I am, what I call, a baby lawyer. Just over two years out of law school, entering my third year in a big girl job at a big city law firm. Like many who have come before me, I started out with a cheerful smile, an empty bank account, and a hefty student loan. But here is the problem with grown up jobs: you need to look, as well as act the part.
Have you ever pulled open the doors of your wardrobe, only to find yourself muttering (or groaning loudly) that you have nothing to wear? Yes, so have I. At this point it can be tempting to rush out and buy something new, fun and affordable. But if it’s this kind of quick-fix buying that leads to the ‘nothing to wear’ dilemma in the first place, then we’re just running in circles.
A few years ago it struck me – I am complicit with modern-day slavery and serious environmental destruction. I had been campaigning against the insidious crime of sex trafficking when I found myself chatting with two passionate campaigners at a pop-up shop in London. They told me about the children picking my cotton in Uzbekistan and the widespread impact of pesticide runoff in India.
I’ve spent many years and thousands of dollars trying to get good skin. But here’s what I’ve learnt, you don’t need to spend a fortune on expensive products, and a good nights sleep will do your complexion wonders. A few years ago I got rid of my chemical ridden cleansers and moisturisers and instead used products I would only ever be comfortable eating. So here’s what I found.
Like most eager resolution-makers, I rarely succeed in keeping any of my lofty goals past January. I did not manage to “Write a Novel” or “Refresh my German Skills” last year, and I still haven’t set foot inside a gym since 2012 despite my vow to “Exercise Three Times a Week.”
Instead of continuing this embarrassingly futile tradition, I’ve decided to change the way I approach resolutions. I want my goals for 2017 to be attainable and sustainable for the environment – and my wallet.
Summer has finally arrived. Our days are getting longer, nights warmer, and the sun is shining stronger. Many of us are probably looking forward to holidays, catching up with family, lazing at the beach and backyard BBQs. So it’s easy to forget how quickly those harsh rays can turn a tan to a painful burn and leave lasting damage to our skin. But a love-hate relationship with the summer sunshine doesn’t have to end in the legionnaires’ caps and bright pink zinc of your childhood.
It was almost 18 months ago that I left home with a 50-litre backpack weighing me down. It was overflowing with all the things I thought I’d need for a trip around the world. As an inexperienced traveller, my packing skills were questionable at best. Life on the road is a great teacher, however, and I learned how to strike that happy balance between necessity and luxury. Now I’m a pro at packing a suitcase that’s sustainable, stylish and light!
For some of us, the idea of turning up to every 5-star event in the same gown and that one pair of trusty heels is just not on. But neither is a wardrobe overflowing with barely worn formal wear or a maxed out credit card from buying clothes we can’t afford… what to do?
It’s time to look at the rental market! Renting a dress is a cost-effective, socially conscious way to make fashion’s high-end trends and couture accessible.
Are you worried that your budget combined with your love of fashion will overrule your desire to shop ethically? Scared of being forced to opt for cheap and nasty over ecochic?
Never fear! Here are 8 tips to create a versatile and ethical wardrobe without breaking the bank.