Archive for April, 2010

mission 1: third try

At the end of what has been a eye opening and sometimes difficult month I visited one of my favourite addresses: ‘t Winkeltje (‘The Little Shop’ in Dutch) in Landsmeer. They sell used quality clothes. Sometimes even not so expensive! The mannequin in front of the shop was dressed in a red summer dress with a flary bottom. Very flirty and cute. The label said it was a size 36 (size 30 in England and 8 in the USA), but the fabric made me hope that my size 38/40 (32/34 and 10/12) would fit it. I closed the curtain (literary a curtain) and held my breath. Then I relaxed my stomach. Nothing happened. It fitted perfectly and so did the price. ‘Yes’ said a voice in my head. Halfway in the fitting room hung another dress, a purple one, that caught my attention. I also tried that one on and it felt like a second skin. A little angel on my shoulder asked: ‘Do you really need it?’ ‘No but neither the red dress’, replied the devil. ‘But the red one is only €14,50 and the purple is €50,-, and you’ll wear the red one more often.’ The devil disappeared in thin air and I hung back the purple dress. With a smile on mu face I walked up tp the counter. ‘No need for a bag’, I said, remembering sustainability. It fitted in my purse.

no thanks

You’ve probably experienced it more than once. Me, it irritates. Maybe you think it is cool, but I find it unnecessary. What am I talking about? The plastic bags you get when purchasing something. Without noticing it you collect four bags every shopping spree. Very unnecessary and also not eco friendly. So what is my solution? Just bring your own bag. I have a drawer full of bags and in every purse I have at least two or three plastic bags. That way I don’t have to accept all these environment damaging things. Luckily New Yorker noticed it too. At the bottom of their bags they let you know that you can return your bag and that they will reuse it. And one of the grocery stores in The Netherlands, Jumbo, has a spot where you can bring your used plastic bags and where other costumers can pick them up. Way to go, but more stores should pick this up!!

mission 1: second try

Okay, I already told I’m not a saint. I had a weak moment. I was window shopping in Rotterdam (how else to get to know a place and make it your home). I found one of my favourite shops, River Island. I like that very much because it’s not a very common brand and I like the somewhat extravagant look they have. So as I told I was at bit weak. I was being happy and wanted to try something on. This resulted in spending about 70 euros. Not very good because they don’t sell biological cotton. Just to check how ‘wrong’ I was, I took a look at RankaBrand.com (Rank a Brand gives you an indication of how ‘good’ brands are). River Island had a score of 6 out of 17, coloured bright orange. By comparison: Hennes and Maurits scores 7 and Vero Moda only 2. So there is my downpoint in my first experiment. Fortunately I could have done worse by choosing another store. Wonder how I’ll be doing further on.

bio flowers in rotterdam

Last sunday I was in Rotterdam for the marathon. While I was walking towards Coolsingel, where the finish was, I passed a flower shop that claimed that they sold biological flowers. It looked interesting but my friends wanted to continue walking so they wouldn’t miss a bit of the race. I looked on line for more info but couldn’t exactly find out anything about the shop. What I did find out is that flowers too can have some sort of control stamp that says that they are biological, like the EKO mark on biological bananas etc. It means that they have been bred without chemicals and that the employees in the sector have proper working ad living circumstances. I’ll post here when I’ve had a chance to visit the shop. So excited!!


the EKO mark

surprise

I just love magazines. Evertime I’m at a train station and I have some spare time, I take a look at the magazinestores. Being a woman I have a few fovorites so I have my special route. This time I had a surprise. I found Green.2, a Dutch magazine for concious people. I was very enthousiastic and so I bought the mag. Sitting in the train I looked trought the booklet. It was impressingly thick. My first impression was a female Quest or something, very cleen and serious. The articles were interesting but I was a little bit disapponted. It had my intereste for sure, but I was looking for a glossy eco-friendly mag. Sometimes I found it a bit too idealistic and optimistic. On the whole I was plesently suprised. I’m sure I’m taking a second (and third) look at it!!

rotterdam green? really!!

Just living in Rotterdam I found the most fantastic shop: Studio Re-Use. This shop sells very different items. You can find bags made out of fabric from trucks, bowls made from old records and corsages out of zippers. Only too bad that it’s so-called design and many things are not affordable for me. I find it a bit outrageous to pay more than ten euro’s for an old zipper. Bur nonetheless this store is great for finding inspiration. You only have to remind the idea (or just be bold and make pictures :p ). My score:

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mission 1: first try

My first try at buying green was in Amsterdam. In the famous Jordaan district is one of my most beloved places, a small area called ‘De Negen Straatjes’ (The Nine Streets). Here you find unique shops with fashionable clothes, one of the stores of celebrity loved Marlies Dekkers (known for her bras worn by for example Fergie form the Black Eyed Peas) and old furniture. This is also the base of Episode and Laura Dolls. Laura Dolls is ‘vintageously’ with a large collection of prom dresses. The fifties are the base of the store. Do you want a gown with matching clutch and shoes (and maybe even gloves)? Laura Dolls is the place to be! You can also have fun and dress up as a bride (always nice to do with friends on a rainy day) and find a outfit for a costume party. I always like looking at the kimono, even when they’re (momentarily) out of financial reach. Episode is a small chain of used clothes with two stores in Amsterdam, one in Rotterdam and also located in Antwerp, Brussels and Paris. When you enter the shop you can say that it’s a bit old fashioned. They have loads of seventies, eighties and nineties clothes. Don’t look for the new fashion and don’t expect to find it. You know for sure it’s a unique piece and that you stand out. With an eye for combining you can create really wicked outfits that make a statement. Eventually I ended up with an eighties style pink and black top matching a pink bracelet I already had (remember me telling about combining? It’s a key word for variety without limits and using what you already have).

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