Thursday, 28 November 2013

feeling GOOD dressed in GOOD

For a recent special wedding event I wanted to craft a complete GOOD outfit. It was the first time going to something like this on my own, and I wanted to be truly me & true to me from tip to toe. Here it is folks, loads of different ways that you can do good, and wear good. I always believe we can vote with our wallets! Every time we purchase something, everytime we think about what we are going to wear (or eat, or drink too) We can have our say for what is fair, keep kiwi's in jobs, keep $ flowing locally, invest in a cause worth supporting, think about where this product has come from & WHO's hands it has gone through. Consumers have the power & hopefully we all have a little heart to add to this. 

 In Summary:  Shop vintage & 2nd hand! Shop local, small businesses! Shop organic cottons & ethically manufactured! Shop NZ made! Make it yourself! Upcycle! Borrow or schwop from a friend!

The outfit breakdown:
Headpiece: Black fabric flowers. Handmade at home from fabric scraps (offcuts from Kate Sylvester)
Dress: NZ eco fashion company Kowtow. Ethically manufactured using Fairtrade approved organic cotton & screen printed GOTS approved inks.
Belt: Monkey Fist Belt by The Knot Clothing. Locally made & sold in my home town.
Handbag: Vintage cassette case I use as a clutch. Purchased 2nd hand.
Sunnies: Vintage, purchased from NZ business Bread & Butter Letter who support local crafters.
Shoes: Kabuki Klompen by soulful NZ yoga clothing company We-ar. 'vegan shoe' handmade in Bali through ethical conditions using sustainable sourced wood & canvas.
Underwear: None other than thee most comfortable Thunderpants organic cotton & made in rural NZ
Bra: Black crop top borrowed from a friend.
 A few sneaky snaps from the wedding, it was at the beautiful Tapu water gardens. Cant wait for their pics. It was the most perfectly stunning day with full sunshine, full smiles & gorgeousness of the bridal party, complete with old school bus, ducklings and a 3 course meal. xx

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

First Thursdays FIESTA

HOLA AMIGOS! BUENOS NOCHES! 
(prepare yo'self for some spanglish...) 

Aahh Im a little grande' bit excited about First Thursdays event coming up Thursday 5th Dec. Esta mi favourita events of Auckland. & this time round its a FIESTA !!! At First Thursdays the K'Road area is usually cranking with creatives, bikes, galleries full of googly eyes & quirky interactive installations, markets & of course late night shopping in the bestest small businesses around.
What a fan I am!?! Si, mi gusta mucho!

I usually head to the market to sell my lofty cards (which will be happening in Cross St Arcade so go check it out peeps!) but this time I am so so sew so stoked to be popping up some needle n thread & colourful fabricy scrappytastic antics in the love and name of nos amiga Frida. St Kevins is going to be crazy colourful with mucho antics about: musica, make up, y flores para ti :-) Come along, say HOLA, and make yourself a fabric flower crown (or hair pin, brooch, hairband) with me! 

....Potentially there may be a compulsory dance afterwards though.. baile baile!
xx mucho besos amigas, Sarita xx

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Baby Shower Communal Crafting

 In the weekend I did my first baby shower crafting session. Each guest got to decorate a square using templates of images and a gorgeous pastel colour palette. All fabrics were 2nd hand cottons, mostly pillowcases a bit worse for wear around some areas but clear enough to cut out these squares. Fantastic! I just popped up a table with all the fabrics & equipment and Boris III and Barry were there sitting pretty for people to get friendly with. Others were hand sewing whilst champagne-ing on the deck, and cup caking on the couches. The food was incredible thanks to the hostess with the mostess Leigh & Janine. Mucho fun was had by all and we are so excited to be whipping up this quilt for the cute lil baby to be. If this sounds like you or something good for a pregnant friend, please get in touch. I would love to do this again & share the crafting with love.
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