Thursday, 19 January 2017

001. Ethical underwear....??? Yeah it's a thing, because believe it or no, people are still exploited to make your everyday hosiery items too! I'm here to share ethical bras I have picked up kinda recently and give you my honest opinions on all of them. Also, I just wanna say that if boob talk or bras or female bodies seem to offend you for some strange reason, it's probably best for you to just click the exit button now because we don't have time for that negativity here at Frockled. I may as well point out that I have not worn a "proper" bra with wire for well over 1 year now and I love it. So if you're interested in comfy things that do their job while not exploiting fellow human beings in the process keep reading! 

002.  Bra Number 1 is from website called Dharma Bums, which specialise in yoga and activewear. Each garment is made onshore here in Australia and accredited by Ethical Australia. I love the style of this and the back detailing is so funky. It is super supportive- I use it for yoga and for day to day life. It's really well made and fantastic quality. This particular bra was $50, but if you subscribe to their email you get a 20% off code (plus they have regular sales too). The only negative I can think of with this bra is that because it's white you can slightly see the padding in the cups through the fabric- but this is totally just because I picked white and would definitely not happen with any other colour option! I would definitely shop at Dharma Bums again if I was looking for some active yoga gear or some more supportive bras. 

003. Bra Number 2 is from an Australian store called Boody. They specialise in organic bamboo eco wear and tick all the boxes- ethically and sustainably. Everything is made from bamboo fabric and boy-oh-boy is it damn soft and comfortable! This bra is honestly the comfiest one you will ever come across- I challenge you to try one that beats it for comfort! It has a little padding in it to give some extra shape and support. I wouldn't wear this for exercise but it's perfect for everyday wear. The best part about this bra is how damn affordable it was- $26.95 (plus a sneaky 10% discount for signing up to their emails). Next time I need any more basic tees, bras or undies I will be hitting up Boody because affordability, ethics and comfort is key for me. 

004. Bra Number 3 is from a little place called Nico. They stock all the comfy essentials you will ever need- bras, undies, swimmers, tees and lots of other basics. This bra was the most expensive of the lot at $60, but it's from a Brisbane based company that has respect for the people the work with and the environment they work within at their core so I couldn't say no! Plus, the quality of the piece and the soft comfy fabric is really lovely. I will disclose that this bra is essentially just one of your classic bralettes, not padding or frills- just plain, chic and simple. It is surprisingly supportive though, compared to other bralettes I have worn in the past. Nico is a perfect place to shop if you feel like spending a little bit extra on some super comfortable basics that will last you a long time. 

005. I hope this post has been helpful and maybe has drawn some awareness to the ethics of items we all have in wardrobes but don't bat an eyelid at! Or maybe it has made you rethink where you are currently sourcing your hosiery items from! Either way, I hope you enjoyed reading this post because I loved writing it and sharing these often taboo ideas with you all.

Lena x


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

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001. HEY GUYS I HAVE FINALLY LAUNCHED MY OWN ONLINE SHOP! This has been on the cards for aggggeessssss but I am so proud of myself for finally starting it and setting it up! If you have been reading this blog for a while it's very clear that I am passionate about the environment, sustainability and ethical fashion, so this shop just is a natural progression of those interests. 

002. It's called Shop Frockled and you can find it on Facebook HERE and Instagram HERE (or just search @shopfrockled on any platform). The actual shop page is HERE. Currently it's just on Etsy, because it's functional and easy to use for everyone, but one day I would love to expand into and actual domain and real website. Fingers crossed! 

003. Preloved and vintage clothes are just the beginning. I have so many ideas of where I can take this little shop buzzing around my head and it's inevitable that all these ideas will eventually come to life in time. As for now, I'm still just trying to get on top of posting all the pieces I currently have acquired. 

004. I incorporated the little blurb I wrote about the shop into this post so you can get a feel for what Frockled really is and what it aims to do...! 

Lena x

HEY 2017

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

001. WELCOME TO 2017..... well 4 days into it anyway. I've been off the grid for a few days attending Falls Festival down in Byron Bay and I all I have to show for it is this one single photo, a broken phone, sunburn, a spinning head and extreme sleep deprivation. Seriously, how do people go to festivals and take lots of photos looking fresh as hell and post them on Instagram simultaneously?? They're not doing it right because I am a mess but had THE BEST time ever. I love festivals and people and music and dancing. Happy, happy, happy.

002. In other news I am currently writing this post in bed after a 14 hour sleep, and trying to set New Years intentions. I think I will do some more proper posts about my intentions for this year when my head is up and running again, but for now I want to share something that Gang of Youths posted on their Facebook page which I really really loved. ENJOY! I love you all, thanks for reading my crazy little ramblings on the internet.

Lena x


Friday, 23 December 2016

Shorts and Bag: Markets// Shoes: Birkenstocks (faux leather!)// Top: Tree of Life// Hat: General Pants DIY

001. These photos were taken post-beach day; barefaced and knotted salty hair! I wanted to share this outfit with you to show that having a ethical and sustainable wardrobe is a journey and something that doesn't just happen overnight. Nobody is perfect and just making the choice to be more concscious of where your clothes are coming from is an awesome achievment in itself! Making the decision to shop ethically and sustainably doesn't mean you have to throw away everything you own. Keeping old items and wearing them out is the most cost effective, sustainable and sensible thing to do. You just need to make sure you don't make any new purchases that exploit the workers, the animals or the environment. 

002. So for the totally ethical side of the outfit.... The shorts were a $10 steal from the Suitcase Rummage markets a couple of years ago and fit me like a dream. The denim bag is actually up-cycled denim from the Chatuchak Markets in Bangkok. The Birtkenstocks are my holy grail shoe- they have a good ethical rating AND are faux leather. Bonus points all round hey?

003. On the other unethical side of the outfit... I have this shirt from Tree of Life which I bought prior to changing my shopping habits. I have taken it backpacking in Asia so it is totally threadbare and has some permanent curry stains, but is still functional! Also it is worth noting that the Tree of Life is a store that probably makes consumers think they have a ethical system in place, due to their whole ethnic/bohemian styles. Sadly this is very far from the truth- they only were rated a C- in the most recent reports, which is pretty damn awful. The hat was another purchase a few years ago from General Pants, with a little bit of DIY thrown onto it in the way of the faux leather band. I don't even want to get into how awfully General Pants rates, for a store that sells tshirts for $80 you would think they treat their workers better than a F grading...  but sadly not! 

004. I hope you are enjoying this series so far... I'm having lots of fun getting back into photographing my personal style! If you are feeling overwhelmed and looking for some tips to help you start your own ethical fashion journey I have a very helpful blog post right here. 

Lena x


Monday, 19 December 2016

001. These photos were taken the other day when I drove myself down the coast for a self-love/ self-care kinda day. I strongly believe the ocean is cure to everything. One of my favourite quotes actually is "salt water cures everything; sweat, tears or the sea." On this particular day I bought a little book at a secondhand bookstore and a random newspaper piece happened to fall out of it that said "happiness starts now." Subliminal messages from the universe are the best.  

Lena x

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