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How To Have A Conscious Christmas

With the silly season having well and truly set in it is easy to get caught up in excessive consumerism.

We all love to give to those we love and care for but how do we prevent it getting out of hand to the detriment of our finances, the environment and animals? Here are my tips for mindful spending to create a mindful Yuletide season.


With so many festivities to attend during the December season it can be overwhelming financially and emotionally finding attire for each event. Simplify and save by renting. My ultimate go to is Glam Corner but honourable mentions also include All The Dresses and Your Closet


Be conscious of investing your hard earned money into items that will stand the test of time not only in terms of style but craftsmanship. Investing in quality means taking the less is more approach, understanding fabrication lifespan and inspecting the manner in which a garment has been constructed. Australian industry leader Sarah Lloyd is renowned for her quality, classic aesthetic and conscious approach to her design process


I first fell in love with vintage shopping when living in London and it is a past time that is calling me once more. Vintage clothing not only breathes life into pre-loved clothes but is brilliant way to source unique pieces and designer finds at the fraction of the price. There’s nothing like perusing vintage stores in person but my online favourites include Ladyhawke Vintage and Vestiaire Collective


A brilliant way to not only support small businesses but reduce pressure on the environment by way of over production is to invest in companies that create pieces to order. Australian jewellery brand Kate & Kole is the ultimate example of a brand that follows this business practice with each pieces made with love, crafted with detail and built to last


Having learnt the true extent of how many animals are slaughtered for our fashion consumption needs I am wanting to enter 2020 by being more conscious when it comes to finding leather alternatives. Unfortunately there is a gap in the market when it comes to sourcing non leather goods but Australian label Sans Beast is leading the way with their dedication to style and animal welfare at the core of their business.


Sarah Braden Photography