The holiday season is fast approaching. Whether that statement fills you with excitement or dread is personal. I am usually a mixture of both but if I had to pick, probably the later. One of the reasons for that is, call me a Scrooge, but I hate the consumption overload that comes with Christmas. Particularly sale days like Black Friday, which is now extended to the whole weekend through to Cyber Monday. Again, whether you love it or hate it is all down to you. I again will choose the later.
Originally an American shopping tradition, Black Friday is the name given to the day following Thanks Giving and is often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the US. The format of the day is practically identical to our own Boxing Day sales in the UK, now for better or worse many UK retailers have adopted the concept.
The next edition to our “Lottie Meets” series is here and that makes me really happy. This one is very special. During our recent trip to Cambodia, we had the pleasure to tie in a visit with Fairsew, an independent business and proud branded manufacturer based in the capital city of Cambodia.
Early in the morning, we made the 6-hour journey on the coach from Siem Reap to Phenom Penh. As we bounced along the Cambodian roads, we passed lines of palm trees, lush green rice fields as far as the eye could see and colourful houses on stilts. As the capital city crept into view we started spotting many more high-rise buildings, offering an interesting contrast. Buzzing, traffic-filled wide roads, running through a modern hub with its charm still intact. In comparison to Siem Reap, Phenom Penh has a metropolitan feel which we enjoyed. After weeks of seeing more rural areas, it felt good to be in a busy city again.
There I said it. I know I am not the only one, who sometimes struggles with fear and self-doubt. But, the mean little voice in my head sure makes me feel like I am. Saying, everyone else’s work is better than mine, I don’t have enough followers, you know the drill.
This is a different kind of article you are used to reading, but I need to go back to basics. I started this blog to provide a cathartic space to write and feel better, to be honest, and relaxed. I wanted to lay my soul bare and hope someone might read and relate. So, I am being brutally honest to enable myself to progress. I guess there is no time like the present.
We drink tap water abroad and live to tell the tale. So far we have drunk tap water from Bali, Cambodia and India, with not one single complaint. In the past, this sounds like a recipe for disaster. Envisioning a holiday spent cradling the toilet rather than out exploring. Well, thanks to Water-To-Go, we can all safely and conveniently stay hydrated anywhere in the world.
It is quite incredible. W2G has engineered a small portable water filter that removes over 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants including microplastics. This little bottle has journeyed with us everywhere, as you can see from our video filmed in Cambodia.
We are all starting to realise that plastic is not so fantastic. Thanks to modern worldwide media sharing, exhibiting the reality of our reliance on short-term conveniences. We see photos and videos of overflowing landfills, plastic waste cluttering coastlines and floating in our oceans on a daily basis. It is pretty repulsive, I am sure we can all agree. Out of sight is definitely not out of mind anymore.
Worn it 30 times is a series we’ve put together, highlighting the joy of wearing our clothes 30 times and more. With help from our favorite bloggers, we will show the outfits turning us all into proud outfit repeaters. Passionate about showcasing the slow fashion movement? The famous 30 wears challenge is a great place to start. We hope to show how we can all become happier and more sustainable through our clothing choices. This week it is the turn of Elly, from Take It Up Wear It Out.
Conventional fashion wisdom suggests that impulse purchases are unlikely to remain in your wardrobe for more than a few months, let alone a few years. The same style advisors would probably also try to discourage you from buying anything when you are abroad and have been day drinking. But, I like to defy conventional fashion rules. That’s why a sparkly cheesecloth dress has been a much-loved part of my summer wardrobe for thirteen years.