Fashion Revolution Day

Last Thursday the conversation of where our clothes actually come from began, as part of Fashion Revolution Day.

On April 24 of last year, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,133 workers and injuring more than 2,500 people. This factory was the home to manufacturers for clothing companies like Walmart and Primark.

The Rana Plaza collapse killed 1,133 people and injured over 2,500. Photo courtesy by Dazed. http://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/19658/1/fashion-revolution-day-insideout-why-ethical-fashion-is-feminist-fashion

Fair trade pioneer Carry Somers founded the event in hopes of drawing attention to where our clothes are made and how. He hosetd a series of sustainable fashion events, asking people to wear their clothes inside out to show their labels. Hundreds of people shared those photos on social media with the hashtag #INSIDEOUT.

With over 80 per cent of Bangladesh’s export market is made up of garment manufacturing, over half of that is sold to EU countries. Eighty-five per cent of those working in garment factories are women, who have few options for employment. These are the jobs that nobody else wants and women must often put their lives in danger for jobs that offer very little pay, no maternity support and often face sexual harassment. 

Today I went shopping at one of my favourite bargain clothing stores and turned away from the item I had wanted after seeing a “made in Bangladesh” tag. The best option would seem to be turning towards locally made items and away from big clothing stores. But the truth is, if we all bought locally, those in countries like Bangladesh would simply be out of work and an income. Although I still encourage local shopping, the best way to create change is by doing what we can to support better working conditions for those in poorer countries.
Since the incident, the minimum wage for those working in garment factories have had their wages increased by over 70 per cent and standards for such buildings are now more closely watched.
It’s easy to push those issues aside as they don’t affect us directly, but it’s important to be aware of the consequences from the shirt you might be wearing at this very moment.

Plenty sale

Finally, the long weekend is here and I’m sure for many of you, it hasn’t come soon enough. You may be preparing for your Easter dinners, but there is one more thing to put on your calendar that you won’t want to miss!

Starting Friday at 9 a.m. Vancouver’s Plenty clothing store is holding their massive annual sale.

In it’s fifth year, Plenty is hoping to bring in more people as it has become increasingly popular over the years. Starting off in a 2,000 square foot space, this year’s space has increased to 20,000 square feet at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

“It’s such a good deal that people remember [the sale] and are expecting it,” said Plenty’s communication manager Jenna Tuazon.

The local clothing store is selling items from previous seasons for men and women with a discount of 60 – 90 per cent.

Some of the shoes that will be on sale of this week's Plenty warehouse sale

Some of the shoes that will be on sale of this week’s Plenty warehouse sale

Tuazon says she expects the house brand wool coats will sell out quickly for those who will save it for the fall. Those coats can be found on sale for $40. The denim always sells out, she says as well as the shoes.

“If I were a customer, I would go for the shoes right away,” she says.

However, be prepared to wait in a long line with thousands coming down to the event.  Tuaza says that she expects over 10,000 people to join the event with customers lining through the halls of the convention centre. Last year, there were 20,000 units of clothes with more items for this year.

Making a comeback

Well, it has been quite hectic since I last posted. I am finally a journalism graduate and just recently finished an internship with Vancouver 24 hours. I have been working hard at finishing my last year at college, spending 10 to 14 hours a day at school, working on major projects. While interning at 24 Hours, I worked as a social media intern and wrote several feature articles. I was lucky enough to cover Vancouver Fashion Week and made some friends along the way.
But now that that’s all over, I will be doing weekly blog posts again on fashion trends and how they relate in history and perhaps a few feature articles in between. I am looking forward to putting my all back into this blog and constantly improving!
I hope you guys stay tuned in the future and will a be part of this experience!

I will have something new to share within the next week, but until then here is one my fashion articles from 24 Hours, in case you missed it!

September

It’s the middle of September and fall is finally kicking in. I cannot wait to wear dresses with tights, boots and of course with scarves. This year’s fashion trends are out this year, bringing back the 90’s with a vengeance.
And although I’m looking forward to writing all about plaid, knitted sweaters and studded boots, September this year for me also means the busiest time of my life. I am completing my last year of journalism school and two weeks in, the terms “social life” and “free time” are merely mirages. So when I have the time to report on the latest fashions here on this blog, you can bet I will be fastened to my computer. However, I can’t say when that will be next. I hope soon.

Part 2: Beauty secrets that work

Last week, I posted about a few natural beauty tips that women have been using for hundreds of years and still use today.  I have kept on my goal to drink green tea every day and so far, I think it’s working. 

But this week, I found a bunch of tips for healthy-looking hair (and as a girl with naturally curly hair, I need to be in the know of this)!

Where the sun always shines is usually where the best beauty tips come from.
It’s countries like Spain who come up with the best natural remedies to take advantage of the sun’s powers. And who would have thought that they would suggest cranberry juice to accentuate highlights! According to Woman’s Day Magazine , pure cranberry juice (and not the cocktail mix) is washed through the hair. This attracts the sun toward the scalp and accentuates lightness in one’s hair.

In the next country over, Italian women only need to search their kitchen for beautifying mixtures. In an article by Amanda Greene on Woman’s Day, Green writes that adding one cup of plain whole-milk yogurt and one teaspoon of olive oil can be used as a conditioner. “Apply the mixture to washed hair, let it sit for 5 minutes and rinse with cool water,” Greene instructs.

In Japan, a different secret is used for long silky hair and that comes from kelp or seaweed. It carries a rich source of mineral iodine as well as a source for zinc, iron, selenium and calcium, which extenuates healthy hair growth. “It’s not the kelp itself that makes your hair grow thicker and healthier, but the minerals inside that help stimulate hair growth,” says Karolina Weglarz in an article for She Knows Canada.

Ancient beauty secrets that work

With the start of school in just two weeks, I have to say that I’m a little antsy; and not just for the obvious reasons like the end of summer, copious amounts of homework and generally embarking on something new. It’s natural for people to want to look great on their first day back at school, and after overly examining my skin, my nails and my hair, I realized that there is work to be done before September (at least in my mind anyway).
So that’s where this post comes into play. I decided to look up natural and cheap ways to clear one’s skin, make one’s hair less frizzy etc. I came across pages of natural beautifying remedies that different cultures have been using for hundreds of years. And as simple or odd as some of them may seem, a lot of them actually work.
So to get to the point, this week’s post is about some of those ancient beautifying remedies.

With so many tips about everything under the sun, I will start with just the skin:

One of the oldest that I found was from Cleopatra’s time in Ancient Egypt. And as she may be considered the world’s first beauty icon, those remedies must work, right?
It is said that queens at that time bathed in milk as the rich lactic acid exfoliated and rejuvenated the skin.
But for the non-royalty, almond oil was used to for its power to reduce dryness and skin aging. It can be used for hair as well, but it does a number of things for the skin.

The blog, Fiesta Farms, gives some more tips on the uses of almond oil.

The blog, Fiesta Farms, gives some more tips on the uses of almond oil.


It moisturizes it, fights wrinkles, removes blemishes and gives it a healthy glow. It even reduces dark circles under the eyes. As recommended on Arabia Weddings blog, just massage it in at night and wash it off in the morning.

From India, one simple tip is to use water as a toner. “It closes the pores, improves blood circulation and cell stimulation”, says Krishna on her blog, DIY Beauty Tutorials.

She also writes that for acne prone skin, “mix some onion juice and honey in equal ratio. Apply it as a face mask and wash it after 10 – 15 minutes.”

However, my favourite tip comes from China, which only requires a cup of tea at the beginning or end of every day (and who doesn’t love tea?) Green tea is known as an anti-oxidant.

Alongside its many health benefits, it clears up the skin, reduces wrinkles and fights skin aging.

Those are just a few of the great tips that I have read about. What remedies do you use for great skin?