I’m a bit late getting this month’s style edit out. There are several reasons. Life happens, stuff gets busy, and I turned one year older. But here I am and I’m really happy with this month’s look. It reflects my feelings about September. Going back to work after a long summer holiday. The return to more structured clothes and lady-like style. And for me, it signals the return to school. After a two year break to enjoy pregnancy and my daughter’s infancy, I am now returning to finish my studies in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy. Its a part time course, and I will be attending the classes and clinics on weekends, so my daughter will be with her father while I’m not around. (They have all kinds of fun things planned without me.)
While for many, the return to school can mean wearing comfy clothes, for me that can’t happen. I will be starting to attend the student clinics this year (scary!) and we need to look professional when seeing clients. Here are some pieces which really caught my eye this season from a few of my favourite green/eco clothing companies. For my first look I’ve gone for a Breakfast at Tiffany’s inspired theme and have paired a simple pair of organic cotton tapered black Alba trousers from People Tree with a structured NIA wool and recycled fibre blend boucle top from Komodo.
This is also the first time I have featured Beyond Skin, the Brighton-based (Hove, actually) vegan shoe company. I struggle with vegan leather alternatives sometimes because they often simply replace leather with non-biodegradable plastics and other environmentally unfriendly options. But what I like about Beyond Skin is that they are both ethical and environmentally conscious. They incorporate organic and ecologically sustainable materials wherever possible and their shoe components are sourced from Spain and Italy and then produced in Spain – so all within the EU. At present, they do incorporate PU into their soles, but in time they aspire to phasing this out to create a shoe free from all non-recycled petroleum products. But…yadda yadda yadda…they’re doing the best they can at the moment and they make gorgeous shoes which are worn by more glamorous movie stars than you can shake a stick at. (Natalie Portman wore exclusively Beyond Skin in her movie V for Vendetta.) This month I’ve featured two versions of their Shelley flats – one in a faux suede and the other in a shiny faux leather.
For my second look I’ve continued with my Audrey Hepburn inspiration and have brought together a Komodo TAIO bamboo jersey dress with a cotton Wrasse jacket from Cornish designer, Seasalt. I’ve accessorised it with a very simple vintage silk Hermes scarf in a bright autumn colour.
For perfume, I’ve been wearing my favourite essential oil of the moment, Idaho Blue Spruce. I added a rollerball to the top of the bottle and roll it along the top of my spine and along the tops of my tension-ridden shoulders. I find it an incredibly comforting smell and with all the uncertainty I’m experiencing with preparing for my return to school, comfort is what I need right now. (Better than finding comfort in a plate of macaroni cheese, right?) Idaho Blue Spruce is meant to bring a sense of balance, to release emotional blocks and clear emotional trauma.
What about you…what are you wearing this season now that there’s a slight chill in the air?