It’s been a long time since I’ve spent a sunny afternoon playing around in my back garden! Last weekend I had the pleasure of hosting Sara Steele at my house for an afternoon of natural beauty chatter, stories of Stockholm and London, and sharing second-hand clothes we’d picked out for each other!
Sara is a good friend of mine who I met through blogging; we bonded over a natural beauty blogger meet up, and since I was new to the city she arranged a few get togethers, from going to a Blogosphere party to trying the vegan wonder restaurant that is Mildreds.
Alongside being a natural beauty blogger and dedicated vegan, Sara is an organic hair dresser (who is extremely talented, I might add). She used to work at Natural Colour Works and has since moved to a similar salon in Stockholm, where she now resides.
Our ethical fashion challenge
Over the last year or so, we’ve kept in touch over social media (check out Sara’s Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube) and just before her latest visit to London, Sara suggested we try finding each other new items for our wardrobes in our respective capital cities. We gave ourselves a limit of £30 (330 SEK) and set to work – I scoped Sara’s Pinterest and found she liked a floaty, boho style whereas Sara opted for classic shapes and block colours for me – so perfect!
As you might have guessed from my ridiculously sunny garden, it wasn’t quite the weather to be wearing thick jumpers and scarves but I couldn’t not put on the two jumpers, scarf, skirt, top, and blouse that Sara had picked up for me (not all at once, mind you…) My favourite item has got to be the barely worn & Other Stories jumper that has a padded collar, which just feels so high quality that I question if Sara stuck to our budget!
Either way, I have to say our respective charity shop hauls for each other were a fun way to dive into fashion while still being sustainable; all the proceeds going to charitable causes, and no demand for new clothing made. It’s nice to feel so free of the constrains of high street fashion and do something more fun like this – if you’ve got a close friend who you can do this with, I’d highly recommend it!