Last years Wanderlust Label Love wrap up was quite steeped in bendy-stretchy yoga-ness. Surprisingly this years Sunny Coast festival ‘Mindful Markets’ had a bit of a variety of eye catching goodies and the peddlers of such goodies were all so charismatic and kind I just had to share them with you. So from beauty to jewellery and back again the following are a bunch of goodies that I happened to stumble across on my four day yoga adventure.
OH MY GORGEOUSNESS. This label is DIVINE. This was the equal first mindful market stall (the other was The Source Bulkfoods because I knew the people working there) to suck me into it’s awesomeness. Spindrift Collections creates jewellery and accessories designed to inspire your wanderlust for places not yet explored. The pieces that founder and designer Natasha Wakefield creates are timeless, unique and crafted with love. Using found ocean glass that is hand drilled Spindrift designs allows you to keep a piece of the ocean with you, and your next adventure just around the corner. Wherever possible Tash uses only natural and sustainable materials and is working each day to better her business practice. Spindrift are committed to achieving a fully traceable and Fairtrade supply chain, ensuring that our products are as beautiful on the inside as they are out. What I love most about Spindrift is how closely their values align with the message i try to put forth on Sustainability In Style, that our items tell the story of who we are and what we value. I loved this blog post and I think you will too. I want to share that Tash kindly gifted me a necklace. This decision to gift didn’t come from a place of me being a blogger or because she wanted promotion. She came to me on the final day with a gift to say thank you for my positivity about her collection as she was setting up shop. She said that in the sprit of the festival she wanted to gift to those who gave to her. I was so touched by this and have been wearing my ‘Free As A Bird’ necklace each day as a reminder of the festival spirit. Sorry Tash for outing your act of gratitude. I was just so touched I wanted to share. If you are thinking about Christmas shopping I think this might be a nice place to start looking.
I am a bit of a bulk-food-slut (sorry if the word ‘slut’ causes offence but I can’t think of a better way to describe my bulk buy promiscuity). I tend to spread my dollar far and wide in the bulk food buying land. One of my many haunts is The Source in Maroochydore. They have all the naughty stuff (lollies, chocolate, etc) without packaging and I love that about them. While I’m all for organic and healthy there seems to be little sense to me that most bulk buy stores opt out of selling the junk food that comes heavily wrapped. The fab team at The Source always make me feel welcome and I love that I can bring visiting friends and family along to buy all their nibblies (my Mum’s favourite word) in bulk. We were actually set up next to these guys in the Peppermint tent to I had a great time hanging out with them and selling protein balls to every single person who came my way. I’m expecting my commission soon and do accept protein balls as payment 🙂 he he he. Rob from the source is a fun guy and if you happen to head into the store (probably to buy the peanut butter protein balls) please say hi from me.
Gold Coast based designer Kylie Morris is passionate about ethically made high quality activewear. Designing and making all her prints in house the exciting and colourful designs drew me in to visit her. With a background in the fashion, photography and printing industry; a deep connection to the practice of yoga coupled with a desire for a great pair of yoga pants, Kylie began designing a range of unique printed yoga and active wear leggings that she and her friends and family could wear with pride – all featuring her passion for colour, texture and all things vibrant. With solutions for the whole body Kylie works with FairWear when manufacturing offshore and prints her unique logos and slogans in-house. I ended up leaving the festival with my very own set of Flow leggings as a souvenir as the print kind of called to me from day one. It would be nice to see Kylie move to recycled polyester in the future but I love to support local designers doing good and ethically made is a great start.
Kath and Kim of The Possibility Project would have to be two of the most positive and charismatic people going. The two of them founded their Sydney-based enterprise to deliver social justice programs through the mindset of social entrepreneurship. The Possibility Project came about from a simple wish to demonstrate how ordinary people can make extraordinary choices using what they already have. The Wanderlust Possibility Project ‘Humpy’ held a gorgeous collection of Slumwear108, The Possibility Projects collection of slow clothing. They design products of possibility, which are made lovingly through vocational education and training programs run by I-India, in Jaipur. Slumwear108 demonstrates the power of the shared economy and building a label on a belief that everybody has something to contribute to the wellbeing of people and planet. Sales of Slumwear108 directly support the development of Sparrow Sanitation.
Having seen these goodies in (one of my) local bulk/wholefood stores I was surprised to find out just how much I loved this product when I found myself situated opposite The Weleda Wellness Sanctuary. I’m a beauty product minimalist and keep my beauty buys mostly in the DIY realms to avoid waste and packaging. However if I can find a good multi-purpose product I will buy. Trilogys everything balm is one of my all time favourite must-haves for multitasking beauty and I think I might have added another to the list with Weleda’s Skin Food. Using all natural ingredients this label is committed to fair trade, biodiversity and sustainability and might be worth a look if you need some relatively affordable skin goodies. Thank you to the Weleda team for giving me a divine footpath and hand massage. I can’t say the festival was all that stressful but I’m sure all the residual uni assignment stress melted away as you pampered me.
If you have been reading for a while you might know about this initiative from a previous blog post. They only made it along for the last day of the festival but it was lovely to see Boomerang bags at Wanderlust. If you are aren’t savvy on it yet, Boomerang Bags is a community driven initiative tackling plastic pollution at the grassroots level. Dedicated schools, community groups, businesses and volunteers get together to make re-useable ‘Boomerang Bags’ using recycled materials as a means to replace plastic bags. Boomerang Bags are designed to start conversations, make friends, up-cycle materials and work towards shifting society’s throw away mentality to a more sustainable revolution of re-use – one community, needle and thread at a time!