Selling Locally: Beat Basar

23.4.15

As I mentioned earlier this week, there aren't too many ethically made shopping options in Heidelberg. My vintage shop is one option, when I do sell locally.

Just before easter, I sold locally at a creative market at the Halle 02, here in Heidelberg. There is usually a nice variety of handmade goods at Beat Basar, which happens 3 times a year. I have sold my vintage a number of times there. This time I had the pleasure of selling my new handmade, natural beauty products, as well as my vintage. 








There was a lot of interest in my products. It was fun to see people trying them. I think next time I sell locally, which will be at the Frohmarkt at Action House, I will bring more options. People were interested in the creams and oils but they seemed to want some additional fragrance options.


Thank you Dominik for the photos. 

What are your favorite fragrances?

Cheers,

Anna


Continuing my ethical clothing journey: Pt. 2: Fast Fashion

21.4.15

To check out my first post about my ethical clothing journey click here.

After a few months of not buying anything new, I have bought a few second hand things, I have been realizing the main problem about garment production today...



I think the #1 thing that needs to change is a switch from "Fast-Fashion" to "Slow-Fashion." Instead buying just for the thrill of getting something new, I should become a more conscious consumer. Using what I have, making things myself, buying second-hand and only when I must, buy new things. It also helps a lot if the items are versatile, high quality, and will last.

The table below is a nice little guide for when I do need something new for my wardrobe.

image courtesy of Sarah Lazarovic.

In addition to trying to find local sources for ethically made fashion, I've began collecting some resources for Ethical Fashion for Men and Women on Pinterest, if you'd like to check them out.

I don't want you to feel guilty and I don't want to feel guilty. I just want to be more conscious with my purchases and really buy things that I love and that will last.

Thanks for reading.

Do you have any thoughts or resources about where to start in a ethical fashion journey?

Cheers,

Anna

*I found an interesting short series about 3 Norwegian fashion bloggers who went to Cambodia to experience the fast-fashion garment making factories called SWEATSHOP.  It's a pretty powerful peek into what some of the sewer's lives can look like. It also gives a bit more of an idea of what a "living-wage" could look like.

Local Shop Window: Friedrich

18.4.15


There aren't many local fair, sustainable clothing/accessory options in Heidelberg, Germany. Friedrich is one of them. One half of the location is stocked with women's clothing and accessories and the other side of the space is a bar/cafe. 
The shop section has some great ethically made brands and in the back are a few racks of second hand clothing. They have a nice curated selection of mostly casual/ business casual clothing. The clothes are between 50 and 150 Euros which is quite good considering the brands are transparent about their production and more sustainable than many fast fashion brands. They have a good variety of nice basic pieces, as well as some statement items. Being in the shop puts me at ease because, I just know that every brand there is trying to change the way fashion is produced in our world today. 


This photo is from Friedrich's Facebook page. All other photos by me.




The Cafe/Bar space is warm and designy. They have a limited menu, but it has all the essentials and a nice white wine. Staff is friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed. It's a great place to go and chat with friends. You can actually hear each other in this bar (two thumbs up from this lady)!



Thank you for reading lovelies!

Cheers,

anna





Put Worry in its Place

6.4.15

I've been realizing I have let worry take over my mind a bit lately. I've been worrying about students, upcoming exhibitions, being productive enough, or recent times when I've messed up or hurt someone.

I've been allowing my worry to influence my life and rob me of sleep. I've been reading into it a bit and practicing a few of these things the past few weeks and they are helping.





Do What's in Your Power.
If you're worried about something coming up, do what you can for it. Once you have done what you can, acknowledge all that you have done, all the good in your life. Practicing gratitude instead of worry makes new connections in your brain and you (we) will slowly become a more positive, happy person (people).

Leave the Rest Behind.
I need to stop worrying about the past. When things occur or I am embarrassed, when I really goof up, there is nothing I can do about it. I can apologize and try to make it right if that is appropriate, but otherwise it's in the past. We can't turn back time. So, There is no point in giving those negative thoughts room in my mind any longer.

For things in the furture...We (myself included) need to be okay with having things that are not in our control.

Write It Down
Give yourself 10-20 minutes to worry and let it be constructive. Worrying can be good, it often saves us from bad things that could happen, but we shouldn't give ourselves too much time to worry.  Wait on your worry, until it is a good time to write it down or talk about it. Don't give worry too much space in your brain.


Imagine Things Turning out Well
-Rather than dwelling on everything that could go wrong. Why not imagine all the things going right. Imagine how happy you will be when things turn out wonderfully.

I'm going to continue practicing these things...I hope they are helpful to you too.

What kind of things do you do to keep a positive attitude and diminish worry?

Thanks for reading lovelies.

Anna

OGA Beauty: Natural Handmade Cosmetics

3.4.15

My skin and my life have improved since using natural products. I cannot believe that these natural ingredients sooth and moisturize my skin so much! If I would have told myself as a teenager that using oil as a moisturizer helps reduce zits I would have laughed at me. My dry skin has become much more balanced and healthy. 


Selling Locally Again!

1.4.15

Me, my vintage clothing and some new products of mine (wink wink) will be at Beat Basar at the Halle 02 this saturday. It's free, and starts from 3:00pm and ends at 7:00pm.  Celebrate spring with handmade and vintage goods, and with me.

 Come and visit!

Cheers,

Anna