Category: "Eco Fashion"

Sequins of events

October 29th, 2016 | no comments

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Screw saving sparkles for a special occasion, I say bring out the bling and make the sun shine sartorially whenever it takes your fancy.

But seriously something as beautiful as this skirt needs to be seen day and night.

YOLO right!?

Traditionally sequins are for formal soirees but I so love the dichotomy of dressing them down for a more wearable approach.

Try sequins with worn in denim, a classic tee, strappy sandals and the look of the season, a Grace Kelly inspired neck tie.

Its relaxed chic that really packs a fashion punch

All clothing found at the Salvation Army here in Sydney and NYC, bag Louis Vuitton

Images by Bryan Marden  

Replay

October 23rd, 2016 | no comments

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Repeat, Reuse, Replay however you want to sing the song sustainability is where it’s at.

We just can’t keep making new stuff without thinking about what to do with the stuff we already have and no longer need.

Rewind back to the 80’s when VHS tapes reigned supreme, what do we do with all of them now? Well thankfully there are some eco chic kids who care and have found a fashionable way to re-release their glory. Tropicca is a clever Brazilian brand who takes these old tapes and weaves them with natural fibres into super cute clutches like the one I have in these pics, gorgeous right. Just goes to show you that a simple shift in perception can be a creative force for good.

In fact my whole outfit is reused clothing and all from Salvos Stores

A vintage army shirt from the 70’s

White jeans that I customised myself (they had a super scary mid crop flare that I really wasn’t feeling, but the fit and fabric is fantastic so I gave them a chance to shine once more)

My white sneakers were $1 and still had the tags on them

Imagine what else we could replay if we simply put our mind to it

 Grab your clutch here 

Pics by Bryan Marden

Designer on a Dime

October 14th, 2016 | no comments

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Safe to say that shopping is certainly one of my strong points, however where I hadn’t really worked my sartorial muscles yet was in the online market place.

Wow, it’s designer on a dime my darlings!

 I guess I was a bit old school and assumed that things needed to be tried on and tested first but here’s the thing… with a trusty tape measure and a sound understanding of your own personal style and body shape its actually a breeze.

Originally famous for its great furniture finds, I struck fashion gold recently when I discovered Gumtree is bursting with thousands of gorgeous fashion listings.

I was so excited, I set myself a challenge to restock my spring wardrobe with sustainable finds from here and wow did I score.

Never been worn DVF for $75, this dress would originally be around $500 new.

Brand New With Tags Witchery snake print maxi for $100. The RRP on this one was $220.

I also found the prettiest of military jackets by Woodford & Co, totally inspired by the recent Tommy Hilfiger and Burberry collections for $40. This Woodford&Co jacket would have also been around the $400-$500 mark brand new. The Burberry version is over 10k! Nope thats not a typo.

Shopping on this platform saved me money, so much time, I felt a strong sense of community and Gumtree allowed me to stay true to my sustainability ethos.

Even though Gumtree is predominately a preloved market place, the amount of brand new items that sellers haven’t even worn is quite astounding. It’s definitely my budget and planet saving tip of the year.

 I am now a total online sustainable shopping convert

I mean look at all these beautiful pieces I found

Second hand never has to mean second best.

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Luxe for less

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Luxe for less

October 10th, 2016 | no comments

Luxe for less

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If it wasn’t obvious by now, I clearly adore fashion. I love the beauty, form, fabrics, the way things fall and most of all

The story style can tell.

What I don’t like however is that sometimes it can make us feel that we if we can’t afford the biggest and the best, that we don’t fit in. Style can segregate.

A quick #instastalk around the blogosphere will show you countless cuties wearing the latest Chanel, YSL, Balenciaga and beyond but honestly how do they afford it and really the big question is do they need it all?

While I have a few investment pieces I treasure, its not feasible for me to have every single slice of designer that emerges from the catwalks and couture houses. Not sure I could cope even if I could #Glambulance

Thankfully with the emergence of the share economy now I don’t have to.

Today you can rent, return, swap and shop designer sustainably. Honestly its so good.

I found this classic black Diane Von Furstenburg wrap dress for $75 on Gumtree. This iconic dress normally retails for around $500. Gumtree is an incredible sustainable online shopping platform, that I’ve only recently discovered has thousands of designer fashion listings. Gucci, Givenchy, the gangs all there!

Speaking of Gucci, isn’t my blush pink bag just gorgeous. Well instead of paying nearly 3k I rented it for 2 days from

The Luxe Collection.

This is a genius Australian owned company that gives you a slice of the high life for a fraction of the price. Its a beautiful example of sustainable style in action.

See! It’s not about how much you spend or all the sparkly things you have

I say being savvy is the new black

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Pics by Bryan Marden 

 

Sharing is Caring

October 1st, 2016 | no comments

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Sharing is caring and it couldn’t be more apt when speaking about sustainability. There is such an incredible sense of community in the eco fashion and lifestyle space, I feel so fortunate to be a part of it. Green kids just seem to give more, feel more and connect more but that aside another one of the big bonuses of the share economy is the money you keep in your chic little back pocket.

Take this outfit for example

I found the wonderful military, marching band, Beatles inspired jacket on gumtree for $40

It’s a brand by the name of Woodford and Co and it would normally be around $400 probably more!

It’s in beautiful condition plus the lady who sold it to me was a total sweetheart, helping me make sure the fit would be right for me with additional pics and info. When I sent her these images she was so happy to see it had gone to a loving new home.

I was never much of an online shopper before but now I’m seriously into it especially with a sustainable platform like this, its really great to know the story and people behind the clothes I choose.

The $5 mens deux et machina butter soft tee and $15 vintage levis I picked up from my local Salvos Store in Darlinghurst. Thrifting is another great way to connect and do something conscious with your fashion dollar.

Now even though I’m a green girl doesn’t mean I don’t love a divine designer bag moment, I’m just not sure I’m down with dropping thousands for the experience too often. I do have a couple of LV’s that I love and wear constantly I’m just preferring to invest in making over my apartment at present.

So I was super excited to discover the Luxe Collection by L, where you can

Rent It * Rock it * Return it

It’s high end luxury handbag hire. Yep you can borrow babies from YSL, Gucci, Chanel and Co for a fraction of the price

Such an incredible way to be sustainable without every having to sacrifice style

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Photos by Bryan Marden 

Of Corset Is

September 12th, 2016 | no comments

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Of CORSET it is only it didn’t cost me a fortune!

Fashion seems to be all about the corset belt currently and I can’t get enough of it, I just love the modern take on an old world muse.

It’s roping everyone in from Prada to the kardashian K-amp and I’d like a little cinching in too please.

Whenever I see these high end and high priced trends I like to challenge myself to see if I can recreate it with thrift, I mean do we really need to spend thousands?

If you look at Kim’s outfit it’s essentially just a worn in white tee and a white cotton corset. So I headed to Salvos Stores to see what I could find and while there were no corsets that day I scored something even cooler. A $5 white collared shirt that actually had a corset feature to it (pictured in this post)

I knew just the woman to help bring my idea to life.

Note to self…if you are a keen thrifter get a great dressmaker on speed dial, they can help you reinvent so many pieces and it will still be much cheaper than buying the designer trend new.

Jan basically cut the corset feature off the shirt, removed the shirts buttons and added a few more button holes into the mix that was already there to create the corset base. I went searching for some shoe lace cotton pipping which I found at a craft store for 74c/metre.  We threaded the pipping through and et voila the coolest cotton corset for less than $20!

Jan also suggested that a good dressmaker could make a corset template out of a men’s tuxedo shirt. Thrift around for an actual corset or hit second hand portals like gumtree to see if they have one.

To complete the look I found the dreamiest worn in deux et machina tee in the men’s section for $5

A great fitting pair of white jeans (I went up a size so they weren’t too white and tight #scary) The jeans however had the ugliest crop flare that just doesn’t suit my vibe. I had Jan taper them in the leg which took her a New York minute and I customized them with scissors and tweezers!

Denim jacket $15 and nude heels $10 from Salvos Stores too

I don’t mean to blow my own fashion trumpet but seriously how close is my look to the one on Kim, naturally I chose to wear pants though

And when some one asks you if it’s Prada you can say of CORSET it is

Or tell them the crazy cool eco truth that you kicked pradas butt and did it yourself  baby

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Photos by Bryan Marden

In Neutral

August 29th, 2016 | no comments

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Gotta love it when a girl can find a totally new look by shopping her own wardrobe. It seems the less I have the more options I find. By sticking to a streamlined capsule wardrobe the possibilities are wonderfully endless. All these items I have had for quite some time yet with a little thought and being inspired by what I see online and in magazines I dreamt up this pretty pairing. In Neutral! I love how all the similar tones work together yet somehow still really stand out.

It’s proof that great basics, a simple palate and timeless pieces will always win the style race. Plus tonal dressing is a great way to look longer and leaner with minimal effort, amen to that

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PS The trench Coat and v-neck top I found at Salvos Stores for $10 each last season

[The top had a belt which I turned into a scarf/choker situation to suit current trends]

Thrift Stores are filled with fantastic quality garments to add to your collection

Be picky and you’ll always look beautifully put together

National Op Shop Week

August 22nd, 2016 | no comments


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Happy National Op Shop Week my lovelies!

This week is kind of like the Oscars for us eco kids and it’s a time to celebrate the incredible contribution op shops make to the community

They create jobs and build relationships

Help those less fortunate

Prevent a huge amount of textile waste from going to landfill

And allow charities like my compadres at the Salvation Army to press on with the great work they do

From a fashion perspective they enable us to save money and look a million bucks on a budget

So much yes to that

We are very fortunate to have the support of Ch9’s Today Extra where I get to show you, on a regular basis just how chic second hand can be

You can check out some of the latest segments we’ve done to together in this post

And we have a special one airing this week for National Op Shop Week

Stay Tuned

-Faye x

Shop Your Own Wardrobe

July 28th, 2016 | no comments

 

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No doubt about it fashion is fabulous but it can also be very fast and unfriendly to our purses and planet. We are inundated by the latest trends, who’s wearing what and trying to keep up with the kardashians. If we don’t have the best of the best, the newest and the most expensive then we can feel like we don’t match up.

Along my eco fashion journey as well as being a product of not always having those disposable dollars, I have had to find a way to make it work with what I have and explore more financially viable fashion options

Thrifting, DIY and Shop your own wardrobe my friends!

So I decided to take it to the tele and show Studio 10 viewers how to be eco chic with minimal spend

I chose classic items like a white collared shirt, denim, a black pencil skirt, casual khaki jacket, a little clutch and even a broken necklace and gave them a new style lease on life

Watch the video and be inspired to see what you can create from your closet

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Monochromantic

July 24th, 2016 | no comments

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Hello my name is Faye and I’m a monochromantic. My love affair with minimalism is at all time high and I’m really not sure how to kick the habit, nor do I want to.

You see, I’ve discovered that it’s a fast track and super quick fix for an instant hit of chic without even trying. Pour me another please!

The more I delve into conscious dressing, it has filtered out into the way I approach life as a whole. I don’t need as much stuff and I’m de-cluttering like its a sport! I want to not only know where my clothes come from but also my food and I’m choosing yoga and pilates over punishing myself at the gym. A self confessed style over do-er in my 20’s, now I’m in love with clean simple lines, lots of white (and black of course), fresh greenery everywhere and effortless, comfortable and uncomplicated clothes.

When you stick to the fashion fundamentals – a capsule wardrobe if you will – dressing becomes so much easier and those dreaded ‘I have nothing to wear’ days dissolve away.

And the best bit, you don’t have to spend a fortune. A look like I’m wearing is super easy to achieve with second hand finds

Here’s how

1. Firstly, set yourself a challenge. Go through your wardrobe and ask yourself what you really wear on a weekly basis. The pieces that always look and feel great. The rest, be brave and say goodbye and better still donate it to your local charity.

3. Create a capsule wardrobe – A capsule wardrobe is a collection of the classic pieces we all need in our wardobe, nothing more nothing less. Think great denim, a timeless trench and leather jacket, great quality basic tees, an LBD, a casual khaki jacket, stripe breton top, pencil skirt, pant suit and beautiful accessories that create limitless options for mixing and matching.

3. Color code and get yourself some nice wooden hangers. Arrange your clothes in blacks, whites, denims, khakis etc and put them on stylish hangers – I love classic wooden hangers, white wood are amazing too. These are next to nothing to buy, I see them at op shops for sale a lot too. I know you probably think I have a huge wardrobe, but I actually just have one rack of neatly organised clothing in my room. My apartment has no storage so it forced me to de-clutter and I’m actually really grateful now because I realised how little I need.

4. Keep it seasonal – In winter, I pack away all my super light summer pieces in a suitcase and store on top of my shoe cabinet and vice versa in summer. Coupled with the color coding and nice hangers, this makes shopping your wardrobe every morning a pleasurable experience. There is space between the clothes – like a retail store and you can see everything you have and it feels lovely to pick from it.

5. Second hand never has to mean second best – My outfit in this post is all second hand. The leather jacket is an upcycled vintage piece, the Alexander Wang bag is borrowed from my friend and the rest I found at the Salvation Army. Treat op shopping like a normal shopping experience and only pick good quality pieces to add to your capsule wardrobe then you can inject the trends and accessorize to mix things up from there. These are great to find at an op shop too

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