14 April 2014

Life // Catching up

chambray and curls Lola and Laura together chambray and curls amongst the ribbons chambray and curls face mask selfies chambray and curls days out chambray and curls chambray and curls at the pavillion chambray and curls friends laughing together chambray and curls checking back Another little set of adventures with this girl. It is brilliant how many smiles and laughs and thoughts can be shared over a few days and I never cease to be amazed at how much a couple of girls can find to talk about! Catching up with a great friend is good for the soul, don't you think?
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13 April 2014

This Week // #9

chambray and curls springtime looking over the pond
{photo from earlier today}

Doing: a lot of catching up with one of my greatest friends Lola (who also blogs at Pastime Bliss). She came all the way down from Manchester to stay for a long weekend and it has been the best. I've been showing her all the delights that the area has to offer. We spent Friday in Brighton, taking Lola on a whistlestop tour of all the sights and best places to eat and shop. Saturday was dedicated to hardcore charity shop trawling for a bit of a spring wardrobe refresh, before coming home and sitting in pyjamas to watch Mamma Mia with facemasks and painting our nails. Then today we took advantage of the glorious weather and headed to Charleston Farmhouse, to soak up the countryside and the beauty in the house and gardens. I've just taken her back to the train station and I'm a little sad that the weekend flew by quite so fast. Friends are the best.
Loving: This spring sunshine letting me have my first cup of tea outside at the table, and the fact that our cherry tree has burst into the most glorious display of blossom. I cannot help but smile every time I look out the windows and see the flurry of soft pink petals everywhere.
Wearing: Loose shirts and light jeans. It is still way  too cold for me to hack bare legs, so whilst the skirts and dresses hang in my wardrobe, I'm enjoying not having to bundle up like crazy.
Daydreaming: of nothing much! It has been such a gorgeous week that I have just been soaking it all up. Life is good.

Links of the week:
Bee and Lyzi have been inspiring me to get doodling again, with Bee wrecking her journal and Lyzi creating creative prompts for the month. I'm trying to do some sketching and playing about every couple of days. It is nice to make and experiment without pressure to produce anything 'good'.
I smiled to see this little guide to Eastbourne on Cat's blog. Small seaside towns are always treasure troves for pretty bits and pieces.
Miista are a shoe brand I regularly perve over online, and I really like this little article about their production process. I love seeing and knowing how things get made. It always leaves me in awe at the skills people have in manufacturing.

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09 April 2014

Style files // An ethical fashion pledge

chambray and curls making an ethical fashion pledge About a year ago I made a quiet promise to myself that I was going to make better fashion choices and now is the time to make that blog official. I do not want to buy clothing that isn't clear about how and where it has been made. I want to know that the clothes I love and enjoy have not been involved in someone else's suffering, whether that be in terms of pay, working conditions or environmental factors. I want to support businesses that are trying to do things right, who actively foster good practices rather than just doing the bare minimum in order to keep their profits at the maximum. And rather than just talking about how dreadful it is, I want to put my money where my mouth is. So I'm going ethical. What does that mean?
  • I am not going buy clothes from any high street stores, with the exception of some eco edits that have a clear ethical basis like ASOS Green Room.
  • Before making a purchases, I'm going to research the manufacturing ethics of anywhere I buy from- including small businesses. No point supporting a small business if they source all their materials from an unknown supplier in India... The same is true of designer brands. A high price point does not ensure an ethical manufacturing process. Knowledge is power.
  • I will look out for clothing and materials that have been made in Europe, the USA, or through fairtrade initiatives, so that I know that certain requirements about pay and conditions have had to be met.
  • I will try to invest in high quality pieces, be more inventive with my styling and satisfy any 'fast fashion' urges though buying second hand in vintage shops, charity shops and Ebay.
This doesn't mean I'm going to throw out everything I own and only wear hippy sacks hand woven by my own fair hand from now on, but as stuff wears out or I want to make new purchases, I'm going to be using these rules to guide myself. I know I'm going to find this quite a challenge. For someone who reads blogs, browses shops and covets things from magazines, it is going to be tough to not just wander down to the high street and buy. But I hope it will bring about good things- that I'll be more appreciative of the clothes I do own, that I'll get back into altering and making my clothes and I might actually end up with that dream wardrobe of mine where everything goes and is good quality and fits me well.

If you're interested, I think I'm going to do more posts about this- shops I like, the shops I don't, any problems or ideas I have... If you've got any favourite ethical shops, let me know. I still need lots of internet window shopping time! And if you're interested in giving it a go, let me know on twitter with the #ethicalfashionpledge hashtag. We can support each other!


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