– Eco Fashion –

Nature & Health Mag Giveaway!

It’s pretty clear that I love to write. I’ve been blogging for years now and you guys keep coming back so I keep on writing. 🙂 But now I’m getting paid for it! Woohoo!

To celebrate my first Eco Style column in Nature & Health Magazine (Australia’s original and best natural health mag), I’m giving away a year-long subscription! All you have to do is make sure you are on my email newsletter list – look over to the right and sign up for A Modern Girl’s Life – and leave me a quick comment below with something that you do to tread a little bit lighter on the planet. It can be anything from using your own water bottle to buying organic food… I can’t wait to hear!

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Want to know what REALLY happens in fashion?

My beautiful friends Alice and Louise, from Sinerji, an Australian ethical and sustainable fashion label, recently spoke at a TedX event. They shared what profit and loss mean to them and showed us some of the things that happen behind closed doors in the fashion industry. It is eye-opening, but in a simple and elegant way. If you have a moment, I highly recommend watching it.

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Oneness & Fashion

At first glance, it can seem that style and beauty are a far cry from oneness. Fashion can seem indulgent and frivolous but fundamentally it is about being clothed. We all have to do this and whether we realise it or not, what we wear becomes an expression of who we are, the person that we want to be and our values.

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Stella McCartney & Vivienne Westwood honoured

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) UK recently teamed up with celebrity designers and socialites Sadie Frost and Meg Mathews to launch their first Vegan Fashion Awards. Honouring some of the best cruelty-free fashion on the market, the Vegan Fashion Awards celebrated creations by iconic designers such as Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood.

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Vintage Style for Everyday Life

A disposable fashion culture creates an atmosphere in which the speed of clothing manufacturing far outpaces the time it takes to naturally dispose of clothing waste. One way to combat this is to give old clothing a new lease on life by repurposing or reincorporating it into your wardrobe.

Vintage fashion is fun to wear and better for the environment. Purchasing second hand clothing helps minimise waste while saving you money at the same time. Not only can vintage styles run the gamut from feminine to edgy, but the clothing itself is often constructed with more care. To take advantage of the benefits of wearing clothing from a different era, you’ll want to find quality sources and have fun playing with vintage style.

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Silky Smooth

With such warm weather at this time of year I always struggle with what to wear on Christmas day and to all of the functions that are happening at this time of year. Sometimes I just don’t feel like wearing a summery dress but never feel as though I have another option. It’s just too darn hot!
But this year, I decided to take a risk and wear pants. Not ordinary pants mind you, these pants are made from beautiful Bemberg-Modal fabric comprising of 50% Organic Cotton and 50% Beechwood. The yarn is Oeko-Tek Certified and the dyes are G.O.T.S certified.

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Sustainable Fashion Online Store

A couple of weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure of working with the duo behind Australian ethical fashion labels, Rant Clothing and Bestowed. We were working on some new images for their new baby – an online eco boutique aptly named Sustainable Fashion.

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SHINE From Within – my new business!

This is a big one…I’ve just launched a brand new business that brings over a decade of work, life experience and all the things I love together in to one amazing place. It’s called SHINE From Within and is dedicated to helping young women realise their unique beauty, giving them the tools and confidence to shine bright in the world.

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Inspiring Positive Change Through Fashion

I’ve talked about One Colour on the blog before but their latest collection has just launched and I was lucky enough to get up close and personal with every piece in a recent shoot. With a mix of sophisticated, timeless lines and vibrant beadwork, the collection combines traditional skills with a modern sensibility. Classic colours of red, white and navy easily compliment any wardrobe enabling One Colour to extend beyond just one season.

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Aquadiva

I came to the conclusion a long time ago that one-pieces are ugly, will stretch and fade quickly and will never quite fit properly. Aquadiva totally blows that theory out of the water! They are just so comfortable to wear, so vibrant and colourful and, even though I have been wearing mine all summer in pools and the ocean they still look as good as new.

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Sustainable Fashion Carpark

Last weekend a multi-level carpark in China Town in the middle of Brisbane was transformed in to the coolest vintage haven complete with a rockin’ catwalk built that morning out of recycled pallets. It was the perfect mix of effortless chic, sustainable design concepts & cutting edge fashion. The event, Undress Brisbane, brought together over 500 fashion-lovers & environmentally-conscious (or at least curious) folk and delighted them with creative ways to be sustainable with their fashion choices.

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Your Eco Steps

Today I want to introduce you to an online shoe store that sells only the most awesome & eco-friendly kicks (and I’m not just saying that because they sent me a pair of shoes).

YourEcoSteps brings you the latest in sustainable, eco friendly shoes from around the world. Current line up ranges from sneakers made almost exclusively out of recycled bottles (like the ones pictured below) to shoes out of completely natural, biodegradable materials such as cork, hemp & latex. Many of the shoes they stock are vegan and are clearly marked. On top of ecological impact, YourEcoSteps tries to achieve social impact by donating 4% of sales to charities.

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Ethical Fashion: One Colour

I’m really excited to introduce you to this beautiful ethical fashion label, OneColour. Born out of a sincere dream to end world poverty, OneColour is fashioning connections with the world. Through providing support and stable employment in developing nations, specifically Africa, OneColour founder, Di Stitt is doing her bit for humanity and giving us the chance to play our little part too.

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Video: International Fashion Week Interviews

International Fashion Week (IFW), hosted by Novotel Twin Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast, is just around the corner. Over the weekend I got a sneaky peak at the dress rehearsals and was blown away by the designers, models and styling… it’s got me very excited about the shows in September and about Summer in general!

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Eco Fashion from ASOS

{Guest post by Laura Clarke} When a brand reaches global status it becomes harder and harder to stay eco-friendly what with so many carbon emissions being produced in everything that is made, stored and distributed to thousands of consumers a day. But thankfully there are big companies that do care about what effect they have on the planet.

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What is Ethical Fashion?

The word ‘ethical’ invokes different feelings in everyone. What I consider to be ethical, may not be ethical in your eyes and vice-versa. It’s very personal. So to define what ethical fashion is, is virtually impossible. What does ethical fashion mean to you?

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Winter Fashion: A pop of colour

If you prefer to stay away from wool, leather, cashmere, mohair, or anything else that has come from an animal, then finding the perfect winter outfit can be a little difficult at times. Of course there is always an option, but it sometimes requires a little research. Here are some winter favourites I’ve recently stumbled across…. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these leggings!

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Australia: totally eco-fabulous!

Today I feel really excited about the world of fashion and it’s evolution towards more sustainable and ethical practices. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve the chance to be around so many incredible designers who are paving the way for eco-fashion in Australia or because, lately, I am constantly stumbling across more websites, blogs, books and people who are interested in eco-fashion, talking about eco-fashion and getting excited about eco-fashion. Perhaps I’ve been in my own little ‘eco’ bubble this week but it really seems like things are moving, evolving and changing quickly.

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