24 April 2015

Ethical Fashion // #Whomademyclothes

Fashion Revolution Day 2015 Since getting involved in ethical fashion, one of the hardest things for me has been transparency. It is SO hard to pin down how and where clothes are made, even when hunting through company ethics statements and emailing customer service teams. I feel it is a little scary how distanced we are from the origins of the things we buy, that there is no real link to the people who have made our things with such care and attention so I love the whole ethos behind Fashion Revolution. I really think that we can make the whole fashion industry better by asking brands to know more about their supply chain. If we as consumers keep asking for more transparency, the more brands will have to keep an eye on the factories they use and the standards they enforce. I really hope that we can push for a place where the clothes we love don't have to be in the shadow of events like Rana Plaza.

So, today is time to ask your favourite brands #whomademyclothes? Just tweet them, or email them, or instagram them and ask! Get involved on social media and follow the hastags #FashRev and #Whomademyclothes (and you can follow the official Fashion Revolution twitter too for all the updates!) It was a great day last year and I cannot wait to see how all the brands get involved and respond to our questions! 

For any Manchester folks who want to get involved, there are a few events going on too: 
Goodstock, the coolest charity shop in town,are putting on an interactive window display, with a photobooth and offering a 10% discount for anyone tagging their purchases with @goodstockshop and #whomademyclothes 
There is going to be a fashion flashmob in All Saints Park next to Man Met at 12pm for anyone who wants to help raise awareness and get chatting to other people involved
Gorgeous Couture are going to be on social media all day, sharing stories about their makers at their Manchester based design studio- follow their twitter, instagram or facebook for updates!
On Saturday, the Whitworth Art Gallery are hosting a talk by designer Katherine Hammnet and workshops on upcycling to celebrate the long history of textiles in Manchester. The full event schedule is here and it is all free!

'Clothes aren't going to change the world, the women who wear them will' - Anne Klein


26 March 2015

Wedding // The final countdown

engagement ring photographWe took these photos with a remote and tripod, in the back garden whilst we were living in Sussex, a few weeks after getting engaged. And now we have just three weeks until we get married. Three weeks! It is feeling a little surreal that it is so close, after so long of it feeling light years away. The last few weeks have been whizzing by, with the weekends and evenings stuffed full of wedmin. We keep catching each other's eyes and grinning in realisation that it is actually happening!
engagement photography shoot, cherry blossom holding hands, engagement photograph
I wrote this post on weddings almost a year ago, when we were just getting started with planning the wedding. We're a long way from those first thoughts now and it made me think it might be nice to give you all a little update- especially wedding planning is totally to blame for my blogging absence recently!

So, here is our wedding thus far, in numbers! 

drafts of the Order of Service (it might even get finished some day soon!)

metres of garlands ready to hang at the reception

wedding dress, 98% complete

days to get it finished in...

people who have helped us more than we could ever have imagined (DIY weddings are in no way a one man band!)

hours too many spent deciding what on earth to have played at the ceremony...

tubes of gold glitter, being put to good use

spare invitations  thanks to me forgetting that the number of guests doesn't equate to the number of households

of us who teared up a little hearing our banns read out at Manchester Cathedral

bottles of champagne behind our bed 

wedding meltdowns... So far! 

Roll on the 18th of April! Fingers crossed I finish that dress of mine in time...


P.S. If you want a sneak peek of what I've been making the wedding there are a few photos scattered in my instagram feed- chambrayandcurls


05 March 2015

Style // Whiteout

black fedora and white jumper ootd How did March arrive? How am I getting married NEXT MONTH!? This year is absolutely flying by. March is pretty good as far as months go, I think. It feels like Spring is on its way: days are getting longer, plants are getting greener and I've got the urge to wear something other than just black clothing... Even if I am still wearing multiple layers and chunky knits, it seems a little fresher to pull out the light colours, after all these dark months.
Am I the only one that can feel stupidly self conscious in light colours? I always feel like I can be seen more easily if I wear light jeans, that I'm more noticeable, and as someone without the teeniest thighs, that can make me a little anxious. So, I've been chickening out of wearing white denim for a few weeks thanks to irrational fears but made myself just get on and wear them otherwise, eBay sale it is. And you know what? It was a nice change. These jeans are safe from the threat of eBay for now! all white outfit white jeans with a white jumper for spring how to style white denim
Wearing- jeans: Cheap Monday; Jumper: eBay; belt: so old I don't know; Hat: Catarzi by ASOS; bag: Grace Gordon; boots: old Topshop; necklace: gift.