Friday, 29 June 2018

ArmedAngels - Sustainable High Street Fashion

Did you know the fast-fashion industry is second to oil in having the worst ecological impact?

Fashion sustainability is something that is always in the back of our minds when buying clothes but unfortunately, the back of our minds is where it tends to stay. For those of you who don't know, sustainable fashion involves being environmentally sustainable as well as sourcing the fashion in an ethical way. This includes producing minimal wastage, using sustainable fibres like cotton that has been organically grown or even wood (don't believe me? see pic below), using non-toxic chemicals in the dying process, be fairtrade classified and use recyclable materials. These are only a few of the choices that fashion brands can make to be more sustainable.

These trousers from Armedangels are made from wood... WOOD!?

We aren’t going to pretend to be something that we are not because let’s be honest, all three of us love to follow a trend now and again. If it’s Lyndsey’s love for checked blazers, Zoë’s obsession with khaki green or even my impulsive decision to buy a barbie X Missguided top (don’t judge plz) but wore it once and realised it was a bad/regrettable purchase decision. But my point is, we couldn’t possibly claim that we are sustainable because it can't happen overnight and is a huge commitment.  However, what we can say is that we all try our best to reduce our impact as much as possible when it comes to fashion. None of us use a tumble dryer, we wash on low heats, we recycle our clothes (be it to charities, our friends or putting it in the right bin at the end of its life), we try our best to buy clothes that we know we will get lots of use out of, we all prefer to spend a little extra on a quality product that we know will last and we all try our best to keep up with sustainable movements.

For me, it takes a lot to make a new purchase. I will spend a long time deciding if I’m going to get use out of a product and, to be honest making myself wait pays off because more often than not, a week later I’m thankful I didn't act on impulse (other than the Barbie top...that was a full regret). These little changes and decisions are so easy to make. I think for so many people, the reason they don't make these simple changes is because they don’t know the extent of the damage or don’t know about the damage at all! 

After doing a research project on fashion sustainability while I was at university, what I learned made me sick. I know we hear stories about ‘poor working conditions' and 'sweatshops’ but that is the bare minimum of it. That’s nothing. The social injustice and environmental damage being caused by the fashion industry, more so fast fashion, is monumental. It’s heart-breaking. But I am not an expert on this subject so if you are interested in finding out more then here are some amazing ladies who really know their stuff:
Ruth at Urbanity Blog
Jennifer at The Sustainable Edit

This is why we need to support sustainable fashion brands like Armedangels and applaud retail giant John Lewis for acknowledging the problem and promoting a brand with great objectives. Although this is a small step and I know they could be doing more, it’s a start. 10 years ago when Armedangels was first established, fast fashion wasn’t even a term, it was just fashion. Sustainability certainly was nowhere near the mainstream and went unrecognised. So who knows, in another 10 years this could be the norm.

So, a little bit about the brand: Armedangels is 10 years old and was founded by one student who had two interns and that was it. They brought the brand to what it is today and continue to work tirelessly to bring fashion sustainability into mainstream fashion. The price point of the clothing is slightly more than most high-street retailers but you need to remember the investment in being sustainable unfortunately comes at a higher cost. The clothes you are buying are a real life-long investment so really it's a small price to pay. I would say that there isn't really a specific age that these clothes are targeted towards because they really are versatile and could cater to most people. They've got simple T-Shirts, culottes, jeans of all styles and shift dresses for example. I feel like it is also important to mention that not only do Armedangels ensure that their clothing is sustainable, but they are also actively working to reduce any future impact that the fashion industry may have. Just one example of this is that they are helping farmers to develop their cotton farms into organic/sustainable/fair-trade cotton farms. This is a difficult process which can take up to 3 years and often means that farmers cannot generate a regular income during this time. As you can imagine, this is not a transition that farmers are able to achieve on their own which is where companies like Armedangels come in. Work like this is helping to change the fashion industry in the best way.

So, obviously Zoë and I wanted to try on the entire range and we took some pictures of our favourite pieces, click on the links below to shop. 

 Khaki Trousers

 White T-shirt
Khaki Culottes

Toni x


Friday, 22 June 2018

Self-Care with Canesten*

Self-care is something we could all pay a little bit more attention to. It’s so important to look after ourselves not only on the outside but on the inside too. As I’m sure you are aware we are three ladies who love all things beauty, skincare, haircare and health which we take very seriously. But there are other areas that we should be just as passionate and serious about too.

Sexual health, mental health, physical health and general well-being are all important issues to us and we know they are to you too. Smear tests, thrush, menstrual health and general vaginal health is something we should all be paying close attention to and it can be different for every individual. Personal health issues like thrush are often not spoken about and a little taboo in polite conversation. Let's be honest though, we should be talking about it - we’ve all experienced discomfort or had questions about our intimate health and there’s nothing to be ashamed about. 

Thrush is something that can be really embarrassing to talk about whether that's to your friends, partner or even a health professional. The thing is though it is really common and it is estimated that three out of four women, (75%) will develop thrush in their lifetime and half of these women will develop it more than once. So it is important that we are having open and honest conversations about thrush so we can all understand treat such a common health issue. 

"Thrush is a common yeast infection, experienced by both men and women, caused by an overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus, Candida albicans. This fungus is naturally found on the skin of healthy people, however, when the natural balance of the skin flora is disturbed, the fungus can multiply excessively triggering the typical signs of the infection"

Thrush is something that affects both men and women of all ages so we are passionate about teaming up with Canesten in order to help break down the stigma and make sure everything has the right information in order to treat and look after their intimate health.

If you are really worried about something then you should visit your doctor straight away. Sometimes when we are a little embarrassed about an issue we will shy away from seeking help but we shouldn't. Your doctor has usually seen it all before and can help treat or even just reassure you about any intimate health problems you may be experiencing.  Looking after intimate areas is really important so we have pulled together some great tips in order to keep your foof/fairy/vagine in tip-top shape.

1. Think about what you're wearing
- Only until recently did I find out that cotton underwear is really the only type of pants we should be wearing. Who knew!? Cotton undies are a more breathable fabric which helps to avoid getting any thrush type symptoms like itching excess sweat on those rare warmer days in the UK. 

2. Let yourself breathe
- It is so vital to let your vagina breathe a little. Try not to wear super tight clothing every day as it is a little bit suffocating for our intimate areas. EG: Latex trousers in August are probably a no go. Wearing a night dress to bed sans underwear is also a nice way to let the air in. 

3. Clean, but don't over-clean
- We all like to feel squeaky clean as much as possible but it is important to take care when washing. The term 'douching' (awful term) is when you over wash sensitive areas with water and soap which then leaves yourself open to bad bacteria and potential unbalances like thrush.

4. It's ok if something is different
-  If you don't ask, you'll never know. Like we said before someone else will have asked the question so never feel cringed out or embarrassed about asking questions because it's their job to know the answer!

- There's no such thing as oversharing in my book. I can assure you if it's happened to you it's happened to someone else. It's not one of those 'ew' moments and it can be reassuring for everyone when someone shares an embarrassing or personal issue with their friends. You may just have saved one of your loved ones from obsessing something we have all experienced. Once you are educated in intimate and personal health it is amazing to share your knowledge with your friends and family. 

Self-care and looking after yourself in every way possible is so important! Sometimes it’s just talking to someone (we are always available for a chat) and asking the right question or opening up the discussion. We’re not afraid of talking about our foof’s and neither should you be. There is plenty of help out there and websites where you can get the best and most up to date information about thrush for both men and women. Be sure to read up and share your knowledge because you never know who's feeling anxious and a problem shared is a problem halved. 

For more information please visit:

To understand what thrush actually is:

This post has been supported by Canesten®, but all thoughts are our own.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Hair Heroes - My Favourite Products for a New Shorter Hairstyle

A few months ago out of the blue, I decided I really wanted to cut my hair. Uni was almost over and I felt like I wanted a change for starting the newest chapter of my life. I have had long hair for as long as I could remember and I never had any desire to change it - in short getting my hair cut short was a big deal. Some of my friends and family were all for it, championing the change and others were begging me not to do it. I had made my decision though and during the turmoil of my dissertation I got the chop at the amazing Dean Jones Salon at Elm Row and I am so happy I did. 

I completely love my new shorter hairstyle but it was difficult finding the right products for my new hairdo. After quite a lot of trial and error, I have finally found four products that I love and work beautifully with my shorter locks. So for any girls (or guys) rocking a new shorter hairstyle - here are some great products to try out.

I used the original Moroccan Oil a few years ago and initially loved it. It made my hair feel soft, look shiny and got rid of the layer of frizz that sometimes plagues my locks. After a little while, I found it a little heavy on my hair and felt like it was making my hair greasier looking so I stopped using it. After getting my hair done with the lovely guys down at the Reilly Denholm salon in Leith I was turned on to the amazing Morrocan Oil Light for thinner and lighter coloured hair. I now use this religiously after every wash and it's also a great treatment for when the ends of my hair are feeling a bit dry. The only oil you need in your hair arsenal. 

We were kindly sent a few products from the lovely ladies at Salon Success and the minute I tried out the Neuro range I fell in love. My hair can get really tangled at times - especially after day three of being tied up in a bun. A good conditioner is vital to my hair care routine and I am loving the Neuro Rinse Conditioner. A tiny pea-sized amount goes a long way and has my locks feeling soft and conditioned in seconds. It smells amazing and I feel like it keeps my hair looking and feeling shinier and smoother for longer than other products I have used in the past. 

I must admit I am really not great at using heat protection on my hair before blow drying and styling with tools. I think it is mostly just laziness and feeling like its adding another pointless step into my routine. I like to try out new products though and I liked the fact that the Neuro spray was going to protect but also smooth and add shine to my hair. I have ended up using this product almost every day I really see the positive effects on my hair and I love how smooth my hair feels after a few sprays. It is also an added bonus that I know my hair is protected from heat products. 

I hate to apply hairspray to finish off styling my hair - it makes my hair feel sticky and it doesn't brush out of my hair very nicely either. I did feel like I needed a product to just polish off my hair and give it a little extra shine and that finishing touch. The Awapuhi Shine Spray not only smells gorgeous but it makes my hair feel and look beautiful too. I have never believed in hair perfume but this product is almost that with an extra kick off moisturisation and polish to your locks. 


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