2016 Fashion Revolution

Fashion Revolution which takes place from 18 to 24 April is an opportunity to ask brands more information on working conditions in the factories that make our clothes. This year, I have asked French Ethical Fashion brand Ekyog who made my ‘Hoki’ T-shirt.

drawing of a woman wearing a coral T-shirt worn inside out and grey trousers by Ekyog for Fashion Revolution

A Hoki T-shirt worn inside out and grey Haby trousers by Ekyog

Here is their reply:

“The HOKI t-shirt was made in Izmir, Turkey, in a workshop we have been working with for many years.

For 20 years, the company has been developping and making items such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, polo shirts, nightgowns, tracksuits etc. The company, that was created in 1992, is working exclusively for exportation. It’s a small factory with 25 employees.

It’s also GOTS (GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARDS) certified. GOTS is an international standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It regulates production environmental aspects but also social and organisational aspects (documentation preservation, implementation of an environmental policy…)

During our audit, we have noticed that the company is working on its employees well-being.

Here are some examples of what managers take charge of:

– Additional paid leave (in addition to legislation), sickness leave, maternity leave, sick child leave…

– Access to training

– Taking care of transportation, meals, tea & coffee

– Support the primary schooling of children near the production sites

The organic cotton comes from Turkey too, it’s knitted and dyed in a town close to Izmir.”

That is what I call a complete reply. Once a gain, a small brand show that it’s possible to be transparent whith its clients and to control the supply chain. It’s all the more important when you know that Syrian children are illegally working in some clothing factories in Turkey.

You can get involved in Fashion Revolution too. Here is how:

1. Take a picture of yourself with a clothing label visible

2. Post your picture on social medias with the hashtag #WhoMadeMyClothes

3. Tag the brand you’re wearing to ask them who made this item of clothing

For more information:
Fashion Revolution website
Ekyog website (in French)

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March 2016 favorites

Here are my March 2016 favorites:

* Fashion Revolution 2016

This year, Fashion Revolution will last one week from 18 to 24 April to transform the fashion industry into a force for good.

* A series of skylines watercolors by Hélène from Taches et couleurs blog

Hélène has started a series of watercolors showing the skylines of cities such as Paris, London, La Défense (in Paris region) or Shanghai.


a watercolor of Shanghai skyline by Hélène Hurot


Shanghai (c) Hélène Hurot

* Can We Actually Afford To Shop Ethically ?

* The blue dress worn by Manon from Happy New Green blog


drawing inspired by a picture of Manon from Happy New Green blog wearing a Carven blue dress


drawing inspired by a picture of Manon wearing a Carven blue dress

* A seaview in the south of Malta


A seaview in the south of Malta

* Facade visual (in)consistency in Malta

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Facade visual (in)consistency in Malta

In Malta, I have noticed that some owners’ associations don’t attach a lot of importance to the visual consistency of the facade.


an apartment building with mismatched balconies in Malta


Can you find two identical balconies in this building? (click the pictures to enlarge)


unmatching doorbells in Malta


Each one has its own doorbell model


an apartment block with mismatched balconies in Malta


More mismatched balconies (Note that the third floor balcony doesn’t even have a railing!)

Those odd balconies, windows or doorbells could offend your aesthetic sense if you’re more used to symmetry.


apartment buildings with multicoloured shutters and enclosed balconies in Valletta, Malta


Multicoloured shutters and enclosed balconies in Valletta

At the same time, this cacophony is somewhat picturesque. And that way you avoid fighting with the neighbours about the choice of the color when the shutters need to be painted.


apartment buildings with multicoloured shutters and enclosed balconies in Valletta, Malta

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February 2016 favorites

Here are my February 2016 favorites (with a lot of Fashion):

* What is a capsule wardrobe

* A yarn necklace spotted at Missoni fashion show


A yarn necklace spotted at Missoni fall-winter 2016-2017 fashion show


photo : Susanna Lau

* Jewelry at Valentino Couture Fashion Show

* My favourite outfits at the 2016 Oscars and Cesars:

* V10 sneakers by Veja


Veja V10 sneakers. black graphite

This new model was launched to celebrate Veja 10 year anniversary. The V10 sneakers come black, white or tricoloured but I prefer the black ones.

* Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind

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2016 Oscars & Cesars: my favourite outfits

Last weekend took place the Oscars and the Césars (the French Academy Awards). It was an opportunity to spot beautiful eveningwear, even if I regret the lack of risk of red carpet fashion.

My favorite outfit at the Césars is a long black dress with openwork patterns that was worn by an unindentified woman.

drawing of a woman wearing a long black dress with openwork patterns at the 2016 Cesars

I found Mélanie Laurent very chic in a long black strapless gown by Saint Laurent. The actress and director was here for ‘Demain’ (Tomorrow in English) her documentary on Ecology.

drawing of Mélanie Laurent wearing a long black strapless gown by Saint Laurent at the 2016 Cesars

Incidentally Ecology was quite present at this year’s awards ceremonies: ‘Demain’ won the best documentary award at the Césars and Leonardo DiCaprio’s acceptance speech called for action on climate change.

More Ecology on the red carpet with Red Carpet Green Dress project for which actress Sophie Turner wore a crepe long grey dress ethically made by Galvan.

drawing of Sophie Turner wearing a crepe long grey dress ethically made by Galvan at the 2016 Academy Awards

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Jewelry at Valentino 2016 Summer Couture Fashion Show

For once, I was more attracted by jewelry than by clothes at Valentino 2016 Summer Couture Fashion Show. On long dresses inspired by Antiquity or Middle Ages, necklaces became also belts.

drawing of a woman wearing a long dark red dress with golden jewelry from Valentino Couture 2016 Spring-Summer collection

rawing of a woman wearing a long white dress with golden jewelry from Valentino Couture 2016 Spring-Summer collection

This idea can be reproduced to boost a dull outfit by wearing two crossed long necklaces over the shoulder.

You can see pictures of this Fashion Show on Vogue and Style Bubble websites.

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January 2016 favorites

Here are my January 2016 favorites:

* A dress at Armani Privé Couture Spring 2016 Fashion Show

Drawing at a dress at Armani Privé Couture Spring 2016 Fashion Show

* The two-minute rule against procrastination

This rule si very simple: if you can do a task in less than two minutes, do it straight away.

* Leaf through a digital edition of early 20th century French illustrated fashion magazines


illustration by Pierre Brissaud  from July 1920 'la gazette du bon ton': a mother and her daughter wearing Jeanne Lanvin


illustration by Pierre Brissaud from July 1920 ‘la gazette du bon ton’

* A first review of my clothing purchases

* A woman wearing a nice beanie

Drawing of a wearing a grey beanie

* The US and Canada are banning plastic microbeads from cosmetics

Polyethylene microbeads (that you find in scrubs for example) are polluting the oceans. They are not yet banned in Europe but you can avoid them in your cosmetics by checking that the ingredients’ list doesn’t include polyethylene.

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First review of my clothing purchases

This article is not a haul with my latest purchases. Instead I will talk about the clothes and shoes I bought 2 or 3 years ago. I had the time to wear, stain, wash and use them. So now I’m ready for a review: Were those good buys, regarding style, comfort, quality and also ethics?


drawing of pullovers

* Marks & Spencer cashmere pullovers

I bought Marks & Spencer cashmere pullovers that are soft and don’t bobble. However, the elbows are worn out.

I would say that the ethics of my pullovers is not very good. Marks & Spencer has a sustainability strategy called ‘plan A’ with precise social and environmental goals. On the other hand, cashmere has a negative impact on the environment: cashmere overproduction is responsible for a desertification in Mongolia.

Would I buy them again: Maybe. I would like to find more durable pullovers and also try alpaga that seems to be more ecological than cashmere but very soft too.


drawing of socks

* Bleu Forêt socks

Bleu Forêt is a French brand of socks and tights. I bought elegant socks that are quite solid. In France they are sold in some supermarkets and department stores.

I would say that the ethics of my socks is good. Bleu Forêt socks are all made in France, in the Jura region.

Would I buy them again: Yes


drawing of a T-shirt

* An Ethos Paris T-shirt

It’s a simple organic T-shirt that is comfortable and enduring.

I would say that the ethics of my T-shirt is very good. Ethos Paris values Fair Trade and the Environment thanks to organic materials.

Would I buy it again: Yes


drawing of shoes

* Nike sneakers

I’m intensively wearing my Nike sneakers. They are comfortable and resistant even if they are not as waterproof as they were at the beginning.

I would say that the ethics of my sneakers is average. Since the nineties, Nike made some progress regardings its working conditions.

Would I buy them again: Yes. Still I would like to try Veja leather sneakers to find out if they can be a more ethical alternative.

* Clarks sandals

I’ve already mentioned those ultra-comfy shoes in my July 2014 favorites. Well, they’re still there.

I would say that the ethics of my sandals is average.

Would I buy them again: Yes

* Crocs Cleo sandals

I bought those plastic sandals in 2010 and today they are still like new. I start wondering if those shoes are everlasting.

I would say that the ethics of my sandals is average. Made with petroleum products, they are not ecological but they are vegan.

Would I buy them again: Yes

After reading my article again, I give the impression of being a smart shopper. The truth is that I bought other clothes that I haven’t really tried out. Indeed I wear them rarely, probably because those are shopping mistakes. We’ll talk about them in my next clothing purchases review.

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Best Wishes for 2016 (and anti-procrastination review)

Here is the end of the year and it’s time for a review of my 2015 resolution. My theme of the year was action which implied eliminating procrastination.

Of course, I haven’t totally stopped procrastinating but I have managed to limit the damage.

So I share with you what helps me fighting procrastination:

* Publish my resolution on this blog

When I announced my resolution on my blog, I knew that I would write a review one year after and I didn’t want to fail publicly.

* Useful procrastination

* Anti-procrastination slogans

I have inspiring quotes and anti-procrastination slogans written on my to-do list and on my desktop.


drawing : just do it as an anti-procrastination motto

* Looking at the bigger picture

It’s asking questions : Why am I procrastinating now? What am I avoiding?

It’s also thinking of what could make me proud of myself this evening.

* Reading Zen Habits blog

As the name suggests, this blog gives advice on how to get into good habits while being zen.

* Realising that procrastination is an everyday struggle

That also means that if you fail one day, you can still succeed the following day.

* My guilt-free motto: ‘It’s never too late to do good’


Having learned a lot, I would like to continue my investigations so I have chosen effectiveness as theme of the year.

I wish you a Happy New Year and Effectiveness in realising your dreams :)


Best Wishes card illustrated with a Christmas tree and a little girl watching stars

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