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Designer enrolments for NZ Eco Fashion Week open now
NZ Eco Fashion Week is calling for eco minded fashion designers across the globe, to take part in New Zealand’s only environmentally conscious fashion runway event.
NZ Eco Fashion Week, New Zealand’s only eco fashion designer runway, is set to be held in Lower Hutt on 9-13 June 2015 and is expected to be the biggest yet.
The inaugural runway show took place in 2013, and international interest has sparked an expansion to a full four-day schedule of events—including runway shows, styling events, pop up shops and more.
The event is the brainchild of Director, Denise Anglesey, and has been developed to spotlight ethical, sustainable, ecologically friendly, yet fully fashionable, stylish, cutting edge fashion from both New Zealand and overseas.
Ms. Anglesey is excited to be offering such a comprehensive schedule for the event, and interest is high.
“We have had interest from designers all over the world, and we’re finally able to say that registrations are open!”
This year’s event provides the opportunity for established designers to showcase their collections under the ethical spotlight, along with categories for new and student designers, and eco-related businesses and organisations.
Registrations of interest can be made online at www.ecofashionweek.nz or email for more details.
Two years ago when NZ Eco Fashion Week was launched, I was surprised when an email arrived from fashion stylist - Nora Swann of Kila's Style. She enquired if it would be possible to be involved with the eco runway's inaugural show and went on to explain she often helped woman from all walks of life up style their wardrobes which often included shopping tours to local thrift stores.
That began a relationship that has developed into a strong friendship. Nora never ceases to surprise with her fresh up styled fashion perspective for every person she helps to style. Woman literally sparkle after a session with her and they walk away feeling youthful, confident and totally transformed on the outside and a lot on the inside too.
Nora started her career as a Stylist in 2011 after winning a nation wide competition - 'Who wants to be a fashion stylist?' run by Cleo Magazine.
She has since gone on to develop a strong resume of up styling gigs in both New Zealand and Australia - mainly using finds from thrift stores to demonstrate that an up to date, made to work personal wardrobe is possible for everyone. This concept helps woman from all walks of life find the ideal wardrobe for their lifestyle without fuss and the expensive price tag.
After a personal styling session with Nora, you will know exactly what style you should look for to suit your body shape, the type of clothes to purchase to match your life style, the right colours to suit your complexion, and how to add new items into your wardrobe to expand it without the expensive mistakes most of us have made.
Nora offers a range of services including special occasion makeovers, colour consultations, wardrobe assessments, personal shopping, onstage up-styling events and much more.
You can find out more about the styling services Nora offer from the Kila's Style website and you will love the fresh ideas she also shares via her facebook page.
... what's coming up soon with Kila's Style ...
Up-styling show at the Western Springs Pasefika Festival - Auckland - Sat 14th - Sun 15th March
NZ Eco Fashion Swap 'n' Style 2015 hosted by Kila's Style - Lower Hutt - 12th June 2015
... Kila's Style at NZ Eco Fashion Week 15 ...
... the Swap 'N' Style is back ...
This year at NZ Eco Fashion Week - we are really excited to be bringing back the Swap 'N' Style - a wardrobe swap hosted by Nora. This was a very popular gig in the events first season in 2013 - so much so that after dropping it last year we are bringing it back in 2015 by request.
This relaxed, hands on event is an opportunity to ask your unanswered questions from Nora as she up-styles someone live on stage. You will get the opportunity to swap good quality items of clothing you don't use in your wardrobe for new ones that you will use. Mix and mingle with other woman from all walks of life and best of all have loads of fun. This is the ideal event to expand your wardrobe with minimal cost and effort.
To keep updated about this popular event - join our facebook page at NZ Eco Fashion Week and click get notifications on the drop down menu from the like button. Tickets will be available for purchase shortly.
... comment below with your best styling tip ...
If you asked me a year ago did I give much thought as to what I was feeding my family and what I was purchasing from the super market - the answer would be a big NO. I was more concerned with getting what was easiest to prepare.
Over recent months I have become more and more aware of the consequences of eating badly on our health, the health of our children, and our nation.
After watching several documentaries (all searched out on you tube) and including Nigel Latta's - "sugar can be dangerous for you", and being totally shocked that sugar is being labelled toxic and as dangerous as tobacco, I decided personally to go as sugar free as possible and to definitely find out MORE ...
On top of that - I watched in horror as little 2-3 year olds were having their teeth pulled out because their parents put soda in their bottles ... and gradually over time I realised not everything is the parents fault. Sugar in our food is invisible and unless you understand how to read labels you can be tricked into the fancy marketing on the front of the packaging and get sucked in like I did. Some of the trick marketing leads you to believe some items are healthy - when in reality they are most definitely not.
All of this led to the decision to change how I feed my family. My husband and I became exceptional label readers. Included in this was putting in a vegetable garden at home and to eat organic where possible. This was certainly not something that could be addressed all at once, but over a few months, as a family we have become a lot more fussy about what we put in our mouths and a lot more healthy.
My first step was to quit sugar. Was this easy - definitely not. The consequence were massive withdrawals which put me into bed for nearly two weeks - suffering extreme fatigue, sweats, headaches, dizziness, insomnia and more. At this point I had absolutely no idea what was wrong with me and I didn't think for one minute it had anything to do with quitting sugar. I have since learned that quitting sugar is something that should be done gradually. In fact the use and withdrawal from sugar has similar effects to using cocaine.
What is incredibly disturbing is that most of us do not give a second thought to what we put in our trollies at the supermarket. What is in the food, how and where it is made, what is it sprayed with and is it safe - all these topics are separate issues - but when it came to sugar I never stopped to consider how much was in the every day products I had been purchasing.
As I became more aware of the amount of sugar in the food that we were using as a family, my husband and I began to avoid those types of food. Spreads, dressings, processed foods, soda's where pretty much eliminated immediately.
We replaced these with lots of vegetables and fruits for smoothies, nuts, made from scratch dressings, oils, spreads, honey, and home made lemonade, jam and baking for treats. My new philosophy is that if there is a number or a word I don't understand on the label - I don't buy it! Easy really.
Yes quitting sugar and eating healthy does mean you have to be a lot more organised, shop from a list, prepare in advance, cook from scratch, google recipes, make lots of mistakes, learn from experience but it is totally possible and the best thing of all is that we are now saving money. That wasn't apparent at first but a couple of months into our new food routine I began to find I had so much food in the cupboard that I couldn't use it all in a week and a lot was just being thrown in our compost because I hadn't used it in time. Since then I have learned to juggle fresh food a bit better and if I can't use it someone else can.
My quitting sugar attempt was successful - I still have a little bit everyday as you can't avoid it altogether but you can get it into perspective.
"READING FOOD LABELS"
One of the biggest changes made was what I was putting in my eight year old son's lunch box.
My sons lunch box for school used to resemble a candy store. Everything was in a packet. Chippies, muesli bars, yoghurt, fruit bars, processed cheese and a piece of fruit. He now has up to three pieces of fruit, sandwiches, nuts, yoghurt and dried fruit. My aim was to eliminate as much sugar and carbs that turn to sugar as possible. I admit I haven't fully mastered this but my aim is that by the end of the year there will be minimal sugar in my child's lunch box and items that contain sugar in my son's diet will be what they were always intended to be - a once/twice a week treat.
At the same time my desire was to see his lunch box be as close to zero waste as possible. I guess the next step on my journey will be to make our own home made yoghurt (which will also reduce the sugar content). The purchase of the below lunch box (a little more expensive) but it not only reduces waste into our over flowing landfills but also saves me money on purchasing food wraps. ..
Did I have objection from my eight year old when I changed his lunch box diet ... you bet I did ...
Realising there is no nutritional benefit to sugar and that our grandparents consumed approximately 5kg's a year compared to our average consumption today of 50kg - no wonder there is an explosion of chronic illness, diabetes, obesity and cancer- even among children.
I did it - so can you - the +'s will out weigh the -'s and guess what ... I have lost nearly 4 kg's so far.
Have fun being sugar free
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It always amazes me when someone who is less fortunate than us needs something to ease suffering just how resourceful, loving and giving a community can become.
This has been highlighted just recently when the community I live in rallied around a little girl named Ataahua who is in need of a portable breathing machine so she can live a relatively normal life.
I guess to most of us something like breathing is something we don't really think about in our everyday lives so when you are confronted with an issue like Ataahua's basic need being as simple as a minimal amount of money in today's world so she can go on a simple outing with her family - well for me anyway, I want to do whatever I can to help and so do a lot of others in the community.
Ataahua needs a portable oxygen machine which there is currently no public funding available. Members of the community are donating items they don't use (new and second hand) to be raffled or auctioned, organising sports and social fund raising evenings. The list is endless really and so far within a week over $1000 of the $5000 for the machine has been raised.
Ataahua Harris-Timoti was born on 23 February 2013 in New Zealand at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland. She weighed 1.695 kgs and was 4 weeks premature :) She spent the first two weeks of her life in Special Care Unit before finally going home.
She was whangai'd (fostered) to her Aunty and Uncle - Krystal and Warren Nikara (who are now her mama & papa) when she was 4 months old. They picked her up from Auckland and brought her home to live in Wellington. Ataahua is one of eleven children that Krystal and her husband have in their care - nine of whom are whangai children (fostered). Ataahua birth parents are Addie Harris & Marcus Timoti and she is the youngest of 11 children.
Ataahua has a Chronic Lung disease called. BRONCHIECTASIS (severely damaged lungs & airways) and she has spent nearly two years on many forms of oxygen. As she progresses she will require less assisted oxygen with doses being increased if she gets a cold or an infection that affects her lungs. She is the first baby to be trialled on higher doses of High Flo Oxygen and extremely high levels of High Flo in New Zealand. Ataahua is currently on Low Flo oxygen 24 hours a day :)
She was discharged from Lower Hutt Hospital (after 10months in hospital) and was sent home with regular visits from the Community Nurse, Child Development Specialist, Speech and Language Therapist and Dietician to help her reach different milestones like eating, crawling, walking and speech.
CLICK HERE: To assist with fundraising for Ataahua so she can have a portable oxygen machine.
The following acknowledgements have been taken from Ataahua's official face book page.
First of all thanks to my amazing whanau (family) and everyone who keeps me in their prayers :)
A massive shout out to everyone that continue to support us.
Ronald McDonald House Auckland - For giving the family somewhere to stay while they cared for me at Starship Hospital
Starship Childrens Hospital - especially the staff in PICU who looked after me for 4 months
Kokiri Marae Social Services - For the continued support
CYFS Lower Hutt & Papakura - For providing my family with the necessities needed to care for me
Wellington Hospital - For taking good care of me during my many stays
Lower Hutt Hospital - For continuing to help me grow and develop
Hannah - Speech & Language Therapist
Kim & Karla - Doctors
Jean - Development
Tania - Dietician
I think we all like the idea of recycling and in my time as a designer I have reused and recycled my fair share of fabrics destined for the waste bin.
It occurred to me the other day that the more unconventional the fabric or the more used it is (meaning it's in the throw away bin at the second hand store) the more I love the challenge of giving that fabric another life. I try to use as much as possible and even the little bits that are left over seem to be useful for something so really there is no need for the amounts of the textiles ending up in our local landfills to be there as there are an increasing number of sewers and designers beginning to utilise this waste.
Often I am the recipient of bags and bags of unwanted fabric scraps and clothing that somehow I find really hard to part with because I literally see something in every piece I get and quite frankly that can be a curse. Over time though I have taught myself to deal with the bags immediately and pass any unwanted items onto someone else which is always appreciated. Seriously the hoarders den in my sewing room was causing mayhem for my family.
So what do I do with the fabric ?
Well the answer to that is I make lots of things ... but one of my favourite items I like to make is "little skirts for little girls".
My collection entitled Amber Rose by Denise H is named after my young niece and she was the recipient of the first ever Amber Rose Skirt. Everyone skirt is different ("One of a Kind") and they don't seem to stay around long before they end up being worn by some little girl somewhere.
They can be made from pieces of fabric left over from other projects, jean legs, table clothes ... anything really - there are definitely no rules. I also use lots and lots of other scrap fabric as trim to give each skirt is own unique look along with acrylic wool, lace, net curtains - again the list is endless - all donated or rescued of course.
Here's just a few examples.
Waste Denim, Torn Lace Doilies, Furnishing Fabric Samples ... all you need to buy is elastic and cotton.
Frills of adult clothing, duvet covers and scrap lace donated by a friend
An old sheet, sleeves off my husbands business shirt, donated vintage trim and waste fabric.
All of the above styles are available for purchase via my facebook page - do it your self packs with everything you need to make your own Amber Rose skirt for your own little girl will be available online shortly.
Dress giveaway details at the bottom ....
I cannot take the credit for this simple but popular dress style but I love making this easy to sew pattern and I have often made it up for customers when they present me with pretty fabric they do not know what to do with.
You can dress the style up or down, wear it by itself to the beach or with a other clothing and heels out somewhere special. I often wear this style with additional layers by adding another dress or skirt underneath. They take approximately half an hour to make and you literally can just about use any summer weight fabric to make them.
For this project I am using a table cloth that really didn't match our décor. I don't really know where it came from but there is enough fabric for two summer dresses - one for me and one to give away.
YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING:
Fabric - At least 150cm wide fabric - decide the length to suit your preference
Ribbon or any piece of fabric that does not fray for the straps cut to approximately 4cm wide
A safety pin or hair clip to thread the straps through the casings
One Size fits Most
After cutting the fabric in half for two dresses, I then sewed two sides together leaving the existing hemming in place as for this project I will not be using an overlocker. Once you have sewn the side seam - fold the tube of fabric in half making sure the seam is either in the centre front or centre back of the garment. Cut out the half arm hole shapes as shown in the picture. The piece I cut out for the armholes measured 8cm across x 14cm in length. You do not need to be precise with this part as long as you get the basic shape cut out as shown.
Once you have cut your armhole shapes out - turn your stitch dial to the zig zag stitch and set it to the tightest but widest stitch available and stitch along all your cut edges. Around the armhole turn your fabric to the inside of the garment and straight stitch the zig zagged edge down as shown to give a neat edge.
The next step is to sew the casing for your straps. Turn the fabric over to the inside approximately 3cm as shown and stitch down with a straight stitch. Iron before sewing and do this for both the front and the back of the garment.
Decide what you would like to use as straps and thread it through the casings using either a safety pin or a hair clip. For the garment I am wearing I reused some ribbon and the garment below I used a piece of non fray scrap fabric cut to approximately 3cm in width.
Options for inserting the strapping include: One length of strapping through the front and back and tying to the side or two lengths of strapping and tying at both shoulders.
Another option is to feed the length of strapping through the back and half way into the front as I have done. For this you will need to cut a small hole in the fabric for the ties to come through to the front.
Once you have finished doing this push the fabric towards the centre of the strapping both at the front and back of the garment and adjusting the length of strapping at each shoulder.
Hem your garment if necessary - I didn't need to as I used machined edge of the original table cloth.
Now I am set to give one of the dresses away ...
How to Win
Follow this link to my facebook page. Like the post pinned at the top of the page and tag a friend.
Make sure you connect to my face book page for competition updates.
Giveaway runs until 19th January 2015.
My daughter Kylie is the person who is to blame for me beginning to blog. In fact she suggested it on Christmas Eve after I had finished redecorating her tree with hand made garlands constructed from scrap fabric left over and stored in a suitcase for the day I thought up some sort of use for it.
Designing eco fashion has opened up a world to me that before I began I didn't know existed and to be honest the more I have looked and studied the less I wish I hadn't.
Before I started to make my own clothes out of reclaimed fabrics, I had no idea about how my clothes were made and I definitely never gave a thought about the people who made them or how the manufacturing process might damage our environment.
Food, fashion, lifestyle, health in fact every area of my life had become this complicated need to have endless items in order to fulfil a moments whim. Struggling to come to terms with sometimes not having enough money for the item I wanted and even if I managed to purchase it, the novelty soon wearing off and wanting something else.
This began my journey to be as frugal, organic, and un-wasteful as possible. I will blog about starting a garden, salvaging items destined for the landfill and making them into treasures, handmade gifts, repurposing clothes and furniture, diet, health, makeup and more.
I will attempt to become somewhat talented at things I do not like doing ie: cooking, baking, organising my sewing room, my diary, accounting and gardening as well as maintaining the things I love to do like creating, organising my label, the shop, and NZ Eco Fashion Week Ltd and hopefully along the way you will be inspired too lead a more simplistic lifestyle as I have been. To be honest as I even wrote that last sentence it is a wonder I actually manage to pull it off.
My name is Denise and I love to hoard pretty fabrics as well as bits and pieces. I am a wife, mother and the girl boss of New Zealand Eco Fashion Week, a eco fashion designer and lover of Jesus.