Okei, I’m first going to apologize for posting a blog post full of affiliate banners. I would roll my eyes if I saw this, so I’m certain you probably are as well. I hope this apology manages to take away some of the creepy. Speaking the truth, I wasn’t sure how else to do this. As an affiliate, I get advance notice of really good sales. Apparently, everyone is having a really good sale at the moment. As much as I love luxury everything, I never pay full price for it. I always wait for a sale, and I know that many of you are the same way. So I wanted to share these if any of the companies are companies that you like and have been waiting for a good deal to come your way. So that’s what this is about. I can promise you that this will not be a frequent occurrence on this blog.
Please also note that I am very selective about who I affiliate with. I only affiliate myself with those products or companies that I truly believe in myself. If I wouldn’t buy it myself, I most definitely am not going to promote it to you 😉
Because we are a world audience, I have opted to categorise my sales info according to geographical availability. And yes, I am placing banners instead of individual products because there are just so many that it will devour my entire years’ worth of storage. Sorry, you have to sort out what you like yourselves! ;D
Here we go, awesome January sales!
John Robshaw is famous for his hand made, handcut, and hand painted or block printed textiles. They are gorgeous and I am waiting for the moment that I can fill my home with his pieces. He is currently having a 50% off winter sale and you DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS! Sales happen rarely and I suggest you take advantage when the opportunity arises!
All sustainable & free trade items at Globein 😀 I genuinely love this place. USA:
Ok, Kitchen Aid is actually having a 50% off sale with just about everything right now! Attachments, countertop appliances, ovens, fridges, stand mixers (both reg & mini in fun colours) which is insane because I really really want a stand mixer in the ice colour! (yeah, I’m doing the 50’s themed kitchen) Anyway, hubby has wanted one of these for sooo long and it’s actually affordable now! Kitchen Aid does have an international site and I suggest you check that also for January sales!
For a lady who spends a lot of time outdoors & in quite heavy weather, Carhartt workgear is my go-to. This stuff lasts forever!
This start-up is a 1 stop shopping for
all home repair & reno items. You’re welcome 🙂
Available to EU only:
*Cosme-DE has every skincare product imaginable, including La Mer and SK II
Thank you so much for checking out this post. I hope you manage to snag a great deal on something you’ve been stalking for awhile!
We met so many nice people when we were visiting the States this summer. One lady who stands out, is called ‘Oma’. This wonderful woman runs her own online store selling doll clothes made for the American Girl Doll series as well as some of their counterparts. I really felt the need to do a spotlight on this business because it is quite different than anything I’ve done and because I know that the American Girl Dolls and all of their accessories are quite expensive. The doll clothes at Oma’s Cottage will not hit you in the wallet the way that many will. So I also thought it might be of benefit to you, my readers, to be aware of the many things that Oma’s Cottage has to offer.
Oma’s cottage started 2 years ago when Oma found herself currently without employment and in need of an outlet for stress. She has been a seamstress since her teenage years and also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. As handicrafts are known to be a therapeutic hobby, she was really looking forward to getting back to it.
While she was researching ways to do the handicrafts she loved, as well as searching for new business ideas; This family woman noticed the Target doll one day. As an 18 inch doll, she really liked the size of them. When she was a child, she played with the ‘Ginger Doll’. The ‘Ginger Doll ‘is a pre-Barbie Doll. Because of this, Oma prefers childlike dolls instead of the womanly figured Barbies and when she discovered the ‘American Girl Dolls’ (while playing dolls with her granddaughter) she got to thinking about it and a business was born!
Oma enjoys the imaginative play that playing with dolls brings to children. And I have to agree with her! Children’s imaginations should be fostered as much as possible. Something we seem to be losing in our modern day.
As this business began with family, Oma began searching the web for patterns that she could make for her granddaughter. After awhile, she realized that she could do this and loved making these items. She began to get creative with colours, textiles, and patterns. Even trying her hand at shoe making for the dolls! (I believe that this must’ve been quite a challenge!)
She has up-cycled silky formal dresses and other items into these doll clothes, which I believe should give her a big ++ in sustainable business practices. Oma wants all children to be able to enjoy having beautiful clothes on their dolls, so the clothes for the 18 inch doll are not exclusive to the ‘American Girl Dolls’ but will also drape beautifully the ‘Our Generation Doll ‘from Target and the ‘My Life As Dolls’ from Walmart.
Once Oma got into the rhythm of making clothes for the 18 inch dolls, along came the 14.5 inch ‘American Girl Doll’ and the 14 inch dolls that are similar. Oma explains to me that the ‘Wellie Wisher’ is for younger girls. That there is no cloth body and the eyes don’t close. I don’t so much about dolls, so it was quite interesting to learn!
Oma’s Cottage is currently working from her facebook page and the occasional craft fair. If you are looking for doll clothes for some of these sizes, I strongly recommend checking out her facebook page. I know that these doll clothes are made with love. I also know that my readers dislike overspending on things and that the retail of these items are infamous for being quite pricey. At Oma’s Cottage they will not be a budget buster. The items are beautiful and reasonably priced. Yay! She usually sells within the USA, but Oma is excited about branching out into the world and has made sure that she can offer reasonable international shipping for any of our readers abroad who would like to make a purchase. Double yay!!
I love design. I’m also a business nerd and I have a soft spot in my heart for start-ups. This created a deadly combination for me when I stumbled upon Hiperion. This new label appeals to both hemispheres of my brain and so I kind of HAD to learn more and do a write-up. This was an opportunity I could not allow to pass me by.
Hiperion is a new , MADE IN ITALY high-fashion label (registered in 27/09/2017 with the Milan Chamber of Commerce). Three young gentleman in their 20’s founded, co-own and design for Hiperion.
Simone, Alessandro and Giacomo met during their studies at NABA (New Academy of Fine Arts) in Milan. These 3 men work, live and party together in a (divided?) 3 level English-style home. They say it’s a den of artists. Judging by the mental picture that was given to me, I am inclined to agree! In all honesty, it sounds like they have it all working out well!
I was curious as to how these talented young men found themselves together and taking the giant leap into a very deep pool of business and design. Simone explained to me that ‘Giacomo’s mother has an ironing and finishing company. Her passion for art & fashion being so great that it took her away from her hometown of Modena. Alessandro has always been a fashion enthusiast, and decided to pursue his dreams.’ And Simone himself stopped playing professional football (Soccer, for the Americans) after several disappointments and decided to ‘hearten & drown in art, to follow what has always been a passion for him, fashion.’
I’m going to highlight a few of my favourite designs for you, so that you can see the level of craftsmanship that goes into each piece.
Each piece has its own unique style. I really love the way that the Hiperion brand has the ability to take inspiration from the every day and transform it into something luxurious.
I am so drawn to this velvet and silk suit. This piece would be fitting for both man and woman (with different tailoring, of course). But the real reason I wanted to highlight this suit is the detail. I mean, just look at the buttons! Every detail has been made to compliment the outfit as a whole. This is the kind of thing that we really don’t see anymore and I am so happy that attention to detail is coming back!
These designs are not your typical suit. Therefore, one must be creative in the way one wears it. I love that this man wore a regular Tee-shirt with his firecracker designed suit. Hiperion has collaborated with an impressive amount of Italian celebrities in the past year. Some of these collaborations include: Paolo Ruffini for Colorado (Hiperion created 2 dresses for this campaign), Music First (a record company in Milan), and for the tour of Eman. Earlier in February, they held their Hiperion launch show in Milan.
I really like this suit. Hiperion does not use man-made fabrics. They use silks, velvets, satin and now linen (for the festivals). I wanted to post 2 pictures of this because you can see how the duality blends nicely together in different light and from varying angles.
My favourite part of this suit is the green buttons on the lapel. This tiny detail screams mad-hatter at me and I can’t get enough of it!
This final shot is to display usage in real life. Plus, I think the butterfly design is cool …especially on the luxury denim-like jacket. This is one of the things I admire about the brands’ mission. Hiperion wants that people feel comfortable wearing luxury every day, not just for special occasions. I could not agree more with this! I have been saying it myself for years, especially when wondering out loud what happened to the days when people took time and made an effort with their appearance! How did we go from every day luxury, well designed clothes that were made to last, to yoga/sweat pants and Tee-shirts? I am so SO happy to have discovered a design house that agrees with me. And THAT is the biggest reason I want to share it with you.
I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity for a bit of Question/answer with Simone. Please read it below:
Q – What made the 3 of you decide to take the big jump into starting your own design label?
A – The decision to launch our clothing brand at 22 is mainly due to the strong personality that characterizes us. We are resourceful, courageous, sincere, and we believe in ourselves. We young people are capable of great things, we just have to wake up.
Q – How have you found it, being a start-up in such a competitive industry?
A – Being so young and alone as a start-up in such a difficult sector is not easy. Being taken into consideration is not easy, there is a lot of skepticism due to the young age. However, we do not pay attention to these things, we work, we share our love and step by step we will get some satisfaction. However, we also realize that there is a lot of admiration from experts in the sector, given that despite everything we try!
Q – I adore your designs. So chic, so different! From where do you take your inspiration this season?
A – Thanks for the compliment! Our inspiration derives from our daily life. We live together, study together, eat and sleep together. Ideas are born in our heads and meet spontaneously without even having to talk about it. It’s amazing it’s fantastic at the same time.
Q – You do mainly Menswear, but also Women’s wear. Correct?
A – The collection was born mainly for men, but we had numerous requests from the female public. We tried some clothes on girls and it was really fantastic. The man style worn by a woman is something totally out of the box that is already beautiful for this reason. We must break the pre-set balances. We are currently working on a collection solely dedicated to women.
Q – Do you also make any kind of accessories?
A – As accessories we made some rings on request for special customers, like some Italian singers but I can not mention them yet. In the projects there are accessories, like rings, bracelets and cologne but above all the hats, in Borsalino style.
Q – If I wanted to purchase an item, what is the process? (Are they made custom to order or is there a selection from which to choose, and then tailored according to size?) What if you have a customer that lives outside of Italy?
A – We currently expect it to take a couple of months to sell. We are structuring the website from where it will be possible to purchase our products. The only project we are facing now is to be able to see the stuff directly on site in Dubai, but for this we must proceed calmly. We are very followed by abroad, I do not deny that it would not surprise me if we initially became more popular abroad than in Italy. Let’s say that for now we are trying to give value to the brand, through collaborations with Italian TV, actors and singers.
Q – About what is the price range?
A – The price will have an average range between € 800 and € 1500 initially. The dress made for Paolo Ruffini is totally in velvet, lined internally in silk, embroidered in lamé and with more than 200 Swarovski positioned by hand. Those who buy Hiperion certainly buy a lot of quality, beyond our passion.
Q – Where should we look for you? Any future showings that you know of, where you will be?
A – We hope in two years to be at the top, and to share our passion with the whole world. We are very active on instagram and we interact a lot with our followers. We are open to any kind of collaboration, especially with foreign countries. We had an interesting proposal for the Coachella Festival, but maybe it’s not the right time yet. Surely we will affirm a lot in the world of entertainment in Italy, so look at a lot of tv ahaha ! We recently made the first fashion show in Milan and we would like to do two a year! We will send you the invitation and you can share it with all your friends and followers, we are waiting for you!
Q – Thank you so much for your time. Are there any words which you would like to leave with us?
A – Hiperion has a very specific mission. Break the patterns. Make people wear something exclusive in everyday life, without people feeling out of place. Hiperion goes beyond mere fashion, what is created has the same care as a work of art. Hiperion is not a clothing and stop brand, it’s something more. Something that wants to live with people, that needs continuous passion and love, to give and receive, without emotions, things die.
And with those beautiful words, I will wrap up this post. The Hiperion brand website is currently in the launching phase.
Since we are embarking on Spring, which is always an exciting time of year for those in love with high fashion, I wanted to share this post highlighting some great looks from the Louis Vuitton Runway for the Spring/Summer 2017 season. Enjoy!
What is it ‘they’ say? That nice sunglasses are lost in a second and you can never get rid of that emergency cheapo pair you purchased on the beach 8 years ago. In many cases, this saying proves absolutely true. But…knock on wood…This fantastic pair of Ted Baker shades have lasted me two whole summers so far! (Of course, now that I’ve said that, I’ll probably drop them and step on them on the way out today)
These sunglasses have managed to survive daily commutes, moving, travel, being smashed in my clutch and having been dropped quite a few times. And yet, these beauties still sit on the table waiting for me everyday, in one piece.
I am not usually a super bold colour person, so the intricate floral detail on the arms, suit me perfectly. Just enough colour to match everything, and yet I can still maintain my dark shades look.
Feel free to check out your own styles. Everything mentioned is linked.
Ladies and gentlemen, if you find yourself in Italy, you should visit this store. I HAD to reblog this post from www.stylejinx.com as I’ve been searching for a high-end consignment store. I was so excited when I saw her post! Thank you, Style jinx, for allowing the reblog 🙂
Hello all 🙂 It’s Friday after work and the perfect time for this Fit for Friday feature!
Today, I am super-excited about this post! When the opportunity to create a Men’s/Women’s versatile office wear collaboration with T.M. Lewin UK presented itself, I jumped on it! As many of you know, I am a bit conservative in my fashion choices, preferring classic pieces with a modern twist that can be used for a variety of different circumstances. I do love fashion, and trends. However, I have found that people get more use for their money with a few highly tailored, versatile pieces than with say… a closet full of clothes that can only be designated for certain social situations. (i.e.; Club clothes, funeral wear, ‘meet the parents’ gear, etc.).
I am very excited about T.M. Lewin because they have really made all of my dreams come true in the fabric department. As most of you know, I only purchase products made of 100% natural fibres. And almost ALL, yes you heard me right…basically ALL of their items are 100% cotton, 100% Leather, 100% Merino wool, 100% mixed wool, 100% Egyptian cotton or 100% silk! YES!!! You really have to work to find something that is a mixed fabric. And that is such a happy thing. Also (drumroll please) their products are affordable. Stylish, affordable and natural fibre?! You really can’t get better than that! You can do the happy dance now, I have been too 😉
I have 2 Fit for Friday looks for men, and 2 for women. Due to the fact that many offices are opting for a Casual Friday look, I wanted to make sure to create a versatile look for both Casual Friday offices and Business Formal offices. All of the items in these looks are from T.M. Lewin. Some of the accessories in the women’s looks are from additional sources.
The following is the Men’s more Casual Friday versatile look to help you go from meeting to pub in no time flat, without having to carry a travel bag with you.
Burgundy Check Casual Oxford
Brown Contemporary Belt
Milton Brown Tweed Check Jacket
Relaxed Fit Burgundy Cord Trousers
Regent Brown Chelsea Boots
I love this casual look for the Friday office. Versatile, comfortable and easy to go straight from work to meet the guys. All you really need to do is shed the jacket and you are all set!
T.M. Lewin has many specialties, but their 100% Cotton Slim-fit shirts are an area in which they excel. The modern day working man likes to look fashionable as well as respectable. Gone are the days when gentlemen look as though they are traipsing around in their father’s suits.
I am adding two lust-worthy accessories that can really personalize this look:
Burgundy Velvet Bow Tie
This burgundy velvet bowtie from T.M. Lewin is a real attention grabber. We love bowties! Not just for formal wear anymore. They add a trendy, youthful addition to any men’s outfit. You may opt for a tie free day, but if you are going the tie route, I would suggest adding this one or these Burgundy braces for a ton of flair!
As a woman, I can tell you quite honestly that I enjoy the look of a man who takes care with his appearance and who can make a little go a long way. This outfit is incredibly versatile. It suits for a casual meeting, a day on the go and an evening of dinner and laughter. Enjoy! And leave that change of clothes at home!
For the next Men’s Formal Office Fit to Friday look, we have the following:
Fashion spends an inordinate amount of time considering how people dress in varying circumstances and the rule still holds true: The tailored look is ALWAYS a win.
Now, to transition this into a Fit for Friday evening look. Remember that less is more. Nobody really wants to have to change pants in the office WC or go full-on gymnast trying to swap out, so keep it as minimal as possible. I suggest shedding the jacket, bow tie and waistcoat. You can either keep the shirt (it is no iron) or, I would recommend changing into this super Noland Grey Merino Long-Sleeve Polo (100% Merino Wool). Top it off with the Burgundy Grey Double-Faced Scarf (100% Merino Wool) as seen below:
Noland Grey Merino Long-Sleeve Polo
Burgundy Grey Double-Faced Scarf
Easy-peasy and very sharp looking!
Ladies, now it’s our turn…Goodie Goodie!
For the ladies semi-casual Fit to Friday look I want to tone down the shirt and took it to a short sleeve floral which is light and comfy. For the rest of the look, I keep it office worthy with a nice grey pencil skirt and professional jacket.
Suzie Yellow Floral Print Short Sleeve Voile Shirt
The transition in this outfit is rather straightforward. Shed the jacket for evening, and to add a bit of ‘Umph’ to your night out, take down that pony tail, un button the top of the shirt and put on a bib necklace flirty showing of the neckline of your shirt, such as the ones below to add some pizzaz!
Cotton & Silk Cordon
Kendra Scott ‘Ginger’ Graduated Oval Stone Necklace
Adding just a bit of extra colour or architecture in your accessories is really all a lady needs to make a dramatic difference in her transitional clothing. Remember: If you are wearing a bold statement piece, let it speak for itself. Too many pieces will make the outfit look cluttered and not well thought out. Cotton & Silk Cordon from etsy, Kendra Scott ‘Ginger’ Graduated Oval Stone Necklace from Nordstrom.
For the next Women’s Formal Office Fit to Friday, we have the following:
Transitioning this outfit for a nice dinner or drinks is quite simple because the look is already complete. Shed the office jacket and opt instead for a dainty architecture bib necklace (pictured below). In this amazing green colour shirt, you will already be shining. A statement piece will complete the look without being overbearing. If you are feeling adventurous, untuck that shirt and use an obi belt! Obi belts are awesome in that they create an even more flattering figure by accenting the waistline in all the right places and making that hourglass figure we all swoon for. Wider Obi belts are recommended because they cover a multitude of sins if you have a heavy meal ahead of you. 😉
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is your Fit to Friday transition from paperwork to pub in only a few minutes!
If you would like to see more of T.M. Lewin’s collections, you can find them on the web by clicking here, follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. They do offer international shipping at a reasonable rate, as well as free returns in-store or by post which is always great to have.
It has been a pleasure working on the Fit for Friday collaboration and I thank you for joining me.
What did you think about this post: Would you use these transitional pieces?
Thank you for reading!
*All looks are from the T.M. Lewin UK website unless otherwise stated.
As many of you know already, I have been on the hunt for friendly, fashionable, sustainable, fashion houses with great customer service which utilize sustainable business practices. And I found a great eco-fashion start-up that goes by the name of Shift to Nature, in Australia. They are awesome! Truly, super-cool and incredibly friendly and cooperative people! So much so, and I have to tell you this because it just never happens, that I was put in contact with the owner and personality of Shift to Nature and she is the one who made sure that every single one of my questions were answered, that I had all the facts, and went WAY above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that we have everything we need to make our own evaluations of the company! (and she returned all 8 million of my emails) This fact, in and of itself, really made me acquire a fashion crush on this company. I wish that more companies were able to understand the true value of incredible customer relations. As this can either make or break a sale, or a lifelong of sales, regardless of how pretty the item on the hanger is.
I have spent countless hours researching fashion houses. I’ve even spent loads of time searching brand names woven within massive e-commerce sites, in the search for a handful of businesses that offer fashionable sustainable clothing that I feel confident are the crème de la crème. However, even though sustainable and eco-clothing seems to be gaining in popularity, there are some boxes that need to be ticked for me to contact a company in the first place:
A majority of the products must be natural fabrics (I say majority because some of the businesses are doing good things by upcycling non-natural fabrics to avoid creating waste)
Fashionable items. I want to feel beautiful in my clothes at work, on a date and at home. I know you do too.
Fair trade (it doesn’t have to be registered fair trade. Using local artisans and product or helping those in need by paying fair wages IS Fair Trade…with or without the label.)
Sustainable business practices
Transparency in business practices
A non-market based orientation for their products. (Unfortunately, so many eco-fashion houses are mis-using the identity as more of a marketing strategy and less of a genuine concern)
Good customer service
Reasonable international shipping. (You know this is a MUST for me. I’m neurotic about shipping…not sure why.)
Shift to Nature has far exceeded my wish list.
To show you some of the 100% natural fabric women’s items I fell in lust with, I’ve created a virtual capsule wardrobe for ladies from some of Shift to Nature’s product line! Even the sunglasses are bamboo!
Shift to Nature does work with designers, some are smaller than others, which creates a great opportunity for new designer discovery as well as for the consumer to find an item they go ga-ga over without having to pay the usually astronomical designer price. (Hello Virtual Capsule Wardrobe…you will be MINE!) New items from different designers are added monthly, as well as keeping with some of the continuous favourites. They do re-order stocks of the best-selling items, so if there is something you love that currently isn’t in stock, ask about it and wait whilst daydreaming. It will be back!
Product pricing is affordable compared to many of the eco-fashion stores, but it is not cheap. It is quite clear that they go to great lengths to provide fair pricing and to take into account the customers relative sticker shock when making the move to eco-clothing. They also offer very reasonable international shipping (Yay! Happy me 🙂 🙂 )
I’m doing something a bit different in this feature. I hope it works out. While I was looking over some of the answers to my questions I received, I wasn’t exactly sure how to put it into narrative. You see, my problem was this: The answers just ooze personality. If I were to reformat that into my words it would….lose something. I think that the personality is so important to a brand, especially when it is the owner speaking and you can hear the passion and excitement in your mind while reading. I don’t want to take that away because it is so important! So for the first time ever, I am leaving it in Question (me)/Answer (Shift to Nature) format.
Q – Does Shift to Nature work with any designers?
A – Shift to Nature is a really large collaboration with designers and brands for their own products as well as new in-house Shift Collaboration such as Faite, Noa Lane Nail Polish and Lily & Leo organic cotton kids range coming soon! Designers with their own brands are featured such as Alas the label with Sleepwear, Eleven44 hot yoga wear and more. All of the designers work on a small scale and have chosen to make the shift to eco fabrics. While this has been in no way limiting their designs, as each designer brings the wearability and softness of eco fabrics into a contemporary colour, lines, prints and fits. Our “in-house” designers are actually wonderful collaborations with notable freelancer designers around the world. Aude in France, Tess in Perth, Project Change collaboration in Cambodia, eco designers in Sydney. For me this promotes alternate economies for people. Lovely and creative women, often mothers can work at home, managing their own time and also having fun with the process. It’s one of my favourite parts of the Shift to nature process – there is now a community of very talented creatives around it – including Bloggers 😉
Q – I see that you also include Lenzig Tencel, any thoughts as to eventually incorporating Cupro into your catalogue?
A – Yes I would love to include Cupro which is a regenerated cellulose fiber derived from cotton linter (the ultrafine, silky fibers that stick to the seeds of the cotton plant after it’s been ginned) creating a silk like cotton fabric. However as this is a new fabric it is still very expensive to make it into reasonably priced eco garments. I noticed that high end designers such as Donna Karen are using it. This raises the question of cost in the fashion industry – hopefully as the new eco fabrics are developed and become widely available a drop in their prices can make them available to smaller designers who can find the balance between eco and acceptable purchase prices for the consumer. There is a tension here. While customers move toward ethical and eco purchases there is difficulty often to justify the higher prices. The higher prices are ethical and related to the real transparent cost of eco fabrics, fair wages and ethical business. However due to fast fashion companies producing incredibly cheap and plastic clothes, consumers are now used to purchasing leggings for $5. This makes the shift to eco very difficult, unfortunately. For designers and makers we are limited to reasonably priced organic cotton, bamboo, lenzig tencel and other such more available fabrics to keep the costs reasonable.
Q – Approximately how many farmers, artisans, etc can you say that your Fair Trade practices help worldwide? A – Goodness, that is very difficult to say. It takes a lot of minds, hands and hearts to make quality products. Possibly 100’s of families are helped through the activities of Shift to Nature designers and makers. This is probably unique as Shift is a collective with people making lovely items across the world – from Estonia, Bali, Germany, India, Cambodia, Denmark, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Peru – rather than having a limited place of making. As we search for newly unique items everyday we find some wonderful items – and manage it all online, so as carbon neutral as possible in terms of business operation. And we are not limited to English – we love to stretch ourselves and make connections really finding the most unique products.
Q – Do your sustainable practices extend to logistics as well?
A – Yes so for items that come to us as stock, we use sea freight if international. For packaging and posting to our customers we use Australia Post who have good quality assurance and standards. We also believe in public shared economy – so it is important to utilise the international postal systems in each country – keeping them alive and serving all. Based in Adelaide Australia, we have recycle policies of our local council. We remove as much plastic wrapping as we can and then hand wrap the items with recycled tissue paper. We then recycle or reuse as much as we possibly can.
Q – Is there transparency in Shift to Nature’s business practices?
A – Yes there is as much as possible. We will be applying for B-Corp status such that, this certification will require reports. However we are a startup and so I am partly still self-funding the business. We do not make a profit because all of the funds go back toward research and development of new designs and eco products. We are hoping that this will carry us into the future. Our business aims is to create a self-sustainable business – meaning that it can survive as a business stand alone, without additional investment, and that its income is reinvested back into itself to create better products. We spend much much more on R&D than on marketing, for example.
Q – Any new product lines we can look forward to?
A – 🙂 Big smile – yes! Without giving everything away, we think eco and fair products should start with kids. Kids have a big sense of fairness and care and childhood is where a sense of wonder and concern for the planet is sometimes at its strongest. They also want fun and comfortable clothes. Lily & Leo is just around the corner – but no peaking!
Here are some of the items for Home, Kids and Men available:
Shift to Nature has very generously offered us a 15% off discount promo code (M15) AND is giving away a bottle of Noa Lane vegan nail polish* with purchase (remember promo code: M15)! *While supplies last, colours may vary.
A bit about Noa Lane:
Q – I would love to share more about the Noa Lane Vegan Nail polish that you have so generously offered as a bonus to our readers! What makes it vegan? A – This is so exciting! People often say: ‘but nail polish has no animal products’ but it actually does. Regular nail polish does, in fact, contain fish Scales (usually from Herring) that creates the Sparkle. The iridescent qualities of the scales make them “ideal” for grinding up into glitter. Noa Lane Nail Lacquer does not contain any Fish Scales. The sparkle comes from mineral Micas! Naturally forming mica flakes are from Muscovite mineral rocks which are refined and for safe cosmetic use, the result combined with colour gives the beautiful Opalescent finish. When used in nail polish suspension base the Mica powders distribute freely and evenly leaving a uniform colour saturation. The shine and shimmer of the mica compliments glitter polishes and unlike powder pigments micas do not clump or cause streaking in nail polish. Noa Lane Nail Lacquer also Does Not contain these animal by-products commonly found in regular nail polish: stearic acid, glycerol and cochineal, or crushed bugs. Items from the Noa Lane Mineral Cosmetics range are Vegan and Not Tested on Animals. They are free of Five particularly nasty chemicals including formaldehyde which has been linked to cancer by national research bodies. Noa Lane Mineral Cosmetics is made in Australia with ingredients comply with International standards.
It has truly been a pleasure to work in conjunction with Shift to Nature in order to write this feature on sustainable fashion! They have gained a lifelong customer here and I know that your experience, should you so choose to check out the company, will be as awesome as mine has been!
Thank you so much for reading! And please remember, if you find yourself on the Shift to Nature website use promo code: M15 at checkout for a 15% discount and a complimentary bottle of Noa Lane vegan nail polish! (*While supplies last, nail colours may vary).
Today, I feel pretty good about my #ootd so I felt like sharing with you. The great thing about autumn is that one can wear her suede over the knee boots and a nice cashmere sweater to dress up her favorite skinny jeans and look and feel great!
Sorry, I hate taking selfies and they always come out just awful looking, so I found the products themselves to show you.
Today I’d like to discuss a topic which is becoming more and more of a priority for not only myself, but also for many fashion forward men and women. The words of the day are ‘sustainable’, ‘eco’, ‘fair trade’, ‘organic’ and ‘natural fibers’. The reason I would like to talk with you about it is because I am seriously considering launching yet another experiment here on lifexperiment blog.
As most of you already well know, I am a huge proponent of natural fabrics. There are several reasons for this, some are as follows:
Studies have shown that linen is the most hygienic fabric for sheets, and that bamboo is naturally antibacterial
Chemical processing. Fabrics like polyester, rayon and acrylic are treated with various acids and chemical processes. What’s the use in leading a healthy lifestyle if you are absorbing these chemicals through your skin? Of course, you aren’t going to get a ton of it, but some of these have been said to cause cancer and I’m thinking that 5 minutes of saved ironing, isn’t worth it.
It’s basically plastic. I don’t eat plastic and I don’t want to wear plastic. However, I do eat flax, so linen is ok 😉
Money. If I am going to invest in a gorgeous piece of clothing, I want to feel gorgeous in it! Also, if I can buy a poly dress for €5, why would I pay €300 for the same thing? This is a major bone of contention with me.
Natural fibers feel better. Ever notice how you always get hot in that poly blend shirt, but never in organic cotton or silk? It’s back to the plastic thing. Natural fibers breathe better. Personally, I’m in love with the way silks, linens, cotton (especially organic, for some reason), cashmere, wools and leather feel on my skin.
In searching for these beloved fabrics of mine, I have made some interesting discoveries. There are actually tons of companies that now specialize in sustainable, natural or eco-friendly clothing. And it’s not like it used to be! Remember 10 -12 years ago when basically all the sustainable clothing was only in stores that also carried candles and incense? When the first thing that came into your mind at the sound of ‘organic cotton’ was bicycle Tee’s and cargo pants? Totally not the case anymore…much to my delight! 🙂 Some of the online shops I found actually had some really fabulous business wear, daily wear and I even saw a few wedding dresses! Now here’s the rub: Although most places are very upfront about which branch of eco, sustainable, organic they are on – sometimes, you just have to find what you like, click and hope the fabrics are what you’re looking for. Here are some of the differences I’ve noticed:
Fair Trade: This usually refers to locally or regionally sources fibre, and it also refers to the labor. Fair Trade labor is always better because you don’t have to worry about sweatshops, under payment or child labor. Fair Trade is awesome 🙂
Sustainable: This can represent a multitude. But the main meaning behind it is that either the fabrics, production methods or business are done in such a way to drastically reduce waste, pollution and over-use of resources. For example: I have found several companies which use recycled bottles, recycled polyester or recycled cotton and cashmere to make their clothing items. Some of them are really cool too 🙂 This drastically reduces waste as the fabric contents are recycled, so no new production there (apart from the recycling process, of course). Also, another example, is companies who do not make the item until it is ordered, in order to reduce the waste of over-production. Sustainable is good 🙂
Eco: Eco is kind of ‘all-encompassing’. It can mean using recycled material, fair trade, organics, or not using the harsh chemical component to some of their textiles. Eco is good, but can be confusing.
Organic: No pesticides used on the crops (including silk, because the silk worms can eat natural – non chemical filled – whatever silk worms eat. Leaves?) which go into your natural fabrics. If it’s organic, it’s natural. This is great, and might explain why organic cotton feels so much fluffier than regular cotton. (I don’t know, I’m still trying to figure out why that is…)
Natural fibers: Yeah, Ba-by – Now you have my full attention! Linen, silk, cotton, hemp, soy, mohair, rabbit hair (I actually found a place that combs and shears their own rabbits to make rabbit hair products – with no harm to the bunnies!), bamboo, leather, wool, cashmere. Love this. When I find a place with great natural fiber clothing – as a general product line, not a diamond floating in a sea of acrylic sweaters – I will be a customer for life.
What I’m proposing is this: Since I’m already on a constant search for natural fiber, eco friendly and sustainable clothing anyway on my own time, what if I just share the experience with you? Let you know when I find a company I like and what their specialization’s are, or share when I find an outfit or two that I totally fall in love with. Or rant when I get totally feed-up and frustrated with the search. What do you think?
Since it is our time that I am taking, I would really like to hear your thoughts and feedback. Would you be interested in continuing the search with me for highly fashionable, natural fiber, eco-friendly and sustainable clothing?
Thanks for reading and taking part! I’m really looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
I must admit that I initially thought that some of Rachel Zoe’s line was a little – eccentric – when it first hit the stores. Sequined knit winter hats, gloves and the like didn’t exactly seem like something I could use in -30 temps. I wasn’t exactly sure who this new celebrity stylist was that seemed to be taking the world by storm, and our T.V.’s as well.
Rachel Zoe, designer & celebrity stylist
Then one day it happened… I was in the States and happened to find myself in Saks Fifth Ave department store. They were having an incredible sale (which is why I was in there to begin with) and I was perusing the racks to see what caught my eye. There it was, a lamb leather and woven linen mini skirt. Gorgeous, and just my size! Now, I must explain, I have a deep dislike for man made fabrics. I much prefer naturals, silks, linens, leathers, cottons, hemps, wool and the like because it just feels so much better on my skin and because man made fabrics, although extremely easy to care for, make me hot and feel itchy and uncomfortable. So you can imagine my joy when I realized this skirt was my favourite fabrics, pretty and a perfect fit! Also, the % off sale cinched the deal! So, I bought it, of course! (pictured)
Now, I’m a reformed Zoe doubter. Not only do I accept her line, but I search out her items. Sometimes it takes awhile to find the perfect thing because price and material… Her line runs an average of $200 – $900 per item. (Not including accessories, thank God!). So people have to really be sure that what they get is what they want because they’ll be wearing for the foreseeable future.
Here are some of the looks from Rachel Zoe’s 2016 ready to wear as seen in Vogue.
Sometimes you can snag a really exciting deal, so I’ve taken the liberty, after searching a few reliable places to leave the links to some really affordable Rachel Zoe items that are on my lust list below: Rachel Zoe Women’s Helen Dress, Black, 4
We have to talk about a new trend in menswear that’s actually pretty cool! In a world where menswear shops are full of the mild and conventional muted and neutral colors – with the same basic cuts (you know what I’m talking about) it is a breath of fresh air to see some variety for mens clothing with color on it! These are a conversation starter, for certain. I can say for certain that the people will be coming up to you asking about your meggings!
Now, apparently the appearance of the bright and colorful made for men, meggings, has made quite the stir on social media. These seem to be a love it or hate it type of situation. Personally, I think these are REALLY COOL! Albeit, I can fully understand why this apparel seems to be quite controversial. At first consideration, I was a bit skeptical too. However, when I took the time to check out the patterns, colours and most importantly – the way they are actually made, I found that several things set these apart from the assumed gym pant. Although these would be PERFECT gym pants. But I think they would be good for other places and activities as well. KAPOW!
Patterns and colours. The array of patterns makes these suitable for more than the workout. Take the below photos for example (Taken from the Kapow site). These sets would even be suitable for the club or music festival.
The fit. These are supposed to be incredibly comfortable. Like never want to take them off -kind of comfy. They stretch with your body and still leave things to the imagination (see next bullet point). The sizes range from a 28-38 inch (71.12 cm- 96.5 cm) waist and there is a lot of give on top of that. They are said to be very forgiving for different body shapes, as the material is adaptable to many forms. Also, for my guys who never skimp on leg day, these leggings stretch to fit your body comfortably. So if you have larger legs than the normal guy, these should still fit nicely. I know, I asked. They would be great for yoga, running, anything really that requires movement when you don’t want to let that shorts leg hang down or hike up too much! And I think these patterns would be groovy 🙂
(Just a little note: These above are my faves. ‘Supernova’)
Make. Ladies and gentlemen, this is where it gets good. You remember that bicycle shorts craze where everyones …assets were on display? Well, if you look back through the photos I’ve posted, you will see that that is not the case here. These are tailor made with extra width around the waist, so everything just sort of blends in with the waistline. As a woman, I think this is fantastic! I don’t think any of us really like it when, um…when the family jewels are standing out from the crowd. Thank you to this company for making sure to say ‘buh-bye’ to unsightly bulge!
Price. Totally reasonable at 24.99GBP, 29.82€ or $33.24 (based on todays conversion rates)
International orders are welcome and I’ve got a great code for SHIPPING on orders of two or more pairs. Orders are made through the Kapow Meggings website. (I have linked it for you). Just make sure to input the code’ LEBFREESHIPPING ‘ so you can get your free shipping! (Seriously, free shipping is HUGE) This code is only valid through the end of October.
If you’re down for the social media hunt, you can find their Facebook page here, and their instagram here. I know, I’ve been stalking to make sure these really are as popular as they seem to be. They are 😉
If you’re the kind of man who wears the clothes and doesn’t let your clothes wear you; confident, fun, happy…I say GO FOR IT! WORK IT! I know my fiancé might have a colorful surprise for his birthday…
What do you think, would you wear these? Love it or hate it? Or do you have some? (I’d love to hear your thoughts!)
*disclaimer: I did not receive payment or product in exchange for my opinion. I did however, receive a limited time free shipping code to pass on to my subscribers 🙂
I am finding myself to be rather partial to this product. Granted, it is a bit of an investment, but as a lady in her late 30’s, I can easily tell you that an investment into skincare is a solid investment indeed!
Similar to the Clarins eye cream that I loved, the difference seems to be subtle…until you stop using it. After a 3 days forced break from this eye cream, I looked in the mirror and realized that OK, this is actually making a HUGE difference!
Although I’ve had a problem with dark circles under my eye area this year, Forever eye cream by YSL has actually made a difference. The lines and darkness are reduced, but not eliminated. I have to say though, that I would much rather look in the mirror and see the slightly tired eyes of a late 20 something, as opposed to the dark exhausted eyes of a 50 year old staring back at me. This made that difference, so I recommend it!
Runs at $100 and can be purchased in many upscale department stores or online by clicking here.
Summer is upon us! With summer, comes a whole new look, attitude and of course…high fashion! And don’t we all love a sneak peak at what’s available to us…whether or not we actually need that ballgown? Of course we do!
For me, this year on the runways has really been all about the dress. After the cold season is behind us and I’ve had to wear pants for the better part of 6 months, want to show some leg! Plus, in my opinion, you have to have a certain kind of tall lanky figure to really work pants (in the runway sense). Dresses, well, they’re pretty and add a bit of elegance and put-togetherness to any look for day or night.
Here are a few of my fashion cravings from the 2016 runways:
This first look is from Filippa K’s winter 2016 collection. If you live in a climate where you must dress for both summer and fall in the same day, this look is perfect! I’m all about leather skirts (and yes, mine is hanging in my closet). They are perfect with a black or brown flimsy silky top for day with either a navy over sweater or black boyfriend cashmere in the evenings.
This Dior Fall 2016 number is to-die-for! When I hit my goal weight, this is on my reward list 😉
These Lovechild 1979 looks are spot-on for a foray in the sun or Champagne and hors d’oeuvres with the girls whilst in the city. And it looks so light and silky, I just want to slip into them and lounge…
This Monique L’huillier dress is THE ONE! If you’re anything like me, and prefer a few items that you look stunning in, as apposed to a closet full of ‘meh’, then this is a must-have addition to your wardrobe. I could easily live in this dress all summer long!
Reem Acra nailed evening elegance with this look for the Spring/Summer 2016 catwalk. This is a dress that is so simple in its elegance, yet defined in the detail and wearable to just about EVERYTHING.
This Houghton Bride S/S 2016 dress is adorable! Perfectly suited for a 20 something with a great pair of legs, this light and airy dress is summer ready for some great outdoor functions!
And now for two lust-worthy evening looks which are niche perfect for the glam goddess in you:
Alberta Ferretti, how have we ever lived without you! This dress is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!
Marchesa gets it so right, every single time! The entire Marchesa collection is AWESOME this year, you should check it out. I singled out this dress though because of its versatility. Airy and a little bit boho mixed with classic sophistication make this ensemble a winning combination.
….And what runway show is complete without a couture bridal display? None. Here we go, my top bridal picks for 2016:
Mermaids have been living at the top of the bridal fashion charts for awhile now, and we can see why- here. This Pnina Tornai mermaid low-cut bridal dress for her 2016 runway show is a show-stopper. With loads of luxury fabric, sparkles, classic neckline cut and a bit of touching, this gown would be the ‘it gown’ for any fashion forward bride.
THIS… I have to say that this is the one for me. (Too bad, there’s not a real wedding in the foreseeable future) This gorgeous Pronovias 2016 gown is an absolute stunner in its classic simplicity. No sparkle, no ruffle, just pure luxury in a classic, 50’s hollywood, European cut. The lines flow perfectly and its reminiscent of classic Chanel. This wedding gown makes me want to purr…
I will start by saying that this product is worth every cent spent on it. I’ve been searching for a concealer that can give me full coverage without looking like I’m wearing a mask of make-up, and I think this might be the one.
I have been using MAC on a semi-religious basis for years. But when my concealer was finally finito this time, I decided I would try something new from another one of my favorite brands and see if it suited me any better.
My skin tone fluctuates drastically between summer and late winter. In the winters, I really think I’m heading in the Morticia Adams direction by the time the sun starts shining. Now, winter skin is never a bad thing. But winter eye bags are. If you’re anything like me, your sleep is erratic at best, and those monstrous purple bags shine brightly like a trophy of a night well spent. NOT. COOL.
I went in search of a product that was thick enough to actually cover the dark circles, but not paint-it-on thick. After trying out several, this one really seemed to do the trick. I’ve been using this daily for more than a month now and I can definitely say that I love it! It smoothes and blends in easily, covers the bad spots and is even suitable for contouring. This is a product I will purchase again.
Just a quickie post to say ‘Hello’ and share one of my seasonal favourites! I purchased this Tory Burch pullover at the beginning of Autumn when in Finland, at Cotton clothing and apparel store. I love this piece. I have been wearing it at least once a week. Care isn’t too bad either. Although the tag says dry clean only, it is natural fabrics, and I’ve found that it can be washed on delicate cycle at 30c or, cold water, then lay flat to dry, wear, repeat. 🙂
Although Tory Burch products are a wardrobe investment, I am more and more convinced that you really do get what you pay for. This, in my opinion, is very true with Tory Burch products. The first item I ever purchased from her product line was a green leather handbag. I was traveling light those days, so it was in fact the only handbag I owned, so the price tag did not give me much pause as I needed something of quality. (Yes, it matched everything…my ‘uniform’ was skinny jeans and a white tank or sweater.) This bag, lasted me for more than three years of daily use, and carry and extensive world travel before it actually began to show signs of wear! Ever after that, I am officially a Tory Burch fan!
According to my distorted price per use formula, I got waaaayyyyy more out of that bag then I usually would. My general formula is that if you can get the price per wear down to 1 or less, then you’ve gotten your moneys worth!
Formula: cost/wears= cost per wear. For the bag, for example, the cost per wear formula went as follows: 365 (days per year, used it daily)*3 (approximate years of use)=1095 days. 300 (approximate price) / 1095 days = 0,27 cents (Price per wear). Pretty good, if you ask me! I should be so lucky if all my wardrobe items lasted like that 😀