Friday, 24 November 2017

#anewageinspiration: Study 34

Bonjour and welcome to today's #anewageinspiration post. It has been a while since I have done a new age inspiration post but even so I've still had a few definitely inspirational people on my blog, for example George who founded the fashion brand with mental health at its heart, Maison De Choup. Nevertheless, I have missed doing these online interviews so I'm back today talking to Eleanor O'Neill, the Founder of Study 34, an ethical clothing website that features some stunning brands and even more recently their own line of alpaca jumpers. Eleanor is such a cool lady (to go along with a very cool name) and I loved talking to her about how Study 34 evolved, who inspires her and about Study 34's own pieces!


Sunday, 19 November 2017

UK Parliament Week 2017: inspirational women in politics

For this years UK Parliament Week I aimed to write and manage to upload two posts combining two things I love, politics and something along the lines of fashion or history. I've been following UK Parliament Week on Twitter and it's so amazing to see so many young people engaging in voting. If you couldn't get involved this week but want to continue to engage in politics then why not have a read of my post featuring my UK Parliament box?

Friday, 10 November 2017


Another year on and it seems like yesterday that I was writing the post titled '16'. But one year later, I've just read it and wow did I sound enthusiastic about becoming 16. Going into the seventeenth year of my existence I can't say I'm more enthused but I can perhaps say that I have a clearer vision of what I want to do and who I want to be in this hazy world.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

born out of anxiety: Maison De Choup

A subject I have very rarely discussed on my blog, if ever, is mental health. It doesn't mean that it's not an area I don't want to talk about, but with posts on ethical fashion and politics, mental health just isn't an topic I feel perhaps educated enough in to discuss. Mental health and fashion however, is something incredibly cool and powerful and I would never pass up the opportunity to bestow something truly great on my blog.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Kaffe Fassett exhibition: is fashion is a form of art?

In the midst of a world orientated by innovative design and a constant feeling of change; art is something that, arguably, stands the test of time. Whilst there are differing opinions on what is good art, in fact we most probably all have a different favourite piece of art or artist and that is the beauty of it. There are constantly new pieces and artists that are new and upcoming. Sounds pretty similar to fashion right? It's a constant that we all buy into, there's a yearning for art in all of us.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

transitioning summer pieces for autumn

It's October in England, the leaves are swiftly gravitating towards to ground and the temperature is slowly and steadily dropping - Autumn is well under way. It's in this transitional period, not quite summer not quite winter, that we can find ourselves buying surplus clothing in order to make up for the changing seasons. You leave the house in a coat and by lunchtime you're in a t-shirt. Like I said, that's England for you. In order to avoid this surplus buying there are plenty of ways that you can make use of your summer clothes in the colder seasons.

Monday, 2 October 2017

easy ways that you can give back

Somehow October has crept up and autumn has emerged out of the woodworks, where has the time gone? I think because I now post once a week (which has resulted in a much happier Eleanor) the monthly turnover of posts just whip by. I can no longer say that I was only holiday last month and the school year is well underway with a lotta work but I am loving college so far, I've even managed to use my frees productively?! Although this post isn't an update on how college life is treating me, it's about inspiring you to give back to causes that are close to your heart.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

the best books I've read this summer

Blissfully unaware of what is about how time consuming starting sixth form, I thought I would upload my favorite reads from the summer. If you've been following my Instagram stories (@eleanorclaudie hit me up) then you'll probably have gathered that I read a lot this summer. From classic vintage reads to some holiday romances, ah Atwood and Orwell can't quite prize me away from a good ol' chick flick book, I've read quite a bit. English Literature is possibly my favourite subject; have I spoken too soon? I mean we're two weeks into college and our class hasn't quite got into analysing the set texts yet so that could change but at the moment I'm absolutely loving it. Also now that I take the bus to college instead of walking to school like I used to it means I can read on the way to college (such a bonus if I don't have time in the evenings).

Sunday, 17 September 2017

my most worn clothes: the red jumper

After posing on Brighton pier adorning this gorgeous outfit I came to the conundrum of what post could go with the photos that preceded the posing. An outfit post with what message? And then it clicked... these are some of my most worn items - so why not make that my message?

Sunday, 10 September 2017

summer is over and I'm not sure how to feel about it

Summer is over and I don't know how to feel about it. Tomorrow I start sixth form and I do know how I feel about it. There's a weird divide in my life right now that is split between looking forward to learning and slight shock at how quickly twelve weeks of summer has gone. Last year I did an end of summer post, detailing what I did and didn't fulfill from my summer bucket list. Exams sequestered any time to write a summer bucket list this year, there wasn't anything that I particularly wanted to achieve other than more of a social life than I had during exams season.

Monday, 4 September 2017

engaging with politics outside of elections*

The snap election earlier this year resulted in a resounding influx of young votes. As someone who is still under the legal voting age, I made it my duty to share my opinion on the election online and with that a few other young people who are still unable to vote. It became clear to me that the election did not just highlight the lack of education about government and parliament in schools but also how people around my age (sixteen and seventeen) do feel that if they were allowed to vote that their vote would be justified.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

encouraging young people to shop ethically

Young people and fashion go hand in hand. Keeping up with the latest trends, their friends and a constant stream of saving up to purchase any items they desire. Young people can be influenced though and I think with recent times they have become a symbol of a more tolerant world, this being an incredibly good thing. There are two sides to the story. The teen that wants to keep up with the latest trends yet is symbolic of a more open and pioneering generation. The question is not how can young people be more ethical and what they can do but how can they be encouraged? What advice or information is there online?


Sunday, 20 August 2017

the power of a stranger

One of my old teachers once said that the only way to continue learning once you have finished education is to travel. Up until this year I supposed that meant what you learn whilst you're abroad is how you further your knowledge: the museums you visit; the sights you see; the language that you speak (I now have a broad understanding of Italian foods) but I have come to realise it is completely different.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

it all starts with yes

Over the past four weeks I've been out and about doing NCS, a government run scheme that is basically four weeks of being away from home (for the first two), helping the community, meeting new friends and raising money for charity. It all happens after GCSEs so whilst you may be thinking that this post doesn't apply to you it just well might. I learnt things that I didn't think I ever would and I've come out of NCS a much more confident person (haha probably not but I like to think I have) and with that I am so much more looking forward to starting sixth form next month; not that I want to think about starting school again but it has been gradually slipping into my thoughts more often.

Monday, 31 July 2017

my ethical style: half a year on

Half a year (and a month) after deciding that I was going to start buying ethical fashion and shun 'fast fashion' and I am loving it more than ever. In January of this year I didn't think that I could stop buying fast fashion, especially being sixteen in a culture where fashion is as disposable as the cameras you buy - it lasts a few takes then has to be replaced. In the past few months my approach and attitude to fashion has changed completely and with it my wardrobe.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

how ethical is your jewellery?

Well hello there, I seem to have had an unplanned two weeks break from blogging. I can assure you it was unplanned because I have so many posts that are just waiting to be written up yet I just haven't had the opportunity to due to NCS. For those of you who aren't aware yet have been following my slightly lesser absence on social media I've been doing NCS which is the National Citizen Service run by the government in the UK at the end of Year 11 for four weeks to learn skills, meet new friends and give something back to the community. For the first two weeks (only weekdays) you're camping. The first week was in Croyde where I magically transformed into a surfer babe (Baywatch watch out I could become your new employee) and the second was camping in safari tents that had beds and I was shook how well I slept. With work on Saturday I have only had Sunday to write and I just couldn't bring myself to put words on paper or type words onto a keyboard. You could say I had a case of writer's block.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

is the future of fashion sustainable?

Sustainability is a word that is increasingly becoming more popular; what makes something sustainable? Is it the material and components it's made of? Is it the longevity of its life in action? Is it the design of the product? Perhaps it is all of these, yet maybe it is only one. But is the future of fashion sustainable?

Thursday, 6 July 2017

the rise of the independent shop

Social media, a loathed aspect of the age of technological abundance and can breed a society of self hating millennials (or anyone over the age of twelve) yet social media is sometimes overlooked for the wonderful connections it allows between place and places. What am I talking about? Independent shops.

Monday, 3 July 2017

it's okay to like expensive things (a wishlist)*

The last wishlist post I did on my blog was back in January and since then there hasn't particularly been anything that I've wanted to buy, I bought a stunning Mads Norgaard top as a treat for the end of exams and a pair of vintage Levis from Depop (that I haven't taken off, weather permitting) but those are my only clothing purchases (oh and a kit from Wool and The Gang to make my own top!) I did buy a few things from that wishlist and I think it does help to have a few set pieces in mind that you would like to buy because it gives something to save up for.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

crazy for crochet

A technique that has been used in fashion for so many years, crochet constantly resurfaces in mainstream fashion, both on the catwalk and on the high street. Inspired by an article from Farfetch's style guide about crochet on the catwalks this post is dedicated to my recent love of crochet. How can you incorporate it into your wardrobe? Where has this lasting trend come from and also my latest creative pursuit which you may have see over on my instagram stories (I am posting a lot more on instagram now that exams are over if ya want to follow).

Sunday, 25 June 2017

the end of an era

Whilst the title of this post may be seemingly misleading I felt it was the only fitting for the subject matter. After finishing secondary school on the 16th June I couldn't launch straight back into blogging; a break was really needed. GCSE's meant the longest time I've ever taken off from my blog and I didn't particularly want to extend it but I needed to take a step back from blogging and social media in order to rid my thoughts of the twenty something exams I had to sit. Alas, I'm back and I thought I would talk a little bit about the last five years that have had arguably the most impact in my life.

Monday, 15 May 2017

empowerment through fashion - how fashion can empower you

For young women, discovering your place and direction in the world may feel tough and treacherous (and also time consuming for those that have a ‘live in the moment’ mindset). The people around us may enforce the idea that should weakness and empathy is a sign of instability. In some situations, yes weakness may not be able to combat what you are faced with, however instead of replacing these tender characteristics - embrace them, let them empower you through the way you dress, through your attitude towards something. (I mean look how happy I am in that picture above, ohhh wait it was because it was taken in the summer, when exams didn't take up most of my life).

Saturday, 6 May 2017

youth and politics - where do we stand?

Youth and politics. An imminent general election on June the 8th has led to the realisation that young people don’t vote. Or, at least, the vast majority of them seem to be allergic to the ballot box. For example, turnout amongst young voters (18-24) in the 2014 European elections was a scant 28%. Contrast that with turnout among people aged 55+, over half of whom (51%) cast their ballots in 2014, and it’s clear that youth participation in European elections is not great. As a young person who is, you could say, interested in politics yet cannot vote I wanted to know what young people my age think about politics. Is there enough information available and is there anything that can be done to improve how politically aware the youth are? Should the 16-17 age group be allowed to vote?

Friday, 28 April 2017

#haulternative why not do a clothes swap?

An haulternative takes the idea of a traditional clothing ‘haul,’ in which many items are bought and showcased in an online video, and flips it on it’s head. It generally takes an existing wardrobe, refreshing it in a fun and fabulous way. Haulternatives focus on upcycling, swapping, capsule wardrobes and charity shops instead of purchasing new.

Monday, 24 April 2017

DIY denim

Bonjour and welcome to my first fashion revolution post this week! If you want a few ideas on how to get involved with Fashion Revolution I posted a blog post a few weeks ago on how to take action on the things that matter, including fash rev. Remember to follow my twitter because I will no doubt be updating you all on everything Fashion Revolution over there.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

dealing with your own self criticism

It's not going to come as a new fact to you that we are our biggest self critic, thrust into a world that requires nothing less than the perfectly imperfect. A society based on ideals of what or who people should be and become, from a very early age we are taught what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is bad. Yet through this, the niggling self doubt and self criticism of one's own work and body can form - especially when it doesn't conform to what other people expect and or want it to be. Self criticism ain't gonna go completely because it's innate in all of us and this post isn't going to solve that; but it might help to reduce those feelings.


Friday, 14 April 2017

be bright, be bold

Oh hey there biology revision sneaking into these photos, the ever present reminder that I should probably be revising instead of writing this blog post. Breaks are necessary right? As I tell myself after the past week I have spent doing nothing but relaxing... There are some posts in the works regarding Fashion Revolution week at the end of this month that I’m super excited to share with you all but of course in May blogging will have to take a backseat (not sure how much of one yet but we shall see).

Sunday, 9 April 2017

how to take action on the things that matter

No matter who you are, you can take action as young people to make life better for yourself, and at the same time, for others around you. Staying ‘woke’ is great, but it's what you do with it that knowledge that matters as well. Action can be as simple as developing one’s own capabilities, sharing that knowledge and imparting it onto others. The first step is changing your mindset, be open to new ideas and whilst acknowledging the bad that has happened regarding issues around fast fashion or feminism it is the positive changes that need to be focused on - the future. This post is inspired by my good friend Edie, who wrote a fabulous post in response to the women's march and what you can do to take action afterwards.


Sunday, 2 April 2017

podcasts you should listen to

With limited time in the day to listen to podcasts due to the ever increasing workload of my impending GCSEs, they take a backseat and instead music is the only thing that gets me through walking home from school (and the occasional friend that interrupts me whilst I'm listening to Ed Sheeran's new album). Most of my spent time listening to podcasts is outside so what did I think was a creative and completely original way to photograph this post? Take photos outside of course… (hmm perhaps not as creative as I first thought). There are so many podcasts on iTunes but I just don't have the time to listen to all of them, what are my picks of the best?

Monday, 27 March 2017

how to make the most of the clothes you own

The clothes we own (or most of them) can be under-worn or not even worn at all. In fact, it's estimated we only wear 20 per cent of our clothes 80% of the time according to an article published in the Wall Street Journal. The first step to making the most of the clothes you already own is to shop your wardrobe.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

dress with sense: the practical guide to a conscious closet

After my mocks have finished I've gone slightly mad with the book orders, after Tolly's recommendation I ordered 'to die for' by Lucy Siegle and after flicking through a magazine a few weeks ago I stumbled on 'Dress with Sense: the practical guide to a conscious closest'. Initially, the fun illustrations drew me to the book but it was the chapters that covered the whole life cycle of a garment that led me to purchasing Dress with Sense.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

your guide to shopping on depop

I love Depop. A fantastic alternative to charity shopping, if you haven't heard of depop it's an app that allows you to sift through and buy second hand clothes, makeup or even shoes therefore you can curate a second hand wardrobe that suits your personal style. 

Friday, 10 March 2017

the trouble with today

The trouble with today is that it's too long, or not long enough. Or that even in the present we are all too focused on the future, or the past. When these 4:00am thoughts hit you in the middle of the day, yup that's when you've hit a brick in the road. (the art on the left is inspired by Rookie mag, a fabulous website if you are not yet aware of it).

Monday, 6 March 2017

a few of my favourite ethical brands

Following on from my chat about ethical fashion a few weeks ago, a lot of you wanted posts on my favourite ethical brands. I think if I listed all of my favourites in one post it would be incredibly long so I think I'm going to split it into chunks, let me know if you do like this post and I'll be sure to write about some more of my favourite ethical brands! To anyone that's said ethical fashion isn't 'fashionable' well this post might persuade you otherwise!

Monday, 27 February 2017

the denim jacket

This post has been such a long time in the making. After a good few months at school, I finally finished making my denim jacket and it deserves a post dedicated to itself, therefore I've put together a compilation of slightly blurry, candid shots (oh and me looking like a 12 year old in the first pic). These photos have also made me realise how much I need to get a haircut, I need my short hair back.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

cruelty free beauty on a budget

Oh hey I didn't realise you still blogged about beauty? Yep I know it's been a while but I have finally had the time to sit down and write a beauty post. Cruelty free beauty is being more widely discussed and it's so great to see, most expensive brands are widely regarded as cruelty free and although there are some that aren't (mac, benefit etc.) they're quite expensive and if you're a student or are only just building up your makeup collection then look no further, there are drugstore brands that are cruelty free - in fact quite a lot are.

Friday, 17 February 2017

#anewageinspiration Birdsong London

All photos are from Birdsong
Birdsong is the coolest fashion brand that you're going to see. A blend of incredible, affordable and feminist ethical clothes it's near impossible to not want to buy every piece of clothing they sell. It's clear through the ethos of the brand and the direction it's heading in there are big things for the future of Birdsong and as there's no doubt that I will love everything they do.

Monday, 13 February 2017

let's have a chat about ethical fashion

Ethical fashion is as google defines it an 'umbrella term to describe ethical fashion design, production, retail, and purchasing. It covers a range of issues such as working conditions, exploitation, fair trade, sustainable production, the environment, and animal welfare.' The workers are paid a fair wage, the environment the clothes are made in is a good standard and the materials that the garments are made from have a positive environmental impact in mind. 

Thursday, 2 February 2017

the importance of supporting other women

In my eager anticipation to write and paint for this post I placed the heart on the painted background and eh uhh I got glue all over the heart *facepalm*. Not too sure how I managed to do it but I did and seeing as I decided to paint the night before this post is going up I had no choice but to rolll with it. Some tactile editing skills and the worst of the glue stain has magically disappeared thanks to facetune. I digress, this post is neither about hearts or art therefore I was not going to repaint it again (ps this is an artistic representation of a heart because I am not going to get all sciency in this blogpost either). 

Monday, 30 January 2017

ethical accessories

Following the start of my journey into ethical buying, for Christmas I asked for this super sleek Matt and Nat, oh how I loved opening this gem on Christmas morning. How have I managed not to blog about this for over a month? I'm not quite sure myself.

Monday, 2 January 2017

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