Ethical Chic

The Little Blue Shed is a business giving African women the means to financially support themselves through the creation of arty but stylish handbags and accessories made from 100% recycled paper.

Lisa Blue Swim is an Australian swimwear label dedicating 25% of its profits to the conservation of the world’s precious marine life.

Bottletop is a foundation using contemporary art and music to raise funds and awareness for education projects that tackle delicate teenage health issues such as HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and teenage pregnancy. The Bottletop Foundation supports young people in Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Brazil and the UK.

Oxfam Shop deals on a fair trade basis with 60 fair trade organisations around the world. Fair trade empowers disadvantaged communities by paying producers of goods fair and stable prices for their work, helping them to gain the skills they need to develop their business, and giving them access to world markets.

And she clicked her red heels while saying "there's no place like home"

Red shoes.  I admittedly have an obsession.  There's something magnetic about them...something tantalising.  So, you can imagine how in lust I fell when I saw these babies on the Windsor Smith website.  The pixie red studded court shoe is priced at $159.95, but they are, quite literally, "seduction on foot". 

Style with a hot pair of black leather Helmut Lang leggings ($920 - SSENSE), fitted white tee and a black Alexander Wang Tri Fold clutch ($635 - Shopbop) [or with items that "channel the same chic"] and I assure you, if you're single, success is all yours.

- Michelle x

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"Eyewear I thou covet"...Karen Walker

When someone just mentions the name "Karen Walker" I think of fun, funky and fashion-forward.  In particular, the New Zealand based fashion designer's eyewear collections are being worn around town by everyone who is anyone!  The only problem is, with a $300+ price tag, they may just be a bit on the "exy" side for most mere mortals (myself included - especially given that I have scratched every pair of sunnies I currently own!).

So my advice...if you can't afford something, don't buy it.  Instead, use it to inspire you to find an item that "channels the same chic for less". This principle goes for sunnies, bags, shoes, clothes, or whatever else you are coveting - except for maybe a man...hold that thought...

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Case on point, I was crushing on the Karen Walker "Harvest Crazy Tort" sunnies (above), but couldn't personally justify paying the $300+ price tag. Instead, I jumped onto ASOS and found these very cool ASOS Vintage Round Lens Glasses (below).  Maybe not quite as interesting as Ms Walker's sunnies, but they still look stylish and, at under $25, I won't be stressing out if I find a little scratch...

- Michelle x

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