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Taking your Makeup Off Sustainably | Reusable Bamboo Cotton Pads Review

It's hard to ignore the hot top of the moment - living sustainably.....whether you embrace it completely or just want to make a few changes to fit in with your lifestyle. In an attempt to make steps towards a more eco friendly life I had already started cutting down on my single use plastic, buying loose fruite & veg where possible and trying to find a nice, not too expensive keep cup for coffee (still looking, recommendations welcome). I wanted to do some research into what else I could do to lessen my impact on the enviroment - beauty was an area I had never thought of and I was very shocked to discover the statistics around the amount of water needed to produce a single cotton pad....something that I use at least one of everyday!
Regular cotton pads don't biodegrade due to the bleaching and mixing processes used to create them. The beauty industry has progressed so much now, there’s no need for cotton! Plus, by removing cotton pads from your routine, you're also reducing the amount of plastic packaging waste you produce, which is an added bonus. - Elle UK
So I decided to make my beauty routine a little more sustainable and switch to using reusable bamboo cotton pads - having used these now for two months, I wanted to share my experience and give an honest review.

I originally wanted to try the Face Halo pads but at £18 for just three pads, I decided to shop around as 3 pads just wouldn't get washed quick enough in my house! After a lot of research, looking at not only price but design and storage, I went for the Mooju Reusable Makeup Remover Pads from Amazon. A relavtively cheap set, as I didnt want to spend the earth until I knew if they worked for me and my skin, which can be sensitive with new products. The pads in this particular set are 2 ply, made from 70% bamboo / 30% cotton, unbleached, polar fleece making them soft, hypo-allergenic and perfect for all skin types, as bamboo has natural antibacterial properties. With 21 pads included this set has everything you need - 7 small for eye makeup removal, 7 for toner application and 7 general facial cleansing. It also comes with a little mesh bag for you to pop dirty pads in and a bamboo terry headband (nice little addition).

Taking your Makeup Off Sustainably | The Pads

So far I haven't actually used the pads for what is specified in the product description, I tend to use the two largest sizes for general face cleansing with either Micellar water or Clinque Take the Day off Balm cleanser but I do use the smaller pads for my eyes as they are the perfect size. The pads are so soft (even after multiple washes) and really help to properly clean my face, removing even waterproof mascara. I actually think, especially teamed with my Garnier Micellar water that these pads are so much better at getting the day off my face, they are always so much dirtier than a regular disposable pad ever was with the same cleanser. I also find they aren't super absorbant, unlike a disposable cotton pad which saves you money as your aren't using as much cleansing products, a great benefit.

Washing these pads couldn't be simpler - just pop all the dirty pads into the little mesh bag (very important, do not put in loose or they will end up stuck in the seal of the machine yuck!), throw it in the machine with your regular load of washing and they come out clean everytime - the only thing I do make sure to do, is rinsing the pad with hot water after use just to remove the bulk of the product before it goes into the bag. I then just leave them to air dry and once they are pop them back in the tub.....easy peasy.

Taking your Makeup Off Sustainably | The Packaging

One additional thing that I loved about this set is that the box/tub the pads come in is not only pretty but practical. It is the perfect place to store all the clean pads ready to use - but you wanna keep it away from water as it is cardboard!


Final Thoughts....


All in all I would definitely recommend this set - considering the fact it was only £13.99 I have been blown away by the quality and softness of the pads and am really happy that I made the switch from disposable pads. Whilst there are more expensive/better known brands out there like Halo, I do believe that we shouldn't have to spend a fortune to do our bit for the enviroment and this is a great budget alternative. For me this set has the perfect number of pads, allowing me to use two a day if I need to and not be worried if I need to go longer between washes perhaps whilst on holiday. The storage tub is ideal and as a bonus looks lovely in my bathroom. I am however intrigued to see just how long the pads last but only time will tell on that and maybe I will do an update to this post when they do need replacing. I will add though the only thing I do still use single use pads for is removing nail polish - not sure that would wash out so easily!

Click here to buy the Mooju Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
______________

I would love to know of any reusable beauty you have used?
I am particularly after recommendations for reusable saintary products, as I think this is the next thing I would like to try although I am not 100% convinced about the whole concept after my intial research...so any brand recommendations or reviews would be appreciated.


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Taking your Makeup Off Sustainably

Taking your Makeup Off Sustainably | Reusable Bamboo Cotton Pads Review

It's hard to ignore the hot top of the moment - living sustainably.....whether you embrace it completely or just want to make a few changes to fit in with your lifestyle. In an attempt to make steps towards a more eco friendly life I had already started cutting down on my single use plastic, buying loose fruite & veg where possible and trying to find a nice, not too expensive keep cup for coffee (still looking, recommendations welcome). I wanted to do some research into what else I could do to lessen my impact on the enviroment - beauty was an area I had never thought of and I was very shocked to discover the statistics around the amount of water needed to produce a single cotton pad....something that I use at least one of everyday!
Regular cotton pads don't biodegrade due to the bleaching and mixing processes used to create them. The beauty industry has progressed so much now, there’s no need for cotton! Plus, by removing cotton pads from your routine, you're also reducing the amount of plastic packaging waste you produce, which is an added bonus. - Elle UK
So I decided to make my beauty routine a little more sustainable and switch to using reusable bamboo cotton pads - having used these now for two months, I wanted to share my experience and give an honest review.

I originally wanted to try the Face Halo pads but at £18 for just three pads, I decided to shop around as 3 pads just wouldn't get washed quick enough in my house! After a lot of research, looking at not only price but design and storage, I went for the Mooju Reusable Makeup Remover Pads from Amazon. A relavtively cheap set, as I didnt want to spend the earth until I knew if they worked for me and my skin, which can be sensitive with new products. The pads in this particular set are 2 ply, made from 70% bamboo / 30% cotton, unbleached, polar fleece making them soft, hypo-allergenic and perfect for all skin types, as bamboo has natural antibacterial properties. With 21 pads included this set has everything you need - 7 small for eye makeup removal, 7 for toner application and 7 general facial cleansing. It also comes with a little mesh bag for you to pop dirty pads in and a bamboo terry headband (nice little addition).

Taking your Makeup Off Sustainably | The Pads

So far I haven't actually used the pads for what is specified in the product description, I tend to use the two largest sizes for general face cleansing with either Micellar water or Clinque Take the Day off Balm cleanser but I do use the smaller pads for my eyes as they are the perfect size. The pads are so soft (even after multiple washes) and really help to properly clean my face, removing even waterproof mascara. I actually think, especially teamed with my Garnier Micellar water that these pads are so much better at getting the day off my face, they are always so much dirtier than a regular disposable pad ever was with the same cleanser. I also find they aren't super absorbant, unlike a disposable cotton pad which saves you money as your aren't using as much cleansing products, a great benefit.

Washing these pads couldn't be simpler - just pop all the dirty pads into the little mesh bag (very important, do not put in loose or they will end up stuck in the seal of the machine yuck!), throw it in the machine with your regular load of washing and they come out clean everytime - the only thing I do make sure to do, is rinsing the pad with hot water after use just to remove the bulk of the product before it goes into the bag. I then just leave them to air dry and once they are pop them back in the tub.....easy peasy.

Taking your Makeup Off Sustainably | The Packaging

One additional thing that I loved about this set is that the box/tub the pads come in is not only pretty but practical. It is the perfect place to store all the clean pads ready to use - but you wanna keep it away from water as it is cardboard!


Final Thoughts....


All in all I would definitely recommend this set - considering the fact it was only £13.99 I have been blown away by the quality and softness of the pads and am really happy that I made the switch from disposable pads. Whilst there are more expensive/better known brands out there like Halo, I do believe that we shouldn't have to spend a fortune to do our bit for the enviroment and this is a great budget alternative. For me this set has the perfect number of pads, allowing me to use two a day if I need to and not be worried if I need to go longer between washes perhaps whilst on holiday. The storage tub is ideal and as a bonus looks lovely in my bathroom. I am however intrigued to see just how long the pads last but only time will tell on that and maybe I will do an update to this post when they do need replacing. I will add though the only thing I do still use single use pads for is removing nail polish - not sure that would wash out so easily!

Click here to buy the Mooju Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
______________

I would love to know of any reusable beauty you have used?
I am particularly after recommendations for reusable saintary products, as I think this is the next thing I would like to try although I am not 100% convinced about the whole concept after my intial research...so any brand recommendations or reviews would be appreciated.


Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with new posts!



Tatty Devine: Misshapes Exhibition

In collaboration with the Crafts Council, Misshapes is a touring exhibition celebrating 20 years of the quirky, individual British jewellery brand Tatty Devine. When I found out about this exhibition, I instantly knew I needed to go.....expecting it to be in London as most of the best exhibitions are so was over the moon to discover that this amazing exhibition was touring the UK, with 7 venues across the UK, including Leicester where I live!
Misshapes is the first solo show about Tatty Devine and will explore entrepreneurship, innovative British making and the power of creativity. Jewellery, sketchbooks, photos and flyers alongside two newly commissioned films will all tell the story of this creative duo. - Crafts Council
Tatty Devine is a brand that is close to my heart - a massive fan from the age of about 17. I first discovered the brand when it was featured in a Vogue feature and I remember thinking how different the pieces were. I purchased my first piece of jewellery when I was in college, I decided on my name in bright pink acrylic with a little heart charm. I loved the quirky, colourful nature of the brand and the statement, individual pieces of jewellery - it was like wearable art. I felt such an affiliation for the brand that I actually did a months work experience in the Brick Lane studio over the summer of my 2nd year of University (which I have scarily calculated was 13 years ago!!). I learnt so much not only about the brand and how to make jewellery but also a lot about myself and my personal style during that month, emersing myself in London and loving every minute. The huge dinoasur necklace shown in the above photo, was one of the many pieces in the collection that I worked on.... that dino was a bugger to make, all those individual bones had to be connected together with split rings! #fiddly

So onto the exhibition.......

Tatty Devine: Misshapes Collection

Displayed in the De Montfort University Gallery, this perfectly curated collection, highlighted the history and heritage of the brand and showcased some beautiful pieces. A short film played alongside the exhibition, sharing the brands story through the eyes of the two founders, Harriet Vine & Rosie Wolfdenden. Some amazing retro footage with some truly epic vintage fashion and the perfect summary of the vision and passion behind Tatty Devine. Above are some of the pieces from the exhibition, pieces that resinated with my memories of Tatty Devine and the whimsical design that is synonomous with the brand.

Tatty Devine: Misshapes Favourites

These two images are of my favourite pieces from the exhibition, this enormous bedazzeled lobster is just amazing, and whilst I couldn't imagine wearing it ( soooooo big) there is just something about it that I love. And alongside it, Tatty does florals so well - a simple classic theme but created in such an unexpected and modern way, the detailing on this flower necklace is phenominal.

Tatty Devine: Lazer Cut Acrylic

Can we take a moment to apreciate the wide colour palette in acrylics that the brand works with, some of these shades are just gorgeous. The first company to work in laser cut acrylics and they are staying true to this heritage and still to this day work mainly in this medium. This was an element of my work experience I found very interesting, watching a simple CAD image being loaded into the cutting machine and watching it seamlessly cut all of these intricate shapes out, that were simply popped out from the sheet of acrylic and made into jewellery.

Although my jewellery tastes have changed a lot, these days I prefer much more classic, simple pieces, I will always love Tatty Devine and the collections they make, the perfect reminder of my Uni days. Plus I do have a few pieces statshed away for centimental value - a black pegasus wing necklace, wooden mouse necklace, personalised charm necklace, flower bracelet and my origional name necklace.

Would love to hear if you have visited the exhibition and which was your favourite piece?

 -

Although the exhibition is half over there are still a few dates if you want to check it out....
Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich (27th February - 1st April 2020)
Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham, Wales (10th July - 13th September 2020)
Hove Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton and Hove (3rd October 2020 - 26th January 2021)
New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Cotswolds (21th June - 10th September 2021)

Also to celebrate this exhibition, the Birthday Collection is now avaliable on the website - click here to SHOP 
(Image taken from Tattydevine.com)

Tatty Devine: The Birthday Collection

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Misshapes: The Making Of Tatty Devine - The Exhibition

Tatty Devine: Misshapes Exhibition

In collaboration with the Crafts Council, Misshapes is a touring exhibition celebrating 20 years of the quirky, individual British jewellery brand Tatty Devine. When I found out about this exhibition, I instantly knew I needed to go.....expecting it to be in London as most of the best exhibitions are so was over the moon to discover that this amazing exhibition was touring the UK, with 7 venues across the UK, including Leicester where I live!
Misshapes is the first solo show about Tatty Devine and will explore entrepreneurship, innovative British making and the power of creativity. Jewellery, sketchbooks, photos and flyers alongside two newly commissioned films will all tell the story of this creative duo. - Crafts Council
Tatty Devine is a brand that is close to my heart - a massive fan from the age of about 17. I first discovered the brand when it was featured in a Vogue feature and I remember thinking how different the pieces were. I purchased my first piece of jewellery when I was in college, I decided on my name in bright pink acrylic with a little heart charm. I loved the quirky, colourful nature of the brand and the statement, individual pieces of jewellery - it was like wearable art. I felt such an affiliation for the brand that I actually did a months work experience in the Brick Lane studio over the summer of my 2nd year of University (which I have scarily calculated was 13 years ago!!). I learnt so much not only about the brand and how to make jewellery but also a lot about myself and my personal style during that month, emersing myself in London and loving every minute. The huge dinoasur necklace shown in the above photo, was one of the many pieces in the collection that I worked on.... that dino was a bugger to make, all those individual bones had to be connected together with split rings! #fiddly

So onto the exhibition.......

Tatty Devine: Misshapes Collection

Displayed in the De Montfort University Gallery, this perfectly curated collection, highlighted the history and heritage of the brand and showcased some beautiful pieces. A short film played alongside the exhibition, sharing the brands story through the eyes of the two founders, Harriet Vine & Rosie Wolfdenden. Some amazing retro footage with some truly epic vintage fashion and the perfect summary of the vision and passion behind Tatty Devine. Above are some of the pieces from the exhibition, pieces that resinated with my memories of Tatty Devine and the whimsical design that is synonomous with the brand.

Tatty Devine: Misshapes Favourites

These two images are of my favourite pieces from the exhibition, this enormous bedazzeled lobster is just amazing, and whilst I couldn't imagine wearing it ( soooooo big) there is just something about it that I love. And alongside it, Tatty does florals so well - a simple classic theme but created in such an unexpected and modern way, the detailing on this flower necklace is phenominal.

Tatty Devine: Lazer Cut Acrylic

Can we take a moment to apreciate the wide colour palette in acrylics that the brand works with, some of these shades are just gorgeous. The first company to work in laser cut acrylics and they are staying true to this heritage and still to this day work mainly in this medium. This was an element of my work experience I found very interesting, watching a simple CAD image being loaded into the cutting machine and watching it seamlessly cut all of these intricate shapes out, that were simply popped out from the sheet of acrylic and made into jewellery.

Although my jewellery tastes have changed a lot, these days I prefer much more classic, simple pieces, I will always love Tatty Devine and the collections they make, the perfect reminder of my Uni days. Plus I do have a few pieces statshed away for centimental value - a black pegasus wing necklace, wooden mouse necklace, personalised charm necklace, flower bracelet and my origional name necklace.

Would love to hear if you have visited the exhibition and which was your favourite piece?

 -

Although the exhibition is half over there are still a few dates if you want to check it out....
Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich (27th February - 1st April 2020)
Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham, Wales (10th July - 13th September 2020)
Hove Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton and Hove (3rd October 2020 - 26th January 2021)
New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Cotswolds (21th June - 10th September 2021)

Also to celebrate this exhibition, the Birthday Collection is now avaliable on the website - click here to SHOP 
(Image taken from Tattydevine.com)

Tatty Devine: The Birthday Collection

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Something a little more thought provoking this week on the blog: a topic that has started some big conversations particularly within the world of fashion....Sustainable fashion. In no way a new topic, I think the world has been aware that fast fashion is having a negative effect on the planet for a while now, but the BBC documentary "Fashion's Dirty Secrets", shown last year, presented by Stacey Dooley has opened Pandoras box and now it is something that everyone has taken note of and some major changes are afoot. I recently watched a great YouTube video on buying sustainable fashion, by the amazing IntheFrow which really made me think about my own relationship with fast fashion and inspired this post....

Before we dive in and discuss - What is Sustainable Fashion? 

"Sustainable fashion is a movement and process of fostering change to fashion products and the system towards greater ecological integrity and social justice. Sustainable fashion concerns more than addressing fashion textiles or products. It comprises addressing the whole system of fashion. This means dealing with interdependent social, cultural, ecological and financial systems. It also means considering fashion from the perspective of many stakeholders - users and producers, all living species, contemporary and future dwellers on earth." - Wikipedia
I think the fashion industry, teamed with the phenominon that is social media has a lot to answer for - it has the power to do so much good, but on the flip side has also started to do some damage. Most influncers are all about showing us new and pretty things, encouraging us to buy (who hasn't bought at least one thing from a post you've seen on Instagram???) and that mentality teamed with fast fashion so readily avaliable, means people are buying at an alarming rate. Entry price point retailers such as Primark are thriving because of how cheap pieces are - who wants to spend £50 on a dress for their holiday when they can pick one up for £13, this along with celebrity collaborations & endorsements makes that new Saturday night outfit affordable and achieveable. Some people take this to extremes: I recently served a customer and we got chatting about how she is trying to buy less and how a friend of hers will happily buy an ENTIRE new wardrobe for every holiday she goes on from Primark and will simply leave it all in the hotel once the holiday is over! I know its cheap but how crazy is that - I am sure we all like to get a few new bits for our holiday but literally wearing once and then throwing away is a prime example of how crazy fast fashion has got and that things need to change.

I think on the British highstreet Primark is the store that most people will buy fast fashion from, with dirt cheap prices, crazy trends are so accessible and if you only wear once so be it. Now I will admit I love me a bit of Primarni, however over the last few years my consumption of cheap clothes has decreased, I still buy PJ's, accessories and kids clothing in there (little man grows to quick, it seems daft to spend lots of money on basics like joggers & tshirts) but I can't remember the last time I bought clothes for myself - the quality over quantity mentality has definetly kicked in for me. Don't get me wrong though, I will not be rushing out and only buying pieces from sustainable brands (mainly because those who are truly sustainable are also very expensive!) but I will be trying to make a conscious decision to not buy into mass produced garments so much and embrace the wardrobe I have.

My first challenge is to tackle my wardrobe and split it into Keep, Recycle and Throw away, so that I know exactly what I have to work with, then trying to follow the below tips to keep my wardrobe as sustainable as it can be....


6 TIPS TO BECOMING MORE SUSTAINABLE....


1. Wear you wardrobe // Such a simple start to cutting down on buying into fast fashion. You probably have many things in there you haven't worn in ages - we all do! So dig them out, style them up and give them a new lease of life. Fashion is about showing your personality, something you can't do as well if everyone is wearing the same Zara dress or Topshop boots! I have so many pieces in my wardrobe that I love but don't wear, so actually quite excited to try out some new combinations and remember don't be afraid to dig out those unexpected pieces, like wear sequins during the day.

2. Recycle // Once you are done with a garment, don't just bin it (unless it is truly unwearable) take it to your local charity shop/clothing bank or sell it on to someone else to enjoy. One womans trash is another womans treasure....share the love.

3. Charity Shops // Branch out and try something new. I used to shop in charity shops a lot when I was at Uni and I had forgotten the thrill you can get when you find something exciting and unexpected. Perhaps something designer or from a brand you love but can't afford. If you know where to look this is a great sustainable way to add newness to your wardrobe and give a garment a second chance at life. My only advice would be give yourself time to rummage, you will need to dig deep to find the gems.

4. Swap with friends // The perfect excuse to get the girls over, share some prosecco and get some new clothes at the same time. Obviously a little more limiting in terms of sizing, but worth a try.

5. Head online // Regularly check Ebay, Facebook marketplace and sites such as Depop, where you can find some many great pieces secondhand, this is something I do a lot - I can often find pieces that I wasn't able to find in stores or that sold out quickly, usually in good condition at a fraction of the origional price. I find this a useful resource especially for brands that are usually out of my price range.

6. Be consious when you buy // Can you honestly imagine wearing this new top 50-100 times? this is the question you need to ask yourself when buying new. These days I like to use the rule of three when I shop....I have to be able to mentally style the item at least 3 ways within my exisiting wardrobe, if I can I am allowed to buy, if not then put it back. The only time I will deviate from this rule is if it something special that I have fallen head over heels for....this doesnt happen often so i allow myself. You need to feel joy for every piece in your wardrobe for it to be an item you will keep for years.

And finally making your own clothes.....but lets be honest most of us do no have the time or skills to be creating our own wardrobe, but if you can - do it! Sustainable & unique.

~ ❤ ~
To finish off this post, I wanted to share just how possible it is to live your wardrobe.....
I met a customer in Mint Velvet recently who fully truly embodies the sustainable ethos I believe we should all be aiming for. She is in her late 60's and is one of the chicest ladies I have ever met. I got chatting with her after complimenting her outfit....head to tone in shades of gorgeous camel with a stunning classic Burberry trench draped effortlessly on her shoulders. She was more than happy to share that her trench, along with most of the pieces she was wearing were actually charity shop finds. She rarely purchases new items of clothing, opting to rummage and find gorgeous gems in the charity shops around the UK. She does buy new, but only when she needs to, prefering to really shop her wardrobe and find new combinations for pieces she has had in there for years. She is also a strong advocate for continuing the life cycle of a garment, and will always donate when she is done with a piece. This approach is what I would love to see more people adopt, even if it was only for a few pieces....I take a lot of items to the charity shop but very rarely find gems that I want to rehome, but that is going to be my fashion mission for this year.

A longer post than I normally write, but I hope it has been food for thought and has left you thinking about your wardrobe and whether you could make more sustainable decisions when you buy new pieces. Not aimed to shame people for shopping in Primark (I still do), or make you buy only sustainable designer pieces, but to make you think a little more before buying lots of cheap fast fashion without a thought to how it affects the enviroment and the world we live in. While consumers can make a difference through purchasing habits, retailers & brands have also got to step up to the plate and make changes - this can be as small as looking at their delivery packaging (some of the highend retailers give you the choice to recieve your order in reduced packaging, so no unnecessary plastic), working with factories to ensure ethical process are adhered too, as well as considering eco friendly fabrics, even recycled fibres to produce garments. I believe it is much harder for established brands to make changes to how they have always done things, so it is even more important that new emerging brands are set up with this sustainable ethos behind them from the start, so that going forward the fashion industry is aware, informed and hopefully making a difference to the world that our children & grandchildren will grow up in..

Would love this to open up a dialogue and hear back from readers about their thoughts on this topic and any tips you have for making the most out of fashion...

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Sustainable Fashion - Tips for making your wardrobe more sustainable

Something a little more thought provoking this week on the blog: a topic that has started some big conversations particularly within the world of fashion....Sustainable fashion. In no way a new topic, I think the world has been aware that fast fashion is having a negative effect on the planet for a while now, but the BBC documentary "Fashion's Dirty Secrets", shown last year, presented by Stacey Dooley has opened Pandoras box and now it is something that everyone has taken note of and some major changes are afoot. I recently watched a great YouTube video on buying sustainable fashion, by the amazing IntheFrow which really made me think about my own relationship with fast fashion and inspired this post....

Before we dive in and discuss - What is Sustainable Fashion? 

"Sustainable fashion is a movement and process of fostering change to fashion products and the system towards greater ecological integrity and social justice. Sustainable fashion concerns more than addressing fashion textiles or products. It comprises addressing the whole system of fashion. This means dealing with interdependent social, cultural, ecological and financial systems. It also means considering fashion from the perspective of many stakeholders - users and producers, all living species, contemporary and future dwellers on earth." - Wikipedia
I think the fashion industry, teamed with the phenominon that is social media has a lot to answer for - it has the power to do so much good, but on the flip side has also started to do some damage. Most influncers are all about showing us new and pretty things, encouraging us to buy (who hasn't bought at least one thing from a post you've seen on Instagram???) and that mentality teamed with fast fashion so readily avaliable, means people are buying at an alarming rate. Entry price point retailers such as Primark are thriving because of how cheap pieces are - who wants to spend £50 on a dress for their holiday when they can pick one up for £13, this along with celebrity collaborations & endorsements makes that new Saturday night outfit affordable and achieveable. Some people take this to extremes: I recently served a customer and we got chatting about how she is trying to buy less and how a friend of hers will happily buy an ENTIRE new wardrobe for every holiday she goes on from Primark and will simply leave it all in the hotel once the holiday is over! I know its cheap but how crazy is that - I am sure we all like to get a few new bits for our holiday but literally wearing once and then throwing away is a prime example of how crazy fast fashion has got and that things need to change.

I think on the British highstreet Primark is the store that most people will buy fast fashion from, with dirt cheap prices, crazy trends are so accessible and if you only wear once so be it. Now I will admit I love me a bit of Primarni, however over the last few years my consumption of cheap clothes has decreased, I still buy PJ's, accessories and kids clothing in there (little man grows to quick, it seems daft to spend lots of money on basics like joggers & tshirts) but I can't remember the last time I bought clothes for myself - the quality over quantity mentality has definetly kicked in for me. Don't get me wrong though, I will not be rushing out and only buying pieces from sustainable brands (mainly because those who are truly sustainable are also very expensive!) but I will be trying to make a conscious decision to not buy into mass produced garments so much and embrace the wardrobe I have.

My first challenge is to tackle my wardrobe and split it into Keep, Recycle and Throw away, so that I know exactly what I have to work with, then trying to follow the below tips to keep my wardrobe as sustainable as it can be....


6 TIPS TO BECOMING MORE SUSTAINABLE....


1. Wear you wardrobe // Such a simple start to cutting down on buying into fast fashion. You probably have many things in there you haven't worn in ages - we all do! So dig them out, style them up and give them a new lease of life. Fashion is about showing your personality, something you can't do as well if everyone is wearing the same Zara dress or Topshop boots! I have so many pieces in my wardrobe that I love but don't wear, so actually quite excited to try out some new combinations and remember don't be afraid to dig out those unexpected pieces, like wear sequins during the day.

2. Recycle // Once you are done with a garment, don't just bin it (unless it is truly unwearable) take it to your local charity shop/clothing bank or sell it on to someone else to enjoy. One womans trash is another womans treasure....share the love.

3. Charity Shops // Branch out and try something new. I used to shop in charity shops a lot when I was at Uni and I had forgotten the thrill you can get when you find something exciting and unexpected. Perhaps something designer or from a brand you love but can't afford. If you know where to look this is a great sustainable way to add newness to your wardrobe and give a garment a second chance at life. My only advice would be give yourself time to rummage, you will need to dig deep to find the gems.

4. Swap with friends // The perfect excuse to get the girls over, share some prosecco and get some new clothes at the same time. Obviously a little more limiting in terms of sizing, but worth a try.

5. Head online // Regularly check Ebay, Facebook marketplace and sites such as Depop, where you can find some many great pieces secondhand, this is something I do a lot - I can often find pieces that I wasn't able to find in stores or that sold out quickly, usually in good condition at a fraction of the origional price. I find this a useful resource especially for brands that are usually out of my price range.

6. Be consious when you buy // Can you honestly imagine wearing this new top 50-100 times? this is the question you need to ask yourself when buying new. These days I like to use the rule of three when I shop....I have to be able to mentally style the item at least 3 ways within my exisiting wardrobe, if I can I am allowed to buy, if not then put it back. The only time I will deviate from this rule is if it something special that I have fallen head over heels for....this doesnt happen often so i allow myself. You need to feel joy for every piece in your wardrobe for it to be an item you will keep for years.

And finally making your own clothes.....but lets be honest most of us do no have the time or skills to be creating our own wardrobe, but if you can - do it! Sustainable & unique.

~ ❤ ~
To finish off this post, I wanted to share just how possible it is to live your wardrobe.....
I met a customer in Mint Velvet recently who fully truly embodies the sustainable ethos I believe we should all be aiming for. She is in her late 60's and is one of the chicest ladies I have ever met. I got chatting with her after complimenting her outfit....head to tone in shades of gorgeous camel with a stunning classic Burberry trench draped effortlessly on her shoulders. She was more than happy to share that her trench, along with most of the pieces she was wearing were actually charity shop finds. She rarely purchases new items of clothing, opting to rummage and find gorgeous gems in the charity shops around the UK. She does buy new, but only when she needs to, prefering to really shop her wardrobe and find new combinations for pieces she has had in there for years. She is also a strong advocate for continuing the life cycle of a garment, and will always donate when she is done with a piece. This approach is what I would love to see more people adopt, even if it was only for a few pieces....I take a lot of items to the charity shop but very rarely find gems that I want to rehome, but that is going to be my fashion mission for this year.

A longer post than I normally write, but I hope it has been food for thought and has left you thinking about your wardrobe and whether you could make more sustainable decisions when you buy new pieces. Not aimed to shame people for shopping in Primark (I still do), or make you buy only sustainable designer pieces, but to make you think a little more before buying lots of cheap fast fashion without a thought to how it affects the enviroment and the world we live in. While consumers can make a difference through purchasing habits, retailers & brands have also got to step up to the plate and make changes - this can be as small as looking at their delivery packaging (some of the highend retailers give you the choice to recieve your order in reduced packaging, so no unnecessary plastic), working with factories to ensure ethical process are adhered too, as well as considering eco friendly fabrics, even recycled fibres to produce garments. I believe it is much harder for established brands to make changes to how they have always done things, so it is even more important that new emerging brands are set up with this sustainable ethos behind them from the start, so that going forward the fashion industry is aware, informed and hopefully making a difference to the world that our children & grandchildren will grow up in..

Would love this to open up a dialogue and hear back from readers about their thoughts on this topic and any tips you have for making the most out of fashion...

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How to Wear: Shorts - Inspiration
Back with a new installment to my "How to Wear" series, sharing inspirations on how to style shorts, when your not on the beach....

Such a versitile piece to have in your wardrobe - can be kept super low key and casual, or really dressed up. Until recently I have shied away from shorts, for me they were simply a holiday item of clothing, not easy to wear day to day and for me not the most flattering....that is until i discovered paperbag waist shorts. This style of shorts has completely changed my opinion and has opened my eyes to just how versitile they actually are. For me they are a great piece to wear on my mum days, my legs are out but no chance of flashing knickers while I am crawling around soft play or running after my newly walking toddler.

So first up are you a floaty, cotton or denim shorts kinda girl...choose your style, length & colour, then your ready to style them up.

What to pair with them?

Shorts are one of those pieces, that seem to work with every kind of top, I love to style mine up with a basic or slogan T-shirt, jersey vest, silky camis and slouchy shirts. I always tend to go a little oversized with my tops, then do a french tuck in the front to give my waist definition. I think shorts look so much more than beach wear when teamed with a jacket, be that a blazer, denim or biker. Personally I really like a paperbag waist pair of shorts styled with a classic tee and a blazer, this is my go to combination. As you can see from the styling inspiration images above there are so many ways to style, dependant on the occassion.

The Footwear

Again because shorts are so versitile, most footwear styles work. I tend to go for simple white trainers, my go to flat tan sandals, birkenstocks or on a cooler day slouchy ankle boots but I do appreciate something a little sexier, teaming shorts with a heel for a night out. I think as long as you make sure your footwear reflects your choice of top, then anything goes.

The Accessories

My favourite part of styling up any outfit....the accessories! I love to add a panama hat, a cute summery straw bag or something a little more structured (usually in tan), plently of boho jewellery especially layered necklaces. Shorts afterall are predominatly a summer style so embracing the sunshine and accessorizing accordingly is so much fun. Also if you are tucking in your top, a detailed belt is a great addition, adds interest as well as waist definition - I really like a western inspired belt teamed with an oversized shirt.

Image credits - 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13

How do you like to style your shorts??
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How to Wear: Shorts

How to Wear: Shorts - Inspiration
Back with a new installment to my "How to Wear" series, sharing inspirations on how to style shorts, when your not on the beach....

Such a versitile piece to have in your wardrobe - can be kept super low key and casual, or really dressed up. Until recently I have shied away from shorts, for me they were simply a holiday item of clothing, not easy to wear day to day and for me not the most flattering....that is until i discovered paperbag waist shorts. This style of shorts has completely changed my opinion and has opened my eyes to just how versitile they actually are. For me they are a great piece to wear on my mum days, my legs are out but no chance of flashing knickers while I am crawling around soft play or running after my newly walking toddler.

So first up are you a floaty, cotton or denim shorts kinda girl...choose your style, length & colour, then your ready to style them up.

What to pair with them?

Shorts are one of those pieces, that seem to work with every kind of top, I love to style mine up with a basic or slogan T-shirt, jersey vest, silky camis and slouchy shirts. I always tend to go a little oversized with my tops, then do a french tuck in the front to give my waist definition. I think shorts look so much more than beach wear when teamed with a jacket, be that a blazer, denim or biker. Personally I really like a paperbag waist pair of shorts styled with a classic tee and a blazer, this is my go to combination. As you can see from the styling inspiration images above there are so many ways to style, dependant on the occassion.

The Footwear

Again because shorts are so versitile, most footwear styles work. I tend to go for simple white trainers, my go to flat tan sandals, birkenstocks or on a cooler day slouchy ankle boots but I do appreciate something a little sexier, teaming shorts with a heel for a night out. I think as long as you make sure your footwear reflects your choice of top, then anything goes.

The Accessories

My favourite part of styling up any outfit....the accessories! I love to add a panama hat, a cute summery straw bag or something a little more structured (usually in tan), plently of boho jewellery especially layered necklaces. Shorts afterall are predominatly a summer style so embracing the sunshine and accessorizing accordingly is so much fun. Also if you are tucking in your top, a detailed belt is a great addition, adds interest as well as waist definition - I really like a western inspired belt teamed with an oversized shirt.

Image credits - 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13

How do you like to style your shorts??
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First Impressions: ItCosmetics CC Cream Illumination

As creature of comfort, I find I am really loyal when it comes to makeup products, when I find one I love thats my go to...sometimes for years. Foundation/base products have always been a tough one for me, I struggle to find one that gives me the desired coverage, whilst looking natural and not ridiculously expensive. I suffer from dry skin along with having large pores so some foundations just sit on the skin badly and make me look worse! #notwhatineed. I have also found that my skin prefers a lightweight formula so BB & CC creams work the best for me rather a heavy foundation. Having been a Bourjois 123 Perfect CC cream fan for years, I decided to give the It Cosmetics CC cream a go after hearing so much hype in the beauty world....was a little hesitant as at £31 a tube it is pricey for me but I loved the results and it has become my daily go to product. Origionally I bought the classic CC cream, but after wanting something a little more dewey I decided to give the illuminating version a go and I am so pleased I did..... I wanted to share my first impressions with you.

First Impressions...

Just as flawless and easy to apply as the origional CC Cream but it offers an additional glow and natural highlight at the same time. A smooth, non drying formula, that applies flawlessy, although I do use my fingers, not a brush as I find this gives me a much better finish and a tube usually lasts me six months, as I only need two pumps for full coverage, which actually makes the cost per wear minimal. I did go to Boots (Fosse Park) to the It Cosmetics counter to get colour matched as I wasnt 100% sure that I would be the same shade in both products after reading a few reviews however I was, but in my opinion best to check as the product comes in 11 shades. I was pleasently surprised that I was shade "light," as I would normally go for something a little darker but the second the lady put it on my face I could see this was my perfect colour match. I do think this product is worth the hype and the cost, as it really does do what it says on the tube - I am so pleased with the results, natural but makes my skin look smooth, glowy and reduces the apperance of my pores. I am also really pleased with the SPF 50 protection, as my morning time is limited due to a toddler, so knowing I have sun protection within my makeup routine is perfect. My final comment has to be about the packaging, I like the origional but the combination of pink and hollographic details is just gorgeous....I am sucker for pretty packaging, I can't help it! Plus the pump applicator delivers the perfect amount of product for each use.

The Details...

"Full-coverage, skin-loving, multi-tasker with SPF 50. Infused with light-reflecting pigments to enhance the look of glowing skin. Enriched with anti-ageing peptides, hydrolysed collagen, vitamins and antioxidants. " - It Cosmetics

Delivers 7 benefits, all in one:
 Full coverage illuminating foundation, ✔ SPF 50 sun protection, ✔ Brightening colour corrector
✔ Reduces the look of pores, ✔ Smoothes wrinkle apperance
✔ Hydrating & anti-ageing, ✔ Radiant finish

So if you are looking for a new base give this one a go, you wont be dissapointed....also worth if you can, going to an It Cosmetics counter, they actually have soooooo many products in the range that I had never heard of. I will heading back on a child free day to try some out, especially like the look of the translucent powder which is recomended to teamed with the CC cream.

It Cosmetics CC Cream Illumination is avaliable at Boots, Cult Beauty and direct from It Cosmetics.
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First Impressions: ItCosmetics Illumination CC Cream

First Impressions: ItCosmetics CC Cream Illumination

As creature of comfort, I find I am really loyal when it comes to makeup products, when I find one I love thats my go to...sometimes for years. Foundation/base products have always been a tough one for me, I struggle to find one that gives me the desired coverage, whilst looking natural and not ridiculously expensive. I suffer from dry skin along with having large pores so some foundations just sit on the skin badly and make me look worse! #notwhatineed. I have also found that my skin prefers a lightweight formula so BB & CC creams work the best for me rather a heavy foundation. Having been a Bourjois 123 Perfect CC cream fan for years, I decided to give the It Cosmetics CC cream a go after hearing so much hype in the beauty world....was a little hesitant as at £31 a tube it is pricey for me but I loved the results and it has become my daily go to product. Origionally I bought the classic CC cream, but after wanting something a little more dewey I decided to give the illuminating version a go and I am so pleased I did..... I wanted to share my first impressions with you.

First Impressions...

Just as flawless and easy to apply as the origional CC Cream but it offers an additional glow and natural highlight at the same time. A smooth, non drying formula, that applies flawlessy, although I do use my fingers, not a brush as I find this gives me a much better finish and a tube usually lasts me six months, as I only need two pumps for full coverage, which actually makes the cost per wear minimal. I did go to Boots (Fosse Park) to the It Cosmetics counter to get colour matched as I wasnt 100% sure that I would be the same shade in both products after reading a few reviews however I was, but in my opinion best to check as the product comes in 11 shades. I was pleasently surprised that I was shade "light," as I would normally go for something a little darker but the second the lady put it on my face I could see this was my perfect colour match. I do think this product is worth the hype and the cost, as it really does do what it says on the tube - I am so pleased with the results, natural but makes my skin look smooth, glowy and reduces the apperance of my pores. I am also really pleased with the SPF 50 protection, as my morning time is limited due to a toddler, so knowing I have sun protection within my makeup routine is perfect. My final comment has to be about the packaging, I like the origional but the combination of pink and hollographic details is just gorgeous....I am sucker for pretty packaging, I can't help it! Plus the pump applicator delivers the perfect amount of product for each use.

The Details...

"Full-coverage, skin-loving, multi-tasker with SPF 50. Infused with light-reflecting pigments to enhance the look of glowing skin. Enriched with anti-ageing peptides, hydrolysed collagen, vitamins and antioxidants. " - It Cosmetics

Delivers 7 benefits, all in one:
 Full coverage illuminating foundation, ✔ SPF 50 sun protection, ✔ Brightening colour corrector
✔ Reduces the look of pores, ✔ Smoothes wrinkle apperance
✔ Hydrating & anti-ageing, ✔ Radiant finish

So if you are looking for a new base give this one a go, you wont be dissapointed....also worth if you can, going to an It Cosmetics counter, they actually have soooooo many products in the range that I had never heard of. I will heading back on a child free day to try some out, especially like the look of the translucent powder which is recomended to teamed with the CC cream.

It Cosmetics CC Cream Illumination is avaliable at Boots, Cult Beauty and direct from It Cosmetics.
Fancy giving this a go, or are you already a fan?

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