Fair Fashion Design
Mar22

Fair Fashion Design

Ethical and Sustainable Style. Ever wished that you could just pick up a book of high-fashion editorial images and know that all of them are sustainably and ethically made? I kind of wish this every time a book or magazine with an enticing outfit on the cover crosses my path. The pang of desire for easy-access planet and people friendly clothing is stronger still when I stroll through a conventional shopping complex. Where loads of...

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Five Money and Environment Saving Ideas
Mar20

Five Money and Environment Saving Ideas

Stylish Eco living doesn’t have to cost the Earth When it comes to the crunch, the dollar is often the deciding factor in whether or not we act according to our well-meaning eco values. We can be as eco-minded as they come, but realistically our purses are our limits (something you might remember me discussing in this post). Fortunately being eco-action-based doesn’t always have to be a drain on finances. The following...

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Advanced Laundry Tips : Stain Removal
Mar15

Advanced Laundry Tips : Stain Removal

We love airing out dirty laundry The one thing I’ve learned in my time as a blogger is that there is no topic that translates more universally than laundry. Like birth, death and taxes, laundry is one of the unavoidable truths of life. Which explains why it’s always a hot topic for discussion when I write about it. I might be one of the few people in the world that genuinely enjoys laundry day (hands up from others who are...

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The Confessions of an Overcommitted Environmentalist
Mar13

The Confessions of an Overcommitted Environmentalist

 Sometimes life gets in the way of eco-ness When times get tough sometimes the eco aren’t as savvy as they would like to be. This sweeping generalisation is made on the basis of my own experience and with a little backing from academic literature. Busyness and money are preventative barriers to making eco-friendly choices. This academic paper (by one of my economics lecturers) shows that we are more likely to adopt positive...

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Eight Items You Will Find at Most Secondhand Stores
Mar08

Eight Items You Will Find at Most Secondhand Stores

Popping Tags Macklemore and Ryan Lewis made coined this thrifting dream phrase in their 2012 hit ‘Thrift Shop’ and anyone who’s ever had a successful secondhand shopping venture would agree that the only thing better than poppin’ a few tags is the smug humble brag about your bargain-hunting-prowess when someone asks you about your thrifted finds. I’m super proud to announce that Peppermint Mag asked me to...

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Is Sustainable Fashion an Oxymoron?
Mar06

Is Sustainable Fashion an Oxymoron?

Trends come and go but our resources are finite. I was walking past a chain store on the weekend and saw they had a sign in the window saying ‘ask us about our conscious collection’. My heart did a little ‘hooray’ to celebrate the small sustainable fashion victory, while my head muttered ‘too little to late’. These conflicting sentiments are felt commonly across all areas of design and policy making...

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Happiness and Honesty is the New Black
Mar02

Happiness and Honesty is the New Black

A smile is the best accessory. This post came about as a bit of a reflection on a passing comment at work. A couple of day ago a co worker told me that they were a bit thrown when they initially met me because they thought ‘no one can be that happy all the time’. A simultaneously flattering and hilarious comment and one that I took as a positive rather than a questioning of my authenticity (or sanity). Quite frankly no-one...

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Washing Day Made Simple
Feb28

Washing Day Made Simple

Want to give your clothes the attention they deserve? These little washing tidbits should help you care for your clothing better. Remember that the following is just a guide and that the best info for wash and wear is the care label. I take no responsibility for any laundry mishaps that result from this info. However, if follow your intuition and the care label about how to wash mishaps are usually few and far between. Hand wash only...

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Eco Fashion Goodness at VAMFF: Lush Terrain
Feb26

Eco Fashion Goodness at VAMFF: Lush Terrain

 Conscious Fashion in the Conservatory. Every year Melbourne opens it’s heart and streets to the fabulously stylish with their annual fashion festival. Some years ago during my fashion days I was able to participate backstage in this festive event and I would have to say it was a highlight memory from my career in fashion. Fortunately for us conscious style folks every year that passes there seems to be a growing focus on the...

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Conscious Shopping Terminology Explained
Feb23

Conscious Shopping Terminology Explained

It’s all so confusing! I was having a chat with an Eco friend of mine a couple of weeks ago about an upcoming event where she is giving a talk about sustainability. The confusion and revelations from this chat made me think now would be a great time to readdress the great big kerfuddle that is ‘green’ marketing terminology. Let’s face it, life is complex enough. We have to juggle making a living with trying to...

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