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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!

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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

 

Merry THRIFT-Mas

November 28th, 2017 | no comments

 

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T’is the season my sweeties!! So I wanted to show you that being stylish doesn’t have to involve spending a lot of money and it can actually do something positive for the planet too.

I hit my local Salvation Army thrift store to source 4 gorgeous looks for the festive season and the Today Show came along to check them out!

I decided to choose really simple classic items, some of which you may already have in your wardrobe, but if you don’t they will be a steal at your local second hand haven.

I also gave accessories some super chic and unexpected twists – like a shimmer scarf as a top and upcycling a handbag to look like a present

Frost yourself for less but never ever sacrifice style

Here are my tips

  1. Start with simple items – black and denim skinny jeans, a white t-shirt, black pencil skirt and streamlined accessories
  2. Then uncover ways in which you can upgrade and embellish them. For example, the big take home from the 2018 resort shows was bling is big and British Vogue did a great editorial to show you how accessories can amp up simple pieces like white t-shirts, khaki and handbags. Look at the white tee in my pics, I actually used two patches and earrings pinned into them to jazz it up, I didn’t glue or stitch so they are removable if you need your item to be plain again. Try one earring on the opposing side for a nod to the asymmetrical trend.
  3.  Make items work in unexpected ways…look at these shots and you can see scarves worked in 3 different and unexpected ways…as a top cinched in with a belt, wrapped around a bag handle and reincarnated into a turban
  4. Give DIY a go…I made a cute looking box shaped handbag look like a Xmas present, the bow came from a race wear fascinator and I spray painted it gold, graft glue sealed it all together
  5. Frost yourself…if you don’t have a shiny or sequin piece its definitely worth the time finding one…add this on and you’re ready to turn heads…just keep everything else you wear nice and simple. Also – throw the size book out the window, this sequin t-shirt was too big for my model but it ended up being the perfect item to create a sexy after 5 off the shoulder vibe. PS it was only $15 from my local Salvos Store.

Each outfit seen here is well under $100 and absolutely items you can mix and match and wear again plus when you shop at a thrift store you are empowering people and the good work of the charity.

Christmas really should be about giving, not how much you can get.

 

Race Wear Warrior

November 6th, 2017 | no comments

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Gather round fine fillies and let me show you how to run your own style race this season!

Whether its Melbourne Cup, Sunday best or a special engagement like a lunch or christening these outfits have a one of a kind love that will certainly stop the nation.

Apart from giving you a unique look these outfits also tread much lighter on our planet by way of bespoke and being a second hand babe.

All the crowns you see here were handmade with heart by the one and only Viktoria Novak 

The clothing is all from The Salvation Army Salvos Stores, styled and upcycled by me.

Viktoria and I teamed up for the Today Show to prove just how gorgeous eco friendly race wear fashion can be.

Check out the segment below and be inspired

This is my favorite look from the shoot and TV segment. Anjali is wearing a very on trend grey vest dress I found for $15 and I knew it was ripe for some asymmetrical reinvention. One of the lovely (sewing machine savvy) Salvos staff- Jenny- helped me convert an old skirt into the panel you see here, the silver chain trim was from a broken necklace. Snake print clutch was $10 and I took it next level by adding a tonal blingy patch to embellish it. White heels were $12. You can see my inspirations in the collage below.

As well as my DIY Prada inspired shoes and the other gorgeous looks featured on the The Today Show

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Off and Racing

November 5th, 2017 | no comments

 

Tis the season…but let’s be honest said season can cost a pretty penny am I right!?

So ahead of Melbourne Cup 2017 I showed The Daily Mail how to get 5 on trend race wear looks for under $75. Absolutely everything you see here I thrifted from the Salvation Army Salvos Stores including the set I created to emulate a race day marquee.

I looked to celebrities and current trends for inspiration so all the looks were current, cool and exactly what race goers would want to wear.

Check out the video and looks below

For full Daily Mail Article click here 

Why not run your own eco friendly race this season too!

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Thanks to @denikirkova for writing a great article and for modelling my eco friecdly looks

 

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Salvaged

October 24th, 2017 | no comments

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SALVAGED: To rescue, recover, reclaim and save from the (landfill) wreckage. After 4 months of hard work I was so proud to present this up-cycled op shop collection from the core of my fashion heart with Salvos Stores for Fash Fest.

It’s fashion reinvention and serious eco chic, ‘Salvaged’ is sustainable style at its best. My vision was to illustrate just how high-end discarded and donated clothing can be. With the couture and designer runways as my guide I employed customisation, ingenious upcycling and even couture offerings from some of Australia’s most skilled designers and artists in the sustainable space.

We wanted Salvaged to not only transform your perception of so-called ‘trash’, but to transform your perception of ‘second hand’.

It’s op-shopping, but not as you know it. This was Salvos Stores first appearance at FASHFEST and here’s a rundown of where all the ideas came from

Cardboard Couture: My ode to Italian high fashion label Moschino. Two Salvos Stores trench coats and a vest were sliced up, reshaped and reconstructed to create this one of kind outfit. Jenny, one of the talented staff members at our Tempe Sydney store helped me bring this to life with her fantastic sewing and pattern making skills.

Elements of actual cardboard from the Salvos warehouse were used throughout the ensemble including the little fascinator hat.

Say hello to less waste!

A Rich Tapestry: Inspired by Faye’s fathers 1970’s vintage jacket from Kings Road in London… A $10 unfinished tapestry found in the haberdashery section of the Salvos was added to a second hand Country Road white shirt to totally reinvent it. Teamed with caramel cargos and a vintage duffle bag – a great on trend look for the lads.

Coat Tales : Maison Margiela creative director John Galliano is the king of clothing reinvention, not afraid to refashion garments like jackets into gowns or corsets. Inspired by their 2018 runway show in Paris, I deconstructed a vintage mens trench coat to create this offering of op shop couture in honour of the French House. The current ‘fanny pack’ trend was re-created using three $2 belts and a 50 c coin purse!

Blush Hour: Created by amazing eco friendly Melbourne based label Amassment Co, Salvos Stores blush pink preloved blouses we deconstructed then reconstructed into this incredible one of a kind gown. https://www.amassment.co/

Salvaged: I went to town on transforming second hand items into a completely new look to highlight the collections name sake.

A white pleather dress was snipped into a corset, an oversized skirt became an asymmetrical sash, jeans were trimmed with lace from a damaged t-shirt and a black leather jacket was incredibly customised by Sarah from Melbourne based label One of a Kind Denim https://www.oneofakinddenim.com.au/

Soldier of Style: Sarah from One of a kind Denim strikes again with her stunning hand painted work on this 1966 army coat. I added in a customised white tee and distressed drop crotch denim to create a one of a kind look for the guys.

Of Corset Is: I natural dyed an oversized mens bonds t-shirt with onion skins (yep onion skins!) and teamed it with this wonderful vintage Jenyns corset find from Queensland Hall all of Fame inductee Sarah Jenyn…google her, she was a total 18th Century Girl Boss!

Green Goddess: Canberra based duo Eva and Mish from Vox Cor created this up cycled masterpiece from Salvos Stores finds. A jump suit, a blouse and beyond were reminded to reveal this eco fashion angel.

Wedding Warrior: Lenka Couture is Australia’s first ethically accredited bridal couture designer, she is a master of mindful gowns.

A wedding dress is the ultimate wear once item so Lenka is committed to using what is already in existence to show you that sustainability never ever has to mean sacrificing style. https://www.lenkacouture.com/

See, second hand never ever has to mean sacrificing style

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Mindfully Wed

September 22nd, 2017 | no comments

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It took me a long time to find my one true love and I’m so excited to marry Lee in December this year. He is kind, loyal, loving, generous and such great fun, for reals we wake up laughing and I still get butterflies when I see him, even though we live together!

I am so proud of the man he is and I love how we allow each other to be ourselves, chase our dreams independently whilst still being a really tight little unit.

Plus he has no idea really what the whole instagram fuss is all about, nor does he know how to use it which I kinda love, but its thanks to my online eco community that I have been able to uncover how to make our wedding more ethical and planet friendly.

I started doing my research 6 months ago and have been learning so much along the way, it’s pretty scary how wasteful and excessive weddings can be.

THE DRESS

This is the ultimate wear once item, so I wanted to find a way to make it more mindful…enter Lenka Couture – Australia’s first ethically accredited bridal couture designer. Lenka and I are designing my dress from scratch using exisiting designer dead stock, left over lace and ethically sourced fabrics to create my one of a kind eco dream dress. The dress I’m wearing in this shoot is also a Lenka. We are making my bridesmaid dresses using organic silk satin and the coolest element is that we are natural dying them with onion skins, you should see the color!

THE FLOWERS

I had no idea about this, but when I was on the shoot for this Mindfully Wed campaign I discovered that a lot of the wedding flowers and the ones we buy from markets or florists have been flown from overseas. How do they last? Sadly, with lots of chemicals and a big carbon footprint to get them here. So it blew my mind to discover the slow flower movement, bouquets that are foraged, locally grown and even reused. Vanessa from @dancing_blossom_studio is doing seriously cool things #GrownNotFlown

I’m really glad I discovered this concept in time to add it to our wedding values.

CONFETTI

My beautiful Mumma is the high priestess of preloved and DIY, she reduced me to happy tears when she told me she’d been collecting leaves all year from her garden and her travels. Then using a $2 butterfly shaped hole punch she found she is making me eco friendly confetti that breaks down back into the earth afterwards…genius right!

CARS

Man they can rip you off deluxe here, so we have asked a couple of our friends with nice cars to drive us and then we will also be using Uber X

MAKE UP & HAIR

Via the power of the hashtag I uncovered a great ethical Sydney based make up artist. Lovely @liv_lundelius is such a wealth of knowledge and all the products she uses are friendly on your skin, the planet and animals.

I have a lovely girl I work with doing my hair.

THE BOYS

Lee will be wearing amazing Spanish vintage boots, a beautiful embroided white shirt – both found at the Salvos and then my sweet stylist friend Donny Galella is helping me find the best options for the boys in terms of borrowing and ethical brands.

Lee is wearing all op shop and vintage in this shoot. I sourced his white embroided shirt and Ralph Lauren chinos from Salvos Stores both totalled $25. The boots Lee found for $30 in a vintage store when we were in NYC.

THE RINGS

We had such a divine experience sourcing my engagement ring. I’m a self confessed fussy libran so Lee knew that it would be best if we could design the ring together, this also allowed us to take the time and choose a merchant who had an ethical mindset. Affinity Diamonds were incredible, they searched for months to find me the perfect conflict free dream pear shaped black diamond and in a beautiful slice of serendipity it ended up coming from NYC which is my spiritual home. The stone was then sent to us and set right here and made by hand in their small local workshop. It was so wonderful to sit with their designer Colleen and sketch what was in my mind, she even suggested adding in Lee’s birth stone peridot, hidden under my diamond which we LOVED! My ring is everything I dreamt of and couldn’t recommend their service enough. We will also be getting our wedding rings done with Affinity.

RESOURCE TOOLS

Sandra Henri from Mindfully Wed was the brains trust behind this shoot to promote her event in Sydney Oct 7.

Everything you see here is ethical, mindful, sustainable and aimed at showing you that slowing down never has mean sacrificing style for your special day, in fact we think it makes it more beautiful!

Check out Sandra’s amazing checklist below, it great start to help you get in a ‘Saying Yes For Less’ mindset!

(Sandra also took these gorgeous photos…Talented much!)

Get curious:

Mindful wedding planning and a curious mind are great friends. Reducing a wedding’s footprint begins with a state of mind; a willingness to ask questions and the creativity and courage to go your own way. Here are a few questions to get you started on your journey of wedding rebelliousness 😉

  • Where was this made, and was it made fairly? Don’t be afraid to ask your dressmaker, jeweller or florist these questions. The reason for this is that wedding suppliers are generally small, service based businesses who aim to please. More than likely you’ll be welcomed with an open mind and “let’s find out” approach.
  • Does it have to be new? There are many ways in which you can integrate the old with the new. Sentimental family jewellery can be recreated into new bespoke pieces and vintage or dead stock fabrics to design new gowns. Borrow items where you can; people love to help and contribute to weddings!
  • How can we reduce waste? Explore re-gifting the flowers following the wedding day or use potted plants instead of florals, ask about nose-to-tail catering where no part is wasted, ask your venue if they recycle or compost, use e-invites, bamboo disposables, or give your bridal party the freedom to wear whatever they want and are likely to wear again.
  • How can we benefit our local community? Try to source local, organic and support the little guy. There are so many part-time wedding businesses that do a little happy dance every time they get a booking!
  • How far has this travelled? Give your florist the creativity to use what’s in season and grown in Australia, support a local dress-maker, or choose garden-to-plate catering. Alternatively, if purchasing from overseas, support a traditional artisan, helping to provide employment and preserve culture.
  • Do we really need this? Set free one layer of your wedding and donate the savings to a cause instead, or invest in relationship nurturing and coaching that will far outlast any material items on your wedding day.
    How can we carbon offset our wedding or honeymoon? Whilst you might like to get hands-on with tree planting or making a donation, you’ll be surprised that the easiest way to carbon offset your wedding is by increasing the plant-based servings in your wedding menu. You even might save a few dollars while you’re at it!

 

Mindfully Wed is Oct 7 in Sydney, for more info click here 

And here’s all the genius eco wedding peeps involved in our shoot, check them out on instagram, just don’t ask Lee to find them for you 😉 haha

@less_stuff_more_meaning
@MindfullyWed
@FreedomHubOrg
@FayeDelanty
@Lenka_Couture
@RUUSK
@SandraHenriPhotography
@DanTheManCooking
@RellandCo
@Dancing_Blossom_Studio
@Pop_Up_Gardens
@Liv_Lundelius
@BlownAwayHairSpa
@Planning_with_Purpose

 

 

Salvos Curated

September 14th, 2017 | no comments

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Part exhibition, Part DIY hub and all parts awesome pop up op shopping SALVOS CURATED was such a hit and I’m super proud to be one of the brains behind it.

Salvos Stores and I joined forces with eco fashion journalist Clare Press to create an eco chic extravaganza.

Spread over 3 days, guests op shopped til they dropped, found incredible high end designer bargains, picked up wonderful DIY and reviving tips with our cool customising gang and engaged in nourishing conversations on how to slow down and be more sustainable with style.

When you shop at a place like Salvos Stores, you not only empower people but you give the planet a hug too.

Fashion can absolutely be a force for good and remember individual impact has power.

Start simply, try op shopping and support a very worthy cause.

Sustainability is sexy and we were so thrilled to show our 500 plus guests that it never ever means sacrificing style.