Made Of Honor Material

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

So some of you might know that three years ago I was proposed to and I am still not married. I have so much of my future wedding planned but there are some details that are still a little hazy and one of those details are bridesmaids dresses. At first I wanted them in a nude pink, then a grey, then a mint or duck egg but one thing has never changed - I need them to be cheap dresses. I'm not rolling in money and it makes it even more difficult to find passable cheap dresses that look formal, are something they can wear again and that cater for both a size 8 frame and a size 24.

I first spotted these evening dresses on eBay and I just wasn't a fan of the gems beneath the bust but once I found this website it all changed because they have the dresses in the same colours and sizes for an even cheaper price (£29.99) without the detail and now, of course, I'm torn. I'm going to order the grey dress for myself to check it's length and fit and if all is well the only issue I'll have choosing will be the colour.

I imagine my bridesmaids walking down the aisle in this dress clutching their bouquets and looking every inch the stunning women that they are not because of the dress but because they fit the dress so well. The simple style, the colour, the length and the detail all fit in with their personal style aesthetic so well that it wouldn't be out of the ordinary for them to choose this as opposed to some bridesmaids dresses I've seen that don't seem like 'them' as I couldn't imagine them in layers of shiny taffeta or netting. If it's something they can wear again to another event or just to make them feel beautiful, all the better.

What do you think? I love the simplicity and I feel they'd look beautiful with my chosen bouquet of peonies and hydrangeas.

Out with the old

Sunday, 15 September 2013

So as you may well know Autumn is my favourite season and when September rolls around it's like my January. New Years Resolutions? Good but secondary to Autumn resolutions, for sure. Spring clean? Make that a September clean and I can get on board. You see, I may be a little bit of a freak but Autumn signifies a fresh start for me and so every September I start to trawl through my possessions looking for things I can give away, sell and really purge to make room for big cosy knits and lots of opaque tights.

Often I find lots of clothes that not of good enough quality to be able to sell on or give to charity and this is where I look for other options. I'll bag up the summer clothes that I bought on a whim and will never ever wear again or old clothes for dossing around the house and I'll get them out of my hair which, to me, is insanely cathartic.

This season I've sold, given away or recycled three black bags of clothes between four people which is pretty good (or bad) going but in the spirit of cleansing and feeling even slightly renewed, I'm not even slightly ashamed.

Recycled Fashion

Friday, 13 September 2013

So we all know fashion trends are recycled and will be recycled in the future but what about eco-friendly fashion? Would you wear a recycled material dress? What about a festival banner bag?

Bright Colours are a brand who specialise in just those kind of bags. Each bag is scrubbed clean and cut from the most interesting part of the banner fabric to make the bag with the straps made from seatbelts. These items could only be used once and so what else is there to do with them but make something new and I'm surprised at how much I like the tote and messenger bags.

The messenger bags and backpacks are designed with cyclists in mind and while I don't cycle I could definitely see the messenger and tote bags being incorporated into my own style with a plain outfit to make the bag pop. I don't think they'd made me give up my Zara bags entirely but for the gym or lugging lots of things to work on a day where a suit wasn't required I think these would be perfect plus you can rest assured that you're helping the environment while you're at it which is a big plus for me.

As I've mentioned before, I'm not entirely eco-friendly and I don't think I will ever be but when it comes to a choice of evironmentally friendly or not with an equal product - it's a no brainer for me.

If you'd like to find out more about how these bags came to be you can click here which gives much more detailed information on the manufacturing.