So if you've been following my blog over the last few months you'll know I'm slowly making the transition over to an ethical blogger, I am no longer buying my clothes in high street stores and I'm becoming more concious about my buying. And so I thought I would start to make some more specific posts about ethical fashion, as that's what I want this blog to be about (alogn with concious travel and other things).
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Now when I first started looking into ethical fashion, and even know when I'm searching for brands two things always stick out for me, the fact that most of the ones promoted by bloggers are extremely expensive (I mean hello I'm a student I don't want to pay $100 for a t shirt) and just not my style. A lot of it is because ethical fashion goes along with the minimalist trend and I can totally see why people like that. And because a lot of people starting to catch onto the ethical trend have a large disposable income and aren't strapped for cash students like me.
And also I only ever seem to see American brands advertised, with a few Australian ones, and so I thought I would share a few brands I have found from the UK which I would totally buy from and who are doing their bit.
ASOS Green Room
I had no idea until recently this was a thing but it's pretty big that a company like ASOS had a section just for "eco brands". And they have everything from basics, bikinis, and sleepwear, to super cool upcycled vintage pieces. They also have a collection called ASOS Made in Kenya which works directly with a charitable initiative collaborating with a local primary school.
A great start from ASOS and it would be super cool to see them working with more eco brands and expanding this range in future.
MCXI is a UK based handmade brand run by one person, Georgina Verity All of their pieces are either completely handmade, upcycled or somewhat handmade in the UK and they're all gorgeous!
It does say underneath each item whether it is handmade/made to order so it's easy to see.
And I definitely need a pair of their velvet bell bottoms in my life

Nobody's Child
These guys sell themselves as "fast fashion with a conscience" and though I am not a fan of the fast fashion movement, a brand that is both affordable and ethical is something I can get behind.
And I love love their clothing, they remind me of a lot of brands I shopped at before I decided to delve into ethical fashion which is refreshing to see.

Ethical market
These guys are more than just a fashion brand and they have all the quirky kind of tees and tote bags that I love, with great gift ideas and a few cute tees to add to it as well. They support local UK businesses in one marketplace.

We are Hairy people
Oh my gosh their clothes are the cutest, all handmade/hand painted and gorgeous. These are clothes I'd describe more as a splash out at around £50-100 for a dress. This is something I'd happily pay for their pieces as they're all hand painted here in the UK, are completely unique, and so beautiful.
I don't really know anywhere else you can get  two piece mesh set with party rings painted on it and I think that's amazing.
Oh and they do custom pieces  so I could get my dream shirt with party rings painted on...

So that's a few of the brands I've found, I'll be honest it wasn't the easiest task but I'm hoping to find more brands and make other posts in the future. If you liked it and would like more posts like this, or want me to make more posts on ethical fashion in the future then let me know!
I'm planning an ethical street-wear brand post soon so I hope you'll stick around for that.
Thanks for reading!

5 Affordable British Ethical Brands

Monday, 30 January 2017

So if you've been following my blog over the last few months you'll know I'm slowly making the transition over to an ethical blogger, I am no longer buying my clothes in high street stores and I'm becoming more concious about my buying. And so I thought I would start to make some more specific posts about ethical fashion, as that's what I want this blog to be about (alogn with concious travel and other things).
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |
Now when I first started looking into ethical fashion, and even know when I'm searching for brands two things always stick out for me, the fact that most of the ones promoted by bloggers are extremely expensive (I mean hello I'm a student I don't want to pay $100 for a t shirt) and just not my style. A lot of it is because ethical fashion goes along with the minimalist trend and I can totally see why people like that. And because a lot of people starting to catch onto the ethical trend have a large disposable income and aren't strapped for cash students like me.
And also I only ever seem to see American brands advertised, with a few Australian ones, and so I thought I would share a few brands I have found from the UK which I would totally buy from and who are doing their bit.
ASOS Green Room
I had no idea until recently this was a thing but it's pretty big that a company like ASOS had a section just for "eco brands". And they have everything from basics, bikinis, and sleepwear, to super cool upcycled vintage pieces. They also have a collection called ASOS Made in Kenya which works directly with a charitable initiative collaborating with a local primary school.
A great start from ASOS and it would be super cool to see them working with more eco brands and expanding this range in future.
MCXI is a UK based handmade brand run by one person, Georgina Verity All of their pieces are either completely handmade, upcycled or somewhat handmade in the UK and they're all gorgeous!
It does say underneath each item whether it is handmade/made to order so it's easy to see.
And I definitely need a pair of their velvet bell bottoms in my life

Nobody's Child
These guys sell themselves as "fast fashion with a conscience" and though I am not a fan of the fast fashion movement, a brand that is both affordable and ethical is something I can get behind.
And I love love their clothing, they remind me of a lot of brands I shopped at before I decided to delve into ethical fashion which is refreshing to see.

Ethical market
These guys are more than just a fashion brand and they have all the quirky kind of tees and tote bags that I love, with great gift ideas and a few cute tees to add to it as well. They support local UK businesses in one marketplace.

We are Hairy people
Oh my gosh their clothes are the cutest, all handmade/hand painted and gorgeous. These are clothes I'd describe more as a splash out at around £50-100 for a dress. This is something I'd happily pay for their pieces as they're all hand painted here in the UK, are completely unique, and so beautiful.
I don't really know anywhere else you can get  two piece mesh set with party rings painted on it and I think that's amazing.
Oh and they do custom pieces  so I could get my dream shirt with party rings painted on...

So that's a few of the brands I've found, I'll be honest it wasn't the easiest task but I'm hoping to find more brands and make other posts in the future. If you liked it and would like more posts like this, or want me to make more posts on ethical fashion in the future then let me know!
I'm planning an ethical street-wear brand post soon so I hope you'll stick around for that.
Thanks for reading!
I'll admit I don't have all that much to say today, I've tried to write a bit in my last few outfit posts, something positive or a note to self but honestly today I am just beyond tired. I'm supposed to be going out tonight but I don't think I'll make it past midnight even without alcohol.
The end of January/Febuary is always the tiredest part of they year, even if I've done amazing up til now I always crash and just want to hibernate for the month. But I won't I'll just take it easy and try and get my stuff done with lots of breaks for binge watching TV and eating as much as I can.

Slouch About

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

I'll admit I don't have all that much to say today, I've tried to write a bit in my last few outfit posts, something positive or a note to self but honestly today I am just beyond tired. I'm supposed to be going out tonight but I don't think I'll make it past midnight even without alcohol.
The end of January/Febuary is always the tiredest part of they year, even if I've done amazing up til now I always crash and just want to hibernate for the month. But I won't I'll just take it easy and try and get my stuff done with lots of breaks for binge watching TV and eating as much as I can.
This post is part of my people doing amazing things series where I highlight people all over the world trying to make it a better place.
Elephants have virtually no rights in Thailand, they're treated like livestock despite being very emotional and intelligent animals which means people can pretty much use them for what they want with no consequences.
This means that it's very hard to rescue and look after mistreated Elephants, but that's where Elephant Nature Park come in, they buy injured and old elephants off their mahouts and give them a better life at once of their centres where they're fed, looked after and where they never have to do work or get mistreated by humans.
Back in June I spent 2 weeks just outside of Chiang Mai at Elephant Nature park and getting to see these beautiful creatures up close and to work with them (even if a lot of that was cleaning up their poop) was amazing.

Elephant Nature Park: Elephant Rescue and Rehabilitation

Friday, 20 January 2017 Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

This post is part of my people doing amazing things series where I highlight people all over the world trying to make it a better place.
Elephants have virtually no rights in Thailand, they're treated like livestock despite being very emotional and intelligent animals which means people can pretty much use them for what they want with no consequences.
This means that it's very hard to rescue and look after mistreated Elephants, but that's where Elephant Nature Park come in, they buy injured and old elephants off their mahouts and give them a better life at once of their centres where they're fed, looked after and where they never have to do work or get mistreated by humans.
Back in June I spent 2 weeks just outside of Chiang Mai at Elephant Nature park and getting to see these beautiful creatures up close and to work with them (even if a lot of that was cleaning up their poop) was amazing.
It's safe to say I'm a person who doesn't like to take themselves too seriously. Ok there are scenarios where you kind of have to, interviews, maybe meeting the Queen (a situation everyone faces), but there are a lot less than you'd think.
This photo set is one example of me deciding not to take myself seriously. It was like 8pm and zero degrees and I decided, hey let's go out and take pictures in a really short dress down an alley! Brilliant forward planning which led to me freezing my tits off (not quite literally that sounds really painfuk) and people walking by wondering what the hell I could be doing. Flash photography ( especially in the dark) is really annoying the get right and my flash gun was running out of battery meaning  had to wait at least 10 seconds between each photo, and I just couldn't get my facial expressions right so I decided to just mess about and hey here we are.

Seriously?

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

It's safe to say I'm a person who doesn't like to take themselves too seriously. Ok there are scenarios where you kind of have to, interviews, maybe meeting the Queen (a situation everyone faces), but there are a lot less than you'd think.
This photo set is one example of me deciding not to take myself seriously. It was like 8pm and zero degrees and I decided, hey let's go out and take pictures in a really short dress down an alley! Brilliant forward planning which led to me freezing my tits off (not quite literally that sounds really painfuk) and people walking by wondering what the hell I could be doing. Flash photography ( especially in the dark) is really annoying the get right and my flash gun was running out of battery meaning  had to wait at least 10 seconds between each photo, and I just couldn't get my facial expressions right so I decided to just mess about and hey here we are.
Or maybe not.
So Vegan deodorants are known for being a bit... useless and so I was skeptical to try one and am ashamed to admit this is the first I have tried, I hadn't even bothered to switch it up from my non cruelty free antiperspirant. Shame on me I know.
But I saw a review online about Avril saying they were a cheap french vegan company so I thought I'd give them a go. I also bought the toothpaste which I have featured as a little extra in this review.
So I had a search online and a lot of shops had expensive shipping so I ended up buying the deodorant from Amazon, for about £2 which isn't bad at all.  They don't seem to have it in stock right now but the Avril Store has plenty of their other products in so they may bring it back soon.
Most other sites I saw it on had it for around £2 but you had to be buying a few products to make the shipping worth it.
So onto the actual product. As I opened it and saw it was a roll on I was immediately sceptical, I don't do well with roll ons, even the roll on version of the antiperspirant I use doesn't work for me. But I thought I'd stick it out.
The smell is an interesting one, but a nice one. It's not particularly over powering or feminine which I think is nice, it's kind of like lemongrass I guess which I do really like about it.
So I put it on and went about my day, which wasn't a particularly strenuous one, came home and went to bed just as usual and when I woke up I smelt of sweat. I hadn't been excessively sweating during the night this deodorant just hadn't been enough to last me a whole 24 hours.
I kept trying it over the next few days hoping that it would work for me but most days it barely made the twelve hour mark meaning I had to have a quick sink shower for my pits and then re-apply when I noticed it had started to wear off. And after a few days of this I just gave up. I don't think me and this deodorant were meant to be.

Pros and Cons:
+ Cruelty free, Vegan, and Organic
+ Cheap
+ Smells Nice
+ Easy to Apply
- Doesn't last more than 12 hours

So unfortunately it seems it's not for me. I don't think I'm a particularly sweaty person, but hey, maybe I am. I am a lover of 48 hour antiperspirants so I don't have to worry about reapplying in less than 24 hours and don't have to worry about starting to smell at any point during the day no matter what I'm doing.
 I did see a deodorant review from someone the other day, though, who said they only liked wearing antiperspirants some days when they were exercising a lot so maybe I am quite sweaty.
Or maybe it's the fact that I walk super fast and just work up a sweat going about my day, either way I don't want to smell and unfortunately Avril's deodorant doesn't stop me smelling. Back to trying to find a vegan deodorant that does keep me smelling nice; there must be one out there.
Oh , and ss I said at the start I also bought the toothpaste from them, a little more expensive at almost £6 but that's pretty standard pricing for toothpaste. I honestly wasn't expecting much from this though as I have very sensitive teeth and for years have only been able to use toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
But I was pleasantly surprised, ok at first not by the taste as I'm used to quite sweet mint flavours of toothpaste. I got used to that though and have no issues with it now . But it actually worked for me! I have no problems with the sensitivity of my teeth (well apart from if I try and like bite an ice cube or something) and my teeth feel perfectly clean. So a win there where I wasn't inspecting one.

Pros and Cons
+ Cruelty Free, Vegan, and Organic
+ Works for my sensitive teeth
+ Not expensive
+ Tastes all right

Ok so the last two aren't massive perks but they're definitely not cons; and the taste probably wouldn't bother most people.
Overall there aren't really any cons I can think of, it's a toothpaste and it works, pretty simple.

And before we end this little review can we take a second to appreciate this t shirt, it was given to me after my Grandad bought it for my Nan and it didn't fit her. The fact my Grandad bought it for my Nan is amazing and it says:
"Well behaved women rarely make history"
Which is indeed very true, though has no relevance to this particular blog post I just thought it was great. I'm also happy to say it comes from a company with ethical working conditions and you can buy it here.

Anyway that's it for this review, hope it was helpful for some of you and it you have found a vegan deodorant/antiperspirant that works for you please let me know! I'm still on the lookout and haven't found anything promising yet (but I'll let you know when I do). 
I might also try some more of Avril's products because that toothpaste was a pleasant surprise.
But that's it until next time, my next blog post features a lot of elephants, including a little two month old baby so look forward to that.
Thanks for reading!

A Vegan Deodorant that actually works? Avril Organic Deodorant Review

Monday, 9 January 2017

Or maybe not.
So Vegan deodorants are known for being a bit... useless and so I was skeptical to try one and am ashamed to admit this is the first I have tried, I hadn't even bothered to switch it up from my non cruelty free antiperspirant. Shame on me I know.
But I saw a review online about Avril saying they were a cheap french vegan company so I thought I'd give them a go. I also bought the toothpaste which I have featured as a little extra in this review.
So I had a search online and a lot of shops had expensive shipping so I ended up buying the deodorant from Amazon, for about £2 which isn't bad at all.  They don't seem to have it in stock right now but the Avril Store has plenty of their other products in so they may bring it back soon.
Most other sites I saw it on had it for around £2 but you had to be buying a few products to make the shipping worth it.
So onto the actual product. As I opened it and saw it was a roll on I was immediately sceptical, I don't do well with roll ons, even the roll on version of the antiperspirant I use doesn't work for me. But I thought I'd stick it out.
The smell is an interesting one, but a nice one. It's not particularly over powering or feminine which I think is nice, it's kind of like lemongrass I guess which I do really like about it.
So I put it on and went about my day, which wasn't a particularly strenuous one, came home and went to bed just as usual and when I woke up I smelt of sweat. I hadn't been excessively sweating during the night this deodorant just hadn't been enough to last me a whole 24 hours.
I kept trying it over the next few days hoping that it would work for me but most days it barely made the twelve hour mark meaning I had to have a quick sink shower for my pits and then re-apply when I noticed it had started to wear off. And after a few days of this I just gave up. I don't think me and this deodorant were meant to be.

Pros and Cons:
+ Cruelty free, Vegan, and Organic
+ Cheap
+ Smells Nice
+ Easy to Apply
- Doesn't last more than 12 hours

So unfortunately it seems it's not for me. I don't think I'm a particularly sweaty person, but hey, maybe I am. I am a lover of 48 hour antiperspirants so I don't have to worry about reapplying in less than 24 hours and don't have to worry about starting to smell at any point during the day no matter what I'm doing.
 I did see a deodorant review from someone the other day, though, who said they only liked wearing antiperspirants some days when they were exercising a lot so maybe I am quite sweaty.
Or maybe it's the fact that I walk super fast and just work up a sweat going about my day, either way I don't want to smell and unfortunately Avril's deodorant doesn't stop me smelling. Back to trying to find a vegan deodorant that does keep me smelling nice; there must be one out there.
Oh , and ss I said at the start I also bought the toothpaste from them, a little more expensive at almost £6 but that's pretty standard pricing for toothpaste. I honestly wasn't expecting much from this though as I have very sensitive teeth and for years have only been able to use toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
But I was pleasantly surprised, ok at first not by the taste as I'm used to quite sweet mint flavours of toothpaste. I got used to that though and have no issues with it now . But it actually worked for me! I have no problems with the sensitivity of my teeth (well apart from if I try and like bite an ice cube or something) and my teeth feel perfectly clean. So a win there where I wasn't inspecting one.

Pros and Cons
+ Cruelty Free, Vegan, and Organic
+ Works for my sensitive teeth
+ Not expensive
+ Tastes all right

Ok so the last two aren't massive perks but they're definitely not cons; and the taste probably wouldn't bother most people.
Overall there aren't really any cons I can think of, it's a toothpaste and it works, pretty simple.

And before we end this little review can we take a second to appreciate this t shirt, it was given to me after my Grandad bought it for my Nan and it didn't fit her. The fact my Grandad bought it for my Nan is amazing and it says:
"Well behaved women rarely make history"
Which is indeed very true, though has no relevance to this particular blog post I just thought it was great. I'm also happy to say it comes from a company with ethical working conditions and you can buy it here.

Anyway that's it for this review, hope it was helpful for some of you and it you have found a vegan deodorant/antiperspirant that works for you please let me know! I'm still on the lookout and haven't found anything promising yet (but I'll let you know when I do). 
I might also try some more of Avril's products because that toothpaste was a pleasant surprise.
But that's it until next time, my next blog post features a lot of elephants, including a little two month old baby so look forward to that.
Thanks for reading!

Hello pretty people hope your first week of 2017 is going well. I'm still posting about my travels from 2016 and probably will be for the first half  of 2017 but there's a lot to get done, I packed a lot in and took soo many photos that it's hard not to share..
Chiang Mai was a new experience for me, it was my first time arriving in a city and not meeting up with people. I was on my own for a few days and pretty tired so my exploring was kind of tentative.
I wandered round temples and explored markets a little bit at a time. I tended to just go out for an hour or two and then spend an hour or two in my hotel room eating and watching TV.

Chiang Mai I: Temples, Temples, Temples

Friday, 6 January 2017 Chiang Mai, Thailand

Hello pretty people hope your first week of 2017 is going well. I'm still posting about my travels from 2016 and probably will be for the first half  of 2017 but there's a lot to get done, I packed a lot in and took soo many photos that it's hard not to share..
Chiang Mai was a new experience for me, it was my first time arriving in a city and not meeting up with people. I was on my own for a few days and pretty tired so my exploring was kind of tentative.
I wandered round temples and explored markets a little bit at a time. I tended to just go out for an hour or two and then spend an hour or two in my hotel room eating and watching TV.
Isn't it weird that people consider you "lucky" for the physical genetics you have. So lucky to have inherited your dad's skinny legs, so lucky to be born with blue eyes, lucky to have a baby face that "you'll be glad of when you're older".
But apart from maybe making you look somewhat like my family members is it really such a great thing to be born with all this "luck"?

“Lucky”

Monday, 2 January 2017

Isn't it weird that people consider you "lucky" for the physical genetics you have. So lucky to have inherited your dad's skinny legs, so lucky to be born with blue eyes, lucky to have a baby face that "you'll be glad of when you're older".
But apart from maybe making you look somewhat like my family members is it really such a great thing to be born with all this "luck"?

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