An Ethical homeware wishlist

When I daydream about my future house (which happens on a pretty regular basis), I see a beautiful, eco-friendly haven. It's full to the brim with plants, jars upon jars of food with no plastic in sight and independently made trinkets that bring me nothing but joy. You can keep your chandeliers and flat screen TVs in the bathroom, I'll just have a vast collection of reusable straws, thank you very much! 

After three years of living in student accommodation - which meant buying everything as cheaply as possible because it would inevitably get broken after nights out - I am so ready to invest in lifelong pieces. In fact, the thought of having some decent quality, ethically made homeware makes me actually tear up. So, in anticipation of moving house (and apparently of being a millionaire) I decided a wishlist is in order. If you're looking for a way to make your house that little bit kinder, you're going to love these beauties. 

We can dream, right?

Fashion Revolution Week: Tips for ethical shopping as a student

Becoming an ethical shopper can feel intimating. It can feel overwhelming, near-impossible and, perhaps most noticeably at first, it can feel expensive. Bloody expensive. In a world where we're so used to being able to buy a whole outfit (including shoes!) for less than £100, the prices on ethical clothing websites are eye-watering in comparison. And that's even more so the case when you're a student who is acutely aware of how many bowls of pesto pasta you could get for that money.

The fact of the matter is that we've forgotten the value of our clothes. As I've spoken about many times before, we're now a part of a fast-fashion world in which we expect to get garments for the cheapest possible price, at the expense of factory workers, the farmers that grow raw materials and our planet. Things need to change and we can all do some pretty simple things to be a part of that shift.

Knowing that so many of my readers are students and, frankly, that the majority of normal people just might not be able to afford to pay the prices of ethical fashion brands, I want to celebrate Fashion Revolution Week in a way that won't cost you an arm and a leg. I thought I would share my tips for becoming an ethical ethical consumer on a budget, some of which won't even cost you a penny!

My 4 Earth Day Goals (and a giveaway!)

Happy Earth Day, ya absolute beauties! I hope that, like me, it's making you feel even more connected to a purpose of making our world a little bit brighter. Stay put until the end of this post to read about the giveaway that I'm holding to celebrate.

Over the years, I've blogged about a lot of things. I've been a fashion blogger. I've been (and still am) a feminist blogger. And now, in 2018, I like to think that my blog fits loosely into the "ethical lifestyle" category. Recently I've become more and more passionate about making a positive change in the world and using this little platform of mine to help do that. Which is why I've put out so many posts about ways to reduce waste, stop funding fast fashion and shift the habits that are negatively impacting our planet.

However, I feel like it's easy to assume that someone who talks about ethical living has got it all down. That's just not true. I'm certainly much less wasteful and much more conscious with the way that I live than I was a year ago, but I've also got a hell of a long way to go. There's no such thing as a perfectly ethical consumer, but we can all try our best and continue to learn about what we're doing wrong. With that in mind I thought I would take this fine Earth Day as a chance to set myself some goals for living a more sustainable life. There's always room for improvement, right? And maybe it will inspire you to make a few of your own too!

Decor Dreams: Planning our first home

There are a lot of things I'm not looking forward to doing as the end of my time at university approaches. I'm not looking forward to saying goodbye to our little student flat and all of its cheap, semi-broken furnishings. I'm not looking forward to the fact that I'll finally have to be a real adult with a proper job and will no longer be going to classes 3 times a week. I'm not looking forward to waving farewell to life in London and not being somewhere with buses that come every 3 to 7 minutes. It really is the end of an era.

However, if there's one thing that I am looking forward to, it's being able to decorate a new space with my boyfriend who I will be living with after 3 years of being long distance. Trust me, I've been pinning about this moment for as long as I can remember. We're beyond excited to finally move into our own apartment, to create a little sanctuary and to fill it to the brim with beautiful plants. Okay, so maybe the plants thing is just me...

That's why I was so quick to respond with a big fat "YES PLEASE" when Old English Company offered to send me some of their homeware. Seriously, how could I resist hand lettered goodies made here in the UK that look like they were lifted directly from my "Decor Dreams" board on Pinterest? It was like the universe dropped the ideal collaboration directly in my lap. And, as my Dad said when all of the goodies landed at my door, "wow, it looks like Curly and Wordy shat in a box". So, yeah, it's a pretty perfect match.

The books an English Lit Grad thinks are actually worth reading

Okay, so I'm stretching it a little by titling this post with the word "graduate". Technically speaking I have not yet graduated. But I have officially finished all of university reading and classes, so I'm almost there! Let's just ignore the fact that I have a dissertation to hand in.

Over the past three years I've read 161 books. Yes, I counted because I plan on shouting that number from the roof tops for the foreseeable future. 161 books! That averages out at just over two texts a week in an academic year which, if I do say so myself, is pretty impressive. I've read amazing books and I've read books that, despite being hugely "significant", I would rather gouge my eyes out than read again. Whilst every book was on my course for a reason and most taught me a lesson that helped me within the context of my degree, if I'm being honest there's quite a small percentage that I would actually recommend people to read. Let's just say that I won't be throwing around copies of Paradise Lost during the festive season...

So, if you want to enjoy some books on an English Literature BA reading list without splashing £27,000 and potentially loosing your will to live whilst writing essays, here is my utterly biased list of the ones that I think are actually worth getting your hands on. You're welcome.

The eco-friendly essentials I can squeeze into a tiny bag

When I first started trying to be more eco-friendly and was pretty much addicted to ethical lifestyle blogs, I felt like I would need a suitcase with me every day. Avoiding plastic seemed like it would take a hell of a lot of planning and would mean investing in a tonne of reusable products: stainless steel straws, 50 different types of mason jar and anything made of bamboo. It was all a bit overwhelming, to be honest.

These days, packing my reusable goodies is second nature. I stopped trying to emulate everyone online and learnt what I actually need daily. So, now I can squeeze all of my eco essentials into my tiny little backpack. It turns out that I don't need bamboo cutlery because I'm a student who is far too much of a tight-arse to buy takeaway on a regular basis. Who knew?

To encourage you to begin your eco journey, even when it does seem overwhelming, and to remind you that your version of 'ethical' might look very different to someone else's, I thought I would share with you what's in my every day backpack. Yay for saving the planet, one outing at a time!

Eco-Friendly everyday essentials

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6 ways to make the world a better place this International Women's Day

Since the age of 14, I’ve called myself a “feminist”. Throughout my school years I listened to empowering pop songs and complained about the injustice of the female school dress code (albeit mainly because I had a pair of Miss Selfridge shorts that I wanted to be able to get use out of on tag days). I wore my metaphorical feminist badge with honour and I'm proud that I was a self-proclaimed advocate for equality at such a young age. However,  I like to think that I’ve grown a lot since 2011. In those years I've been constantly learning and unlearning. In fact, I still am. It's a journey that's meant my feminism is no longer confined to my country, my age and to those problems that directly affect me. 

Every year I love celebrating International Women’s Day, not just because I enjoy waving the feminist flag, but because I think it's a great time to think about how we can cultivate a feminism that is more aware and intersectional. This year’s theme – Press For Progress – is all about motivating and uniting at a time when it isn’t exactly easy being a woman. So, with that in mind, I thought I would share with you some things that you can do today to make the world a slightly better place for womankind.