OUTFIT: YELLOW FEVER

The color yellow represents sunshine, happiness, positivity, clarity, energy and other positive feelings. Still, it is a complicated color to use on a regular basis. I wanted to experiment a little bit more with that color and realized that I do like it, and it fits good with my skin color. While second-hand hunting I found this yellow top and I made it part of my 33 items.
Hese are my favorite pictures wearing it:

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These series of pictures were made by the photographer Marisa Broekhuizen Check her work HERE.

What I´m wearing:
Yellow top // Second Lifestyle Amersfoort
Black destroyed pants // Kringloop Amersfoort
Birkenstock sandals // Episode Utrecht
Bandana // Vintage shop in Berlin

With Love,
Alisson

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LITTLE CHANGES I MADE TO REDUCE MY PLASTIC WASTE (THAT YOU CAN DO AS WELL)

Last month I joined the most challenging diet that I have ever tried: A Plastic Diet. The goal was to reduce single-use plastics during 30 days. This diet made me realized the amount of plastic we use in our everyday life. Plastic is a big problem to the environment, it ends up in landfills, is regularly eaten by numerous marine and land animals, to fatal consequences. It does not biodegrade. Ever. It just sits and accumulates in landfills and in the oceans forever.
It might be difficult to stop using plastic from one day to the other, but little by little it is possible.  Here are some plastic products that I stopped buying:

1. Plastic bags
Even though I have reusable bags at home, occasionally if I forgot a bag, I would accept one when I go to a shop. Now I am more aware of this so I always leave one reusable bag in a pocket of my purse so I always have one with me.

2. Plastic bottles
I have a reusable glass bottle that I take with me everywhere. It is more delicate than a plastic one, but I haven’t found any inconvenience yet. I even find it easy to clean and I like that the bottle doesn’t get a bad smell like plastic bottles do. When I happen to forget my bottle and I have to go to the supermarket, I discovered that there are some juices that come in a glass bottle. I opt to buy those instead of a drink that comes in a plastic bottle. Also when I go out to eat or to the movies, I only take drinks that come in glass bottles. 

3. Plastic straws
I stopped buying straws a long time ago, but this one was hard for me when going out for dinner or lunch. I constantly kept on forgetting to asks drinks without a straw. I guess it happened so much that now I learned from it and it´s becoming part of my “ordering food” routine to add “Can I please have my drink without a straw – Thank You!”.

4. Plastic toothbrush
I made this switch a couple of months ago and I´m happy to see bamboo toothbrushes becoming trendy. I bought mine at the “Natur Winkel” in Amersfoort, but you can also get one at Waar, Eko Plaza, Holland & Barret and at Blur.

5. Bread in plastic
Some supermarkets have paper bags where you can put the bread. Otherwise, you can get a cotton bag and bring it with you when you go grocery shopping. There are some unpacked loafs of bread that you can put in your cotton bag. I ordered mine here.

6. Fruits and vegetables in plastic
In mostly all supermarkets you can find some fruits and vegetables without plastic. The ones that you can not find without plastic, you can find at the fruits and vegetable shop. Here in The Netherlands I go to the Fruit Company and bring my own reusable bags. Most of their products are plastic-free.

7. Rice, pasta and dried food in plastic
When you to the supermarket, look for the products you want in a carton box. Most of the supermarkets have options without plastic. The products you can not find plastic-free, try then going to the closest bulk shop. I go to De Nieuwe Graanschuur.

During the past month, I became more aware of plastic, it is really everywhere. The list above is just some little things I started changing and my goal is to reduce every month a little bit more my usage of plastic. The past month I also had some plastic waste that I couldn’t avoid. I like to eat corn, quinoa and rice waffles, and these are hard to find in a paper package. Also occasionally I bought chips and candy and they only come in plastic. I also ordered food once, and got only plastic. In these situations, I felt a little bit bad, but I also realized that I am starting a process and I need more time and experience to have a plastic-free lifestyle. See the reasons why I wanted to start this diet here.

I hope you get inspired to and see how easy it is to make some little changes that have a big impact on our environment.

Interesting documentaries to watch about these topics:
A Plastic Ocean – Watch on Netflix
Plasticized – Watch Here
Garbage Island: An Ocean of Plastic – Watch Here
Chasing Coral – Watch on Netflix

With Love,
Alisson

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CLEAN UP YOUR CLOSET TIPS (AND START MAKING MONEY)

Cleaning up my closet has become a routine for me. Ever since a little kid, my mother encouraged me to donate the clothes that didn´t fit me anymore. With the years I have gathered some experience and here are my tips to help you clean up your closet:

1. Prepare yourself with a nice drink and a happy playlist.

2. Start by taking every single item out of your closet and place them on your bed or the floor.

3. Place one by one the items back in the closet. Before you do it, ask yourself the following questions about each item:

  • Does it still fit?
  • Have I worn it in the last 12 months?
  • Would I wear it again?
  • Do I love the way it looks on me?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then put the items back to your closet, if the answer is no, put them aside and start making two piles:
To donate: If the clothes are too worn out or need to be fixed.
To sell: If the clothes are still in a good state to give it a second round.

4. Hang the items that you want to keep neatly back in your closet. Do so into categories. I like to start with shorts and skirts, then pants, shirts, blouses, dresses, blazers, and jackets. This way the items you want to keep in your closet are organized and clutter free so you can see everything you own at once. Put the shoes neatly on the floor of the closet.

5. Store your seasonal clothes that don´t fit the current season in boxes in your spare space. (Under the bed, in the attic etc) Having only in your closet the clothes that you currently wear, makes it easier to choose what to wear.

6. If you have clothes to fold, do it in an organized way and also into categories rather than in colors.  Make sure your organization works for you and won’t confuse you as to where your things are.

7. Use the backward hanger strategy when putting clothes back into your closet to get a better idea of the items you actually wear often. Face all of your hangers away from you and replace each one the “right way” after wearing the item hanging on it. Check back in a couple of months then a year to see which hangers are still facing the wrong way. Maybe it’s time to get rid of those articles and clean out your closet again?

8. Once your closet is organized, move on to the two piles you made.

9. Put all the clothes of the “donate” pile in a box and leave it close to your door so you bring it to a charity shop as soon as possible.

10. Put the clothes of the “sell” pile neatly on a box and bring it as soon as possible to the nearest second-hand shop. Another option is to sell it in a flea-market or to sell them online via an online platform for selling clothes.

I hope you like these tips and get inspired to clean up your closet and start selling the clothes that you don´t wear anymore. Do you miss any tip? Let me know in the comments below.

With Love,

Alisson

P.S.: For all my Dutch followers, I´m organizing a second-hand market in Amersfoort! Read here all the information about it.

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10 TIPS FOR MASTERING SECONDHAND SHOPPING

It´s been now more than 5 years since I started buying second-hand clothes. I have to admit that at the very beginning I was skeptical and didn’t like the idea of buying clothes previously worn by someone I don’t know. That feeling went away as soon as I found clothes that look as good as new and from brands that I would normally also buy new.

Buying used clothes, it´s a more sustainable way to shop because it saves the resources needed to produce an entirely new item. Purchasing used clothing is an easy way to reduce your impact on the environment.

I know that walking into a second-hand or charity shop can be totally overwhelming. Racks overflow with t-shirts, dresses, jackets, shoes, that you don´t even know where to start, I’ve been there too. But practice makes the master, and in the past years, I’ve picked up some tricks for managing the chaos.

Here are my ten tips to help you become a successful second-hand shopper just like me.

1. Do a little research and google the second-hand and charity shops that are around the area you want to go. Once you know where they are, make a little route of where are you going to go first. I save the places as favorite on my phone in the google maps app and the best route will show. 

Picture: Gert Zomer

2. The best is to go with a friend and to make a date out of it. It can be fun to help each other out and you can finish it with a coffee and cake in a nice place ;).

3. Go with a blank idea of what you want to find. Second-hand shops are constantly changing and you will never know what you might find.

Picture: Gert Zomer

4. Once you are in the shop, walk around the entire store and grab everything that catches your attention, even if you are not sure about it and if it´s not your size. You can go through your selection later and decide what to keep.

5. Try on the clothes that you are not sure if they fit you. Then you might decide what to buy and what to leave behind. Please note: Buy only items that fit. Even if it´s something you are looking for. If it doesn’t fit, it is going to end up in your closet doing nothing.

6. Be aware of stains, and clothes that are damaged. The best is to check before you buy them. On all second-hand and charity shops I go, they have a no-return policy.

Picture: Gert Zomer

8. Save your energy and just try the clothes you chose during the first round. Once you tried on and decide what to buy,  pay for your clothes and move on to the next shop.

I go to the closest charity shop at least twice per month. I quickly go through racks waiting for something to catch my attention. Every visit is short and since a lot of the merchandise, I’ve seen before it makes it easy for me to spot what’s new and worthy.

Picture: Gert Zomer

9. Don’t Be Disappointed if you go back home empty handed. Having an all second-hand wardrobe takes time and a couple of visits to the shops. Lots of the time, I go back home without anything, if there’s nothing I like on the racks, I just leave it and save my money for the next visit.

10. If you do find amazing items, as soon as you get home, make sure you put all your new clothes directly into your washing basket and wash them as soon as possible so you can start wearing them.

I hope you like these tips and get inspired to go second-hand shopping. Do you miss any tip? Let me know in the comments below.

With Love,

Alisson
P.S.: All my outfits from this post are second-hand.

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SOME TRUTHS ABOUT THE PROJECT 333

Almost two months have passed since I started the project 333. I keep on repeating outfits and for most of the time I love it, but some days I get tired of it…
These are my outfits from the past 3 weeks.

 

During the 5th week, I replaced a basic white v-neck t-shirt for a blue and white striped top. I didn’t like the feeling I got when I wore the basic white tee so that´s why I decided to replace it.

 Some truths about this challenge: 
I feel good about my clothes and about this challenge, but some days when I go out of the house and see people wearing new clothes, I get caught looking at the latest trends and start feeling that I am left out. This doesn’t happen so often, but somehow I do get influenced by the trends and in the “must-have” feeling.

Checking social media too much can be dangerous. More specific: Instagram. This channel is a constant reminder that your life is not as good as the life of an Instagrammer. They wear the coolest clothes and the latest trends. This can be discouraging while doing the challenge. I have to admit that sometimes I do get bad feelings and have to remind myself why do I do this challenge.

Some days I do feel a little bit bored of my clothes. I chose for basic colors because of convenience, but I do miss some colors and patterns. I might add some items if the feeling stays.

 

Until now, the item that I wear the most is the black ripped jeans, and the one that I wear the least is the denim skirt.

Are you also trying this challenge? Do you come across similar issues? Let me know in the comments below.

With Love,

Alisson

 

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OUTFIT: RED SUMMER

Red is a very trendy color. It represents love, fun, and other fervent feelings. While I was in Colombia, I went through my older sister´s closet and found the perfect red top for the summer season! The top is not part of my 33 items, but still, I wanted to show you how I like to combine it. Last month I had my second analog shooting and this color was perfect for the vintage effect of the film. These are my favorite pictures of the shooting:

These analog pictures were made by the photographer Floris Nijensikkens Check his work HERE and his Instagram HERE.

What I´m wearing:
Red top // Preowned by my older sister
Pants // Preowned by my older sister
Shoes // Kringloop Soest

With Love,

Alisson

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GEITENWOLLENWINKEL – FAVORITE PIECES UNDER €50

Fair fashion clothes have the bad reputation of being expensive, lumpy, itchy, hempy and unstylish. Nowadays producing ethical fashion and good looking pieces is becoming more of a priority for brands. It can be hard to look for those brands but luckily some web shops make it easy for us to find them. I want to show you my latest discovery: www.geitenwollenwinel.com This shop sells only sustainable clothes from green, fair and vegan brands.

After checking out their current collection, I listed out my favorite items under €50 for you:

1. Qnoop sokken

Qnoop socks are made of 100% organic cotton. One sock has a button, the other one has the buttonhole. (Very handy for washing them in the washing machine.)
Price: €14,95

2. People Tree white top

This top of People Tree has an open back and it’s made out of 100% organic cotton.
Price: €39,95

3. ARMEDANGELS blue and white stripes top


This top of ARMEDANGELS is perfect for the summer. It has little ruffles on the armholes and three buttons on the back which give a nice detail. The material is 100% Tencel.
Price: €34,95

4. Real Fake T-shirt


This T-Shirt has an oversized fit. It is made of 100% organic cotton and is fairly produced.
Price: €45,00

5. Kings Of Indigo dress


This striped dress is a basic must-have. It is made of 100% organic cotton and has a loose fit. Nice to combine it with sneakers for a sporty look or heels to make it chic.
Price: €49,95

6. Thinking Mu pants


These happy are made of 100% cotton. The fabric is thin making them perfect for this summer season.
Price: €54,95

7. Matt & Natt sandals


Matt & Nat makes vegan, durable and high-quality bags and shoes. These sandals are the ultimate basics that can be worn everywhere. The material is vegan leather.
Price: €49,95

8. Matt & Natt sneakers


These basic pink sneakers can be worn with all kind of outfits. The material is 100% vegan leather.
Price: €49,95

9. Melissa rain boots

These Melissa rain boots are made out of 100% Melflex which is an hypo-allergenic, void of animal products, and recyclable kind of plastic. This brand pays its employees above average wage, and their benefits are exemplary. When their shoes can’t be sold from a previous season, they are melted into new styles. About 99% of their industrial waste is recycled including painting residues, production water and PVC. 
Price: €39,95

10. Matt & Natt bag


This blue clutch of Matt & Nat is ideal for all occasions! The inside of the bag is made from recycled pet bottles and the material of the outside is 100% vegan leather.
Price: €45,00

I hope you get inspired and next time you are looking for basics, give it a try and check geitenwollenwinkel out. You can shop online HERE

With Love,

Alisson

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TOP 5 VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN AMERSFOORT

Well, let´s be honest, been vegan in Amersfoort is rather an exotic out-of-this-world kind of thing. On this blog post, I am talking about normal restaurants where, as a vegan, you can find some dishes to eat. Besides the yoga studio/cafe Bindi* there is no 100% vegan or vegetarian restaurant in the city in Amersfoort.  Don´t let this stop you from having a nice dinner on the weekend because I have found some vegan-friendly places for you. These are my top 5 favorites:

1. SEM sla en meer

Picture from Instagram by @semslaenmeer

What to order: Create your own bowl of salad. You can choose from these ingredients as the basis: mesclun, spinach or arugula. For the filling, you can choose one of these: quinoa, bean mix, lime beans, and cauliflower rice. For the veggies, you may choose up to three of these: zucchini, sun-dried tomato, cherry tomato, broccoli, radish, cucumber, corn, white cabbage, sugar snaps and red bell pepper. Additionally, you can add vegan chicken! They sell the one from the “vegetarische slager”. All the dressings they use are vegan. My personal favorite is the one with soy sauce, ginger and sesame oil.
Address: Kortegracht 6

2. Italian Restaurant Lorenza

Vegan pizza
Picture from Instagram by @raw_manda

What to order: As a started the baked champignons with garlic and white wine and as the main course the vegetarian pizza without the cheese but with arugula instead. The pizza has artichoke, capers, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and garlic. You can order any vegetarian pizza without the cheese, but this one is the one I like the most.
Address: Lieve Vrouwestraat 14

3. Charlie’s Burger33

Charlies burger33
Picture from Instagram by @lysan85

What to order: The “Woodstock” burger wich is a vegan burger with quinoa as the main ingredient. Here is the thing: You have to order it without cheese and creme fraiche.
Address: Krankeledenstraat 18

4 Thai restaurant “Mi-Yao”

Mi-Yao Amersfoort
Picture from Instagram by @miyao2017

What to order: As a starter the deep-fried spring rolls. They are filled with cabbage, carrot, garlic, glass noodles and soy sauce. As the main course, you can order the green curry and the tomato salad. Make sure to order the curry without fishsauce. The portion of rice is very small so I recommend you to order an extra portion right away :). As a desert, you can order Thailand’s favorite: sticky rice with mango.
Address: Krommestraat 41

4. Thai restaurant “The street food bar”

Picture from FB @thestreetfoodbaramersfoort

What to order: Noodles with veggies, noodle soup with veggies or the fried veggies with rice.
Address: Arnhemsestraat 26a

* I didn´t count Bindi because they don´t open during the weekend and this list is meant for the weekend.

Do you know any vegan-friendly restaurant in Amersfoort that I am missing? Let me know in the comments below.

With love,

Alisson

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I HAVE BEEN WEARING THE SAME CLOTHES OVER AND OVER AGAIN

Today it’s been a month since I started the challenge 333. I have been repeating my outfits over and over again. When I think about it, it sounds crazy and it makes me feel that it is not possible to live like that, but now that I see it on my pictures I feel confident that it´s totally ok.

This is how my last week looked like:

 

 

 

On my day to day, I sometimes forget that I am doing this challenge. It´s only when I see the pictures that I realize that I wear the same black destroyed jeans and the golden shoes at least twice per week. It´s great to document my outfits to realized it. Another thing that I have noticed is that none one of my friends or my colleagues have told me anything negative about my clothes or asked me why I repeat clothes so often. I thought it would be obvious but I guess that was only in my head. It´s been only one month but I feel that I have gained the confidence to wear my clothes over and over again. I chose clothes that I feel good in, this makes it easier to repeat outfits. I consciously change the color of my lipstick or I use a choker or a bandana or even change my hairstyle to give it a little twist to my look.

During the month of June, these were the items I wore the most:

 

 

The black destroyed jeans I wore 12 times, the golden shoes 9 times and the blue jeans 6 times.

These are the items I wore the least:

 

 

The striped dress and the white V-neck shirt I have only worn once and the denim skirt to my own surprise, I haven’t wear at all.
One month was over very fast but I am loving this and can´t wait to see if I can keep it up two more months.

Next week more updates, check my last week updates here and here.

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I STARTED THIS DIET. DO YOU DARE TO START IT TOO?

Diets have always been in the back of my head. I had done some but never succeeded in keeping up… After watching the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” I decided that it was time for me to start dieting again. This time I need to go on a Plastic Diet. I am committed doing my best to keep it up because I´m not only helping myself but the environment as well. Here are some facts for you to see what I am talking about:

– Plastic is the number one source of pollution in the ocean. It is harmful to the environment because it does not degrade; instead, it breaks down into smaller pieces called microplastic and they never disappear. It poses a significant health threat to the various creatures, and to the entire marine ecosystem.

– Over one million seabirds and one hundred thousand sea mammals are killed by ocean pollution each year. Three hundred thousand dolphins die each year as a result of becoming entangled in discarded fishing nets, among other items.

– Even though the trash and waste dumped into the ocean are released hundreds of miles away from land, it still washes up on beaches and coastal areas and affects everything in between.

– Plastic debris can absorb toxic chemicals from ocean pollution. Small animals at the bottom of food chain absorb the chemicals as part of their food. Then these are eaten by larger animals that again increases the concentration of chemicals. Animals at the top of the hierarchy of food chain have contamination levels millions of times higher than the water in which they live. Therefore people get contaminated by eating fish and seafood.

– There is an island full of garbage inside the Pacific Ocean: The North Pacific Gyre. This is the largest oceanic garbage site in the entire world. There, the number of floating plastic pieces outnumbers total marine life six to one.

The more I read about it, the more I got convinced of reduce my use of plastic. On my research, I found some bloggers that already promote a life without plastic. I am lucky enough to live in the same city as Nicky and Jessie; zero-waste bloggers from the blog www.emmajohn.nl. I visited Jessie in her zero-waste office to ask her for some tips. To my surprise, she in combination with her organization ‘Opgemärkt’, is hosting a plastic diet event during the whole month July. They are going to give tips, host talks, and different kind of events where we can learn more about a low to zero waste lifestyle.

To prepare for the diet, Jessie gave me tips and showed me some products that I can get in order to get started. I have listed them out for you:

1. Bamboo toothbrush

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This toothbrush is made out of bamboo and the brush is BPA-free. The package is made out of recycled cardboard. This brush is vegan, cruelty-free, and fairly produced. The price is €3,99.

2. Toothpaste

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Dental tablets are meant to wash your teeth the same way toothpaste does. They are free of preservatives, aluminum, and micro-plastics. Available with and without fluoride. How to use it? Chew a tablet and wet your toothbrush well. Brush your teeth as usual. The 100 grams package has 300 pieces and it last around 3 months. The price is €12,95

3. Bread bag

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This bag is made out of 100% organic cotton. The dimensions are: 31 × 47 cm and it´s suitable to store any kind of bread (also good to freeze it). Check out the FAQ of this product on this page. Price per piece: €5.95 or 3 for €16.95

4. Washable make-up pads

4.Washable make up pads

These pads are made of biological cotton with a GOTS certification (which means that this product is fairly made and the cultivation and production of the cotton are made without pesticides). The pads have two sides: a smooth side and a side with more structure to clean up your face better. These makeup pads are washable. The price for 5 pieces is €11,95 and it comes in a cotton bag that you can reuse as a laundry bag. 🙂

5. Reusable coffee cup

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Every year, 100 billion coffee cups are thrown away. You can reduce that number by getting your own to-go coffee cup. Every time you buy coffee on-the-go you can kindly give your cup instead of the to-go ones. The cup is made out of bamboo and the lid is made out of non-toxic food-grade silicone. The price is €10,99

6. Menstrual cup

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If you still don´t use it I encourage you to order one now! Read all about it and my experience with it HERE.

You can find all these products at the webshop Bag-again.nl and by using the code: plasticdieet2017 you will get an extra goodie with the order.

If you feel inspired and want to start the diet with me, you can register HERE and you will get everyday tips and tricks on how to live a zero-waste life.

Follow Nicky and Jessie HERE to get even more tips from their experienced zero waste lifestyle.

Are you brave enough to join me? Let me know in comments below,

With love

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