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.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Pyjama party

Nuit et Compagnie

In December I got an email asking if I would like to review some nightwear, and I must say I was really excited. I went around telling whoever would listen that I was going to be sent a pair of beautiful classic pyjamas, in organic cotton no less. It came as a shock to then find out when they arrived that I would have to pay to keep them or pay to send them back. If I'm going to pay for something I want it to be of my own accord, so it left rather a bad taste in my mouth. Now if I'd been told that I could only try it on and then have to send it back, and I'd fallen in love with it, then I might have shelled out. But dropping bombshells like that is a great way of starting a war.

Back to the pyjamas, they're made of an organic cotton satin, which is really lovely to the touch. The print is custom designed specifically for Nuit et Compagnie and finished with a delicate blue piping and matching shell buttons in the shape of little flowers. I tend to wear oversized pyjamas (probably because I'm so used to stealing my boyfriend's clothes and wearing them to bed) so I would recommend ordering a size up to the one you are on the website, I didn't and these certainly would have been too tight for bed. Also if you're on the taller side order up, I'm only 5'6" but these were a little short in the leg, that's not really a problem for bed but these are cute enough to wear outside (if you dare). Price wise these don't come cheap at €160, they are all handmade in Paris, from a custom designed fabric (as mentioned).

If you're still looking for organic pyjamas but these are out of your price range, my other favourites include People Tree and Alas.