The true price of fashion.

I was somewhat aware of the impact of fashion on our social and environment lives. Since the boom of fast fashion, consumerism has hit a new plateau and this will only keep growing if we do not take the time to understand that process of garment making and the impact it has on people’s lives. I was a little bored yesterday and decided to slouch on the couch and watch something off of Netflix. I am usually a diehard fan of documentaries, so when I saw they recently added The True Cost; I was super thrilled as I wanted to watch it a while ago.

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Photo via http://www.truecostmovie.com

The True Cost is a documentary about the effects and consequence of fast fashion on our society. This is truly a must watch movie because it teaches you to open your eyes to hopefully make ethical choices when purchasing clothes.

The twisted process behind garment making is the reason why I decided to no longer be part of the mass production world. I absolutely refuse to be responsible for the destruction to the environment or be part of the oppression of the factory workers involved. Now, before I go in too deep in to the subject, I want to explain a little bit to y’all what fast fashion is really about…

Fast fashion is the unconventional way retailers now drop collections into stores. Instead of the typical spring/summer–fall/winter seasons presented…retailers now bring out 52 micro-seasons per year, which means new trends in stores every week. This in return means garments no longer have the quality or value they used to. This new trend causes fashion to be disposable (designed to be fall apart after a few uses), which means items are no longer in shape to be donated, which means items are trashed when no longer useful, which causes more waste on our planet. According to a recent study, an average American will throw away 82 pounds of textile waste each year. This waste is non-biodegradable and it just sits in landfills for years and years. In consequence, this causes even more pollution because this waste releases harmful gases into the air.

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Photo via http://www.truecostmovie.com

This movie helps us to see the process of consumerism, the works behind mass production and the consequences these things have on humans. The biggest victims of our irresponsible and monstrous consumption behaviors are the poor factory workers in developing countries. Bangladesh is one of the countries that suffer from the effects of our high demands in using fashion. Most of the workers are women and children and this unethical trade abuses their health and dignity. It is our responsibility as humans to insure that these workers are happy and live comfortably just like we do.

Major accidents like the Rana Plaza and Tazreen disasters could have been avoided if the factory owners stopped being so selfish into pressuring the women to work despite to obvious poor and unstable working conditions. You can read more about these 2 incidents here.

If you think about it, at the other end, every good we use or consume comes from poor workers that are unhappy. It is in our hands as consumers to be aware and help in treating them better; give them security and respect (sadly, these poor workers live off a merely 10$ monthly wage and suffer from psychological traumas).

There’s a part in the movie where they discussed how Kanpur plays a big role in producing leather for high end brands and it’s the biggest leather producer in the world. In order to be able to satisfy the companies’ needs, India is under more pressure to work faster to be able to cover the amount of products required. These leather factories have a lot of toxic waste dumped into the river, which is the only source of water available to many little towns. Unfortunately, their lives are dramatically affected and the results are staggering and deadly in some cases. The levels of toxicity (Chromium contamination) in the river (the only drinkable source they have) and the soil affect their health in ways I could never have imagined. The poor children who suffer from Cancers, skin infections, terrible mental issues and psychological distress make me triple think about where I put my money.

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Photo via http://www.truecostmovie.com

For anyone interested to know, the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world after the oil industry. To know that I was a part in that makes me want to gag. The trading practices behind garment making are dirty and inhumane. I am super thankful that my conscious woke up after seeing the truth behind all this. This is one of the reasons why I decided that I will gravitate towards vintage as I am at least making an effort to recycle.

Sustainability and recycling is important and if each of us took a minute to look at the fashion industry with a brighter eye, we’d shed a light on the situation at hand and we’d truly make a difference in the world. My momma always says…it takes 2 hands to clap…so let’s all take a moment to ponder and make good shit happen!

 

Here are some links where you can learn more about the subject:
-http://fashionrevolution.org/
-http://truecostmovie.com/
-http://eco-age.com/

 

Until next time!!

 

Cheers x

 

 

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks

These lipsticks have been out for a while, I’m pretty sure, but I only noticed them 2 weeks ago while passing the Burt’s Bees counter at the pharmacy. I usually love love love the Burt’s Bees Peppermint lip balm and knowing they made lipstick made me happy. So I initially purchased the color Lily Lake and fell in love with the formula and the color. So I went back and got 2 more colors.

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Burt’s Bees is a great company that makes an effort to operate green, be sustainable and produce with the goodness of nature without harming it. They invest in the source of their products; the bees. Burt’s Bees have foundations to ensure the safety of the honeybees and they uphold to their responsibility and promise. Also, the products are cruelty free and nothing is tested on animals.

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Now back to the product, these lipsticks are described as follows:

Intense colour meets conditioning 8-hour moisture. Full-coverage, vibrant colour in 14 shades made with 100% naturally moisturizing ingredients like moringa and raspberry seed oils to help soften and condition your lips all day long.

Everything mentioned in the description is super true. It’s very hydrating, super pigmented, and lasts a long time. The colors are versatile and when I mean versatile, I mean versatile. I liked the consistency so much; I wear it as a blusher as well. In the summer, who wants to wear heavy makeup? So, the fact that they’re natural products, that’s even better. So good news for sensitive skin sufferers!!!  They have excellent ingredients such as beeswax, moringa Oil, raspberry seed oil, and vitamin E. It’s smooth to application with a satin finish.

Lily Lake is a beautiful mauvey pink color that is like my lips but with a little bit of oomph. So I can wear this day in day out and I don’t have to worry about it wearing out…because the color is close to my natural lips.

They run for 9.99$ CAD and the selection is great. If you are looking for something light and skin friendly then this is a great option and for the price, the product is great. The packaging is cute AND it’s made out of recyclable materials. So another bonus! You can find them at the drugstore or you can buy them online.

 

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I am wearing SunSet Cruise as a lipstick and a blusher. Sorry for the frown, it was super sunny out :s

Have any of you tried them in other colors? If yes, then how do you like them?

That’s it for now! Until next time,

Cheers xx

Into the basics…The perfect black pump.

One shoe, two outfits!! Here’s a look into my closet…well ish! A little fragment of it. So I am currently obsessing over my black heels from Aldo (they’re currently on sale) and I have been wearing them a ton. They’re comfortable and versatile. Easy to match to anything due to its black color, duh!! Also, the sun has been giving me an extra oomph to want to dress up all the time. Thank you sun <3.

This is what I call an investment piece, it’s a good leather black shoe that can last years in your closet (obviously if you look after them and maintain them in good shape). You don’t have to spend loads of money on designer heels…this is a basic piece that can be worn in many different ways.

So these are the outfits I came up with this time around. Hope you like them!!!

OUTFIT #1

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What I wore: 
-Forever 21 coral dress..I purchased like 2 years ago.
-Forever 21 denim jeans.
-Vince Camuto studded leather belt.
-Aldo heels (the whole purpose of this post!!).
-Betsey Johnson sunglasses.

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What I wore: 
-Lucky Brand large sweater.
-80s vintage Equimeent floral silk shirt.
-Joe Fresh boyfriend jeans.
-Aldo heels.
-Betsey Johnson sunglasses.

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Fashion doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. You can absolutely work with basics and go from there. Vintage is great way to diversify your closet, help nature and look freaking awesome and unique.

Have a great sunny and healthy week ahead.

Cheers x

 

 

Fun in the sun!

I was totes being silly willy and enjoying the sun. There’s enough stress in the world, so taking a break and enjoying the sun does some mental and physical good. I love spending time out in the sun…kinda like an iguana! Total heat lover…not some much with the cold. I don’t really the winter, but you know hot is always better. Although fall is my favorite season ♥ Probs because of Halloween and the ton of candy I get to eat X)

Ahh! Okay, so getting back to my story, I went out to run some errands with a friend and this is the outfit I wore out around town. Hope y’all like it!

P.S.:  I know I am wearing all black, but the breeze was nice enough for me not to melt off by the heat.

So there it is!!!

 

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What I wore: Zara embroidered top – Tommy Hilfiger jeans – Qupid shoes (wore them like 99 other posts) – Thrifted bucket bag – Betsey Johnson sunglasses

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So obviously, the trees and the sun and the beautiful weather inspired me to take it easy and enjoy myself. Life is short, so what the hell!!!

Hope y’all have a beautiful sunny day, wherever you may be! Be awesome xx

Cheers!

 

Animal planet

Been feeling sick a lot this year but lately I’m on a high…so excited and so full of energy!!! It’s probably all the vitamin D I have been getting. So I felt like dressing awesome and connecting with nature in my own way. My friend Cristina is super patient with me. She’s the one behind of the camera most of the time. Hi Cristina!!!

Anyway, back to the outfits. I am sharing with you today 2 outfits I wore with animal prints on them. PS: I have a huge huge weird obsession with bird prints, for some inexplicable reason. Both these outfits make me happy.

I have had these items for about 4-5 years and they still look pretty damn good! 2 dresses I purchased purely for the prints.

So without further ado, here are the results:

OUTFIT #1

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What I wore: Max C Bird print dress I purchased from Winners ages ago – Forever 21 skinnies – Shelleys London straw shoes – Betsey Johnson sunglasses

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OUTFIT #2

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What I wore: Queen dress I purchased from Ebay like 2-3 years ago – Tommy Hilfiger skinnies – Aldo Heels – Aldo sunglasses

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Hope y’all like them.

 

Until next time.

 

Cheers xx

Ready, set, style!

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I felt like getting into my summer vacation and sport a boho-chic style. I purchased these pants from a local vendor in Jordan last summer and they were dirt cheap. They’re so comfy and airy, it’s unreal! I am so in love with the pattern and the colors. The mix of orange and blue…just pretty! I will definitely and shamelessly wear them tons this summer. I feel like with these pants, I can easily style them in many different ways because of the style and the print. I can even dress them up or down depending on the accessories used. I really truly love styling; I find it so liberating and exciting all at once. What’s even more exciting is when you use vintage to style with. There’s a certain satisfaction I get knowing I took an unwanted piece and I gave it life…Knowing I was able to take something old and make it ‘‘new’’ all over again is success in itself. Vintage clothing is an easy way for you to do your part on being green, reducing waste and helping keep our planet healthy. Besides, you can find some many unique pieces, it’s ridiculously awesome!!!

Anyway, getting back to the outfit, I styled my favorite pants with a simple black top and a 80s vintage vest. I brought the outfit all together by wearing an orange veil. I could sport this look loads. It’s simple but happy. Generally, colors make me super super happy. I do love the occasional black…but colors, ehhh, they just do it for me.

So hope you enjoyed this look. Remember to always dress nice, be yourself, follow your dreams, conquer the world and be kind to nature and your fellow citizens!!!

Until next time!

 

Cheers xo

Breezy cool & floral jewel

Like I said in previous posts, we’re having a bit of a breezy weather here in Montreal. So to keep warm and yet still feel springy, I decided to dress happily with some bolder prints. This is so weird, usually, we’re very warm and hot by this time of year, but polar vortexes have been hitting us a lot lately. But for some reason, I find this kinda weather super calming. I don’t know why, but I always found comfort in rain; the sound of it against the window, the smell of it when it first hits the ground, the feel of it when it touches your skin. Rain brings me an inexplicable sense of comfort and freedom and I love it. Perhaps I feel like this because I’m an introvert and it’s only me and nature. Regardless, I am probably the only one that enjoys it when it rains, literally…or when there’s a thunderstorm. I always thought, if my fashion career didn’t satisfy me, I would be a storm chaser. But then again, I could still do that even though I love what I do now. Wow, this post took a totally different direction than planned.

So going back to the outfit, I was inspired by the weather and still kept it in the same tones of what I felt: grey but happy and floraly. Connected to nature really. This is what I came up with:

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What I wore:
-Maxi long Forever 21 dress with side slits.
-Vero Moda floral jeans.
-Qupid Shoes.
-DCK necklace.

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Can’t help but wear these shoes, I know I am over-doing it, but they are so darn comfortable and cute.

So that’s all! Until next time!

Cheers x