Introducing Lucy & Yak

Introducing Lucy & Yak

Launched by Lucy and Chris in 2017, Lucy & Yak is an ethical and sustainable clothing brand that started by selling dungarees made from organic cotton or recycled materials and has now expanded into much more than that over the past two years. You can read more about how they started here but to give you a brief overview; Lucy and Chris visited many small businesses to work with in China, Thailand and India who had the same ethical values. They wanted to find a tailor where the staff are treated fairly and paid well for the work that they do.  Once they found the right business, an overseen tailor based in North India called Ismail, they made 30 pairs of dungarees and uploaded them to Depop. They sold out within hours and so the Lucy & Yak story began. Nowadays they have boilersuits, socks, t-shirts and obviously, dungarees.

One of the reasons why I have fell in love with Lucy & Yak so quickly is because they are so open about where their products are made. Early this year, they relocated to a new factory with improved working conditions and their staff are paid four times higher than the state minimum wage. As much as I love keeping up-to-date with other trends that are around in the high street stores, it is nice to see little brands like this crop up out of nowhere and beginning a more environmentally friendly journey.

I decided to use Lucy & Yak for a module whilst at University. As part of my market research (okay, I just wanted to treat myself) I bought a pair of dungarees and a boilersuit. They came in 100% biodegradable bags and send them in handmade material bags so you can reuse them for just about anything. It’s all about trying to limit the amount of plastic from the production. Don’t get me wrong buying online makes me so nervous especially because I class myself as a plus size person and sizes vary so much between high street stores however there is nothing to be nervous about. I ordered my usual size in both and they fit perfectly.

I’m not the only one who enjoys wearing Lucy & Yak either…

“Not only are Lucy and Yak an independent company based ini the North of England, but they are the epitome of self expression. As somebody who stops predominantly from sustainable and ethical brands, it’s refreshing to find a company that’s full of creativity, personality and create fun and colourful clothing in an ethical way. The team behind the brand are always so welcoming and friendly and the community of Yakkers is wonderful and friendly. Wearing my dungas make me feel like I’m part of a funky family!” – Alice Christina

As a fashion student who enjoys trend forecasting and finding out what is on trend, it can sometimes be difficult to remember the ethical values but since shopping with Lucy & Yak I have tried to think more ethically about what I am buying. If I am not going to be able to wear one piece of clothing for seven days a week with different things then I probably won’t buy it. From having that kind of mindset, not only have I saved a lot of money but I have started to shop my current wardrobe more. I have been exploring my personal style and what I enjoy wearing as well as mixing things up a little bit.

Have you ever shopped at Lucy & Yak? What’s on your wishlist?

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An Outfit For The Weekend

I know that I am late to the party but I finished reading It by Alexa Chung the other day and realised how much of an inspiration she actually is! Not only was her book down to earth and such an easy read but she is one of my new favourite style icons.

She writes in her book that there are five items in her wardrobe that she can’t live without which included a navy blue jumper and ‘boyfriend-fit’ jeans so I raided my wardrobe and found something similar. I think this style of outfit is perfect for the weekend. Most of us have two days off to enjoy spending time with family, friends or alone time so you probably don’t want to spend half the morning getting ready. You can’t beat just throwing on a pair of relaxed fitting jeans and a jumper or tee. Grab your essentials, hopefully that will include a pair of sunnies, and you are ready to enjoy your weekend. Speaking of which, have you got any plans for this weekend? I’m off to see Toy Story 4 at some point and I bet you that I am going to cry but it is a childhood favourite so I just can’t miss it!

Photography: Ciara Armstrong

Did you know that she has recently collaborated with the British heritage label Barbour? It’s re-discovering the brand’s classic outwear resulting in coats, raincoats, a hat and tote bags that are a creative mix of traditional design and Chung’s personal style and humour. Personally, I think the collaboration couldn’t have came at a better time with festival season just beginning for the Summer.

What’s your thoughts on Alexa Chung? Do you find her an inspiration or is she one of your style icons? I really want to start writing more fashion content on my little space so let me know if this kind of thing takes your fancy.

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Catwalking: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore

You’ve probably clicked on this because you are interested in fashion, know who Chris Moore is or perhaps you are a regular reader of my blog. If so, then hey! I’ve always had an interest in fashion especially since I started my blog four years ago but more so now then ever before. I think it’s got something to do with my degree. For the past couple of weeks, I have been living and breathing anything to do with fashion or photography and I am totally okay with that.

The other week I was able to visit the Bowes Museum in Durham to visit Chris Moore’s exhibition. For those who don’t know, Chris Moore is a catwalk photographer. He has a unique photographic archive that documents designers on the catwalk, the rebirth of Haute Couture and the rise of a supermodel – capturing it all through the lens. As you can tell, I am a camera nerd and obsessed with fashion at the moment so this exhibition was right down my street. I thought I would share a couple of the collections that I like on here.

A/W16 Comme des Garçons

S/S15 Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquière

A/W12 Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs

A/W90 Vivienne Westwood Portrait Collection A/W95 Vivienne Westwood Viva la Cocotte Collection

S/S07 Hussein Chalayan ‘Bubble Dress

S/S07 Christopher Kane

A/W15 Paco Rabanne by Julien Dossena

S/S18 Versace Tribute Collection ‘Marilyn Warhol‘ Dress

The Bowes Museum is set on beautiful grounds with stunning views and regularly has a fashion exhibition. It is well known for the dancing swan which was lovely and quite magnificent and the Louis Vuitton exhibition in 2015. If you are interested in seeing more of the above, the exhibition is on until the beginning of January so you still have plenty of time if you are in the area.

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The Bag I Need For University

With so many amazing styles of bags around these days, I find it quite hard to choose the right one for University. I want it to be practical but at the same time I’m a fashion student and want something that is on trend. The handbag that seems to be going around at the moment is either a block coloured style bag or the animal print/snakeskin style which I’m slowly falling in love with. The only downside to them is that they are just big enough to fit your compact mirror, card holder and phone in – not leaving much room for other things.

I’m probably in the majority of people who don’t own one of those drop dead gorgeous Gucci bags, or lucky enough to own one of the many advertised on vogue handbags either but they are lovely! Any who, I’ve had a bit of a browse on the old internet and come up with a wishlist of my favourites from the high street to help some of you with the getting back to school kit.

If your only having to carry around a few notebooks and pens, perhaps your homemade lunch of a soggy sandwich, banana and Aldi’s crisps that you could opt for a tote bag. They are the most popular bags to choose from. I love the Lush one as it’s really spacious and you can fit so much into it. The downside is that it doesn’t actually have an inside pocket so it can end up being a bit like Mary Poppins and you don’t really know what your going to come across by Friday evening.

As I mentioned earlier the animal print seems to be in season at the moment with this backpack option from ASOS or this snake effect one I found on Topshop.

For me, I tend to go for a backpack, which I am on the lookout for one nowadays, I just find that if you have a lot to carry around on the daily like myself then this is a good option. It takes to weight from one shoulder and balances it out across your back which can only be a positive right?! I love the plain black design of this one that’s in New Look however my favourites are always between the oh-so-famous Fjallraven Kanken backpacks that I am sure everyone has seen and the Cath Kidston bags.

What is your current bag that you use for University? I’m still on the lookout for one that can help fit my laptop and DSLR in but for now I think I’ll be using this Accessorize one!

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The Denim Dungarees

The one fashion piece that I’ve always wanted to pull off has been a pair of dungarees and the lust grown when I was flicking through some old toddler photos that I came across a couple of weeks ago. It’s such a 90’s look which I’ve adored so much for a long time. Now I’ve tried many a pair of dungarees but they just never looked right.

I found myself this pair of black denim dungarees whilst on a shopping trip in New Look, typical. I love the quality of the New Look things anyway and find that their denim range washes really well. I knew I could rely on New Look!

I usually pair them with a pair of Converses and jumper or t-shirt. All that’s missing is Rosie & Jim on TV and my afternoon snacks that I used to have when I was a child. Mine used to be Nesquik chocolate milk and a packet of raisins. When I am trying to dress them up a bit, I like pairing it with a nice shirt and some loafers for a smarter look. I just find them so versatile. I would love to find a pair of blue denim dungarees for the Autumn months now.

Are you a fan of the dungarees and striped top look?

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10 Quotes That Help You Be The Best Version Of You

I’m going through a bit of a difficult time right now. It’s not something that I want to share for now but I feel like this is needed. I need a bit of end of the week motivation to help me mentally and to keep me going. I sometimes find that difficult however there’s something magical about a string of words clustered together to bring hope, motivation and to help give you some strength to uneasy situations that you might be facing. And if you are doing okay, perhaps these might help you on a day that isn’t your best. I’m happy to share with you 10 quotes that will help you through a difficult time in your life!

Denim Jacket – New Look, Culotte Trousers (similar here) – New Look, Woman T-Shirt – Boohoo, Sandals – New Look

1. You must enter a relationship with yourself before anyone else. – Rupi Kaur

2. She has a zest for seaside strolls and putting her best foot forward. – Kate Spade

3. There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. – Aldous Huxley

4. Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else. – Judy Garland

5. I was attracted to the positive outlook on women especially exploring relationships with different people and being confident and comfortable and strong. That was the kind of thing that was appealing to me, because that’s what’s real, and that’s honest, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. That’s what single women do. – Dakota Johnson

6. I…do not. Belong. To anyone. But myself. And neither do you. – Ariana Grande

7. Be you. You is awesome. – Laura Jane Williams

8. And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears. – Mark Anthony

9. If I don’t get to see the beauty of the end of culture; then at least I’ve seen the culture of the end of beauty. – The 1975

10. Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is. – Anne Frank

Please feel free to add your own in the comments or share with anyone you believe needs this today.

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