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Monday
Jan202014

Fashion|Conscious: Multitaskers

I created Fashion|Conscious for the express purpose of showcasing ethical brands and, hopefully, disabusing the notion that they are not as of-the-moment as their unethical counterparts. It will now be a regular feature on the blog and published once a month.

One of the best things about working from home is that you can do so wearing whatever you please. That said, like many of you, my activities during the day are so varied that my daily wardrobe has to be incredibly versatile.

 

 

/Images: 1. Totnes Shirt Dress by Seasalt 2. Bright Print Vest Top by FAIR + True 3. Bright Print Leggings by FAIR + True/

 

A typical outfit for me has to be comfortable enough to work in and yet withstand the rigours of rolling around the floor with my girls. I also find that wearing something vibrant and stylish perks me right up no matter what the day may throw at me. Finally, it has to be something that is just as suitable for breastfeeding as it is for a quick downward dog or two just before I have to dash off to pick up my older daughter from nursery.

Add a great jacket, statement necklace and a pair of trusty metallic brogues (or Converse) and - hey presto! - you have the perfect multitasking look.

Thursday
Jan162014

Housekeeping

I did a little housekeeping over the Christmas break and my online shop is now hosted by the lovely people at SupaDupa.

I couldn't be happier with how it has turned out.

 

 

Never fear - the URL is still the same but I do have a new About page which states the whys, whats and wherefores of 106 more clearly.

Do hop on over and take a look. It's ever so spiffy, if I say so myself.

Monday
Jan132014

The Stack Review| Victory and Jashanmal Quarterly

I thought I'd kick off the week with a new series. It is inspired by one of my favourite Christmas presents last year - a year's subscription to Stack. Stack's mission - a truly noble one, if you ask me - is to spread the word about little-known, independent print publications. I first heard about them in this post and I may (or may not) have left it on the computer for a certain someone to find.

I digress.

Here's the magical bit. Each magazine delivery is a complete surprise so the chances of receiving something you would never pick out yourself are very high and therefore, so is the potential to expand your horizons.

Each month I will review the contents of my latest brown paper package. Let's dive right in, shall we?

Victory and Jashanmal Quarterly are clearly both inspired by the look and feel of newspapers but there the similarity ends.

 

 

Victory is a no-holds-barred ode to sports and sportsmanship. Printed on pleasingly sturdy paper, its Blood and Asphalt issue is filled with photography worth a thousand words - and then some - punctuated by eloquently written articles. I am not sporty in the slightest nor have I ever understood Man's need to draw blood before a baying crowd in the name of sport but I couldn't help but immerse myself in it. In Tennis For Savages, the accompanying photographs by Jerome Liebling are described by New York Times photographer James Estrin as "more than what was in front of the camera - they were about life, death, and the underlying meaning of being human."

Click! All of a sudden, I got it.

 

 

Jashanmal Quarterly is published by the Middle East's leading bookseller, Jashanmal Books and I suppose you could describe its aesthetic as a cross between a hip, young glossy - think i-D magazine - and a newspaper. Its graphics are vibrant and refreshingly irreverent with headlines often doubling as art across the top of each gutsy page. That said, it is more than just a pretty face. The Magazines issue examines the romance of print in forensic detail, examining our relationship with it and how it has managed to endure despite (or because of) the advent of digital media.

I'm already rubbing my hands with glee in anticipation of next month's discovery! Do stay tuned, won't you?

Thursday
Jan092014

Raising For Rana

On the 24th of April 2013, the Rana Plaza Garments Factory - near Dhaka, Bangladesh - collapsed on to over 1,134 garment workers. They died (and many more were critically injured) in a building unsuited for industrial use whilst making clothes for retailers in various parts of the world.

This matters to you - yes, you - because you are a consumer.

You have the right and a duty to demand more transparency from the brands you buy and to shop elsewhere if you do not like what you discover about them. Not doing so would mean turning a blind eye to the crazy things we unwittingly allow to happen to people just like us so that we can have something pretty - and often cheap - to wear.

That is not the world that I want to bequeath to my children or any others for that matter -  Mankind is so much better than that.

The Raising for Rana non-profit initiative will be hosting a fundraising event on the 24th April this year in conjunction with War On Want and the National Garment Workers Federation in Bangladesh to provide at least one month's salary to the families who have been affected by this tragic event, many of whom have lost their only breadwinner.

 

Here's what you can do to help right now.

  • You can demand compensation for the families of the Rana Plaza garment workers from the companies who have admitted recent use of the factories in the building by signing this online petition.
  • You can donate money - all of which will be given directly to the families of the garment workers who lost their lives - here.
  • If you happen to own a business (large or small) you can donate any products or services ranging from a venue in which to host the event to products for auction on the day. Simply get in touch with Raising For Rana here.

 

The Rainbow Collective has shot a documentary called The Machinists which will be screened on the 24th of April at the Raising For Rana fundraising event. It will also be available online from the 25th of April this year. Below is a little preview.


Video from rainbow collective on Vimeo.

 

If you would like to host a screening and/or fundraiser of your own you can do so by getting in touch with them here.

The time has come to accept that this is not someone else's problem.

It is ours and what we do from now on will determine whether we choose to be part of the problem or part of the solution.

Monday
Jan062014

Life Resolutions

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a rejuvenating holiday and that you are as raring to go as I am. I feel as though I have just bought a brand new Moleskine notebook and I canot wait to fill its pages.

Not one for annual New Year resolutions, I am a firm believer in remaining a lifelong student. For me, this means admitting that I do not know it all, staying curious and unlearning habits acquired over the years that inhibit my personal growth. 

 

 

We are all born exactly the way we need to be to live in the world but life can sometimes expunge the inherent knowledge that we are born with. You only need to look at a child to realise this. Free from hang-ups and set ways of doing things life seems to be a total blast for them everyday. They certainly have a lot more fun than we do and their creativity is boundless.

Case in point: my little girl created the composition above. When I asked her what it was, she said it was what her baby sister's mouth would look like with teeth.

Do you make yearly resolutions or lifelong ones?