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    Upcycling idea: How to make a summer skirt from a dress

    In today’s upcycling DIY post I’m going to show you how to make something new from something old – in less than thirty minutes. I’ll explain how you can turn a dress into a super comfy skirt and even change it’s look with the help of small details.

    I am a sucker for fabric scraps – as you might know. I’ve got a whole bunch of them stored in a bag just waiting for their big moment. Every now and then I want to get rid of the bag and start a new sewing project – although this is mostly not making it so much more empty (obviously ;)).

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    Summer wish list 2017: Five Pieces I want to buy this season

    Okay, it’s May and it rains all the time here in Berlin. I’m not sure whether this is going to be a real summer so I’m trying to be prepared for everything. Luckily my wish list for the coming months is full of options that can be worn with different temperatures.

    I’ve explained in the last post why I’ve started writing wish lists and today I want to show you what’s exactly on mine – I’ve also got some tips prepared to write your own, so let’s do this!

     

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    How I save money to afford fair fashion (and other things)

    “Sorry, but this is just too expensive for me” is what I regularly hear when I talk about fair fashion with others. I’ll just let this stand for itself and explain instead why I can afford fair fashion. Spoiler: It’s not because I’m rich.

    To begin with, I’m not – against all expectations 😉 – making loads of money with blogging. In fact, a pretty normal part time job is paying my bills. I earned considerably more money some time ago until it became clear to me that I value time over money.*** That said, I don’t have a huge income, I actually make less than most of the people I know. Nevertheless I can afford fair fashion – mostly because I choose to. It has taken me some time and adjustments but it hasn’t been a huge problem. It just takes some more preparation. Today I want to share with you how I save money to spend on ethical fashion (and of course on other things ;)).

     

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    Why I support Fair Fashion | Fashion Revolution Week

    I made a decision two and a half years ago: I decided against fast fashion and for conscious consumerism. Today I want to share with you what this decision has meant for me in celebration of Fashion Revolution Day. I’ve also summed up some cool events globally and will be linking other articles about this topic by the Fair Fashion Squad!

     

    My H&M Wardrobe

    A couple of years ago I loved the idea to own a whole H&M as my closet. It would be great to have something new to sport every morning and to always be wearing the latest trends, right? But after I had blogged about conventional fashion for over three years here on at least I was done. My closet was full of polyester rags, still I never found the right thing to wear and I had the constant feeling to need more to be part of the fashionistas.

    A full closet but nothing to wear

    I had heard about alternatives but didn’t know exactly where to get them and if they actually looked okay. And of course there was the money question: How in the world would I be able to afford this? This is how my first fair fashion post appeared here over two years ago – to my surprise it was actually possible to buy good looking ethical fashion and it wasn’t even that expensive.

    It didn’t stop with fashion at this point. I started to wonder about my whole lifestyle. Why am I using a straw? Do I need vegetables that have been around the world? Why am I buying a plastic container that holds my soap every month just to trash it afterwards? There’s still many people who laugh at me for this but there must be quite as many that I have infected with my thoughts (even if most of them won’t admit ;)).

    In the spirit of Fashion Revolution Day I’ll be digging a little deeper today and will explain why supporting fair fashion and changing your consumption behaviour is worth it – and why you should advocate it in front of others.  Continue reading…