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore

Plastic Free July

Clothing sizes – Vanity sizing and size standardization article “The absurdity of women’s clothing sizes”

Toxins in clothing – “Why You Should Watch Out For These 5 Gnarly Chemicals In Your Clothing”

Huffington Post Reclaim project

BBC Panorama, Undercover: The Refugees Who Make Our Clothes

Photography – Illumi Beginner Photography Starter Pack 

 

Blogs and Channels

Blogs

The Blissful Mind

Into Mind

Unfancy

Minimalist Baker

StyleWise

Channels

Peaceful Cuisine

Tara E.

Jenny Mustard

Alli Cherry

Walk Sew Good

Coolirpa

Annika Victoria

 

 

Sustainable Bras & Underwear

There are some great conscious brands (and more are starting up!) but finding eco-friendly and ethically made lingerie can be a challenge, especially if you’re looking for specific styles or non-standard sizes. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t forget about longevity and care with any garment (eco brand or not) as a way to have a greener wardrobe.

Brands I own:
Blue Canoe (US)
Luva Huva (UK)
Comazo | earth (GER)
Woron (DM)

Brands mentioned in the video:
Aikyou (GER)
Brook There (US)
Anek. (GER, SWE)
Naja (US)
Nico (AUS)

 

Check out the brand directory for more underwear and lingerie brands.

 

 

Holiday Get Ready With Me

Holiday party makeup

Products used:
RMS “un” cover-up – I have 00 but apparently they now have an even lighter shade
Lily Lolo mineral concealer in Blondie
Benecos eye shadow base
Red Apple Lipstick eyeshadows in Brownie Points, Clean Slate, Buttercream, and Black Magic *
100% Pure lip & cheek tint in Pink Grapefruit Glow 
Dr. Hauschka volume mascara in pearl anthracite
Alverde lip liner in Aubergine
Lavera lipstick in Matt n’ Plum

and my nail polish is Little Ondine in Red Red Wine *

 

 

* these products were sent as gifts, I asked if I could test out this product but anything I receive for free is always under no-obligation and all reviews are my own thoughts and opinions

 

Minimalism & Sustainability

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For me minimalism and sustainability have always been connected. A big part of the environmental issues of our stuff is how much of it there is, so reducing how much stuff you purchase is a wonderful way to reduce your impact. Living more minimally also often means that you can “buy less and buy better”- buy fewer things but invest more in them so you can afford to buy higher quality items and support brands that manufacture in an ethical and sustainable way.

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