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Sustainable Outfit Of The Week

Doing a closet detox is a good way of realizing how much clothes we have, how many of them we like and how many of them we simply don’t wear. One of my friends was detoxing her closet and she found a light blue tutu skirt that she only wore once and never again. She gave it to me and I started to find out how to wear it.

On these series of pictures, I show you how I style the skirt in different outfits.

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Pictures by Celia Alma from  @thelightboxtales

What I´m wearing:
Body and Jacket // Second-hand from the market
Skirt // Second-hand from a friend the market
Shoes // The Next Closet

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What I´m wearing:
Body and Jacket // Second-hand from the market
Skirt // Second-hand from a friend the market
Shoes // The Next Closet

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Pictures by Marisa Elisa Photography

What I´m wearing:
T-shirt and skirt // Second-hand from a friend
Jacket and Bag // Vintage shop

With Love,
Alisson

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Fashion Must-have: Little Black Dress

A Little black dress or better known as ‘LBD’ is a black simple and short dress. The origins date back to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel. The intention was to create a trend that is long-lasting, versatile, and in a neutral color.  An LBD is essential in a woman wardrobe. It can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Worn with a jacket and pumps for doing business during the day and wear it with accessories and red lipstick during the night. I am a big fan of this everlasting trend. For me, it’s the perfect solution for when I don’t know what to wear.

Today I listed out my favorite LBD from sustainable brands for you:

1. Beaumont Organic

 

Ethically made in Portugal. It is reversible. This means you can wear it with a round neckline or a V neckline. The dress is made from natural fabrics. 55% linen and 45% organic cotton.

2. Armedangels

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Picture from Armedangels’s website

Ethically made in Turkey. Perfect for all the seasons. This dress is made from 100% Lyocell (Tencel®).

3. People Tree

 


A classic dress to have forever.  Made from 95% organic certified cotton and 5% elastane jersey. Ethically made in India by Assisi Garments. Assisi Garments is a social enterprise. The skilled artisans at Assisi transform Fairtrade and organic cotton fibers into beautiful handmade garments.

4. Know The Origin

 


Ethically made in India. This dress is made from 95% organic cotton and 5% elastane. Perfect to wear it with sneakers to go to work. And to wear it with heels for the night.

5. Miss Green

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Picture from Miss Green’s website

Ethically and environmentally responsible made. This dress you can wear with skinny jeans as a long blouse or with ankle boots as a dress. It is made from 100% Tencel.
I hope you get inspired and next time you are looking for a little black dress, you give it a try and look for sustainable brands. If you are out of a budget, try to go to a second-hand shop first, before buying fast fashion brands. There are a lot of ‘old’ clothes ready to have a ‘new’ life.

With Love,

Alisson

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Learn More About Fast Fashion

Did you watched “The True Cost” and want to learn more about Fast Fashion? I have gathered seven videos for you to learn who is paying the real price of cheap clothes.
Here they are:

1. Fashion Factories Undercover – Real Stories


2. Sweatshop – Deadly Fashion


3. Made in Bangladesh – The fifth estate


4. Fast Fashion’s Effect on People, The Planet & You – Patrick Woodyard


5. How to Engage with Ethical Fashion – Clara Vuletich


6. Fashion: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver


7. The Wardrobe To Die For – Lucy Siegle

Do you feel motivated to start supporting ethical brands? Check my sustainable shopping guide and get inspired.

With Love,

Alisson

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How To Wear All-black Outfits

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 disappoints me in making me feel stylish and confident. 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 different fabrics and textures. For example cotton, leather-look, linen, 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 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 gathered my favorites all-black outfits to inspire you:

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All-black outfit combined with golden shoes. Picture by: Marisa Elisa Photography
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All-black outfit combined with red Converse shoes. Picture by: Marisa Elisa Photography
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Wearing black and a red lipstick. Picture by: Anouk Fotografeert
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All-black outfit combined with fishnet tights. Picture by: Mitchel Lensink
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All-black outfit combined with a lace top and white sneakers. Picture by: Marisa Elisa Photography
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All-black outfit combined with a colorful bandana. Picture by: Gert Zomer
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All-black outfit combined with dark red shoes and blue nails. Picture by: Mitchel Lensink
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All-black outfit combined with golden shoes and purple lipstick. Picture by: Marisa Elisa Photography
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All-black outfit combined with sparkly and matt fabrics. Picture by: Marisa Elisa Photography
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All-black outfit combined with a red beanie. Picture by: Mitchel lensink

With Love,
Alisson

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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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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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CAN YOU BELIEVE THESE OUTFITS ARE FROM SECOND-HAND CLOTHES?

Thanks to my friends Gita and Tamara I discovered the second-hand world. Back when I was living in Cologne we used to go every Saturday to the “Unicenter flea market”. Once people started asking about where my clothes come from and how come they look so cool my fascination for second-hand shops and flea markets became so big that now over 80% of my clothes are second-hand and I am not ashamed of it. Through out last year I put up some outfits together that I showed on my Instagram. Here are 10 of my favorite looks:

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Yellow jacket outfit
Picture by Marisa Elisa

What I´m wearing:
Jacket and top // Kringloop Amersfoort
Jeans // Street market at the Albert Cuypstraat in Amersfoort
Shoes // Not second-hand or ethically made – bought it before my conscious time

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Red dress outfit
Picture by Marisa Elisa

What I´m wearing:
Dress // Lievevrouw snuffelmarkt Amersfoort
Jacket // Kringloop Amersfoort
Boots // The Next Closet
Necklace and bracelet // via A Beautiful Story

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The Next Closet
Picture by Marisa Elisa

What I´m wearing:
Blazer, jeans, and shoes // The Next Closet
Bag // Baggin’ you (not vegan)

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Picture by Marisa Elisa

What I´m wearing:
Blouse // Charity shop “Terre des Hommes”
Jacket // Kringloop Amersfoort
Jeans // Preowned by my older sister
Boots // The Next Closet

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Bomber jacket outfit
Picture by Marisa Elisa

What I´m wearing:
Bomber jacket and jeans // Kringloop Amersfoort
Shoes // United Wardrobe

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Picture: Mirthe van den Berg

What I´m wearing:
Jacket and jeans //  Kringloop Amersfoort
Shoes // Preowned by my friend Alejandra A.

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Picture: Mitchel Lensink

What I´m wearing:
Turtleneck shirt // Kringloop Amersfoort
Denim skirt // Exchanged via  United Wardrobe
Jacket // Not second-hand or ethically made – bought it before my conscious time
Shoes // Kringloop Soest
Bag // Lievevrouw snuffelmarkt Amersfoort

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Picture: Mitchel Lensink

What I´m wearing:
Blouse // Humana second-hand shop in Berlin
Skirt // Preowned by my friend Laura
Shoes // Kringloop Soest
Jacket and bag // Lievevrouw snuffelmarkt Amersfoort

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Picture: Marisa Elisa

What I´m wearing:
Jacket // Lievevrouw snuffelmarkt Amersfoort
Jeans // The Next Closet
Shoes // Kringloop Amersfoort
Bag // Not second-hand or ethically made

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Picture: Gert Zomer

 

What I´m wearing:
Dress // Preowned by my older sister
Shoes // Kringloop Amersfoort
Bandana // Vintage shop in Berlin PICKnWEIGHT

I hope you like these outfits and get inspired to go to the closest second-hand and charity shop before you go to the regular places you like to go shopping.

With Love,

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DUTCH FAIR FASHION BRANDS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

The 17th of June I attended the Fair Fashion Festival in Rotterdam. It was an afternoon full of inspiring people and brands. I got to know a lot of new brands and here are my favorites:

1. Pretty & Fair

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Pretty & Fair is a Dutch brand that makes shoes from sustainable materials. The Founder, Alinda van Teeckelenburgh worked in the shoe industry for over 15 years. During that time she realized that the production of shoes is more about the numbers and prices than about planet and people. She decided to start her own sustainable shoe label in 2016. She uses materials such as natural rubber for the soles, recycled PET bottles for the zippers and water based glue. The shoes are produced in Portugal by a small family company that offers good working conditions for the makers.

2. Lizet van der Knaap

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Lizet van der Knaap is a Dutch fashion designer. She handmakes colorful and beautiful backpacks and totes using sustainable materials.

3. Wolf and Storm

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Wolf and Storm is the online destination for sustainable and vegan clothes and accessories. They sell from brands such as Denise Roobol, A Beautiful Story, Matt & Natt, Miss Green, People´s Avenue and a lot more!

4. Natur-el

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Natur-el is a fashion store that sells only sustainable brands. Such as Armed Angels, People Tree, Miss Green among others. The address is zwaanshals 33 in Rotterdam.

5. Granny’s Finest

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Granny´s Finest is a Dutch fashion brand. The products are handmade by grannies all around The Netherlands and are designed by young creatives. They use as natural and organic yarns as possible.  During the festival, the founder Niek van Hengel gave an inspiring speech of how the brand started. You can read all about it HERE.
You can find their products in De Bijenkorf, WAAR, Sissy Boy among other stores and they also have an online shop.

I hope you like my selection and check them out.
The next Fair Fashion Festival will be in Utrecht the 22nd of October. Join me and let´s discover more sustainable and fair brands together.

With Love,

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ALL-YEAR-ROUND BASICS MUST-HAVES

Looking for sustainable and ethical fashion brands have become my hobby since I started this blog. My latest discovery is the ethical and sustainable clothing brand: Miss Green.

Sustainable and Ethical fashion represents an approach to the design, sourcing, and manufacture of clothing which maximizes benefits to people and communities while minimizing the impact on the environment of all business operations, throughout the supply chain.

Slow Fashion is the movement of designing, creating, and buying garments for quality and longevity. It encourages slower production schedules, fair wages, lower carbon footprints, and (ideally) zero waste.

Sustainability is at the core of the Dutch brand Miss Green. For the owner, Maaike Groen, is very important to produce her clothes as responsible as possible with the environment and with the garment workers. The people who make the clothes earn a fair salary and work under good conditions. They only produce in European and Indian workshops with a GOTS certificate and a SA8000 standard, which means that they ensure organic and socially responsible production. During the production process, no harmful chemicals are used and the substances are as biological as possible. Besides, Miss Green rely mainly on her gut feeling. They regularly visit the factories and workshops to view and choose fabrics, but above all to talk with the people who make Miss Green´s clothes. They only have two collections per year.

After checking out their current Spring/Summer collection, I listed out my favorite items for you:

1. Tanktop Irene

 

Every wardrobe needs a tank top. In the summer, to wear it in the hot days and in the winter, to wear it under a sweater.  The materials of these ones are 95% Tencel and 5% Elastane. The price is €29,95 and they have it in 5 different colors. Sizes are from XS to XL

2. T-shirt Ozlem

 

T-shirts are my personal favorite basic. The materials of these ones are 95% tencel and 5% lycra. The price is €39,95.

3. Longsleeve top Billie

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This is a basic must-have. You can wear on every season and combine it with any bottom. The materials are 67% bamboo, 26% organic cotton and 7% elastane. The price is €59,95 and they have it in 3 different colors.

4. Cardigan Moira

 

This cardigan is a good all season basic. Perfect for a chill summer night, or a nice layer for the winter. You can make casual but also dressy outfits with it. The material is 100% organic cotton. The price is €99,95 and they have it in 2 different colors.

5. Jumpsuit Ann

 

Since this spring I am a big fan of jumpsuits. They are comfortable and suitable for multiple occasions. This Ann jumpsuit on the picture above in black is made out of 95% organic cotton and 5% lycra, the price is €69,95. While the blue one is made out of 87% organic cotton and 13% elastane. The price is €99,95.

Blouses have always been part of my wardrobe. In white and blue are my personal favorites.  The material is 100% Tencel. The price is €79,95

By buying ethical fashion you are supporting the company and the people who is behind it making the clothes. I hope you get inspired and next time you are looking for basics, give it a try and check Miss Green. You can shop online HERE
Or you can check their map HERE to see where is the closest shop for you.
In Amersfoort, you can find them in the shop “Keizerin” at the Zuidsingel 70.
*Tencel or lyocell is a sustainable fabric, regenerated from wood cellulose. It is similar in hand to rayon and bamboo, both regenerated fabrics. However, Tencel is one of the most environmentally friendly regenerated fabrics. It is obtained from eucalyptus trees that are grown on farms—no old growth forests, genetic manipulation, irrigation, or pesticides are used. These forests and the pulp produced for Tencel have earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification that the products come from socially and environmentally responsible forests.

With love,

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PROJECT 333: THE RULES

Minimalism. A word that I heard first back in university when I was studying art history. Back then my interest began to show but I never did anything about it. A couple of years have passed and since I discovered Marie Kondo and the book “The life Changing Magic of Tidying up”, my fascination for minimalism came back, and this time I decided to start decluttering my house. And so I started my journey towards a simpler life. When I watched the film “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things”, I felt an even stronger need of owning less stuff. One of the things that caught my attention the most is the “Project 333”. This project is a minimalist fashion challenge created by Courtney Carver. The challenge invites you to create, and live with a wardrobe of 33 items or less for 3 months. And I decided to do it!

The Rules:
33 Items in 3 Months This includes clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories.

What is NOT included in the 33 items: “wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear,  and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout)”

No shopping during the experiment! Trade the time that you would normally use to shop to do productive activities such as talking to a friend, reading a book, taking a walk, call a family member etc.
Consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.
I decided to make this challenge from June 1st – August 31st.

I decided to do this challenge because
-I want to get to know my real style. I own a lot of clothes that I think I like, but I end up wearing the same clothes. I want to be able to understand my style and stop investing in things I know for sure I won´t wear.
-I don´t want to feel guilty anymore when I look at my clothes and see that t-shirt that I “love” but never wear or those shoes that I knew I didnt need but still bought.
-I want to get better in decision making and want to trust more my intuition. Owning too many things that I don´t use may confuse me  and make it hard for me to make choices. If you also want to join this challenge, it is important that you find your reasons WHY you want to do this as well.

These are then the steps to proceed:
Gather all your clothes and put them on your bed or all on the floor.(Please note that if you haven’t set aside your winter clothes, this is the time to do it.) Then you start categorizing every item and place them in one of this 4 piles:

Love: I love these items. They fit me well and I wear them frequently.
Maybe: I want to keep this but I don’t know why. (You know you have those items)
Donate/Sell: These items don’t fit my body or my life.
Trash: These items are in poor condition. You can bring them to a charity shop.

When you are done piling all your clothes put the trash and donate pile away inmediatly. And then you go trough your “love” pile and choose the 33 items you love the most. Once you have chosen your 33 items, take the rest of your “love” pile and the “mabe” pile and pack them into bags or boxes, seal it, and place it out of sight.

Project 333
These are all my clothes. I will choose my 33 items out of here. Some t-shirts and other things are on the laundry so I will add them as soon as they are dry.

My wardrobe for the next three months will only consist of 33 items. For my experiment I am not including my rain jacket because I live in The Netherlands, and my main transportation is my bike and I need this in case it rains, and it rains a lot in here.
I will keep you updated with my outfits, along with my triumphs and challenges. Let me know if you want to join me and exchange tips and tricks. Send me a message on Facebook or Instagram.

Wish me luck!

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