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Julia McAlpine

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Undress Runways: Paving the Sustainable Way Forward

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This past Saturday, October 17, eco-friendly fashion lovers gathered on the roof of a car-park in Double Bay, Sydney to attend the Undress Runways fashion show.  The annual event, which was held the previous weekend in its birth city of Brisbane, showcased new collections from 23 sustainable brands. There was something for everyone; looks ranged from swimwear and yoga essentials to ethereal gowns and men’s street wear.
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4 of the Best Ethical Swimmers

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Let’s face it — swimsuit shopping is something you either adore or abhor. You might be the type of gal who buys an assortment of new bikinis each spring, or someone who sticks to the ancient one-piece she’s lovingly dubbed Ol’ Faithful. No matter which camp you’re in, these cute swimwear options will get you excited for the warmer months ahead! Read More

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Clothing Swap

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A few weekends ago, I turned up at my friend’s apartment with a plate of homemade chai biscuits, a yoga mat, and a tote bag of assorted dresses that had never quite suited me. This visual is novel on all accounts; I’m not much of a baker, I can tally the number of times I’ve practised yoga on one hand, and I’d never participated in what was to be the highlight of our Girls’ Day – a clothing swap. Read More

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Why I Care About Ethical Fashion

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Julia McAlpine is a fashion devotee and regular Good On You contributor. She takes us on her journey from fast-fashion addict to conscious consumer. From Southern California to sunny Sydney, handmade Halloween costumes and vintage market treasures, Julia’s ethical fashion story is shaped by those closest to her, with a concern for those she won’t even know.

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Sephora opens in Australia: which brands are cruelty-free?

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The prayers of Australian beauty addicts have finally been answered — French-born makeup, skincare, and hair product retailer Sephora will open its first store on the continent on 5 December, 2014. Those in the Sydney area will have access to a myriad of prestige cosmetics brands via the new location in the CBD Westfield, and hopefully the chain will not only ship nationally, but plant new locations in other major Aussie cities in 2015.

Having such popular brands at our fingertips raises the question: how do we know which brands are cruelty-free? Sephora’s own in-house collection was reported to test on animals in September, 2012, but the company claimed to be cruelty-free in a post from June, 2014. We truly hope this claim is true, but with the Sephora Collection and other “cruelty-free” brands selling in China (where animal testing is mandatory), it’s difficult to determine where companies’ values stand.
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Surprise hard-to-buy-for friends with thoughtful gifts that matter

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In the second instalment of our four-part holiday gift series, Julia McAlpine shares her methods for selecting the perfect gifts for loved ones, with tips for combining interests, needs, and important causes into one package.

Each holiday season I face the same quandary – what can I give my loved ones to show them I care about them and the world around us? It’s tempting for me to wait until Christmas Eve to shop, only to fall back on stereotypical gifts (my dad’s a working man; he must need a pen!), but I know when I take a more creative route and give something truly useful or that supports a cause that is important to me or the receiver, my gifts will mean so much more.

If you’re stuck on how you can think outside the box this year, and want to give gifts that are Fair Trade, cruelty free, charitable, or eco-friendly, read on for ethical, thoughtful gift ideas to spark your imagination. Remember, you can mix and match these suggestions and even create a gift basket using items from multiple categories! Read More