ETHICAL FASHION

The last two weekends have seen the SLOW Fashion Festival in Adelaide, with the launch held on the same day as the Climate Strike for #FridaysforFuture.

I recently attended both the Launch and After Party + Runway events, where I was introduced to a Panel of innovators and brands doing their bit for humanity and the environment.

To find out more about the SLOW Fashion Movement, check out their website here: http://slowff.com/

On the topic of slow fashion I thought I would dedicate this post, not only to the recent festival but the small changes we can make to support slow fashion and shop more consciously.

The Fashion Industry contributes quite drastically towards the current climate, According to The Guardian, 85% of the human-made material found in the ocean actually comes from clothing. The fashion industry also has a colossal carbon footprint and a serious waste problem, where we are buying  400% more clothes than we were 20 years ago, and, on average, 30% of those garments are worn just once before they are thrown away

(Source: https://wellmadeclothes.com.au/articles/FastFashionClimateChange/)

As a lover of fashion and the environment, this was hard to hear, but instead of disregarding either of my passions, I decided to research and look in to what companies are doing on their part to reduce their emissions and support the fight on climate change.

I surprise myself now when I go window shopping, I take note of the brand, do my research (most brands will post their sustainability mission on their website) and make a conscious decision.

 

Some small ways we can slow the fashion industry down are to:

  • Shop vintage – not only will you find great one-off pieces, but buying vintage reduces waste enormously.
  • 30 x rule – asking yourself, will I wear this 30 times, most of the time you do, especially if it’s work wear, then at least you are being conscious about the practicality of what you are buying.
  • Quality over quantity – when wanting to treat yourself, choose quality over quantity, instead of going on a shopping spree and buying 20 items you may wear a couple of times,  choose pieces you truly love, they will not only bring you more joy, but will act as an investment in your wardrobe
  • Company’s sustainability clauses – as mentioned above, check out some of your favourite brands and their sustainability mission statements, it’s important to show your support to brands especially local ones, who are committed to building their business sustainability, this doesn’t only apply to fashion brands, I have also posted about sustainable beauty, check out my post here:https://fatefulfashion.com/sustainable-beauty/

Some other brands that are not only sustainable, but vegan too are Sans Beast, Matt & Nat and many more you can find at the link here: https://www.thegoodtrade.com/features/affordable-ethical-fashion-brands

ASOS have also launched a responsible edit: https://www.asos.com/au/women/the-responsible-edit/cat/?cid=28981

  • ZARA mission – one brand which I am a huge fan of is ZARA, they have a commitment to sustainability through ‘LIFE’https://www.zara.com/au/en/sustainability-l1449.html?v1=1279235
  • Support Local – go to market stalls, support the little brands – they most likely have lower impacts on the environment too!
  • Donate Clothes – donate your clothes to your local shelter, or recycle them.  Alexis from SRC discussed the impacts when recycling clothing and how to do it ethically, they have placed recyclable clothing bins around – check it out here:http://scrg.com.au/.  H&M also accept all types of recycled clothing too!
  • Clothes Swap – swap with your friends! Or partake in a clothing stall at your local market.
  • Outfit Repeat – my new biggest focus, is outfit repeating.  Olivia Molly Rogers, influencer and inspiration has recently discussed the #outfitrepeat stigma on her social platforms.  This is something we face as a social media generation(s), where wearing the same outfit twice is unacceptable.  I think we should really tackle this and own #outfitrepeating, make it loud and make it proud.  Fashion is meant to be loved and enjoyed, what’s the point of doing that once, if you have an outfit you bought for a special occasion and can’t be photographed in it again, think about ways you can mix it up, add a belt, different makeup or hairstyle, shoes, jacket there are numerous ways to be inventive.  I can’t wait to share all my #outfitrepeats with you!

I am not the only one talking about it, stay alert for so many media publications discussing sustainability in fashion and take note. The good news is, fashion is becoming a more conscious field, but will only work to its full potential if we as consumers are more conscious too!

For those that missed the SLOW Fashion Festival, but wish to attend an event on this topic, VOGUE Festival are hosting a ‘Voices of Vogue – Meet the SLOW Fashion Movement’ event on the topic of SLOW Fashion – event details at this link: https://rundlemall.com/voices-of-vogue-festival/.

SUMMER IN WINTER

I have come back to the cold harsh reality of winter.

Having two weeks cruising up the coast to Airlie Beach, Cairns and Port Douglas, then soaking up the sun in Mooloolaba really worked well for me.

Most of my holidays have been overseas adventures (not complaining!), so it was nice to see more of Australia and actually relax.  No long haul flights, jet-lag, customs, foreign languages, just sunshine and time to actually chill.

It started off with a week-long cruise on the P&O Pacific Dawn which departed from Brisbane and travelled up north, with a few day trips to the abovementioned locations.  Which included, long lunches with wine, beach walks, market hopping and playing tourist.

The days on board were full of lay-ins, some yoga, dinners (free) and lots of food (but hey that’s what cruising is all about!?).  Partaking in Bingo, laying by the pool, cocktails and listening to the Band.

I’ve done a few cruises before, and had been on the exact boat before so have fond memories, however this time it felt way slower, I made a point of not overcommitting, a recommendation btw.

It’s always bittersweet when a holiday comes to an end. Fortunately, it was only the mid-way point, with a week followed in Mooloolaba catching up with family friends.

Our days consisted of hourly beach works in the morning, breakfast out, window shopping, long dinners with friends and even a day trip to Noosa!

It is a lifestyle I could definitely get used to.

When packing for the trip, I tried to be as minimalist as feasibly possible for me knowing I can outfit repeat quite a bit on-board, then again in Mooloolaba.

I got very inspired by the sea-life and opted for blue outfits on most occasions, my favourite being the two piece wrap and maxi skirt I bought from a Market (Eden of Style) in Port Douglas and absolutely fell in love.  I wore this a couple of times and mixed and matched with pants and different shirts.

I also packed (again a matching set, you know me!) my blue skirt and shirt I bought from Zara a couple of years back! In addition to this and maxi dresses, I packed a few different bather options and loose fitting pants to mix and match with singlets and crops!

If you’ve never cruised before, this is a holiday I could not recommend more, not only is entertainment at your finger-tips, it’s a great way to see Australia and relax with nothing but the ocean surrounding you!

Stay tuned to where I travel next!

SEVENTIES BABY

Any excuse will do for a long lunch, followed by a wine tasting.  But you can’t get much better than doing that on Mother’s Day.

On Sunday, we lunched at Penfold’s Magill Estate, overlooking the vineyards and city it was just beautiful. We got spoilt with delicious food, decadent wine and divine service.

For this occasion, I decided to wear something comfy, warm and bright! I bought this Zara knit dress last year and have been waiting for the perfect occasion to wear it. Fortunately the wait was over and luckily the weather was kind.

I teamed this multi-colour midi with pink slides and my mint green Michael Kors to keep the colours running strong.

I normally gravitate to darker colours in Winter.  However as soon as the cold weather hit, I’ve been craving colour and to my luck it happens to be in trend with gorgeous pastel and neon knits decorating shop windows.

For someone who lives so close, it is absurd that we have never been to Penfold’s Magill Estate before. After lunch, we were treated to a complimentary wine tasting which made the day that much more perfect and a biding excuse to come back more often.

For those like me who had never been before, don’t wait for an excuse, make one!

I hope you all had a lovely day, spent with your loved ones, celebrating all women and parents who deserve every day to be their day.

McLAREN VALE

Last weekend I headed up to McLaren Vale for a ‘Staycation’ girls weekend.

It was my friend’s birthday and we decided what better way to celebrate than to dress up and visit wineries!

I had never been to a ‘wine tasting’ before so was really excited!

On the Saturday we went to The d’Arenberg Cube and d’Arrys Verandah Restaurant where we had a DECLIOUS lunch followed by a tour in the Cube and wine tasting on the top floor overlooking the beautiful roaming fields of wineries that preside in McLaren Vale.

I am a huge fan of getaways yet have barely seen my own home town and all the beauty that resides there.  I am a huge fan of South Australia so it was great to get a glimpse of what McLaren Vale held.

On Sunday we went to Maxwell Winery and got lost in the Maze, which was then followed by another DELICIOUS lunch – Pizza at the famous Pizzateca.

As this was my first wine experience, I wanted to ensure I dressed the part, being August the weather is normally chilly however we got spoilt rotten with nothing but sunshine.

I opted for a black knit and leopard skirt, complete with ankle boots. I wanted to be comfortable, yet at the same time step out of my comfort zone as I am not a huge wearer or leopard print or maxi skirts (being short, it’s hard to pull off) but I completely fell in love with this leopard maxi wrap and kept it simple teaming it with a basic knit.

I’m now inspired to mix and match other items in my existing wardrobe to change the look of the leopard skirt – which I will share with you all.

If you are yet to get out to McLaren Vale I definitely recommend it, I know I will be back!

REJUVENATION

Last weekend, a couple of girlfriends and myself indulged ourselves in a complete girls day & night.

Starting with massages and facials at Cocoon, followed by lunch at Fine & Fettle then a stay at the Playford and beyond delicious dinner at La Rambla, it was just what we all needed!

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As this occasion was coming up I was contemplating what ‘look’ to go for, as I have recently changed my hair, I wanted something a bit different and that would compliment my hair of course!

Of course everything is last minute, and I didn’t decide on what I was going to wear until the night of, with two recently purchased options!

The outfit I went for was bought from Love Affair and was a TWIIN gingham inspired jumpsuit that was SOO comfortable.  I’m always a big black & white fan but this was something I wouldn’t normally choose, given the leg length and strapless isn’t always my favourite choice.  However I was in love! It was the perfect outfit for eating out and dancing!

I teamed this with nude wedges because a) they go with everything and b) are comfortable, which is incredibly important for a girls night out (you don’t want to be the one that goes home early due to sore feet!).

I teamed my look with simple rose gold jewellery, a subtle smoky eye, nude lips to compliment my nude wedges and my favourite Michael Kors bag!

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It was such a fun night, filled with many laughs and fancy cocktails!

My advice: grab your girlfriends and go treat yourself!

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ALL THAT GLITTERS

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It was an absolute amazing weekend, full of good food and good company. On the Saturday night we headed to The Argyle, located in the Rocks. As it was going to be a glam night out, I opted for something glittery.

I have been very drawn to ‘all things glittery’ this year, it’s quickly becoming my 2018 theme. I found this fun T-shirt style dress on Pretty Little Thing, which was also very comfortable, as there was lots of dancing with my girls.

I was espcially drawn to all the detail in the dress, it gave of a bit of a seveties vibe with the large sequins which also seemed to resemble the Sydney skyline at night.

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I love a t-shirt dress, because most of the time they can be used for a fun casual look and then dressed up easily with a pair of heels and statement earings.

A weekend getaway is always a good excuse for a new outfit, I feel you can be a bit bolder with your choices as well when you are away from home, it’s always good to get out of your comfort zone!

I also did a VLOG whilst in Sydney which I will be posting this month, which covers the topic of fashion and travelling, and how to pack smartly! I also show a glimpse of this outfit!

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Stay tuned for many more glittery looks this year!

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BEACH HOPPER

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Happy New Year everyone!

I’m excited to share with you my very first blog post for 2018! How is it the end of January already?!

As some of you may be aware, Adelaide is experiencing a bit of a heat-wave, which created the perfect excuse to go to the beach!

On Saturday, my friend and I ventured down to Seacliff beach for some much needed relaxation and rejuvenation, and what better place to reset then at the beach.

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I’m mostly a river girl, so when I go to the beach – it’s exciting because I can get more use out of my ‘nicer’ bathers that I know won’t get ruined by murky water or chlorine.

For this occasion, I teamed my Seafolly black & white Chevron one piece with a matching tote and black & white patterned round towel.

I have naturally very fair skin, so a one piece (albeit trendy) is also a sensible choice for myself.  However this particular suit gives off unfortunate tan lines – but hey, small price to pay for fashion!

The water was crystal clear, slightly cool which became a needed relief from the steamy sun, the sand hot but soft and the atmosphere of Seacliff was busy, yet chilled.

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Nothing feels more Australian to me, then spending the day at the beach to hopping to another beach at night, letting your hair be free and makeup low-key, it’s a cleansing feeling.

With the new year already in full swing, it’s nice to take a moment and have fun, not worry about the to-do list, let go of inhabitations and simply be.

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This is the theme I am intending for this year, to let go of what doesn’t serve me and just be. Easier said than done, but I believe everything is a practice and good things take time.

This year, instead of resolutions, I’ve set intentions, including some goals, but mainly a focus on joy and being present.

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful start to the new year, and that your 2018 only gets better and better!

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Speak to you soon!

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Outfit Details:
One Piece: Seafolly
Towel: Cotton On
Hat: White Sox (Chicago, USA)

MAD HATTER

For our final day in London, we treated ourselves to an extra fancy ‘Mad Hatters’ Tea Party, held at the Sanderson Hotel in beautiful Soho.

The food was decadent and enough to put me into a food coma for days.

For this occasion, I thought it only fitting to get dressed up and enjoy a pot of freshly brewed Alice in Wonderland themed tea.

As this is only the start of a month long trip, I had to restrain from shopping my way through London (it was hard!), however I succumbed in Zara, picking up this bell-sleeved Blazer and white knit.  I teamed this with classic black shorts and sandal heels for a beautiful sunny day in London.

There is something about walking the streets of another city, you take it slower and look around and at every turned we were greeted with beautiful quaint architecture and charisma.

London, you have been wonderful and I already can’t wait to visit again soon.

For anyone visiting London, I highly recommend the Sanderson for a High Tea with the Mad Hatter and you can be just like Alice, in a Wonderland.

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Until next time.
G, x

INTERVIEW: REDEFINING IMPOSSIBILITY

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Georgia Hall is a 23 years old, a Fashion Blogger, Adventurer and she is passionate about creating a world free from discrimination and poverty stricken conditions. Georgia is an Ambassador for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Board Member — Type 1 Voice, Campaigner for Australian Childhood Foundation, Million Smiles Ambassador/Backer and has recently launched World Warriors’ [Founder (2015)].

1. Humble Beginnings

Q: How did you get started and what or who inspired and empowered you to?

It all started in 2008 when aged 14 I got diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I became a Youth Ambassador for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and got inspired by the stories I heard and the power of voice used to raise awareness. I then joined the Social Justice Committee in High School and became involved in numerous campaigns such as the St Vincent De Paul Society/Hutt Street Centre. As a result of my involvement in the above at the Year 12 Graduation was awarded:

  • THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA — STUDENT CITIZENSHIP AWARD — 2011 Awarded for promoting the Australian way of life in a multicultural school community. I used my communication skills to act as an advocate for Juvenile Diabetes and provided support to those in need
  • – ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY — BLESSED FREDERICK OZANAM AWARD 2011 – Awarded for ‘Outstanding Leadership; Service Promoting Social Justice Charities’
  • – ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
  • – SOCIETY — EMMANUEL BAILEY AWARD 2011 ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY — BLESSED FREDERICK OZANAM AWARD 2011 For Social Justice Leadership; Action
  • – YOUTH AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR — 2010; 2012 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

I’ve always looked towards humanitarian Audrey Hepburn who was not only a Fashion Icon but a Philanthropist. Ever since, I’ve been dedicated to contributing as much as I can and with a strong interest in Fashion I created Fateful Fashion (2013) a fashion/lifestyle/travel blog. Since creation I have collaborated with International designers (Australia’s own — Paul Vasileff of Paolo Sebastian) Ruthie Davis, Bonobos etc, as well as covering Fashion Weeks, including live attendance at the Academy Awards (2013), Melbourne Fashion Week (2015), New York Fashion Week — as an Australian Representative (2015) Adelaide Fashion Festival (2015/2016). Fateful Fashions’ collaboration with Paul Vasileff, Paolo Sebastian included Paul contributing a sketch to include on our T-shirt designs that were created and sold with partial profits donated to the Leukaemia Foundation.

Q: What unique and creative strategies if any did you use when you were first getting started?

I’m a big believer in staying true to yourself and your morals. The fashion industry can be quite competitive as most will know. Starting out I had a focus on collaborating rather than competing and always choose quality over quantity.

2. Mindset

Q: What mindset distinguished you from others who were doing the same thing? How did you develop it?

I think everyone has a unique vision, it’s just finding how to convey that through your mediums which can be challenging. I think the biggest piece of advice I have always kept in mind with Fateful Fashion is to do it with love or don’t do it at all! As soon as I start seeing it as something I ‘need’ to do, rather than ‘want’ I stepped back, re-assessed and changed my focus. Social media can be a world of its own that is easy to get lost in, so having a cleanse every now and then and working strategically ‘off- screen’ can be just as beneficial than reaching a certain amount of likes.

3. What is your definition of success?

Success is measured differently for everyone, for myself there’s no better feeling than achieving something you’ve worked for and having it pay off, of course it’s not always easy and the ‘reward’ can often come in a different way than you originally planned. I think it’s important to not measure success with a certain ‘thing’ such as a materialistic reward, it’s more a feeling that you get when you’re working hard and doing what you love, that to me is success and a privilege denied for many. It’s not every day you get to have something that’s yours, that you’ve created and is out there in the world, it exists in its own form and to know that and to feel that sense of creation, to share that with family and friends and other alike creatives that to me is success.

4. Failure

Q: What do you think is the main reason why some people face failure when going after their vision?

They give up. If you are passionate and determined and your heart is in the right place, dreams will come true. What I’ve learnt is that when one thing doesn’t go according to plan, it doesn’t mean it’s over, adapt and take a different approach — there’s no one road to success.

5. What is the best piece of advice you have received or came across and would like to share with everyone?

I live by the quote “nothing is impossible, the word its self says ‘I’m possible’”. (Audrey Hepburn)

LITA MAGAZINE

Late 2014 Fateful Fashion teamed up with Lita Magazine to have an exclusive Interview in their December Beauty Issue.

It was a very exciting opportunity for us, as it marked our first ‘official’ interview on our Blog.

We started this blog 2 years ago, and every day we are so proud of how far it has come.
This year we are really aiming higher than ever, so make sure you stay tuned and watch this space!

We also want to say a huge thank you, to every single one of you who has supported our journey because without you we wouldn’t have got to where we are!

We are an ambitious team and are continuously looking at ways on expanding and broadening our creative visions.

As promised here is the Online version of our Interview, Magazines are sold on the Lita Website that are available for order now!

We have also added the full photos from our Photo-shoots done specifically for this Interview, which was exciting in itself!

We hope you enjoyed the interview as much as we did doing it!

Our theme for the photos was Classic (as always!) and as it was a Beauty issue, we channelled some of our classic idols, Marilyn & Audrey, keeping in the theme with the ever fashionable red lip.

What can we say, we are just two girls who love to dream and play dress ups.

Make sure, if you haven’t already head to our social media pages and follow us to stay as up to date as possible! In addition you can also subscribe to our blog.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Love, Georgia & Alexis

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Talia’s makeup tutorial – Dramatic Fall Smokey Eye

For all of you out there that haven’t come across this brave, beautiful girl, you’re missing out.

Talia not only has an amazing fighting spirit, but she is an incredibly talented Makeup Artist.

We chose this video to share with you, because it really showcases her talents and will give you some ideas on doing your makeup.

We don’t experiment with makeup enough, and to those of you that have, you would know how much fun it is!

So take 5 minutes out of your day to watch this video, not only will you be supporting Talia but you will be expanding your knowledge on makeup appliance.

To those of you who aren’t into it that much, this might change your mind.

Enjoy dolls

Xo