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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Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying New Clothes

Impulsive shopping. We all have been guilty of this. The marketing and social media worlds are really good for making us feel that we ‘need’ new clothes every week. We feel pressure to be on trend and with the fast fashion at its peak, it’s getting easy to buy a lot of clothes for little money. But these clothes end up in the closet, worn once and never again. The fashion industry is the second dirtiest in the world. This industry is responsible for big amounts of water consumption and CO2 emissions. The textile dyeing is a huge polluter of water due to the toxic chemicals that the production involves. Fashion is a complicated business involving long and varied supply chains of production, raw material, textile manufacture, clothing construction, shipping, retail, use and ultimate disposal of the garment

If you want to be more of a conscious fashion consumer, consider asking yourself these questions before buying anything new:

1. Can I find it second-hand?
Check your local second-hand stores and charity shops before you go to a fast fashion store. You might find just what you are looking for in a perfect condition.

2. Do I already have something similar in my closet?
If you already have something like this, there is no need to add it to your wardrobe.

3. Can I match it with my current wardrobe?
If you need more items to combine, consider if it’s really necessary. Buying something new should not mean that you need to buy a bunch of new things to go with it.

4. Will I wear it regularly?
I’m a big fan of Olivia Firth’s 30 Wears Campaign, which encourages people only to buy things you think you will wear at least 30 times. If you can’t see yourself wearing the item on a regular basis, rethink the purchase. The key is to look for clothes and shoes that blend into your wardrobe. This way, you’ll maximize your clothes and create a stylish and functional wardrobe.

5. Is the style one that will last?
Trends are very cruel. They make us believe we need them in our lives. But will that investment be on trend next spring? If not, skip it. Experience has shown us that these trendy pieces will end up a year later in the donate pile. Trends are manufactured by the fast fashion industry and change quickly.

6. What is this piece made of?
If the fabric is synthetic, rethink your purchase. If you really need that piece of clothes, try to look for a version with natural fabrics like cotton or hemp. Investing in higher-quality materials means a higher-quality experience wearing the garment and less guilt about its environmental toll.

7. Does it fit perfectly?
If you don’t feel comfortable right after you tried the piece on, there is a chance that you are not going to feel comfortable wearing that piece ever. If you are uncomfortable in the item or you don’t like it 100%, it’s not worth spending money on.

8. Do I really like it?
If after 10 minutes you are still debating whether you should buy an item it or not, it’s probably because you don’t really love, or need the item. The best is to leave it and walk away. When buying a new item, you should always be confident in your purchases.

Consider these questions next time you are going shopping. This way you will become more conscious of the purchases you make and won’t suffer from buyer’s remorse again.

With Love,

Alisson

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Sustainable Brand: O My Bag

Scrolling through the book of Marieke Eyskoot named ‘Dit Is Een Goede Gids’, I discovered the Amsterdam based brand ‘O My Bag’.

O My Bag makes bags and accessories from eco-leather. The brand works with a small tannery in Kolkata, India, which has been run by a married couple since the 1990s. For the leather, they use cow skins from the surrounding West Bengal area to minimize the transport. Since cows are sacred in India and are not eaten, the skins come from cows that can no longer work due to their age or illness.

Eco-leather is produced with a minimal environmental impact. The tanning process adheres to strict health and environmental guidelines to prevent negative consequences for the employees, the environment and the wearer of the bags. The eco tanneries have their own wastewater treatment facility that refrains from using harmful chemicals. The tannery with which O My Bag works has extreme measures in the field of waste reduction, energy, and water saving. They use recycled rainwater for the tanning process and daylight to save resources. O My Bag supervises and ensured that all environmental conditions and eco-integrity are preserved along the production process. From energy management to water control and employee safety conditions.

Besides being eco-friendly, O My Bag is also committed to paying fair wages to the Indian workers. They also grant health benefits, pension insurance, as well as receiving education and training. They make sure thought visiting twice per year, that everything is fair and honest. On the website you can see who are the workers, how are the working conditions and how does a day of work looks like.

The bags are sewn in a nearby factory at fair trade conditions. The seamstresses receive an above-average salary and they get extra health programs and further education.

The style of the bags is timeless. Due to the good quality, the bags can last for a very long time. From O My Bag’s collectionO My Bag’s collection, I got the ‘Navy Diaper Bag’. I like that the color and style can be worn for both mom and dad. The exterior of the bag is made of sturdy canvas. The handles are made from dark brown eco-leather. It also comes with an adjustable strap so the bag can be worn crossbody, carried over the shoulder, or attached to the stroller. The bag looks very practical with a lot of compartments for all that the baby needs on the go.

On these series of pictures, I took the bag out for a test and shot some pictures.
Those were made by photographer Marisa Elisa Photography.

Picture by Marisa Elisa Photography
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Picture by Marisa Elisa Photography
Picture by Marisa Elisa Photography

More pictures using the bag for real will follow soon ;).

What I´m wearing:
Shirt, shoes, and jacket // Second-lifestyle Amersfoort (second-hand shop)
Leggings // Erlich textil
Bag // O My Bag
Stroller // Greentom

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Alisson

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Sustainable Brand: Paula Janz Maternity

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.


What I´m wearing:
Jacket // Paula Janz maternity
Leggings // Erlich textil
Shoes // Second-lifestyle Amersfoort (second-hand shop)
Backpack // JW PEI

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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

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Alisson

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Red Outfit Ideas

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

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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

3.

The Next Closet
Picture by Marisa Elisa

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

4.

Pink wall
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

5.

Bomber jacket outfit
Picture by Marisa Elisa

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

6.

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

9.

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

10.

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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PROJECT 333: DID I CHEAT?

The project 333 is the minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to create, and live with a wardrobe of 33 items or less for 3 months. I started to do this challenge three weeks ago. If you missed my first update, check it first here.
This is how my second week looked like:

 


Learning points:
I wore the jeans 5 times in one week and honestly didn´t even notice. When combined with different tops and shoes it makes me feel confident to wear the same item almost every day.

I need to follow my feeling better. A lot of the items I chose for this challenge, I did for practical reasons, but deep inside I didn´t like them so much. Some of those items are too casual or too worn out and don’t make me feel good when I wear them. That is the reason that by the end of week two I decided to trade in the items that I knew for sure I was not going to wear with new items that I felt were missing in my wardrobe. At first, I felt that I was cheating, but I just reminded myself that the whole point of this challenge is to get to know my style and feel happier having only on my closet the clothes that I love.
Saying that, these are the 5 items I put away:

 

And this are my new 6 items:

 

The black top, yellow top, and the Birkenstock sandals are second-hand, the rest I already had in the box I stored at my attic before I started the challenge.

With the new items in my closet, this is how my outfits of the 3rd week looked like:

 

Learning points:
With my new items, I feel very comfortable during this summer days. The new tops are from a nice fabric that fits a casual or a less-casual occasion.

The yellow top adds some color to my wardrobe. At first, I didn’t dare to add colorful items because I was afraid I wouldn’t know how to combine them and thought I would get tired of wearing the same color. But all those reasons are only assumptions.

Strolling around a second-hand shop I found the sandals that my wardrobe was missing. Last Sunday I went to Utrecht and went to the second-hand shop “Episode”. I found the Birkenstock sandals and felt in love right away. They still look just like new! My 33 items are now complete.

I might need to add a thin summer dress to my wardrobe. The past days have been very hot in The Netherlands. For this kind of weather, I miss a cute thin summery dress. If the weather continues like that, I might look again through the box in my attic and get one. I have reached 33 items but I don´t want to be so strict and would add one more. It all depends on the weather…

I am not counting my bandanas in the 33 items. During the summer I like to wear bandanas. I have 3 and I like that they bring color to my outfits. (And are the best for bad day hair). The first and second week of this challenge I didn’t wear any because I felt like cheating on the 33 items, but since last week I decided to keep them in my closet and don’t count them in. They make me happy and that’s what the whole project is about right?

With the new items added, this is how my actual wardrobe looks like:

 

7 tops, 4 blouses, 6 bottoms, 2 dresses, 2 jumpsuits, 1 layers, 3 jackets, 6 shoes, 2 bags.
33 items in total.

Next week more updates,

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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