Bell and Beau for great organic cotton basics

Belle and Beau are a great brand if you’re after basic organic cotton staples. Belle and Beau clothes are NZ-made and I love their ethos about nasty chemicals on the About page of their site. They state:

The brands core values are based on social and environmental sustainability and prove that style does not have to be at the expense of the planet. Belle and Beau source and use only organic textiles certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), including luxuriously soft organic cotton and premium New Zealand organic merino. All dyes used in the colouring process are also GOTS certified and are free from conventionally used nasties like formaldehyde, heavy metals and AZO compounds.

I’ve worn my dress to work and on out and about the weekend. I am loving how ultra versatile and comfy it is!

The other great thing about this dress (and one of the main reasons I bought it) is that it is made of organic cotton. Now you might be asking “Who cares? Why would you worry about organic cotton?” Great question. It could probably take up a whole blog post. But the short answer is the cost to our beautiful planet: Water. Land. Chemicals. None of this is measured when taking into account the true cost of cotton production.

Believe it or not, non-organic cotton uses up an unthinkable amount of the earth’s natural resources. It’s unseen by the eyes of the world but the practice of cotton farming is wasteful and lacking in long-term vision.

Until I publish another post on organic cotton, here’s a great read about the truth about non-organic cotton farming – written by someone who’s not even a fan of organics!

Belle and Beau dress

My Belle and Beau organic cotton dress

My two-tone merino scarf experiment

In Wellington, the wind can mean that you need a thick wide scarf to snuggle into while you’re walking around. I couldn’t find one that was wide enough, so I decided to make my own.

You can buy infinity scarves, but they aren’t cheap (around $40-60). I made one by watching this ‘how-to’ video. I spent a grand total of $21 getting my merino in the Global Fabrics sale.

For this super simple project, you need:

  • fabric that you love, length 24 inches, width 54-60 inches (stretch is what I used)
  • measuring tape
  • good pair of scissors
  • thread
  • a sewing needle
  • of course, your sewing machine.

Here’s how mine turned out. For mine, it was a variation on the video tutorial. Basically instead of folding over the same piece of merino, I cut out two wide pieces in different colours. I then followed the basic instructions on the video.

Try it out and see how easy it is!

Merino scarf

Made my first t-shirt!

Ah the humble t-shirt. Something you’ve probably got loads of, but if you’re also a bit over how so many of them pill and look faded, then you’ll be pleased to know that making a t-shirt from quality fabric is easy! Thanks to the patience of Jenny at the Fashion Workshop and my friend’s mum, I’ve made a t-shirt that this time I actually like.


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Fairfashionyear clothes capsule image of skirt, singlet, necklace and shoes

Seeing what goes with what can make choosing what to wear in the mornings a bit easier. So I’m going to start doing fashion capsules as part of this blog to show how easy it can be to buy ethical and still look good!

1. singlet from Recycle Boutique
2. chunky necklace I’ve had for years (always keep accessories)
3. sandals also 2nd hand from Recycle Boutique
4. A-line skirt (been looking for one for ages that will go with everything) from Recycle Boutique.

Total cost: $61 (not including the necklace). Shazam a new outfit on the cheap.

Get thee to Recycle Boutique now if you’re after a bargain!