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.

No Rain No Flowers

Lifestyle, Thoughts, Travel

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Hello, Hope you are all okay!

So yesterday was world mental health day so I thought I would discuss some ways I deal with any anxieties and about why it’s so good to talk to each other about how we feel and be open about it. Mental health shouldn’t be a taboo topic as it is so common and talking about it is one of the best ways to help people with mental illnesses.

So one of the best ways to make yourself happier is to surround yourself with positive motivational people who support you and are always there for you. Make an effort to speak to these people often; with good friends you don’t need therapists.

Another way to feel less anxious is to look after yourself! Make sure you get enough sleep, eat a balanced diet and make enough time for things you like doing. Exercise is also good for relieving stress; even just a small walk around the block can really help.


I have always been quite an anxious person, I wouldn’t say I have anxiety but I’ve always worried too much about things I shouldn’t have to worry about. And through those times I tend to use an app called ‘calm’ and it really does help. Having calming music or having something to basically remind you to breathe really helps. So if ever feeling a bit panicky I would I highly recommend using it.

Life is tough. It’s stressful. It’s annoying. It can be overwhelming. There are times we all get a bit down and anxious and even if you don’t have a diagnosed mental illness it’s still good to do these sorts of things or whatever works for you and makes you feel calm and happy.

So I’ve titled this post ‘No Rain, No Flowers’. this phrase is so true, without some negatives, some failures and some unhappy moments there wont be anything good, you wont be happy and succeed. Its good to remember that in the difficult times because you know you won’t be unhappy forever; there will be flowers.

Failure is something I’ve had to battle and continue to, its something I’ve had such a massive fear of when in reality the little failures we make make us who we are, help us to grow and better ourselves.

 

Overall love yourself! You are always enough because there is no one else like you and if you’re ever feeling down or anxious about anything talk to friends and family or anyone that makes you feel loved.

I hope you liked this chatty post about mental health and happiness. Please fell free to leave a comment and please like and follow to read future posts! 🙂

(All photos are from a walk around Kingston lacy)

(What I’m wearing: topshop teal crop top, vintage striped blazer (you can find similar on ASOS), topshop Jamie jeans, vans)

Painted Denim

Art, Fashion, Style
Hand painted Denim Jacket

Recently I have started selling hand-painted denim jackets on Depop…

check them out:  https://www.depop.com/accaliasmith

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Hand painted Jackets make great personalised gifts for the special people in your life!

Each Jacket is completely unique and original, handpainted with acrylic paint so they are washable too (when the inside of the jacket is ironed the plastic based paint melts into the fabric).

Please contact me (email: accaliasmithblog@gmail.com or message me on Depop) if you would like to request a particular personalised design, your favourite colours or a quote you love that you’d like on the jacket.

I’m selling them for around £25 depending on the price of the jacket originally before painting (you can also send me your own jacket if you’d prefer) and the complexity of the design.

Have a look on Depop or check out my art here:  https://www.instagram.com/acreativeconcoction/

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Personalise your jacket with your own quote…

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Request any images you would like, from faces to flowers.

Get your jeans personalised to you too. Perfect for a festival or for everyday.

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New York Shopping!

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Whilst in New York it would have been criminal not to do a little bit of shopping as it is near christmas after all…

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The first place I was really looking forward to shopping was Bath and Body works, and it did not disappoint. There was an overwhelming number of scents but in the end i went for:

The ‘winter’ candle which smells exactly like the winter candle from the white company (but a hell of a lot cheaper) which basically has ints of pine, orange and a few spices- smells like christmas to me.

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The ‘autumn sky’ candle, which is more musky than than the other candles although very fresh at the same time. It says it has fragrance notes of ‘Crisp Autumn Air, Chilled Mandarin,Crushed Thyme, Amberwood and Black Pepper’.

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I also got a few room sprays and hand gels for friends in christmassy scents. If you spent $30 the you also got a free goodie bag worth over $80 so I gave that as a gift to my sister haha. At the moment I am really impressed with the candles as they burn really well and still smell absolutely divine. My friend had  got me a candle from there as well called ‘leaves’ which also smells amazing.

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Also on the theme of beauty, I went to Sephora (another shop we don’t have in the UK). I got a first aid beauty gift set which had 2 pots go their ultra repair moisturiser (one scented with vanilla and one not) my skin is quite sensitive so i don’t usually opt for the scented products but this set was practically the same price as it was for one pot so it was  a no-brainer to get this set which also included 2 lip balms  (one in clear and one with a rosy tint). I have tried the lip balms out and they are super moisturising and last for about 8 hours!

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On to a bit of Fashion; I then went to gap, which is so much better than the Gap in England and it really surprised me that I found this gorgeous cozy sweater. Its incredibly soft with a roll neck- my perfect jumper!

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I also got a blue shirt from Abercrombie and Fitch, it feels like amazing quality and is really comfortable to wear. My favourite part is the gold A and F on the collar as it adds somethings little different to it.

Autumnal fashion

Fashion, Style

I love the chillier days when you get to wrap up warm, have hot chocolate in the christmas take away cups at costa and snuggle up watching christmas films but sometimes it can be difficult to find something to wear that is both practical and warm yet stylish and fashionable. Here are my favourite outfits to wear during the colder seasons.

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First, a white shirt tucked into straight leg (mom style) jeans with a black cardi and navy trench coat. I like to pair this with my beloved black chelsea boots, my yellow backpack and a checked scarf if its really cold.

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Second, a white cozy turtleneck tucked into comfy grey mom jeans. On top; a black biker jacket and maybe a scarf. Effortless and minimal.  I layer the turtleneck with a simple tee on frostier days.

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Third, my burgundy chord skirt with a cropped navy chunky knit. I would then add a navy trench coat.

unfortunately i don’t have photos of all 3 outfits and apologies for the awful camera quality haha.

Photos were taken in Tate modern art gallery in London.

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Tate modern was incredible, a really interesting gallery although most were quite abstract concepts. The photos above were my favourites as they all had quite powerful messages.

Have you ever been to Tate Modern?

What are your favourite galleries?

please let me know what you thought in the comments.