Same old, same old ...

Little has changed since 2008 when I started this erratic space. I am still on a quest to refine rather than add to my wardrobe. I am still keen to make any additions to the said wardrobe organic and ethically produced and I still err from this quest every so often, seduced, as in the past, by offerings from Stella McCartney for Adidas (which works on a sustainable requirement percentage) and Lisette (see below, whose pieces, to me at least, are timeless and increasingly use organic fabrics).

All photographs © Stella McCartney for Adidas.

Lisette S/S 2014

All photographs © Lisette.



I bought my first ‘new’ item of clothing this year in the Liv sale … an organic cotton tabard. With my parcel came some freebies, including samples from the skincare company Santaverde and their beautiful catalogue (above) which features their land in Andalusia where they grow and process (by hand) their organic aloe vera – the cornerstone of their range. A huge bonus, to me, is that the products are not only organic, but vegan too. The company wholly rejects animals testing and offers support to abandoned animals …

I’ve never been able to understand why people pay ridiculous sums of money for ‘miracle’ creams full of, let’s be blunt, chemicals and water. At Santaverde instead of water they use the aloe juice full of plant enzymes, vitamins and antioxidants rather than water. As a plant oil girl myself (there’s an oil in the Santaverde range) and someone who generally concocts their own potions, I particularly like the fact that the company sells the organic aloe juice, leaves and plants to those of us who are never happier than when tinkering around in the kitchen ourselves …