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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