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Hello hello!  Hope you all had lovely weekends!

I’ve been enjoying the last of my lazy maternity leave weekends (well, as lazy as life with two kids ever gets) as I’m off back to work very shortly indeed, which includes working every other Saturday.  It could be worse though – once upon a time I worked in bars and retail and never got a weekend off, so I can’t really grumble at working two Saturdays out of four.

As I’ve spent the last 10 months in casual breastfeeding friendly clothes, and the last 7 months prior to that in maternity clothes, there’s a good portion of my wardrobe I haven’t even looked at in a long time.  This meant I spent a little bit of the weekend sorting out my work wardrobe to see what fits, what doesn’t, and what just doesn’t work anymore.  I’ve also bought a couple of ethical bits and pieces this year that I thought I’d share:

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Dress – Braintree Clothing* / Leggings – Braintree Clothing* / Boots c/o Gudrun Sjöden

Braintree Clothing are on to a winner lately, with all of their lovely prints and designs.  I picked this beautiful dress up just this week.  It’s really soft and easy to wear, and will work well just being thrown on in the morning when I’m trying to get myself and my kids out the house and to everywhere we all need to be by 9am!  It’s quite roomy – I’d size down if I were you.

I’m wearing it with my favourite Braintree Clothing leggings – they’re also really soft, stretchy, keep their shape and aren’t see through, like some other leggings.

The boots are a new addition from Gudrun Sjöden.  My old faithful boots have recently died a death (RIP boots, you and me did everything together in the 5 years we had together) so I had been keeping an eye out for a pair of flat easy to wear boots.  This pair are so comfortable, with a lovely springy sole, which feels like it gives a little bounce to my step!

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Cord Dress – Bibico (no longer available in green, but available in grey) / Bag – c/o Kakaw Designs

Now, I actually picked this cord dress up from Bibico way back in the January sales and have squirreled it away until now as I wasn’t able to wear it.  It was love at first sight, as I really liked the cut and shape of it, and truth be told I have a bit of a thing for green cord.   I know cord gets a bit of bad rap, with the whole Geography teacher look thing, but I just really like it.  I do have a degree in Geography after all, so maybe it is a Geographer thing?  If you’re not convinced on cord, also know that it’s pretty cosy, which is a must for chilly autumn mornings.

The bag is from Kakaw Designs, and is handmade by traditional Guatemalan artisans using locally sourced materials, both custom made and repurposed.  It’s roomy, practical and gorgeous (but not trend driven), and is pretty much the perfect size for carting round my work paraphernalia.  It’s sturdily made, and something that’s going to be part of my wardrobe for a long long time to come.

Kakaw Design’s philosophy and story make for really interesting reading, and it’s pretty cool to know that your purchase directly helps support and sustain the traditional Guatemalan skills, and helps support communities and families.

My acorn necklace was a birthday gift from my partner (probably from Etsy).  He has pretty good taste like that!

I’m off on my travels this week, but I do have some posts lined up for you, so have a good week and see you soon!

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