Fashion Revolution Day 2015 – #whomademyclothes?

Two years ago, on 24th April, 1,133 people died and over 2,000 people were injured in the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Thanks to unsafe and unethical working conditions to produce clothes for us in the West. There isn’t just a human cost to cheap clothes, but an environmental one as well. Enough is enough. We need to know #whomademyclothes and hold brands accountable. Fashion Revolution Day is all about making sure the fashion industry ‘values people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure’. You can find out more on the Fashion Revolution website.

 

Stripey top

This is me, enjoying a walk with Poppy, wearing my favourite top from People Tree, safe in the knowledge that it’s ethically made, just like my favourite dress. This is one of the reasons I love People Tree, because they make regular trips with the design team to meet its producers or to measure social impact. This makes sure that every aspect of the supply chain meets the standards that are at the core of People Tree.

#whomademyclothes

So what can you do about it? Well, why not ask your favourite brands #whomademyclothes? Here’s what you can do:

Fashion Revolution Day

Let’s make the fashion industry a fairer one for everyone!

Tuesday Treat – Ann’s Pasties

Everytime we visit Cornwall, there are certain places we go: Gunwalloe Beach, the Lizard Point, Smugglers Chips Shop and Ann’s Pasties. Ann’s is the perfect place to buy a warm and hearty pasty after a morning spent hiking around the Cornish coastal path. It’s unlikely we’ll get down to Cornwall this year, but that doesn’t mean we have to go without Cornwall. Ann’s Pasties.

Anns Pasties

This is because you can get Ann’s Pasties through the post! I ordered a box of 10 uncooked vegan pasties and popped them in the freezer. They take an hour to cook and need 15 minutes to cool so you don’t burn your mouth on them. I sprayed olive oil on the baking tray so they don’t stick and before you know it, you’ve got a little taste of Cornwall in your own home. This has pretty much made month!

(Can you see one of Poppy’s dog hairs on my plate above?! I don’t know how she does it, but they get everywhere all the time!)

Dog Walks in Pembrokeshire – Broad Haven Beach

If there’s one thing that Pembrokeshire has in spades it’s beaches. Plus growing up there means that the sun doesn’t have to be shining for me to enjoy them! However, when I went to Broad Haven over Easter, I was lucky enough to get a few days of sunshine, even if there were gale force winds.

I hadn’t been to Broad Haven before so it was great to see what it was like before all the summer crowds get there. It’s a lovely beach with loads of rock pools at the edges for Poppy to sniff in, though she did try to eat a few sea anemones! That dog will try to eat anything!

Broad Haven Pembrokeshire Broad Haven Broad Haven Beach Hermit Crab Shell Broad Haven North

If you get the tide right, you can beyond the rocks you see in the picture above. We didn’t when we visited because it was blowing a gale and I also wanted to walk on Newgale beach and had to pace Poppy a bit! Broad Haven is a beautiful beach and well worth a visit, even in winter.

The Walk: Broad Haven beach is gorgeous but to make the most of it, be sure to visit when the tide is out. There are dog restrictions on the northern part of the beach from 1st May to 30th September so be sure to check before heading out for your dog walk.
Cost: Free
Car Park: There are two car parks in Broad Haven so make sure you have change for them.
Refreshments: There are a number of places to buy refreshments in Broad Haven itself and it’s just on the beach so you don’t need to go far for a brew.
Toilets: There are loos in the car park.

 

Vegan Beauty

I’ve never been the kind of girl to spend a lot of time and money on make up. Instead, I’d always be looking for the best moisturiser or the shampoo and conditioner that helped control my fizzy mane. As I get older, I still want a good moisturiser, but it also needs to contain an SPF. I also want my beauty products to be cruelty free and use as few animal products as possible. Here’s what I’ve been using lately.

Vegan Beauty

|| 1. Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar – Lush || 2. Vinali Exfoliating Soap – LoveLuna || 3. Sensitive Daily Cream – Burt’s Bees || 4. UrbanVeda Soothing Exfoliating Facial Polish – LoveLuna || 5. The Olive Branch Shower Gel – Lush || 6. Jason Aloe Vera Body Lotion – Big Green Smile ||

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I love the shampoo bar from Lush. Not only does it not have any packaging, but it’s a great shampoo. Poppy does like to eat soap, so we have to keep it in one of the Lush tins but I honestly don’t think I’ll go back to bottled shampoo. This little bar packs a real punch. For years I’ve been making my own sugar scrub, but I wanted something quick and easy to use and this exfoliator bar is perfect. It’s got a lovely smell and does the job. I needed some facial moisturiser and was given the Burt’s Bees one for Christmas. It’s great, lasts ages and isn’t too greasy. Throughout winter, I needed to make sure I took care of my skin by using a gentle facial exfoliator and this one by UrbanVeda is brilliant. It’s really gentle, smells great and you only need a little. Love it! The Olive Branch shower gel by Lush is a recent find but I love it so much. It’s got a great smell and really helps to keep your skin soft and supple. The Jason Aloe Vera lotion is my best find ever. I suffer from really dry skin and this little beauty has kept my skin in tip top shape all through winter. I will never use anything else!

Tuesday Treat – Cob weave Welsh Blankets

One of the reasons I enjoy spring is the warmth of the sun during the day but the excuse to snuggle up under a warm blanket during the chilly evenings. The sun hasn’t yet warmed the air enough for it to be so warm in the evening that it’s time to do away with the blanket just yet (though truth be told, I’ll still be using mine even in summer!) In our house, every room has at least one blanket in it. You can never have too many blankets and I’ve got my eye on these gorgeous cob weave Welsh blankets from Decorator’s Notebook.

Cobweave Welsh wool blankets

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Not only do the blankets look super cosy, but they also come in a range of beautiful colours. Plus they’re made in North Wales so they’re fairtrade and local. How great is that?! I think I need one in every colour!

Dog Walks in Oxfordshire – Bury Knowle Park, Oxford

After our short walk at Lye Valley, we were still keen to enjoy the spring sunshine so we headed to Bury Knowle Park in Headington. I’ve driven past it a number of times, but had never been in. As we were in the area, we parked up and headed in. It’s a wonderful space for everyone as there’s plenty of space and things to do. It has a children’s play area, a zip wire, a sensory garden for the visually impaired and much more.

Bury Knowle Park Poppy at the parkHeadington ParkStorybook Storybook TreeTennis in HeadingtonCarved seats in Headington Dog walks in Headington Poppy plays chess

If there’s one thing that Oxford does well, it’s parks. They’re well maintained with lots of plants and areas to keep all family members entertained. I loved seeing the Storybook tree too. What a lovely way to remember such great authors! Bury Knowle Park is well worth a visit.

The Walk: There’s a path that runs around the outskirts of the park and there are a few other paths running across it.
Cost: Free
Car Park: We parked in Waitrose, which you have to pay for. We used the Ringo App, which is brilliant.
Refreshments: There is a kiosk in the park selling ice creams and drinks, but it wasn’t open when we were there. There are lots of cafes close by too.
Toilets: Yes.

 

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