Looking for the right stroller can be very tiring while pregnant. There are so many different types, models, and colors. On top of that, every brand claims to make the best stroller ever. During my search, the only thing I was clear about, is that I wanted a stroller as sustainable as possible. In my research, I found a Dutch company that makes green strollers in a circular way: Greentom. The designer Bart Bost is the man behind Greentom. He makes strollers from almost one hundred percent recycled materials. Their mission is to design, develop and produce smart and sustainable products that make the world a little bit greener. For their strollers, they use recycled plastic bottles. This helps because the waste does not end up in our rivers, oceans, on our beaches or in landfills. At the end of its lifecycle, all of the Greentom products can be reused or recycled.
I wanted to give it a try and got the Carrycot model in color beige, with the frame in white. As soon as I got it, my husband and I were curious about it and started putting it together. The stroller was to ensemble very quick and easy. It feels lightweight and rides very smooth. I like it that the stroller grows up with the baby. When the Carrycot gets too small (or de the baby too big), I can use the reversible version. The frame stays the same, you only need to get the extra reversible or the classic chassis. These you can use the rest of the stroller time.
Greentom is the proof that circular products can be beautiful and timeless. You can use smart, cool and functional green products and make a difference.
I took my Carrycot stroller for a test ride. I can’t wait to start using it for real when the baby is born!
Being pregnant and having a minimalistic wardrobe don’t go hand in hand. With a growing belly, it is likely to need new clothes. I tried to avoid getting new clothes as long as possible, but slowly the time came and the first thing I needed was a bigger jacket. The only thing I was sure about is that I didn’t want a jacket that I would only wear during the last months of the pregnancy. While searching I found the German brand ‘Paula Janz Maternity’. Paula is a fashion designer from Berlin. She makes maternity clothes for the modern mom. Combining urban, timeless and elegant looks, she makes pieces that are possible to wear during and after pregnancy. The pieces are made in Europe under fair conditions.
From her winter collection, I got the ‘Baby Love Parka’. The parka has a hoodie, two front pockets and it has an extra insert that you can adapt in the zipper. This extra insert is very practical for a growing belly. And later on, when the baby is born it’s also handy to have it because you can comfortably carry your baby in the coat.
On these series of pictures, I show you how I style the ‘Baby Love Parka’ from Paula Janz Maternity. The pictures were made by photographer Marisa Elisa Photography.
Fake leather has been on the market for a very long time. The commonly used materials for synthetic leather are polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyurethane (PU), which are plastic-based materials. As conscious consumerism is rising and entering the mainstream the challenge is to find fake leather accessories made from ecologically friendly materials instead of plastic. I did a little research and found a new brand that it’s making their best to make luxury bags as sustainable as possible. Let me introduce you to JW PEI. This luxury brand makes bags from recycled bottles. The recycling technology has evolved so much that nearly all polyester-based materials can be recycled. The bags and their lining are made from 100% recycled bottles. JW PEI only works with factories that are certified by GRS (Global Recycling Standards) and the Oeko-Tex Standard.
On these series of pictures, I show you how I style the JW PEI ‘Drawstring Backpack’ in black. For that, I made two different outfits. The pictures were made in Amersfoort by the photographer Marisa Elisa Photography.
What I´m wearing:
Shirt // Lievevrouw second-hand market in Amersfoort
Leggings // Erlich textil
Shoes // Second-lifestyle Amersfoort (second-hand shop)
Backpack // JW PEI
Jacket // Paula Janz maternity
Who doesn’t love presents? And even better; who doesn’t love a goodie bag!
Last weekend I had my best friends flying from Germany to The Netherlands, to celebrate my baby shower. A baby shower is a celebration for expecting mothers. The idea of the party is to help the mother-to-be to get the things she still needs for the baby. And of course to celebrate the coming birth of the baby. Before living in The Netherlands, I lived in Germany. That is where my best friends live as well. When I told them I was pregnant, they started organizing the shower for me. I felt really honored and special, and as a way to thank them for all they did for me, I decided to give them a goodie bag. These are the products I gathered for them:
This canvas bag is from the shop Kado Design. The bag is fairly made and from 100% cotton. It has the perfect size to fit a 15” laptop plus all the stuff you need for work and it is also great to use it for groceries.
See more of Kado Design.
Bee’s Wrap is a natural alternative to wrap food in plastic. The ones in the picture are from the shop ‘Eco Warehouse’. They make it with organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil and tree resin. How to use it: you have to fold a piece of Bee’s wrap around a piece of food or over a bowl and use the warmth of your hands to shape and seal it. Bee’s wrap is washable, reusable and compostable.
See more of Eco warehouse.
Marbles By MG (Marit Groen) makes jewelry that cherishes moments. From communion, wedding, to grief processing, you can give your own meaning to it. This helps you to capture, cherish and remember the most special moments of your life. Marit makes all the jewelry herself. To celebrate the baby shower I got a pink bracelet that is called ‘The milestone thread’. It has a rutilated quartz on a very soft pink thread in silver.
See more of Marit’s unique collection.
Zoya Goes Pretty is a brand based in Bulgaria that makes organic skin care products. They use 100% raw, unrefined and organic butters. All of their blends are as simple as possible with cold-pressed Shea butter and are melted below 40° to keep all essential nutrients. In the process, there are no toxic chemicals used. All the products are cruelty-free and vegan as well.
See more of Zoya Goes Pretty.
On The Rocks notebook. The specialty of this book is that the sheets are made from stone paper instead of normal paper. The stones they used for the paper come from mines. The color of the stones is the color that the paper will take on. In the production of this paper, there is no water needed!
See more of On The Rocks.
These cool socks are from the webshop ‘ToffeSokken.nl’. They sell a different kind of motives and a couple of different brands. Leonieke and Stijn started selling socks as a hobby, and now the webshop has grown to a place where you can look for the coolest and craziest socks you can’t imagine.
See more of ToffeSokken.nl.
Weleda is a Swiss company that makes organic skin care products. They are free from synthetic compounds or toxic chemicals. Instead, they use flowers, fruits, roots extracts, minerals and essential oils. All the products are cruelty-free. Weleda has the NATRUE certification, which means they make 100% natural and organic products.
See more of Weleda.
Here is the whole goodie bag:
Did you like the products I chose for my girlfriends? What would you add?
Black is my all-time favorite color. In psycology the color black is linked to power. It’s an intimidating color and indicates strength and discipline. Black doesn’t usually express emotions, rather, it conceals them, giving the person in black an air of superiority. The color black is also considered to be elegant and chic. A black outfit can be seen as more fancy than a colorful one. To me it is my go-to color whether I have a special event or don’t know what to wear on a regular day. It never dissapoints me in making me feel stylish and condifent. Just like it does with me, I believe that black makes everyone look great. It might sound easy but it can be hard sometimes to combine all-black outfits. I have gathered a few tips to help you wear black:
Combine diferent fabrics and textures. For example cotton, leather-look, linnen, tweed. And think of shiny, matt, sparkly and so on.
Mix a fitted piece and a wider piece in the same outfit. When you wear a skinny pants, you can wear a wide sweater or blouse. When you wear a tight top, you can wear a wide skirt or pants.
Add a little bit of color. Go with a colorful bag -shoes, a bold hat or a vintage bandana. Jewelry is also a good option to make the outfit interesting.
Wear a bold lipstick color. This is my personal favorite tip to make an all-black outfit look stylish. The good news is that you can combine ANY color from red to purple.
I have gather my favorites all-black outfits to inspired you:
Desenio is a Scandinavian brand of high-quality posters and frames. They inspire people all over the world with their posters and amazing creation of interiors. If you want to start a photo wall, you can find a lot of tips and ideas about how to arrange it on their website: www.desenio.nl. When I started to decorate the baby room last month, I felt that it was time to check out their collection of posters for children. They even have an extra Instagram account, Desenio kids, to inspire mothers-to-be! I’m having a baby girl, but I am that kind of woman who runs away from the color pink. For me, it was clear to use a gender-neutral color. Luckily Desenio has a lot of posters that suit my wishes.
When I had the chance to pick some frames and posters, I decided to go with a combination of yellow, black and wood. I chose the poster of a penguin, a playful dog, a bear on a bicycle, a graphic of plants and a poster with a quote. The last one has something to do with the name of the baby. (Shh, don’t tell anyone yet.)
Bear on yellow bike, graphic plants, moon and back and penguin.
I am curious what you think about these cute posters I decorated the walls of our baby room with. Because sharing is caring, you can use the code ‘ALISSON‘ from the 30th of January until the 1st of February and get 25% off all their posters. The code is not valid for handpicked-/collaboration posters or frames.
Since I started to care more about the eco-products I use, I have been collecting different brands and trying them out. Every month on this new blog series, I will show you my favorite products. It’s time to promote the best eco-friendly products which are encouraging us to think a little greener about our consumption and to protect the environment. Here they are:
On the rocks ‘first times diary’. I am a big fan of writing on a diary. I got this book as a Christmas present and fell in love right away. The specialty of this book is that the sheets are made from stone paper instead of normal paper. The stones they used for the paper come from mines. The color of the stones is the color that the paper will take on. Don’t be discouraged when the sheets don’t look crispy white. What I love about this: there is no water needed in the production of this paper. Cool right? 😉 Read more about these amazing books here: https://paperontherocks.com/shop/
Dr. Bronner’s all-one toothpaste. Made with organic ingredients. This paste is the most natural I have tried. It has no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners. The tube where it comes is made from 100% recyclable materials. I like the taste and how fresh and clean it leaves my breath. Read more about Dr. Bronner’s here: https://www.biggreensmile.nl
Naif face cleanser. I am a big fan of products that are as natural as possible. I even use often fruits and veggies from the kitchen to clean my skin. While searching for baby skin care products I discovered Naif. They make products with no-nonsense ingredients for babies and for babes! I felt curious to try their products out and got the cleanser. The ingredients are mostly natural oils. Which make the skin very soft. I like the light smell and the fact that I can feel that it has no harsh chemicals in it. I’m very happy with this cleanser and I’m looking forward to start using their baby products! Read more about Naif and their babies and babes products here: https://naifcare.com/product-categorie/baby-care/
Seepje washing nuts. These nuts are an all-natural product to wash your clothes with. I started using them last year, and still, I’m a big fan. I like to use natural products and soaps without SLS as much as possible. These nuts are just perfect. You can reuse them three times and afterwards, you can throw them away in the green container. If washing your clothes with nuts feels too crazy for you, Seepje has normal washing liquid for the clothes as well. The liquid comes in a recycled bottle and is also SLS-free and is made with natural ingredients. Read more about Seepje here: https://www.seepje.nl
Dentatabs for brushing my teeth. I discovered this tabs last year while I was doing a plastic diet. They come in a paper bag but I storage them in a mason jar. To use the tabs, you need to put one in your mouth and chew on them a little bit and start brushing your teeth. The tabs are made in Germany with all-natural ingredients. You can find them with and without flour. Read more about the tabs here: https://www.bag-again.nl/product/denttabs-tand-tabletjes/?v=796834e7a283
I added two different toothpaste on my list because I use them both. I mostly use the tabs, but when I want a stronger fresh feeling, I use the toothpaste of Dr. Bronner’s.
I hope you enjoy my list and would like to try some of the products I mentioned. Please contact me if you have any questions.
All my life, I’ve been using regular deodorant. I always switched between the one from Dove, Nivea and whatever sensitive brand I could find in the shop. I never thought bad of them, but I never read the ingredients… Last year I started to be more conscious about the products I put on my body and soon enough I learned about all the chemicals those brands use to stop making us smell bad. During my research, I learned that your perspiration itself is odorless. The bad smell is caused by bacteria. When you begin to sweat under your arms, your body has created the perfect place for bacteria to grow.
Normal deodorants contain alcohol and anti-microbial ingredients to reduce bacteria. They also contain perfume to mask the bad smell. Antiperspirants deodorants work by using a chemical, usually, a form of aluminum, to actually reduce the perspiration itself. The aluminum reacts with sweat to form a plug in the sweat glands. These plugs decrease wetness, and therefore, decrease the chance for the bacteria to grow. It is not really proven if these chemicals are bad for your health, but I don’t want to take the risk. Instead, I started researching about all natural, organic deodorants.
Organic deodorants are made with all natural, plant-based ingredients. They don’t contain aluminum, alcohol or artificial perfumes. There are no harsh chemicals that could potentially irritate sensitive skin and they won’t clog your pores.
Today I share the products that I have tried and the ones I still use:
Aromaco from Lush. This is a deodorant bar. It’s made with chamomile, patchouli, lemon, baking soda and witch hazel infusion. To use it you just gran the bar and rub it on your armpits. My experience with this one was not good. I guess it’s the smell of patchouli that my armpits didn’t like. It only worked the first weeks, but then I had to change it and use something different.
No sweat from The Ohm Collection. This is a powder deodorant made with certified organic ingredients and from natural essential oils. I tried the ‘coconut’ one. To use it, you put some powder on your fingertip and apply on your armpits. You don’t need much: a fingertip will do the job. My experience with this one was very good. I like the soft smell of coconuts. After some weeks, I could skip deodorant for one day and still didn’t have a bad smell.
Baking soda. This magic ingredient helps to absorb moisture from the skin, it absorbs sweat and reduces body odor. Plus, it kills bacteria! To apply this, there are a lot of methods, but I decided to use plane baking soda. It worked really good for me, but after a couple of weeks, the skin in my armpits started to get too dry. Next, I decided to stop using it every day, and instead using it once per week in combination with other deodorants.
Modern druids lemon squeezy. This one is a cream deodorant made with tapioca starch, coconut oil, shea fruit, baking soda, bergamot oil, lemon oil, and, limonene. To use it, you put some cream on your fingertip and apply it on your armpits. My experience with this one was positive as well. This is the deodorant that I currently still use. I like the citrus smell a lot. Since I started using natural deodorants, I have realized that I smell less and different than before.
Cheap underwear is made from synthetic fabrics. Mostly polyester and nylon. These fabrics are loaded with chemicals that are not bad for your health, ‘apparently’. The garment workers who made such underwears are suffering and not getting paid enough to make our €2,- panties. We need to stop buying cheap undies. And whether it’s healthy or not we need to stop rubbing toxic chemicals on our most sensitive parts.
I admit it. My underwear drawer contains a lot of cheap H&M and Victoria’s Secrets panties. Those purchases were from before my conscious time. Now that I have been slowly replacing my wardrobe with ethical brands, the time has come to start having underwears from sustainable materials. I started my research and have been adding quality underwear to my drawer. While ethical and slow fashion is growing by the minute there are also new brands making ethical lingerie that do more than keep you comfy. I have gathered five of my favorite underwear companies for you:
1. Erlich Textil
Erlich is based in Cologne, Germany. They make timeless and sexy lingerie with responsible materials. They work with a family-owned textile manufacturer in Romania. The producers they work with use the GOTS standard (Global Organic Textile Standard), ÖkoTex100 certification and carries the BSCI seal of quality (Business Social Compliance Initiative). The BSCI is an organization that works to protect workers’ rights. The garments are made of organic cotton or modal.
Anekdot makes ethical underwear and beachwear. The boutique is based in Berlin. The complete process from sketch to finished garment is hand-craft in the studio in Berlin. In the process, they upcycle and use leftovers of fabric as much as possible. They only make the garments they can with the fabrics they have. That’s why the stock is very limited. Their designs are sexy and bold.
Slow and responsible fashion is at the core of the founders of Troo: Nic and Steff Fitzgerald. For them it is very important to partner up with young designers that also share the same beliefs. Producing beautiful and sexy undies that are responsible as possible with the environment and with the garment workers. The brand of their bralettes is called: Nette Rose. Designed and produced by Megan Miller. All the pieces are handmade in Cape Town (from the same country where the founders of Troo are from). The boutique is based in Switzerland.
WORON is a Scandinavian Brand based in Copenhagen, founded by sisters Arina and Anya Woron. They make comfortable and timeless garments. The fabrics they use are all plant-based. A combination of European produced modal and organic cotton are in all of their pieces. The garments are made in a family owned factory in Hungary. The factory has the ÖkoTex and GOTS certifications. Hungary has a strict working regulations both in terms of minimum wages and working standards. The factory is mostly run by women, employing mainly women and they offer additional benefits for working mothers. (Yeah!)
Comazo is a German family business. They only use organic cotton for their garments. All the labels as well, sewing threads, and the buttons meet the GOTS standard. Comazo understand bra’s. They know which cup size you can make with organic cotton and when more cup seams are needed for extra support. The straps are slightly wider so it won’t cut into the skin. Due to the soft materials and the careful production process, without chemicals, the Comazo underwear is suitable for people with allergies or sensitive skin.
Which one is your favorite?
Look at the whole list of sustainable underwear brands in my shopping guide.
One year ago, I decided to stop buying clothes from fast fashion brands. At the time, I was already aware of all the problems fast fashion brings to the environment and to the garment workers. Still, I occasionally felt into temptation and bought some clothes from fast fashion brands. The last time I went to one of those stores and saw everything on sale made me feel so bad, that I promise myself to not buy new cheap clothes again.
Before my conscious time, like most consumers, I was unaware of the real impact of cheap clothing. They’re designed to be thrown away after a few washes. The fabrics are mostly synthetic, which isn’t sustainable in the long run when you consider the amount of water and chemicals used for the production. On top of that, when a garment is so cheap, it’s a sign that the person who made it was not paid a living wage for their work.
This last issue is the one that bothers me the most. The majority of the garment workers are women under the age of 25. They come from poor regions and have no other choice than work for a low price in horrendous conditions. The more I read about this issue, the more I feel that I can not support unethical brands anymore.
As a fashion lover, it was hard for me to make the decision to stop buying clothes from cheap brands and instead to look for ethical brands. But I decided it was the right thing to do for our planet and for all those women out there who didn’t have the “luck” to be born in a middle-class family like me.
As an Instagrammer, I have a constant change in my wardrobe. But now I change it in a conscious way. Instead of buying cheap clothes, I do other things:
1. Second-hand shopping.
When I “need” a new piece of clothing, I first search all the second-hand and charity shops around my city. My tip: Be patience. With that, I always find what I need. By doing this, I save money and I reduce the production of new garments.
2. Care more for the clothes you own. Now that I buy fewer clothes, I take better care of the ones I have. I learned to wash less and air them more often. At the end of the day, I hang the clothes that I used on an open space instead of leaving them on the floor. This helps me to keep my clothes in good condition. As for my jeans, I wear them more than 5 times before throwing them in the laundry. I wash my laundry in the washing machine in the 30° degrees setting. I use a little bit of detergent or washing nuts from Seepje. And I add some vinegar in the softener space.
3. Search for outfit inspiration on Pinterest.
There’s a big chance that your closet is full of clothes that are not being used to their best potential. If so, try to pick one item and look for outfits inspiration on Pinterest. Write down, for example: ‘red sweater outfit ideas’, ‘green pants outfit ideas’… This trick helped me to wear the clothes I already have in different styles and made me feel as if I got new clothes.
4. Shop less, choose well.
To do this, it’s important to be more organized with the clothes you own. Sell or give away all the clothes that you don’t like anymore. Keep only the clothes that you love. This helped me to have an overview of my clothes. It makes it easier to check if I really need a new piece in my closet.
But when I do buy a new piece of clothing or accessory, I make sure it’s an ethical brand. To find out, I search information about where the garment is made and from which materials it’s produced. If it’s not on the brand’s website I email my questions to them. If their answers feel good, I proceed with getting new clothes. Buying like this, helps me to choose well when I want to buy something new. I have learned to take my time when I search for a new piece. If you don’t have the time to do the search, you can check this list: “sustainable shops guide”. I have collected those names since I started my journey. Sustainable fashion brands are a little bit more expensive than fast fashion brands, which helps to buy only the garments that you really need.
5. Lend clothes from friends and family. Do you have a wedding/party/gala coming up? Before looking for something new, ask your girlfriends or sister/cousins to lend you clothes for special events. It’s very common to own fancy dresses but only wear them once. Probably your friends have this kind of dresses as well. By lending a piece you will be saving money and no more clothes will need to be produced.
To leave you some inspiration, here are some of my outfits from last year. All from second-hand or ethically made clothes.