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5 TIPS TO SHOPPING MORE SUSTAINABLY

Over the years I have made a conscious shift to seek out more sustainable ways to shop as I have become more aware of the impacts of the things that I buy on the people that make them and the environment in which they are made in.

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SIMPLE SKIN

ver the last few years I have slowly made a shift towards more naturally derived products, organic where possible, and questioned whether or not I really needed certain items – for the sake of the waste product that comes as a consequence of using a certain lotion, potion or powder.

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WARDROBE CARE DECODED

The backbone of a sustainable wardrobe is quality garments that last, and the key to longevity is garment care. Putting a bit of love into the items you carefully select to incorporate into your wardrobe will not only ensure that you always look neat and put together but will allow you to get as much wear out of the garment as possible.

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BEST DENIM

Without a doubt the biggest staple in my wardrobe is denim. I am very much a jeans and tee kind of girl and I love the sense of effortlessness a well fitting denim piece gives to an outfit. In terms of building a sustainable wardrobe these are the items that are worth consciously curating, taking the time to find your perfect fit and sourcing staple pieces that you will wear forever. Read on to hear my favourite ways to buy Denim.

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DIY RUFFLE CAMI WITH THE ESSENTIALS CLUB

One thing I am really passionate about is reigniting a love for sewing, to reconnect the ‘disconnect’ we all have with fashion and it’s price tag and grow to appreciate the beauty of it again beyond the trends. Which is why I am so excited to share a little project I’ve been working on with The Essentials Club, a simple DIY Ruffle Cami.

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HOME OFFICE UPDATES

With the coming of the new year I have set myself a month-long goal of organising, planning, redecorating and tidying in every nook and cranny of my life to make sure that my space (and mind) is clear and ready to tackle what’s ahead. The biggest area of focus for me is my desk space, I am typically known as having the messiest desk in the entire office so this year I’m focused on turning a new leaf and enforcing a tidier standard in my home office.

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LESSONS IN FRENCH

In a sense, the French are almost the founders of the slow fashion movement. French style is built on quality classics that are worn over and over and confidently styled in many different ways. They love vintage shopping and discovering pieces that have had a prior life. This is the spin on sustainable fashion that I love, but I think people often don’t see it when they are clouded by the ‘hemp-hippie’ stereotype.

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NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS

Christmas has been and gone and our welcoming of the New Year is a fading memory... as things get back to 'business-as-usual' I am taking stock of what I have planned for the year and what I would like to achieve. 2017 was jam packed but I have loved closing the year with a sense of calm, relaxing up on the Sunshine Coast and appreciating the simple things. I love to reflect at this time of year, pondering on what I enjoyed most in the last 12 months, what I want to do more of and what goals I want to work towards in the coming year.

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CREATIVE GIFT WRAPPING

You've heard of the children that are more excited about the box than the gift... well I am the grown up equivalent. There's nothing I love more than a beautiful, creatively wrapped present; one that is almost too pretty to open. True to my eco-friendly roots, I adore reusing trinkets and recycled fabrics or papers into something new again and wrapping is the perfect opportunity for these offcuts and spare pieces.

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ECO SWAPS: IN THE BATHROOM

It’s so easy to get caught up in the hype of beauty and skin products. Anti-ageing, anti-oxidants, refining, regenerating, re-purifiying… with so many buzz words thrown at you from just a single shelf it’s hard to tackle a whole Mecca’s-worth of options. To cut through the options I prefer to keep things simple, looking for fewer ingredients endourced by Mother Nature herself.

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SOUTHBOUND style

I'll be the first to admit, I'm a homewares addict. Candles, cushions, vases... you name it, I just love decorating my space and manifesting a sense of my personal style in a room. It makes me feel at ease and inspired if I am surrounded by my favourite things. So I am always on the lookout for beautiful brands with the same emphasis on a laid back, contemporary bohemian style. Not only this but I try to gather unique products, accumulating them slowly so that I can create a look that is truly my own.

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WOOLF LEATHER

I will admit I am very fussy when it comes to handbags, but rightly so as I am known to sport the same one for years if it is the right fit. When I came across the WOOLF Leather range I knew I had found my new everyday bag, the perfect combination between simple design, beautiful leather and just a hint of a nod to nostalgic vintage detailing. It's a tough brief but I know it when I see it.

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REFLECTIONS

I thought it would be nice to take some time to write a bit of a personal post today and share with you some updates.  As you may well know I moved to Sydney (from Melbourne) in December 2016 and it has been a wonderful experience. I have loved the city, the beaches, the lifestyle and had many fantastic opportunities to grow and challenge myself. However this chapter is soon to close as in the next few weeks I will be working my way north again, this time to Brisbane.

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STYLE AND THE MODERN WOMAN WITH NATALIJA

For many years I have always held this picture in my mind of the kind of woman that I want to be and whenever I am dressing or adding to my wardrobe I always keep her in mind. I picture her in beautiful garments that have movement when she walks, she has an air natural ease and honours quality, classic pieces that she can remember avidly sourcing years ago to add to her collection. There’s an appreciation for each garment and the standard of it’s make. For me that’s what style is all about, wearing things you truly adore and hold dear for many years.

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A LITTLE BIT OF BYRON

Sometimes a quick escape is all that you need. Last weekend whilst visiting Brisbane we decided to go on a quick road trip to Byron to catch some sun and see what it had to offer. This trip proved all too quick as there is just so much to experience in this beautiful beachside town but I thought I would share a few of the things that we got up to as well as my wishlist of things to do next time.... because you can bet your bikini, there will most definitely be another time.

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LOVELY LINEN

Working for many years in homewares retail I have come to learn a thing or two about bedlinen. A major part of the education process that I have experienced is the difference a material can make to not only the look and feel of your bedding but also the long term implications – in particular those associated with longevity and sleep quality.

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PLUG IN: WARDROBE CRISIS BY CLARE PRESS

You know that feeling when you meet someone new and it's like you share the same brain... Everything they say just makes you want to respond 'yaaaaasss' (and maybe do some of these 🙌🏻) and the conversation quickly leads to 'where have you been all of my life?!'. Well for me, I got that same feeling when I came across the podcast 'Wardrobe Crisis' by Clare Press.

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NATURAL BRONZE

Whilst I do love a natural glow, I'd rather get it from a bottle than bake like a rotisserie chicken in the sun but every time I reached for that infamous foam of bronzing goodness my mothers voice popped in my head (or through the bathroom door) reminding me that the chemicals packed into the product were possibly causing just as much harm as the sun's rays.

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