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There’s really no denying it…

It’s upon us. The countdown meter at the supermarket even told me today that it’s only 32 sleeps. We are either merrily entering, gently tiptoeing or begrudgingly dragging ourselves into the Christmas season.

I’m not quite there yet - but I feel it starting to pull. I may have even started thinking about what kind of garland will adorn the mantlepiece this year and where we’ll put the tree. I may have dived back into my Christmas pinterest board.

We all know that Christmas is the highest consumer season of the year. We throw cash around that we don’t have on things that we and other people don’t really need. We buy outfits for parties and novelty clothing that we’ll forget about next year. In fact, this article exposed that one in four Christmas jumpers bought last year will never be worn again. One in three under 35’s will buy a new Christmas jumper each year (stating that they don’t want to be seen in the same one again or that they buy new ones because they are so cheap). It’s estimated that £220 MILLION POUNDS are spent every year on novelty Christmas jumpers alone. Call me scrooge. I can take it.

About 6 weeks ago, Stacey Dooley’s BBC documentary about fast fashion aired. It caused quite a stir and started some brilliant conversations on and offline. It did a great job of highlighting some of the major environmental catastrophes connected with the demand for fast, disposable fashion and people were rightly outraged and concerned with how our excessive consumption of clothes is effecting people and the planet.

I thought it might be a good time to circle back on some of those conversations - to remind ourselves about the impact that fast fashion has and how we can be agents of change as consumers, especially with party season approaching and the lure to buy new shiny things becoming a real draw.

If you are wanting to change your fast-fashion habits this season, this is for you.

If you want to pull the reigns in on your over-consumption and look at fashion as a long lasting investment, this is for you.


I have some tips for how we get a handle on this. These are things that help me; because even though I’m an activist in this area and I have real convictions, it doesn’t mean I’m not tempted or interested in style. Here’s what helps me:

1) Unsubscribing from fast-fashion retailer newsletters. Do it. We do not need to know what promotions they are having (the answer is always many many promotions) if we do not need more clothes. The lure and the feeling of missing out or needing to spend can be curtailed if we can remove these seemingly insignificant reminders from our inboxes.

2) Unfollowing fast-fashion retailers from social media, including fast-fashion bloggers/vloggers and influencers who will be undoubtedly doing all kinds of Christmas hauls. If we really want to set a new path with our consumption, we can unfollow until we find it less tempting. Advertising is everywhere, and the more control over it we take, the easier it will be to not feel left behind or out of the loop.

3) Find ethical brands that suits our personal style and put in a request for a voucher or an item from them this year. A dressy Winter coat you can wear every Christmas year on year or maybe a piece that will transition well from season to season. I have found that when you invest in the true cost of a piece of clothing and you know where it has been made you feel so much more connected to it and less likely to discard it. This organic wool cardigan below is one of my absolute A/W 18 favourites from one of my favourite ethical brands, Thought Clothing. It’s cozy and neutral and the perfect layering piece for the change from Autumn to Winter. Thought’s pieces are accessible in size (sizing is always generous and true), price and style and a go-to for me when I need to replace something specific.


4) Avoid the shopping centres! From now until after the New Year you can pretty much expect to spend half of your day in traffic if you plan on venturing to a shopping centre on the weekend. It is mayhem. Take yourself out of the chaos. Being in shopping centres and malls is always going to make staying away from fast-fashion really hard. There is a gravitational pull when mass amounts of people are all in the same place doing the same thing. Avoid avoid avoid! If you need to go for something specific, you could even pledge to just bring whatever cash you need and leave the handy cards at home.

5) Finally, arrange a clothes swap! This is my TOP TIP. Text 5 friends right now and tell them that you are hosting a pre-chrimbo clothes swap at your house. They have to bring their best clothes that they know they won’t wear again. Throw in some wine, some Bublé and a good try-on session and it’s going to end up being the best Christmas night-in of your life. AND you’ll leave with a few new bits to scratch that shopping itch without any impact on the planet or your wallet. Winner winner turkey dinner!

These are just five of my own tried and tested ways of avoiding fast-fashion at peak consumer seasons in particular (and throughout the rest of the year really). Maybe you have something else you'd like to add to the list - another top tip? Please do let me know in the comments or send me a DM. Always happy to chat about this stuff and find out what works for others.

* This is a proud collaborative post with Thought Clothing. I’m always grateful to get to work with brands that support me in writing about issues that are important to me.*

As a thank you to readers, Thought are offering you a whopping 20% off everything on their website by using the code ‘MW20’ from now until the end of February!

With big love and thanks to the amazing Gillian from Gather & Tides for the photography in this post.


It's been a few weeks since we had our Assembly Spring/Summer Gathering for the year so I thought I'd take you inside and show you what we got up to.

These Gatherings are pretty all consuming for me in the lead up - so much thought, preparation, promotion, sourcing and energy goes into putting this day together and I love it. I do. It flexes creative muscles in me that I want to build but make no mistake, it also takes a small army of helpers around me to make it happen. I am so grateful for all the people who were on my team for this Gathering - so many beautiful women who made it all come together - with their skills, expertise, encouragement and generosity. 


We headed back to the gorgeous home of Erin and Jo (The Edible Flower) in Saintfield for this years Gathering and it is such a warm, generous space. It takes a special couple to have the courage and tenacity to be able to host 40 women for the day so effortlessly. They cleared out space for us, cooked delicious food for us, led a workshop, lit campfires and were generally amazing. 

Setting up and bringing a vision of table settings and flowers and backdrops is such an exciting part of this role for me and I was so lucky to have Kelly from Ciderpress Lane as my right hand woman to help with setting up. Kelly runs similar dinners and workshops through her awesome business Ciderpress Lane in Seattle, Washington and we connected over IG ages ago through mutual friends. It just so happened that she was in Ireland on vacation the same time as our Gathering was happening so I scooped her up and was so thrilled that we could finally meet in real life and she could come and be part of Assembly with us! 


I also had the absolute pleasure of bringing in Lindsey from The Wildflower to make the table come alive with some gorgeous spring blooms. I cannot tell you how happy these flowers made me - they were the perfect peachy tones and really made the table look so special (you'll see them in situ later on down the post). Lindsey is such a dream to work with and totally got my ideas and the feel I wanted to create. If you ever need anything floral done, she's your girl.


We were also so lucky to have Steph and Matt from This Old Home come and bring some of their stunning backdrops for different spaces around the Gathering. These guys have such style and warmth and their gorgeous wooden backdrops brought a really unique element to the different spaces around the property. The dressed wooden triangle finished off our dining space beautifully and the chevron backdrop we used to serve welcome cocktails from was something really special. Such a gorgeous fam they are (their beautiful boy Tom got in on the action while we set up) with such creative know-how.


After everyone arrived and had a seasonal cocktail and some canapes we broke up into workshops - one half of the group heading out to meet with Jo and learn about seasonal gardening, growing your own veg and getting a chance to pot some plants to take home. Erin and Jo have a large vegetable garden where they grow much of the food they cook and cater with so Jo took us on a tour. I don't know anyone more enthusiastic about soil, crop rotation and the ultimate joy of growing your own than Jo. She is utterly joyfully contagious and a wealth of info. They are going to be running some twilight gardening sessions (with yummy food included) on their property during July/August so if learning more about this stuff is your thing you should get along! 


While one group got their hands dirty, the other half of the group headed over to the cow byre to meet up with Tonya from Infinity Farm. Tonya is an urban beekeeper and came along to take a workshop on making beeswax products. Everyone had a chance to make some scented beeswax lipbalm and an eco-friendly beeswax wrap (alternative to cling film/tinfoil) to take home! The smells coming from the workshop space were heavenly as everyone had a go at blending essential oils into their beeswax lipbalms. 


Then to feast! And feast we did. The Edible Flower team put on such a spread of food for us, I was satisfyingly bursting at the seams at the end of the night. Soup, scones, homemade sourdough pizza made in their brand new wood-fired pizza oven with local, seasonal toppings and the most incredible rhubarb pavlova to finish. 


Denby provided us with sets of plates from their new Studio Blue collection and they looked beautiful on the table with the optical white stonewashed linen tablecloths and indigo linen napkins provided by the wonderful LinenMe. It's all of these small details that bring a table together, don't you think?

Our amazing designer Nat from  Keady Row  did up our menu/manifesto cards for each person in our new Assembly branding.

Our amazing designer Nat from Keady Row did up our menu/manifesto cards for each person in our new Assembly branding.


Everyone was also treated to a little gift from two amazing companies. Some organic sunscreen from Green People and a beautiful selection of candles and tealights from The Botanical Candle Company (which were opened with audible gasps at how beautiful they were). The candle scents were 'Greenhouse' and 'Cutting Garden' which just felt so perfect given our seasonal workshops. Big huge love and thanks to Green People and The Botanical Candle Co. for being so generous with their products. 


How gorgeous are these mamas with their fresh new babies? Assembly is always accommodating of new babies (and you'll never be short of someone to hold your baby while you eat)!

And so this is where the magic happens; around the table. Conversations deepen, connections are made as we relish in the simple pleasure of eating and drinking together. It's always my favourite time to take stock - to look around the room at people getting to know each other, laughing and making space for their own nourishment. Such a joy.

After dinner we retreated to the campfire and had warm milky chai tea before we said our goodbyes and packed down.


Thank you so much to everyone who made our Spring/Summer Gathering such a treat. To those who came, threw themselves into workshops and made new connections, to our incredible hosts and the team of women who brought it all together. A special final thank you again to our amazing photographer Rachel from Martha & Pine Photography. She captured the day so beautifully and these images are all her amazing work. She is a magician.

If you want to be part of what Assembly is all about - making space to reflect, learn, gather and grow into our creative selves - then you might want to think about joining our Members Community. This is a warm, inclusive group of women from the North and South of Ireland who want to invest in the community aspect of Assembly on a regular basis. Members get discounts on tickets to all Assembly events, get together at members only meet ups, have access to live workshops in our buzzing private facebook group and have the opportunity to take part in special projects together that empower women in need. 

If that sounds like something you'd like to be part of, come join us! Doors are only open for a little while so click here to join today! 


It's Fashion Revolution Week - five years on from the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh where over 1000 people lost their lives because of health and safety negligence when a garment factory - making clothes for brands that you and I buy from - collapsed. 

I'm so glad to see ethical fashion become a more mainstream conversation every year and I'm so grateful for trailblazers in the fashion, labour and environmental industries that are demanding, expecting and creating change. I am a proud ethical fashion advocate - it's something that I've worked hard to understand, read up on and be intentional about. Slowly, over the last 6 years, my fashion habits have changed and I feel connected to and part of this movement.

There are so many amazing articles and books that are available for those just starting out on the journey that are hungry for more information to change their mindset and habits (my personal recommendation would be to read any of Safia Minneys books - Slave to Fashion or Slow Fashion are my two favourites) but here are some issues I think we need to dig deeper into if we want to move past the superficial and get serious about ethical fashion:




It’s awesome buying from ethical fashion companies – we need to support the amazing makers and workers that are innovating and changing the industry. What I think will make a more significant impact on the industry is if we all try to slow things down a bit – to gently pull the brakes on our consumerism. Even the most ethically made clothing can find its way to the back of our wardrobes and end up useless and in the pile of unwanted clothes. Systemic change in the industry comes from consumers looking at their frantic shopping habits and taking more time to consider what they really need and how much it will serve them.



There are so many aspects of the fashion and garment production industry that we need to swot up on. Fabric is a big one because some are more sustainable and produced with less impact than others. Linen, for example is a plant-based fabric made from flax – I’ve loved linen for as long as I can remember because our local area is renown for its history in linen production and we learned about it from an early age in school. It can be grown and processed without chemicals and biodegrades quicker than most other fabrics. Cotton, if farmed organically can be good but takes a lot of water to produce. Hemp (stick with me) is a really great fabric – highly productive and easy to grow. It is really tolerant of pests so doesn’t need chemicals to cultivate. And there is so much innovation going on in fabric technology now making use of waste in so many amazing ways.  Soon we could be wearing fabric made from plastic bottles

Jazmenia top thought clothing
The Jazmenia top c/o Thought Clothing  - made from hemp and so perfect for Spring/Summer.

The Jazmenia top c/o Thought Clothing - made from hemp and so perfect for Spring/Summer.


If you really want to know #whomadeyourclothes you are going to have to do some digging. If this issue is important to you and you are committed to seeing and being the change, it’s so important that we don’t just pay lip service by depending on the knowledge of other people but that we do our own research. Target your favourite retailer, dig into their website to find out about their supply chain and environmental policies. If you can’t find anything substantial find out who runs their CSR, sourcing or supply chain department. Email them and ask to see their Modern Slavery Statement (Section 54 of the UK Modern Slavery Act requires commercial organisations that operate in the UK and have an annual turnover above £36m to produce a statement setting out the steps they are taking to address and prevent the risk of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains). You can even look up your favourite brand or group of brands on the Modern Slavery Registry and see if their statement is there. As a consumer, we are an integral cog in this wheel and we deserve to have this information available in order to understand and hold companies to account.

We have to leverage our consumer power. Ask for better transparency. Put the pressure on. Don’t settle for green labels on clothes that feign the idea of actually doing something positive – ask for more! Let us see your factories, hear the stories of your workers! We must ask them to tell us clearly and boldly how they're going to step up on these issues! There’s never been a more significant time to join the fashion revolution than now – the ground is swelling with activists and fashion lovers making their voices heard – calling for better treatment of people and the planet and change is swirling and rising. Come join us?

P.S. I'm going to be speaking about ethical fashion at a small event in Dublin this Friday night as part of Fashion Revolution week. If you're local and want to come along, let me know and I can hook you up with details!


Now is an amazing time to make some green changes to your everyday. The slog of January is over and the motivation of the new year is beginning to hum in the background…

Maybe you’ve felt drawn to be a little more earth conscious and you want to find a way to begin that journey in an attainable way. Maybe you have realised that as humans we are both the problem and the solution to so many major environmental and ethical crises in the world today. What you need to know is that being green, eco, ethical or sustainable doesn’t have to be complicated. 

I’m talking small steps that really make a difference. That’s what this blog is all about – showcasing simple ways to be more thoughtful about how we live; understanding that modern life and being ethical don’t have to be conflicting or difficult to marry up. There are ways and means to begin our eco journey without feeling overwhelmed – here’s my starter for five for 2018:


1) Change up your toothbrush. This is a tiny effort and a huge impact. We all (hopefully) brush our teeth, but plastic toothbrushes never biodegrade and end up in landfill, causing damaging greenhouse gasses and ruining ecosystems that help our planet to thrive. Bamboo toothbrushes are cheaper than plastic ones, are completely biodegradable and in my opinion – nicer to look at than plastic ones. I love The Humble Co. & especially love their Humble Smile Foundation – such an amazing ethos within the brand and the dedication from dentists and dental hygiene professionals wanting to support vulnerable people around the world is commendable. It’s so simple to buy these instead of your usual plastic brush (options for bamboo brushes online are endless now). What are you waiting for?!


2) Make one DIY cleaning product. Try just one. Our homes are supposed to be safe havens but many of us are unaware of the amount of toxic chemicals that reside in our everyday products. Maybe this is your year to try out a make-it-yourself cleaning recipe. Maybe a simple water, white vinegar, castile soap & essential oil mix for an everyday spray? I got my amber glass spray bottles (shown above) here if you wanted to do the same. Or try one of Hannah’s tried and tested recipes? Even better, get your hands on Wendy’s new book ‘Fresh Clean Home’ and pick a few things to try this year so you can ditch the toxic chemicals in your home once and for all.  

3) Reduce your clothes shopping. Try a little fast fashion fast – no clothes shopping for a month. The strain that the fashion industry puts on the environment is devastating – not to mention the questionable supply chains and workers not given basic human rights. Put the money you would have spent on a few bargain items in a safe place and at the end of the month find an ethical brand or independent maker you love (check out Wild Flora Clothing for some incredible seamstress skills and properly well made garments) and buy something special from them. Try and buy something that will get a lot of wear - good basics are worth investing in.

wild flora clothing
wild flora clothing jumpsuit

(Jumpsuit of dreams c/o Wild Flora Clothing)

4) Bring your bags! How many times have you been to the supermarket and got to the checkout and realised that you forgot your bag for life either at home or heaven forbid, in the car – right outside…? Intentions are good but we need to up our game and reduce our dependence on single use plastic bags (even if we could argue that they are dual use because they end up lining our bins...desperate times). Same goes for bringing our own bags for loose products (fruit/veg). Make this the year that you decide to not buy any more bags for life – even if it means you have to do the walk of shame to the car with a trolley full of bag-less unpacked items. 

5) Get reusable bottles/mugs. Not just any though – so many of them are badly made, fall apart easily or are made from toxic materials. Find one that is sustainably made. There are some expensive models in the market but don't let that put you off the search. We have found these One Green Bottles really good value and so good for not only helping us remember to take our water with us but also for keeping water cold all day and reminding me especially to up my intake of H2O. We are also big fans of Keep Cups. I have this one and get asked about it all the time. I use it a lot, try to keep it in my bag and have brought it into coffee shops and given it to them to fill when I’m ordering a take away.


Five simple things - which ones seem doable to you? Let me know in the comments here or on IG/Facebook etc. 

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If you’ve stuck around here long enough, you’ll know that I am an advocate of slow, sustainable fashion.

Much of this passion has come from my work looking at exploitation and human trafficking – realising the connection and disconnect between what we consume and the people who make our stuff. I have spent years now learning about the fashion industry; the systems, the policies, the garment workers, the belly of the beast.

The fashion industry is booming. There are 52 collection cycles a year with most big retailers. It might not be surprising then that fashion is the most pollutant industry in the world; second only to oil. There are huge environmental concerns that we just don’t consider when we bag a bargain. Did you know it takes 1800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make the average pair of jeans? The rise of fast fashion means that factories in developing countries (where labour is cheap) are manufacturing non-stop to keep up with our quick-fix excessive shopping demands. The factories are filling the air with toxic chemicals pumped out by machinery used to make synthetic clothing.

The effects of this relentless manufacturing is evident in climate change – an issue that impacts developing countries with particularly huge devastation. Climate change means that developing countries are experiencing overwhelming heat and vast areas of drought, leading to crop failure. Crop failure means that farmers can’t survive in business and trade. Business failure leads to poverty, malnourishment and eventually whole community vulnerability. Can you see how it all connects…? Our demand, our excess. Global repercussions.

Environmental issues in the fashion industry are one thing, but lately I’ve been feeling strongly that in order to see real change, we need to recognise that fast fashion is a massive feminist issue as well.

Jumper: Cosiest ever  Mara Black Wool Jumper c/o Bibico

Not only is it mostly women who buy and wear fast fashion but it's mostly women who make the garments we buy. In fact, 80 – 90% of garment workers across the globe are young, uneducated, rural migrant women.

There has been such a surge of feminist sentiment in the Global North in the last few years – women are rising up to claim their space, to demand more, to be seen and heard. Small movements towards equality are breaking through the ground of patriarchy and we are hearing new voices of gifted women in the social, political and business spheres. We are leaning in, we are taking up space, we are relentless in our pursuit of equality.

That’s the good news. Progress. Voices heard.

But here’s the glitch.

When feminism is seen as a cause pursued by and for mainly Western women, we are completely missing the point.

Equality for middle class women in the West is not the goal. It is missing a giant piece of the global puzzle that unlocks the bigger picture of equality.

We wear our high street feminist slogan tees, but have we thought about who made it?

In Bangladesh – the country responsible for most of the worlds garment production - recruiters seek out poor, young women to do the work. The idea is that these young women have more energy, are more flexible, have greater pressure to provide for their families and less knowledge of political systems that keep them in poverty. They scout for women who will do the most amount of work and make the least amount of noise. That unsettles me. A lot.

Unless we, the women of the West, can see that equality for the women who make our clothes is intrinsically connected to our own equality, then any progress we make in the West is in vain.

There are incredible brands out there carving out a brave and different way and we can check in to see how our favourite retailers are doing to prioritise equality. Having worked in the fashion industry as a designer for years (for brands like Zara and Topshop), Snow, founder of ethical clothing company Bibico, realised that it was possible to create a company that worked with producers who really looked after the people who worked for them. Transparency was attainable.

why fashion is a feminist issue
why fashion is a feminist issue

Bibico now works with two women's cooperatives that are both fair-trade certified by the WFTO. The coops provide women with training, education and work, support and counselling. This way of working is empowering them to move themselves and their children forward and out of the world of poverty. Their clothing is fairly priced to be able to make this happen and Bibico is evidence that business can be done so it’s fair for everyone.

You see, The Sisterhood is so much more than what we see around us or on twitter and slogan tees. It is deep and wide and connected throughout the world by so much more than we realise. Our consumer habits matter. Where we buy from matters. What we wear is testament to what we believe. We cannot continue to knowingly or unknowingly isolate matters of equality for women to geography because the truth is that it is all connected. Our empowerment is tied up in the empowerment of the 15 year old working in the Bangladeshi garment factory.

why fashion is a feminist issue

This is important for us women in the West because we are the consumers. We create the demand; set the tone. We actually hold the key to the revolution for the women who need to be given back access to their voice.

Our purchase power has the potential to change business models, demand transparency of supply chains and call for a better way. We don’t want to shut down garment factories and put women out of jobs – we want to call the brands that use those factories to excellence and fairness. To be confident that when we shop, that the women who made our clothes are safe, well paid and able to voice their concerns without fear.

Look behind your label; consider asking your favourite brands (especially the ones that are using advertising to play on our increasing political/feminist awareness) to tell us more about who makes our clothes and what they are doing to empower those women. 

The industry needs to know that women of the West are interested; that we are standing in solidarity with our sisters in the garment factories with our voices and our wallets.

I'd love to continue the conversation with you on this. Do you see the connection? What kind of things do you struggle with in terms of ethical fashion? 

* With thanks to Pete McDonagh for the pictures and the inspirational Bibico for working with me on this post.*


It's the middle of August here and although Summer seems like a distant memory already (actually considered lighting our fire this weekend. Ugh), I wanted to share one last brand with you that I've been wearing this Summer.  I think you're going to love them.

Sukkhacitta is a beautiful hand-crafted clothing company making a huge difference in rural Indonesia and indeed, the world. It's focus is on empowering women who face massive economic and educational barriers by investing in their craft and giving them ownership and investment in their abilities. They are passionate about community impact and by investing in these women and their skills, the ripples of this are felt throughout the village they work in. Everyone benefits. 

In rural areas where poverty is rampant, it seems that craft is providing a viable opportunity for women in particular to pursue economic freedom while taking care of their children at home. In a country where education acts as a barrier for these last mile communities to enter formal employment, craft offers a livelihood option to nearly 30mn people living under poverty.

To top I'm wearing here is the Senja Back Button Top and is made with a double ikat weave - such gorgeous detail with the little flecks of white lines in the charcoal weave. It's casual, it's fancy, it's wearable and durable. I love it. I'll be wearing it year round.

The transparency element with Sukkhacitta is the best bit of the brand for me. I can see the heart behind every part of the brand's ethos and they are brilliant at documenting their relationships with their partners in Indonesia. They often share snippets of the weavers and crafters in action on their instagram stories and it really makes you feel connected to what they are doing. I love seeing behind the scenes, especially the techniques that go into making each garment. Years of skills and craft passed down - something we are so far removed from when we buy into fast fashion. Have a look at what you're wearing right now.  Have you ever thought about the hands that have touched it? The people who gathered the cotton, spun it, dyed it, wove it, sewed it? Who are they? It's incredible that we know so little really when every garment has a story to tell. 

Sukkhacitta's slogan is #MadeRight and it really is. From how they identify their partners, to the way they listen to what these communities need, their transparency and the garment quality (the styles and price points are brilliant and accessible) is made right from beginning to end. I love finding brands like this to champion because they have taken a risk amidst the busy pull of a fashion industry that wants us to believe that we should move quickly and buy more. These guys are into slow, consistent and radical change. 

They have items for men and women, beautiful scarves, kimonos and some trousers in the same ikat weave that I'm eyeing up for my next purchase so please do check out Sukkhacitta and consider buying from a brand that is doing some really life-changing work. 

Thanks to Sukkhacitta for partnering with me to share about their awesome work.

If sustainable fashion is your thing or you'd like to learn more about how our purchases and the choices we make in our everyday life could change the world, why not sign up to be part of my online course on Eco Family Living? It's a full month of getting curious, learning, making some changes and being more intentional about how you do life as a family. We're going to do it in community on a closed facebook group so click here to read a bit more about it and to secure your spot!