^ the Helen & Douglas hat did not fit my big head. Sad Xandra.
Last week I attended Oxford’s ethical and inspiring ReFashion event. Each year Oxford wastes a ridiculous amount of money (over £660,000!) landfilling a ridiculous amount of clothes (8,000 tonnes!), so this event raises awareness for recycling and refashioning what we’ve got. Best of all I met so many passionate and creative artists!
^ gorgeous capes at vintage stall Dawoosh
^ Crafty Fox
Helena makes accessories out of recycled bikes, and makes Crafty Climber chalk bags
too! I was excited.
^ Maria’s I’ve Seen Action panniers double as messenger bags – they’re available at Cowley Road’s Indigo, one of the coolest shops in Oxford for all things ethical and beautiful.
^ Nicole makes bright and gorgeous bags out of well, other bags, as well as packaging for her shop, Dies, Das Und Jenes.
^ Bianca is so very fashionably light with her transformable little black dresses and garments of recycled fabrics for Be Unlimited Ltd.
^ love Cultural Criminals‘s upcycled bags, which save lorry tarpaulin cut offs from the landfills. I also stocked up on their colourful Oxford postcards.
^ What would a fabulous day in Oxford be without Fe-Line Women and their pamper bar? (Seriously, Oxford ladies, check them out!). Xandra met Sandra, a Boots No.7 makeover magician (they do free makeovers to help you find the precise shades for your skin!); reunited with Blogcadet Joanna, master cat of the Fe-Line community; and accepted much-needed hair-styling expertise from Electric Hair‘s Sam.
Un-pictured additional awesome: Vicky-Mae Mobile Beauty and Therapy, who sparklified my nails at the pamper bar. Vintage Patch‘s fashionable and edgy patches for your mending needs. Swishing and swapping unwanted clothes. WOCA‘s amazing brownies. Mila B’s lovely ethical fashion line Misense.
I basked in the presence of so many fashionably light people at ReFashion. Tread lightly, – it is possible to have a tiny carbon footprint and be fashionable at the same time – just add a little creativity.