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Buying Second Hand and the Circular Economy

February 22, 2020
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Buying something pre-loved or vintage is one way to shop in a more sustainable manner. It allows us to extend the lifecycle of an item, stops it going into landfill, which in turn reduces the environmental impact on our planet and the resources needed to dispose of it. Read tips for shopping second hand and my go-to vintage, pre-loved designer boutiques and opshops.…

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Events

My Vintage Christian Dior Wedding Dress

September 17, 2019
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I always knew that if I got married one day, I didn’t want to wear a traditional wedding dress or white, but I never would have imagined that I would be wearing Christian Dior for my wedding. Grab yourself a glass of wine because this is quite the story! I had my wedding dress hanging in my closet for three years before Simon and I even got married, and first saw it six years ago. I know that might sound…

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Travel

Mauritius Travel Guide

April 24, 2019
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Mark Twain once said “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and heaven was copied after Mauritius” This tiny tropical island that I call home, is so small that sometimes it does not even appear on a world map.…

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Interviews

Hawkeye Vintage

May 29, 2018

My love for vintage dates back to my teens, I used to rummage through my mother’s second wardrobe and special trunk, where she kept all her vintage clothing – some dating back to the late 70s. I loved that every piece she kept had a story or memory and that these pieces stood the test of time and were easily adaptable and wearable in a modern wardrobe. My mother taught me from a very young age to appreciate good quality…

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Outfits

Everlane #DamnGoodDenim

November 15, 2017
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Everlane has been my go-to for quality basics for years now, and needless to say, the permanent shipping to Australia is one of my highlights for 2017 – sad, I know but hear me out! If you’re not familiar with Everlane they are a San Francisco based sustainable and ethical apparel company creating modern essentials, their ethos is simple: exceptional quality, ethical factories, and radical transparency. They operate on the basis that the products they create are not at the…

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Interviews

Five Minutes with Fashion Illustrator Jen and Jennifer

July 19, 2017
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For all its faults and frustrations, Instagram is truly a magical place. Over the last few years, I have had the opportunity to meet, connect and become “Insta friends” with so many interesting, talented and like-minded people from around the world, that perhaps I would never have been able to come to know without this visual and social portal that we all love so much. Artist and Fahsion Illustrator Jennifer Darr from Jen and Jennifer is one of those people…

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