A Hidden Part of Paris
What is it exactly that comes to mind when you think of Paris? Before living here I used to dream about all of the clichés; champagne on the Champs-Elysées, riding a bike to the boulangerie and hanging out at Ladurée, sipping hot chocolate over a plate of macarons. But what a lot of people don’t know about Paris is that underneath the luxurious façade of the city there’s a thriving subculture of street style and grungy street art.
The 13th Arrondissement is one of my favourite places to experience this. Especially around the area of the Butte-aux-Cailles, one of the most hipster-friendly areas of the city and an unchartered territory for tourists.
My Current Must-Haves
Hey everyone! I’m finally back in Paris after my trip to Portugal and back to the grind again. Now that summer is drawing to a close I can’t help but wish these long days of freedom could just last forever. I’ve been having a hard time accepting that the back to school season has already started up for so many of you and next week it will finally be my turn to take up my studies again too. That being said though, I’ve been having a lot of fun doing some last minute back to school shopping, especially where beauty is concerned. Today I thought I’d share my top beauty picks from Sephora with you guys. While most of them fall into the category of Korean skincare (surprise, surprise) I did throw a few makeup favourites in there too! Let’s start.
A Travel Guide to The South of Portugal
The long summer evenings are finally drawing to a close and as a last hurrah to get my holiday blues in order before going back to college in Paris, myself and my family decided to take a quick trip to the Algarve to mark the finale of our summer. Located in the very south of Portugal, the Algarve is a region in which I found myself becoming utterly enamoured with the embellished sandy beaches, enormous cliffs and of course, warm (yet breezy) weather.
A Few Days A La Campagne
Earlier this week a friend of mine invited me to spend a few days in the countryside in the South of France. If you guys follow me on Instagram then you’ve probably seen a lot of the snaps I shared of my trip on my stories. After going through the photos since my return to Paris, I realise I had a lot more to share than I originally thought so today’s blogpost is all about sharing some vibes from the French countryside.
And The Importance of Clothes Sharing in the Fight Against Fast Fashion
Last week I wrote a post on The Five R’s of Sustainability where I addressed five simple steps towards a more eco-friendly closet. One detail in this blogpost I wanted to elaborate more on today is the importance of clothes sharing and just how fun it can be.
A little while ago, Aisling from The Nu Wardrobe reached out to me to talk about the devastating impacts of fast fashion on the environment and the creative way she and The Nu Wardrobe team are striving for a more ethical solution to our fast fashion addiction.
A Simple Guide to Sustainable Fashion
It’s no secret that fast fashion is having a devastating impact on the planet and on the environment. We can all agree by now that mass produced fashion does more harm than good to our world. Garment workers shouldn’t have to die for making our clothes, our rivers should not be polluted and poisoned just for the sake of a cheap t-shirt and crops and water supplies in impoverished areas should not be contaminated by the fashion industry.
So much suffering, contamination and destruction goes into making the cheap clothing we see everyday on the high street only for 3.8 billion pounds of it to end up in landfill at the end of each year. With fast fashion being the most damaging industry to the environment second only to oil production it’s high time we made the call for change.
As consumers, for every penny we spend, we are casting a vote. As long as we keep pumping our money into fast fashion companies, these multi-billion dollar corporations are going to continue to exploit garment workers through child labour, slave labour and sweat shops, no matter what cost to the environment and to human life.
For today’s post I decided to share the five R’s of sustainable fashion that will hopefully help us all to reduce our consumption of fast fashion brands and strive for a more ethical closet.
The Link Between All Three
The year is 2013, I’m 17 years old and back in the hallways of my old high school. Here is where I walk around hiding my face, hoping that nobody will see me today because my acne is pretty bad and even the mere glimpse of my tired complexion in the mirror is enough to drain my motivation to get out of bed for the week. High school for me was a time where my self image and sense of self worth were so low that I would always dodge my reflection in public because I didn’t feel good in my own skin. Being only 5 ft 2″I got a lot of flack for my height (or lack thereof am I right? ba dum tsss) and in everything I wore I just felt fat and bloated or like my height was making me look compressed and chubby. What always made me feel particularly bad of course was the fact that I never looked like the popular girls who were tall, thin and blonde and who all resembled Kylie Jenner or Gigi Hadid in one way or another. At least in my head it was like that anyway.
Despite these bad feelings though what always brought a flash of positivity to my day was how I would scroll through Instagram to see what my favourite bloggers were doing and I would come home from school that same day to watch them on YouTube. Seeing girls who looked not all that much different to me, who broke away from the cult of the celebrity and who seemed to live a life all not too dissimilar to mine made me feel at peace with myself.