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The Mother’s Day (Ethical) Gift Guide

What’s on your wish list for Mother’s Day this year? Apart from the obligatory handmade craft from the kids, I mean (which we love by the way 😉). I don’t usually put in requests, but this year I actually do need a new dressing gown.

My usual go-to place for sleepwear? Peter Alexander. But, I did a little research into this brand and found that they don’t actually do enough to protect the rights of the workers in their supply chain. Baptist World Aid’s ethical fashion guide rates Peter Alexander overall as a C+, which I suppose technically is a pass grade but looking further into this rating shows they score a D for ‘Worker Enpowerment’. Not cool. Suffice to say, they won’t be getting my business anymore.

If you, like me, want to support ethical brands – I am here to help with a range of gifts that you’ll love and love knowing your money is well spent. You can click the images to check out more details too.

1. I’ve been hinting pretty hard for this dressing gown!

Alas The Label Telescope Robe $169.95

2. The draping and cut of this dress is super flattering – an easy wear piece to throw on and go, or add some leggings during the cooler months.

Hunt Kelly Lola Limited Edition Beaujolais $130

3. Mmmm… chocolate and strawberries!

Wicked Berries The Sweetest Thing Gift Box $49

4. I have one of these belts in neon pink – I love it!

Alma Mexicana Hand Woven Belt (in a range of colours) $25

5. Perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. Fill it with some herbs or a lovely plant.

Sunday Society Pot $20.95

6. Still not sure? Flowers are always the answer! And the best place to get flowers in Brisbane is from the gorgeous ladies at Coddle and Co.

So, have you bought your mum a Mother’s Day present yet? What would you like to receive this Mother’s Day?
Lily x

Fashion Revolution Week – What’s it all About?

Fashion Revolution Week – have you heard of it before? I hadn’t, until a few weeks ago. I’m actually not sure how I didn’t know about until now, but I’m so glad I stumbled across it!

You see, for a while now I’ve been thinking more about what I wear. I’m going to write more about this in another post, but to keep a long story short (for now), until recently price, style and supporting local businesses have been all I’ve considered. Fashion Revolution Week (beginning April 24 – the anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse) asks #whomademyclothes and got me thinking about the people behind the labels.

So, I did some research and found some amazing brands who are manufacturing their clothes in Brisbane. I contacted them and asked if I could meet them and have a look at where they make our clothes.

I have to say, I was blown away by the generosity they all showed me. To be welcomed so warmly into studios and factories left me feeling ever so grateful and even more determined to purchase my clothes more mindfully.

Let me tell you a little about each of the brands I covered for Fashion Revolution Week.

1. Active Truth: this label started one year ago by two Brisbane friends – Nadia and Stevie. I had heard of this brand but didn’t realise their factory was in Brendale! They manufacture high quality tights and tops like this…

Active Truth top ($49.95) and tights ($114.99)

2. Rant Clothing: this Brisbane sustainable and ethical label began in 2003 by designer Sarah Garrett-Hodoniczky. Two collections are produced each year with an emphasis on longevity and quality. 

Rant Samira pant ($249) and Obsidian top ($99)

3. Nicobelle Design: quality, timelessness and gorgeousness for little girls is what you’ll find at Nicobelle. It’s a label close to my heart too, having taught the two daughters of the owner – Fiona.

Nicobelle Design Elissa dress ($58)

4. Tengdahl: Julie Tengdahl, owner and designer, is a proud advocate of ethical, responsible and sustainable slow fashion. Her hand crafted garments (made in Brisbane) are both luxurious and functional with the aim to ‘make women shine’.

Tengdahl Jersey Slouch Pant ($279) and Silk Blouse ($259)

5. Maiocchi: if you’ve followed my blog and/or social media for a while you’ll know that I’ve worked with Maiocchi a lot. I love this Brisbane label, where all garments are manufactured in Red Hill. Dee, the owner and designer, designs styles and prints that are instantly recognisable, flattering and beautiful.

Maiocchi Passing the Time dress ($245)

So there you have it – Fashion Revolution Week all wrapped up for The Stylish Teacher. Stay tuned for lots more ethical fashion headed your way!

Lily x

Birdsnest Capsule: Play Date to Date Night

Capsule wardrobes are really having a moment right now. What I’m loving most about them is the inclusion of versatile wardrobe pieces that can be worn in different ways and in different contexts.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’ve taken long service leave from my teaching position and extended it for all of 2017. Next year my youngest is due to start prep and I am thoroughly enjoying spending this year with her and her friends.

When the gorgeous girls from Birdsnest invited me to create a capsule wardrobe for my current lifestyle I jumped at the chance. I’ve been a customer of theirs for years and have always found their quality and service to be fantastic.

I’ve chosen six pieces – one dress, two pairs of pants (jeggings and culottes), two tops (camisole and tee) and a light lace coverup – with a neutral colour palette, perfect for adding tan accessories to or even adding bright colours if you like.

The V Neck Shift Dress $79.95

Wild Tribe Stitched Jeggings $129.95

The Wide Leg Cropped Trouser $99.95

Boho Bird Runaway Top $39.95

Boho Bird Walking on Clouds Tee $49.95

Boho Bird Spring Day Throw $89.95
I’m looking forward to sharing lots of different outfit combinations from my capsule with you this week!

Lily x

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