Sustainable Fashion Rethinking

Sustainability is a popular word lately. The more we realize that the resources from our planet is limited, the more we need to rethink about everything, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the things we use, the way we use them. It’s all connected together. There are many factors to consider when it comes to sustainable fashion.

DESIGN
Design is the first step. It starts with the concept before a clothing item is born. As designer they have to think about whether the design is wearable. When clothes end up not sold it’s a big waste. Perhaps they shouldn’t even be created from the beginning. Materials are another important factor. Does the production of raw material require a lot of energy? Is it environment-friendly? Which materials would be preferable, man made or derived from animals?

Annika Matilda Wendelboe from Sweden is one of the first designers to use organic and Cradle to Cradle certifiedCM materials which could be safely composted when the garments reach the end of their life. Many of her clothes are creative and multifunctional. This Lille Prinsen (Little Prince) jacket is made from hemp, a very environment-friendly material, could be machine-washed and could be worn with the scarf on or without.
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PRODUCTION
Production involves textile weaving, dying, pattern cutting and sewing etc. There are always new technology to aid the process, such as using software to facilitate the pattern cutting, so there would be less waste throwing away. Using non-toxic dying method greatly benefits people involved in the manufacturing and also the environment.

Creative pattern cutting from The North Face Zero Waste Project products as little waste as possible .
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DISTRIBUTION
Nowadays a lot of clothes are produced in Asia, which means they usually have to travel a long way until they reach the customers. Transportation is one important thing to consider. Packaging could contribute to another unnecessary waste. Storage such as warehouse also requires energy, especially in places where weather can be detrimental to the clothes. Whether the materials are fair-trade or the clothes are ethically made can play a big role for the local communities.

Isabell de Hillerin is working with local manufacturers in Romania and Moldova to support the production of handmade materials, which are then beautifully and skillfully incorporated into her excellent well-cut pieces.
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USE
This stage is mostly related to us consumers. We should use our clothes as often as possible, this means that we have to be conscious of what suits us best and what to buy, so we don’t end up hanging those in the closet only. The cleaning method of the clothes is also important. If the clothes has to be dry-cleaned, it not only adds to the bills but also pollutes the environment when non-green products are using. I personally prefer those items that could be cleaned and cared at home. Clothing company can teach customers how to take care of their clothes so the clothes last longer. Company can also consider providing repairing service, which could prolong the life time of clothing.

Nudie Jeans is one company that provides repairing service for your favorite Nudie jeans.
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END OF LIFE
When a piece of clothes served its term and is no longer flattering, we need to think about how we could use the last bits. Upcycling is great as there are numerous innovative ways to sew different pieces from old clothes to make them a piece of “new” clothes. With new technology now it’s also possible to recycle many fabric fibers from the old clothes.

HM Conscious Exclusive Collection 2016: Materials include organic silk, hemp, recycled linen and Tencel® blends as well as new innovative materials, such as beads and rhinestones made from recycled glass, and Denimite − fabric made from recycled worn-out denim, of which H&M is the first fashion company to utilize.
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As consumers we probably don’t have direct controls in many of the stages, but we can always choose the clothes using sustainable materials such as organic cotton or recycled materials, locally or ethically produced, that have time-less design and are durable so we could use it longer. I also hope those eco-friendly clothes will be affordable so many people will wear them. Green fashion needs to be in everybody’s life, not another new line of “luxury” which are only accessible to a few.

Pacifica Devocean Vegan Lipsticks Review

When I found Pacifica I was so excited! This is one brand that devotes themselves to create beautiful vegan, cruelty-free and natural products. The price might be more expensive than you expected from “drugstore” stuff but they do use high quality natural ingredients, which is worth paying a bit more. After all, we need to really take care of our skin.
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If you live in the US then you are lucky. There are so many to choose from. For me I can only try some products my local vegan store happens to carry as currently the Pacifica online store does’t ship worldwide yet. The first ones I tried are the lipsticks – Devocean line. Those are highly pigmented, so it would mostly cover the original color of your lips. At the beginning I was really not used to that, especially when it was just applied, as it feels like plastic layer on my lips, however, upon drying up it becomes more natural. The formula is moisturizing, but definitely not as the same as lip balm, so if you have extremely dry lips, prime it with a layer of lip balm. I like the slim design of the tube as it makes it easy to glide over the lips, especially for thin lips. I found traditional lipstick tubes more challenging and I might need help from lip brush, but this one is small enough to apply in a finely way. Not to mention it takes less space in the purse or bag, which is important for us petites who usually carry smaller bags.
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Below are color swatch that I took under daylight outside and inside.
PACIFICA VEGAN LIPSTICKS
XOX – very sweet and pretty pink color
Tenderness – pink color with coral tone
Rebel sol – medium red color with orange tone
Firebird – bright red color
Natural mystic – deeper shade of Tenderness
I feel Rebel sol and Firebird are slightly less pigmented than other three shades, but it could be different on different lips.
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Which color will you pick? 😉

Sunny Walk at Skinnarviksberget

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DAGMAR top EU XS / old cotton culottes / TIMBERLAND sandals EU 37

When the tallest tree in our playground started to turn yellow, I know the fall was coming, even though it might still be green around.

I love fall. It is blessed with amazingly blue sky and warm sunshine in the afternoon. For a moment you might have an illusion that summer is still here. When the sun is up high, I feel like taking a walking around Skinnarviksberget. It’s one of the best points to get a nice view of the Gamla Stan, city hall and the Norr Malärstrand.
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The top of the mountain is flat, formed with rocks, so it’s perfect to sit down and admire the view, or have a nice picnic.
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I was wearing the Dagmar orange/golden top. The color reminds me of the fall. It’s made of lyocell, which is said to be one of the greenest artificial fabric made from plants. It’s cool and drapes very well. As usual the regular XS might still be big and long on a small petite body, so I have shortened the shoulder parts by 5 cm where the front and back pieces meet. I paired it with my old lake blue cotton culottes that I bought almost 10 years ago. If you have a bit extra on your legs, culottes could be a good option in summer. It’s airy and covers the line of your legs well.
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Just like the tree in our playground, some leaves couldn’t wait for their fall suit, even their pals were still dressing in summer green.
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Hope you are having a wonderful sunny fall day!

Photos by lovely Ulrike Mayrhuber

Mineral Fusion Foundation, Concealer, Eyeliner, Mascara, Lipstick Review

When I decided to dress more mature, I also decided to try some makeup. My first adventure is to find vegan or vegetarian ones with mild ingredients that cater to more sensitive skin (aka “free from many irritants” type), and Mineral Fusion came to my attention.

To be honest, I don’t know what my must-haves are so far, so I started from the basics. Here are the stuff I got.
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Mineral Fusion Liquid Foundation – Warm 1
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Although I always like the frosty bottle, I do find it a bit troublesome to pour it out without a pump sometimes. Since this foundation is fragrance free, it smells its natural smell. You might not like it when you apply but it disappears soon when you spread out. The color is suitable for lighter Asian skin with warm tone, although since I got a bit tan in holiday in winter it appears a bit too white on me. Sometimes I mix my moisturizer and foundation with 50% of each, this way makes it more a sheer appearance, but more deeply hydrated when the weather is super dry. I might try a darker shade next time I order, although finding the foundation with the right tone is never easy, I heard, lol.

Mineral Fusion Duo Concealer – Warm
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I got the same toned concealer to go with my foundation, although sometimes I use it alone when I don’t use foundation. However, this is not a heavy duty concealer, so if you have very serious dark circles around your eyes it might not cover it fully. I normally apply the darker color first over the dark circle areas, dab it a bit, then the lighter color around the edge to blend it well with the rest.

Mineral Fusion Lipstick – Ruby
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To be honest, finding a vegan lipstick is not easy. With limited brands your choices of the right shades are also limited. Not to mention as I must shop online, without trying it on my lips, I have no idea what it would appear like when applied.

My first try is the Ruby one. What I really love about this one is that it’s very hydrating and has great ingredients. I can simply apply it alone without lip balm. The color is bright wine red, although it is not pigmented or long lasting if you want something that stays on for a long time. I always like to wipe lipstick off when eating, so I don’t bother reapplying every few hours.

Mineral Fusion Liquid Eyeliner – Ebony
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For beginner liquid eyeliner is surely a challenge, and after ten or more tries, I felt I more or less got better. What I like about this product is its ingredients, what I don’t like is the pen itself. The holder part looks beautiful but it’s too thin to hold, which makes application more difficult, especially for unsteady hands as a beginner. Sometimes I would accidentally got the ink into my hands, and it can be messy. The tip doesn’t feel easy to use either, and sometimes I got the ink to my eyelashes by accident, although I am not sure whether it’s because I am just a beginner. The color is super dark black, which makes the makeup a bit too “obvious” on my brown eyes. I wonder if the other brown shade called Valley would work better. The eyeliner stays long and almost water-proof as long as you don’t rub it, especially with water or tears. When removing you can simply moisturize them with damp cotton pads, then use q-tip to brush it off. You don’t even need eye makup remover, which is great!

Mineral Fusion, Waterproof Mascara, Cocoa, 0.57 fl oz (17 ml)
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I bought a lighter shade for mascara. The color looks dark brown but when applied it’s kind of black, not brownish at all, however it goes well with my brown eyes. Compared to the eyeliner, I would say this one is unfortunately a bit disappointing. Pros: it contains rather natural ingredients and doesn’t smudge easily. Cons: the brush is way too large which making the application very messy, it gets easily on my eyelid or under my eyes; the formula is slightly dry so it doesn’t coat evenly, instead it looks a bit clumpy; occasionally tiny flakes might get into eyes and causes irritation; when completely dried it has to be removed by oil cleanser (see how to make your own HERE) instead of using only warm water.

Overall I like Mineral Fusion, and I would like to try some other shades of the same products. I do hope in the future the issues I mentioned would be improved though.

Time for the Library

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old knitwear EU XS / COS skirt EU 34 / Marc O’Polo loafers EU 37 / Daniel Wellington Watch
I always love reading. Although I already embrace reading on the screen of the digital age, I still like the feeling of turning the pages, not to mention, good font, excellent layout, exquisite printing and binding of the book makes the reading much more comfortable than reading on the screen. So whenever possible, I turn to the library to find the real copies.
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Stockholm’s city library might not be that stunning from the outside, but definitely beautiful and functional from the inside. The main round hall are literally three layers of bookshelves, with stairs connecting each other. I used to fantasize that one day if I owned a castle, I would built my own library exactly like that. To walk around the stairs looking for my favorite books gives me such a deep satisfaction. I felt lucky to be able to use such a library!
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Today I am wearing an old white knitwear, with the gray COS skirt made from cupro and viscose. Cupro is a fiber derived from the leftover of cotton processing. It has a silky hand feel and drapes well, and it breathes well and regulate body temperature like cotton. It is anti static so this skirt is not lined. It’s very comfortable to wear, although it can wrinkle easily too, so you have to iron it every time you wash it. My only complaint is that the size seems to be slightly big, so I have to wear a belt to completely “hold it”, which I would definitely prefer not to. High heels might be more beautiful, but I wouldn’t recommend wearing it when you have to climb stairs or squat down to look for books. A pair of flat loafers work more comfortably in this situation.
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I finally found the books: more research and inspiration on colors and remake!
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As I left the library with a bag of books, I already look forward to my next trip here. Do you also have a library that you love to go to?
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Photos by lovely Ulrike Mayrhuber