It’s here! The Garment travel pop-up! If you’re not familiar with Morgan from The Garment, she curates amazing online pop-up shops that feature ethical makers from around the world. It’s a great way to discover ethical brands and get a discount on any pieces you might be eyeing! One of my favourite things is that every pop-up has a photo shoot with real models (aka regular women) wearing the items, so you can get an idea of size and fit based on their measurements – and yours. To top it off, one of my beautiful friends was featured in this pop-up. Look for Britt R – she’s a babe!
As an added bonus, the coupon code for The Garment pop-up works for any items on the brand’s site – so if the featured pieces aren’t fitting your needs, you can always grab something else and save 10%. The goal here is not to shop for the sake of shopping. It’s to curate a wardrobe that works for you with ethically produced, quality items that will last. If your wardrobe doesn’t have any gaps, you’re golden! If you’re not sure, I encourage you to head over to Encircled‘s website, sign up for their mailing list, and they’ll send you the minimalist wardrobe workbook. I went through it this weekend and it helped me get really clear on my style, what I actually wear, and what’s missing from my wardrobe. Look for more about that in next weekend’s capsule wardrobe post!
While Morgan always has amazing picks, I’ve gone through the featured makers to share some of my own favourites! A few of these will definitely be heading to my wardrobe. Some are items I don’t need at the moment but are beautiful nonetheless (and hey, maybe they’re on your list!). I haven’t shared anything from Tradlands or Les Sublimes because the featured items are exactly what I would be after – so make sure to click here to see what they’ve got! If you do pick anything up, don’t forget to use code COMMUNITY10 to save 10% and share your purchases on Instagram with the hashtag #garmentcommunity.
It all started with an Instagram post. Free Label was a brand I started following after seeing them featured in one of the garment‘s online pop-up shops. In fact, I had just recently placed an order for my first piece from them (the must-have Andie bra). The post was calling for models – regular women of all shapes and sizes – for what would become the everywoman campaign. The models would share their measurements to help women visualize the clothing on different bodies that might be more like their own and to see how the sizes would actually fit.
Before I could talk myself out of it, I grabbed my measurements and submitted them. The next thing I knew I had been selected for the shoot and the date had been set.
For the past few years I’ve been focusing on downsizing the amount of ‘stuff’ I own. It started with creating a capsule wardrobe and progressed to anti-hauls and decluttering my makeup collection. We recently moved house and I’m blown away by the number of things that we were able to let go of with little effort. The shift towards a more minimalistic lifestyle has been really positive. Living with less has made me feel so much lighter. So when I saw a video in my YouTube feed about decluttering the ‘fantasy self’, I was all in (thanks Allison Anderson!).
Your fantasy self is an idealized version of you. It represents who you want to be or think you should be as opposed to your true, authentic self. The basic gist of it is, we end up holding on to all kinds of crap in order to support the lifestyle of our fantasy self without even realizing it. This idea was really intriguing to me and I thought it would be interesting to figure out who my fantasy self is and what she’s keeping in my house.
Welcome to the first edition of a series I’m calling ‘Latest Loves’. I didn’t want to commit to a monthly favourites post, because some months I just don’t have that many exciting things to share. You’ll see these posts pop up whenever I’ve got something new to tell you about. Want to know what I’ve been into lately? Read on!
Today marks the 3 year anniversary of one of the most horrific workplace atrocities the garment industry has ever seen. On April 24, 2013 Rana Plaza in Bangladesh collapsed, killing over 1100 workers and causing many more to be injured, some having to sever their own limbs to escape. If that’s hard for you to read (I know it was and still is for me), I encourage you to do some research about fast fashion and where your clothes come from. There’s a cost to your $4 t-shirt and it may be more than you bargained for. Having said that, this problem is not exclusive to fast fashion. There are a number of brands with higher price points who also manufacture their goods in factories with less than ideal labour conditions and wages. In fact, a lot of companies are so disconnected from the manufacturing process that they may not have any idea what kind of conditions their products are being made in (ignorance is bliss).
As a consumer I didn’t know and, admittedly, wasn’t doing much to look into it. I was all about my cheap yoga pants, hoodies, and jeans. Sure, they’d wear out in a couple of months but then I’d just toss them and get a new pair! No big deal, right? Wong. I actually cringe at the thought of this now. Brands that I wear, that I’ve promoted on this very site, produced clothing at that factory (I’m looking at you, Joe Fresh). Really taking the time to think about this made me feel sick to my stomach.
Right now I imagine you’re thinking something like “Ok Amanda, I hear you loud and clear from that soapbox, but what can I honestly do to fix this?”