Ready to start the week?

Good morning everybody,

As the storm seems to have fed away and the temperature seems to rise again, I got inspired by an end of winter look. Let’s drop the heavy wool and go for some colors. A touch of gold on the shoes, a peach blush on the cheeks and you will be just fine to start the week.

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Top: Armed Angels, 49,90€ / Skirt: Armed Angels, 69,90€ / Shoes: Beyond Skin, 155€

This time, I stayed in Europe for the entire silhouette. A German brand for clothes, a British star for the loafers.

ArmedAngels is German and fair. They don’t believe in fast fashion and therefore, offer modern pieces quite classic and easy to infinitely mix and match with whatever you have in your wardrobe. All the fabrics they use are either recycled, fairly produced or organic. They are as good as their name!

It happened to be very difficult to find affordable shoes with strong environmental and ethic values. There are many interesting brands but as soon as it gets to conscious production, it is expensive. Why? I am tempted to answer that is because a shoe is difficult to make, involves good quality leather and a valuable know-how. Beyond Skin is not cheap and has something that can even satisfy vegan: they do not use leather! They are fully transparent on their production process and have very impressive methods. You will learn all of it: here, worth it!

Happy happy Monday  ❤

Sports wear: how to be fit and ethic

Training and staying fit is healthy for your mind and body. Breath in, breath out, there is still all the week to go. If you like to take a moment for yourself in your busy schedule by training or meditate, this look is for you.

After 10 minutes of research, I found numerous sportswear brands, made in Europe or in the US. I must say I really liked the american brands and their websites that make you fill fit only by looking at their collection and want to buy everything with perfect pictures and a clean design. I know that shipping is a big actor when it comes to a product’s carbone foot print. As we agree on consuming local as often as possible, where is the limit in this rule? Is it better to consume a poor product made in our region or daring to be a guilty actor in the shipping impact while supporting an innovative and environmental friendly way of producing?

Introduced together with a real question about local / non local but transparent and responsible (question which deserves a proper long article which will come soon), Manduka is THE brand known by every yogis. Their definition is a dream: Manduka wants to respect Nature and work with the most limited waste possible. They claim a 100% transparency in their production and explain it all on their website. Prices are not that affordable but you understand quickly while reading their process that using recycled material or organic cotton is not cheap. Plus the idea here is not to use the outfit for one season but for much more. The legging I use for trainings is old for more than 5 years and still good enough to support my weekly sessions. If you have already sportswear in your closet, ask yourself honestly if you need another piece. If not, treat yourself another way. A nice dinner with a good friend is worthless after a good and sweaty sport session! 🙂

As a good European alternative, I find Asquith quite elegant and supportive with its simple designs. The brand produces its collections in the south of Turkey, in a family-owned factory where the work is ethically done (a 9 to 5 working day for everybody) and products created out of bamboo and organic cotton (GOTS certification). Again, not made locally but very well and respectfully produced.

 

After this long presentation, ladies and gentlemen, the look!

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Manduka Bra (60€) / Asquith Legging (49£) 

 

Everything said, time to train ladies!

 

Look 2! 18 to go.

Snowy, windy, greyish day…Do you feel what I feel?

I can’t bring you chocolate and give you a hug but I can at least propose you another sustainable look! Cool, right?

This look is perfect for the weekend or for the office if it’s relaxed enough for denim. White is always a pure and shinny color that makes your mood lift up and make you feel as if you were brand new!

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Top : Bonobo, 24,99€ / Jeans: Bonobo, 34,99€ / Sneakers: Twins for Peace, 77€

New look, new brands:

Bonobo: This denim brand has the perfect young and urban style. Plus, they support associations like: Planète Urgence, fighting against deforestation; Awely, protecting endangered wildlife and local communities; and small environmental projects (more details on their blog). Concerning their denim, they use a technique which uses ozone in order to help reduce water usage up to 80%. They also have a range of clothes made from organic cotton at an affordable price. I must say Bonobo is not the perfect sustainable brand but it is definitely interesting and there are some good projects where you can get involved.

Logo de la marque Twins for Peace représentant deux silhouettes d'éléphant de profil allant vers la droiteTwins for Peace: Same concept as the brand Toms; “For each pair purchased, another one is offered to a child in need.” They also make sure the shoes given are produced locally and ethically to support the community. They call it the Shoe Project. Once it is implemented, they are there to stay and keep on helping with education and healthcare in order to break the circle of poverty. Other cool fact, the shoes available for you on the website are handcrafted and manufactured fairly. You should have a look at their website. I’m not a fan of sneakers but I think they have very cool designs.

Hope it inspires you. Have a sweet week !

First look is there!

Hello, halo, bonjour!

I’m in a very good mood today because I have found many items that can pretend to enter in the super VIP selection of my 20 total looks.

During these 2 weeks of search, I have also questioned myself: how do I want to create my looks? Does everything need to be new? Do I have to find new stuff for every single look?

After quite some reflexion, I have decided to mix, use and reuse. After all, buying less and use better is the heart of a slower and more conscious fashion, right?

So here it is, my first two looks with a simple and basic piece.

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Earrings: People Tree 11€ / Dress: also from People Tree 65€ / Shoes: Osborn, 39.99$

This is not really a look to face the cold winter we have in Europe but at the very first days of spring, when it’s still a bit chilly but you are fed up with your big sweater, thick stockings and heavy boots, you’ll be happy to have this dress and colorful ballerinas to wear!

About People Tree: German brand 100% Fair Trade. They committed to the World Fair Trade Organization Fair Trade Standards. It means that they have an eye on everything, from the producer partners to their stakeholders behavior. They tend to set a business example that lies in fair partnership, people-centred values and sustainability. When you choose for PeopleTree, you know that your clothing is respectful of Nature and people. Pretty cool, right? Go and check their story.

About Osborn: I’m completely in love with this New-York brand! It has been created 8 years ago, in 2009 by a couple of artists, Carla Venticinque-Osborn and Aaron Osborn: “We are a husband and wife team, with backgrounds in community development, fine art and design. This footwear project & brand embodies the spirit of high craft, a handmade product that tells it’s own story with vibrant pauses and exclamation points. We work with artisan communities around the world to develop custom Osborn textiles and to make rad shoes. We seek to constantly uplift, share in beauty, and produce work within a global community of fair trade creative networks. There are not that many shoe brands out there with this concentration – and we are proud to be innovators within the field”. And I am impressed!

 

That’s it for today! Keep an eye open for the next look!