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Happy International Women's Day! For #IWD2019, I am celebrating all the incredible women I have had the honour of meeting and collaborating with over the past year, who are empowering people and protecting the planet with inspiring determination.

Photography by Ellie Morag.

A month ago I attended a bloggers’ clothes swap in Edinburgh, organised by fab ethical fashion enthusiast Ruth MacGilp in collaboration with social venture ALICAS. It’s been a while since I’ve attended any blogger events in Edinburgh so it was fantastic to catch up with friends and meet new bloggers too - it was great to put faces to Instagram names!



Prior to the event, we were encouraged to bring along not only well-loved items from our wardrobes to swap and give a new home, but brand new items with tags-on. You know, the kind that you order online, then never wear because you didn’t like the style or it didn’t fit you properly, and then forget to or just don’t return for whatever reason.

Why?

To donate to ALICAS. The Scotland-based social venture was founded in early 2017, by its inspiring Founder Rachael Bews, and creates bespoke clothing parcels for women in clothing crisis, such as survivors of domestic abuse. ALICAS only accepts new and unused clothing with tags still on (or in extremely good/brand new condition) in order to support and empower women in retaining their dignity, identity and confidence when rebuilding their lives. They also gather and use surplus stock from fashion retailers for the clothing parcels, providing brands with a socially and environmentally friendly alternative to landfill and incineration.


Having worked for the social venture over the past few months, it was very rewarding visiting the new office in Edinburgh, learning about the process and getting involved with curating a bespoke capsule wardrobe to support a woman in clothing crisis.

All clothes left at the end of the clothes swap were donated to local charity shops, leaving no waste.


Photography by Ellie Morag.

Being surrounded by a group of such positive women sharing similar views on ethical and sustainable fashion and feminism has definitely fuelled my interest in contributing to the sustainable fashion movement myself. My final research project (aka dissertation) for university is focusing on how Scottish organisations can encourage more sustainable buying behaviour in consumers, and my research so far has been extremely eye-opening. I'm very excited to complete the project and publish my findings publicly, with the intention of continuing to explore how we can use fashion to empower people and protect the planet.

If you’d like to support ALICAS, you can find out how to donate unused, tags-on clothing at alicas.co.uk/donate or buy an item from their sustainable merchandise collection designed by EJ Cassidy. Stay up to date on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to find out more about how you can support ALICAS as they grow and help clothe even more women with love.

Happy International Women's Day to Rachael, Ruth and all of the incredible, inspiring women determined to empower people and protect the planet.


International Women's Day: Empowering People and Protecting the Planet

For my first trip abroad in 2019, I spent one weekend in Milan with my friend Emily who moved there in 2018 to au pair. My expectation of Milan was that it was a great city weekend break for shopping and high-end fashion in particular - but that that was about all there was to do. Luckily I discovered you can spend a fantastic 2 days in the city, even in winter, and enjoy yourself without spending a single penny if you don't want to. Day one was for the must-see sights, and day two was a little alternative...

Corso Como in Milan: An Alternative Weekend Guide

Trello is an online project management app I use to stay organised for life in general as well as a university student. With lists, cards, checklists and calendars, it's kind of like a digital cork board or weekly planner - but better. So I'm excited to be sharing my tutorial on how to use Trello for optimal productivity and organisation.


Guide to Using Trello for University | Productivity + Organisation Tips

Hello there, if you're looking for Mairi's 7-day vegan meal plan - you're in the right place.

There's just under one week left of #Veganuary, but that doesn't mean you have to stop. Whether you're now convinced to go fully vegan, or want to cut down on your meat and dairy intake going forward, I'm hoping I can provide you with some inspiration for yummy vegan meals to keep you excited about veganism.


Quick Guide to a Vegan Diet + 7-Day Meal Plan

For the past few New Years, I have always set Resolutions. But this year, I'm creating Intentions for myself instead. The difference I understand is that resolutions imply a problem needing fixed, whereas intentions invite a more positive outlook of growth.

For example, Jen at Aim Happy writes:

"The resolution to lose weight is based on dissatisfaction with self, which feels like sacrifice and depends on self-control. [Whereas] The intention to have a healthy relationship with your weight is based on ... acceptance (love), from which positive change feels natural."

I feel over the past year I have achieved a healthier balance of accepting and embracing myself as I am now whilst simultaneously working towards improving myself. And I think intentions greatly support this mindset.

Intentions direct the mind and give us purpose.



New Year's Intentions: Conscious Living

Although this year has been the one I have posted least on my blog, it has, I believe, been my most creative year yet. 2018 for me has been a year of healing and incredible growth regarding my self-esteem, self-worth and independence.

I have learnt to accept and move on from the past by creating and seeking new opportunities for myself, and am realising what's important to me to live a fulfilling life of purpose.



thank u, next year: Reflecting on 2018

You may know that Chouchou is where I interned in summer 2016, which gave me the additional opportunity of living abroad for the first time in Barcelona for 10 weeks. Since then, Silvia (founder of Chouchou) and I have kept in touch working on a couple of exciting projects together. So I was thrilled when Silvia asked if I'd like to style one of her newest and most colourful designs - the Kimono Love Top in the bold floral Bombshell print.



Chouchou is an independent brand founded in Glasgow by Silvia Pellegrino. I'm so glad to continue to be involved with the brand as Silvia is an incredible business woman. She may not know it but her enthusiasm, success and belief in my abilities gives me the confidence to strive to be a go-getter myself.

While I was interning for Chouchou, Silvia created a one-of-a-kind denim-look kimono jacket with faux fur edged collar. For this summer, she has reimagined the kimono design into a lighter top perfect for the warmer weather we're currently being treated to in Scotland.




When planning how to style the Kimono Love Top, I just couldn't decide on one way, so here are two for you to enjoy. The first with red asymmetrical dress underneath makes me want to salsa the night away whilst the second below features a floral sequin skirt I bought from Topshop last week. You might have seen this mini skirt as part of a co-ord on my Instagram a few days ago - it's giving me ultra psychedelic vibes.



The Kimono Love Top comes in a second print called Candy. Candy is also floral but in a pastel pink colour and not quite as graphic as Bombshell. Take a look on Chouchou's website and see which print you prefer.



And if you're loving this beautiful top as much as I am, you should definitely check out the rest of Silvia's new designs including bodysuits and co-ords in more standout prints as well as an all-sequin black hooded top which is just incredible.


Which of the new Chouchou designs is your favourite? Let me know in the comments or over on Instagram @copperpink!

You can keep up to date with Chouchou on Instagram @chouchoucouture or by signing up to their newsletter on their website.



Styling Chouchou's New Kimono Love Top

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If you follow me over on Instagram @copperpink, you may have already seen this Amsterdam travel vlog on the new IGTV platform. But if you haven't or if you're not a fan of vertical/portrait videos, then I have good news for you! I have managed to edit the IGTV version into horizontal/landscape dimensions and have now uploaded to YouTube. You are most welcome.


Vlog: Amsterdam Antics Day One

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