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3 tips to make your wardrobe more ethical

ethical wardrobe

Even though I purchase most of my fashion pieces from charity shops and vintage stores, my wardrobe still isn’t all recycled. I’d say it’s about 85% ethical. Which of course I’m proud of but I always wanna do better if I can.

4 years ago, my wardrobe only consisted of fast fashion items. I started by just buying a few vintage pieces purely because I liked the style and love the idea of having a unique outfit.

Then as I started to grow my collection, I began reading about the negatives of fast fashion and how shopping more ethically can make a difference.

So then that was another thing inspiring me to buy more second hand clothes. I could look cute and be ethical.

Now it’s become a bit of a routine for me but if you’re wanting to make your wardrobe more ethically friendly, here’s 3 tips to get you started!

Limit yourself

If almost everything you own is from fast fashion brands, this is probably the best place to start. Set a limit of how many fast fashion items you can buy in a month.

The number you pick depends on how many things you buy regularly, I guess. But don’t feel guilty if you don’t manage to stick to it at first!! It’s a bigger change than you think.

Start with second hand

Whenever you need that new dress or top, don’t go straight to ASOS. There’s plenty of more ethical places you can look first!

Local charity shops, vintage stores and Depop are my go tos. Just search what you’re looking for and see if anything fits what you need before shopping high street.

If you don’t find anything at first, don’t worry! There is a bit of an art to charity shopping. Just making the effort to start shopping more ethically is great.

Recycle your clothes

It’s not just about buying clothes ethically, you can also have a more ethical wardrobe by getting rid of some of your clothes.

Every few months, take some items you don’t want anymore to a charity shop. You’re donating to good causes and keeping your wardrobe more ethically friendly by recycling clothes, instead of just dumping them.

I try and sell some of my items occasionally too. That way I’m helping others to shop more second hand if they like my items, and making a lil bit of money in the process. It’s literally all win win!

So there you go! Those are my 3 tips to help make your wardrobe more ethically friendly.

As I said before, it takes a very long time to get a completely recycled wardrobe. I’m still not there yet, but implementing these things into my life has helped me get to the point I’m at.

I hope they help you too! Every step, even tiny, towards a more ethical wardrobe is incredible!!

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70s look books collection

I adore vintage fashion from a range of eras, but the 70s is the one I’m a lil obsessed with.

Flares, platforms and roll necks jumpers are my kink.

Okay not in that sense of the word, hah! But I do love ‘em. So when I’m in vintage stores, I’m usually looking for a specific 70s piece. If not, I’ll probably end up stumbling upon something from the era and desperately hoping that it fits.

My favourite outfits that I put together are usually 70s inspired so it’s not a surprise that filming 70s look books for YouTube comes to me pretty easily. It also my favourite kind of video to film because I get to pratt about in all my cute outfits. Hah!

That being said, I thought I’d collect all these themed look books I’ve made so far into one space.

So if you feel like the fashion side of your life is lacking some groovy vibes, check out my 70s look books!

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TWO

THREE

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The bus got me thinking

bus

I feel like I talk a lot about how much I do by myself and must come across as a super confident person. I rarely talk about the anxieties I used to have. Maybe because my mind seems to have blocked a lot of it out. Or because I think it makes me too vulnerable.

Who knows. But now I do want to talk about it because now I’ve actually thought about it, I’ve come a bloody long way!!

The other day I was walking past a bus stop that I walk past every day but for the first time, I actually registered it. Which then made me think back to when I was too scared to get the bus.

And it made me smile. From a time where just thinking of getting on a bus would make me feel physically sick, to now enjoying my train journey every morning. Well, when they’re actually running properly, hah!

That sounds like something so simple, but that was a huge step for me. And I didn’t even realised it.

But when I do remember how much anxiety filled me, causing me to rarely leave the house in my teenage years, I’m so proud of myself.

There’s still many things I have to overcome and improve, but we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t need little tweaks here and there. But the fact that I can now go out by myself to gigs, pubs, even get on a frickin plane, is amazing – if I say so myself.

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Because I know how awful I felt filled with worry about the simplest daily occurrences, so those were never even things I considered doing.

The reason I wanted to write this post wasn’t to say how I’ve overcome a lot of my worries. I wanted to write it because I hadn’t even realised that I’d done it. Yeah, I know how crazy it sounds.

Of course I remember how I felt every time I got a little victory, like when I first got on the bus alone. But now that was years ago and I’ve done more things since, it got pushed to the back of my mind.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, we don’t give ourselves enough credit. We need to think about those small wins more often. As tiny victories aren’t tiny at all because they lead to another challenge which we can overcome and so on.

No, it’s not easy, but it’s possible. Because now I live for those little victories. And you should too!

If you’ve read this whole post (firstly, thank you) you should think about some of your little victories. However big or small, just dig through your brain and surface some of those wins that you forgot about.

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my love for sunflowers

sunflowers

Plants are wonderful things, aren’t they? I’ve been purchasing some different ones recently, as well as discovering lots of new ones. But my favourite will always be the Sunflower.

I can’t tell you why exactly I love them so much. There’s not some deep story about how a sunflower saved my life once. I just think they’re pretty as hell.

When I was little, my brother and sister and I each had a sunflower. I remember my mom telling me how to take care of it and how I’d keep checking up on them to see who’s sunflower was growing taller. There’s always time for a bit of sibling rivalry, hah!!

I’m not sure what happened to those sunflowers now, but my love for the plant didn’t fade.

sunflower

sunflower

I’ve always loved spotting them out and about, and wearing them on my clothes!! As a print, they are perfect. Their bright yellow colour makes them stand out in nature and makes us stand out when we wear them.

Here I’m wearing a vintage sunflower print mini dress that I got from Cow. This one was speaking to me every time I walked past it in the shop. I’d accidentally knock it off the hanger and have to hang it back up or I’d spot the colours and think “oooooo that’s nice”, only to realise that I’d already looked at it 10 times. I saw all these little hints as a sign so I had to try it on and it fit me like a glove and is so so flattering!

sunflower

sunflower

When I bought this dress, it was the only sunflower ‘thing’ I had, but not anymore. A few weeks ago I spotted the plant for sale and decided that I was going to take the plunge and try to grow a sunflower again. That beauty is now happily planted in the garden!!

Actually having sunflowers around has ignited my love for them huuuuuugely. So of course I had to buy myself a bouquet of them, including roses too!

Those are what featured in this shoot. It was so much fun to get these photos. I just felt so positive, which may be down to the many sunflowers surrounding me. They just give off such good energy.

sunflower

What’s your favourite flower?

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I never used to like having my photo taken

photo taken

My mom found out some old photos last month and there were loads of a young me posing with a cheesy grin.

I don’t remember being that camera happy child, but it made me smile.

From as far back as I can remember, I always hated having my photo taken. The majority of my secondary school life was spent avoiding the camera, and always offering to be the photographer for my friends.

Now I think about it, I know when my opinion on pictures changed. When I was little, I didn’t care about what I looked like. I wasn’t one of those childs who would always try out their mom’s makeup and what not. I just plodded on with life, having a whale of a time.

But of course when you get to secondary school, things are completely different. I still never wore makeup apart from mascara until I was 17. That was out of choice, but I never felt as pretty as the other girls. My self confidence in general was at the lowest it’s ever been. I wasn’t my biggest fan. So I didn’t want any evidence of my current, now past, self.

never used to like having my photo taken

Now I’m 20, I think it’s a bit of a shame that I don’t really have any photos of the majority of my teenage years. Apart from the old school photo my parents bought. I mean, those forced ones are probably the worst of them all!! I’m sure I’d prefer one of the silly selfies I took with my friends.

On the other hand, like I said, it wasn’t a time in my life where I felt the best about myself. So maybe I’d feel worse if I kept seeing my younger teenage self everywhere, reminding me of those days. But we’ll never know now.

I’m sure it doesn’t come as a surprise when I say, I don’t hate having my picture taken anymore.

People don’t believe me when I tell them I used to hate having my photo taken. I mean, you’d only have to take one look at my instagram to think I was lying.

Even I find it funny that me, a girl who was incredibly shy with zero self confidence, now has a fashion and lifestyle blog and a YouTube channel. Of course I had gained a lot more confidence before starting this blog, mainly because I had begun to find my personal style and found a job I enjoyed.

photo taken blog post

But ever since starting this website, I’ve really started to believe in myself. Having my little space on the internet has made me grow as a person and inspired me to keep doing the things I want to do.

I’m much happier with the way I look and myself in general now, and it’s the best feeling ever.

From a girl who despised being on camera, to now having a hobby where being on camera is the main focus.

I feel like a different person to that girl with zero confidence now. I still have days where I don’t feel too good about myself and there’s not a day where I don’t think about how I used to feel.

It’s taken a while to get to this point, but it’s so refreshing to now love having my photo taken. Or shall I say, taking my own photo. I never thought I’d have a camera roll with one selfie, let alone many.

Self love is a feeling I hope everyone can experience at some point in their life! We all deserve it.

Do you like having your photo taken?

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Tassels

tassels
vintage tasseled jacket
the sun was a tad bright

After not being clothes shopping for a while, I’ve been doing a lot of catching up!!

You may have seen my recent video about the pretty big shop I did in Cow. Well, I went back again last weekend and luckily I didn’t spend as much, but I did find a few more amazing pieces.

One of those things was this insane vintage tasselled jacket.

It’s black and cropped in a funky way. There’s tassels around the front, back and down the sleeves. It’s honestly the jacket of my dreams, ahhh!!

tassels

tassels

The tag says it’s a size 16 so I was a bit worried it would be too big. I tried it on in the shop just to make sure and it’s not a bad fit at all!! I’d say it fits me like a size 12 jacket would, so I’m guessing it’s just how the sizes have changed over the years. And also the fact that I think it’s American so of course the sizing is different to the UK’s.

Anyway, yeah it has a pretty good fit and gives me such 70s vibes!! It’s helped me rediscover my tan flares that I haven’t been able to wear for a while, because when i got my new coat, the colours were too similar and i just felt beige when I wore them together. Which isn’t how I like to feel, hah.

If it hadn’t of been so cold these last few months I could’ve thrown on another jacket, or not worn one at all, but that was never going to happen. So they’ve just been hanging in my wardrobe looking sad.

Buuuuuuut as soon as i got this jacket home I just knew it would look great paired with these trousers, and what do you know, of course I was right (joking, i’m not that in love with myself haha).

tassels

So I’m over the moon about that!! But obviously I’m not wearing those this time. I thought I’d try the tassels with this silver metallic dress.

If I may say so myself, it’s a look! I always struggle with this dress because I’m never sure how I feel about how it hugs my body. This jacket gives it a really nice edge though so it takes the focus away from that.

It’s one of those things that I didn’t know I needed until now.

Strangely the tassels makes me feel fierce. I actually want to wear this jacket every day. If I could, I would. I’m just not sure it’d be suitable for work. Plus, my dog has tried to bite the tassels a few times already so i’ve definitely got to be wise about when i choose to throw it on, hah!

 

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I just can’t wait for it to be Spring

spring floral dress

Please say you sang the title in the tune of “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” from The Lion King, because other than my ramblings, my awful puns are all you’ll get out of this post.

I just really want it to be Spring. Like properly Spring. With blossom trees and blue skies. Not just saying it’s technically spring, while the central heating is still nearly on full.

I know how much we’re all fed up of the British weather. After dealing with the -14 temperatures in Prague, I never thought I’d be cold again. But wind and snow is a little different to a sunny day with a cold chill.

Also, I can’t be the only one who’s reaction to the weather is completely different when I’m on holiday?? Like being freezing at home sucks, but put me in a different city and I’m loving it.

But now I’m so ready for Spring.

Winter is too cold and summer is too hot. Spring and autumn are the good middle ground seasons.

Everything feels fresher when we hit spring. I think it’s the sudden jump in brightness. From short days to long and from few flowers to hundreds. The days are so much lighter and colourful.

Spring is definitely my favourite, but I feel the same about autumn. The natural colours all around are what I adore. It’s the transition seasons that I have a soft spot for.

spring

spring, vintage dress

I feel like I can be the freest with my style in these months. Big coats all zipped up aren’t needed. Layer after layer is a no no. Colourful tees, midi skirts and pretty dresses can come out and I feel like I can dress exactly how I want. Without having to worry about being too cold or too hot.

There’s some pieces in my wardrobe that I miss wearing so much. I’ve been feeling a little bored with my style lately, so when I can finally get out all my favourite warmer clothes, I’ll be buzzing.

I only bought this vintage dress last weekend but I’m soooo excited to wear it. I wasn’t sure about it at first because of the shape of it – v necks aren’t usually that flattering on me. And the pattern made me a little nervous, but I was so pleasantly surprised once I’d tried it on!!

It’s a bit big but I think that adds some weird edge to it. I can’t wait to try out different looks with it. It’s gonna be a challenge but one I’m welcoming with open arms because agh, it’s so pretty! And just perfect for spring.

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The outfit that was made for me

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outfit

outfit

Do you ever put on an outfit and instantly feel amazing? Even though it’s vain, you can’t stop looking at yourself, because you just feel that good?

Well, that happened to me recently. I went onto ASOS looking for things I needed, one of them being a new pair of jeans after this happenedBut somehow I ended up on ASOS Marketplace with 3 things I didn’t need in my basket.

I say I didn’t need them, but I was getting bored of my wardrobe. I’m in love with everything I ordered so much that now I wouldn’t be without them, so let’s say I just didn’t know I needed them.

My favourite purchase is undoubtedly this co ord. As soon as I first put it on, I was in love.

It’s 3 of my favourite things.

Green, velvet and covered in flowers. Of course that’s what drew me to order the set in the first place, but I didn’t think I’d be so happy with it. It’s elegant yet fierce.

As if the style of it alone wasn’t enough, it fits perfectly. I selected the medium size because that’s usually my go to, but I can’t remember the exact measurements that were on the website. It must have been very close to, maybe even the same, as my size because WOW.

outfit

outfit

outfit

I’ve never had anything fit so good, especially not a co ord. They’re usually so difficult to get in the right size because I’m different sizes on top and bottom. So I usually end up with a shirt a bit too small or something too loose around my waist.

But this one is magical. It hugs in all the right places and is so damn comfy. I could wear it forever.

I feel like it was made for me.

Whenever I usually shoot photos for my blog, I often spend a while deleting the majority of them because I hate my face hah, a shirt isn’t sitting right or something dumb like that. But I loved so many of the pics from this shoot that I’ve included a lot more than I normally would. Oops!

I’m pretty sure that’s because of this co ord. Every time I put it on I feel like it was meant to be. My confidence goes through the roof! Maybe it’s my soulmate. That’s a thing, right?

outfit

outfit

Well, it’s a thing now. I’ve found my soulmate outfit.

Do you have one outfit that you feel utterly amazing in?

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Styling a floral dress in the colder months

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Midi and maxi dresses have a place in my heart, so I don’t want to stop at summer and put them away for a year. I’m going to keep my legs out until they physically freeze and fall off.

Okay, not literally.

But I recently bought this midi dress from Nobody’s Child in a sale. Mainly because I was feeling sad that I had to return a beautiful pair of trousers because I read the sizing wrong online. So what do I do? Naturally buy more clothes online, of course.

The floral design of this dress is really simple, it actually reminds me of some wallpaper I saw once… I think it’s the cut of the dress which makes it so damn cute.

I decided to go for the classic tee shirt under dress look. Even though I’m braving my legs out as it gets colder, I’m not a complete moron. (Although some might disagree).

Then I topped it off with my trusted vintage coat. I should really get a new one now, to mix things up a bit. And I have been looking, but you know when you’re just not sure if anything ever will be as good as what you’ve already got? Because, well, do I really need a new one? Yeah, that’s the state I’m currently in.


Now it’s down to the feet with my Polley Dr Martens. Not my favourite, but my go to pair as they compliment pretty much every outfit going.

It’s such a cosy little look, if I do say so myself.

Minus the white tee, plus a pair of heeled boots, a leather jacket and some accessories, this dress will be perfect for a night out as well.

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Why I love a good co ord

We’re going back to summer with these photos. I’ve been waiting a while to use them, not sure if I should, and I finally thought, why not? I love my braided hair, the setting and the colours in this outfit. Apart from my awful posture and so not subtle sun burnt arms, I love everything about these photos.

Another thing I love is co ords!

I couldn’t tell you how many twin sets I have off the top of my head. I love a good pattern, so most of them have wild designs on or are flowery as fuck.

Out of all fashion items, I’d say twin sets are the thing I’m drawn to most.

co ord

The best thing about them?

How many different looks you can get just from one twin set! A co ord looks lovely when worn as it’s pair. It’s easy to dress up and dress down. If I’m wearing a set in the day, I usually throw on a cardigan and some comfy shoes, most likely Dr Martens.

I was about to go out for dinner when these photos were taken, so I wore sandals with a slight heel and a leather jacket (which isn’t in the pics) to “posh” up the outfit a little.

But you don’t have to wear the items together, and that’s where it gets fun.

I’m quite the fan of a plain white t shirt, so I’ll often take the patterned bottoms from a co ord, and pair that with a simple tee. Or flipping it around, I’ll tone down a colourful twin set top with some black trousers (see here) or blue jeans.

You can create so many different looks from 2 pieces of clothing, and as much as I repeat outfits, I love the excitement of putting on a new outfit and feeling great.

co ord

Do you love co ords as much as I do?

PS: If I ever do solve my posture problem, there will be a 1500 words celebratory post.