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Ethical Cute Christmas Gifts! And why you should shop ethical ♥

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I put on my best hippy face (and giant eyebrows face) I could for this post, but it really is something that’s close to my heart. I source most of my wardrobe second-hand from Charity shops, boot fairs and Ebay, not only is it more ethical to do so, but it’s cheaper AAAAND you get to keep those VAT pennies away from the naughty Government. WIN-WIN!

Being an ethical shopper is a big thing for me, and Christmas always proves to be tricky for the conscious. Black Friday sales happen in the biggest retailers, and they don’t always have the best rap-sheet when it comes to fairly sourcing their products, or even how they treat their own employees in the rush. FIGHT DA MAN! I AIN’T NO TESCO HOE! And a happy new year to you too.

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Ethical shopping means knowing and supporting companies who source their products fairly, and as ethically as possible. In today’s world where sweatshops are still thought of as a 90’s ‘thing’ that ended and now everything is hunky-dory-companies-aren’t-bastards-happy-shopping-land, and we have corporations like Wal-Mart who have more financial clout than entire COUNTRIES, we really need to make an effort to ensure that no cruelty is in the products we purchase. Where we put our money is effectively how we vote for companies in the free market. YAY ECONOMIC THEORY

So I have scoured the internet looking for the cutest pressies you could ever beg Father Christmas for – and be ethical about it at the same time! All so you don’t have to keep looking at the same hippy bags wondering where on earth all the ethical goods you really want are instead.

The one stumbling block I really had was how to approach sourcing your lolita clothing and accessories as finding out the origins of the tailoring involved is hard to trace with brands like Baby The Stars Shine Bright or Angelic Pretty. How are you supposed to find all that out with only a conversational level of Japanese to rely on? So for that reason, I avoided picking branded things, unless they came specifically from an ethical company. But I found lots of home-grown alternatives, and it’s so important to support the indie designers to help them keep creating all the awesome stuff you could ever want!! I especially love Shinku Rose‘s stuff. HAPPY FASHION FACE 😀

Ethics and Dresses has a FABULOUS fashion blog about the experience of buying fashion ethically – go read HERE!

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♥ Stocking Fillers! ♥

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Pink Crochet Flower Clip: http://www.greentulip.co.uk/brand/love-that-stuff-fair-trade-jewellery/fair-trade-crochet-flower-brooch-pink.html
Purple Crochet Flower Clip: http://www.greentulip.co.uk/brand/love-that-stuff-fair-trade-jewellery/fair-trade-crochet-flower-brooch-purple.html
Felt Bunny Brooch: http://www.greentulip.co.uk/brand/amica-fair-trade-felt-accessories/bunny-brooch-with-scarf.html
Purple Felt Brooch: http://www.greentulip.co.uk/brand/amica-fair-trade-felt-accessories/flower-brooch-purple.html
Pacifica Pink Lip Gloss: http://www.ethicalsuperstore.com/products/pacifica/pacifica-enlighten-mineral-lip-gloss-beach-kiss—2-8g/
Fox Tealight: https://www.daisydaisyethicalgifts.co.uk/shop/product/fox-tealight-holder/
Lotus Tealight: https://www.daisydaisyethicalgifts.co.uk/shop/product/lotus-flower-tealight-holder/
Storm Cloud Ring: http://www.hannahzakari.co.uk/jewellery/rings/house-in-a-storm-ring.html
Bunny Notebook: http://www.hannahzakari.co.uk/stationery/notepads/bunny-square-notebook.html
Cute Breakfast Badges: http://www.hannahzakari.co.uk/accessories/badges/kawaii-breakfast-badge-set.html

♥ Clothes and Accessory gifts! ♥

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Fairy Kei Hairbow: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/EllenJaimie
Full Skirts: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RoobyLane
Wrist Cuffs, Fur Muff, Fur Collar: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Peacockalorum
‘Discovery of the Ocean’ Blue JSK: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ShinkuRose
Fleur De Lis Headband: http://www.greentulip.co.uk/brand/kusan-hand-made-wool-accessories/fleur-de-lis-headband-pink-navy.html
Rainbow Earmuffs: http://www.greentulip.co.uk/brand/kusan-hand-made-wool-accessories/earmuffs-natural-rainbow.html
Red Handbag: http://www.greentulip.co.uk/brand/earth-squared-fair-trade-scarves-and-bags/fair-trade-meg-bag-red-dog-tooth.html
Flower Brooch Bag: https://www.daisydaisyethicalgifts.co.uk/shop/product/flower-brooch-bag/
Multi-colour Socks: http://www.frankandfaith.com/products/natural-collection-select/hand-knitted-muli-colour-socks/
Strawberry Earrings: http://kittydolittle.com/collections/jewellery/products/hand-made-turkish-needle-lace-strawberry-earrings
Kapow Necklace: http://www.hannahzakari.co.uk/jewellery/necklaces/purple-glitter-kapow-necklace.html
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♥ Fun little extra gifts! ♥

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Panda Cup and Bowl: http://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/p-13140-buy-hand-painted-panda-cup-bowl-traidcraft-online-shop.aspx
Mini Bamboo Brushes: http://www.ethicalsuperstore.com/products/eco-tools/eco-tools-6-x-mini-bamboo-brushes/
CHOCOLATE!!: http://www.ethicalsuperstore.com/products/montezumas/montezuma-s-great-british-pudding-chocolate-bar-library—500g/
Small World Meal Set: http://www.ethicalsuperstore.com/products/disney/disney-it-s-a-small-world-eco-friendly-meal-set—china/
Bunnies Lolly Makers: http://www.ethicalsuperstore.com/products/natural-collection-select-2/woodland-bunnies-lolly-makers-(pack-of-6)/
Owl Frame: https://www.daisydaisyethicalgifts.co.uk/shop/product/owl-picture-frame/
Love Hanging Sign: https://www.daisydaisyethicalgifts.co.uk/shop/product/love-hanging/
Cat Mirror: http://www.evolutionstores.co.uk/black-cat-mirror/@1507
Heart Mug and Spoon: http://www.evolutionstores.co.uk/multi-coloured-heart-mug-with-spoon/@654
Lime Crime Eyeshadow Palatte: http://limecrime.com/eyes/venus-eyeshadow-palette.html
Barry M Summer Love Palatte: http://www.barrym.com/products/latest-products/eye-shadow-palettes.html
Deer Sleep Mask: http://www.hannahzakari.co.uk/accessories/sleep-masks/deer-sleep-mask.html

GET ETHICAL AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL COMPANIES AND BUSINESSES, YOU LOVELY FLUFF MONSTERS!

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Christmas Tree Inspiration!

Christmas Tree Inspiration!

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It’s the beginning of December and that means CHRISTMAS TREES!! If you’re anything like me, you will have spent the past month obsessing over the theme of this Christmas, making mood boards, generally squee-ing whenever anyone mentions Christmas (or you remember Christmas is coming scaring everyone around you), and/or blurting out Christmas items you see in shop windows like you have seasonal festive Tourettes (again, scaring everyone around you). So if you’re stuck or you’re like me, you just like looking at pictures of Christmas trees and losing half your working day, then I’ve got a few different themes to help you get started! #kawaiichristmas

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Kawaii pink tree inspiration

The pink tree has quite a following now, which means you can pick up the pink bases quite cheaply from a lot of different retailers, and is PERFECT for decorating with your favourite kawaii items! Kawaii Le Cuirot of staysuperkawaii.blogspot.co.uk has done an amaaaazing job on her kawaii tree: http://staysuperkawaii.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/hello-kitty-christmas-cute-decorations.html

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As you can see, there is a no-holds-barred element to pink trees – got a cute plushie? PUT THAT ON! Printout of a cupcake? GET ON MAH TREE! Earrings you don’t wear anymore? PURPOSE FOUND. Luckily this means that it shouldn’t cost you loads of money to really go OTT with the tree decorating, as half the stuff you’ll already own! It’s just a case of balancing it all out with some well-placed baubles.

Small pink tree base (£7): http://www.diy.com/departments/3ft-pink-christmas-tree/766764_BQ.prd

Small white tree base (£5.99) : http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/christmas-shop/artificial-christmas-trees/3ft-white-geneva-christmas-tree-081241 

Large white tree base (£19.99) : http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/christmas-shop/artificial-christmas-trees/5ft-white-shimmer-christmas-tree-081436

Selection of cute string lights!! : https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SHARPEandLIGHTs

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Blue tree inspiration! (I’m not Frozen obsessed at all…)

Blue based Christmas trees are very hard to come by, and if you do find them, they’re pain-inducingly expensive, so your best bet is to go for a snow-effect tree, or a white tree – that way you’ll make sure your blue decorations really stand out. I’ll be uploading my tutorial on getting a snow-effect on your tree for £3 rather than paying through the roof for a pre-made one – so watch this space, my Christmas lovers!

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Common motifs for the blue effect (or the LET IT GOOOOO effect as I like to call it… once again, not Frozen obsessed) are snowflakes, pinecones, snow generally, and if the last picture is to be believed, snowmen dressed as babies, which I think is a must-have. Stock up on white ribbon, and some standard blue and silver baubles and your base is ready to go – you can always customise them later (tutorial to come)!

Blue Decoration Collection from Wilko (UK): http://www.wilko.com/odyssey-decoration-collection/icat/odyssey-dec-collection#esp_pg=1 

Snow Effect Christmas Tree (£59.99): http://www.therange.co.uk/2.1m-slim-lapland-flocked-spruce-christmas-tree-7ft/snow-trees/the-range/fcp-product/58986

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Nice and red and ‘sort of’ traditional trees

I say ‘sort of’ because I’m not really hugely into traditional style trees myself, but these are probably as close as I’ll ever get to a traditional tree, and it’s best to out up some inspiration for red trees as so many of you love it 🙂 As with the blue trees, red artificial trees are rare, so the best bases to go for are the white base, or the normal green base (with or without the snow effect, up to you). Red is a very strong colour, so balance it out with some well-placed white decorations. Or go completely loony and go Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed like the bottom-left tree!
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6ft Green Artifical Tree from Wilko (UK) (£20): http://www.wilko.com/invt/0322331

Red Decoration Collection from Wilko (UK): http://www.wilko.com/pixie-decoration-collection/icat/pixie-dec-collection#esp_pg=1

Red Tree Topper from Homebase: http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/christmas-shop/christmas-tree-decorations/glittered-red-star-tree-topper-275732

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Aaand, some random inspiration!

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I SUMMON YOU GLOVE-TREE TO DO MY EVIL MERRY BIDDING…. HO HO HO!! FINGER-LICKIN’ CHRISTMAS

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Nyan-cat tree, a stroke of absolute genius. I salute you, clever meme-loving Christmas friend.

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And obligatory cat-picture, of course. If I was a fuzzy feline, I too would attempt to stage dive the tree. You’re my hero, Cat God of Christmas Rock.

So Christmas-obsessives out there – let me see your trees! ESPECIALLY IF THEY’RE KAWAII!! Spread the Kawaii Christmas luuuurve about and don’t forget to check back for the upcoming tutorials!

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