If I mentioned the brand Wrangler, most people immediately say “Jeans” – and they’re not wrong! Wrangler has been doing denim damn well since 1904, and have recently teamed up with UK start-up and sustainably focused eyewear company Mosevic.
Every pair of sunglasses created as part of this exclusive collaboration (my pair is 105 of 150) has been made using the excess denim material supplied by Wrangler. This means each pair is unique, hand crafted and super striking. They are made by infusing layers of fabric and resin, and the end result is both rugged and durable.
Something that really appealed to me is that the sunnies wear like denim jeans, getting cooler with age. And they actually work! I tested them from the overwhelming heat and brightness of Woodford Folk Festival, to the beaches of Burleigh Heads. If you’re looking for a sustainable and ethical pair of sunglasses with high quality lenses (that looking freakin’ cool), this is my hot pick.
Want to know more about their production process? Watch the video below…
It feels like The Unmaterial Girl is a bit of a rolling stone sometimes, and lately it’s really started picking up momentum at a speed I’m struggling to keep up with! Having my face on the cover of a magazine is a pretty exciting example of this phenomena…
Bella Rae Magazine is a magazine on a mission. It’s a fresh and bold publication committed to empowering young women to band together and support one another in becoming strong, intelligent and creative leaders.
THIS is the kind of magazine I wish I’d been able to get my hands on as a young teenager, because it’s a total breath of fresh air compared to the other publications on the shelves for girls these days. The models are real girls, the stories and content are interesting, relatable and relevant, the layout is quirky and fun, and the overall messages put out by this magazine are ones of authenticity, positivity, respect and sisterhood.
When Bella Rae’s editor Henrietta reached out to me about potentially featuring my ‘Sustainable Style Series’ as an ongoing part of the magazine, I jumped at the chance! Over coffee and cake, she asked me how I felt about being the cover girl for issue three… and I was blown away! The fact that an emerging young women’s magazine wants to promote and highlight sustainable and ethical fashion is why I think Bella Rae has a very bright future ahead of it. They’re not doing what’s been done before, but instead digging deeper and bringing something different to the magazine industry.
Issue three hits stands today (Thursday the 15th of September, 2016) and I highly encourage you to grab a copy for either yourself, or someone who you think could get a lot out of it.
Below are some photos from our cover shoot, taken by the insanely talented Neill Blue. Almost all of the outfits featured in the shoot were pieces I scored from markets and opp shops, including the dress that made it onto the cover (a Wardrobe Warriors find, $5)
This afternoon, I attended my very first clothes swap. What a delight! A bunch of fashionable Brisbane ladies gathered together in a breezy Queenslander and swapped our unwanted clothing.
We heaped our threads into a giant pile in the middle of the room… and the swapping began! There were no real rules, it was just an awesome mutual sharing situation, everyone adding little clothing stories along the way like “I found that jacket in a store in London aaaages ago!” or “I used to wear that skirt to work but now there’s no need because I work from home!” There was a real thrill when a friend picked up something of yours and wanted to give it a new home. Go on faux leather jacket… be free!
This concept is great for so many reasons. Clothes swapping allows you to totally revive your wardrobe without having to spend a dime! Plus, it’s a lovely excuse to get together with a bunch of pals and drink fresh iced tea on a Sunday afternoon. I’m so inspired by this, I really want to organise one on a bigger scale, perhaps at Uni…? Stay posted. All our unwanted clothing from today will be donated to charity.
My favourite finds from this swap have to be a hot pink silky scarf, a purple corduroy high-waisted skirt, a bright Lorna Jane jacket and a marbled Country Road skirt – all featured below!
I can’t seem to resist visiting the Wardrobe Warriors markets when I have a Sunday off work, because I never fail to come home with a stash of amazing goodies. Yestereday however, I hit some kind of thrifting jackpot, as almost every stall that I visited – I found a bargain!
I ended up coming home with a bright and colourful cotton dress ($5), Topshop shoes ($8), a striped and sparkly top ($5), a fully sequined Gatsby style top ($10) a pair of hippy pants ($2) and a tasselled hippy poncho ($8) for the upcoming Woodford Folk Festival (program out now, it’s AMAZING!). Naturally… I got my camera out and started snapping, with the help of my gorgous fiance Jamie.
Colourful cotton dress makes me wanna spin…
My face, once I realised how many things I’d bought…
A few weeks ago, whilst Emilia and I were exploring the many isles of our favourite upcycled emporium – Reverse Garbage Queensland – we were asked by Kelly (their gift shop co-ordinator) if we’d like to participate as models in an upcoming fashion show, featuring the work of sustainable and ethical fashion designers…
On Saturday night we took part in the total whirlwhind adventure that is a fashion show, and we had a damn good time! I brought along my Fuji and snapped as many behind the scenes shots as I could manage (between wardrobe changes). Click below for full photos!