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Welcome to The Small Collective Small Collective, our magazine or collective hub is a place where we want to share and educate our readers on how to live a happier and simpler life and find value in what we have. We want to support small and local (here in Australia) providing a community of like-minded individuals who are paving the way to a more sustainable future. The Small collective magazine is aimed at women and men who are curious, mindful and looking for a new read that has all things art, travel, craft, design, culture, nature, music, fashion, photography, tips and tricks and eco-friendly practices to a more sustainable way of life. So come along on this journey and get to know all the wonderful individuals, brands, and organisations that you may have never discovered without this lovely collective! The Small Collective is an independent digital and print publication, based in Australia. Our beautiful magazines are created with 100% recycled paper and are printed with vegetable based inks and green electricity. It’s as eco-friendly as it gets. Here at the Small Collective, we have chosen not to number the pages, as we want you to take the time and explore the joys of each of the beautiful features - here enabling you to be surprised by each page and look forward to the next. We understand that you may wish to return to a section to continue reading or to get your craft on. So if you flick to the last page you will find a bookmark to cut out and use. Enjoy! With Love, Liv & The Small Collective

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SUMMARY Esperance, Western Australia Permaculture The impact of covid-19 on the people who make our clothes Dress me slowly Swop Top 5 ways to wear your scrunchies Faded Sun - Embriodery Pattern Sustainable living made easy Eco-anxiety Sustainable lessons we can learn From generations before us Knit your own beanie The quiet power of journaling Defining the gut microbiome and its full function Live Love Nourish baking Loved by the Moon: Zodiac moon signs


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Coast and work as a full-time artist with a residency at the Mint Art House. Tell us how your passion for Painting began and turned into a full-time job?

Cara Sanders known by Owlet, is an artist and designer based on the Gold Coast, here in Australia. Cara is fascinated by the Australian coastline, where she spent months painting her way around Australia, exploring the raw landscapes, which she translates through to her artworks. We fell in love with ‘Coastline Kiss’, small collective issue 03 beautiful front cover and wanted to get to know more about about the beautiful creative behind it and this is what she had to say. Who is Cara, the creative behind Owlet? I believe the pleasures in this life are yours if you eagerly look for them. For me, I’ve always dreamed of a creative life, one that is free-to-be. My name is Cara Sanders, I am a self-taught artist under the name of Owlet. I spent my childhood in the Kimberley, then moved to North Queensland where I studied Design. At this point, I was told (by multiple people) that I wouldn’t make it as an artist and that getting a good job as a visual artist was out of reach… And now, my reality is doing just that. I live on the Gold

Painting is like breathing, I’ve always done it.Although it wasn’t until I started to acknowledge that it is possible to turn your passion into a reality, that art became my fulltime job. This newly formed awareness altered where I put my energy. At the time, I was working a 9-5 in the fashion industry, but painting daily. I made a few Instagram sales and then began working towards a goal. “In three months time, I will have a solo exhibition”, key words “will have”. I removed any doubt from my mind and focused on a lifelong dream. This was the beginning of a new way of living, living life on my terms, doing what I love.

“Believe and Achieve” What inspired ‘Coastline kiss’ and the underlining message you hope your viewers to take away from it? The Australian landscape has always inspired me. The rich colours and textures evoke a sense of connection. After devoting the last 6 months to painting my way around the country, I learnt a lot about the landscape and its vast beauty. Through painting, I was able to express how it made me feel. I use impressionistic brushstrokes and energetic colours to describe aerial views of the coastline, with an underlying message of ‘connection’. I encourage you to look deeper, how does it make you feel, do you connect with the earth or the ocean? Does it reflect a relationship? Tell us about your choice of Medium? When I first began focusing on my passion for painting, my choice of medium was tea and coffee, bizarre I


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know, but it smells and looks great! My style continued to develop through deforming and reinventing myself, I am constantly learning and evolving my practice. Currently, my choice of medium is acrylic and posca pens, I use both daily. I use the paint pens on my @owlet. character commissions, and also for detail on canvases. The colour range is great and helps to create depth and fine detail. As I work fast, acrylics and posca pens are quick drying so it suits my style. On my journey around Australia painting murals, I used house paint and spray paint. Spray paint is definitely a medium I would love to learn more about. My dream one day is to paint ‘Coastline Kiss’ on the side of a large building, how amazing will that be! How would you describe your relationship between your art and sustainability? As an artist do you seek to optimise the use of natural resources to reduce the environmental footprint of your work? Through my art, I express a connection to country and portray our relationship with the land and sea. I am definitely conscious of everything I do and try to live sustainably. I am connected to this earth and feel it is a part of my duty to protect her. I use natural pigments

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that can be found in the ground, like ochre. I buy large tubes of paint when I can, and use recycled jars and the same old brushes which I have had forever. But I am sure there is more I can do, so I will continue to keep an open mind, learn from those around me and make choices that support our environment. What’s next for Owlet? I was hosting regular painting workshops at Mint Art House, but at the moment, not everyone can get there. So this is why I have decided to make online paint workshops, so you can get creative in your own home! Maybe with the fam, or on your own with a cheeky glass of vino. I’ve designed these workshops so that you’ll be able to create and complete an artwork you are satisfied with by the end of every session - the best part about these workshops are you don’t need any experience.

If you’re wanting to follow along with Cara’s (Owlet) journey or get your hands on a beautiful original piece head to www.owletart.com.au | @owlet.art


Salty Luxe “A massive time investment with a huge risk and a potentially small reward” Salty Luxe was born from the passion of travel, creativity and ultimately the way of life of Sarah (creator of Salty Luxe). Sarah is from the small but mighty surf town of Byron Bay on Australia’s East Coast. “Saltwater is in my veins and there is nothing that makes me happier than being barefoot on the beach with my dog Scarley and partner Chesh!” Sarah first realised her love to travel when she embarked on a solo trip in her teens to live with a hill tribe in Burma, where she worked on an elephant conservation project. Here falling in love with the world, Sarah hasn’t stopped exploring since. Coming from a Communications and Journalism background, worlds removed from the creative niche industry Sarah has now landed herself in her dream job, as a full-time influencer of Salty Luxe. Experience has taught her everything from producing films, shooting for campaigns, working with international brands and other creatives. “I genuinely still learn something new (often very significant things too!) every day!” Youtube has also played a role in enabling Sarah to learn and grow. At some point in life, we all reach a turning point or meet a crossroad. A few years ago, Sarah fell ill and feared the worst. This surreal experience changed the way Sarah viewed her life. From that point on she cherished each moment and “lives for the day” it is our delight that she expresses it through blogging. Sarah has been working to pursue her passion and business, Salty Luxe full-time for 3 years now, before this time she worked often “until 3 am in the morning”, while also working at the Cancer Council here in Australia (an amazing charity, raising money to fight cancer!).

Although it was a massive time investment with a huge risk and a potentially small reward, Sarah loved the process and through her perseverance has created a life that has enabled herself and her partner to work together and build their dream one day at a time! Now, get to know Sarah more as we find out her favourite destinations (and where she’s going next), tricks of the trade of travelling, what can’t she live without. What made you choose to visit French Polynesia? It was always a destination I dreamt about visiting for the experience - diving with sharks has been on my bucket list forever and the tropical vibe was always going to be right up my alley! It did not disappoint!! Most surprising and memorable place you have ever visited and why? I loved Esperance in Western Australia. Its one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, from it’s turquoise pristine beaches, kangaroos snoozing on the beach, lack of tourism and overall adventure ~ it’s the Australian road trip dream!! What place is now at the top of your bucket list? Hawaii, India and a very special elephant sanctuary in Africa (watch this space). If you weren’t travelling and blogging what would you be doing? I would probably be working with an animal charity. No that’s definite, I would be for sure!


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Photographed by Sarah | @saltyluxe

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Esperance, Western Australia

What is the best travelling tips you have learned along the way that you wish someone had told you when you first jetted off? After the captain switches off the seatbelt sign, the plane is free for all and you can definitely go and grab that free row (especially on those shocking long hauls!). Don’t be afraid to leave your camera at home sometimes. The memories are sometimes more valuable. There’s a thing called dengue fever and you should probably wear mosquito repellent!! (I got this in Bali a few years back and it was horrid).

What can’t you travel without? Reef friendly sunscreen, coconut oil and a bikini!! I’d also be lying if I didn’t mention my camera.

With becoming an influencer it enables the opportunity for one to elevate their voice and create change. Salty Luxe (Sarah), uses her platform to tread a little lighter and encourages others to move toward a better future. If you would like to follow along on her journeys or need help deciding on what is your next destination, pop over and explore @saltyluxe.


Meet the Crockers In essence, Crockd is a DIY pottery kit that enables people to learn the art of pottery without the pressure of a formal workshop, but it’s also much more than that. Crockd has been designed to purposefully bring people together to do something creative, whilst having important and meaningful conversations. Pottery is used as a catalyst for conversation by providing a distraction for your hands so you can feel less awkward about talking about the big issues, like mental health. Mental health is a big feature in both Rosa and Andrew’s (founders of Crockd) lives and family histories. Even before ‘social isolation’ became the norm, they really felt like they were living in the age of loneliness with more people feeling separate from themselves and separate from each other. Crockd really encapsulates what’s personally important to them in their daily lives. “We feel more inspired and connected to the world around us when we’re learning something new, being creative and having deep and meaningful conversations.” Crockd’s mission will always be to encourage more to experiment with creative outlets.

“Art is not just for artists! It’s for everyone”. Crockd has had such an amazing start to their business and recently have had the opportunity to collaborate with some massive brands, helping them get the word out! “So far our proudest collabs have been with Vogue and Lush Cosmetics!”.

buy some clay that we could play around with at home. We were so surprised at how hard it was to find clay. Every pottery studio only gave you access to material via their workshops, and we really didn’t want to have wait for another workshop to pop up. So we just figured that we’re pretty ordinary people… if this is something we’re actively searching for than others would surely be interested in getting some clay kits to do at home in their own time. And so, we decided to pull it all together for other people to enjoy! It all happened really fast from there. The idea was so simple which meant we felt we could get so creative with the brand. The brand really just embodies our personalities. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, we’re clumsy, and push things a touch too far. Once we thought of the name, everything else came so naturally.

What inspired you to create Crockd? Tell us about ‘Dirty hands , clear minds’? By the end of last year (2019), we were feeling really overworked, burnt out and disconnected with each other. We wanted to do something that got us out of our heads and into our hands, so we started looking for where we could

It’s simple! Get your hands so dirty you can’t touch your phone. You can’t pick up a glass of wine or a can of beer, you’re well and truly connected to the ‘earth’. This kind of grounding clears your mind!


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So how do you get Crockd? Getting Crockd is easy AF. Seriously. Each pack includes everything you need to make at least 2 things each. It includes step-by-step instructions for how to make a ‘mug’ (once you master this, the clay is your oyster!), a block of clay and carving tools for groups

up to four. Most importantly, the kit includes our conversation starters which we call “Clay Breakers”. Once completed, leave your work for about 2 weeks to dry out before taking it to your local kiln to get fired. They’ll bisque fire it (get’s the nasties out), then you glaze it with your chosen colour and then your kiln will blaze (aka fire) it one last time to waterproof it. www.crockd.com.au | @getcrockd


P E R M A C U LT U R E DEFINED: SPEND LESS, YIELD MORE. WHAT YOU N E E D T O K N O W…

from traditional cultures, from modern sciences and from personal observations of nature, permaculture has collected new and old ways of providing for human needs that are most important, regenerative.

Bernita Teixeira / One Green Dream

In his book, Introduction to Permaculture, Bill Mollison, an Australian researcher, scientist, biologist, and co-originator of Permaculture as a design concept, wrote:

Permaculture Defined: A unique perspective and introduction What the heck is permaculture? Is it a set of design principles to living holistically in urban or rural areas? Does it apply to advanced backyard gardening techniques or larger scale regenerative agricultural systems? Does it divest in the global impact of one landscape or that of many communities? Permaculture is ALL of these and some. The word “permaculture” unpacked. Like the word, the definition of permaculture is a little complex and has taken shape and form through the years. Broadly speaking, it is a way of integrating land, resources, people and the environment with one accord, working with nature, whilst emulating as little waste as possible. Let’s unpick the very word itself, to begin with. Perma and Culture. PERMA can be interpreted in 2 ways: Firstly, it could (but doesn’t actually) denounce the acronym that describes the of five elements that make up a “good life” – an authentic and sustained happiness and wellbeing theory hypothesised by positive psychologist Martin Seligman, which stands for Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Achievement. This has, in fact, no direct relation to the scientific interpretation of the term permaculture, however can interestingly enough, be considered 5 key variables making up the entire process that permaculture yields, “la good life.” Let’s keep exploring. The second and more prominent narration of Perma, more commonly known as “permanent” is intended as a reference, in this case, to long-lasting sustainability. The latter would be impermanence, and a world that ceases to exist because of unsustainable practices, a little where our world is heading, but there is still hope. CULTURE has evolved Permaculture was first interpreted as “permanent agricultural”, now as “permanent culture” has developed to include the social aspects that are key in a truly sustainable system. Drawing on insights

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“Permaculture uses the inherent qualities of plants and animals combined with the natural characteristics of landscapes and structure to produce life-supporting systems for city and country, using the smallest practical area.” “The aim is to create systems that are ecologically-sound and economically viable, which provide for their own needs, do not exploit or pollute, and are therefore sustainable in the long term.” In other words, permaculture is a holistic, livingin-harmony-with-nature worldview, as well as a technical approach for how to do so. KEY PRINCIPLES David Holmgren, known as the second co-originator of the permaculture concept and an environmental designer, outlined 12 permaculture principles, widely used today; Time Lost time, money and energy

Money Energy a) Traditional open loop system

Reduce Time, Money, Energy

Less time, money, energy lost through connecting systems+ sustainability

b) Permaculture closed loop system

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

Observe + interact Catch and store energy Obtain a yield Apply self-regulation + accept feedback Use and value renewable resources Produce no waste Design from patterns to details Integrate rather than segregate Use slow and small solutions Use and value diversity Use edges and value the marginal Creatively use and respond to change


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Permaculture can teach us to ‘think’ with the heart and respond with the head and is propelled by three guiding ethics: Earth Care, People Care and Fair Shares. By combining practicality with resourcefulness, we can create a greater synthesis.

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reward, with one component of land or structure fulfilling more than one function. Let’s look at an ultra-simplified open-loop model for your homestead without permaculture vs. a closedloop system incorporating permaculture.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION So what does using this look like in real life application? For some, permaculture requires relatively little input that produces an abundance of organically produced food all year round. For others, it means drought and flood-proof rural property ensuring food, water and energy security for many years to come. Permaculture compromises of many habits and choices, some that you’re maybe already doing. Everyday things and sometimes things. Big things and small things. Overall, permaculture helps you spend less – do more real stuff – and yield great

As you can see permaculture introduces a completely new approach to a garden, homestead and life; a sustainable framework. We can apply this holistic way of thinking to promote environmental health and to transform land through the infinite regenerative intelligence of nature whilst producing little to no waste. We can do this by making simple connections such as seed saving, water conservation, rainwater harvesting, solar power and more. It truly is an exciting and promising concept that we ought to al be exploring. INSPIRE. LOVE. CREATE CHAN GE.


THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE OUR CLOTHES Words by Fashion Revolution

As it happens: We’re updating this article frequently, as new information emerges about the impact of COVID-19 on supply chain workers around the world, and adding new fundraising appeals to help support workers. Click here for the latest updates. As the world faces this pandemic in unified isolation, we at Fashion Revolution are focusing on how the unfolding situation is affecting the people who make our clothes. Retailers are shutting their doors around the world, encouraging their customers to shop online instead. Yet the reality is that as we are forced to stay in our homes many of us are financially burdened by layoffs or new childcare responsibilities, and the desire to buy new clothes feels like a distant dream. For Fashion Revolutionaries, this unique set of circumstances can hopefully bring about the #LovedClothesLast movement that we have been pushing for many years. Given the level of clothing overproduction that preceded this crisis, we hope that our days indoors can bring about revolutions in caring for our clothes better, mending and making clothing, and adopting a mindset of longevity when it comes to our wardrobes. While we have been encouraging an end to

over consumption for many years, we also know that in the face of this unexpected halt in manufacturing, it is the most vulnerable, lowest paid people in the fashion supply chain that feel the worst effects. IndustriALL, the global trade union which works to give workers around the world a voice, says that millions of garment makers have already lost their jobs as a result of the virus and have no access to social or financial safety nets to help them weather this storm. Writing for the Business of Fashion, Bangladeshi garment manufacturer Mostafiz Uddin reminds us, “Poverty is a killer too, and many more people die from poverty than from COVID-19”. In the global fashion industry, brands typically pay their suppliers weeks or even months after delivery, rather than upon order. This means that suppliers usually pay upfront for the materials or fibres used to make the products brand buy from them. In response to the pandemic, many major fashion brands and retailers are cancelling orders and stopping payments for orders already placed, even when the work has already been done, taking no responsibility for the impact this has on the people working in their supply chains. Factories are left with little choice but to destroy or keep hold of unwanted goods already made and lay off their workers in droves. Bloomberg reports that about 1,089 garment factories in Bangladesh have had orders cancelled worth roughly $1.5 billion due to the coronavirus outbreak. The AWAJ Foundation says that many factories in Bangladesh have been shut down indefinitely. Some workers were given less


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than a month’s salary as severance and many others have received nothing at all. Nazma Akter the executive director of AWAJ explains, “These workers now don’t know how they will take care of their families in the coming days – how they will manage costs for food, rent and other necessities. They can’t even imagine what they’ll do if they or a family member needs medical treatment for COVID-19. The meagre income these workers earned was barely enough to cover their living costs, and as a result, they have little to no savings set aside to deal with a crisis such as this.” Meanwhile, Labour Behind the Label estimates that 10% of factories in Yangon, Myanmar are now closed. On the other side of the world a similar situation is unfolding. The Garment Worker Center describes how garment makers in Los Angeles are often not eligible for unemployment benefits. This is partly because the underground nature of the industry, such as “off the books” work, makes applying for paid family leave or disability insurance uniquely challenging in the face of the pandemic. IndustriALL reports that while many fashion brands are offering compensation packages for retail and office workers who face layoffs due to this crisis, they are failing to protect the workers in their supply chains who are also suffering from the loss of income. Furthermore, the Solidarity Center believes that the inability to meet together in-person will inhibit workers’ abilities to unionise and collectively bargain for their rights. Of course, fashion isn’t just created in factories. Fashion is craft, artisanship and things that are often made by hand in informal environments. According to the Artisan Alliance, artisanal craft is the second largest source of employment across the so-called developing world. WIEGO estimates there are around two billion informal workers around the world that

lack basic labour, social and health protections. As a result of COVID-19 threatening global trade flows, workers cooperatives, artisan groups, local crafts-based communities, homebased workers, agricultural workers and farmers face desperate economic circumstances. At Fashion Revolution, we have always tried to be honest with our community about the problems that persist within the global fashion industry. Having formed in response to major human catastrophe – the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013 – we are no strangers to exploitation or disparity within the industry. But we have been, and will continue to be, focussed on solutions and dedicated to finding ways for citizens around the world to make a positive difference. We’ve already seen several visionaries within the fashion industry pose the question: what kind of world do we want to see emerge after this crisis is over? For us, the answer lies in our Manifesto for a Fashion Revolution, and we’ll be spending the next months (and years) mobilising our community to take action to build this future of fashion. Meanwhile, in this current crisis, we believe that our capacity for empathy is strengthened by our shared global experience. While we may be stuck indoors, using social media our voices can still be amplified, especially when we speak up together. That’s why we’re asking our global community to be louder than ever. To ask #WhoMadeMyClothes? and demand that fashion brands protect the workers in their supply chain just as they would their own employees, especially during this unprecedented global health and economic crisis. If we do nothing, the fashion industry will simply return to business as usual when this is all over. Instead, let’s come together as a revolution and build a new system that values the wellbeing of people and planet over profit. This means that right now we should stand

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together to protect and support the people who make our clothes. As Wangari Maathai said in her famous 2004 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, “In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now.”

THREE CRUCIAL ACTIONS In this spirit, we are to take three crucial support the people our clothes, especially unprecedented global economic crisis.

asking you actions to who make during this health and

1. Send a letter to your favourite fashion brands and demand that they honour the orders they have already placed with their suppliers and ensure that the workers making their products are protected, supported and paid properly during this crisis. We have created a pre-populated letter template that you can quickly and easily use to contact brands by email or via social media. 2. Donate directly to non-profit organisations that are providing support to garment makers that have lost their jobs. 3. Donate to Fashion Revolution so that we can continue asking brands the tough questions and mobilising citizens to campaign for a fashion industry that respects workers and protects our planet and continue to amplify the stories of garment workers around the world. www.fashionrevolution.org @fash_rev


Dress me slowly. Word by Megan Chambers + Leah Musch

The switch from fast to slow fashion is no mean feat. Fast fashion is accessible, both in terms of bank balance and local availability. Slow fashion, on the other hand, can seem harder to navigate. Making the switch is all about gaining awareness, choosing wisely, and keeping the planet in mind —and it’s actually a lot easier than you would think. Swap fast, for mindful. Purchase long-lasting basics, support local, go sustainable and eco-friendly, and head to your local op shop or vintage store. But before doing any of this, look in your own wardrobe. Get creative, mix and match, and get crafty with DIYs. Recently, we were lucky enough to chat (through socially distant measures, of course) with Leah Musch, a.k.a The Un-Material Girl about all things slow fashion, and we can confirm she is just as delightful as her Instagram (@ unmaterialgirl) would have you believe. Leah has made a name for herself when it comes to slow fashion and with nearly 20k people following her journey, we think she’s definitely found her niche. Tell us about the early days of your life and how your love for thrifting started. I grew up in Sydney and moved with my family to Brisbane when I was eight. As a kid, my Aunty introduced me to flea markets and would take me super early on a Saturday morning to rummage for bargains and trinkets. It was here my love for thrifting started.

my eyes were really opened to the power that fashion had to create positive social change. I came back to Australia and watched the documentary “The True Cost” and boom - I had an epiphany! Ethical and Sustainable fashion was the space I wanted to build my career in. I was determined to share the things I was learning with as many people as I could, and so the Un-Material Girl was born. What have been some of your proudest moments since starting The Un-Material Girl? Finding myself on the cover of one of my favourite Australian magazines, felt like a dream come true as it’s been one of my favourite publications for 10 years. Also, travelling to Shanghai to speak at a conference about fur free fashion was an amazing adventure. I also won a truly incredible scholarship to study a Fashion Design degree with Billy Blue College of Design which I completed at the end of 2018. What was the switch from fast fashion to slow fashion like? Have you found that the availability of sustainable fashion has increased over the nearly five years you’ve been on this journey? At first I found it super difficult as I was so accustomed to the convenience of fast fashion. I soon realised that the more I educated myself about not only the negative side of the fashion industry but also the incredible work of some smaller labels and industry pioneers, it became so much easier. Now I don’t even go into fast fashion stores when I know there are so many better options (thrifting, supporting makers, clothes swaps, markets, sewing my own clothes etc.).

Your first blog post back in October 2015 was entitled ‘Humble Beginnings’. It’s a short and sweet entry about wanting to change the way you dress and shop, forever. What were the events that led to you creating the blog and your Instagram account?

You recently made the move to Melbourne, how are you liking it? Any favourite local stores/ or places you’ve discovered that you’d like to give a cheeky shout out to?

I was inspired to create my blog and Instagram after a life changing volunteering trip to Brazil, where I mentored a young fashion designer in one of Rio’s inner city favelas communities. I was working with a group called Social Starters, learning about social enterprise and how business can be used as a force for good. It was here that

I’m IN LOVE with Melbourne and pretty much won’t shut up about it. I’d wanted to live here for most of my life, so finally making the move has been extremely exciting and rewarding. I love popping into my local vintage store, The Aquarium Vintage (www.theaquariumvintage.com), when I want something fun to wear out. I also love visiting the


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Fitzroy Mills Market (www.thefitzroymills.com) for thrifted fashion on a Saturday. What does a day in your life look like? My iso life is actually more creative than my life was before being shut in! This new expanse of time has really pushed me to get back on my sewing machine. My usual day consists of an epic sleep in, breaky then a run, hot shower, an afternoon sewing sesh and accompanied photoshoot/video. How does your philosophy of slow fashion filter through the rest of your life? I think my values and love of nature/people is encompassed in every area of my life. I’m conscious of my actions and impact whether that’s through the food I eat, the way I travel, the things I buy and brands I choose to support. I also have incredible friends who work in conservation and eco spaces and I feel like I’m constantly learning how to be a better person through them.

When you’re on the hunt for a new outfit, where do you look? Honestly, the first thing I do is turn to my wardrobe and see if I can get super inventive with styling things I already own. After that, I’ll hit up my favourite second hand stores like SWOP, Savers or any of the amazing vintage shops around Fitzroy. If I’m feeling creative I’ll test out patterns online (always visit DIY Daisy for inspiration).

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The current COVID-19 crisis has thrown a few spanners in the works for 2020, but what are you working on for the rest of the year and beyond? Any exciting projects in the pipeline? Moving cities alone was a massive decision, so I always knew this year was going to be about finding my feet here. Rona has been a challenge, but it’s also given me the opportunity to slow down and focus more than I ever have before. Right now, I’m trying to become super clear about what I want my life to look like after all of this is over. There’s a lot of meditation, vision board making and bursts of creativity happening. What I know for sure is that slow fashion will remain my number one passion. Also… Netflix, if you’re listening, want to give me a fashion show? Any hot tips for those wanting to jump off the fast fashion bandwagon? Follow me on Instagram! But also, download the Good On You app, it’s a super handy way to check out and learn about where some of your favourite brands stand in terms of labour/environmental and animal practices. The podcast Wardrobe Crisis by Clare Press is an incredible resource, as is Ethical Clothing Australia.

DIY Inspiration Visit DIY Daisy’s blog (diydaisy.blog): From ruffled skirts, to ridiculously cute loungewear sets, DIY Daisy is a great place to find new DIY inspiration; Make EmmyLou Loves’ Statement Scrunchie (Emmylouloves.com): Do you have off-cuts of material, or an old ripped tee that you want to give a new life? Turn that material into a statement scrunchie with EmmyLou’s free downloadable PDF; Type ‘DIY Clothing Tutorials’ into Pinterest (pinterest.com): You’ll be scrolling inspiration for hours - thank us later! www.unmaterialgir.com l @ unmaterialgirl

MOST RECENTS with The Un-Material Girl Purchase you made online: A checkered puffed sleeve shirt from SWOP (bought via Instagram). Outfit you wore: A newly thrifted robe, cropped tee I pinched from my girlfriend, checkered vintage skirt, black tights and my favourite black studded shoes I bought in Milan. Movie you watched: Tig (INCREDIBLE documentary, highly recommend). Podcast you listened to: Russell Brands Under the Skin (I’m his biggest fan). Book you read: Currently reading The Power of Now by Ekhart Tolle (thanks Mum).


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TA M A S H I Clothing label Tamashi encompasses designer Tamsin Pritchard’s values of longevity, comfort and soul in clothing. After years of being a manufacturer to emerging Melbourne labels, Tamsin was ready to commit her vision of a conscious clothing label with a deep knowledge of quality craftsmanship and ethical industry practice. Since launching in 2019 Tamashi has been manufacturing in house and sourcing materials and trims locally. She has had a long-standing love for Japanese contributions to art & design, she interned at renowned Akira Isogawa’s studio and so the name Tamashi(i) meaning ‘soul’ in Japanese, was the perfect fit. Tamashi utilises Australian based fabric wholesalers that buy up deadstock fabric from fashion brands who dispose of fabrics they no longer use. She sources strictly natural fibres and trims from local suppliers where available. Fabrics are the first point of inspiration for Tamashi’s design. Second is longevity and functionality of each piece, where she considers pockets as an essential to Tamashi designs. We had the opportunity to delved into the ever-growing concerns about the social, environmental and ethical impacts the fashion industry has on the world and Tamsin’s biggest hope for the fashion industry is that “we all slow down” (meaning as consumers we choose to be informed and pick garments that have a well-considered life cycle). She expressed that “If fashion brands see that their customers are willing to spend a bit more on quality garments from ethical brands in place of quantity, they will want to adapt”. Standing from the outside and not being in the field of fashion we wanted to touch on what currently

under-appreciated idea in fashion did she think will soon gain traction. As there is constant development in fabrics made from plants that are much less reliant on water, pesticides & labour unlike our most consumed natural fibres such as cotton and linen. While mushroom leathers and pineapple ‘silk’ are relatively new to Australian’s fashion industry, Tamsin is so excited for more environmentally sustainable natural fibres to become the new normal. With every industry, certain tools make the craft and some can make an enormous impact on the growth of your designs. Tamsin recently upgraded to an industrial iron which she describes as “an absolute pleasure to use and really makes a difference to the manufacturing process, ensuring super flat seams!” If you are ready to take steps toward a more ethical closet. Tamsin gave a few tips on where you should get started? To begin taking steps to an ethical and sustainable closet start with what you already have, identify your favourite pieces to understand what you value in clothing to inform what you invest in next. Revisit clothes you don’t wear often, sometimes what we are looking for is already in the closet! Learn about the brand you are buying from, where they source materials, where they manufacture, most brands are expected to be transparent, if they are not it’s probably not a good sign. Purchase with longevity in mind, does the garment feel well made, comfortable and YOU when you wear it? www.tamashi.com.au | @tamashi_au


swop AN ACT OF EXCHANGING ONE THING FOR ANOTHER SWOP clothing exchange is transforming the way we source, buy and sell pre-loved and vintage fashion, enabling us to live and tread lightly, without sacrificing our love for fashion.

Our first SWOP was opened with the founding principles of affordability, community, inclusivity, and anti-waste which still remains at the centre of everything we do today.

As the fashion industry has an enormous impact on the environment, when going more sustainable, we often opt for decluttering and reducing our spending on clothing. Here eliminating indulgence, however, why can’t shopping be just fun and have no attached guilt or justification!

On a daily basis, we see people engaging with SWOP that have never participated in a clothing exchange process before, and often people that are doing “Buy Nothing New” challenges for the first time are shopping alongside diehard lifetime op shoppers. Buying secondhand is one of the biggest (fashion related) ways you can change your environmental footprint, along with being part of a community that is changing the way we shop as a society.

SWOP Clothing is no ordinary store and we wanted to let you in on one of our favourite shops and how they have created a ‘circular fashion economy’, which is good for you, your wallet, and your planet. We were thrilled to be able to speak to Bridget the beautiful founder of SWOP and share with you the future of fashion. For those you have yet to discover SWOP, tell us about your journey and how was it created? The SWOP concept came about after my co-founder (Bethany Wicks) and myself (Brigid Gordon) spent some time travelling around the USA. We were all of a sudden immersed in this thriving buy, sell, trade industry and thought it was something Australia was missing out on. There was definitely an existing market for preloved clothing here but it wasn’t until we opened up the first SWOP store in 2013 that we realised how many people were keen to get involved! The community sits at the heart of SWOP, tell us about the role that the community plays and how SWOP has created a waste-less evolution of a circular economy?

Last year we introduced our own Op Shop “OPY” where 100% of profits go to charity. (Charities we have supported so far include ASRC, EDO Qld, Micah Project, Australian wildlife conservancy). All Clothing sold at our op shop is under $12.50 and consists of items not selected for resale and donated by customers at SWOP. Between SWOP and now OPY we strive to serve, educate, and inspire those around us to participate in a circular economy. What is SWOP goal for the future? Just to keep doing what we love to do: buying, selling and swopping. Where can I get Swopping? SWOP clothing stores are currently based in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney and stock high-quality clothes for all bodies and genders. SWOP “Welcomes people from all walks of life”, in-store and thankfully online.


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How does SWOP work? Customers can shop at SWOP without ever handing over money! We offer customers pay for their clothing with our buy, sell, trade model. Any items accepted for resale are priced, and from that resale price we offer payment of 25% cash or 50% store credit (example – We wish to sell your dress for $40 – We offer 25% cash of $10 or 50% store credit of $20). We strive to stock garments with pricing that reflects an ethical labour force and want our stores to be full of fantastic quality items that you’ll treasure for years to come. Our buyers do such a stunning job of handpicking every single piece that goes out on to the racks, aiming to stock a range of clothing and accessories for all bodies. SWOP’s aesthetic is a mix of unique vintage and quality on-trend items, the best of old and new. Where do all the clothes go, that you do not wish to sell? There are two great options: 1. You’re welcome to take them back with you for repurposing (selling at your local market, gifting to a friend, turning into cleaning cloths, for example), or 2. We can donate them to a charity on your behalf. In Brisbane, we have our op shop that I mentioned above – OPY, that you can donate your threads too. OPY is our beloved social enterprise in Brisbane – and while both companies (SWOP & OPY) are under the same umbrella, they serve different purposes and remain separate entities that work harmoniously with each other. OPY’s point of difference is that we change the charity we donate to each month. Since opening last year we have donated over $15k to charities such as ASRC, EDO QLD, Micah Projects, Queensland Wildlife Conservancy, Community Connections: Micro Savings project and WIRES. swop.net.au | @SWOP


While fashion is fleeting, style is timeless. Mari & Clay focus is on classic shapes in neutral tones, and their designs are understated and chic. Wanting customers to feel comfortable wearing their sunglasses everywhere and anywhere, regardless of season and trend. Mari & Clay do not let trends dictate their designs, they understand people like to change their styles, here implementing a recycling program which encourages people to send back old pairs of Mari & Clay sunglasses to be repurposed or offer lens replacements, as this is one of the most common replacements reasons.

Mari & Clay “WHILE FASHION IS FLEETING, STYLE IS TIMELESS ”. Mari & Clay creates modern, sustainable eyewear for people who appreciate timeless and thoughtful design. Lauren and business partner John friendship stems back since university. Years working in the optical industry as optometrists, showed them how fast fashion in their industry is impacting the planet. “People are replacing their glasses more often, which creates more waste, yet there’s little awareness around better practices of eyewear production and disposal”. Wanting to create eyewear that is gentler on the environment and loved and worn for many years, Mari & Clay was launched, with the aim to make conscious choices and a mission to go beyond eyewear and build a platform that inspires positive change for our environment. “ Everyone can make a difference”. With every business, there is an underlying passion. When Lauren is not checking people’s eyes, she loves helping people find the right pair of glasses, “ It’s so satisfying to see my patients put on a new pair of glasses, and the glow on their face when they know they’ve made the right choice! I think this part of my job taps into the creative and visual side of my brain. This naturally inspired me to design my own collection of sunglasses!”. For Mari & Clay, sustainability starts with choosing eco-friendly materials, designing products that can stand the test of time, and thinking about the end-of-life of their products.

Sunglasses are most commonly made of a material called acetate, Mari & Clay have utilised the plant-based cousin material bio-acetate to construct a more sustainable product, which is environmentally-friendly, high quality and beautiful. “At the end of the day, if it’s environmentally friendly but doesn’t look great or last very long, it’s not something people would want to wear”. Bio-acetate is an innovative material derived from wood fibres. And it’s 100% biodegradable! It’s beautiful, durable and hypoallergenic like traditional acetate, without the nasty chemical plasticisers. Traditional acetate uses a fossil fuel-based phthalate as a plasticiser. Bio-acetate substitutes that with organic additives, resulting in a much higher biobased content. Mari & Clay source their bio-acetate from a reputable Italian company called Mazzucchelli, who make beautiful materials with an enduring focus on quality. More importantly, they source their wood from responsibly managed forests certified by FSC, an international nongovernmental organization that ensures a forest or plantation is managed in compliance with rigorous environmental, social and economic standards valid throughout the world. All of Mari & Clay sunglasses frames are constructed from bio-acetate they “ believe that it’s the best choice for our environment, and a positive step towards a circular economy”. With each pair sold Mari & Clay is committed to planting one tree. Their partner organisation, One Tree Planted, is a global non-profit organisation that restores forests throughout the world. They specifically have a program to restore Australia’s landscape following the devastating fires this year, with a goal to plant 6 million trees in 2020. This sits close to their heart as the fires have directly impacted their community and they cannot wait to get their hands dirty and start planting trees with them once planting season starts! Mari & Clay eyewear is also derived from wood pulp, and supporting One Tree Planted is their way to give back to nature what they’ve taken from it. www.mariandclay.com.au | @ mariandclay


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TERRA DEA Terra Dea is a brand for every woman. A brand created in 2019 by two friends (Dominique and Brittany) who met studying fashion and now share a vision of a small, sustainably conscious label which encourages and educates consumers on slow, ethical fashion whilst also embracing women to value themselves exactly the way they are. Every aspect of their brand from the initial designs to the final product and packaging has been carefully designed to be the most ethical, local and environmentally friendly they can possibly manage. Terra Dea goal is to enable consumers to have versatility in their wardrobe by designing products to not fit in with fashion trends but to be long lasting items that can be worn a variety of ways. Having a key focus on caring for your garments as they feel there is a need to educate consumers on how to care for different fabrics correctly - so that they get the longest wear from not only their Terra Dea but all garments in their wardrobe! Wanting their garments to be used “however our customers need them”. They could be used as luxury sleepwear, or worn to yoga, or styled with vintage jeans, there’s no ‘right’ way to wear Terra Dea. They wanted a classic, uncomplicated designs that make us look and feel our best - without compromising on comfort or ethics. To enable garments to be simple and versatile it often requires a long extensive design process. Terra Dea first signature collection took over a year to design. From the very early stages where they are researching what they and their customers want from clothing. Here they ask themselves, ‘what’s missing?’ from there they sit-down and sketch separately and come together and talk about each design.

“We want to honour our beautiful planet by being mindful designers and encouraging our customers to carefully select pieces that will have versatility in their wardrobes”.

As both have a slight understanding of pattern making, their process begins with sewing their samples, derived from their draft patterns. As sampling is all about trial and error this enables them to get their garments to sit perfectly, before handing them over to their local manufacturer, Amy (the little wildings creative) who proofs each pattern, here demonstrating the commitment they have to ensure their final product is high quality and thoughtfully curated. At the core of Terra Dea is a strong conscience and respect for the environment and humankind. “We want to honour our beautiful planet by being mindful designers and encouraging our customers to carefully select pieces that will have versatility in their wardrobes”. Photographed by Bubrooksha www.terradea.com.au | @ terradea_


AUDJE “Buy less, but buy better. Be more considerate ”. Audje was created to marry Michelle’s (founder) love of fashion and refusal to get changed out of her pyjamas at home. The aim was to create a collection of elevated basics, fancier than an old t-shirt but just as comfortable. Sustainability and good design are at the core of everything they do and believe “neither one needs to be compromised to achieve the other”. Audje interprets sustainability as being considerate. Considerate of a garment’s human and environmental impact across the entire supply chain, the length of and space it will occupy, and the value it will bring to someone’s wardrobe. “Ethically producing pieces in eco-friendly fabrics are great but if you’re only designing with the next season in mind and dropping new collections every few weeks to keep people interested, you’re still contributing to the fast fashion problem, just making it look a little greener. It’s probably not a great for business but we really want to encourage people to buy less, but buy better. Be more considerate”.

Photographed by Sarah Findlay

Michelle’s process usually starts with a piece of fabric, colour palette or inspiration from a film or image she has stumbled upon. From this, she will roughly sketch out some ideas and then refine them further to work out the construction and viability of the design. “I think it’s also very important to be aware of what’s already out there, we’re overwhelmed with images on social media and sometimes you can think you have a really great idea…only to realise you’ve already seen it somewhere before”. As everything is initially sampled in house, Michelle is able to assess the fit and adjust as many times as needed, “things may fit well when you try them on for a minute but the reality is these pieces are being worn all day or night and you really need to live in them to know how they’ll measure up”. Quality fabric is essential and don’t we all love natural fibres! Not only are they comfortable but they tend to wear better over time. While Audje designs for longevity, they’re aware that due to the nature of some garments, pieces like underwear do have a shorter lifespan - so why would we use something that lasts forever? With this at the forefront of their minds, they try to create pieces with more flexible sizing, as our bodies are ever-changing and it’s pointless having “classic” pieces that don’t have a bit of wiggle room. As Raf Simons has said “incubation time is very important”, Michelle expressed how the first idea usually isn’t the best, “you need time to develop and refine but also to decide if you still like it really. It’s easy to get sick of something when working on it for so long but if you expect people to love wearing it for years to come, you need to be totally in love with it months after you started working on it”. www.audje.com @audje_thelabel


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ver the last few years, Tanesha (founder of Malia Creative) has watched herself evolve and change into an entirely different woman. “For me personally, I take pride in doing ‘my part’ for the environment - taking care of the world we live in and taking even better care of my body is my utmost priority”. During this change of lifestyle, Tanesha fell into the love of art and craft. Taking care of herself meant finding something that she could lose herself in. Macramé was a hobby that always interested her but the more she learnt, the more she fell in love - “it’s my ‘me’ time”. Macramé was the stepping stone that leaded Tanesha into the creative industry and eventually powered her curiosity into different crafts – polymer clay earrings being one. Never did Tanesha think that her hobby would turn into a small business and she is so grateful for how far Malia Creative has come. “I can’t wait to see what the future has in store”.

MALIA CREATIVE “Design is not about looks like and feels like, but how it works. Design is thinking made Visuals”.

There are many types of clay and all are used for different things, each having a different end life cycle. The thing Tanesha love’s about polymer clay is that, unlike regular clay, it doesn’t air dry! When she shape’s a pair of earrings, any leftover clay gets a new lease on life. It’s definitely one of the most sustainable types of clay out there and Malia Creative is passionate about creating and using materials in a sustainable manner. Looking at the beautifully finished earrings, we were fascinated in the design process that brought these earrings to life in her little home studio.

I’m sure like a lot of people, Pinterest fuels Tanesha imagination. “One day I was scrolling and came across polymer clay earrings. It was like a spark lit up inside me”. Tanesha loved the idea of creating big statement earrings that didn’t weigh you down or hurt. It took a lot of trial and error (and the wearing of course) to find a process and style that worked for Malia Creative. Tanesha’s process began with a few primary colours of clay and creating a few simple styles. After baking and sanding a few by hand, Tanesha invested in a Dremel to improve her efficiency and the overall finish of the earrings. Once she started ordering different colours, the excitement about the endless colour opportunities and styles she could create, became her newfound small business. “I prefer to sit down and start mixing colours… I’m very hands-on and my styles often come to me intuitively when I’m playing and shaping the clay”. Polymer clay is also extremely easy to mix. So, having 15 – 25 individual colours allows Tanesha to blend different clay, to create an endless colour palette for style opportunities. It’s also really important to her customers and herself that all materials are sourced locally and sustainably from her raw materials to the packaging. Tanesha invested in eco-friendly tissue paper and re-usable cotton bags for each order of earrings – all packed into a cardboard box with Hero Packaging. Being a small business, Tanesha releases small quantities of products, which could produce a substantial amount of waste however not a single piece Tanesha has made hasn’t had a home to go to. Tanesha controls her production and manages her orders to minimise any waste. “If it wasn’t online in my Etsy store, it was shared between my very supportive family, friends and co-workers”. To find Malia Creative beautiful pieces pop over to her Esty store ‘Maliacreativestudio ‘ or on Instagram @malia.creative


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A major cause of illness in Australia is cancer. It has a substantial social and economic impact on individuals, families and the community. Each year, hundreds of thousands of individuals are diagnosed with cancer and additional trauma added to this illness is shown in thousands of diagnosed young adult women, through the loss of hair. Bravery co decided to take control of this illness in style and has created bold head scarves for those cancer warriors and haters to wear and that also give back to those affected, by giving 10% of every sale to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation.

Photography: Haydn Cattach, Models: Emily Somers, Darshini Louey, Clare McKenna and Ursula Fucks.


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Emily Somers, a former art director, two-time cancer beater and now the incredible founder of Bravery Co, refused to be a cancer patient and found the lack of fashionable headwear options incredibly frustrating. We had the beautiful pleasure of getting to know Emily’s journey and how through everything she managed to come out on top time and time again and still help others.

their hands up to go on walks, my parents that would do EVERYTHING for me while I recovered at their house, someone to drive me to every appointment and a constant stream of messages to let me know I wasn’t alone. Also, on the days I did feel human, I had people around to make life feel normal by going for brunch, taking trips away for the weekend, having that glass of wine and laughing about terrible tinder dates.

Walk us through your journey? I was told I had cancer a week before my 27th birthday. I was feeling totally fine and living a happy, shiny life - working in advertising, living with two of my best friends and spending what little money I had on travel and cocktails. A little lump popped up under my collarbone but didn’t really worry me until the doctor started explaining the diagnosis options of Tuberculosis, pneumonia or cancer. I never thought I’d pray to have TB, but I did that week. Unfortunately, it ended up being Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a common cancer for people in their 20’s which lurks around in your lymphatic system. Since then I’ve had cancer twice more. The Hodgkin’s relapsed just 8 months after finishing chemo, and last year I was diagnosed with a sarcoma. This came a couple of months after making it 5 years in the clear. What a kick in the guts. And to top this off, the sarcoma was likely caused by the radiation used to treat the Hodgkin’s. (Double kick in the guts.) What did others close to you do for you that made a difference? I honestly wouldn’t have made it through if it weren’t for my friends, family and my now fiancé. You turn into a shell of a human-being through parts of treatment, with all your energy, confidence and brain power stolen. I had to learn to rely on the help of others – which really goes against everything a 20 somethingyear-old is all about. I had friends organise chemo rosters so I had someone new at each session, another friend would fill my inbox with pretty design and photography images every day, and another wrote me a ridiculous poem on every chemo day to start the day laughing. But it was mainly the everyday stuff, like having friends put

Through your amazing determination and courage, how was Bravery Co-created? When you lose your hair, your confidence takes a huge hit. You lose your sense of style and suddenly leaving the house becomes a terrifying ordeal. On top of this, all the headwear brochures the doctors and nurses handed me were depressing as hell! I wore wigs for a while but it wasn’t until I started playing around with scarves, and learnt how to tie loads of different knots and turbans that I finally felt like myself. And so the idea of Bravery Co was born. Now I’m lucky enough to collaborate with illustrators and artists to make kick ass scarves and donate some of the profits to cancer research. I also do lots of turban tutorials via Instagram and run workshops at hospitals. What do you hope to convey through each scarf design? Each scarf has been designed to convey messages of bravery, hope, strength and kick-ass resilience. Whether it be the strength of wildcats, resilient Australian native flowers, the calming nature of the ocean or the support of women, I hope the wearer wraps herself with the scarf and goes about her day feeling a bit stronger knowing the artist’s intention behind the design. What piece of advice that you found helped get you through Cancer twice three times (you absolutely Warrior!)? To find friends going through a similar ordeal. No one gets it like another cancer warrior and I found a chat with them can be more valuable than any psychologist. If you don’t know any, come look me up on @braveryco

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T H AT ’ S M Y S C RU N C H I E Scrunchies are back and Australian-made label That’s My Scrunchie is motivated to empower women and girls, with an ethical and sustainable approach to fashion. That’s My Scrunchie is a handmade hair accessory brand based in Gold Coast, Australia.

must consider her audience, season, latest fashion trends, colour and patterns, whilst still ensuring she is inspired.

The brand vision for That’s My Scrunchie is to create eco-friendly, sustainable and ethically handmade hair accessories. With the mission to create unique scrunchies and hair accessories that empower girls and women to feel beautiful and confident about who they truly are.

Months and months of continuous research and trial and error came with making the perfect scrunchie. Tess finally custom made her scrunchies that included three sizes that exclusively were designed for all hair types and hairstyles to ensure the perfect hold “because let’s be honest, if your hair is looking good, you will feel good”.

That’s My Scrunchie, was inspired by Tess (founder and creator) younger sister, who was caught wearing one of her scrunchies in her hair. The phrase was catchy and relatable which immediately led Tess to the idea of creating her brand. Tess describes herself as always being an artistic individual throughout her entire life and has loved exploring all creative avenues. Now leading her love for scrunchies into her new found business. When considering all things sewing, we ask Tess why scrunchies? I like to say that I have always been a scrunchie enthusiast - I wear them so often that they became a part of my essential everyday accessory. I believe as women, we want to feel good, look good, but don’t always have the time to make it a priority. I wanted to create a Scrunchie that would help make possible the ability to uplift your own unique look simply and effortlessly, by designing highquality hair accessories that are fashionable, long-lasting and functional.

That’s My Scrunchie latest collection is made from 100% Linen, which is a natural fibre made out of flax plant. All materials and fabrics are sourced locally, and Tess strives to use eco-friendly fabric and materials to ensure healthier hair and a healthier planet. Tess values and cares for sustainable practices, like using recyclable packaging (HeroPackaging) and organic cotton drawstring bags, as well as minimising waste through production by recycling scrap and offcuts that divert usable materials from landfill. She also keeps the remaining threads once stitching is completed and stores them in a jar, as pieces can be repurposed for small stitching projects. So what’s next install for that’s my scrunchie, to pave the way to a more sustainable future?

What is your design process/methods for creating your eco-friendly hair accessory/scrunchies?

Plenty! - New Collections and new range of other hair accessories. That’s my Scrunchie would like to establish a website for more marketing opportunities, create tutorials, trade at markets and continue to research for eco-friendlier & sustainable practices.

Most of Tess design planning starts with a pen, notepad and Pinterest. She believes the most effective way is to put inspiration on paper, and pin photos on Pinterest to create a mood board of ideas. An important part of her process is selecting the fabric for a New Collection, as she

If you’re are a lover of scrunchies Tess has kindly shared with us her Top Favourite ways to wear your Scrunchie! www.etsy.com/au/shop/Thatsmyscrunchie @thatsmyscrunchie


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TOP 5 WAYS TO WEAR YOUR SCRUNCHIES 1. Messy Topknot – The go-to style bun for an effortlessly chic and playful look. My favorite personally because through the day it starts to transform and take on its own personality. 2. Half up half down pony – This never goes out of style, it’s timeless. You can take this look from day to night. It’s easy, pretty and works whether you have curly, straight or wavy hair. The perfect style if you want to keep your hair down but keep your hair out of your face at the same time. 3. High Ponytail - Not only practical for sports, but also fun and chic. Pop all your hair back and take on a new day with a simple and versatile style. 4. Low bun - This classic style is easy and a great way to pop your hair back for work or a relaxed weekend. Have fun with it and sleek it back, mess it up or pop a braid on the side. 5. Spaces buns – A playful and creative way to style your hair for any occasion. Personally, they add a cute touch to any outfit.

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Faded Sun Hi, I’m Amanada (Founder and creator of byrnn & co) and I am so excited that you want to be a part of this wonderful creative outlet. Embroidery is a real passion for me and I hope that you enjoy this process and fall in love with fiber art as you stitch along. This pattern is created for someone who already has a basic knowledge or understanding of hand embroidery. However, if you are willing to learn, there are so many tools out there, Pinterest, YouTube and Google are just a few that can help you in this process. That’s how I learnt, I watched videos, read a few books and played around until I was comfortable to create on my own! Our Faded Sun pattern uses a lot of Satin Stitch, in my opinion it’s just an elegant stitch and perfect for filling things in! I hope you love stitching this beautiful fading sun as much as I have.

DMC COLOUR GUIDE DMC 434 BROWN DMC 840 TAUPE DMC 720 MUSTARD DMC 842 BEIGE

DMC ECRU DMC 352 CORAL DMC 353 LIGHT CORAL

MATERIAL LIST • Printed copy of the pattern • A piece of cream cotton fabric approx. 30cmx30cm • 6” Wooden embroidery hoop

If you have any questions as you stitch your way through this pattern please don’t hesitate to shoot me a message at:

• Embroidery needle • DMC 6 stranded cotton embroidery floss in the recommended colours • Small sharp scissors or thread trimmers

brynnandcoshop@gmail.com

• Water soluble fabric marker or sharp lead pencil

@brynnandcoshop

• Fabric Glue for finishing your hoop

@brynnandco I would LOVE to hear from you!

TIPS & TRICKS Separating your thread 1. Cut your thread to the desired length 2. Brush your finger over one end of the cut thread to separate the strands 3) Grab a single strand and pull up slowly separating it from the rest. (Repeat for the desired number of threads needed.)


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Satin Stitch DMC 353

Satin Stitch DMC 729

Satin Stitch DMC 840

Satin Stitch DMC 352

Satin Stitch DMC 434 Long & Short Stitch DMC ECRU

TIPS & TRICKS Hooping your pattern 1) Loosen the screw and separate the rings of your embroidery hoop. 2) Place the inside hoop on a flat surface and lay your piece of fabric (with the pattern on it) over top. 3) Take the outer hoop and gently place it over top of the fabric and tighten the screw. Be sure to pull the fabric taut as you tighten.

Satin Stitch DMC 842

VISUAL STITCH GUIDE Demonstrated above is a visual of all the stitches you will be using to complete this pattern. Also provided on the previous page are the DMC thread colours for easy reference. Of course feel free to change up the colours if you like, go wild!

TRANSFERRING THE PATTERN There are so many ways you can transfer a pattern onto fabric. For this pattern I am going to share with you the easiest way to do it, in my opinion anyway. All you will need is: • a printed copy of the embroidery pattern found on page on the next page. • a water-soluble marker or a sharp lead pencil • your piece of fabric • a bright window or door in your home (during the daylight hours of course), or a light box or light pad if you have one.

Start by taping your pattern to the window, light box or light pad and then turn on. You can tape the fabric over top of the pattern if you want, or if you’re like me and have a steady hand then just hold the fabric centered over the pattern. Be sure to trace the pattern onto your fabric in its entirety. Then you’re done, see nice and easy! If you’ve used a water soluble pen to trace your design, be sure to give your finished product a rinse before “Framing your hoop” (instructions for this on the next page). *Something to be aware of if you use a lead pencil to trace your pattern is that the pencil will not wash out of your fabric. So be sure to take care and trace lightly with fine lines that you will be able to stitch right over.


Visual Stitch Steps You can start stitching the pattern wherever you like really, there’s no perfect place to start, it’s totally up to you! For this pattern, I am going to walk you through the way I like to stitch this design and you can decide from there. As you can see below I have visually broken the stitching down into 6 “Stitch Steps”. *Important note, use 3 strands of thread when stitching unless stated otherwise.

Step 1. I like to begin this pattern by using DMC ECRU to long and short stitch the breaks in the earth as pictured here. This stitch technique adds extra texture. *Be sure to use 6 strands of DMC thread when stitching this step.

Step 2. Next using DMC 729 satin stitch the sun. For the sun I chose to satin stitch from side to side. *Be sure to use 3 strands of DMC thread when stitching this step.

FRAMING YOUR FINISHED PATTERN When I was first deciding how I wanted to finish the backs of my hoops I was surprised by all the possibilities as I did a little research. Honestly a lot of the time I leave them open as I think the back of the hoop is almost as pretty as the front, sometimes. In a few simple steps below I will explain briefly how I like to finish my hoops when I desire a more clean and covered up finish. 1.

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Now using DMC 840 satin stitch this section of earth. Then using DMC 434 satin stitch the section of earth directly below.

Take DMC 352 and satin stitch the two Coral sections of earth. I tried to change direction slightly as I stitched the different sections of earth to create a different texture.

To start, trim the excess fabric from your pattern to approx 1mm all the way around.

2. Using fabric glue, run a line of glue on the inside of the hoop, fold your fabric over the glue and hold as you move slowly around the circle. Make sure that you have glued down the 1mm of excess fabric around the entire hoop. 3. Once the glue has dried, lay the hoop over a piece of fabric (any fabric you like, calico, cotton, linen it’s totally up to you) and trace a circle the same size as your hoop.

Step 5. Now with DMC 842 satin stitch the small section of earth left at the bottom.

Step 6. Lastly using DMC 353 you will satin stitch that lovely soft pink sky. I satin stitched from the top of the circle to the earth line to once again move the thread in a different direction to create more texture. Now that you have made it through all that satin stitching give yourself a big pat on the back!

4. Cut out the circle and using your needle and any colour thread, stitch the circle over the back of the hoop. Make sure that as you stitch you are going through both the piece of fabric that you cut and the fabric that has been glued to the hoop. This will hold it in place as you move around the circle. Finish your stitches by tying a small knot where you finish.


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Faded Sun

The Fine Print – Please read carefully. This pattern has been created and designed by Amanda Bryde and is copyright to Brynn&Co. Please note it is for personal use only. Please do not sell this pattern or any products made from this pattern. © 2020 Amanda Bryde/Brynn&Co.

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PRESSED GIVE YOUR BRIDAL BLOOMS A SECOND LIFE AND A MEMORY TO FREEZE IN TIME Pressed was born out of a love for dried florals and foliage, and an obsession with understated, effortless design. The idea originated from a desire to add a unique piece to a room, without ‘over-styling’. Daniella (founder of Pressed) values spaces, and the influence they can have on people’s moods, “so arranging a space to feel comfortable and calm is important to me and I suppose Pressed is an extension of this”. Daniella simply began by pressing her favourite flower, Gypsophila (baby’sbreath) and placing it in a frame to display in her room. She fell in love and started to experiment with other pieces. After posting some photos on her personal Instagram and receiving quite a few requests from friends and family, she decided to set up an Instagram account and things flowed from there. “Giving people a one-off piece that slots into their space is special and something I love doing”. Creating bridal bouquet keepsakes was less of an idea and more of a natural progression. As Daniella got better at pressing and preserving flowers, she began to receive inquiries from soon-to-be brides, wondering if she could preserve their wedding flowers. Quickly realising that there was a shared sentiment among brides that after spending all that money on beautiful arrangements, it felt wasteful to just throw them away. Daniella then invested in larger frames, that could house a greater volume of flowers, without looking over-crowded and introduced a booking function on her website, where brides can book their bouquets in to be pressed in advance of their wedding day. Daniella loves being able to give these blooms a second life and to create a meaningful keepsake for couples in the process.

“Creating these keepsakes is where I spend most of my time now”. Daniella begins the process by separating the bouquet into all its different pieces and placing the different groups in layers in a flower press, with a paper towel. She then labels the press, so she knows what’s inside and leaves the flowers for anywhere between 2-5 weeks, depending on what is being pressed. When the flowers are all fully dried, Daniella places them in a large dish and sits them next to the frame she is working with. Usually, Daniella will have a photo of the bride’s bouquet on the wedding day in front of her, so she can get a feel for their style. From here, she arranges the pieces until she comes up with a design that feels right. “I’m quite lucky in that most customers give me creative license with their orders, which I love”. Once she has settled on the design, craft glue is used to stick the pieces down and once dry, the frame is constructed and sent to the very happy bride. www.pressedco.store | @pressed_co


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HALI MOTIF

HALI MOTIF was created by Breanna, an independent jewellery designer-maker who is based out of a little studio on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Queensland. With Breanna’s birth element sign being ‘Water’ and living within a coastal community, the name HALI meaning ‘Sea’ and MOTIF meaning ‘Design’ naturally came together. Breanna has always had a passion towards making things with her hands, a curiosity of how jewellery is made, and a desire to one day create her own designs. Making jewellery out of wire and beads at one of her sister’s baby showers is what sent her down her creative path of researching jewellery, doing a silversmithing course and then setting up her own studio. HALI MOTIF ensures sustainability by working closely with Australian businesses, sourcing mostly recycled metals, using biodegradable packaging and environmentally friendly practices. It is through this, Breanna is able to share her passion without having a negative impact on the environment which is the source of her inspiration. Consumers can have a positive impact on the circle of sustainability by making a conscious effort to source

local businesses that are environmentally focused and use recycled materials to create their products. Keeping each other honest and aware will also help to promote this further. Breanna conscientiously hand makes all of the designs at HALI MOTIF through carving wax and shaping metals. Her designs are inspired by the beauty of the natural universe and reflect her take on how each of these may have an impact on us physically and emotionally. Each piece created is individually cast and hand polished, meaning each will have their own unique beauty; no two pieces are the same. To ensure your pieces last, the metals used will always be solid gold, sterling silver or plated in vermeil. Before being released, all of her products are personally tested by Breanna, her family and her friends. Overall, the aim at HALI MOTIF is for their unique jewellery to be the perfect balance between value and quality without compromising the environment. www.halimotif.com | @hali.motif


PEA & POD CO GIVES EVERY CHILD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE AN EDUCATION TO BETTER THEIR FUTURE. The children’s Label Pea & Pod Co was created by Siobhan Milos and Sam Baldock. A dynamic couple from the beautiful eclectic coastal town of Margaret River in Western Australia. Their journey began when Siobhan sat on a beautiful coastal untouched tropical haven in Sri Lanka where Siobhan’s partner Sam was surfing with his brother. In this time of reflection, Siobhan noticed some children playing, curious to why they were not in school, she began to ask the locals what change would they hope to see with the kids. Shortest response “That every child gets the opportunity to have an education to better their future”. The simplistic lifestyle of the Sri Lankan people made Siobhan question her purpose in life and ultimately, was she being fulfilled (life and career-wise)? Here it dawned on her, her love lied with fashion, children and sustainability, so why not put all those elements together to create the ultimate dream job. Pea & Pod Co was then born an ethically made online label and concept store featuring bohemian-inspired conscious clothing, eco-nappies and accessories that support the sustainable fashion movement. Each product is made using environmental fibres like cotton, linen, bamboo and organic hemp in the near future. Committed to not being just another consumer brand, Pea & Pod Co focus is on making high-quality items with small production quantities. The backbone of Pea & Pod Co business lies in the mission: through every purchase, a portion goes towards supporting the Australian owned factory worker’s children in Bali, who makes their beautiful pieces. Through a special connection with a principal in Sri Lanka, they have teamed up to find children in villages who cannot afford to go to school and supply school uniforms and books to give them a rich and achievable start to their young lives. Pea & Pod Co takes pride in their mission and includes a blog talking all things childrelated, sustainability, mother’s stories and updates on their website. www.peaandpodco.com | @pea.and.pod

HOPE COLLECTION 1.0 Beautifully Inspired from Siobhan beloved grandpa Hope. “A man with a huge heart and caring soul whose passion was nature. This first collection uses textures, fibres and colour pallets reflecting the elements of mother nature”. Use our the discount code: smallcollectivejune - to get 10% off your first or next order with Pea & Pod Co.


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eeper Denim is owned, run and designed by women for women, who create jeans that look great without causing harm to the environment or the people involved in making them. Each pair is made from sustainable materials including organic cotton and recycled materials, ethically handcrafted in Melbourne, Australia. Kate (the founder of Keeper Denim) has always been creative by nature and has a degree in Architecture and Commerce, however working in corporate banking for a few years she came to the realise something was missing from her life and needed to make a change. Leaving her full-time job in 2018, she began her journey of learning more about her true passion for fashion. As denim is one of the key products of fighting overconsumption - due to its durability and longevity. You may be thinking “is denim sustainable”, traditionally made jeans required a substantial amount of water, chemicals and energy which outsized the finished product. However with more conscious consumers with the never-ending quest to change our fashion industry, denim is becoming eco-friendly and denim which can be kept of years, even decades! It’s important for us to learn from businesses in the craft and how they situate themselves within the industry. We had the pleasure of unpacking Kate’s eye-opening experience, her perspective around the path ethical fashion is going and the importance of consumers shopping ethically and sustainable.

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Do you believe the ethical fashion industry is succeeding at present to radically change the fashion world or is it still considered a luxury niche? Yes I do, initially, I think ethical fashion was seen as an ‘alternative’ option for a small group of people. However, as time has passed and people are becoming more aware of the issues surrounding the fast fashion industry, it is becoming more mainstream. Not only do consumers obtain a beautiful sustainable and ethical sourced pair of jeans - how are they contributing to supporting your charity of choice, through each purchase? $5 from each pair of jeans sold is donated to the International Elephant Project (IEP), a not-for-profit organisation who support the conservation of elephants in Sumatra, through the protection of rainforests and local community partnerships. Do you feel ‘Slow fashion’ could take over with increased awareness reducing pressure on the environment What effect has the current economic crisis had? Absolutely! I think consumers today are becoming more conscious of the clothes that they buy and the effect their decisions have on our planet. During this global pandemic our lives have been turned upside down, however there have also been some positive effects on the environment. With the reduction in manufacturing and air travel, we have seen a huge decrease in carbon emissions and pollution, so it has shown us what we can achieve when we slow down from our fast-paced lives. Going forward, I hope once this time passes, we can make some positive changes in all aspects of our lives, particularly the rate at which we consume fashion, to create a better future.

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How was Keeper Denim born? I watched a documentary called The True Cost, which explores the dark side of the fast fashion industry. Like most of us, I had thought about where my clothes were made but it wasn’t until I watched this documentary, that I saw just how much devastation the industry is having on farmers, garment workers and the environment in the developing world. After this eye-opening experience, I wanted to make a difference and help bring about change in fashion, specifically denim and that is how Keeper Denim began.

www.keeperdenim.com | @keeperdenim

How and why would you encourage consumers to choose ethical/sustainable clothes over fast massproduced garments? The fast fashion industry produces clothing in high volumes, at low cost and poor quality and the impact this is having on both the environment and the people involved in making our clothes is devastating. If you want to start making more conscious choices when it comes to fashion a good place to start is to read the labels on your clothing and to always ask the questions – who made my clothes, where were they made and what are they made out of?


ALSKAR “Wear a piece, change a life” After experiencing post-natal depression and identity loss after giving birth, Charly (founder of Alskar), moved herself and 1.5 year old daughter to Bali, in hope of ‘ finding herself’. Alskar started off as a children’s play cafe and organic clothing store in Bali in 2018 (originally called The Gypsy Concept).

Charly to begin to sell the clothing pieces she had made for the shop. With the success of sales, Alskar was created in March 2019. Stemming from her roots, the name Alskar means love in Swedish, “I wanted a brand that came from the heart and soul”. With this, Charly’s mission is to keep our world spinning by making wearers feel proud and provide education through clothing, for generations to come.

With the idea of creating a cafe and clothing store where children could learn through imaginative play and eat healthy, with a percentage of profit being donated back into the community, through supporting numerous local Orphanages.

‘Wear a piece, change a life’ concept is about giving back, each design has its own charity category attached (ranging from helping animals, cleaning beaches, helping children in poverty and planting trees). Life comes in all forms and Charly believes that ‘no single living organism should be left out’.

Unfortunately, 2 weeks from opening in Bali they were hit with a massive earthquake. Charly and her daughter spending countless nights sleeping on the floor with a tsunami bag packed ready to go, in fear. Returning to Australia, feeling deflated, it took a few months for

Alskar latest collection is designed to grow with kids and last 2+ years of growth spurts (although Charly’s expressed how her size 5 daughter fits into the 6-12 months). Charly aims to slow down fast fashion, with lasting pieces to be passed down. With sustainability being at the forefront of nearly every business decision from manufacturing to shipping. Charly aims to ensures every corner of the business is sustainable, eco-friendly and ethically sourced by continuously looking and monitoring ways to improve her impact by replacing recycled measures with biodegradable where possible. www.alskar.com.au | @alskar.alskar


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Land & Sand Essentials BEACH UMBRELLAS MADE WITH RECYCLED PLASTIC BOTTLES Over a year in the making, the team at Land and Sand Essentials launch a first of its kind… their consciously curated range of beach umbrellas with each brolly consisting of around 50 recycled plastic bottles. Founder of Land and Sand Essentials, Aimee Greenhead said that over 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfill every day and with Mother Nature shouting out to us all to do something… the bush fires, wild storms, damaged ecosystems including our majestical coral reefs. They knew it was time for their family run business to do everything possible to help our planet. “The more products Land & Sand can make with this material the fewer bottles end up in our oceans and waterways, therefore, minimising the impact on our environment. We have two young children and I feel that now more than ever it is time to step it up a notch to save our planet. I am sure everyone is starting to fully feel the concerns for what our children will be facing in the years to come, as much as I am,” said Aimee. This is a first of its kind, not only being sustainable and helping them clean up on plastic bottles, there are 6 different designs to choose from and they are super lightweight. Plus gone are the days trying to push the umbrella into the sand deep enough with little success.

Land and Sand Essentials beach umbrellas come with a screw-in handle that helps you to screw the beach umbrella deep into the sand for those windy days. “It has been a beautiful whirlwind establishing this new consciously curated range but one that has been worth every bit of the time and energy poured into it, to be part of a product that is helping our planet. We have worked tirelessly to make sure every element of our umbrellas are not only practical but stylish too, we also stand by this with all of our products. You don’t have to sacrifice good looks for practicality. We are super proud that we donate $1 of every sale to Clean Oceans who are dedicated to stopping plastics entering our oceans and waterways, with a goal of banning all single-use plastics on every Australian beach by 2025,” said Aimee. Land and Sand Essentials are devoted to doing their bit for the planet and are paving the way with businesses looking at every aspect of what they do, to help save our environment, not only for now but for our future generations. www.landandsandessentials.com.au @landandsandessentials


S U S TA I N A B I L I T Y MADE EASY Simply put, sustainability is the practice of treating and respecting the environment, being conscious of our use and replenishment of natural resources, and incorporating ecologically sound practices into every aspect of modem day living. Many of us have, are or trying to adopt a greener lifestyle by recycling, reducing our waste and consumption, choosing local and organic produce, opting for alternatives of meat and overall making the choice to shop more mindfully. At any stage of your transition to a greener lifestyle, it can become quite overwhelming sourcing products for your home, and lifestyle without feeling guilty about your choices. Let’s be honest, it’s not always easy but if you’re stuck, just start somewhere - you don’t have to go full throttle to make a difference.


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WHAT YOU WILL NEED

As well as being great in the dishwasher, these tablets are so versatile and can be used as toilet bombs, as a drain cleaner, to clean the oven and for really tough grimey pans!

Mix all your dry ingredients.

For best results, simply crush up a tablet, pour over boiling water, and leave for a few minutes. For me, aiming for plastic-free is all about simple swaps and using what I already have. This year I’ve been on a mission to overhaul my bathroom and cleaning supplies with nontoxic alternatives. It’s taken a bit of experimenting but I’ve finally been able to replace all my store-bought cleaners and so happy to report these alternatives to work just as well – if not better!

1cup bicarb soda 1/4cup citric acid 1/4cup salt 1/4cup borax ½–1 tbs of castile soap

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liquid or dishwashing liquid Two silicone ice tray A large bowl

2. Start adding four or five drops at a time of dishwashing liquid, working it into the dry ingredients with your fingers. Make sure the liquid has been completely rubbed into the dry mix before you add more. This bit will take some time but be patient! If you add the liquid too fast, it will start to froth everywhere, and it will be impossible to pack into the silicone moulds. Or, it will start frothing once you’ve packed it into the moulds and bubble over. 3. Continue adding a few drops of liquid and mixing it into the dry ingredients until the mixture feels like a moist crumbly cake. It should stick together when you make a ball. Don’t feel like you have to use the whole tablespoon of liquid, just keep going until it’s the right consistency.

The ingredients I use for everything is bicarb soda, castile soap, citric acid, salt, borax, vinegar, essential oils including lemon and eucalyptus - that’s it! Buying these ingredients in bulk and using jars and recycling spray bottles means that you’ll save money, drastically reduce your plastic use, and feel so much better about not flushing nasties into our waterways every time you clean the house!

4. Start packing the mixture into your silicone mould. Push down around the edges, and pack it as tightly as possible.

So why would you switch to natural cleaners?

My silicone moulds are quite small, so I find 2 tablets work wonderfully in our little dishwasher, however if your moulds are big, you may only need one.

The ingredients are cheap and easy to source. By making your own DIY cleaning supplies, you will greatly reduce toxins in your home that you and your family come in contact with. While manufacturers claim that toxic ingredients like quaternary ammonium compounds, benzalkonium chloride, bronopol, and Formaldehyde in small amounts in not harmful, it’s worth considering that most people come in contact with these products several times a day, throughout their lifetime. Using natural ingredients improves indoor air quality and is much safer, especially for children. Toxins in cleaning products can also become hazardous for the environment when they are poured or washed down the drain. Cleaning products that smell like “citrus” or “pine” can contain more than 3,000 different chemical ingredients including linalool and eugenol, which are common allergens. Minimises the use of phthalates and chemicals typically used in fragrances that are potential hormone disruptors. Helps cut your personal plastic consumption. craftygirllifehacks.com | @craftygirllifehacks

5. Leave in the sun for about 4 hours. If it’s cloudy or winter, wait overnight. 6. Gently push the tablets out of the mould when they are completely dry. Store in an airtight jar.

Tip–if you have added too much of the liquid too fast, I recommend putting the mixture in an airtight jar and using it to clean other surfaces around the home. My first batch frothed like crazy so I salvaged what I could and used it to clean the shower–and it did an amazing job.


S U S TA I N A B L E SELF-CARE MADE SIMPLE Taking time to care for ourselves is an incredibly crucial part of maintaining a healthy happier life. Sustainable and eco-friendly self-care is all about simplifying your products and slowing down. If you laid out all your products, that make you look good, smell good and essentially feel great! (The ultimate 3 things that often make us persuaded to buying stuff). More often than not you’d find yourself will a lot of products that just don’t use or have harmful chemicals, stated as “fragrance” on the back of the product. This umbrella term can mean one or 200+ different chemicals concocted together and the sad reality is these companies do not need to disclose them all. ⁣⁣⁣ We have taken the time to take the guesswork out of shopping and showcase beautiful businesses that care about what your products are made up of.

Owner Rachael, spent years working in commercial gyms as a trainer and found traditional foam rollers and foam based equipment quickly deteriorated. It was thrown out and replaced with the same cheap foam and the cycle began all over again. She began researching environmentally friendly alternatives, sadly only ever finding overpriced bamboo yoga blocks! Here MOBECO was born. Sustainable eco-friendly mobility equipment made from environmentally friendly cork. MOBECO is all about looking good and feeling good. Bringing style to the world of mobility and recovery tools. Banishing brightly coloured, tacky rollers and balls and bring you a better way to roll. You can feel good by looking after the environment too as each tool is made with natural products connecting you with the earth. MOBECO uses compostable packaging, recycled card, carbonneutral delivery and with each order, a tree is planted. Striving to ensure every part of their business is considerate to the environment. With a mission to ensure every mover has access to sustainable, affordable, quality equipment. Equipment that helps move the body freely and easily without impacting mother earth. MOBECO provides durable mobility tools that ensure the longevity of your body and the earth.

MOBECO SELF-CARE THAT LOOKS GOOD.

Being earth-conscious should be stylish, look good on you, in your home, office and studio. www.mobeco.com.au | @mobecoaus


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a lot of plastic in packaging and contain harmful preservatives so the product lasts for years on the shelf. To compete, natural needs to be “normal” again. Some honest marketing wouldn’t go astray either. Consumers and the beauty industry are becoming more aware but natural seems to still be an “alternative”. Jane and Mia want to be part of a world where more people’s eyes are open and their everyday consumer habits drive a change that will benefit them and drive a sustainable demand so natural products are more accessible for all.

“A good quality natural deodorant is a step in that direction”. When Jane and Mia started to get underarm rashes and cysts, they discovered “that anti-perspirants are great for inhibiting sweat but…. they do this with aluminium, a metal that should not be in our body. Apart from the unnatural blocking of sweat glands (that can cause cysts) aluminium has been related to a range of cancers and even Alzheimer’s disease”. Then there is the fragrance which can be made up of over 200+ different chemicals that aren’t listed.

ELIA BALMS & BLENDS

Wanting a natural deodorant that worked, with only a few natural options on the market at the time, which were tried and tested - Jane and Mia, life and business partners of ELIA balms & blends, decided to make their own. With the amazing feedback after family and friends started to use their homemade products, they decided to take it much more serious and ELIA balms & blends was created. Jane and Mia didn’t just want to formulate the products themselves, they wanted to provide honesty and openness about each product and share information to empower people to make better choices. By design, being heavily influenced by marketing. But the disparity between marketing and what’s in a product is often a let down. Seeing images of young beautiful people in nature and the promise of botanicals and natural ingredients but all you have to do is read the ingredients to realise its fake. Products filled with toxins, potentially harming us, dominate the beauty market, are the cheapest to make, often use

Natural deodorants deal with sweat and smell in a different way. Firstly, they don’t block sweat glands. Some sweat is absorbed by the clay and when you do sweat, ingredients deal with the bacteria that causes us to smell. ELIA balm & blends make the deodorant scent by adding 100% essential oils which also deals with bacteria. Packaging has also been a big consideration for ELIA balms & blends. Jane and Mia encourage their local customers to refill their metal tins and offer a tin swap at the markets for their regulars, which saves tins and $ and a discount they pass on to their customers. They have chosen a great shaped tin that can be reused in the home for a range of applications. Jane and Mia plan to develop a tin swap system online and at stockists which is more challenging re-postage Kms. Their post boxes and calico bags are also reusable or compostable and all padding is recycled. ELIA balms & blends have also chosen compostable lip balm tubes. “Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and we hope we can share your natural journey with you”. www.eliabalmsandblends.shop | @eliabalmsandblends


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HOW TO MANAGE ECO-ANXIETY Eco-anxiety is not a phase that will come and go, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) recently stated climate change as a health emergency, reflecting similar positions taken by a growing list of medical bodies around the world. The AMA’s statement highlights the significant impacts climate change is having on the physical health in adults and children, (evidently shown in an ABC case study showing “Seventy-two of us rate climate change as a problem for us personally”). It is said to be “the greatest threat to global health in the 21st Century” when reviewed by the World Health Organisation when addressing the impacts of climate change. This statement also draws the very important issue of mental health out of the shadows. So what is Eco-anxiety? Eco-anxiety refers to a fear of natural harm or ecological disaster. This sort of uneasiness is to a great extent dependent on the current and anticipated future condition of nature and human-induced environmental change. Although Eco-anxiety is not an official medical diagnosis, it is a well-used term in the field of ecopsychology (a branch that works with individuals’ psychological relationships with nature and how this affects their personality, prosperity, and wellbeing).

Living in a digital age it can be overwhelming with a continuous stream of evidence of the negative impact humans have on the environment. The media makes its incredibly hard for one to disconnect, leading to experiencing extreme or chronic anxiety due to feeling as though they cannot control their future and environmental problems, especially climate change. For some, the increase in environmental crisis is not only frustrating, daunting, and shocking, however a source of debilitating or constant anxiety. Some may even feel guilt or anxiousness about their own personal impact or their generation’s behaviour on future generations and the environment, creating an astounding burden. The APA pointed out that the current changing climate has and can affect mental health in several different ways and manifest in many forms, other than anxiety. Coping methods can be used to alleviate this type of anxiety or by seeking professional counselling, especially from a trained professional who specialises in climate psychology, giving them the confidence to take steps towards a brighter future.

You’re not alone in this continuous fight to pave the way for a brighter future, if you feel like you’re suffering from eco-anxiety or more general stress, here are some starting points to manage eco-anxiety:

Where does Eco-anxiety come from? Anxiety stemmed from environmental issues is due to the risk of being and or experiencing, having someone close to you at risk of climate-related weather, including bush fires, droughts, and hurricanes. A huge contributing factor to enhancing Eco-anxiety is Media coverage of environmental destruction.

• seeing a doctor • taking action • getting educated • knowing when to disengage • focusing on resiliency • trying to stay optimistic • fostering a connection with nature • getting active

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Solitude Body + Mind

SOLITUDE body+mind was created by founder Margo Reed for women to gift a moment to themselves; from tired Mum’s too stressed-out CEO’s. After burning out from a successful career in interior architecture, bathing became part of her nightly ritual and offered her space and nourishment needed for herself, her relationship and the day ahead. After stepping away from her career she continued bathing; when gifted a chemical and glitter-filled bath bomb she knew she could offer women so much more. So much heart and soul comes from shopping

SOLITUDE body+mind originally started in Margo kitchen in

from small-batch, ethical/sustainable products.

Bondi, where she tried and tested all the products in her tiny

“The love I pour into my products when creating

bath! After outgrowing the apartment and wanting a change of

and making them is something you just can’t get

pace she moved to the Sunshine Coast last year to a home with

from mass-produced products as usually they are

a huge workspace. Margo handmakes all her products and uses

mostly focused on the bottom-line”. SOLITUDE

meditative and calming oils as a base to the blends, and then

body+mind focus is on finding the best products

formulates the products and packaging as an experience for all

for their customers that are also from sustainable

the senses.

and ethical resources and when making them I listen to positive podcasts and uplifting music

In a world that revolves around being on all the time, Margo

so I know this energy will be dispersed into the

believes it’s time to go back to our roots, to pause, to get away,

customer’s experience as well.

to immerse yourself in nature and to enjoy a moment of peace. Each product is designed as a simple way to create this space

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skin, and renew your energy. By experiencing mindful meditation and breathing deep into the body, stress or tension melts away and brings you back into yourself. Due to the constant demands for our attention - both online and offline, it’s easy to overlook our need to experience a sense of peace and calm each day. SOLITUDE body+mind products are created as a form of ‘self-care cleansing’ for the body and mind. This is through the use of natural ingredients, gifted from the earth along with the bathing experience of the products themselves. From the water, you bathe into the floating petals that surround your body, the gentle fizz created by the bath cookie, the scent of essential oils, detoxifying clays on your skin, along with positive gratitude fortunes and mindful meditations. It’s an all-in-one experience leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed. www.solitudebodymind.com | @solitudebodymind


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achelois and have a luxurious creamy lather. They have different

“achelois is a moon goddess in Greek mythology, whose name translates to “she who washes away pain”

blends to target different needs, with their latest blend being made with pink clay, perfect for balancing sensitive skin with ultimate hydration and firmness, with a sensuous and grounding aroma of patchouli frankincense and cedarwood. achelois soaps are prepared in the ancient ritual way by being guided by the monthly moon phases, which starts

achelois handmade soaps were created by Sarah and her

by gently melting a small batch over a fire then allowing

husband on the Tweed Coast in Northern NSW. Achelois

it to cool to the perfect temperature before stirring in the

is a moon goddess in Greek mythology, whose name

rest of the goodness! Each batch is left to cure for 4 weeks

translates to “she who washes away pain”. They wanted to

and then individually hand cut. Their key ingredients are a

find the perfect balance between having a deep cleanse

mix of almond, coconut, olive, castor and macadamia oils.

whilst still leaving the skin feeling soft and nourished,

All plant oils, clays, pure essential oils, unrefined beeswax

knowing that what they put on their skin was completely

and botanicals are sourced from nature and are free of

natural and free of chemicals. With this goal, they set out

palm oil.

to perfect the art of soapmaking! Sustainability is very important to achelois and through Sarah and her husband find the soap making process very

their conscious efforts, they minimise their footprint

therapeutic and remark “it’s so rewarding to know that we

through recycled packaging and naturally sourced

are creating a beautiful quality product that delights the

ingredients which also enhances the quality and essence

senses!”

of each product.

All of their soaps are gentle enough to use on your face

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FIELD-ISSUE L E A D I N G T H E F I E L D , I N T H E W O R L D O F H A N D M A D E S U S TA I N A B L E A N D N AT U R A L G R O O M I N G P R O D U C T S F O R L O V E R S O F T H E O U T D O O R S . U S I N G T H E H I G H E S T Q U A L I T Y R AW M AT E R I A L S , M A K I N G T H E M 1 0 0 % P L A S T I C - F R E E , RECYCLABLE AND REPURPOSABLE. FIELD-ISSUE was born in 2016 out of a necessity to be able to purchase; organic, natural and sustainable lifestyle and grooming products. Sean (co-founder of FIELD-ISSUE) was a mid 30’s male looking for products that were environmentally conscious, sustainably manufactured and also that looked cool. He was travelling a lot at the time and wanted products that were easily portable, with no glass and ABSOLUTELY NO PLASTIC. One of the biggest drivers behind the brand coming to life was considering the impact these products would have, not only on the individual using them but also the short and long term effect these products would have on our environment. Anna and Sean (co-founders of FIELD-ISSUE) also wanted to create a range of fragrances that were truly unique and paid tribute to the vast and wild Australian landscape. Working closely with internationally renowned fragrance houses, they have crafted bespoke scents that evoke the different elements of Australia perfectly. As Anna and Sean travel extensively around the world, they’ve witnessed “the detrimental effect that humans and more importantly packaging is having on our environment, from the back streets of Kandy in Sri Lanka to the Cinque Terra in Italy and everywhere in between, our world is practically choking on plastic waste”. With this in mind, every single FIELD-ISSUE product is plasticfree, recyclable or can be up-cycled. “This is something we will never stray from”. After spending time travelling, the newfound tagline for their brand became “Inspiring Authentic Simplicity”, following a number of trips through Europe in their Mercedes Benz van, “we loved the concept that everything we needed to sustain ourselves was contained within this van/home on wheels. Nothing that we didn’t need and

everything we did was mobile on those 4 wheels with us. We have both long been a supporter of a small footprint and low impact on our world, from being a conscience consumer to trying to minimalise waste in our everyday lives”. As living is becoming a fast-growing “throw-away society”, FIELD-ISSUE addresses the ‘throw-away society’ through educating their customers on purchasing options and also when you have finished with their products the packaging doesn’t need to be thrown away. Here re-defining society’s perspective on product consumption. With such an arrangement of great products, we wanted to know what is Anna and Sean’s go-to product/s and scent? “Without a doubt, my go-to product would be the Hard Cologne in OUTBACK Scent, I always have one with me wherever we go in the world, I love the portability and ease of use, people always enquire what I’m wearing and they are blown away when I pull it out of my pocket and show them. Anna is a massive fan of the body wash and shampoo in the PACIFIC Scent”.

“Championing positive change”. Not only does FIELD-ISSUE create products that enrich people lives and care for our environment, but they have also established a giving back program which enables them, every quarter to select a charity to donate a percentage of their profits, this ranges from charities involved in disaster recovery, human support services, education organisations or any organisation, they believe are ‘championing positive change’. www.field-issue.com | @fieldissue


SUSTAINABLE LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM GENERATIONS BEFORE US Make informed choices. By making the shift in your purchasing practices, you can do your part in paving a way to a bright and greener future. When gathering information to determine if you’re choosing sustainable goods and services, Here is are couple of questions to ask yourself: Do I have this or something similar already? Was this created sustainably? Does this product support the environment? Tip: Comparing products is always helpful and ensures purchasing products with minimal packaging.

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Food waste makes up one-third of the average Australian household bin and is proven to be an ever-growing problem. So let’s get creative, firstly ensure you have containers to properly store your leftovers and mark a date on the top. If the meal cannot be eaten again the next day by itself, look in your fridge/ cupboard to see what you can make. The internet is filled with wonderful recipes, type in your ingredients at Foodwise.com.au and away you go!

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Repairing your clothing saves on waste and reduces consumption. Due to fast fashion, it is so easy to lose a button or get a small tear in a garment and then throw it out when it is such an easy fix! I guarantee if you ask a friend, family member, a neighbour, or even google, you can be shown how. This also opens up the opportunity to reinvent your wardrobe without having to purchase new clothes.

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REDUCE YOUR WATER Our usable water supply is limited, so to ensure we do not have shortages when a drought may appear it is imperative we are mindful of our usages. We can reduce our water consumption by using water-efficient appliances, keeping showers shorter, save water with your garden choices and wash clothing when dirty (by using too much water to wash your clothes you release more plastic microfibres, which is incredibly harmful to our oceans).


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Sustainable gardening is about giving back to mother nature by gardening in a smart and ecofriendly way. This can be achieved by adopting a greener alternatives through using organic growing methods which eliminate chemicals. By making this change your garden will no only thrive, but produce healthier, nutritious and tastier food.

REDUCE YOUR WASTE There are a number of ways you can reduce your waste, from in your home, garden, community or even on your travels. Start by opting for produce and products with less packaging or products that can be easily recycled. By bringing your own reusable items enables you to tread lighter and reduce your impact on the environment. The recycling of food and other natural waste (leaves, grass clippers or old flowers) can be thrown into your compost and create organic fertilisers.

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If you like to kick back and relax with a beverage, think about whether the alcohol choice you’re picking is good for the environment. Ultimately, buying and supporting local businesses wherever possible not only boosts your community, but also reduces transportation and therefore carbon emissions. Both cans and glass bottles have pros and cons; cans are easier to recycle, cheaper on freight and bonus don’t shatter. Whereas glass bottles often use less packaging and are reuseable.

DRIVE LESS Not only is less driving good for the environment, it is good for your health choosing to walk or bike ride where possible. If driving less is not an option, look at alternatives to reduce your individual footprint for example; carpooling or catching public transport. If you require to drive a car you can also reduce your impact by planning ahead and making your trip worth it.

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BELLISH Bellish is an exciting new app for knitters that generates customised patterns with just a few clicks. Designed to work beyond the constraints of traditional print patterns, Bellish is building a library of options that knitters can use to customise the length, style, stitch patterns, sleeves, necklines and other details for their knitting projects.

Bellish’s free app offers personalized patterns with unique instructions, along with a list of materials and simple explanations so knitters can spend less time trying to find what they need - and more time knitting. Knitters can watch their new design come to life on the screen in minutes, and have the interactive tools to stay on track as they go.

Bellish is available as an app for iOS (with Android available soon) and has had 50k downloads and nearly 100k designs created in the app’s first two months since release. And it’s so much more than just lovely patterns. Bellish is an exciting new technology designed to elevate the experience of knitting and bring this time-honoured tradition forward for a new generation of makers.

The craft industry is thriving – now more than ever. This pattern is just a sample of what you can create with the free Bellish app. For a wide range of sizes (from preemie to large adult), different yarn weights and a library of embellishments, download Bellish for free in the App Store.

The Bellish team is made up of knitters and creatives, so we’re very aware of the importance of not just the end result, but also the process. We listen closely to the feedback of our community so we can support their creativity in ways that haven’t been offered until now. Knitters are creative and they want more options. We saw an opportunity to dramatically simplify the process of pattern design to make personalised knitting more accessible – for any skill level. Knitters can personalise their style to fit their needs, without having to worry about the math. The goal is to help crafters feel more confident in their making and to ensure that they always have the information they need right at their fingertips.

The textured Beanie is a sweet (and simple) textured hat – to fit an adult medium size. Download the free Bellish app to design your own custom style. Choose from a range of features, sizes, yarn options and stitch patterns to personalize your own beanie and cast on in minutes! Sourcing ethical wool / planted based vegan wool: Good for animals, people and our environment!

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companies like Allbirds ( ZQ certified organic wool). You can find vegan yarn, which is 100% free of animal products, at veganyarn.com or ecoyarns.com.au/ Plant-based vegan wool alternatives made from organic cotton, hemp, wood cellulose fibre (like Lyocell or Tencel), bamboo, or soybean fibre.

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TEXTURED BEANIE SKILL LEVEL : ADVANCED BEGINNER

SUPPLIES NEEDED Yarn - 1 skein/ball (100g) 8-ply DK weight wool – approximately 250 meters NEEDLES Size - 3.5mm (US 4) circular needles (16 in/40 cm length) ribbing Size 4 mm (US 6) circular needles (16 in/40 cm length) – body of hat Size 4 mm (US 6) double point needles (DPNs) to decrease crown ABBREVIATIONS BOR beginning of row/round K knit K2tog knit 2 stitches together (one stitch decreased) P purl Sl1wyib slip 1 stitch as if to purl, with working yarn held to back St stitch/stitches Rep Repeat Bet Between

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With US Size 4/3.5mm circular needle 16 in/40 cm length, cast on 116 stitches using long tail or knitted cast-on method. Set Up Row: [K2, p2] repeat between brackets to end of row. Join to work in the round, and place marker to indicate BOR. First Round: [K2, p2] repeat between brackets to end of round. Following Rounds: Repeat ribbing instructions until ribbing measures 5 cm (2 in). Or, for a folded brim, continue until ribbing measures 10 cm (4 in). Transition to larger circular needles to begin body of hat. Knit two rounds, then begin pattern as follows. Texture Round 1: [P1, sl1wyib, k2, pass the slipped st over the 2 st] rep bet brackets to end of round. Texture Round 2: [P1, k1, yo, k1] rep bet brackets to end of round. Texture Round 3: [P1, k3] rep bet brackets to end of round. Texture Round 4: [P1, k3] rep bet brackets to end of round. Texture Round 5: [P1, k3] rep bet brackets to end of round. Texture Round 6: [P1, k3] rep bet brackets to end of round. Next Rounds: Repeat Texture Rounds 1-6 until body of hat measures 10 cm (4 inches) from where the ribbing ends. Knit two rounds, then begin decreasing the crown as follows: Round 01: [K11, k2tog] rep bet brackets 8 times, k12 (8 st decreased) Round 02: [K10, k2tog] rep bet brackets 9 times (9 st decreased) Round 03: [K9, k2tog] rep bet brackets 9 times (9 st decreased) Round 04: [K8, k2tog] rep bet brackets 9 times (9 st decreased) Round 05: [K7, k2tog] rep bet brackets 9 times (9 st decreased) Round 06: [K6, k2tog] rep bet brackets 9 times (9 st decreased) Round 07: [K5, k2tog] rep bet brackets 9 times (9 st decreased) Round 08: [K4, k2tog] rep bet brackets 9 times (9 st decreased) Round 09: [K3, k2tog] rep bet brackets 9 times (9 st decreased) Round 10: [K2, k2tog] rep bet brackets 9 times (9 st decreased) Round 11: [K1, k2tog] rep bet brackets 9 times (9 st decreased) Round 12: K2tog to end of round – 9 stitches remain

Cut your working yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread the end of the tail through the eye of a wool needle and pull the tail through the remaining stitches tightly. Draw the working yarn down through the top center of the hat (to the inside) and weave it in securely. Weave in any remaining ends, and wet block if desired.


Sweet Surrender when all of a sudden, a stranger stops & smiles, i hope you feel what you thought was impossible to feel again—moving into the pit of your stomach. like a ray of sunshine making its way through the cracks of what broke you, i hope you know that in the falling apart, you are coming together in a way that words can't possibly explain. maybe the point isn’t to look pretty, or always do 'good' or 'right' things. maybe the point is to allow the ocean of life to move you to tears when life hurricanes in darkness & you can’t possibly feel light—here. but what seeks to find you, seeks to find you—here. it's here—in midnight tears & here—in the sweet early morning mull over coffee & first-light; where invitations back to your heart await you.

i hope you see it all as an ever changing tide, an invitation to love yourself at your lowest, not just when it’s easy to. & then i hope you allow the depths of life to rise you up when you are called back out of hiding. so the next time surrender drops to her sweet knees to the doors of your heart, begging for you to let it fall away now, all you hold onto so tightly, you are ready to burn it all to the ground. & being fully here—it takes sweet surrender.

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The quiet power of journaling WORDS BY GABBY GOODIER / CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST & FOUNDER OF THE SAGE SOCIETY

What do Oscar Wilde, Marcus Aurelius, Queen Victoria, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Virginia Woolf, Anne Frank and Ben Franklin all have in common? The answer is that they were all journalers. Some did it sporadically, some in the morning, some in quiet contemplation at the end of the day and some, like Leonardo da Vinci, kept their journals on them at all times. But regardless of when these powerhouses of history spent time putting thoughts to paper, one thing rings true for all. Journals are not for the reader. They are for the writer. They act as an avenue to externalize un-spoken thoughts and feelings and, at times, assign meaning to pain. Journaling is an outlet to speak your quiet truth without fear of being judged. It is a tool that has been used for hundreds of years to slow the mind down and to find peace with oneself. It is a tool that I use in both therapeutic and personal practice and I am going to share with you why.

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Where am I standing in my own way? What is the harder choice I am avoiding? What have I learnt from this experience? What do these challenges reveal about my character?

Additionally, by being able to write down what you are worrying or obsessing over, you can lessen the baggage that you carry around in your head. You create space for other pursuits. It allows you to look at your anxiety, fears, or challenges with more objectivity and that distance and objectivity is key to an uncluttered mind. HOW SHOULD I START?

WHY JOURNAL? Therapeutic journaling is a learning tool. Hubbs + Brand describe it as a “vehicle for inner dialogue that connects thoughts, feelings and actions”. It is a creative way to engage patients) in a therapeutic activity that can lead to greater self-awareness and growth and is useful for everyone. Through expressive writing, you can learn to find a deeper meaning, to unravel stressful reactions to yourself, others and events. More than this, research has shown that therapeutic journaling can help heal deep emotional wounds. In a study conducted by Sunwolf, Hart + Scalise they discovered that those who had been traumatized by the attacks of 9/11, through journaling, reported a decrease in traumatic symptoms. The authors concluded that this decrease was due to the opportunity to “honour the wound”. This finding has been reflected through numerous studies, with adolescents, in particular, being extremely responsive to this type of intervention. Researchers believe the power of this is that you are able to create distance between the person and the narrative, whilst asking yourself tough questions.

As Author Ryan Holiday states, “how your journal is much less important than why you are doing it: to get something off your chest. To have a quiet time with your thoughts. To clarify those thoughts. To separate the harmful from the insightful.” The point is to just do it. Whether you’ve started before and have since stopped or are coming to it as a totally new pursuit, getting into the rhythm of journaling is where the magic will begin to unfold. Journaling can act as emotional windscreen wipers. Within a few minutes, it allows for reflection, whilst cultivating stillness. It is a beautiful escape from the world. So, my recommendation is, just start. Find what works for you. It might just be the most important, powerful and restful thing you do all day. www.thesagesociety.co | @the.sagesociety


DEFINING THE GUT MICROBIOME & ITS FULL FUNCTION WORDS BY LAVENDER AND CO BOTANICALS

The word ‘microbiome’ refers to the collection of bacteria and their genetic material, in this case - the ones that live within your digestive tract. These bacteria are integral to our digestion, nutrition status, and are responsible for breaking down and generating substrates that we are not able to do without them. When our bacteria breaks down these fibres (ie. prebiotics), they generate short chain fatty acids. These serve as an energy source for the cells within our intestines, helping to keep the gut lining strong and healthy. These short chain fatty acids may also be useful for the prevention of diseases such as Crohn’s, inflammatory bowel, ulcers and even colon cancer, according to some research. Aside from their functions within the digestive system, the microbes are also involved in many other important processes. For example, your immune regulations, brain health and mood, metabolism, skin health, and more. The way we form our gut microbiome is influenced by many factors, some that are in our control and some not so much; but something to note is that each of us has a unique bacterial composition - like a fingerprint. DEVELOPMENT Some research tells us that the development of the microbiome may begin while we are still in the womb, thus genetics and the health of your parents can be influencing factors. As we are born, factors such as birth rout (ie. caesarean, or vaginally), being breastfed or bottle fed, will influence the types and diversity of your gut bacteria. When growing up, the place you live (ie. on a farm or in a city), medications, illness and your lifestyle practices and diet will further influence this environment. HEALTHY MICROBIOME While there is still much to learn and research about the gut microbiome, most research points to the fact that a diverse range of bacterial species is beneficial to our health. You also want to ensure that your gut wall or lining is intact so that none of these microbes can pass through into the bloodstream, and so that no toxins being removed can find their way into your gut. There is research on specific strains of bacteria, and their benefits - however

since all of our microbiomes are unique and individual to us, the health of this is not so much determined by what strains of bacteria you have, but more so by the state of your digestive system and overall body. For example, if you experience constant bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhoea, immune dysfunction, skin issues etc. you may have an unhealthy microbiome. In the case that this is you, its important to seek out a healthcare practitioner that can give you specific advice, tests and medicine. Generally speaking, having a healthy and diverse diet, with lots of fresh vegetables, fruits as well as adequate exercise and sleep will help to keep your microbiome in a state of health. DYSBIOSIS You may have heard the term ‘gut dysbiosis’ before; SIBO or small intestinal overgrowth, candida or yeast infections and leaky gut (plus other issues ) are often the end result of a gut in dysbiosis. Essentially your bacteria ‘range’ has been compromised. In a lot of cases, there is an imbalance, and more of what is referred to as ‘bad’ bacteria has found its way into your gut. This is often caused due to long term poor diet (high in sugar, processed foods etc) stress, illnesses, medications like antibiotics without the replacement of good bacteria, and general bad lifestyle


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habits. Sometimes, in cases like SIBO, there is not necessarily ‘bad’ bacteria, simply too much bacteria for your system to handle. In any case, you will likely be experiencing symptoms similar to those mentioned above, and the best thing you can do is see your healthcare practitioner. Again as mentioned before, the things we can do to keep our gut microbiome healthy is to eat well, exercise, have adequate sleep and try to avoid antibiotic use if you can. There are specific foods that help to ‘feed’ you microbiome, and nutrients that are essential for keeping your lining intact. There are also herbs that Naturopaths can prescribe for when your digestive lining integrity has been compromised. HERBS THAT MAY BE BENEFICIAL IN HEALING YOUR GUT The following herbs contain many polysaccharides, which allow the plants to become mucilaginous when mixed with a liquid. This mucilage provides soothing, demulcent actions on whatever it comes in to contact with (ie. your gut lining as you drink the mixture). The word ‘demulcent’ means that these herbs soothe inflammation and irritation - in the case of the gut, by forming a protective barrier (eg. over an ulcer) allowing the gut lining to heal and not be further damaged. An added benefit is that all of your other smooth muscle within the body will also heal with these herbs - think your mouth, throat, esophagus all the way down to even your vagina! PLEASE NOTE These mucilaginous herbs may also help with constipation (depending on the cause) as they can add more ‘bulk’ to the stool which causes more contractions in the colon (a normal process). However Aloe vera contains a constituent called ‘anthraquinone glycosides’ which can have a laxative effect, so please be mindful in which herbs you choose! There are also other benefits and possible precautions for all of these herbs, so if you’re thinking about taking anything, ensure you discuss with a qualified health care practitioner to make sure there will be no interactions. (For example, liquorice can result in high blood pressure so is not suitable for those with this issue). www.lavenderandcobotanicals.com @lavenderandcobotanicals

5 HERBS TO SUPPORT YOUR GUT HEALTH GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA | LICORICE ROOT Licorice root is available as a powder, which can be mixed with water until it becomes mucilaginous (it will turn into a sludge ) and you want to quickly drink it. Because glycyrrhiza has many other benefits, you could also incorporate the powder into recipes such as bliss balls - though this will give more of the prebiotic effect and less of the demulcent (still good for gut health !) Studies have shown this herb to have an anti-ulcer effect, useful in the management of functional dyspepsia, as well as having the potential prebiotic properties. ALTHEA OFFICINALIS | MARSHMALLOW ROOT Marshmallow root can be found in powder form, chopped roughly as a ‘tea’, and mixed with water. With this, you will want to make a decoction (place the marshmallow root in a pot of water on the stove and simmer for at least 10 minutes). According to the European Medicines Agency, marshmallow root can be used for the relief of stomach and gut discomfort. CALENDULA OFFICINALIS | MARIGOLD This is the herb that is best for your daily wellness rituals in regards to your GI tract because it’s gentle and can be used in different forms rather than just the powder or root. ( this is why it’s the base of the Glow tea ! ) While still having demulcent and soothing effects for your gastrointestinal system, Calendula has been found in studies to resolve the effects of ulcerative colitis. ULMUS RUBRA | SLIPPERY ELM This product is actually a bark, and like the marshmallow and licorice root can be found in powder form, chopped roughly or in capsules. You could make a decoction with all three of these herbs together for more potent gut-healing tonic. ALOE BARBADENSIS MILLER | ALOE VERA Often seen for soothing your skin externally - can work the same way on the inside! Be sure you’re not just eating the gel you have for sunburn though, as this may contain other ingredients. Consult your naturopath for medicinal grade aloe vera.


NO BAKE GLUTEN FREE MACADAMIA BROWNIES (with Dairy Free Chocolate Ganache) INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup macadamia nut butter* 1 cup almond meal 1/4 cup raw cacao power 1 tbsp coconut flour 3 tbsp rice malt syrup 1 tbsp melted coconut oil 1/2 cup macadamias GANACHE: 50g your favourite dark chocolate (sugar free, dairy free) 1/4 cup coconut milk solids* 1 heaped tbsp macadamia nut butter 2 tsp coconut flour

GUT FRIENDLY BANANA MACADAMIA BREAD INGREDIENTS: 3 large free range eggs 1 1/2 cups mashed overripe banana 1 tbsp macadamia nut oil 1 - 2 tbsp rice malt syrup or honey 1 cup macadamias + 1/2 cup macadamias , roughly chopped 1 cup almond meal 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon

Recipe: Casey-Lee Lyons featuring Australian Macadamias Photo: Samantha Pickthall


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LIVE LOVE NOURISH Naturopath, nutritionist and recipe developer, Casey-Lee Lyons is passionate about inspiring health and happiness through easy-to-understand nutritional and lifestyle advice. Her mission is to educate and inspire others to love and nourish their body from the inside out to achieve health and happiness, from real food recipes free from gluten, dairy and sugar. Discover more via www.livelovenourish.com.au | @livelovenourishaus

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1. To make macadamia nut butter, process raw macadamia nuts (approx. 1 - 2 cups) in a food processor to make a buttery paste. 2. In a mixing bowl combine almond meal, cacao powder and coconut flour. 3. In a small saucepan heat macadamia nut butter, rice malt syrup and coconut oil to melt. Stir together to combine and add to dry mixture. 4. Combine well and transfer to a small lined baking tray. Press firmly to mould into tray. Transfer to fridge for 1 hour to firm. 5. Meanwhile, in a heat proof bowl, melt chocolate over boiling water. 6. Add macadamia butter to melted chocolate and mix through. 7. Add coconut milk solids and mix through. Add coconut flour and combine well. 8. Spread ganache over brownies. 9. Chop macadamias and sprinkle on top of ganache. Transfer back into fridge for ganache to firm up. 10. Slice with a clean, wet knife. 11. Keep refrigerated.

1. Pre-heat your fan-forced oven to 175°C. 2. In a mixing bowl whisk eggs with mashed banana, macadamia oil and rice malt syrup. 3. In a blender or food processor pulse 1 cup macadamia nuts to a ground nut meal consistency (some texture is ok). 4. Add ground macadamias, almond meal, baking powder and cinnamon to wet mixture and combine. 5. Stir through remaining macadamia nuts. 6. Pour into a lined loaf tin and bake in oven for 40-45 minutes or until cooked through and lightly golden.

TIPS *To make coconut solids, place a can of full fat coconut milk in fridge overnight. Scoop out coconut milk solids that have risen to the top (keep liquid for another use such as smoothies/ curries). You can make this into brownies with a choc mint icing by using a mint chocolate bar.

SERVING SUGGESTION • Serve warmed, toasted or topped with yoghurt or macadamia nut butter and a drizzle of honey. TIPS: • Adjust sweetness to liking by increasing or decreasing amount of natural sweetener (rice malt syrup). The recipe also works without any sweeter and just with the natural sweetness of banana. • Before baking top with crushed macadamia nuts or sliced banana. You deserve to enjoy a healthy life you love filled with energy and vitality. Download her free e-book visit her website or follow Live Love Nourish on social media. www.livelovenourish.com.au | @livelovenourishaus

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LOVEWELL “your solution for an abundantly healthy life” As we are living in a day and age where self-care is typically last on our mile-long to-do lists. Two mothers (Teresa Palmer & Christiane Duigan), who have 7 children between them, started by asking themselves the age-old question “what would make life easier?” The answer to them was simple: “a daily pick me up that infuses us with energy, health and nutritional support. We want the Mother to be Mothered. Our mission is to provide essential plant-based wellness products to nourish you and your busy families”. This is how the idea of Lovewell was born. Together, with the help of world-leading doctors and nutritionists they formulated Lovewell’s delectable chocolate flavoured BLOSSOM (for adults) and GROW (for kids) supplements, a plant-based solution to nourish you and your busy families. It was important to them to keep it simple, “We felt that we needed a product that was quick, easy and would nourish our bodies from within. Lovewell is a fast, efficient and a tasty way to do it! A daily pick me up that ingests us with energy, infuses health and supports us from the inside out, carrying us on our journeys.” Essentially something that you can whip up and shake in the morning (or any time of day) and know that all nutritional needs are met! “We wanted it to be a gift of true radiance that every woman deserves. Lovewell is your solution for an abundantly healthy life”.

You may be thinking, what makes this supplement better than any of the others? The great thing about Lovewell is that it is packed full of nutrients, and still it tastes like an indulgent dessert for the kids or yours, so they love it! Lovewell wanted to ensure “as a parent, their children were getting all their vitamins, minerals, proteins and prebiotics in the morning, so if anything goes awry during the day, we know they’ve at least had their essential nutrients!” “It’s not a replacement for food, however it is all about multi-tasking and maximising your time as a mum, so once we have given the kids their morning Grow we can use the same blending and same ingredients to whip up our Blossom morning smoothie. We know we are nourished and have set.” Lovewell.earth | @lovewell.earth


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cooking and baking experiences that the whole family can be a part of”. Here allowing Liv to bring herself back to where her business first started, with the hope to provide exciting and delicious products that bring smiles to people’s faces. Through this initiative, Liv was able to make the conscious decision of how her cakes and products are presented and a perfect example of this is the glass jars that she used for the ‘Isolation Baking Kits’. This provides a great reusable option for customers and eliminates food wastage through providing the exact amount of ingredients required for each recipe so that nothing goes to waste. Additional to the ‘Isolation Baking Kit’, Liv also created an ‘Isolation Rescue Kit’ to tend to peoples emotional needs, with the introduction of at-home baking kits for kids and parents to prepare together, or anyone in need of some baking therapy, providing comfort and a sense of community from those giving gifts to their friends and loved ones. Some are born with the love of baking, some sit in the middle and others loathe it. If you’re someone who is yet to master the art of baking, we asked Liv, what are some tips and advice.

Consumable gifts are great low waste options any time of the year. Who doesn’t like food? Or a free jar?

The two key tips for mastering baking or any cooking rather : Read the recipe before beginning:

Cake N Co. was created in 2017 by Liv Glen and is a home-based baking company in Ashburton, Victoria. Liv has always had a strong passion for baking since her childhood. With a love for art, flowers and baking grew as she began creating beautiful cakes for family and friends. What started off as a passion project - harnessing her interest in creativity and cooking, turned into a beautiful ‘fun business’. Being self-taught can come with a lot of challenges, though through completing Felicity Cook’s “Cake: Business to Basic’s” course in 2016, with the opportunity to create extravagant cakes and with the love of art /design; Liv was able to grow as a baker and turn it into a fulfilling career. With design inspired ideas and help from her clients, Cake N Co.’s creations are made to order, with each unique in its own way. With the impact of COVID- 19 we wanted to learn the impacts and challenges Cake N Co has been presented with. Liv expressed how in “this period of change has presented its challenges, it’s also presented an opportunity. This is apparent through her innovation to create isolation baking kits which could “best serve our community through providing cost-effective, convenient

I feel silly saying this, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a complete recipe disaster because I didn’t realize a certain step was coming up. Reading ahead will help you know how, why, where, and when of what you are about to do. It will take you 1-5 minutes and could save you from wasting your ingredients and money on a failed recipe. Always have your ingredients prepped: Measure your ingredients before starting a recipe. Read through the ingredients, then get them prepared in front of you. There’s very little room for error when you begin recipes this way; you’re not scrambling and rushing during the recipe process. And avoid making ingredient substitutions. Remember, baking is chemistry. Make the recipe as written first then if you feel confident, make substitutions as you see fit. www.cakenco.net www.cakenco.net/baking-kits @cakenco_


I AM GROUNDED I Am Grounded is a Brisbane based social enterprise making sustainable healthy snacks from upcycled coffee fruit. By upcycling the otherwise discarded superfruit they aim to bring to market products that do good, taste good and create impact. Created by Vanessa Murillo, a Colombian-born coffee educator, and digital marketer, and Lachlan Powell a project manager and civil engineer passionate about sustainable infrastructure, the pair want to make a difference to the issue of food waste. I Am Grounded plans to take learnings from their first iteration of the bars into their new and improved products. Launching in June, the new bars will be wrapped in homecompostable wrapping and feature an Espresso and Tahini pre-workout bar, a Lemon and Coconut 9 am bar, and the Cocoa and Almond Butter 3 pm kick bar. Using only natural ingredients, each bar represents a time in the day we might want a healthy snack. Encompassing the wholefoods plant-based lifestyle, I Am Grounded aims to showcase the delicate and natural sweetness of the coffee fruit in each bar. Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. An estimated 3 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day! This massive demand results in approximately 20 billion kilos of coffee fruit waste created, each year. Yes, coffee is actually a fruit! This juicy red fruit doesn’t taste like coffee instead resembles a berry-like flavour. The cherry is picked, washed, sorted, and de-pulped in order to retrieve the small seeds it encompasses. The seeds will eventually make their way down the coffee chain ending up in your home country either roasted or as green beans, and eventually brewed. Leaving behind a trail of byproduct waste. Meanwhile at the origin, when not upcycled the remaining pulp and skin of this antioxidant-rich, superfruit cherry, is thrown into a pile of other cherries, breaking down harmful mycotoxins as the fruit begins to rot. The result is damage to the surrounding environment as the acidity of the rotting fruit begins to affect the PH of surrounding river systems and soil. This further represents a loss of productive land for farmers and a missed economic opportunity to utilise this resource. That’s where I am Grounded come in. Diverting this superfruit from a value-ending cycle, a Colombian food science company they partnered with, upcycle’s the fruit into a delicious extract for their Coffee Fruit Bars! The fruit is diverted from a life of decomposing, and the plant micronutrients and polyphenols present in the fruit are kept intact. www.coffeefruitbar.co | @coffeefruitbar

LOVED BY THE MOON by Bloompress Our Astrological moon sign can reveal how we feel most nourished, safe and emotionally heard. Realising our moon sign is often deeply freeing and emotionally liberating. When you feel safe & free, how do you love? May these words find a home in your heart and help you to fully embrace your own unique way of connecting to your heart, emotions, your relationships and your world.

Words and illustrations are drawn from ‘Loved by the Moon,’ a poetry print collection by Bloompress, available at: bloompress.com.au.


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aries moon woman with your deep longing to drink the world upon each sunrise & the

burningdeep fire in the pit of your stomach—your presence makes for a world with your longing to drink the passionate & spontaneous dance. for your feet, they ache to dance to a upon each sunrise &sungthe burning fire in the song that has not yet been by anyone but you. your heart— longing most to breathe her own breath. your mind—catching onto pit of your stomach—your presence makes each changing wind & dreaming up a world where romance & flowers opening to early morning sun. you are inspiration bloom, like & for a passionate spontaneous dance. for the ignition spark to all that is wild, rebellious & true. whoever gets to be loved by you, Ariesache Moon woman, find themselves to tantalised your feet, they towill dance a song walking in your bold fire-lighting step & discovered by you so very that has not yet been sung by anyone but fiercely that they rediscover themselves. you. your heart—longing most to breathe her own breath. your mind—catching onto each changing wind & dreaming up a world where romance & inspiration bloom, like flowers opening to early morning sun. you are the ignition spark to all that is wild, rebellious & true. whoever gets to be loved by you, Aries moon woman, will find themselves tantalised walking in your bold fire-lighting step & discovered by you so very fiercely that they rediscover themselves.

cancer moon woman your love, Cancer moon woman, feels it all. there is no feeling, no

your love, Cancer moon woman, feels it all. there is no feeling, no nostalgic journey, no depth of vulnerability that your heart hasn’t felt. you protect those you hold dear as consistently & as naturally as the moon has her seasons. how you so deeply long for the gifts of your heart to be received by someone who shows up in bright-eyed knowing of the depths of your sensitivity & selflessness. you are home here with the moon, at rest in the stars. whoever is graced with your fierce, but gentle love will find themselves holding the map back to all that feels home, the sort of home they never knew they needed. nostalgic journey, no depth of vulnerability that your heart hasn't

felt. you protect those you hold dear as consistently & as naturally as the moon has her seasons. how you so deeply long for the gifts of

your heart to be received by someone who shows up in bright-eyed

knowing of the depths of your sensitivity & selflessness. you are home here with the moon, at rest in the stars. whoever is graced with your fierce, but gentle love will find themselves holding the map back to all that feels home, the sort of home they never knew they needed.

sagitarrius moon woman eyes-opened, hearts-changed, smiles danced across faces: are just some

eyes-opened, hearts-changed, smiles danced across faces: are just some explanations for your sweet, faithful love, Sagittarius moon woman. you— the quest for flowers blooming from adventures created from gritty dreams long-ago planted. a leap too bold for the many—surely for you, a delightful, playful invitation, leading expansively into wideopen spaces. you would risk it all over & over again if it meant a sweet surrender awaited you on the other side. the dreams of the day—held within the sun. you remind all who are loved by you that there is no distance between them & their heart. adventure always awaits. you are the breath that takes us there. explanations for your sweet, faithful love, Sagittarius moon woman. You—the

quest for flowers blooming from adventures created from gritty dreams long-ago planted. a keep too bold for the many—surely for you, a delightful, playful

invitation, leading expansively into wide-open spaces. you would risk it all over & over again if it meant a sweet surrender awaited you on the other side. the

dreams of the day—held within the sun. you remind all who are loved by you that

there is no distance between them & their heart. adventure always awaits. you are the breath that takes us there.

taurus moon woman you are home in your body like no other, Taurus moon woman. you &

you are home in your body like no other, Taurus moon woman. you & the moon are the sweetest of lovers, lighting up each dark night with your piercing gaze. feet— so firmly planted that anyone lucky enough to be loved by you feels themselves transformed by your solid, steady heart. love for you is sun-drenched afternoon’s watering flowers to bloom. love for you is skin on skin delight—a full expansion of the senses, undressing layer by layer in the stillness of morning, under-covers. love for you is here, love for you is right now, awakening in your all encompassing presence. those who rest upon your heart find themselves entrenched, dancing between play & rest, finding revelations hidden in rich-tasting wine. the moon are the sweetest of lovers, lighting up each dark night with your piercing gaze. feet—so firmly planted that anyone lucky enough

to be loved by you feels themselves transformed by your solid, steady heart. love for you is sun-drenched afternoon's watering flowers to bloom. love for you is skin on skin delight—a full expansion of the

senses, undressing layer by layer in the stillness of morning, undercovers. love for you is here, love for you is right now, awakening in

your all encompassing presence. those who rest upon your heart find themselves entrenched, dancing between play & rest, finding revelations hidden in rich-tasting wine.

leo moon woman life loves in full vitality wherever you are, Leo moon woman. you are the

life loves in full vitality wherever you are, Leo moon woman. you are the brightened morning, the glimmer of creative spark in our midday & the electricity hidden within each moon rise. your love language is creativity & generosity. your heart— leaving breathing room for all that has not yet been birthed in tangible form, & dancing a devoted dance to the creator of all that blooms here. those lucky enough to be loved by you will find themselves planted deep within a wild communion, a creative celebration of life-alive in your electric spirit. each footstep you leave behind, a wildflower blooms in it’s space. heart—made of pure stardust. brightened morning, the glimmer of creative spark in our midday & the

electricity hidden within each moon rise. your love language is creativity & generosity. your heart—leaving breathing room for all that has not yet been birthed in tangible form, & dancing a devoted dance to the creator of all that blooms here. those lucky enough to be loved by you will find

themselves planted deep within a wild communion, a creative celebration of life-alive in your electric spirit. each footstep you leave behind, a wildflower blooms in it's space. heart—made of pure stardust.

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gemini moon woman with every new thought, you plant entire worlds, Gemini moon

with every new thought, you plant entire worlds, Gemini moon woman. your mind— always blooming like a wildflower, & your energy—shifting & circulating to those around you effortlessly. your heart thrives in love when you feel free to change, to act upon every calling, every impulse. who ever is loved by you will find themselves speaking & swaying in vibrant colour. when the muse calls, you don’t hesitate to answer to her cheeky whisper. you are golden gifts, in the form of bold love notes—a strip-tease of minds dancing the same silhouette. love to you says, ‘you are free because i am free.’ & oh how your mind, she sways in the wind—dancing up the sweetest melody. woman. your mind—always blooming like a wildflower, & your energy —shifting & circulating to those around you effortlessly. your heart

thrives in love when you feel free to change, to act upon every calling, every impulse. who ever is loved by you will find themselves speaking

& swaying in vibrant colour. when the muse calls, you don't hesitate to

answer to her cheeky whisper. you are golden gifts, in the form of bold love notes—a strip-tease of minds dancing the same silhouette. love to you says, 'you are free because i am free.' & oh how your mind, she sways in the wind—dancing up the sweetest melody.

virgo moon woman

libra moon woman

scorpio moon woman

your love is a rhythmic, devoted ritual—the steady place for feet to land &

anyone drenched in your love & understanding, Libra moon woman, is one

much has been written, forged & birthed from your endless depths. you are

your love is a rhythmic, devoted ritual—the steady place for feet to land & hearts to grow. you discover beauty & perfection where many don’t even glance. you are forever redefining, refining & overcoming, Virgo moon woman. with your love always waiting in silent & steady places, how can one not feel held in all they already are? you—the sweet reminder of the greatest story ever told-one of fully communing with each full belly breath, each practice, each offering. there is purposeful music to be heard in your love that shows no ends. for you, the most sacred love is not separate from every day unfolding.

anyone drenched in your love & understanding, Libra moon woman, is one who truly knows down to their bones of the potency of gentleness. the flowing, always outlasting the forced. you lend your ears so peacefully, so generously that you prompt hearts to bloom some more. you love with your entirety, your gifts—open, luminous doorways for those loved by you. anything your heart catches on the wind can’t help but become beautiful. simply being in your presence—it is enough for others to know they belong in their own body. you gift the sorts of words & gestures that tell the world, that it’s already all it longs to be.

hearts to grow. you discover beauty & perfection where many don't even glance. you are forever redefining, refining & overcoming, Virgo moon

woman. with your love always waiting in silent & steady places, how can one not feel held in all they already are? you—the sweet reminder of the greatest story ever told-one of fully communing with each full belly

breath, each practice, each offering. there is purposeful music to be heard in your love that shows no ends. for you, the most sacred love is not separate from every day unfolding.

capricorn moon woman your love is safe to unravel within, Capricorn moon woman, with your deep

your love is safe to unravel within, Capricorn moon woman, with your deep commitment to simply showing up—here. your noble hands; busy always with something greater, & always open to the world & all that comes with it. you care so deeply—your sleeve made of golden heart. how can one be loved by you & not be moved even further toward themselves? i will never know. no deed, no ask, no calling made too hard for you. your song is one of resounding ownership, the kind that frees one up to something so much bigger. your love is one big consistent, resounding song—sung by those who are courageous & true. commitment to simply showing up—here. your noble hands; busy always with

something greater, & always open to the world & all that comes with it. you care so deeply—your sleeve made of golden heart. how can one be loved by you & not

be moved even further toward themselves? i will never know. no deed, no ask, no

calling made too hard for you. your song is one of resounding ownership, the kind that frees one up to something so much bigger. your love is one big consistent, resounding song—sung by those who are courageous & true.

who truly knows down to their bones of the potency of gentleness. the

flowing, always outlasting the forced. you lend your ears so peacefully, so

generously that you prompt hearts to bloom some more. you love with your entirety, your gifts—open, luminous doorways for those loved by you.

anything your heart catches on the wind can’t help but become beautiful.

simply being in your presence—it is enough for others to know they belong

in their own body. you gift the sorts of words & gestures that tell the world, that it’s already all it longs to be.

aquarius moon woman a love that teaches the world to more reverently sit with itself, Aquarius Moon

a love that teaches the world to more reverently sit with itself, Aquarius moon woman, how you long to be understood in a love language that is channeled straight from a place not many have yet known, oh but how they are about to. your love is always there—an undercurrent, a subtle pulse. it lies deeply within the sky beneath feet, painted in the colour of what it means to be truly free. freedom to love for you isn’t true freedom unless it’s accessible to all. oh woman, how your midnight stargazing & fierce ways are a daily revolution for all that walk the path with you. your love encompasses it all—your heart is the new way. woman, how you long to be understood in a love language that is channeled

straight from a place not many have yet known, oh but how they are about to.

your love is always there—an undercurrent, a subtle pulse. it lies deeply within the sky beneath feet, painted in the colour of what it means to be truly free.

freedom to love for you isn’t true freedom unless it’s accessible to all. oh woman, how your midnight star-gazing & fierce ways are a daily revolution for all that

walk the path with you. your love encompasses it all—your heart is the new way.

much has been written, forged & birthed from your endless depths. you are the walking proof of the sacred stories to be told of the shadows. a mirror, to all that is unseeable, but felt—like nothing ever felt before. your blood is the ocean, capable of a wildness that kills, a churning depth that transforms & a stillness that can’t help but feel wild in some sacred way. for you, there is always more—more to be felt, more to be discovered, more to be tasted. your love is enough to transform darkness to light, painting entire worlds with your radical intention. those loved by you are safe to go there—nothing is too messy for your love, extending out to every beating heart. the walking proof of the sacred stories to be told of the shadows. a mirror,

to all that is unseeable, but felt—like nothing ever felt before. your blood is

the ocean, capable of a wildness that kills, a churning depth that transforms & a stillness that can’t help but feel wild in some sacred way. for you, there

is always more — more to be felt, more to be discovered, more to be tasted. your love is enough to transform darkness to light, painting entire worlds

with your radical intention. those loved by you are safe to go there—nothing is too messy for your love, extending out to every beating heart.

pisces moon woman you are one of the most powerful dreams a dreamer can dream, pisces moon

you are one of the most powerful dreams a dreamer can dream, Pisces moon woman. your love emanates out as a direct transmission of soul, a song— traveling through the confines of linear space & reality to always, always get to the essence. you don’t feel love, but are love. sharing love with another is a direct surrender speaking of wholeness in a language that has to truly be felt to be understood. & feelings— you have felt, tasted, been consumed whole by them all. no spiritual stone left unturned, you are the background longing in the hearts of many. whoever you choose to love will dance in their dreams for an eternity. woman. your love emanates out as a direct transmission of soul, a song—

traveling through the confines of linear space & reality to always, always get

to the essence. you don’t feel love, but are love. sharing love with another is a direct surrender speaking of wholeness in a language that has to truly be felt

to be understood. & feelings— you have felt, tasted, been consumed whole by them all. no spiritual stone left unturned, you are the background longing in

the hearts of many. whoever you choose to love will dance in their dreams for an eternity.


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