Six items in 2018, and why I’m not doing it

This time last year, I was freaking out about undertaking the six items challenge - wearing only six items of clothing for six weeks. This year it starts again tomorrow, Valentines Day as well as the first day of Lent. Lent, as you may know, is a period of fasting and penance for some Christians … Continue reading Six items in 2018, and why I’m not doing it

Inspired and scared by Japan

We recently returned from a mammoth 6-week holiday. We knocked off family reunions and reconnecting in the Netherlands and the UK, and added Singapore and Japan to the mix on either end for 'fun'. As this is a blog about sustainable fashion, I won't go into too much detail about the actual travel. Suffice to … Continue reading Inspired and scared by Japan

11 gifts for the ultimate ethical Kiwi Christmas list

A little while ago, Claire the Ethical Fashion Project Manager from Tearfund and I, pulled together the ultimate sustainable fashion summer list, as well as one for Christmas. Here is the combined list, with some great summer items from local Kiwi ethical brands, as well as ideas rather than brands for a Christmas focused less … Continue reading 11 gifts for the ultimate ethical Kiwi Christmas list

Kiwis at Eco Fashion Week Australia

This Thursday, November 23rd, Australia hosts the biggest eco fashion week in the region. The inaugural Eco Fashion Week Australia is to be held in Perth until the 27th, and while the event name suggests an Aussie-focus, organiser Zuhal Kuvan-Mills has invited  designers, artists, activists,  media and businesses from around the world. Our very own Senorita … Continue reading Kiwis at Eco Fashion Week Australia

First and second

I‘ve been thinking about pre-loved clothing a lot lately, especially since hosting and helping arrange the recent Walk in Wardrobe fashion show at the Sustainable Queenstown annual eco fair. I remain a strong advocate for buying sustainably-produced clothing from credible and transparent brands, but second-hand clothing is moving up in my esteem. Here’s why... It’s great … Continue reading First and second

Spring and change are in the air

I love Spring. It is absolutely my favourite time of the year. There's sun, but not too much of it. Beautiful blossoms start to flourish, scenting the air and bringing colour to the grey. And yet, I still get to play in the snow, and wear my jacket and scarf some days. Perfection. But it's … Continue reading Spring and change are in the air

Buyerarchy of needs, and why I disagree with it…

Back by popular demand... A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to present a little bit of my knowledge and passion to a packed audience of more than 200 wonderful women at Queenstown's Inaugural Women's Summit, organised by Sustainable Queenstown. In my Pecha Kucha about sustainable and ethical fashion, there was a diagram that … Continue reading Buyerarchy of needs, and why I disagree with it…

Spreading the word

A little while ago, Tearfund, a New Zealand-based human rights charity released a report rating companies in New Zealand on their ethical credentials. They did so in partnership with Baptist World Aid Australia which launched the Ethical Fashion Guide a few years ago. I got in touch with Tearfund to ask about how I might … Continue reading Spreading the word

Mid-winter crisis with a cherry on top

I'm having a bit of a crisis. We've just had the shortest day of the year here in New Zealand.  The weather this weekend has been particularly horrible, grey and overcast. Everything feels drab. My winter wardrobe just seems so grey and brown. It all feels dull and dreary. It doesn't help that a lot … Continue reading Mid-winter crisis with a cherry on top

Five tips to get your capsule wardrobe sorted for winter

Winter is here, and I need a whole new wardrobe!! Fear not - I've been shopping in the garage and not the mall. I've laid all my winter and autumn clothes out, and I'm ready to chose 30 items for my winter capsule wardrobe. What is a capsule wardrobe? About three months ago, off the back … Continue reading Five tips to get your capsule wardrobe sorted for winter