Saturday, February 11, 2017

Elle Evans Sustainable Swimwear

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10% discount with the code BEYOUTIFUL 
Expires: February 18, 2017

Hey everyone! So, I haven't ever done a photoshoot of me on this blog in swimwear because I never found it appropriate or felt confident enough to do it. However, over the past three years I have been looking across the internet for CUTE sustainable swimwear that is tasteful and comfortable and high quality. Finally I found my perfect fit! This reversible two piece, is made out of recycled bottles! It is also printed with with water based, non toxic dyes and each order is made to the order.  I found that totally cool. Then I saw the price point, which is over $100 (but I used my discount above) for the set and was like, yieks! However, I thought... okay Christine. I buy swimwear once in a blue moon. Make this piece work for years and instead of buying one in the next six years, appreciate this for what it is. Also, that it's reversible makes it versatile four ways. :) I made a skirt out of mesh I bought from my local fabric store because the bottoms are a bit cheeky for me. As for comfort of this, IT IS SO SOFT TO THE TOUCH, and to think it was made out of recycled bottles. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Definitely an investment piece, but worth it for me!

Interview with Tanya Evans, Sales Director at Elle Evans Swimwear

1. What made you begin Elle Evans Swimwear?
I've always loved sewing and fashion and that combined with my love of the sea meant swimwear was always my passion. 

2. What about the fashion industry brought you to begin a sustainable swimwear line?
but after working in the industry for several years I was shocked at the amount of waste even a small company creates. Everything from the wasted fabric scraps to the amount of interdepartmental paper used! When I started my own label I made the decision to be as sustainable as possible. 

3. What critiques do you see in the ethical fashion industry?
I think it's very easy to say "this type of fabric is ethical" or "that company is unethical" but it's not always that black and white. I think the best thing we as consumers can do is look for company's that are open and transparent in their processes and make our choices from there. When in doubt, ask!

4. How is purchasing from your company making a difference in the environment? Socially? 
The fabric we use ECONYL® is made using waste such as old dredged up fishing nets and used carpets that are then regenerated into a beautiful nylon fabric. The creation of ECONYL® products are actually “waste positive”, this means the amount of waste removed from the earth is greater than the amount of waste resulting from production.  Aside from the fabric our products are designed with a longer lifecycle in mind and are built to last!

5. Where is the material produced?
ECONYL® recovers waste from all over the world; Canada, USA, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan and Thailand. Their fabric is produced in Slovenia.

6. Where is the apparel sewn and how did you find them? Do they also follow sustainable practices?
Our swimwear is all made in-house in Melbourne, that way we an ensure the best working conditions, fair wages and sustainable practices! 

7. Every company has issues and is always looking to improve. What does the future of Elle Evens Swimwear hold in regards to increasing environmental and social responsibility and business expansion?
We are still such a young company and there is so much we'd love to be able to do in terms of our environmental and social impact. Personally I'd love to be able to put more energy into consumer education, especially for younger shoppers, I think learning about the impact of buying that $10 T-shirt before your at the age where your buying your own clothes will help define this next generation as Eco-conscious shoppers.  

8. Where do you see yourself and your company in 5 years? 10 years?
Obviously is love to see our company grow, however I never intended this to be a large company and there are some fundamental principals we won't abandon that will restrict our growth, such as manufacturing locally. In 5 to 10 year I hope to see our company (and companies like ours) become more mainstream, my hope is that as shoppers become more concerned with environment they'll seek out sustainable products more and more. 

9. What is the inspiration for the cuts and prints and who is your target customer?
My inspiration usually comes from nature, I always end up designing a collection when I'm on holiday! Usually the print comes to me first, and the 'theme' of the collection follows. This collection my muse was a young Brooke Shields in blue lagoon. Her white cotton outfit that becomes more ragged and that she drapes and knots around her as she grows up became the inspiration for the knotted features, the white mesh fabrics and the fact that many pieces in this collection are reversible or can be worn various ways!
To me our target market is anyone who wants fashion forward swimwear but cares about what effect that swimwear might have on the environment! I like to think that we cater for all body types, and ages too with the addition of our TEENSY and TINY collections!

Ready to swim and take in the sun,

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Organic Cotton Basics: Econscious Review

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Upcycled Brass Yasura Earrings | c/o Hovey Lee
Handmade in Los Angeles, sourced and made in the USA, all of the metals used in Hovey Lee jewelry are from recycled metals
Cassie Capri Organic Cotton Leggings | c/o Satva
All natural, organic cotton, donation participation in their India GiveBack Program
Organic Cotton Berry Pullover | c/o Econscious
Certified organic cotton and involved in numerous environmental protection programs

Hopped back on over to Guatemala after being home for the holidays! I just love the sunset here and definitely do not miss the searing cold winds from home. haha. Today I bring forth to you beautiful people a quick chill day OOTD and review!

I use to be one of those people ho was anti leggings and big sweaters. I was more of a PJ bottoms and hoddie girl. But as my social circle in Guatemala is changing a bit, I find myself changing and might I add morphing my fashion style a bit. This includes accepting the existence of leggings and pullovers. Yes, they are so comfy - I get it now!!! haha. So now that that's off the table, let's start this review.

Econscious contacted me a few months a go to ask if I would check out two of their products. So, I picked out this berry pullover and a basic black v-neck tshirt - all organic cotton. The interior of the cotton pullover is so soft to the touch and cozy against the skin. I also received a basic black vneck tshirt, definitely not as soft as the pullover, but it is softer than the general manufactured 100% cotton tshirt I am use to and it also has a great stretch to it - it's my travel shirt. I am super pleased with the texture of the two pieces I received from Econscious especially since they haven't started pilling after over a few dozen uses! As for the pricing, they are what you can expect for a quality organic cotton piece - and their sales prices are equivalent to a fast fashion priced tshirt, so if you can only go for sales, do it! I will add that their product is great, however, their marketing isn't super modern and shiny which may throw you off. If I need basics, I'll definitely come to this brand because I love the stretch and blend more than my normal basics (Threads for Thought or hand me downs)

5/5 product quality and feel
4/5 pricing

Happy February,
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Back to the Bunhead: Part I

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I have recently found myself rejoining the ballet world, but this time as a teacher. I have pretty much accepted that my dancing days (aka experiencing dance through dancing and pushing myself my very hardest technique and physically) are over because my knees and hips just can't anymore. But hey, if you can't do it, why not teach it?

I also am super stoked that my ex roommate Ali Campbell was able to do a ballet photoshoot for me! I have always wanted to do a professional ballet photoshoot, and seeing these photos it was amazing because the feeling that I feel when I dance was actually what I saw in this photo- and it was amazing. I think these photos turned out so beyoutiful that looking at them I basically was super shocked that it was me! haha. I guess that's enough self-obsession for the day. God bless and happy Tuesday y'all!

Feeling whimsical,
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