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December offer: Detox your wardrobe! 2-hour session for £100 special price

Posted in news on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

In November I worked with a client, Emilia, on a Wardrobe Detox. She was very happy and left me a stellar review that you can read below.
Do you also feel like your wardrobe could do with more space and order, and that you could freshen up your style? Or do you have a friend that would love a session as a present?
I have a special offer: buy a Gift Voucher in December for a 2-hour Wardrobe Detox for only £100.

All you need to do is get in touch, and ask me any questions.

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Here is what Emilia had to say about the experience:

“Earlier this week, Veronica and I spent an incredibly fruitful afternoon together sorting through my wardrobe. It wasn’t just a matter of bin this and keep that. It was a systematic re-evaluation of things I wear and things I had not worn in a while, making sure that my current life is reflected in my wardrobe.
Veronica was objective and practical in her advice. She understands how we wear clothes every day and what was going to work for me and what wasn’t. She suggested some simple tailoring fixes and updates for certain items, including some vintage items and connected me to someone who restores vintage dresses. Veronica made me see the value in keeping certain items that I might not have considered otherwise. She also organised my wardrobe so that I wouldn’t neglect perfectly good and rediscovered pieces. Veronica also saw the value in keeping certain items of sentimental value, even though I may never wear them again.
Opening my wardrobe the next day was just fabulous. I had a new perspective and it was like looking at all new things.
You may ask whether this isn’t something I could have done myself. The simple answer is that I did, but that wasn’t enough. I’d get stuck on this or that and just couldn’t be objective anymore. This task requires objectivity, practicality, a professional eye and talent. Veronica has these attributes in spades (not to mention her excellent connections to the world of fashion).
This was an excellent experience and I highly recommend Veronica.”

So what is a Wardrobe Detox?
It’s the first step in your style makeover.
A home visit involves a thorough overhaul of your wardrobe. We will harmonise your clothing into sections so that they are easy to access and assemble in an outfit.
A few things will have to go – but I’m definitely not ruthless in this process. We’ll only work towards the aim of streamlining your wardrobe, paring it down to only what fits and flatters you best.
Your mood will be elevated once you see the space that is produced. This will not only create a positive energy flow by saving you time and stress on getting dressed every day, but it will also save you money: a wardrobe reorganisation is a basic step to create a list of what you truly need to buy when you next go shopping, avoiding double-purchases.
I’ll also give you plenty of other helpful tips and advice for sustainable wardrobe maintenance, so that you can avoid unnecessary and costly dry-cleaning, and maintain your clothes to have them last longer and preserve their quality.

How do I claim the offer?
All you need to do is purchase a Gift Voucher in December – vouchers are valid for six months.
This is an offer for a 2-hour session, if you feel you may need more time I’ll be happy to discuss a price for a longer appointment.
This offer is intended for London residents – I do work with clients outside of London, but different time and travel charges may apply.

In any case… Just drop me an email for a chat! And we’ll go through anything you need to know.

If you make one thing this year…

Posted in news on Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Well, hello again! Four weeks into the new year, I make an appearance on the blog. I had a great Christmas break, during which I also became a proud auntie for the first time, so some quality family time was top of the list. I did, however, also find the time for some new year resolutions. You know, being more active, stop procrastinating, travel lots… the usual. There is one area, though, where I feel I don’t need to make any promises, because I’m already maintaining them: the care of my wardrobe and the slowing down of my shopping habits. Well, after all, how could I call myself a Slow Fashion Consultant, if those were not my top priorities, and I didn’t give a good example?

I also love that I’m now part of an ever growing number of individuals and groups working towards the goal of a more conscious style for all. Indeed, 2014 comes with a host of amazing projects that you can follow for inspiration. January is not over yet, so you still have time to make resolutions. And here I’ve compiled for you a list of the most interesting initiatives for you to be motivated by and hopefully adhere to.

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- Fashion Revolution Day - On 24th April 2013, 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Bangladesh. Catastrophes in our fashion supply chains continue. Fashion Revolution Day has been initiated by a global board of industry leaders, campaigners, press and academics from within the sector and beyond, who see the tragedy at Rana Plaza as a metaphorical call to arms. This annual appointment on the anniversary of the disaster will help to raise awareness of the true cost of fashion, show the world that change is possible, and celebrate all those involved in creating a more sustainable future. How can you take part I hear you ask? The theme of the first Fashion Revolution Day is Who Made Your Clothes? No, not which brand, but literally who: from the machinists who sewed it, all the way down to the farmer who grew the cotton. This is to raise awareness of the fact that buying is only the last click in a long journey involving a huge invisible workforce behind the clothes we wear. You can make your contribution by wearing an item of clothing inside out to show what the label on it says. Often it’s not much: which should spur us to want to know more. Or perhaps you know all about that garment’s history: then tell the story! Share it through all your social media platforms with the hashtag #InsideOut – FRD are hoping to have hundreds of thousands of people make a gesture which will, in turn, raise awareness within the fashion industry that they need to continue the process of change.  Fashion Revolution Day also has a chapter in USA and one in Australia: here’s a great video the American contributors put together for maximum impact:

- AWEAR2014 – A project by Kestrel Jenkins, a sustainable fashion stylist (also involved in FRD USA), Awear gives us ideas and guidelines to reach the goal of a more conscious wardrobe throughout the year. This is a community of mindful consumers and stylish changemakers, helping each other get creative with what they have & ask questions before buying new stuff. Again, this idea harnesses the huge impact of social media to aggregate beautiful images and instigate action. Don’t just follow them, but add your contribution via instagram, twitter and facebook.

- Knowing who’s behind our clothes is so important to Andy, John, and Andy, that they have made a really drastic decision. “We’ve decided to try something different, and we’re going all in. We’ve given away all our clothes and are buying a new wardrobe from scratch. A wardrobe where we know that every item was made by someone who was treated fairly. A wardrobe where, sometimes, we even know the names of the individuals who made our clothes. It’s going to be a journey of figuring out what we can do individually to make a difference.” While I personally don’t advise the ‘throw everything away’ approach – unless they have found super sustainable ways of discarding previous possessions – this certainly makes for an intriguing challenge. Follow their progress on Who Made My Wardrobe.

- Pip is from Australia, and she’s also started a personal, yearly challenge, that will see her embrace a 100% ethical style. She pledges to: “a) Buy from ethical makers or b) Buy second-hand or c) Make it myself  or d) Wear things I already own or e) Borrow or swap garments with friends”. She how she fares on Meet Me At Mike’s.

- Amy Dufault is a sustainable fashion writer, consultant and outspoken activist. One day, the tailor she regularly commissions wardrobe updates to, said something that made her think: “It’s hard being a tailor when the clothes people want you to fix cost less than the actual fix”. She realised the profession of tailors is in peril: “consider the youth of today currently being raised on throwaway fashion and why they would ever need someone to fix a $5 shirt when the fix is double the amount of the shirt”. So she started The Tailor Project, and she’ll be updating her wardrobe this year solely through the skilled work of her tailor Kathryn Hilderbrand. Again, this is something you can join in to. Share your own alterations, designs and revamps of clothing you love on The Tailor Project’s facebook page.

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- Finally, another initiative to commemorate the tragic events of Rana Plaza. On 24th April 2014, you can be part of Raising For Rana, a charity evening with a silent auction. A lot of fabulous Slow fashion brands have already donated pieces from their collections, and all the profits raised from the event will go directly to the families of the disaster victims. For the event, Raising For Rana have collaborated with the charities War On Want and TRAID, and the film production company Rainbow Collective CIC, to produce a documentary about the aftermath of the disaster and the direct impact it’s had on the families affected.

 

Slow Christmas // Gift ideas from Think Boutique

Posted in news on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Today’s gift ideas come from Think Boutique. We love their commitment to all-round ethics, and especially their support of locally-manufacturing British brands, such as Antiform, Nancy Dee, A Alicia and Uncommonly Beautiful.

They  have also just launched their own knitwear accessories line, made by hand in Glasgow, which is sure to be a hit this winter, with its snazzy prints and bright colours. Which seems to be the theme of my moodboard, really: check out those dresses and those leggings!

All at totally reasonable prices – and presented to you with an exclusive Rewardrobe discount! Type in THINKBOUTIQUE10 for 10% off full price items. What’s not to love.

Rewardrobe Slow Christmas Gifts Guide - ThinkBoutique1.+2. Think Boutique’s own knitwear line

3.+4. Fenimine dresses by Nancy Dee

5.+6.+7. A complete range of accessories by Antiform

8. Necklace by A Alicia

9. Necklace by Uncommonly Beautiful

10. Necklace by Johari

 

Slow Christmas // Gift Ideas from KittyDoLittle

Posted in news on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

It’s accessories mania at KittyDoLittle!

KittyDoLittle is the ultimate destination for Slow fashion accessories, having selected the best brands on the scene: from Makki to Elvis and Kresse, to Aura Que, Uncommonly Beautiful, BoBelle, Alkemi and Katherine Elizabeth Millinery.

Bright and colourful, guaranteed to put a smile on anyone receiving one for Christmas, and also perfect to carry throughout the year: bringing a touch of bright to the winter, and with the perfect palette to match your spring/summer wardrobe.

Plus, don’t miss the occasion to make one yours for 20% off , with exclusive Rewardrobe discount code spec1al.

Rewardrobe Slow Christmas Gifts Guide - KittyDoLittle

1. Monaco handbag by Alkemi – made from reclaimed seatbelts, and Fairtrade certified

2. Red Swirl fascinator by luxury milliner Katherine Elizabeth

3. Electric! eel skin clutch by Makki

4. Change purse made of eel skin by BoBelle

5. Palm scarf by Nicola Brighton, designed, printed and hemmed in Britain

6. Anodised aluminium cuff, hand painted by Michael Peckitt

7. Sweetheart eel skin key ring by BoBelle

8. Deco Necklace by Uncommonly Beautiful – reclaimed wood and metal

9. Double-zip eel skin wallet by Makki

10. Loop scarf by Aura Que – natural raw silk and wool

11. Baroque Necklace by Uncommonly Beautiful

12. Macro clutch by Marmoset Designs – handmade from embroidered curtain material

13. Big Yellow belt by Elvis & Kresse – upcycled from reclaimed fire hoses