What war time can teach us about sustainable fashion.

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Until recent years I didn't take fashion all that seriously.  I've never really aspired to the current season's trends,  rather aiming for something that was an expression of myself.  But the more I learn about fashion and its history I realise more and more that these are not as mutually exclusive as I thought.  After all,  what else reflects the collective state of society like fashion does?  What unites women from all corners of the ...

DIY Wedding Make Up – The Answer to my make up trial disaster

I always intended to have my make up done by a professional for my wedding day.  When I lived in Australia I regularly had my make up done professionally done at Napoleon Perdis.  I was always really happy with the look,  because they had the touch that I could achieve on my own,  and most definitely,  the professionally applied make up tendered to last longer. One of the challenges of living in a new country is that ...

Lessons of a 50 something woman who went for a walk…across Spain.

In 2012 I went on a my first big adventure around Europe.  I had never travelled so far alone, but any worries disappeared when I met Frances in Amsterdam, and as it turned out she is the best travel buddy ever.   A Kiwi, the trip was also her first big adventure around Europe.  We called it our "Big Guns Tour"  as we were going to all the popular cities of Europe - Paris, Rome, Venice, Munich ...

Our Smug and Awesome Wedding – Pete & Eliza (DJ and Mrs Bfly)

And we're back.  Apologies for the delay in transmission.  We just spent 3 weeks in Australia,  and whilst I had planned to post as per normal during this time,  a unplanned stay in hospital in the first week unravelled most plans and I had to take it easy. The rest was exactly what I needed and the trip was awesome and on our second last day of the trip we celebrated our first wedding anniversary.  Wowza! ...

How to be “fashion forward” for £10 and totally guilt free

  Holy shit balls batman!  Did you know that it takes 2720 litres of water to make one freakin t shirt?  That really puts the dick in ridiculous doesn't it?  This is just one of the many reasons why I am so passionate about sustainable and eco fashion, and why most of my wardrobe is ethically sourced or second hand clothing. I just can't justify the environmental impact we make, in order to satiate our need for ...

World Changing Sex that’s Anything but Porn

Ever met a couple and wondered what their sex would be like?  Of course you have!!!!! Well guess what?  Now you can find out, because this is essentially what the brain child of Cindy Gallop's Make Love Not Porn is, which she launched at her TED Talk in 2009.    In Cindy's words "Make Love Not Porn is simply intended to help inspire and stimulate open, healthy conversations about sex and pornography, in order to help inspire ...

The Coolest Thing That’s Happened to Sustainable Fashion

 I am so excited to bring you today's post!  As I mentioned in last week's post here,  Spunky Bruiser is the hottest thing in upcycled fashion.  But don't take my word for it,   just take a scroll through Spunky Bruiser's instagram,  and you will see all the cool kids are wearing these awesome threads. I must confess that I am somewhat bias about Spunky Bruiser,  simply because I am so gosh damn proud of it's founder, Bec, ...

My journey through grief: what it has taught me.

Volka Nolmez Follow my blog with Bloglovin I lost a dear friend last year.  It was unexpected and devastating,  especially for his family and fiance.  It had been a long time since someone in my life died.  As a teenager a girl I went to school with  was killed when she was hit by a car,  but I look back and see I didn't have the emotional capacity to recognise the enormity of what happened.  Whilst ...

Smug and Awesome Bites – Socially Conscious Fashion from Hand Made to High Street and High Fashion

Unfortunately socially conscious fashion does not easily jump out at you. When I started thinking about what I was wearing,  where and how it was made and from what materials,  I didn't know where to look. We rarely seen sustainable fashion in the main stream and on our high streets,  and I do subscribe to the idea that it has it's own image problem,  known as "greenaphobia",  where green fashion is considered,  expensive, uncomfortable and ...

Smug and Awesome Travel: The Art Deco Capital of the World!

"I wish the entire world was art deco" - Mrs Bfly It is true. I really really do!  I said this when I went to the art deco capital of the world! No,  I am not talking about Miami, Florida,  although it does have the best  architectural porn,  I am talking about the small by mighty Napier in the Hawkes Bay Region on the east cost of the North Island of New Zealand. I love anything that is art ...