If there's something I'm allergic to it's being rushed, especially in the morning. I'm a morning person, mostly because I enjoy taking my time, and if I'm being rushed for any reason within that process, the rest of my day just doesn't go too well. I'll get tired sooner, and I'm usually in a really bad mood for a large part of the day. However, having a calm morning is a luxury that many of us don't have. We either have to be at the office or have a to-do list of a size that we'd rather not discuss. The solution to this is quite simple, and it isn't a new one. The solution to having a productive morning routine without stress is waking up earlier. Waking up earlier doesn't sound appealing to anyone who enjoys getting their needed hours of sleep, however, if you want to make most out of your day, you have to make the most out of the hours you get in a day. I'm not saying you should offer up the sleep you need, when you wake up earlier you also go to sleep earlier. It's something to get used to, and truth be told, it doesn't work for everybody. If you're a night owl, then I fully understand that going to bed earlier will be counterproductive since you'll just lay awake in bed. However, for those who do feel like they're most productive in the morning, but want to make their mornings less hectic, I have a few tips for you.



Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day


Being able to wake up early usually stems from habit, and you can't develop a habit if you just do something sporadically. Creating a habit takes time, so wake up and go to bed at the same time every day and I can assure you that your body will adjust to your new sleep routine if you allow it to. I say if you allow it to because it is very easy to self-sabotage your sleep routine by pulling all-nighters or working till the middle of the night. So, I will repeat, wake up and go to bed at the same time every day.


Prep the night before


By prepping the night before you eliminate the amount of time you spend on doing those things in the morning. Which means that you have more time to start your day in a calm manner. For example, you can put together your outfit the night before, or prepare your breakfast. Little things like that take up more time than you think they do. Cutting up your fruit and veg for smoothies or juices the night before can make a difference in the amount of time you have for yourself in the morning.


Plan an activity right after your morning routine


This is where the productive part of the morning comes in. If you're a student or work for yourself you might find that you get stuck around the time that you've finished your breakfast and start doing little things like checking emails and scheduling social media. You get stuck behind your screen, and just stay there and get into this slump. This would be a good time to schedule a quick meeting like a stand-up. By scheduling an appointment or a quick meeting, you create an energizing activity that marks the start of the day where you get your work done.
Lush products to try if you're not into bath products

Lush is known for their colorful and fragrant bath bombs, bubble bars and bath melts, but finding something to try that isn't a bath product can be incredibly overwhelming. Well, let's be honest, entering a Lush shop can be overwhelming all on its own. However, that doesn't mean that Lush doesn't sell nice products. Lush sells some real skincare gems that definitely are worth a try if you're not into bath products, but do want to try something from Lush.
Malou Tichelaar

Another Story For Tomorrow is a place where I celebrate ethical fashion and it truly excites me when like-minded people reach out to me to collaborate. Malou emailed me a few weeks ago with the question if I would be willing to do something together, and after a quick Google search and going through her website fair-beads.nl, I figured that an interview with Malou would be incredibly interesting. I have a lot of respect for people who choose to find ways to help others in a sustainable and ethical way, and Malou is definitely one of those people. So, before I keep on rambling, let me introduce you to Malou Tichelaar and her brand FairBeads!

Why you should experience different perspectives

Once you've curated a feed, or multiple feeds, of content providers you enjoy consuming, you create a bubble. It's nice in that bubble. You only read, watch, or listen to content that is either in line with your ideals, or at least close to it. This gives you a one-sided perspective on the world, and it's completely fine if you're after that, but I think it's healthy to read from an opposing perspective as well. I'm not saying that you should agree with whatever you're reading, but reading from an opposing perspective can provide you either with information to distance you even further from that perspective, or you might be able to question your own convictions.


Angling, and is there only one truth?


Each news outlet angles their information differently. With angling I mean that news outlets mold information into a story that fits them, or in some cases, fits their motives. I know this isn't news for many, but from the way people in my Facebook timeline respond to (fake) news articles, I think it's only healthy to mention it. I use the word healthy, because I see so many shared news articles in my timelines/feeds with a thread of passionate comments that are written with the belief that the shared news article is the truth, and the only truth. As I mentioned, I think that that gives you a one-sided perspective on a topic, and as that might be comfortable, it isn't balanced. 


Why you should make the effort to read multiple newspapers.


One of the easiest ways to get a diverse perspective on what is going on in the world is by reading newspapers from different parts of the world. You can also read newspapers from which you know that they have contrary beliefs to your own beliefs. I know it isn't the easiest thing to do, and it does take time. However, if you're a Facebook commenter (come on, we all know who I mean here), then you put in energy to pour a part of your passion into a comment on a post that you most likely also put energy in to find that post, then why shouldn't you take the time to read opposing pieces? I'm not only trying to get the social media neighborhood troll to become a well-informed troll, if you feel a little bit too safe in your curated media bubble, I also urge you to read or watch news from outlets that are out of your comfort zone.
5 cruelty-free statement lipsticks


When I made the switch to cruelty-free beauty products in 2014 I had to replace many of my favorite lipsticks. By now I think I have a nice collection of lipsticks that serve all of my 'needs', so if you're into statement lipsticks, but don't want to support companies that conduct animal testing, then this post is for you.

5 of my favorite statement lipsticks


1. Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in So Marilyn
So Marilyn is a true, classic red color and has a satin finish. The satin finish of Charlotte Tilbury's K.I.S.S.I.N.G is a bit of a change for me because I tend to go for matte lipsticks, but I think that the satin finish gives the classic red lip look a more modern feel.

2. Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Hel's Bells
Hel's Bells has Charlotte Tilbury's signature matte revolution finish. The matte revolution finish is matte, yet it doesn't make your lips feel like they're about to fall off. It's probably the most flattering matte formulation I have ever tried.Charlotte Tilbury created Hel's Bells for her Hot Lips collection and this shade was created for Helena Bonham-Carter. 

Kiss print

- Read here why I stopped supporting companies that conduct animal testing  - 


3. GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Matt Raspberry

Gosh's Raspberry is, as the name suggests, a fruity bright pink color. GOSH's matte finish is forgiving just as long as you keep your lips moisturized. I love to wear this lipstick when I want to brighten up my face, but don't want to go for a full on red.

4. The Body Shop Colour Crush Shine Lipstick in Fuchsia Flirt

This is my go to lipstick for when I want to wear something colorful, yet something easy to wear. The Colour Crush Shine lipsticks from The Body Shop are so comfortable to wear thanks to the moisturizing formula. Fuchsia Flirt has a buildable opacity due to the moisturizing formula, which makes it a great lipstick to wear in a casual setting.

5. Dr. Hauschka Lipstick in Amaryllis*

Amaryllis is a deeper red shade in comparison to So Marilyn. It's also a bit warmer toned than So Marilyn which makes Amaryllis a great red shade for the warmer months. The Dr. Hauscka Lipsticks have a satin finish and a slightly moisturizing formula. I say slightly because the Dr. Hauscka Lipstick formula is comfortable to wear, but the lipstick doesn't just slide off my face due to the moisturizing formula.

*This product was gifted by a company. This doesn't influence my opinion on whether or not I like a product.

Today is world fair trade day and I only thought it would be fitting that I share my opinions on the argument that fast fashion factory workers don't really have any other choice than working for fast fashion brands because their other options are far worse. My reaction to when that statement was shown in The True Cost was ''that's bullshit, that doesn't justify the working conditions of fast fashion factories at all''.

How can we still think that working at a fast fashion factory is in any shape or form a better option after what happened at Rana Plaza in 2013? 1,138 people were killed when Rana Plaza collapsed. 1,138 people. People who worked extreme amounts of hours, people who were paid so-called 'living wages', and worked in working conditions so dangerous that it ended their lives. People who should have had a healthy amount of working hours, people who should have been paid fair wages and should have worked in working conditions that didn't put their health at risk.
fair trade working conditions

You might think that it isn't your responsibility to think about these things, but fast fashion chains and other modern day slavery industries don't take their responsibility either. They hire a factory to manufacture their products and as soon as it comes out that the working conditions are unethical they point their finger at the factory. Because they have rules and regulations themselves and it's in the hands of the factory to follow those. While the factory owners and workers say that there is so much pressure to deliver ridiculous amounts of products in a short time that this is the only way it's possible to fulfill the demands of the company that hired them. Companies want their products fast and a lot of them because the products sell fast. The products sell fast because of the fact that we, the consumer, want our products fast and in large quantities. So, we need to take a hard look at our consumer behavior before we point our fingers at the companies as well.

For every cheap piece of clothing you buy, someone else is paying the price. That price being not receiving fair wages, having to work in working conditions that are extremely dangerous, or if they worked at Rana Plaza on the 24th of April 2013, their lives. If this is all news to you, please watch The True Cost, it was a huge eye-opener for me.


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Vintage per kilo sale


Buying vintage or secondhand is always more sustainable and more ethical than buying something new. So, I'd always recommend buying vintage/secondhand over buying something new. Vintage per kilo sales are a popular thing in the Netherlands. The idea is, is that you pay around 15-20 EUR for a kilo of vintage clothing, which is a pretty good deal especially if you're able to find the pieces you're missing in your wardrobe.

When I went to my first vintage per kilo sale I didn't have a plan, and I bought way too much which wouldn't be a problem if I actually bought good stuff. I don't want you to make the same mistake like I did, so I've made a list of a few tips for when you go to a vintage per kilo sale.

My tips for a vintage per kilo sale


1. Wear something that you can try clothes on top of


There usually aren't any fitting rooms at vintage per kilo sales which is fine, but there are some pieces you need to try on. I usually go for yoga leggings, a tank top and a t-shirt on top. I know, not the most stylish outfit, but it is practical.

2. Know what you're looking for


Don't be like me at my first vintage per kilo sale and have an idea of what pieces you're looking for. Otherwise, you'll end up with things that you're just not going to wear. If you can't find anything you like, just don't buy anything.

3. Minor alterations are easy to do


With some vintage pieces, you have to look past the shoulder padding, or awkward dress length because those are easy things to fix. I wouldn't suggest buying something that needs a ton of work but dresses, trousers, and sleeves can always be made shorter.

4. Take your time


At events like these, the stock is always added, so walk past the same racks a few times so you don't miss anything. When you can't find something at first hand, go for lunch or have a coffee somewhere, and then go back. Chances are that the stock is completely different and you might be able to find the things you're still missing in your wardrobe.


Upcoming vintage per kilo sales


Facebook is usually the place where I find vintage per kilo sales in my area, so I did a quick search and made a list of all of the upcoming vintage per kilo sales that I could find.


the Netherlands & Germany


The United Kingdom

The benefits of an apple cider hair rinse


I'm always trying to figure out ways to make my beauty routine greener, less of a fuss, and generally better. I heard of apple cider vinegar rinses before, but always thought them to be fussy, stinky, and didn't really see the point of them. Up until I put apple cider vinegar in my henna mixture. Usually henna slightly dries out my hair and scalp, but this time my hair was so soft, manageable and incredibly shiny. Shiny in a healthy way, and not in a greasy way. So, since then I have been doing apple cider vinegar hair rinses.

In this post I'll explain what the benefits of apple cider vinegar hair rinses are, the ingredients you need to make your own apple cider vinegar rinse, how you make your own apple cider vinegar rinse, and how you can use apple cider vinegar hair rinses.

The benefits of an apple cider vinegar hair rinse


1. Apple cider vinegar balances the pH of your hair

pH stands for potential of hydrogen. In a nutshell, with pH you can measure how alkaline or acidic a substance is. You often read it on the packing of beauty products. Why? Well, most cosmetic ingredients alter your natural pH levels, and most hair products actually disrupts the natural pH balance of your hair. pH is scaled from 0 to 14, 0-6.9 is acidic, 7 is neutral, and 7.1-14 is alkaline. Your natural hair, scalp oil, and sebum should be around 4.5 or 5.5, so natural human hair is quite acidic. Your hair acidicy fungi and bacteria in your hair and scalp. When you use a shampoo with a high pH level your hair and scalp can get too alikli. When you hair is too alkili your hair and scalp bascially becomes the perfect place for fungi and bacteria to grow. Yeah, sounds gross, I know. An itchy scalp, dandruff and eczema are also signs of too alkili hair. Apple cider vinegar has a pH level of 3, and by adding water to it, it will have a pH level of about 4, which is good because it balances the pH level of your hair if it is too high.

2.  Apple cider vinegar removes product build up

After using heavy conditioner for a while (my hair needed conditioner otherwise it just would be a tangly mess) and at some point it just weighed my hair down. I needed to wash my hair more often, which is a chore when you have hair like mine. But since using apple cider vinegar rinses regularly, my hair feels much lighter, and I'm able to achieve volume without having to add a ton of product to it.

3. Apple cider vinegar increases shine
When the pH level of your hair is in balance, your hair cuticles close. When your hair cuticles are closed your hair has a healthy and shiny finish to it.


Ingredients

  • 1 part apple cider vinegar
  • 10 parts water
  • +/- 15 drops of essential oil (optional)

How to make an apple cider vinegar hair rinse


1. Pick a bottle to use

I personally use a glass bottle which works, however, if you have an old spray bottle laying about I highly suggest you use that. Spraying the apple cider vinegar rinse on your hair is much easier than pouring it over your hair.


2. Pick an essential oil (optional)

Let's all be honest here. Apple cider vinegar doesn't smell nice. Essential oils can be a great solution as a scent, and can also be a great addition. Tea trea oil is, for example, a great addition if you suffer from dandruff.

3. Combine all of the ingredients

Put the 1 part apple cider vinegar, 10 parts of water and the essential oil in your bottle of choice.

How to use an apple cider vinegar hair rinse

I wash my hair twice a week, and I use my ACV hair rinse after shampooing, leave it for about 5 minutes, and I rinse it then with cold water. If you wash your hair more often than that I wouldn't recommend using an ACV hair rinse every wash, but once or twice a week.

As someone that is eczema prone I can't recommend apple cider vinegar hair rinses enough. My scalp hasn't felt this comfortable for a long time. Another huge bonus is that my hair looks and feels so much healthier. You have to get over the smell, but I haven't noticed that the ACV smell lingers for a long time.

Are you going to try apple cider vinegar rinses? Let me know! If you already use apple cider vinegar rinses, what essential oil(s) do you put in your mix?