Category: "Eco Fashion"

Swop-ping

June 4th, 2018 | no comments

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SWOP-PING : (adj.) The art of shopping your bestie’s closet to create a cool new look.

Also See: A wonderfully eco friendly way to get them new clothing feels without having to spend a cent!

During April/May this year, Lee and I went on our 1month honeymoon and I challenged myself to take 1 small carry on suitcase for the entire trip.

It was a challenge to say the least – 4 different countries, totally different climates, conditions and pressing engagements with family and friends where fashion had to be a consideration…I mean a girl still wants to look cute right!?

I packed hard working essentials and was ecstatic to see just how much they went the distance…I’ll post more on that very soon.

As a start

One of my biggest tips is to go SWOP-PING – raid your friends, family or whoever you may know in each port and see what you can put together by way of exchange.

My precious Polish soul sister Karolina lives in NYC and she was totally up for the challenge. She grabbed my beloved Lois Hazel LBD and thrifted belt, styling it in a way I hadn’t thought of, gorgeous!

I dove on her divine tassle corset belt and reworked it over my op shop mens tux shirt and jeans…adding in my beloved wedding shoe.

The result, a sartorial match made in heaven!

Thank you so much to the delightful Diana for capturing the cool vibes between K and I, I really do adore her and not just for her incredible wardrobe!

Check both girls out on instagram and give them some love

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Eco Wardrobe Makeover

May 21st, 2018 | no comments

 

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A few months ago the lovely Jess from Wanderess Beauty contacted me and asked if I could help her overhaul her wardrobe into an eco friendly fashion haven. She also wanted to update her look to be more fitting for a strong, sassy business woman.

Spreading the good word of sustainable style is something I’m super passionate about so I was super excited at the prospect!

Jess was keen to collaborate with my buddies at Salvos Stores and I to donate, DIY and shop from a more sustainable stand point.

I spent a day thrifting to find the pieces to fit her brief of ‘modern mystic’ and then Jess came to play dress ups

I found her 33 incredible items for around $330 at the Salvos, I mean that’s one jacket from most stores!

Thrifting her must haves was our first priority, then what we couldn’t find with this method we then explored via vintage and ethical brands.

We documented the process so check out the video to see how it all unfolded…so much fun and for a very good cause

That’s the best kind of fashion right!!

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Curvy Girl Style

April 11th, 2018 | no comments

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The Fashion Trends can be hard to translate right!?

So In my latest Today Show segment I show you how to take it from  the runway to the real way, on some real women with wonderful curves!

The best bit, their looks are under $100 and I found them all at my local Salvos Store …Click through to watch!

Big Bling Little Ching

March 30th, 2018 | no comments

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You don’t have to be a trust fund baby to be super chic!

Check out my latest Today Show segment to see how you can get a high end designer vibe for very little spend and I found it all at second hand at the Salvos.

 

The 90’s Called….

March 16th, 2018 | no comments

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The 90’s called…and they want their accessory back…but you know what I’m hands free and really feeling it!

I’m the first to admit the resurgence of the fanny pack definitely freaked me out, I mean I think my eyes are still burning from some of the bad looks from back then, now though it has a chic new edge.

Thanks to designer offerings from Gucci, Dolce, Chanel and co the humble bum bag has been blinged up and bought into a bold new fashion world.

Far from affordable however, I’ve dreamt up some eco and inexpensive ways to get the look without breaking the bank…one word THRIFT, oh and DIY, ok that’s two but hear me out.

I thought about shooting the steps for you, but really its so easy I don’t want to insult you because all you need is a glue gun and a keen eye. Here are some simple pointers in the right direction…

  1. Hunt around your local thrift store for wallets, small clutches, even plain cosmetic pouches that have a nice look to them – leather, patent or transparent is another big trend. I found this faux D&G wallet for a fiver.
  2. Next hit the belt rack and look for one which matches your wallet/pouch find – I used a stretchy belt for this bum bag but you could also select a nice leather belt or even a belt with a luxe stripe or pattern. Just keep it chic
  3. Embellishment is the key to making your piece look designer – gold hardware in particular will give it that high end feel. Look for earrings, necklaces, charms and trinkets that could be deconstructed then reconstructed on your DIY piece.
  4. Grab your craft weapon (also see glue gun) and craft it together. Put a strip of hot glue on the belt and attach the bag part – remember you will be wearing the buckle at the back now!
  5. Then it’s time to be creative – work out how the bling you’ve found can be placed to embellish and add that extra expensive feel. My Tip: The right earring could be used on the front of your bum bag to replicate a logo feel, you will just need to snip off the clasp with some pliers. Check out one of my recent posts designer DIY linked above for inspo.  Have fun being hands free!!

Borrow From The Boys

February 19th, 2018 | no comments

 

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Menswear worn a woman’s way…oh boy is it wonderful. I for one, am a repeat offender…it’s just such a cool look and super easy to achieve.

It’s a fashion trick that I return to, time and time again because it’s relaxed but with the right amount of raunch, am I right ladies!?

The white jacket I’m wearing in these photos is actually my husbands wedding tux reinvented. A quick push up of the sleeve and cinch of the waist with the seasons extra long belt trend and you’ve got that ‘one of the boys’ edge. In a time when women are taking back their power, it’s even more fitting (pun intended). I love how fashion can be a talisman for political and global relevance – we want how we feel to speak volumes in our style. Hells yeah!

If you don’t have a male’s closet to raid, hit your local thrift store instead – they are absolute haven’s and the men’s section is where it’s at. You can absolutely shop all the trends and do your bit for a sustainable planet to sister. Here’s a few ideas to get amongst it man…

Top 5 Tips to Borrow From The Boys 

  1. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED – Just because it’s a jacket or a collared shirt doesn’t mean it has to be worn that way. Try it off the shoulder, backwards, as a corset top over a tee or fitted blouse – Reuse, Reinvent, Remaster!
  2.  THE BIGGER THE BETTER – Throw the sizing label out the window and wonder at the cool style to be found in your local thrift store.Vintage tux jackets, on trend tweed, rock tee’s to die for and of course the classic white collared shirt (Check out my collage above for just a few of the way’s I’ve worn mine to date)
  3. CUSTOMISE – Slice, dice and decorate. Embellishment and eccentric deconstruction isn’t a trend that’s going anywhere soon. Patches are a simple place to start, check out your local craft store or online portals like ETSY and see what you can find. Rather than the usual bright, kitchy offerings I look for black, white, yellow or tonal sequins and beading to elevate my pieces – for me it just looks more expensive and fabulous, but totally go bright if it’s more your vibe. Most of the patches I’ve bought are a minimal spend and all you have to do is iron them on. 
  4. TAKE IT TO THE STREET – Is anyone else addicted to street style, like I am? Oh the hours I’ve lost…but also the money and clothes from landfill I’ve saved. I study the trends and then I think about what I already have or could thrift to replicate what I see. A simple search of ‘2018 street style’ or ‘NYFW’ will deliver you a serious dose of inspiration. 
  5. TEXTURE – Luscious layers, contrasting fabrics, cinched in waists with belts or bows, mixing and matching prints, a preloved brooch cluster on the collar – all incredibly easy ways to take menswear next level. It adds so much interest and one of a kind cool plus it’s the simplest trick in the book to look expensive without having to break the bank!

 

‘Dude looks like a lady’ yo!

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Valentines Day the Eco Way

February 14th, 2018 | no comments

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Happy Valentines Day Hotties!

While it’s a divine occasion to celebrate the ones we love, we shouldn’t forget about loving the one who brings us incredible amounts of pure joy – our lovely lady Mother Earth.

Big days like this can mean big spend and big footprint. Lot’s of packaging, roses covered in chemicals plus the pressure of buying expensive gifts and grand gestures..that’s not what true unconditional love is about.

For Lee and I it’s about the luxury of time, time to be together, talk and enjoy each others company.

Simple pleasures well spent but it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. I decided to treat Lee with a decadent picnic and challenged myself to do it all zero waste, so I thought i’d capture it to inspire you guys too.

Here’s how I did it…

Clothing – Our clothing is all zero waste and second hand, Lee is actually wearing the ‘greenest tee on the planet’ from Kusaga Athletic which I then hand dyed with brown onion skins! (More on that in another post coming soon). The rest I found at the The Salvos 

Picnic Props – Op Shops are an absolute haven for homewares – cool little containers, beautiful baskets, wooden boards and silver vintage cutlery at a fraction of department store prices. I’d wanted a picnic basket for a while and was so chuffed when I found this gorgeous little specimen for $20, I also found some sterling silver servers for $10. The rest of the items you see here I had at home, reusing what you have is a great way to reduce waste.

Pinterest – I kind of avoided this app for a while because I was worried I’d fall down a hole of beautiful images never to be seen again haha, while it is a temptress I love it because you can find so many visual references that allow you to be inspired and then add your own creative flair to it. Define your search like ‘Picnic Date’ and then keep a folder of the feels you like, then before you go and buy think about what you already have at home that fits the bill. It’s actually helped me reduce my spending and waste ratio!

Slow Flowers – Inspired by our wonderful eco wedding florist Vanessa, I foraged all the flowers locally, taking cuttings from a gumtree in our street and a flower bush in our apartment block. I never knew that flowers could have such an impact on the planet but quite a lot of the flowers we buy are not only wrapped in plastic, but they are flown from overseas and treated with chemicals to make them last. Check out Vanessa’s work and be inspired by the Slow Flower movement!

Food – I always try to keep the packaging to a minimum when I buy food, or choose items in containers that can be recycled – like glass or paper/cardboard. I have my own produce bags to buy fruit and veggies from the supermarket and of course take my own reusable shopping bags to carry it all home in. Lee and I have reusable straws at home now and take them with us whenever we need them. My Mumma makes beautiful reusable napkins which is a another great way to reduce waste – you can also of course find these for next to nothing at your local thrift store. Sometimes packaging is unavoidable, but I aim to do the best I can.

Hats – Our chic chapeau’s are from Strandhatters – a great Sydney based small business preferencing sustainability in the products they sell. Lee’s Akubra is Australian made and my hat is a gorgeous brand by the name of Rosie Boylan, the one I’m wearing is hand woven by local women in Vanuatu, keeping their traditional work and art alive.

Venue – Enjoy all the spoils mother nature has to offer, head to the park, beach or even your backyard and be amongst nature, just be sure to leave the space as beautiful as it was when you arrived. If you see any waste, do your bit and TAKE 3 FOR THE SEA 

Love and Blessings from Lee and I xx

Beautiful images by our dear friend Bryan Marden

 

 

Fringe Festival

February 5th, 2018 | no comments

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No doubt about it fashion can be a fast and furious beast.

You snap up one piece then the next minute the trends reveal a new style star. They want it that way so you buy, buy and buy…but about 5 years ago my brain and budget became absolutely exhausted with all that – I decided to board the slow train and have never looked back.

Don’t get me wrong I adore watching the collections, checking out celebrity looks and street style is for sure my drug of choice, I just gather all that information and challenge myself to recreate what I see by using mindfullness.

Take this thrifted top for example, it was plain and playing it cool at the back of my wardrobe so based on the fringing trend I was spying everywhere I decided to give her a makeover, instead of hitting the high street.

Craft stores are a great place for reinvention, trims by the metre, cute embellishments and clever ideas abound. I bought this fringing for $7 and simply stitched it on to give this blouse a beautiful new lease on life. I doubled it up so the fringing had even more impact, you want it to swish and swirl right!!?

It now has a peace love and fashion freedom vibe and best of all I’ve saved money and prevented an item from going to landfill.

So before you buy new, have a look in your wardrobe and see what trends you could reinvent with some simple and savvy DIY.

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Happy Little Vegemite

January 26th, 2018 | no comments

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You are the Gold to my Coast.

The Vegemite to my Toast.

The Kanga to my Roo.

The BB to my Q.

The Wi to my Fi, The Sauce to my Pie.

The Harbour to my Bridge.

The Lamington in my Fridge.

The Holden to my Ute.

Australia you’re Beaut.

Today we celebrate our great nation and my wish is that we reflect on how we can be better to her.

Put your rubbish in the bin, say no to plastic, sit amongst nature, breathe and be grateful for all she bestows upon us.

Tread lightly and think heavily on how we can do more to protect our environment and it’s people.

Support community, slow down, Op Shop and love local artistry.

Delve into our incredible indigenous culture, swim in our abundant ocean and love our amazing animals

RESPECT

REFLECT

PROTECT

Happy Australia Day My lovelies…wearing thrifted Men’s shirt and burnt orange skirt from Salvos Stores

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PS Isn’t the Opera House Incredible!

Images Bryan Marden 

The Cutest Spot

January 19th, 2018 | no comments


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SPOTTED: One of the biggest trends for 2018 is polka dots and guess what your local thrift store is dripping with them.

On a single search I found this divine Sass&Bide ruffle trim offering for $10 as well as two navy dresses and a caramel skirt all in the print du jour.

Just goes to show you that second hand never has to mean sacrificing style.

So many of the trends we see in magazines can be found in preloved havens, it really pays to have a hunt around.

The lovely lace top I teamed with my skirt was also thrifted for a 10’er

The other great discovery I made recently is this heavenly little cafe in my hood. Cafe Parterre backs onto an antique store and is filled with one of a kind finds from around the world. Its so beyond charming, complete with a gorgeous little greenhouse and turn of the last century french chairs! A secret garden of sorts, that could absolutely pass for a slice of Paris.

The food is fantastic and the staff were so friendly responding to my random request to take photos, but seriously how could I not, especially when I was rocking chic second hand as well

I felt amongst fashion friends!

Support small business, sustainability and bring on the local love… in the cutest spot of course.

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Images by Bryan Marden 

Big Thank you to Cafe Parterre for being so gracious with your beautiful space