24 September 2015

The true cost of fashion

Oh dear, one week without a post, am I getting sloppy ?

I've been doing lots of research on different subjects. Sometimes I even ended up doing three things at once, which of course didn't pan out the way I was hoping for, as yours truly is not particularly close friends with "multi tasking".

Anyways, from time to time I managed to just sit, relax and have a date with that one guy called "Netflix". We've been getting awfully close recently and he started to invite me to fashion movies more and more often. Nice guy, that Netflix, really !

So, one evening I got to watch the movie....scratch that....documentary, called "The True Cost". To cut a long story short, it's about producing (fast) fashion and the effect it has on the environment and people.

Now, some of you might know that I studied fashion design. Yep, I am officially a fashion designer, even though I am not currently working as one. But thinking back to fashion college, how fashion is made, where it's made and all those little details have never been mentioned. I can do an entire clothing line from planning to sketching to making patterns to sewing the item to selling it, but how it's done "in the real world" is usually not a topic covered during classes.

It's also not a topic covered during everyday conversations people (fashion student or not) have. Or did you ever truly talk about how the sweater you just bought at H&M has been made ?

You might quickly check the label before you hand over cash or card and you read "Made in Bangladesh", "Made in China", "Made in India" etc., but that's as close as you usually get to thinking about it.

The documentary "The True Cost" fixes that, don't you worry! And after watching it, you will see the fashion industry with different eyes. Now let's have a look at the trailer, shall we ?

Will this documentary change the world ? Probably not. But I believe it's a story that needs to be told and it might influence the daily decisions some of us make.

I would love to buy fashion for a fair price. But truth be told, I can't afford buying a sweater for 80 GBP or a coat for 300. What I am doing instead is mainly purchasing items that I know I can wear for years to come. I have items in my wardrobe that I bought maybe 8 years ago. I take good care of them. Sometimes they don't get worn for a couple years but I just know I will wear them again, so they survive closet cleaning after closet cleaning.

I do closet cleanings regularly. In fact, I just did another one yesterday. The items that don't get to stay are taken to charity shops (*second hand/thrift stores). And when I shop, I do so in regular high street stores, online, on ebay and in charity shops*. 

It's not much and probably doesn't have a huge positive impact, but both, my bank account and my conscience, are a little happier.

If you want to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes of the fashion industry, watch "The True Cost" and/or check their website.

I also gathered a small selection of interesting links and articles:

What is your take on the fashion industry ? And have you watched the documentary ? If so, how do you feel about it ?


*** All pics "The True Cost" Facebook page ***

16 September 2015

Brand introduction: Daniela Dallavalle // Elisa Cavaletti

Howdy everyone,

If you follow me on Twitter you've already heard. If not, then go click on that link I just provided so that you don't miss out on my future outbursts over there.


Where was I? Ah right, Twitter news. See, I've been to one of the most fashionable countries in the world (France, for those who are not sure what the heck I am talking about) and spent some precious time hiding from mosquitoes browsing malls. Doing so I came across so much really cool fashion!

I already introduced the fashion brand Lollipops to you (shame on you if you missed it, they produce great stuff!). Today's brand is no exception, their designs are fantastic. Read on, if you love edgy styles. If you don't, read on anyway as they might change your mind!

Since I have to drop the name eventually, I can as well do it now. I am talking about Daniela Dallavalle. Born to a German mother and an Italian father she first started her business in Germany in the early 80s. Fast forward almost 35 years, she now sells her designs pretty much worldwide. So, chances are that there's a store where you can buy her fashion (and home ware) just around the corner of where you live. You can even drag your other half along for a merry shopping spree as there is a clothing line for men available as well (and someone has to carry all those shopping bags anyway...ahem...)!

Okay, okay, less talk, more pics. Anything for you, guys! I've got pics of the current "Elisa Cavaletti" range for you. Here you go.

All pictures www.danieladallavalle.com

Pretty hot stuff, isn't it? If you want to check their designs out in person, head over to their website and make good use of their store locator! 

Until next time,


15 September 2015

Cosmopolitan blog awards 2015

It's that time of the year again. The temperatures drop, the rain increases and Cosmo calls all UK bloggers to attention.

Until September 29 blogs can be nominated for the annual blog award and if you enjoyed reading Secret Crush On Glam so far or even if you just stumbled upon it today and like what you see, it would mean a lot to me if you nominated my blog!


 Thank you all in advance!


05 September 2015

Outfit of the day

Hello everyone,

I am still in France, enjoying the sunshine and good food. But oh, the mosquitoes do their best to eat me alive. I can be with a whole bunch of other people, all of them dressed in less than what I'm wearing...and those evil little things only go after me! Not pleasant, I can assure you! So I try to stay out of their way as much as possible.

That of course includes solutions such as fleeing to malls, where I already discovered a few new but great fashion brands! I already did a fashion brand introduction with focus on the French fashion brand "Lollipops" here, and I urge you to check it out!

I also have another brand in mind I plan to introduce on my blog, so stay tuned and look forward to it!

However, today I will shamelessly put the spotlight on my own outfit from a few days ago. It was a really warm and pleasant day. Living in the UK I jump on every chance I can get to wear summer outfits, so that day was no exception (although I had to change into protective gear: (read: long pants, long sleeves and generally way too warm clothes) again shortly after, to prevent those nasty blood suckers from attacking me).

So here we go, 30 seconds to Mars of my OOTD!


Until next time,


02 September 2015

Brand introduction: Lollipops

Hey everyone,

I consider myself one lucky girl because I get to spend some time in the beautiful South of France. Sunshine, high temperatures, blue sky, good food and French fashion; a very welcome distraction from the nasty weather in England.

During one of my fashion loaded trips to the mall I stumbled upon a brand I just HAVE to share with you! It's called "Lollipops" and sells a lot of cute stuff! And when I say "a lot", I mean "a lot". Plus, they don't sell fashion only but also accessories and make up! Cute make up! I mean, look at this stuff! Look! Look!

Super cute Lollipops ankle boots!

Elegant Lollipops peep toes. Very Blair Waldorf!

This bag is pure sugar!

More of a sporty bag

I love animal prints!

Cute make up bag. You can even fill it with their adorable make up!


Above pictures show some of their eye shadows (open and closed). They also have lovely accessories such as key holders, umbrellas and even suitcases!

I don't know about you but I'm sold! You can create so many different kinds of outfits and styles with what they sell and you will always look unique!

And what's even better: shopping there won't necessarily break your bank (well it will, if you can't stop putting items into your shopping card, but that's beyond the point). Granted, I find some of their articles a bit overpriced (key chains for almost 20€ ? You serious ?). But the prices of other things are alright. You can get lots of their bags for under 100€ and their shoe prices are rather average as well.

If you want to browse their collections, head over to the Lollipops online store and website and let me know how if you love their concept as much as I do !


**P.S. All pictures by Lollipops