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Ethical Sports Fashion | Sundried Activewear

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Recently I learned about a sportswear brand that I really wanted to talk about today – Sundried – I haven’t tried their product yet but, on reading about their business ethos and mission statement, I decided it was definitely something I want to share.

Before I get cracking, I want to point out that I haven’t been paid to write this post. I haven’t been sent product, vouchers, money or anything else. I just really like the brand message.

The brand was founded by a guy named Daniel Puddick – a PT, Triathlete and Dad who wanted to create a brand that his kids would be proud to associate with in future. His thoughts were that the next generation would be focused on ethical production and carbon footprint, so set about creating a product that supports both.

Premium ethical activewear was the goal. Encouraging healthy lifestyles, responsibly – that’s the motto.

Sundried product is made in Portugal with European fabrics – and each product comes with a unique code which, when entered on the website, shows you the journey of your garment. It also includes a donation to Water for Kids, and you will be given information on specifically what your donation will achieve. You can read more about Water for Kids here, but rest assured it’s a good thing – they work hard to deliver safe drinking water to communities (mainly in Uganda and Zambia).

The range is limited right now – but new collections are in the pipeline. Happily, the products are pretty safe – simple shapes and shades mean the brand can work for literally anyone. Sure, it’s a little expensive but it is specifically designed to need less garment care, contributing to the eco-friendly factor. Sundried’s range is designed to be washed cool and sun-dried – saving the planet by eliminating hot washes and tumble dryers (plus the garments pay for themselves in what you’ll save on your electricity bills!)

Something I really love  about Sundried’s values is their “EHOH” concept – every hour on the hour – where they suggest doing 5 minutes of exercise every hour, to reduce the negative effects of sitting down for long stretches. Read more about their values here.

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Right now their collections are available exclusively at http://www.sundried.com. If you’re on the market for some new sportswear, or are interested in investing in ethical fashion choices, you should definitely check them out!

Kitty

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Gorilla Perfumes Death & Decay | A Review

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I’ve known Lush dabbled in fragrances for quite a few years, but never before checked out their ranges as, simply put, I am lazy.

However since buying cruelty free I have a new-found appreciation for just how expensive Molton Brown fragrance is and was on the market for a more reasonably priced Cruelty Free fragrance. I decided to give them a go, and added a couple variations to my Christmas List. Yes it’s taken me since Christmas to write this.

The first one I’m going to talk about is my favourite – Death & Decay. Don’t let the name fool you, this fragrance is full but fresh, and although it takes a little getting used to I’ve permanently promoted it to my go-to fragrance.

I suspect the name comes from it’s Lily-heavy notes (Lilies being the traditional funeral flower) which compliment the indole – which I assume represents the decay (indole is found mainly in white flowers, but is also present in … human poo). Read this for more information – it’s not all bad.

I recall my first sniff with humour – I really didn’t like it – it was slightly “weird” smelling and a bit overpowering. However it was a gift from my brother so I persisted, applying it liberally on Christmas day – and by 11am I was hooked.

The scent softens quickly, but also has great staying power, meaning I get sweet pangs of scent throughout the day. Despite the way it sounds, it softens to a very gentle, sweet effect which is a little vanilla-esque, although there is no vanilla listed in the ingredients.

The overall effect is quite calming – it feels sort of exotic but not in the same was as those sickly coconut based perfumes. It’s mysterious, and complex, and not like anything I’ve worn before (sorry I can’t compare it!)

At £30 for 30ml it’s slightly cheaper than Molton Brown but still in the price range of designer fragrance – but without harming any animals!

I would absolutely recommend trying this fragrance out by going into your local Lush store. Try it on and leave it for a couple of hours to settle on your skin before you decide.
If you live more on the edge you can buy online here.

Have you tried Lush fragrance before? Do you have a favourite?
My next Lush review will be Furze.

Kitty

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Etsy Love | The Creative Realm

Etsy is a strange realm – making news this year for banning the sale of magical and spell-related goods – but today I want to share some of the bits I most love Etsy for. The artisan, unique and quirkier handcrafted goodies that can go a million miles to adding personality to any outfit, home or gift.
I mean, I love magic as much as the next girl (still waiting for my Hogwarts letter…) but this crafty marketplace is much better suited to curating gorgeous bits and bobs. This year marks a decade since Etsy crept onto the web, bringing with it all types of weird and wonderful knickknacks (need a vase shaped like a dinosaur? Etsy has your back).
Today, though, I’m celebrating the bright and beautiful instead. Shall we?

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Above you can see a collection of my favourite stuff from this year – and you can clearly see it’s heavily influenced by being a blogger (cacti, art prints and greyscale, yo!)

Sometimes I use Etsy for inspiration purposes – it’s a crafters paradise in many ways, and often there’ll be semi-specialist items listed that you can easily knock up yourself with a bit of research and planning. I love that if you like being hands-on, then it’s akin to Pinterest for filling your brain with ideas. If not, that’s fine – because someone out there has already made it and you can buy it! Win win!

On the flipside, it’s also a bit of a hipster hotspot, which means its full of ridiculous junk – but someone must want it! (Does anyone remember Regretsy? Dang I miss that site).

Generally its easy to find the true boutique-style e-stores – prices, images and originality give them away. I’m a huge advocate of supporting little businesses with a great product, but be careful of buying bulk bought, straight-from-China pieces – the site is saturated with them!

Do you get lost browsing in Etsy?
It is just an inspiration plaform for you, or do you buy as well?

 Kitty

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