Donate, don't ditch. I'm talking about your old undies that countless impoverished women and girls would give their left kidney to be able to use... I invite you to sort through your drawers and part with the items you no longer wear in a truly sustainable way; contributing to my latest donation box so these can be used longer thus extending the products' life cycle.

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Here, I've proven that, with just a dollop of imagination, it's possible to create wildly different ensembles (and #slowdownfastfashion) all centred around a single, very distinctive item: a three-year-old Witchery blazer from Woolworths which I've paired with garments and accessories from my existing wardrobe. Opulent gold featured a lot due to the gold button hardware, and naturally staples in neutral shades - black and white - rotated between all the different looks from "sporty" to "sultry"

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I’m no travel expert on paper, but with over thirty trips (and counting) to Italy for both work and leisure, I can honestly say I’ve done it all (well, almost all) on the beaten track so it’s no wonder why friends and family seek my advice on where to stay, how to get around, where to eat and what to do. To answer all these questions, I’ve compiled a concise guide based on my own experiences in bella Italia so that you can fly off to live la dolce vita with confidence. 

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The day before the official nationwide lockdown began, a pair of simple leather sandals were delivered to my door. I was relieved that they fit perfectly, but my toes were way too exposed and since this classic pair just didn't suit me, I either had to schedule the return as soon as possible or give them away to someone whose feet looked a lot prettier in them. Then I had a lightbulb moment: modifying these sandals with handmade flowers to hide my toes would be a challenging and creative DIY project. The final is result is dramatic and quite eccentric - I must admit - and the edges could have been cleaner, but would I actually wear them? Hell, YES!!! 

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Generally, I'm super impressed with the way my jacket turned out. It's truly the only one of its kind out there! The theme that I intended is so delicately expressed on the front, but when I turn around, it ought to inspire a "WOW!!!" The most rewarding part? By spending just a few hours sprucing up this classic biker, I know for certain that I'll get much more use out of it for years to come, and that's what I call "making fast fashion slow" in practice.

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Having returned from the beautiful island of Bali several week ago, I can say with complete honesty that I didn't shop much, but the items I did purchase are top-quality classic pieces that ought to withstand faddy fast-fashion trends. My prized purchase? A gorgeous silk sarong by Quarzia, which goes from 'over swimsuit' modesty scarf in western mindsets to a designer one-piece wonder that can transform in various innovative ways, to be repeated countless times as day wear.

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