Weekend Friday Favourites. 13.05.2022

Happy Friday the 13th! 

The heat’s finally starting to say hello here! I think from tomorrow I’m switching over to my summer wardrobe. 24C is normally when I switch over to shorts. I’m hoping too I can find some new shorts. I have no idea where to start looking on online and I swear last year all of Inditex companies switch sizes. My regular size for shorts in Zara and Pull and Bear no longer fitted. I may put a little weight on, maybe it’s my body changing shape as I get older however I’ve been the same size for a few years. Even looking at the waist bands clothes look smaller. I asked a sales assistant in Zara last year if anyone else had noticed and she said yes. I’ve noticed too, a new smaller size of 32 and xxs which I think only under 20’s and teens can fit into. Maybe this is the reason why the clothes changed as girls are more into fashion younger. Or I’m just not burning as much fast as I used. Whichever reason it’s a major head f**k to get around. It’s bad enough already the ideals of women’s bodies. 

Anyway, Weekend Friday Favourites, things that have made me smile or caught my eye this week. 

Decathlon Snorkel Goggles 

I mentioned in last week’s Weekend Friday Favourites that I may have purchased a new pair of snorkel goggles solely on the colour. I got a little envious last year looking on Instagram of colourful goggles in turquoise, pinks, yellows, purples. Decalthon only had black, multi blue or bright yellow in adults goggles. I had to replace my goggles last year when a wave wiped me out taking both my goggles and snorkel. The replacement pair I never got one with. So it wasn’t like a I needed an excuse to buy a new pair solely on it’s colour. They’re a medium, €9.99 and seem okay for narrow adult faces 🙋‍♀️ I’m hoping in a few weeks it’s warm enough to try them out. The tube/snorkel is the replacement from last year made from recycled plastic. I tried one that has a flexible chin bit, but it was too big and I couldn’t breathe as it dipped into the water causing the value to work overtime.

The Right Way to Wear Hair Grips

Wavy side down

Looking through a beauty tip book in Urban Outfitters this week (always check out their sale sections) I found out I’ve been wearing hair grips or bobby pins the wrong way round. I thought the the wavy edge went on the outside. It doesn’t, it goes scalp side down. When I air dry my hair I place 2 pins in-between my parting and temples to prevent cowlicks and to keep it out my face while it dries loose. Now I know why sometimes my hair never laid flat with the grips in. I was placing them the wrong way round! They don’t look as pretty wavy side down however my hair with the clips doesn’t flay out as the grips are sitting flush with the hair.

Lemon and Blueberry Birthday Cake! 

Cat Tag

It’s back! Another cat tag.

Areas Of Desertification

At Zoo Barcelona this week I had a little more time to look around (I’m a member so can go as often as I like. They don’t make any money from me!) and read some info signs I usually pass by. I was aware that parts of the USA are becoming to become more dessert like but I didn’t know that Spain has a high degree of desertification or even the UK in East Anglia where I’m from. This means that fertile land is becoming a desert as the result of drought, deforestation or inappropriate agriculture. Climate change being the number one cause.

Goslings 

Nearly almost all grown up in Parc de la Ciutadella! 

Internet Finds

Nicolás Olea: Pregnant women should avoid cosmetics that contain endocrine disrupter. El Pais in English. Forget the pregnant women part, everybody should avoid cosmetics that contain endocrine disrupters! This is what clean beauty and natural beauty is about. It’s a great read looking at why to avoid certain man made ingredients in skin care and help get through the green washing of oh this ingredient is okay when another site say’s not it’s not. The article also goes into plastic food and drink packaging and how they affect human bodies and hormones. 

The ‘jockstrap’ that revolutionised women’s sports. BBC News. The OG of sports bras. Back in  the 1970’s women didn’t run much, those that did didn’t have the support they needed to keep everything from bouncing. Thanks to a jockstrap girls world over run, dance, play sports, climb or workout without a second thought of is there a sports bra (maybe larger chested girls are still searching for the one). It’s also crazy to think that only 38 years ago in 1984 women were allowed to run more than 3,000m in the Olympics. Previously experts thought that distance running would be harmful to women’s health and femininity. WTF! Imagine if the first sports bra hadn’t been invented, would women’s fitness be where it is now?

What’s been making you smile or caught your eye this week? Please share in the comments. Thank you for stopping by! 

Recycle Less: September Challenge. Did I Do It?

Last Month in Fast Fashion’s Inditex Join Life Label and My September Challenge I set myself a September Challenge. Aside from gym leggings and socks not to buy any other item clothing for the month of September instead shopping my wardrobe. Did I do it?

Technically yes. Technically no. 

Technically yes: I did get a pair of gym leggings and much needed socks. Socks can be expensive! I prefer Decathlon invisible trainer socks for the gym, running and everyday socks and while they’re cheapish €4.99 for 2 pairs, 6 packs add up.  

If we’re going calendar dates from ‘money’ to ‘money’ I did more or less do the challenge. If going full calendar month from the 1st to the 30th no. I’m not a zodiac monkey for nothing. 

Technically no: I did get a hoodie under the pretence of teaching classes when it gets colder. However as for now it’s the only decent looking jumper I have until a coat or jacket hides jumpers, I’ve been using it as a regular hoodie. Naughty Nat. 

My Mum every year gives my sister and I winter coat money, although we can use it for what ever we want. I always forget every year she does and trust me my sister and I buy coats, shoes or bras with it. I usually wear a winter coat for 2 winters with the money covering a coat and maybe a bra or pair of shoes. It wasn’t my intention to get an in-between autumn and winter and in between winter and spring jacket. I saw one and decided it would break up being dressed all in black when short puffer jacket season starts. Buy it now before when I need it for when I can only find big winter coats. I’ll be shopping for a big non down winter coat then anyway. So, this is a grey area under my Mum’s saying if you see it, get it, as you might not see it again along with another of her’s it’s only a bargain if you need it.

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Nat Alters A Waistband

Seamstresses, seamsters, alterations people, sewing people and tailors look away. 

My Mum’s mum was seamstress and dressmaker. My Mum can turn her hand to anything hand or machine sewn, hand or machine knitted, she can make it. Dresses, jumpers, trousers, you name it she can make it, nothing fazes her. My sisters an amazing craft sewer, cross stitcher and knitter. Then there’s me. I can fix buttons, fix/repair rips and tears messily, alter strappy tops, t-shirt arm lengths, do basic alterations. Very basic alterations and never look at the underside. Although you can’t tell the underside to the outside as to how messy it is. My patience isn’t up there for things sewn or knitted. 

Shorts before. Compared to the photo above you can see a size difference in the waistband. The left leg hem look aligned however it fits okay on. While air drying I refold the hems to align better. I didn’t notice at time of purchase as I liked this particular pair of shorts colour. What do you expect from €20 shorts?

This year like last year high waisted shorts and jeans were in for the summer. In Pull and Bear I found pair of Mom style high waisted denim shorts whose colour and style I liked. More high waisted than Mom and at the right price. Around €20 give or take 10 cents or 1 cent. The only problem was the waistband had unnecessary elastic in. 

The unnecessary elastic waistband

The next size up was too big on the hips. I knew my size was the right size. I didn’t get why they added elastic to the waistband. There was no need. They were the only denim shorts I’d found that were the right length and that I liked. In the changing room a light bulb went off. 

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Nat Dyes Linen Shorts

My favourite pair of shorts from summer 2019 still had some life in them for this summer. The only problem, they had faded so much in the wash I felt embarrassed to wear them. 

Out of nowhere I got the idea to dye them. They’d take dye being linen. Next step was buying the dye. I was convinced buying clothes dye in Spain would be hard. It wasn’t. My local supermarket had the colour I wanted, sky blue. 

Laundry colour faded before. These were once light blue

I put off for dying them for a few months thinking it’ll take a long time and finding the right moment. Sometimes there is no right moment. One day in July I decided to dye them, rather than keep looking at the box. 

Instructions. While I understood most of them, Google Translate helped with new words. The camera translate still needs work with some words. Blue Texas if you’re curious is denim. Green Oscuro, dark green.
What to expect from the dye

Dying them was so easy! Straight forward steps. I’m not sure I put enough salt in as I got distracted counting how many spoonfuls I was putting in (tip: if you’re dying items in the bathroom and have 2 toilets and others around, tell them to use the other bathroom. There was big eye roll moment of ‘Dude! Can’t you see what I’m doing?! Use the other bathroom!’). I thought the bathroom would be the best place to dye them. Easy clean up and the dye wouldn’t stain the bath. The box came with 2 packs of dye and one pack of fixer. Salt not included. The brand also does its own dying salt however as I was already feeling guilty over the toxins in the dye I used regular sea salt. Which is also cheaper. I used 1 pack of dye based on the weight of the shorts.

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Fast Fashion’s Inditex Join Life label and My September Challenge

Fast fashion is one of the world’s number one environmental polluters from the amount of water used in crops and production, pesticides growing crops, petroleum extraction for man made fibres, water pollution from dyes used, poor working conditions and pay of those in the garment industries and unworn or barely worn clothes going straight to landfill. 

I’m no angel when it comes to clothes. I shop at Zara, H&M, Oysho, Pull and Bear, Fabletics none of which are known to be the most environmentally friendly businesses. I have a budget for clothes and always try to get the best quality I can. Over the past few years I’ve been buying less clothes. Winters are easier than summers. Normally my summer clothes only last a season, two if I’m lucky. I live in Spain so it gets hot, but I cycle everywhere, I swim (more dip in the sea), I wear a rucksack, clothes and fibres get ruined quickly with sweat, sunscreen, salt water, abrasion from cycling and my rucksack. Summer clothes aren’t meant for cycling or rucksacks however cycling’s my transport and I’m not taking a change of clothes with me. I try to choose carefully clothes I think will last more than a few washes and try to get basic colours or a few colour tops. Summer though I like colour and wear those t-shirts or bottoms out. More expensive doesn’t always mean better quality either.

I noticed last year Zara started basics in organic cotton with this year a much bigger change in Indtiex brands, such as Zara, Pull and Bear, Zara Home and Oysho to name a few. They have a Join Life label which explain how much of the item is either made with organic cotton, recycled polyester, recycled polyamide, recycled cotton or water used. Garments produced under the Join Life label use better processes and more sustainable raw or recycled materials. 

All items produced under this label have to ensure suppliers achieved A or B in social audits. All wet process factories such as tanneries, laundries, printing, dying suppliers have to score A or B classifications and pass environmental assessments. In addition products manufactured using raw materials or production techniques have to be of environmental excellence. 

The Join Life label is split further into 3 categories according to their website:

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