Sustainable Brand: Teym

Scrolling down Instagram I found an Amsterdam based brand that caught my attention: Teym. As soon as I started researching I fell in love with their ethical vision.

Sustainability, minimalism, and quality are at the core of Teym. The brand launches only one item per year. The goal is to create One Impeccable Wardrobe; one item at the time.  Developing a new item takes a full year. For every piece, there is a well thought extensive research, design process, and production process.  Every item has been developed in Teym’s atelier in Amsterdam and the factories are all in Europe.

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Items of Teym from 2015 to 2018

A healthy work environment and a fair wage for the garment workers is a priority for Teym. It is important to the brand to know in which countries, by which people and under what conditions the items are being made. Because the factories are in Europe, the team is able to visit them on a regular basis and ensure fair labor practices.

From their items, the brand gifted me The Sweatsuit. I got the Zip Hoodie and The Sweatpants both in camel color. They are made from 100% cotton in an ethical factory in Portugal, where the workers are specialized in jersey.

On these series of pictures, I show you how I style The Sweatpants in different outfits. The pictures were made by photographer Marisa Elisa.

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Learn more about Teym and their sustainable practices here.

With Love,
Alisson

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Sustainable Brand: Organic Basics

On my search for eco-friendly basic clothing, I found the Danish brand Organic Basics. The brand is based in Copenhagen and it has been active since 2015. Sustainability and ethical practices are at the core of the brand.

All of the clothes from Organic Basics are made from sustainable fabrics. The most commonly used fabric is organic cotton. The cotton is grown in Turkey without the use of pesticides, no toxic substances, no chemical fertilizer, and no bad chemicals. It is grown without genetically modified seeds, and it is GOTS certified (which means that apart from being certified organic, it is grown by humans that are treated like humans).

Besides organic cotton, they also use an innovative fabric called SilverTech. The fiber has real silver in it. Silver has historically been used as an antimicrobial. And it is also thermodynamic, which means that the fabric keeps you cool in the summer, and warm in the winter.  The purpose of using silver is to prevent the need for frequent washing. Wearing more and washing less is better for clothes and for the environment.

Another fabric that Organic Basics use is recycled nylon. Mechanically recycled nylon is a fiber developed from post-industrial waste, yarns from spinning factories, and waste from weaving mills. Recycled nylon uses 80% less and creates 90% fewer CO2 emissions compared to regular nylon.

Ethical labors are very important for Organic Basics. They only work with factories that have fair wages and treat employees with respect. The factories are located in Turkey. One in Izmir and the other one in Istanbul. In order to monitor the working conditions in Turkey, a small team from Organic Basics visit the cotton farms, and factories once every three months. While there, they also interact with the workers and spend time together.

Last week I place an order and it came by bike to my address.

The packaging is made from recycled materials.
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Wearing the white organic cotton women’s tee. Picture by Marisa Elisa Photography.

The collection of Organic Basics is timeless, basic and minimalistic. Check it out and use my code: ALISSONOBC2 to get €15 Discount at www.organicbasics.com

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Pink Skirt Outfit

Sustainable Outfit Of The Week

Strolling down the second-hand market of the city I live in, I stepped upon a shiny pink skirt. At first, I was hesitant to buy it. I was afraid that the color wouldn’t look good on me. But after I saw the opening on the sides and realized that the skirt was as good as new I decided to give it a try. After I washed it I tried it on and started making outfits. I discovered that this skirt is very versatile. It fits with a lot of items from my closet.

On these series of pictures, I show you how I style the skirt in two different outfits. The pictures were made by the photographer Celia Alma from @thelightboxtales

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What I´m wearing:
Shirt and skirt // Second-hand from the market
Shoes // Vegan Dr. Martens

 

What I´m wearing:
Shirt // Organic Basics Use this code to get 20% discount: OBxsimmonds20 Shop here
Skirt // Second-hand from the market
Jacket // Refurbished leather from Pelechecoco
Shoes // Vegan Dr. Marten

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Alisson

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Sleep Is Essential For The Mind And Emotions

Sleep is very important for health. Everyone has heard about it. But when life gets busy, sleeping is the first thing to get sacrificed. This is actually very bad. Good sleep is as important as eating healthy and exercising. While we are sleeping, the body is working hard maintaining the immune system and metabolic function, processing the day’s memories and maintaining normal body weight, is rebuilding muscles that have been worn down during the day and is cleaning away harmful plaques and waste that is produced in the brain.

Sleep is also essential for the mind and emotions. Being sleep deprived can increase your emotional response to negative feelings by 60%. A lack of sleep makes it difficult for the body to regulate appetite, the immune system, good metabolic function and the ability to maintain normal body weight. Sleep plays an important role in regulating the circadian rhythm (AKA internal clock). This clock runs on a 24-hour schedule and regulates when you feel awake and sleepy. Not sleeping long enough, sleeping at odd times of the day and exposure to bright light at night may throw off this inner clock and the many processes it regulates.

The goal of this week is to sleep between 7 and 9 hours per night. If for you is really a challenge, start out by going to bed every day 15 minutes earlier than normal until you reach your wished night time. 

Hopefully, you will join me on this week’s focus. If so, let’s connect on Instagram and exchange tips on how to go to bed earlier.

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Teddy Bear Jacket Outfit

On this new series, I will be showing you my outfits. Most of the clothes you will see are second-hand or from sustainable brands.

Fashion is a very polluting industry. But As conscious consumers, we can reduce the environmental cost of fashion. For example by choosing for sustainable brands instead of fast fashion ones. By choosing for eco-friendly fabrics instead of synthetic ones and my favorite: by choosing to buy second-hand! Second-hand shopping is more kind to the environment because the garment has already been produced. It gives the item a longer life and it prevents it from landing in landfills.

Second-hand shopping has become part of my lifestyle. Every time I need a ‘new’ piece of clothes, I first go to one of the shops I listed below. If I can’t find what I need, I look for a new piece from a sustainable brand. 

Here is my sustainable outfit of the week. The pictures are taken by the photographer Celia Alma from @thelightboxtales




What I´m wearing:
Body, pants, jacket, shoes // Second-hand from a charity shop

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Alisson

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Incorporate Exercise Into Your Daily Routine

We all know how important exercise is. When you exercise on a regular basis your health starts to improve.  Your heart gets stronger, your circulation gets better, your condition strengthens, you feel better and look better.

If you haven’t exercised in a while finding the motivation and time to start is always a struggle. Since I became a stay-home-mom ten months ago, I find it very challenging to find time to do exercise. My baby asks for a lot of attention and as soon as I get some time off, I rather cook, rest, read, write. Anything but working out. But, I want to change this. I remember from my times when I did exercise on a regular basis how satisfied and full of energy I felt. Exercising to me is a way of nourishing my body. Is a way to disconnect and release stress. To be honest, I don’t have the motivation to go to a gym. But I do have space in my house and a computer to watch fitness videos. The goal for this week is to make space on two days to work out for 20 minutes. If you have a gym membership, use this week’s focus to finally go back to it. Leave the shame behind and just do it. And if you don’t have the time or money to go to the gym, make the time for two days of this week to work out from home. After this goal is achieved let’s add exercise to our weekly routine.

Hopefully, you will join me on this week’s focus. If so, let’s connect on Instagram and exchange tips on how to find the motivation to start exercising.

 “You have to exercise, or at some point you’ll just break down.” Barack Obama

Exercise is good for your health

Exercising at home tips
Fitness Blender website
HIIT workout for people who get bored easily (25 min)
HIIT cardio workout (23 min)
No equipment lower body workout (20 min)
Cardio workout (24 min)
Cardio Abs workout (26 min)

Take Your Creative Mind For A Walk

Walking has a lot of health benefits. It strengthens the heart, burns calories, eases joint pain, it reduces the risk of developing a cold, it helps to improve your mood, it helps to clear your head, it helps you think creatively… Walking seems like a great habit we can easily do to boost our health. The best of all is that is for free!

During this week, make time to go for a walk after dinner. Start the first day with 10 minutes. Add every day 5 more minutes until you reach 30 minutes. This week, try to be more conscious about walking. If you use public transport to go where you need to go, step out one or two stations before and walk the rest. If you work in an office, go for a walk during the lunch break. If you live close to your work, walk instead of using the bike one day of this week. When you are outside walking, don’t listen to music. Put away your phone and any distraction. Walk mindfully. Looking around, taking in the fresh air.

The goal of this week is to walk every day. If you like the benefits of walking, you can add walking into your daily routine. You can park (your car or bike) farther away from your office than usual and walk the rest. Consider walking instead of driving when you run errands. You can complete your tasks and fit in exercise at the same time.

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Walk tips
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App to count steps

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Incorporate Meditation Into Your Daily Routine

Meditation is a skill. Learning to meditate is like learning any other skill. It takes practice to get comfortable. Meditation is training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. Is not about trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. Is about learning to observe your thoughts without judgment. Is about having thoughs but consciously decide not to interact with them.

When you meditate on a regular basis, you start to be more mindful. Mindfulness is the ability to be present, to rest in the here and now. To be fully engaged with whatever you are doing at the moment.

Meditating on a regular basis has its benefits. It helps to reduce stress, it controls anxiety,  enhances self-awareness, lengthens attention span, promotes emotional health, generates kindness…

The goal of this week is to start meditating one day of the week for 10 minutes. If the first day goes well, then do it again the next day. Continue to do so, until the end of the week. If you have never meditated before, I recommend you to start with a guided meditation. For example the app ‘Headspace’. The free version has a 10-day basic guided meditation course. You can start with that course and see how you like it. The goal is to incorporate meditation into your daily routine. Personally, I prefer to meditate first thing in the morning. You can search which time feels better for you. But take 10 minutes from your day and do the practice. The ultimate goal would be to finish the 10-day course, but as a starter, let’s focus on the beginning. From there we can decide to continue and finish the course.

Sometimes your focus will wander or you’ll forget to follow your breath. That’s OK. It’s part of the experience. What’s most important is to meditate consistently. It’s one of those things where the journey is more important than the destination.

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Meditation tips
Headspace app
The power of meditation with Andy Puddicombe
Meditation guide by Leo Babauta

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Cleaning Tips For Busy People

A clean house is the best way to start the day. It creates a good atmosphere which affects your mood in a positive way. But with our busy life and a full schedule, we might not feel like cleaning as soon as we have a spot free. Luckily, it can be an easy task to do. I have gathered for you some easy and effective tips:

  1. Set the timer for 20 minutes every night. Clean as much as you can during that time. You will be surprised.
  2. Clean the kitchen after every meal. Wash the dishes, or organized them in the dishwasher. Wipe the table and the surfaces with a wet towel.
  3. Use baking soda, vinegar, and lemon to clean everything.
  4. Make it teamwork. Divide the work with your roommate so it doesn’t feel that you are doing everything alone.
  5. Use that time to listen to a podcast. From sustainability to parenting and personal growth there are some great podcasts to listen to.
  6. Declutter your house on a regular basis. The fewer things you have, the less time you have to spend cleaning.
  7. Have a home for all the things in your house. When you use something, bring it back to its place right away.
  8. Fill a spray bottle with half water, half all-purpose cleanser. Put it in the bathroom. Spray every night after brushing your teeth and wipe it clean with a towel. You can do the same in the kitchen and spray the surfaces every night.

As a summary: do it regularly, make it more enjoyable, involve your roommates/kids and declutter on a regular basis.

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New Years Resolutions Doesn’t Work. Let’s Make Little Changes Instead

Happy new year! 2019 is officially here. Instead of setting New Years Resolutions, this year I have decided to set a different focus per week. By doing this, I will give myself the opportunity to challenge myself, create new habits and try new things. Little steps work better for me. I feel a sense of achievement after a goal is accomplished which keeps me motivated to continue pursuing my goals.

For 2019 I want to keep on developing mentally and spiritually. I want to be more conscious of the present and change some habits that don’t bring any value to my life. Week after week, I will share the goal that I am going to focus on. Hopefully, you will like to join me too. Let’s share our experiences and give each other tips on this journey to a more mindful life.

The Focus of the First Week of 2019 is: Cleaning

The first week of the year is going to be all about cleaning. A clean house is the best way to start a new year. It creates a pleasant ambiance which affects your mood. Making you feel happier, clutter-free and even more creative.

During this week, find one day of the week and clean all of the rooms. One by one. Organize, swipe the superficies with a wet towel, vacuum-clean, mop the floor and go to the next room. Take extra time in the bathroom to wash the walls of the shower. Also in the kitchen, clean the sink and the faucet.

Personally, I prefer to clean all the house in one day. But since I became a mother it has been a challenge to find the time to clean all at once. For me, it works better to clean the house divided by days. For this focus, the goal is to clean the house and maintaining it. Making cleaning the house once per week easier and quicker.

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Tips to read
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