Lush Haul April 2014

While we were down in Liverpool we popped into the local Lush store for a few treats. I had holiday mentality so I really wanted to spoil myself with a few products I'd had my eye on or wanted to try out.

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I was surprised at how inexpensive the whole haul was. I've seen myself spend upwards of £50 on only a few products in one go, so to get 6 good sized items for less than £35 was awesome.

Feel free to recommend some of your favorite lush products for me to try, or what you think of the ones I've chosen.
I hope you have a brilliant week.   

Ethical Easter Bargains

A lot of brands are doing special discounts and offers for the Easter weekend, and despite me telling myself I wouldn't spend any more money on clothes, I couldn't pass up a bit of retail therapy. So here's some of my favorite Easter deals. 

(20% Off until Tuesday 22nd)
NEW Stripe Pocket Dress One Pocket Heart Elbow SweaterNEW Bow Print Shorts
NEW Maxi V Neck DressNEW Dégradé Woven Dress

(20% Off during Easter weekend)

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Image 1 of ASOS Jumper With Raglan Lace SleeveImage 3 of ASOS Silky Floral Short with Patchwork BorderImage 1 of ASOS Top with Dip Back and Cutwork

(Free delivery with code EASTER2014)
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The Little Deer
(20% off selected items with code EASTER20)
Daisy T-shirt in Light Blue by Little By LittleVintage Medium Wash Dungarees - Size Medium
Black and White Dot Skater Dress by Little By LittleNavy Bustier Midi Dress by LoelaBlack & White Checked Coat by Loela

(20% off with code EASTER20)
Fair Trade Square Shoulder Lace Dress Fair Trade Gingham Crop Tee Top Fair Trade Eastern Peacock Print Biker Jacket
Fairtrade Printed Slim TrousersFairtrade Midi Skirt


What are you treating yourself to this weekend?
Whatever you get up to, I hope you have a good one :)

Easter Holiday in Liverpool

Last week Scott and I went on a lovely trip to England to go on a tour of Anfield and visit our friend Christian. I'd never been to Liverpool or Manchester before so it was nice to go somewhere new and seeing as we hadn't met up with Christian in like 2 years it was awesome to get to hang out with him for a while too.
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The Anfield tour was awesome and city had some pretty usual sights, haha. While we were there we went also down to the Liverpool docks and the museum. It was a pretty good trip and a nice break from work and studying. 

We're looking at doing another wee city break in the summer (maybe Dublin, again) so feel free to suggest cities in Europe we should visit.

I hope yous had a good Easter/spring break, whatever you got up to.

Ethical Fashion FAQ

A while ago I was asked for some 'ethical fashion advice' by a lovely reader on twitter, so I thought it was about time that I put together this post to hopefully answer some questions surrounding ethical fashion. This post is quite long, but there's a lot of information to share, so bear with me.

You can check out my 'ethical shopping guide' for a list of brands I consider to be the best for ethical fashion in the UK.

Ethics

Depending on what's most important to you will depend on which companies you support. If, like me, you just want to support brands that are making an effort to creative positive change in the fashion industry, then you'll have plenty of choice. If you're specifically passionate about vegan, cruelty free clothing and animal right, then there will be smaller, more specific options for you. Same goes for human rights, sustainability, environmental impact, or political issues. EthicalConsumer.org is probably you're best bet for finding out who offers products specific to your needs. You simply click a guide, and then use the sliders to determine which categories are of most or least importance to you, and it scores the brands out of 20, so you know which is most likely to meet your needs. 

Research

EthicalConsumer.org is a good starting place, but it's never nice to start buying from someone, to then find out they're not as ethical as you think they are. Research companies individually and then you can determine case by case whether or not they're a company that you, personally, are happy about supporting. It's all about you, so don't be swayed by what others recommend, or criticize. You have to do the research and make the decisions yourself. Here are some other handy resources to get you started: Guardian Ethical Fashion Directory, Ethical Fashion Forum, Guardian Article on Ethical High Street Brands, Bangladesh Safety Accord Signatories, Clean Clothes Campaign, The Ethical Company Organisation

Cost

Know that buying from dedicated ethical brands it's going to be a bit more expensive than many high street stores - it has to be. If the garment workers are to get a fair wage, and work in safe conditions, then the cost of the garment is going to be more. It also costs more to get organic and sustainable materials. The bright side is that you know you're clothes will be high quality and handled with care. It's less expensive than buying designer, and no more expensive than the likes of Zara and Topshop. If you're savvy, you can usually get some gorgeous pieces in the sales.

If you really can't afford the price tag, there are ways of buying ethically at low prices. Charity shops, vintage shops and thrift stores usually come with much lower prices. If you're not used to buying 'second hand' and the idea repels you, then you might be interested to know that some charity shops provide brand new clothing donated straight from High Street stores. The British Red Cross, for instance, has an 'Encore' initiative which sells brand-new factory seconds or surplus clothing from high street stores such as H&M. That way, you still get lovely NEW clothing, but at a much cheaper price, and you're helping out a charity.

Highstreet

If you read the article on ethical high street brands then you'll find that some high street shops are making steps to becoming more ethical - New Look have been accredited by the ethical company organisation, H&M have a 'Conscious Collection' promoting use of sustainable materials, and Topshop have a range of clothes 'Made In Britain' and their parent company has made promises to improve environmental impact company-wide. Supporting changes like this will hopefully encourage more brands to do the same, which would be a huge step in the right direction for the fashion industry. Only by demanding more ethical clothing and supporting ethical brands will we see an improvement. Several high street brands have signed the Bangladesh Safety Accord following the factory collapse last year, but I believe more still has to be done.


Like I said, check out my ethical shopping guide for more information, or leave a comment with any questions. 

I hope this helped, have a great day.

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