10 Gift Ideas For Any Occasion

Beauty, Fashion, Favourites

With Christmas just around the corner you’re probably thinking about what to get for the special people in your life. It can be difficult buying presents for people for any occasion particularly if you are under a tight budget. Here are a couple of my favourite unique finds…

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For the Tavel lover – Scratch Map

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They can scratch off the places they’ve been on the map and plan trips they hope to go to. The idea is that they will try to scratch off as many places as they can. I have one of these my self and I love it.

If they are a student there are loads of gap year and bucket list books by lonely planet that you can get on amazon or any good book store.

For the book worm – Book cover locket

I think these are so unique, they do a variety of book covers so you could find their favourite classic novel to put on to the locket.

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For the film lover – popcorn machine and bags

I mean it is their own cinema at home!

or for the person who wants to get into movies… a scratch off 100 bucket list movies poster 

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(photo from amazons website linked above) 

For the music lover – (if they have vinyls) a vinyl frame, new earphones or portable speaker. For the person who I into hearing all the classics there is also a scratch off 100 albums bucket list poster.

For anyone – books

I don’t think anyone can go wrong with a book, it can be about anything they are interested in from gardening to traveling. There are loads of thoughtful books on Urban outfitters if you need some ideas.

 For the fashion aficionado – The new fashion rules by Victoria Magrath

I have followed Victoria’s blog for a long time now and she has the most amazing style and knowledge of fashion – definitely something a fashion lover would love to delve into.

For the Make up addict – Makeup storage or a set from their favourite brand. ASOS do some great ones by a variety of brands or if you want to go more upmarket SpaceNK do some beautiful sets as well from bath and body to lipstick and eyeshadows.

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For the foodie – something for the kitchen or you can get books of the best places to eat in different cities.

For the sentimental – A photo book

I recommend Snapfish as I have used them before – the quality is really good and they are the cheapest company I can find that do them. I did one for my Dad documenting all the places we had travelled to and adventures we had been on. You can customise the pages yourself, adding text, changing the layout of the pictures and the background.

For anyone – Candles or bath things

Everyone likes gifts that they can use to relax. My favourite bath oils are from Aromatherapy – they can be a bit pricy but smell amazing.

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I hope this little guide helps! Do you have any go to or unique gift ideas that you love? Tell me in the comments 🙂

Thank you so much for reading!

Sustainable Fashion

Fashion, Style

Sustainable fashion is a concept that I have recently been intrigued to find out more about, with the environment and what we can do to help being in the news so heavily in the past few years. I recently read an article by Marnie Woodmeade for Huff post In which she discusses how far the fashion industry has come in terms of sustainability, in which she claims ‘Is on the rise’ but ‘Is not enough’.

Wikipedias definition of sustainable fashion:

“Sustainable fashion, also called Eco fashion, is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability the goal of which is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of human impact on the environment and social responsibility. It can be seen as an alternative trend against fast fashion.”

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Plastic and how we can reduce its use has been in the news a lot in the recent months, with the plastic bag tax and the reduction of plastic straws. However, another way in which we can reduce our carbon footprint is by reducing the amount of clothes we throw away. With shops opening that sell cheap quality clothes, we have become a throw away society – we buy things that are ‘In trend’ and throw them away after only a couple of uses due to the bad quality.

I hadn’t realised how much waste the fashion industry produces until doing a bit of research on it – according to Edge (used by Huff post) ‘the clothing and textile industry is the largest polluter in the world’. Apparently ‘Last year alone, 12.8 million tons of textiles were discarded’.

Reducing Waste

Vivienne Westwood was one of the first designers to be an advocate for reducing waste in the fashion industry and she recommends that consumers “Buy less. Choose well.” and to “Make it last. Quality, not quantity.” And she mentions that “Everybody’s buying far too many clothes.” Her recommendation is to buy good quality clothes that suit your own individual personal style, to buy items that you will still love in years to come and will last that time. Westwood has also been a pioneer and activist to climate change, openly talking about her concerns – she says to the guardian ‘I’m just hoping that people will realise that climate change is on our doorstep.’

These ‘good quality’ clothes don’t need to be expensive, there are many reasonable priced shops that do some great quality, unique clothing too. My personal favourite is Zara, sometimes little rips can form in the clothes but I have not brought anything yet that I couldn’t sew back together easily.

If you do have items you no longer want, why not make a bit of money by selling them online. My favourite is depop, its easy to use and is mostly used by people who want to sell and/or buy clothes but there are many others out there too such as eBay or shpok, Or you can give the items to a charity shop – one mans trash is another mans treasure.

For some other ways to think about how to shop more ethically heres a great article by ‘ELLE’ titled the lazy girls guide to sustainable fashion.

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Brands That Focus On Sustainable Fashion

There are also certain brands who are making an effort to be more conscious of where they’re sourcing the materials to make clothes, who is making them and the chemicals that are being used to make the materials, here is an article by the independent highlighting some of last autumns best sustainable fashion brands. And here is another by Marie Claire. I found these really interesting because some of these brands are ones that I’ve never heard of before and I will certainly consider shopping in some of these in the future.

These aren’t all high end brands, many high street stores now are making an effort to keep the environment in mind, for example, H&M came out with a collection a couple of years ago called H&M conscious that focuses on ethically sourced materials.

Being conscious of your clothing choices and reducing waste of clothing is only a small step but it will certainly make a huge difference to the environment.

5 Summer Clothing Items I’m Loving

Fashion

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I’ve been having all the holiday vibes lately – led outside in the sun with a good book and an ice cream. But also, summer is a great opportunity to mix up your wardrobe, pack the coats away and grab your sunnies. If you are looking for some summer wardrobe inspo then look no further because you’ve come to the right place. Here are my favourite 5 items i’ve been wearing so far this summer.

  1. Miss Selfridge button down yellow dress.

I brought this dress in the sale a couple of months ago and absolutely fell in love with it, it’s really comfortable, the most beautiful subtle warm yellow and great for layering over a bikini. This style of dress is something I have seen everywhere this summer, so if yellow isn’t your style there are loads of gorgeous ones in different patterns and colours for you to own your summer look. I am a firm believer in tailoring your wardrobe to you, whats the point in looking exactly like everybody else, right? Dare to be you and choose items that feel like your personality is written all over it.

I then love styling this item when it’s a little chillier with an oversized denim jacket that I hand painted. (check out my Depop page for more information)

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2.  Reebok classic trainers

These white trainers are great because they are super comfortable and look great with almost any outfit. I love that they are leather too because they are easier to clean and should last longer than my canvas vans.

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3. Zara shorts

I feel like I could be in Jurassic Park when I wear these but I have no problem with that – just living out a childhood fantasy haha. But nevertheless these shorts are so comfortable, sometimes I find denim shorts a bit unbearable in the heat so these are a great alternative.

4. Pull & Bear Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits are easy to wear and loose fitting perfect for warm summer days. I love the stripe pattern on this one, it has a beachy vibe. IMG_2837

5. Sunglasses

I love these because they are such a unique pattern with the tropical banana leaf print so they really spice up an otherwise fairly plain outfit.

On top of these items I mostly just love wearing a t shirt and a pair of shorts or trousers, fairly simple put easy to wear on these hot days.

Thank you for reading 🙂

What is your favourite outfit to wear in the summer?

How to style painted denim

Art, Fashion, Style

To buy my Hand Painted denim jackets click here

For the past couple of months I have been selling jackets that I have hand painted on Depop. This post is about how you can style painted denim whether it is my painted jackets or from somewhere else as there are loads of talented people out there!

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I’m styling this denim jacket with my classic comfy old skool vans, a grey crop top from Topshop (that goes with pretty much anything!) and my favourite peg trousers from Pull & Bear. They are a super comfy and soft material and can be dressed up for an interview or dressed down for a more casual look like I’ve done here. My only complaint is that they are a little short on the legs for me as i’m quite tall. I also like the look of these trousers on ASOS if your’e looking for more of that ‘paper-bag’ style and they would also go perfectly with a denim jacket.

I have paired this outfit with my yellow rekanken.

I hope you enjoyed this post and like my painted denim jackets! 🙂

To read about how I paint them and the materials I use click here.

Festival season

Fashion, Lifestyle, Style, Travel

 

Its festival season and these are a couple of festivals I’ve been to so far this year…

COMMON PEOPLE FEST

I went to common people festival in May with a few friends, its in Southampton and I think is quite a new festival. Tom Odell was playing and it was incredible. So here are a few photos from the day and as festival season has arrived ( my favorite season) here is what I wore:

Yellow top, cropped joggers, denim jacket, classic vans

CAMP BESTIVAL

I’ve been going to camp bestival for about 7 years and has always been really good. However this year (2017) the line up wasn’t as good and is accommodating much  more to families now as it has child friendly music or music for the parents. But the Sunday was really good; Anne Marie and Louisa Johnson were playing and we even got to meet Anne Marie! I don’t think ill go back, might try it’s sister festival though- Bestival as the line up is normally really good with more of a mixture of music from pop to alternative. Camp Bestival is really good for families though and they always put on an incredible firework display on the last day. I might even try volunteering next year.

Both these festivals are run by the same people so they are both quite similar. 

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What are your favorite festivals?

 

Painted Denim

Art, Fashion, Style

Hey everybody,

Recently I have started selling hand-painted denim jackets on Depop, I’d love for you to go check them out:  https://www.depop.com/accaliasmith

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Each one is completely unique and original and I use acrylic paint so they are washable too. You can also message me if there is a particular design, colours or quote you’d like on the jacket.

I’m selling them for around £20 depending on the price of the jacket originally before painting.

or check out my art here:  https://www.instagram.com/creativeconcoction/?hl=en

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