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This week is Fashion Revolution Week, a week happening at the time of the Rana Plaza Factory collapse back on 24th April 2013. It is a week that is about asking #whomademyclothes and calls for greater transparency in the fashion industry.
But today I want to talk less about the industry and brands themselves and more about what you. as a consumer, can do to become a fashion revolutionary and help change the industry for the better.
Do you know who made your clothes?
First of all fashion revolution is about asking the question #whomademyclothes? Most of us have absolutely no idea who made our clothes. It may say "Made in India" on the label but your clothes could have gone to 5 (or even more) different countries before going to india to be sewn together and then shipped off to your store. And with not knowing exactly who made your clothes you have no idea how the people putting your clothes are being treated. You don't know if they're being given a fair living wage, if they're a young child who can't afford to go to school, if they're being unfairly treated and working in unsafe conditions.
But this is what Fashion revolution week is about, this is how you can be a fashion revolutionary. By first asking yourself if you know who made your clothes, and then asking the brands who exactly made your clothes.
One of the campaigns Fashion Revolution are running is about turning your clothes inside out, back to front, or however you can see the label, posting it on social media and asking #whomademyclothes? So go and get your labels out and ask brands. Let's see if they respond.

We have a lot of power as customers and consumers to change the way that brands work, if we demand more transparency then brands will have to step up and tell us who is making our clothes.
Photo Courtesy of Jewelled Buddha
photo courtesy of bushbells
Stanley and Stella, a supplier for Lost and Shapes
Photo Courtesy of Jewelled Buddha
If you do know who made your clothes then that's amazing, print your "who made your clothes?" sign and show your label and tell people you do know who made your clothes!  There are plenty of ethical brands out there who are transparent, and treat their workers fairly. If you've purchased from them before and know who did make your clothes post about it, be a fashion revolutionary in that way.

And I know that there are a lot of transparent, ethical, and sustainable brands around because I've been working with them as part of a small campaign for Fashion Revolution week. Here I've been editing a lot of photos, and a video has been made, highlighting brands who do make a difference and talking about changes that need to be made both as consumers and as those who are more involved in the fashion industry. So I've included some of their photos in this post, to show you some people who do make clothes for ethical businesses. Fashion doesn't have to mean exploitation.
So go and hashtag away, ask brands who your clothes are being made by and ask for transparency. Big changes in the industry are the only way that tragic events like the Raja Plaza Factory collapse can be prevented from happening again.
Be a Fashion Revolutionary

Be A Fashion Revolutionary

Monday, 24 April 2017

This week is Fashion Revolution Week, a week happening at the time of the Rana Plaza Factory collapse back on 24th April 2013. It is a week that is about asking #whomademyclothes and calls for greater transparency in the fashion industry.
But today I want to talk less about the industry and brands themselves and more about what you. as a consumer, can do to become a fashion revolutionary and help change the industry for the better.
Do you know who made your clothes?
First of all fashion revolution is about asking the question #whomademyclothes? Most of us have absolutely no idea who made our clothes. It may say "Made in India" on the label but your clothes could have gone to 5 (or even more) different countries before going to india to be sewn together and then shipped off to your store. And with not knowing exactly who made your clothes you have no idea how the people putting your clothes are being treated. You don't know if they're being given a fair living wage, if they're a young child who can't afford to go to school, if they're being unfairly treated and working in unsafe conditions.
But this is what Fashion revolution week is about, this is how you can be a fashion revolutionary. By first asking yourself if you know who made your clothes, and then asking the brands who exactly made your clothes.
One of the campaigns Fashion Revolution are running is about turning your clothes inside out, back to front, or however you can see the label, posting it on social media and asking #whomademyclothes? So go and get your labels out and ask brands. Let's see if they respond.

We have a lot of power as customers and consumers to change the way that brands work, if we demand more transparency then brands will have to step up and tell us who is making our clothes.
Photo Courtesy of Jewelled Buddha
photo courtesy of bushbells
Stanley and Stella, a supplier for Lost and Shapes
Photo Courtesy of Jewelled Buddha
If you do know who made your clothes then that's amazing, print your "who made your clothes?" sign and show your label and tell people you do know who made your clothes!  There are plenty of ethical brands out there who are transparent, and treat their workers fairly. If you've purchased from them before and know who did make your clothes post about it, be a fashion revolutionary in that way.

And I know that there are a lot of transparent, ethical, and sustainable brands around because I've been working with them as part of a small campaign for Fashion Revolution week. Here I've been editing a lot of photos, and a video has been made, highlighting brands who do make a difference and talking about changes that need to be made both as consumers and as those who are more involved in the fashion industry. So I've included some of their photos in this post, to show you some people who do make clothes for ethical businesses. Fashion doesn't have to mean exploitation.
So go and hashtag away, ask brands who your clothes are being made by and ask for transparency. Big changes in the industry are the only way that tragic events like the Raja Plaza Factory collapse can be prevented from happening again.
Be a Fashion Revolutionary
This post is part of me 'people doing amazing things' series highlighting organisations, businesses and individuals doing things to make the world a better place.
Cooking classes are always something I love doing in a new country, everywhere I go I say "Oh my gosh I love the food here" and have come to the conclusion that I just really really love food. And in cooking classes not only do you always get to eat some amazing food but you learn how to make it at home. Well theoretically, I'm still not the best cook in the world.

Noodle Making with Oodles of Noodles, STREETS Hoi An

Friday, 21 April 2017

This post is part of me 'people doing amazing things' series highlighting organisations, businesses and individuals doing things to make the world a better place.
Cooking classes are always something I love doing in a new country, everywhere I go I say "Oh my gosh I love the food here" and have come to the conclusion that I just really really love food. And in cooking classes not only do you always get to eat some amazing food but you learn how to make it at home. Well theoretically, I'm still not the best cook in the world.
When you realise that you haven't done your bodysuit up for the photos and you're stood on a main road... so you "hide" behind a lamppost to do it up. The glamorous look of not actually caring.

Scary, But Growth Inducing

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

When you realise that you haven't done your bodysuit up for the photos and you're stood on a main road... so you "hide" behind a lamppost to do it up. The glamorous look of not actually caring.

Hoi An, Oh Hoi An is such a beautiful city. I honestly felt like I'd stepped into a Studio Ghibli movie as soon as I stepped into the walls of the old city, watching boats on the river and feeling like there were going to be spirits walking off them any moment. It's a fair tale city that is somehow real.
Hoi An is a city of lanterns, they lit up the city in every corner in the dark. Over every street were strings of tiny ones in every colour, people selling tea lights ready to be sent down the river were lit up by the flickering candles, and store fronts shone out in every colour.
Usually I see the good and the bad in a place but there isn't much about the Old Town in Hoi An I can think that's bad, it is mesmerising. The town outside of it isn't the most beautiful place but I can't say I pay that much attention too it, I was in a dreamy haze.
Ok there were 1001 other tourists everywhere but seeing a convoy of Korean old men being cycled through town, all waving and saying hello, just made me grin from ear to ear. And by the time I'd gotten to Hoi An I was more than used to the odd obnoxious traveller who thought that the world owed them something.
The only unfortunate thing was the suit I got tailored, she didn't seem to understand the idea of a Unisex cut and I got a women's tailored blazer instead of the straight cut one for the suit of my dreams. But I still had an amazing experience having a suit tailored and ready for me in 24 hours, plus trousers that I love, and I will try it again, just while trying to be more specific about exactly how I want it.
Oh and there was the sleeper train we took to get to Hoi An, yeah I wouldn't' repeat that in a hurry but we did make it.

 And the highlight? Well other than being in one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen, learning to make Vietnamese rice noodles with an organisation called Oodles of noodles who I will talk about more in my next travel post. As well as exploring the old Chinese town, visit temples, and learning some history. I was in a piece of my very own heaven.
I'll leave this post with less words and more pictures because I think they speak for me.
Oh Hoi An I love you.

Hoi An: A Fairy Tale Town

Friday, 14 April 2017

Hoi An, Oh Hoi An is such a beautiful city. I honestly felt like I'd stepped into a Studio Ghibli movie as soon as I stepped into the walls of the old city, watching boats on the river and feeling like there were going to be spirits walking off them any moment. It's a fair tale city that is somehow real.
Hoi An is a city of lanterns, they lit up the city in every corner in the dark. Over every street were strings of tiny ones in every colour, people selling tea lights ready to be sent down the river were lit up by the flickering candles, and store fronts shone out in every colour.
Usually I see the good and the bad in a place but there isn't much about the Old Town in Hoi An I can think that's bad, it is mesmerising. The town outside of it isn't the most beautiful place but I can't say I pay that much attention too it, I was in a dreamy haze.
Ok there were 1001 other tourists everywhere but seeing a convoy of Korean old men being cycled through town, all waving and saying hello, just made me grin from ear to ear. And by the time I'd gotten to Hoi An I was more than used to the odd obnoxious traveller who thought that the world owed them something.
The only unfortunate thing was the suit I got tailored, she didn't seem to understand the idea of a Unisex cut and I got a women's tailored blazer instead of the straight cut one for the suit of my dreams. But I still had an amazing experience having a suit tailored and ready for me in 24 hours, plus trousers that I love, and I will try it again, just while trying to be more specific about exactly how I want it.
Oh and there was the sleeper train we took to get to Hoi An, yeah I wouldn't' repeat that in a hurry but we did make it.

 And the highlight? Well other than being in one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen, learning to make Vietnamese rice noodles with an organisation called Oodles of noodles who I will talk about more in my next travel post. As well as exploring the old Chinese town, visit temples, and learning some history. I was in a piece of my very own heaven.
I'll leave this post with less words and more pictures because I think they speak for me.
Oh Hoi An I love you.
The last Ethical Brand Round up I did was a pretty big hit with you guys, so I thought that I'd make another one, this time not just for UK Brands but general brands I've found that I love.
As someone who has an alternative fashion sense I'm very happy that I am finding more and more ethical brands that are actually my kind of style.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 |
The last post was all about British brands on a budget, this post is more of an all round post of some brands I've recently found and love. Some of them aren't so much on student budget but would be great to get lasting investment pieces from.
Reformation 
Most of reformations items aren't what I'd call on a student budget but they do have some pieces that are, their sale is definitely the place to look for a few prices that are more in the affordable price range.  And they definitely have great pieces that would be great investment pieces and with every collection I've seen from them I've loved a lot of the clothes.
Plus on all their pieces it says how much water, carbon dioxide and waste has been saved compared to the industry standard, which makes you think a lot about consumption and also how many resources the mainstream fashion industry really does use.
Reformation have an ethical factory in LA which you can read more about here.

Noisy may
I saw these sequin knee jeans in ASOS a while ago and can't believe I haven't bought them yet. Noisy may do some cute pieces as well as some snazzy statement pieces too.
Noisy May is actually a collection by Vero Moda, who are owned by Bestseller. Bestseller are actually part of the UN's global talents, who work to creatre new solutions to the UN's development goals which is impressive stuff. Plus they only work with factories who comply with their code of conduct, you can read more about that here.
Also available on ASOS.

Olive Clothing 
Olive do some seriously cute pieces, ethically made and also adorable, totally amazing. Their embroidered stuff is my face, I am a sucker for cactus embroidered pieces as random as that sounds. So I'm a sucker for a lot of their pieces.

Finery
Finery for me feel like a British version of Reformation (or is Reformation an American version of Finary?),  they have quite similar feel to their site and pieces, but that's no complaint I love both of them. They definitely have bold and unique pieces as well as a Pinapple Dance Studio Collaboration which is totally awesome.
Plus they have adopted the Ethical Trading Initiative base code in order to make sure their clothing is manufactured ethically.

Oysho 
Oysho do some stunning paces, I am slightly obsessed with their Ocean Breeze swimwear collection. And along with swimwear they mainly do lingerie and sportswear with some beautiful homewear and beachwear thrown in. When i first saw their website I was expecting big prices but I think I'm definitely going to buy some of their swimwear for this summer.
Their bras are gorgeous too but unfortunately only go up to a C-Cup, this E-Cup gotta find cute sustainably made bras elsewhere.
Oysho focus most on their sustainablilty and effect on the environment, though they say their integrate caring for the planet's resources and people. You can read more about that here.
They are also available on ASOS.

Valfré
I've loved Valfré for a very long time, and even went as one of their characters for halloween one, their clothes are just my style, and only recently had I noticed that their clothes are made in LA, and they even have an activists tees collection which give a percentage of proceeds to charities. Once I buy my perfect pair or dungarees their Girls Girls Girls jumper will be mine.

So that's it for this little ethical brand feature, hopefully you found a brand you like and do let me know in the comments if you want more of these; or even just more on ethical fashion. I do have cool things to come as I'm planning a relaunch of this site including a big ethical brand list page as well as other exiting features but that'll have to wait until I've finished my exams.
Have an amazing week!
Thanks for reading!

Another Ethical Fashion Brand Round Up

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The last Ethical Brand Round up I did was a pretty big hit with you guys, so I thought that I'd make another one, this time not just for UK Brands but general brands I've found that I love.
As someone who has an alternative fashion sense I'm very happy that I am finding more and more ethical brands that are actually my kind of style.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 |
The last post was all about British brands on a budget, this post is more of an all round post of some brands I've recently found and love. Some of them aren't so much on student budget but would be great to get lasting investment pieces from.
Reformation 
Most of reformations items aren't what I'd call on a student budget but they do have some pieces that are, their sale is definitely the place to look for a few prices that are more in the affordable price range.  And they definitely have great pieces that would be great investment pieces and with every collection I've seen from them I've loved a lot of the clothes.
Plus on all their pieces it says how much water, carbon dioxide and waste has been saved compared to the industry standard, which makes you think a lot about consumption and also how many resources the mainstream fashion industry really does use.
Reformation have an ethical factory in LA which you can read more about here.

Noisy may
I saw these sequin knee jeans in ASOS a while ago and can't believe I haven't bought them yet. Noisy may do some cute pieces as well as some snazzy statement pieces too.
Noisy May is actually a collection by Vero Moda, who are owned by Bestseller. Bestseller are actually part of the UN's global talents, who work to creatre new solutions to the UN's development goals which is impressive stuff. Plus they only work with factories who comply with their code of conduct, you can read more about that here.
Also available on ASOS.

Olive Clothing 
Olive do some seriously cute pieces, ethically made and also adorable, totally amazing. Their embroidered stuff is my face, I am a sucker for cactus embroidered pieces as random as that sounds. So I'm a sucker for a lot of their pieces.

Finery
Finery for me feel like a British version of Reformation (or is Reformation an American version of Finary?),  they have quite similar feel to their site and pieces, but that's no complaint I love both of them. They definitely have bold and unique pieces as well as a Pinapple Dance Studio Collaboration which is totally awesome.
Plus they have adopted the Ethical Trading Initiative base code in order to make sure their clothing is manufactured ethically.

Oysho 
Oysho do some stunning paces, I am slightly obsessed with their Ocean Breeze swimwear collection. And along with swimwear they mainly do lingerie and sportswear with some beautiful homewear and beachwear thrown in. When i first saw their website I was expecting big prices but I think I'm definitely going to buy some of their swimwear for this summer.
Their bras are gorgeous too but unfortunately only go up to a C-Cup, this E-Cup gotta find cute sustainably made bras elsewhere.
Oysho focus most on their sustainablilty and effect on the environment, though they say their integrate caring for the planet's resources and people. You can read more about that here.
They are also available on ASOS.

Valfré
I've loved Valfré for a very long time, and even went as one of their characters for halloween one, their clothes are just my style, and only recently had I noticed that their clothes are made in LA, and they even have an activists tees collection which give a percentage of proceeds to charities. Once I buy my perfect pair or dungarees their Girls Girls Girls jumper will be mine.

So that's it for this little ethical brand feature, hopefully you found a brand you like and do let me know in the comments if you want more of these; or even just more on ethical fashion. I do have cool things to come as I'm planning a relaunch of this site including a big ethical brand list page as well as other exiting features but that'll have to wait until I've finished my exams.
Have an amazing week!
Thanks for reading!
Nha Trang is a beautiful place, I was looking forward to beaches, exploring, and more snorkelling. But there was something I had to tackle first, another sleeper train.

 The reason I was apprehensive, was because the only experience I'd had on a sleeper train was one I'd been on about a month before in Inida and let's just say it wasn't a very good night's sleep. I am glad I had the experience but it wasn't one I would repeat in a hurry.
But I was so pleasantly surprised with this one, we had our own little cabin with only four of us in and a door that locked, there were clean sheets, even free water. . Plus the toilet wasn't just a hole in the bottom of the train, and I didn't wake up in the morning to find someone had nicked my biscuits. Definitely a nice experience.
Apart from my phone launching itself off my bunk in the middle of the night and smashing. But it was still usable, and I was in a beach town in Vietnam so that wasn't going to get my down.
 Once off the train, at about 7am, we dumped our stuff at the hotel and headed straight for the beach. we had a good few hours before we were allowed to check in so it was a beachfront breakfast before launching myself into the sea. Which I don't have any pictures of, probably because I was distracted and also so tired that I wasn't entierly with it. But I do have videos of the beautiful beach in my vlog down below so check that out for beachy times.
 Next up, it was Pagoda time; Long Son Pagoda. I love visiting temples, especially Buddhist ones. They always make me feel so serene and give me a reminder to just enjoy each moment, which is especially important when travelling. And this Pagoda didn't disappoint, with a beautiful temple and not just one giant Buddha, but two. You could go inside the sitting White Buddha at the back where there was a round room showing a depiction of The Buddha's life, it was all seriously beautiful.
That night I ate my weight in Vietnamese pancakes (they are some of my favourite food in the world) and had an early night in preparation for the next day's adventures.
The next day's adventures involved even more of the sea, something about being in beach towns, no matter where I am in the world, makes me feel like I'm home.
First up, we wen't to one of the busiest little tourist boat ports I've ever seen and headed off to Ho Mun Island, a fishing Island just off the coast. And if you get the chance to visit, take it. It's a beautiful little place.
 Along with our tour of this little island we visited a nursey, and I've never seen kids so excited to see a bunch of tourists in my life. They were really sweet and also fascinated by my GoPro, which meant for some very cute pictures.
And to get off the Island to meet our boat again? These little bucket boats, hand woven and kind of scary to get into But it was a really relaxing ride through all the parked fishing boats. The only picture I have is from my GoPro though because I was kind of terrified of getting my bigger camera out and dropping it into the sea.
Once on our boat and out to sea again it was time to jump off, quite literally. This boat had a roof to climb up onto do you really could jump straight into the sea, think I need a boat like that. There was snorkelling to be done, where I found nemo, and the biggest lunch I've ever eaten on a boat. Ok I haven't eaten many lunches on boats but this was massive, and delicious, and this meal I ate my weight in green beans.
  That night it was time for another sleeper train... but I will save that experience for my next travel post.
 Nha Trang was a dreamy two days, partly because the exhaustion of non stop travel for the last two months was actually starting to it pretty hard. But it was an amazing two days too, Pagoda's, Pancakes, Sea, Village tours, Snorkelling, Jumping off boats. Perfect. If you want to experience all this and more for yourself then check out the tour I went on with G Adventures here.
But that's it for now, come back next Friday to see me in Hoi An, or real life Studio Ghibli movie as I like to call it. Or drop by Tuesday for a little bit of ethical fashion. Until then, have an amazing weekend, I'm getting back to my revision.
Thanks for reading!

Nha Trang: Pagodas, Fishing Villages, and Finding Nemo

Friday, 7 April 2017

Nha Trang is a beautiful place, I was looking forward to beaches, exploring, and more snorkelling. But there was something I had to tackle first, another sleeper train.

 The reason I was apprehensive, was because the only experience I'd had on a sleeper train was one I'd been on about a month before in Inida and let's just say it wasn't a very good night's sleep. I am glad I had the experience but it wasn't one I would repeat in a hurry.
But I was so pleasantly surprised with this one, we had our own little cabin with only four of us in and a door that locked, there were clean sheets, even free water. . Plus the toilet wasn't just a hole in the bottom of the train, and I didn't wake up in the morning to find someone had nicked my biscuits. Definitely a nice experience.
Apart from my phone launching itself off my bunk in the middle of the night and smashing. But it was still usable, and I was in a beach town in Vietnam so that wasn't going to get my down.
 Once off the train, at about 7am, we dumped our stuff at the hotel and headed straight for the beach. we had a good few hours before we were allowed to check in so it was a beachfront breakfast before launching myself into the sea. Which I don't have any pictures of, probably because I was distracted and also so tired that I wasn't entierly with it. But I do have videos of the beautiful beach in my vlog down below so check that out for beachy times.
 Next up, it was Pagoda time; Long Son Pagoda. I love visiting temples, especially Buddhist ones. They always make me feel so serene and give me a reminder to just enjoy each moment, which is especially important when travelling. And this Pagoda didn't disappoint, with a beautiful temple and not just one giant Buddha, but two. You could go inside the sitting White Buddha at the back where there was a round room showing a depiction of The Buddha's life, it was all seriously beautiful.
That night I ate my weight in Vietnamese pancakes (they are some of my favourite food in the world) and had an early night in preparation for the next day's adventures.
The next day's adventures involved even more of the sea, something about being in beach towns, no matter where I am in the world, makes me feel like I'm home.
First up, we wen't to one of the busiest little tourist boat ports I've ever seen and headed off to Ho Mun Island, a fishing Island just off the coast. And if you get the chance to visit, take it. It's a beautiful little place.
 Along with our tour of this little island we visited a nursey, and I've never seen kids so excited to see a bunch of tourists in my life. They were really sweet and also fascinated by my GoPro, which meant for some very cute pictures.
And to get off the Island to meet our boat again? These little bucket boats, hand woven and kind of scary to get into But it was a really relaxing ride through all the parked fishing boats. The only picture I have is from my GoPro though because I was kind of terrified of getting my bigger camera out and dropping it into the sea.
Once on our boat and out to sea again it was time to jump off, quite literally. This boat had a roof to climb up onto do you really could jump straight into the sea, think I need a boat like that. There was snorkelling to be done, where I found nemo, and the biggest lunch I've ever eaten on a boat. Ok I haven't eaten many lunches on boats but this was massive, and delicious, and this meal I ate my weight in green beans.
  That night it was time for another sleeper train... but I will save that experience for my next travel post.
 Nha Trang was a dreamy two days, partly because the exhaustion of non stop travel for the last two months was actually starting to it pretty hard. But it was an amazing two days too, Pagoda's, Pancakes, Sea, Village tours, Snorkelling, Jumping off boats. Perfect. If you want to experience all this and more for yourself then check out the tour I went on with G Adventures here.
But that's it for now, come back next Friday to see me in Hoi An, or real life Studio Ghibli movie as I like to call it. Or drop by Tuesday for a little bit of ethical fashion. Until then, have an amazing weekend, I'm getting back to my revision.
Thanks for reading!

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