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  • GUEST BLOGGER: City Girl At Heart


    What is your blog about?

    My blog is essentially a lifestyle blog. I write about anything that takes my fancy. Music features heavily and I have a weekly feature where I showcase an ethical issue or brand called Ethical Tuesday.

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    Why is sustainable fashion important to you?

    I was appalled by the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013 and it made me completely rethink how and why I spend my money. The more I researched, the more I realised how much the environment and peoples live are connected to our buying decisions. I am now on a mission to make as many other people as possible aware too!

    Do you have a personal style?

    As I now buy less but better I'm trying to create the perfect capsule wardrobe where everything goes with everything. Classic pieces with the odd piece of crazy colour thrown in!


    Can you give our readers any advice for buying ethically and sustainably?

    I love charity shops and clothes continuing to have a life. Clothes swap parties are a great idea too. There are some really lovely ethical fashion brands around now. Most of them are expensive but have brilliant sales so keep an eye out for them by signing up to their mailing lists. Beamont Organic and Noa Noa are two of my favourites.

    Why are platforms like Fashion ComPassion and your own blog important?

    To give ethical designers and brands a platform to showcase their work, tell their stories, touch people's hearts and minds and ultimately change the world!

    What are your top 3 Fashion ComPassion favourite items?

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    The Angela & Roi Square Tote

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    Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 16.57.01 The Spotted Quoll Storm Voile Scarf

  • Guest Blogger: Carmen Artigas


    My blog is:

    I was a late bloomer to blogging, but my commitment to sustainable fashion started 15 yrs ago. I mostly post on Facebook on Ethical Fashion NY.

    Sustainable fashion is important to me because:

    Sustainable fashion entails responsible decisions and design has to be emotionally durable. I believe designers should always consider the human and environmental cost of developing their products and have a clear understanding of the life cycle and end of life of products.

    Maintaining a short supply chain and sourcing locally is a great alternative. Also avoiding last minute design changes that represent overtime behind the sewing machine and can affect the workers well being. In essence it's creating a garment with good karma.


    My personal style is:

    Tribal and sometimes “Time traveler”. I strive to wear something old and something handmade… especially vintage kimonos and pieces by talented local designers that are usually my friends'!

    I used to be a shoe museum curator so I love crafted textiles from every culture. I also have many friends that work in museums and they give me access to their archives, that’s where I get inspiration!

    Some of my favourite sustainable brands are:

    My advice for buying ethical and sustainable products:

    Fall in love with the pieces you buy. I usually buy things that will be in my closet for at least a decade. Quality goes a long way and I actually enjoy mending clothes. It's old fashioned, but I've developed real appreciation for tailoring and quality textiles.

    Also consider supporting brands that collaborate with artisans. Crafts and artisans are endangered, since younger generations are not learning the skill and the market doesn't always provide fair trade. We need to protect culture diversity and the craft language.

    Platforms like Fashion ComPassion are important because:

    Fashion ComPassion provides a feeling of connectedness and empowerment and supports guilt-free shopping.

    My top 3 Fashion ComPassion picks:

    Threads of Gujrat Purneshwar Wallet


    Abury Red & Brown Berber Bag


    Mayamiko Ida Clutch in Vase Print


  • Guest Blogger: Chere Di Boscio


    In conversation with Chere Di Boscio, Editor in Chief of Eluxe Magazine.

    My blog is: I don’t like to call it a blog, because it’s not. It’s a magazine—in print and online-- with detailed, well-researched articles on environmental and health issues, as well as gorgeous pictures, reviews and information on sustainable luxury fashion, travel, beauty and homes.

    Sustainable fashion is important to me because: The planet is important to me.

    My personal style is: Rich hippy, urban bohemian, with a bit of rock chick thrown in. I love the looks of early Jane Birkin, Anita Pallenberg, and Jerry Hall: light, flowing maxi dresses in silk with mutton sleeves are my faves, but I also love tall boots with jeans and a loose blouse, worn with an oversized floppy hat, for example.


    Some of my favourite sustainable brands are: The Reformation, who do the most amazing 70s style maxi dresses, Meng Kimonos, with their sumptuous silks and stunning Asian designs, and Taiana Giefer’s scarves. I also love cashmere or alpaca wraps, and Abraxas Rex jewellery, made from found meteorites!

    My advice for buying ethical and sustainable products: Buyer beware! There’s a lot of greenwashing out there. When I first launched Eluxe, I was under the impression that brands like Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney were really eco-friendly, but they’re actually not. I also thought that vegan leather was more eco-friendly, but was surprised to find that a lot of it is made from super toxic materials like PVC.

    Platforms like Fashion ComPassion are important because: They are so rare! Consumers who want to buy eco-friendly fashion need to trawl through the thousands of offerings of mainstream websites like Net-a-Porter to find just a few items, but the likes of Fashion ComPassion make finding sustainable goods that much easier by putting them all in one place.

    My top 3 Fashion ComPassion picks:

    1) Palestyle makes the most glamorous clutches


    2) Abury’s Berber bags are my go-to accessory for boho chic looks.


    3) Angela & Roi make great bags for girls like me, living in Paris.


  • Guest Blogger: Emma Slade

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    My blog is:

    Called Back of the Wardrobe(

    Back of the Wardrobe reports indirectly on my job and antics as a stylist in London.
    My styling ethic revolves around sustainable style, clothing reuse and making more of what you already have in your wardrobe – ‘Old clothes and New Ways of wearing them’. The blog is a mixture of personal styling pointers, thrift, charity, vintage shopping, ethical and sustainable brands and London fashion events stories.
    It’s all about teaming items that you would never normally put together yourself. And there is a theme around ethical fashion via clothing reuse that runs through the blog. I try to raise awareness around the idea that by extending the active life of our clothing by just three months we could all reduce our water, carbon and waste impacts by up to 10% as well as encourage ourselves to think more intelligently about the way we experience fashion.

    Sustainable fashion is important to me because:

    Thoughtful, feel good fashion choices are at the heart of what I do as a personal stylist. Sustainability in fashion is something I am wholeheartedly behind, so when I developed my styling concept I wanted to ensure that I could teach people how to better use what they already have, both in terms of their existing wardrobe, their body shape and the way they express their personality. And to me, thoughtful fashion doesn’t mean you should never ever buy anything new. That’s unrealistic. It just means making sure that every now and again you try to use the skills I aim to share to look at your existing clothes with fresh eyes, to see what fun new outfit you can whip up by putting things together differently…And if there are additions to be made to your wardrobe I’ll be on hand to suggest some fabulous pieces from ethical and sustainable brands.

    My personal style is:

    I’m a bit of a chameleon. I like to mix and match and change things up all the time. I think there is an outfit for every occasion and like to live that philosophy. I’d describe my style as a happy go lucky mix of genres. You might for example find afro-centric chic, some heritage and a little bit of rock mixed into one look. For me, it’s all about expressing how I feel or achieving what I want to convey for any given situation. Rather embarrassingly, the friends I live with will tell you that I often ask them - ‘so what’s this outfit saying to you?’
    Here's a picture of me at #InsideOut for Fashion Revolution Day


    Some of my favourite sustainable brands are:

    Emma Ware Olwen Bourke Michelle Lowe Holder  , Luva Huva  & Auria London

    My advice for buying ethical and sustainable products:

    1) Start searching, reading up and looking for sustainable and ethical products you genuinely love.  If you adore them, you’ll show them off and that will automatically make you part of the positive movement as more and more people ask you where you got your threads and what it’s all about.

    2) Don’t assume it doesn’t exist. Use this new breed of online retail site with a conscience (Gather and See, From a confined Space, Brothers We Stand and of course Fashion Compassion) as a platform to search for sustainable Brands that feel fresh modern and relevant. Some of these sites provide really interesting in-depth info on where and how garments are made.

    3) Get back to the charity shop – whatever people are saying, I can promise you you WILL find some gems there. Trust me I know because I challenge myself to recreate LFW looks from charity shop clothes once a year – live as they come out on the catwalk!

    4) Know what’s in your wardrobe and appreciate your clothes, that way  - you’re always being creative with what you’ve already got and purchasing to add to your wardrobe where really needed. Plus, you’ll have more to spend on a long lasting sustainable piece that you can love for longer

    Platforms like Fashion ComPassion are important because:

    They are the future – helping make it easier for us to buy great fashion with ease of conscience. And because transparency within fashion is not a matter of course, sites like Fashion Compassion lead the way for others to follow.

    My top 3 Fashion ComPassion picks:

    1) Ana clutch


    2) Miss Kuku cross body bag


    3) Abury Blue and white ipad case


  • Guest Blogger: Greta Eagan of Fashion Me Green

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    My blog is:

    Called Fashion Me Green (

    Sustainable fashion is important to me because:

    Combining sustainability (ethics, the environment and social impact) with fashion made it possible for me to have a career in fashion that appeased both my creativity and my morals.

    My personal style is:

    sporty chic with minimalist/ menswear inspired touches, and a splash of glamour when appropriate

    Some of my favourite sustainable brands are:

    SVILU, Daniel Silverstein, Thu Thu, Chinti & Parker, Suzanne Rae, and The Sway

    My advice for buying ethical and sustainable products:

    Start by supporting one eco initiative (example: organic, local, linked to a cause, etc) instead of trying to satisfy every possible way of going green in one product all at once.
    In the future I would like to:

    Keep spreading the word and methodology of Wear No Evil (my book) and host a TV show to bring greater awareness to sustainable fashion and how we can seamlessly incorporate it into our stylish lives.

    Platforms like Fashion ComPassion are important because:

    They provide a resource for consumers to shop and learn about fashion with ethics. They become trusted sources that vet the options out there and curate the best ones into a single online location.

    My top 3 Fashion ComPassion picks:

    1) KRZE Studio Naomi Black Bucket Bucket
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    2) Angela & Roi Caramel Sunday Tote
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    3) Kyu Melange Blue Makeda
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  • Guest Blogger: Christine De Leon of Very Nice Threads

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    My blog is:

    I was in need of a creative outlet and Very Nice Threads began in 2008 as a street style blog. If an individual caught my eye by the way they were expressing themselves through dress, I would ask to take their photograph. I'd ask them about the clothes they wore and invariably the most interesting looks came from a combination of vintage, charity shops and high street brands. The blog evolved over time as a place to look for alternatives to high street fashion. I write about independent designers who have sustainable or ethical credentials and I also write about social and environmental issues in the fashion industry as they relate to fair labour practices and carbon footprint.

    Sustainable fashion is important to me because:

    Clothes use up a lot of valuable resources - many of which aren't renewable. The industry operates in a way that puts pressure on these resources and contributes to their increased scarcity. Fashion is an accessible way to talk about transparency, clean supply chains and creative alternatives to the supply and demand model of doing business. Fashion has the potential to show the other industries how to do business in a way promotes mindful consumerism, that takes less out of the environment and contributes more to the communities they operate in.

    My personal style is:

    A culmination of all the places I've lived: Toronto, New York, San Francisco and London. I look for natural fabrics, a good fit, a classic line and a quirky, individualistic twist. I've recently decided to stop wearing so much black and to pluck up the courage to wear bold patterns.

    Some of my favourite sustainable brands are:

    Michelle Lowe-Holder for accessories, TAMMAM for special occasions, THTC and Monkee Genes for street wear and People Tree for the office.

    My advice for buying ethical and sustainable products:

    Do your research.

    In the future I would like to:

    Think globally, act locally. I'm running as a Green Party candidate in the upcoming local elections and regardless of the outcome, I want to continue to take what I've learned over the years through the blog to campaign for wider environmental issues and social justice.

    Platforms like Fashion ComPassion are important because:

    It disrupts the unskilled, cookie-cutter, fast fashion conveyor belt of consumption by promoting the work of skilled artisans and encourages us to buy a special something that we value and will be for keeps, not just a throw-away item.

    Christine's top 3 Fashion ComPassion items:

    1) Cambodia Srey Tote by Catrinka Project


    2) Bhadra Clutch by 1701

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    3) Elliana Clutch by Habi


  • Sass Brown, Guest Blogger

    FC talks to Sass Brown from EcoFashionTalk, about up cycled and ethical fashion.

    My blog is:

    The outgrowth of my master’s thesis. My degree was on Global Financial Management, and my final thesis in particular, towards eco fashion. My final thesis covered ‘big picture’ eco fashion. I then published my blog and followed a couple of years later by my first book ‘Eco Fashion’.

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    Sustainable fashion is important to me because:

    It is the future of the fashion industry. I have always worked in fashion, it is a vital component of who I am, and how I express myself. Fashion is a massive worldwide employer, a polluter and a water user, so to change the fashion industry is to change the world.

    My personal style is:

    Very eclectic and individual. I love to purchase small, emerging designers and artisanal work when I travel. I have a great appreciation of avant-garde European design, and tend to stick to a very dark, muted colour palette, with all sorts of variations in between, and the odd dash of acid yellow or green.

    Some of my favourite sustainable brands are:

    The Mayer peace collection, based in Berlin - because I just love their style and have a great fondness for their flower sack jackets, and Austrian brand km/a - I have a fabulous jacket from them made with jersey scraps and a recycled prison blanket coat, and it is the warmest thing I own!

    My advice for buying ethical and sustainable products:

    Make clothing an investment instead of entertainment. Invest in pieces you really love, that you will wear for a long time and repair when they get worn and damaged. Support local designers, buy handmade and vintage, and swap clothes.

    In the future I would like to:

    Open up a pop up shop with luxury retailers. The store would appear in London, Paris, Milan and New York retailers and would showcase the best of the best in eco fashion by curating and merchandising exquisite, cutting-edge designs that make a difference.

    I am also planning to research and write my next book on the topic of artisanship around the globe and eventually I would love to partner-up with a filmmaker to make a documentary on the artisans from the book.

    Platforms like Fashion ComPassion are important because:

    Fashion has the potential to be a great agent of change in our world. Everyone can relate to clothing, because we all wear it. Fashion ComPassion is an important and unique platform that brings such brands to new markets and creates awareness of the importance of sustainability in fashion.  We can use fashion as a vehicle for changing people’s lives, bringing sustainable employment, and ensuring fair labor standards whilst providing an example of alternative business methods.

  • Guest Blogger of the Month: Recycled Fashion

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    What is the name of your blog?

    Recycled Fashion

    Tells us about your blog and why you started it.

    I write a blog about fashion, but fashion not in the traditional sense. I write about sustainable fashion, which encompasses shopping expeditions in opportunity shops, charity shops, thrift stores, vintage stores, markets, garage sales, car boot sales, online stores and auctions to find recycled fashion wardrobe pieces.

    After the birth of my first son, I enjoyed the change in my life, but do admit to finding the adjustment from full time work to stay at home mother really difficult. I always remember my husband saying to me at this point “you need a hobby” and laughed at him! But, he was right, I did need a creative outlet to focus on. I’d always enjoyed writing, and sourcing second hand fashion, so combined the two together which became my blog; Recycled Fashion.

    Why is sustainable fashion so important?

    Fashion can be damaging to the environment, from the dyes and chemicals used in the process, through to the waste generated by our throwaway nature of cheaply produced ‘on trend’ clothes.

    By choosing sustainable fashion, we are kinder to our planet, and to the people that make our clothes.

    How would you describe your style / fashion sense?

    Eclectic, I wouldn’t really say I have a style, anything goes, but I don’t like to follow trends.

    Who do you admire in the world of sustainable fashion?

    I think Vivienne Westwood is doing well to fly the sustainable fashion flag.

    What are your favourite ethical brands and why?

    Because I favour recycled fashion, I tend to prefer brands that repurpose existing fabric, such as Junky Styling and Queenie & Ted.

    What are your top tips for buying ethical and sustainable products?

    I always say to choose recycled before buying new as a priority, otherwise to I’d say when choosing a new garment to buy, do a little bit of research behind the brand first, and make sure you are happy with their ethics before parting with your hard earned cash.

    What are your plans for the future?

    Part of my blog writing involves refashioning op shop clothes into new styled pieces. However, I've got to the stage now where I don't really need that many clothes for my own wardrobe. I am in the process of linking up to op shops (charity shops) close to my home, take damaged or un-wearable clothes and refashion them into new stylish pieces. I plan to document how I did so on my blog, then donate back to the op shop for resale.

    What are your 3 top picks of the Fashion Compassion website?

    Erica’s 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website – Bhalo’s Scarecrow Trousers (£90), Sarah's Bag Classic Posters Clutch (£92) and Bhalo's Pocket Skirt (£80). Erica’s 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website – Bhalo’s Scarecrow Trousers (£90), Sarah's Bag Classic Posters Clutch (£92) and Bhalo's Pocket Skirt (£80).

    Check out Erica's Recycled Fashion blog here.

    Erica is also on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Guest Blogger of the Month: Adore, Reflect, Sustain

    Emma Waight from Adore, Reflect, SustainWhat is the name of your blog?

    Adore, Reflect, Sustain

    Tells us about your blog and why you started it.

    I started my blog Adore, Reflect, Sustain more than 3 years ago because I was studying for a research-based Masters in ethical fashion and I wanted a space to promote ethical fashion and also have an online presence for when I started looking for jobs. It changed direction a little once I started my PhD so this year I also launched as a space to promote everyday ethical shopping choices, not just in fashion but for the high street as a whole.

    Why is sustainable fashion so important?

    I do see a slight distinction between ethical fashion and sustainable fashion. Sustainable fashion is slow fashion, kind to planet and people. The problem with fast fashion is that we have lost an understanding of how clothing is made, it’s so easily accessible and cheap; we’ve almost lost respect for the process. The way it stands the fashion industry just can’t be sustainable. Sustainable fashion is important because it puts the love back into clothing so we buy fewer but better quality clothes, making our environmental footprint as low as possible.

    How would you describe your style / fashion sense?

    Increasingly eclectic! I like to look feminine but I don’t think I can get away with some of the super girly clothes I wore a few years ago. I love vintage clothes and the traditional English heritage look. At the moment I wear a lot of skinny jeans and skirts with baggy sweaters.

    Who do you admire in the world of sustainable fashion?

    I love Lily Cole because she has used her incredibly prominent place in the fashion industry to promote ethical fashion through the Environmental Justice Foundation and also through her own sustainable fashion brand The North Circular. There are lots of amazing people who have dedicated their life and career to changing things in the industry.

    What are your favourite ethical brands and why?

    People Tree is an all-time favourite. They have got a lot more fashion-conscious over the last few years and they always have some stunning dresses and great quality too. Locally to me in Southampton, WhoMadeYourPants? manufacture and sell gorgeous underwear with a great story at its heart – they offer jobs to local marginalised women who might otherwise struggle to get jobs because they have a low level of English or lack British qualifications.

    What are your top tips for buying ethical and sustainable products?

    There are so many wonderful, ethical brands out there you just have to go and look for them. Buy classic pieces which won’t date and don’t be afraid of new fabrics like bamboo or milk fibre. I don’t think you have to boycott the big brands, just make sure you buy their ethical/sustainable products (most of the big names offer organic or Fairtrade cotton t-shirts for example) to show that there is consumer demand.

    What are your plans for the future?

    I am writing up my PhD on second-hand consumption at the moment. Adore, Reflect, Sustain will continue to be my personal blog but I want to grow Ethical High Street into a bigger and better resource for shoppers.

    What are your 3 top picks of the Fashion Compassion website?

    Emma’s 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website – Burqa’s Silk Ikat Cocktail Dress (£165), Bhalo’s Cloudgazer Skirt (£80) and GUNAS’s Admiral Baguette Clutch (£260). Emma’s 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website – Burqa’s Silk Ikat Cocktail Dress (£165), Bhalo’s Cloudgazer Skirt (£80) and GUNAS’s Admiral Baguette Clutch (£260).

    For my top picks I've choosen; the Burqa's Silk Ikat Cocktail dress, for its sexy shape and gorgeous colour, the Bhalo's Cloudgazer skirt, as I'm loving long skirts at the moment, and GUNAS’s Admiral Baguette Clutch. I always worry about anything very embellished (not knowing who has sewn on all those sequins) so it’s great to find a beautiful alternative to put my conscience at ease.

    Check out Emma’s Adore, Reflect, Sustain blog here and here.

    Emma is also on Twitter.

  • Guest Blogger of the Month: à la Jode

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    What is the name of your blog?

    à la Jode

    Tells us about your blog and why you started it.

    I’d always loved reading blogs and thought about starting my own but somehow found an excuse not to – I worried I would have nothing to say, nobody would want to read it or I wouldn’t have time for it. In the end I decided to just go for it and now I can’t imagine ever giving it up! I soon became addicted to the sense of solidarity and community within the blogging world and love being able to share something I love with others who love it too. Blogs are an amazing way to discover new brands, find limitless inspiration and discuss everything that’s going on in the fashion industry.

    Why is sustainable fashion so important?

    It’s 2013 and there’s no excuse for fashion to not be sustainable. As much as I love to follow catwalk trends, I’ve never believed in completely changing my wardrobe every season or throwing away anything that’s in good condition – I keep all my clothes until they really have no life left in them at all! It’s great that ‘fast fashion’ allows us to have such an enormous variety of clothes to choose from all the time, but there are plenty of inexpensive brands that prove fashion can still be socially and environmentally responsible.

    How would you describe your style / fashion sense?

    Somebody describes my style as ‘modern’ the other day… I quite liked that! I’ve never really thought of myself as having a particularly consistent style; I’m inspired by new things all the time and love to mix it up. I generally avoid buying into trends that I know won’t last and my wardrobe is mostly a mix of classic staples and bolder pieces I loved.

    What are your favourite ethical brands and why?

    Since discovering People Tree at the Clothes Show Live many, many years ago, I’ve always been a big fan. Other brands I love include Monkee Genes, who offer every style and colour of (organic) jeans you could possibly want, and FAIR + True, whose designs come in great colours and prints. If I lived in Australia I would also be buying a LOT of Ginger & Smart – I love every single item they have for sale. I also love Stella McCartney for staying true to her ethical and sustainable beliefs within the designer market.

    What are your top tips for buying ethical and sustainable products?

    Do some research to discover ethical and sustainable brands - there are loads out there! If you’re not sure where to start, there are hundreds of bloggers who focus on ethical fashion. Look for brands that give something back. Look for sustainable fabrics such as linen, wool and organic cotton. Brands don’t have to be specialist within the ‘ethical fashion’ category to actually employ ethical practice. Sustainable fashion is becoming more prominent that ever before so take advantage of the increasing number of brands appearing on the market. And remember – vintage and other second-hand clothing is the most environmentally friendly of all.

    What are your 3 top picks of the Fashion Compassion website?

    Jodie’s 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website – Palestyle Fuchsia Glam Clutch (£230), Bhalo Streamer Skirt (£110) and Soieries du Mékong Jodie’s 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion’s website – Palestyle Fuchsia Glam Clutch (£230), Bhalo Streamer Skirt (£110) and Soieries du Mékong Raison Fine Silk Shawl (£72).

    I love the Palestyle Fuchsia Glam Clutch - it’s a great statement piece and, as an Arabic speaker, I love the calligraphy detail. The Streamer Skirt from Bhalo is another favourite as it’s an easy-to-wear piece that would fit into any wardrobe. I’m also completely in love with the colours of the Raison Fine Silk Shawl, made by Soieries du Mékong – everybody needs a brightly-coloured silk scarf!

    Check out Jodie’s à la Jode blog here.

    Jodie is also on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Lookbook and Instagram.

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