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Minimalist Seasonal Styles | Autumn/Winter 17

September is all kinds of exciting because it’s about the time that layering clothing becomes appropriate again, there’s a whiff of festivities on the horizon but still the possibility of a surprise sunny day PLUS there are plenty of thunderstorms which is a great excuse to get snuggly and watch movies with hot chocolates. Perfecto!

One of the MOST exciting parts about Autumn/Winter is the curating of the AW Wardrobe – something I look forward to from about June (I work in ecommerce, where you’re always at least 1 season ahead of real life).

This year I’m all about getting that perfect set of combinations with just a few pieces – it’s all part of the minimalist journey. 

Here are some of they key pieces that are holding my styles together for the next 6 months:

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  1. Coat – River Island | 2. Jumper – F&F | 3. Jeans – Levis Mile High | 4. Check Scarf – Joules | 5. Grey Scarf (similar) – Zara | 6. Boots – Timberland (available in Brown here) | 7.Top – H&M (Similar) | 8. Tote – Radley | 9. Biker Jacket – Warehouse (Similar)

    They might be fairly basic but they’re also really ideal for this time of year as they can be thrown on without much consideration but still look like you’ve put some thought in. They also all layer fairly well, especially the blanket scarves, which double conveniently as an actual blanket. 

    In particular I love the Radley pocket essentials tote bag as it’s the perfect size for travelling, plus it’s wipe-clean and waterproof AND has enough room for an umbrella and spare pair of gloves, which is essential for autumn winter in the UK.

     

    The biker jacket and camel coat are both old faithfuls from 2 years ago, and the jeans are my buy-every-time failsafe for denim.

    I’m also loving grey-on-grey looks this season and am loving snuggling down in my (surprisingly snuggly  and fluffy) F&F jumper and Zara scarf combo for extra cosyness.

    What I especially like about these few pieces is that they’re all simple enough to work with eachother and any manner of other items. Add a few pieces of nice, simple jewellery and you’re away!
    Plus they’re all “investment” pieces that are good quality for the price (yes, even the tesco jumper!). I’m confident I’ll get at least a winter’s wear out of these items, and several more winters out of the coats and boots.

     

    What are the autumn/winter staples you’re excited to wear this year?

    Kitty

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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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Ethical & Fair Trade Fashion | Where to Buy, How to Style*

Nomads Ethical Fashion

For me, buying ethical goods is a high priority.
I want to give my patronage to responsible companies, who had a great message and care about people, animals and the planet – but I know that stereotypically that doesn’t go hand-in-hand with being on trend.

That’s why when Nomads Clothing invited me to review a piece from their current range, I was thrilled.
They put great focus on ethically sourcing their products- and their fair trade policy is open and honest – which I love – but some of their pieces are also really current!

I chose their embroidered boho dress, which is a sort of tunic style with beautiful fluted sleeves and super intricate embroidery – I must admit that it far exceeded my expectations when it arrived. The quality is fantastic, the cotton is really soft and the beading and embroidery is beautifully finished. My only pointer is that the colour is slightly more purple than the picture. Initially I was disappointed by that, but since wearing it, I’m actually glad!

Now… As much as I love the boho look, it isn’t one I wear very often, but with a little playing around I came up with some looks I really enjoy – for example the look shown above is ultra boho, mixed with some suede moccasins from Minnetonka and this tied knot belt.
It’s so cosy for a lounge-around Sunday afternoon, and that’s just what I wore for a little autumn walk followed by a TV day with Mr K last weekend!

I must admit I had never shopped with Nomads before, but this piece has really lit a fire in me, and I’ve got my eye on a few styles from their current collection – I can’t wait to try out their skinny jeans!

Do you prioritise buying ethically?  Do you have any favourite places to pick up cute, fair trade pieces?

 Kitty

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