Friday, 5 June 2015

Wear it wild! (+competition)

Showing off my wild side
Today is a very special day because today is Wear It Wild day. It's a new campaign by WWF UK, encouraging people to dress up like their favourite wild animal in support endangered species around the world. If you need a scary statistic to shock you into action, wildlife populations are less than half of what they were in 1970! The aim of the day is to bring out your wild side and do it in support of charity, you can donate here.

There's a very special competition running alongside the campaign, special because I'm a judge! To enter all you have to do is post a photo of yourself in a wild outfit on social media and tag it #weartiwild. There are three categories and the best in each wins a fancy prize so get posting!

The three categories are:

Wildest fashion
We’ll be looking for your best leopard print leggings, wildest onesie or snazziest socks.

Upcycling hero
Keep it wild and let your creativity shine: add a tail to your favourite coat, add some ears on that old hat or jazz up that jacket.

Vintage warrior Head to your local charity shop or vintage fairs, dig around in your wardrobe, and reach for that 80s animal print raa-raa skirt: just don’t forget to keep it faux.

The competition closes tomorrow (6th June 2015)

P.S. There was meant to be a tutorial on making this headband but I managed to destroy my progress and didn't manage to finish again today. It might be up some time later but alas not in time for Wear It Wild :(
top, skirt and shoes//second hand    bee pins//Asos    headband//handmade

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Fashion Revolution Day (and a video)

This post has been sitting and waiting for me to write it, all content prepared, for several weeks now, since the 22nd of April to be exact. I've got so many posts, waiting and piled up all behind this one because I wanted it to be relevant (haha). Oh well, here it is, regular transmissions to begin soon after.

Last year I also blogged about Fashion Revolution Day, so I wanted to make it a little different this time. A few days before the 22nd I saw a new 'trend' circulating (I say 'trend' because only a handful of people were taking part). This trend was video haulternatives (alternative hauls) and I decided to jump the bandwagon and make my own video. If a picture tells a thousand words then this video aught to speak for itself. If you've ever wanted to know what I'm like in real life (why did you want to know this?), this should give you a good idea. I knew I was goofy but I didn't realise until I watched the footage back, I couldn't help but laugh at myself, but I think that's a good thing. You can also watch the whole thing here on YouTube, and get info on the brands behind all the clothes I mentioned.

It's hard to get across how much the whole day means to me, but I think it's really important that everyone takes more notice of where their clothes come from and how it affects people and planet. I feel like it should be second nature so I try not to be too evangelical about it.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

I just keep on keeping on

For the past couple of weeks I've been working on my dissertation. It's also the first time, in a long time, that I've dealt with a stressful situation without going into full meltdown. There was a real sense of achievement when I finally handed in the final copy of my dissertation. Partly because I'd finished a great big piece of work but mostly because anxiety hadn't got the best of me this time. Depression got me down for week one out of two that we had for write-up but I got back up and worked twice as hard to get everything done. These problems aren't going to disappear overnight but it's little steps like this that make me feel like I'm going in the right direction.

Right now I'm having a weekend of self-indulgence to make up for the lost sleep and general stress. I also caved and consumed heaps of caffeine to keep myself going, as well as all the sugary snacks, so my skin is in need of a little TLC. On Monday I start studying for my exams but I'm allowing myself two days of switching off my brain and just watching Netflix.