Saturday, 30 March 2013

A rather racy get-up

We had a marvellous day at the Rosehill Ladies' Day races in Sydney recently- who doesn't love horsing about, quaffing bubbly and pretending that you chose to put all your money on 'Rock N Roll' because of all those technical codes and predictions you knew about and not because of the cool name...

But most of all, especially on Ladies' Day, we love the FASHION!

My top and skirt are from the 'nearly new' (an exciting way of saying second-hand) 'Shop A' The Top' in Top O The Steps, Modbury, South Devon. I have had them for a few years now.

My fascinator is borrowed from a kindly neighbour in the spirit of collaborative consumption.

My lovely handbag is from Paper Dress Vintage in Shoreditch, London. Again, it has been a treasure of mine and had a lot of use for a good few years.

I was out there representing SLOW and sexy fashion, which in my opinion, is far better than new and cheap and makes anyone a WINNER!

So fresh, so sexy

New season, new wardrobe?

Not so...

Check out my latest ethical fashion advice via Indigo Bazaar.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

This girl is super cute

Stumbled across the most magical blog of Rosalind Jana- Clothes, Cameras and Coffee.

She has a classic beauty, the clothes are wonderful, she has the same name as me and is also from the British countryside.

I especially love this blog post about ethical fashion, including her excellent contribution to Eco Age's Fru-Gal and an interview with eco chic extraordinaire Lucy Siegle.

I am thoroughly impressed, applaud you and urge you to keep going with the ethical fashion side of things Rosalind!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Nice to MEAT you

Here in Australia we are two days into meat free week.

And I have eaten meat.

Both yesterday and today.

But wait! Before you yell “EPIC FAIL” or other rude things, I would like to make a few points.

Firstly, the meat was already cooked last week and would have gone to waste otherwise.

Secondly, like a lot of the international days and weeks that are now in existence, whilst it is great if you are able to fully commit and partake, the actual aim is to raise awareness and potentially change some behaviours in the longer term.

It isn’t just a week of a few vegetarians saying ‘it’s meat free week!’ Nor, realistically, is this week alone going to make a huge amount of measurable difference to the carbon emitted globally in meat production, the obesity levels in Australia or the actual, physical and shocking animal welfare issues faced across the meat industry (this campaign is focusing on factory farming).

However, what meat free week IS doing do is putting a label on something that we take for granted (having meat on our plates, from somewhere or other) and highlighting some of the things that we may not have previously thought about. And that CAN make a difference that stretches way beyond the week.

As it says on the website:

“So, after Meat Free Week is over, we're hoping you'll do two things:
1.       Commit to eating less meat, thereby reduce the demand for factory farming, take the pressure off our environment and improve your health
2.       When you do eat meat, make the choice to buy/eat meat this is ethically produced and sourced”

With regards to point 1, start by having one or two days per week when you don’t eat any meat. True meat-lovers are rarely convinced by messages such as ‘try these great vege recipes, they are simply delicious’, but I would honestly urge those people to try, as they may be surprised! I am a great believer that living a more sustainable life should not mean that you have to go without- and these as well as many, many other vegetarian and even vegan recipes are certainly not lacking in taste, texture or nutritional value.

With point 2, cost is often an issue. Take baby steps towards this commitment by starting with one meat item that is free-range/organic and locally-sourced in your basket per week.

You may find that you actually prefer to eat ethically-produced meat after that as it can taste better and have a better quality when you know the animal was treated fairly.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

You are invited... raise your hand and raise your voice!

I would LOVE to hear from you if you have read one or more of my blog posts. What are your comments and thoughts?

It is very rare that I receive any feedback and with 40-440 viewings per post, I am interested to know who you are and what you think!

If you don't want to join in order to comment then please let me know via social media (message me on Linked In or Twitter if we are not already connected).

I have had almost 12,000 blog views since starting this blog in 2009, most of you hailing from the United States, closely followed by the United Kingdom, Russia, Canada, Australia and the rest of Europe.

Thank you so much for reading my blog, I hope you have found it fun, funny or inspirational in some way thus far.

Rosie :)

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Sydney Mardi Gras 2013

Absolutely loved the parade last night- there was an electric atmosphere filled with music, love and pride (as well as glitter, feathers and a little bit of leather)! Celebrating the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, trans-sexual and trans-gender communities, it was truly heart-warming to experience.

Lesbians on motorbikes (aptly named 'dykes on bikes') were swiftly followed by the Sydney Mayor and representatives from the services, in uniform: police men and women, fire men and women, ambulance staff, park rangers, life guards, army and navy personnel. It was the 35th year the Sydney Mardi Gras has taken place and the first year that the Australian Army representatives had been permitted to march in uniform.

There were amazing floats and parade partakers from night clubs, schools, youth groups, political parties, faith groups, Australian national sports organisations (I liked that the swimmers and water polo players had sprayed themselves with body glitter so that they looked fresh out of the water),  large companies, HIV charities and same-sex marriage support groups. The 'hairy bears' group made us laugh- gay men who are particularly rotund, hairy and bearded. I was told to look out for the 'fruits in suits' group, but we must've missed that. It was a whole bunch of fun; just google the images and videos and you will see what I mean. Here are some of the best images.

As you would expect, some of the costumes were absolutely amazing. The really impressive ones were mostly worn by people who looked very professional, like this was something they do regularly. These beautiful drag queens and lady-boys were my favourite part, but as a second to that I appreciated the 'rainbow babies' section, where same sex couples walked and danced along with their children. We were actually stood by a gay couple and their two children.

As someone with gay friends as well as family members, it was great to be able to join in with all the happy cheers of encouragement, of course whilst admiring the outfits and hot bods!