So many of our style and fashion choices hinges on picking the right things. From the right jewelry to the right fragrance, to the right hairstyle. And when we work hard at perfect in our style, what can knock us for six is if everything we have chosen is not particularly ethical. Some people don't care, but if you want to have a stylish wardrobe and you need to know that everything you've purchased has come from somewhere with basic human values, some people wonder if it's possible to buy something stylish and ethical at the same time. So let's have a look at what you what you could do...
Purchasing From The Ethical Labels
Once upon a time, ethical labels only did a handful of clothes, and they weren't particularly flattering. But now, there are more brands out there pushing the ethical aspect. In addition to this, there are online marketplaces that can help steer you in the right direction, such as Sustainable Fashion. And don't forget the right apps. The Good On You app rates the mainstream clothing brands based on the publicly available information.
Choosing Ethical Jewelry
The same applies to jewelry, but with jewelry, it's a little bit more difficult to find if the jewelry has been sourced ethically. While there are more publicized aspects of ethical jewelry, especially the movie Blood Diamond that highlighted the issue of âconflictâ diamonds, what you can do is go to the supplier and really quiz them on their knowledge. Sometimes it's straightforward, but there are times we'll have to do a little bit more digging. https://yourdiamondguru.com/reviews/blue-nile/ provides some detailed information about the Blue Nile brand, meaning that you can make your own decisions before you venture into the store. But there are numerous ethical jewelry brands that flaunt the sustainable approach. Alighieri, Tuza, and Wald Berlin being three of many out there.
Making The Most Of What You've Got
A lot of people decide to throw their clothes out as soon as a hole is found. Instead, if you're looking to be more sustainable and ethical, get into the habit of mending your clothes. You'd be surprised as to how much of a movement this is, especially when you look at websites like https://visiblemending.com/ that are pushing this sustainable lifestyle. The fact is, most clothing issues are easily fixed. But we choose to throw clothes out quickly and without thought, primarily because this gives us the opportunity to buy some new clothes. But, it's not just about hanging onto your old clothes so you can get as much life out of them, you can start to alter your wardrobe by making some changes to the existing items you've got.
Being stylish is hard work. Being ethical is even harder. To ensure that you've got a wardrobe of stylish yet ethical choices, it can be a long journey to get there. It's about finding the right suppliers, but it's also about taking the initiative yourself. It is possible to be stylish these days, and it's most definitely possible to be ethical.
What better excuse to add to your stationery collection, than making plans? With the challenging first bit of the year over (yay), you can really begin to focus on the rest of your year, and spring is on the way, which is always a beautiful time for a fresh start. It’s a great chance to consider the various aspects of your life that make you the most happy, the areas that you feel need improving, and the things that you’d like to say goodbye to during 2019. Therefore, grab a pen and that new notebook you treated yourself to, and begin writing down your thoughts and making some lists.
Getting it all down on paper can be therapeutic, as you don’t have ideas whizzing around your head, making it a bit foggy. You’ll be able to ensure that changes feel more manageable, and ticking things off will become addictive. The following are some areas of your life that you might think need changing so that you can enjoy the adventure of your best year yet, and get excited about all those plans you've written down.
Feeling Your Finances
Whether you’re into making travel plans, lengthy brunches, or shopping trips galore; it’s a smart idea to keep track of your cash regarding your spending, and most importantly, your saving. Therefore, it’s worth checking out some money saving tips so that you can get the most out of life, whatever your budget might be. Get your list ready (physical or digital) and start thinking about all the little things that you spend your money on daily. Even things like replacing a takeaway latte and cafe sandwich with a nespresso and homemade sandwich, for your lunch, a few times a week, can be a great way to put money aside for a lovely weekend lunch with friends instead. It really is about smaller, manageable changes, so making note of things along the way will help you see where you can impact things.
Organising Your Environment
Whether you’ve binge watched the whole of the Marie Kondo series on Netflix, or not (you totally should); there’s no escaping that a messy environment can be overwhelming, making it difficult to make the most of the space. Therefore, it’s time to get tidying, deciding what to keep and what to sell or giveaway, and organise your interior environment better so that finding things, and living there becomes a dream. Wardrobe are always a great place to start; it might be worth listing the items that you know you can’t live without so that you can put them to one side. Then, set yourself some rules; perhaps if something hasn’t been worn for over a year, or, you forgot you had it, it’s time to say farewell. Selling the items that you no longer utilize, is another great way to top up those funds that were mentioned beforehand, so, surely it’s worth sorting out as soon as possible? Your lists will become your new BFFs, and those little changes will ensure that your 2019 is full of fun and happiness.
Christmas to me is about celebrating with friends and making time to appreciate each other. So we get some of our favorites together, and have a Christmas soiree. This year we hosted an afternoon tea.
I created a winter whites table tablescape with a touch of gold, which I an change up a little to become the Christmas day tablescape.
As it was Christmas week, I added in fresh roses to the chandelier (They are in oasis foam so they will stay fresh for a few days) and I also add fresh roses into some of the glass balls hanging from the chandelier with fishing wire or nylon thread. I also added in some sparkly snowflakes to cement the Christmas theme.
I kept the floral's white and cream with lots of green foliage. I used Ecuador roses in polar white and vendela along with amaryllis and cream spray roses. For the bottom vases I grouped white chrysanthemums together.
For the table setting, I use my white tea set (as its neutral, its a great set to have as can be used with almost anything).
We served finger sandwiches in a variety of fillings. Turkey and cranberry, cheese and chutney, roast beef and cream cheese and cucumber. We also found mini goats cheese and cranberry parcels and the cutest festive sausage rolls. If your making sandwiches the ahead of time, keep them sealed in Tupperware and refrigerated.
For sweet treats we served mini mince pies, stolen bites, gingerbread cookies and cupcakes and Bavarian desserts.
And of course it wouldn't be Christmas without Christmas cake.
Are you planning any holiday partys? Id love to hear all about them in the comments below
For more Christmas inspiration see HERE and HERE
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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