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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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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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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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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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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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TRANSEASONAL ADDITIONS

Trans-seasonal dressing in Australia isn't for the feint of heart. But in this in-between time I always look forward to adding a few quick updates to my wardrobe that I can pare back with my existing summer and winter pieces to freshen things up. These are the key additions I'll be looking for this Autumn.

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SPRING WISHLIST

As Melbourne shows it's first glimpse of spring I've started looking forward to weekend afternoons basking in the summer sun and warm sunsets that lead into relaxed balmy nights. With that I've started to build up a little wish list of my spring wardrobe purchases made up of casual floaty fabrics, a signature monochrome palette and relaxed modern cuts.

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VAMFF David Jones A/W 16

Last Monday I was lucky enough to get tickets to my very first fashion show! I attended the VAMFF David Jones opening show at Melbourne's Exhibition Centre with my friend Megan. We arrived to find a fantastic atmosphere with pop up bars and showcases for the event's sponsors - Priceline, Lavazza and Fashion BNKR, which we explored whilst treating ourselves to a cheeky espresso martini.

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