Social Responsibility: Bottega Veneta

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Ever wondered how some of the well-known fashion brands spend their money?

Besides reinvesting in new designs & product development and expensive ad campaigns, I’ve found out some Brands that put some money being their social responsibility policies. I will share these with you throughout the week. Here’s the first.

#Bottega Veneta’s history / identity are linked close to the Veneto region in the northeast of Italy… the heart of its social initiatives. In 2011 the brand assisted in launching the Women’s Mountain Cooperatives – a charity that benefits a large number of women who are in unemployment in the Alto Astico and Posina mountain. They’ve helped build two artisan #leather-making workshops and each employ 30 people. 2012 saw the brand financed a three-month cause in bag design and product development, was gave students from IUAV university in Venice the opportunity to attend and three students from Japan who was affected by the tsunami. New courses kicks off in Jan 2015.

Makes you think as an individual, what can I do? What little thing can I do everyday to show social responsibilities. So as you go about your day, think socially and give something back.

 

Emotional Tuesday

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”–Benjamin Franklin

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So I’ve started reading this book on emotional intelligence. What is emotional intelligence? Well, it’s being intelligent with your emotions! It’s the ability to understand and manage emotions and use them to inform your thinking and in turn use your thinking to understand and manage your motions… Can we combine emotional intelligence and fashion intelligence? Maybe we can call it ’emofash’ intelligence ^_^!

What do you think? I shall keep reading and keep you all posted on this emotional ride 🙂

Diane Von Fürstenberg on Inspiration and Confidence

“One should never give a women anything she can’t wear in the morning.” – Oscar Wilde

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So I can across this little Q&A with Diane Von Fürstenberg, and I thought I’d share it with you guys.

Q: What was your inspiration for the wrap dress?

A: I was really very young, in my early twenties. I worked in and Italian factory and I loved printed jersey. It started as a little wrap top like a ballerina would wear, and then one day I just had this idea to make it into a dress.

It is the most traditional dress, like a kimono, but it was revolutionary because it was made out of jersey and it was tight to the body.

Q: What is your secret to staying young?

A: I love life and I live it fully.

Q: What is your favourite item of clothing?

A: Whatever I am wearing at the moment. There is that moment in the morning when you put on the right thing and it somehow feels like the right thing.

Q: The secret to style?

A: you have to figure out where you are going and what yo have to do and then just go for it.

This year the wrap dress turned 40 years old, and it’s still a go to piece for most women. It’s classic, comfortable and very feminine.

We niBrMe6iA the wrap dress 🙂

Remember Remember The Fifth of November

It’s Bonfire night tonight and I thought it appropriate to give post a brief history on the event.

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Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot
In 1604, a group of English Catholics, led by Robert Catesby, made plans to assassinate the Protestant King James I. Catholics had been persecuted under Queen Elizabeth’s 45-year rule and when she died in 1603, the Catholics had great hope that King James, whose wife was a Catholic, would be more accepting of their religion.

Though this seemed to be the case at first, the strain of juggling various religious demands led to King James expressing hostility for Catholicism during the Hampton Court Conference of January 1604.

By February, this hostility turned to detestation and any Catholics who refused to submit to authority or comply with regulations were fined, as had been the case under Elizabeth’s rule. Though many Catholics accepted the reintroduction of fines, a group of men, including Guy Fawkes, decided violent action was necessary.

Catesby and his group made plans to blow up the Houses of Parliament, with the King and Members of Parliament inside. Through a cellar belonging to the building next door, they planned to ignite 36 barrels of gunpowder under the House of Lords. The plan was for Guy Fawkes to light the fuse during the State Opening of England’s Parliament on 5 November 1605, and then make his escape to Europe.

As the members of the group conspired to carry out their plan, some of the plotters became concerned about the number of innocent people, including Catholics, who may be hurt or even killed in the explosion. On the night of 26 October Lord Monteagle received an anonymous letter, warning him to avoid the opening of Parliament. At around midnight on 4 November, a search of Westminster was ordered and Guy Fawkes was discovered in the cellar. His arrest was immediately issued and the plot was foiled.

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That evening, bonfires were set alight in celebration of the safety of the King. In 1606, Parliament agreed to make 5 November a day of public thanksgiving, which is the reason we have celebrated Bonfire Night on this day ever since. During modern-day celebrations, fireworks are set off representing the unlit gunpowder, and effigies of Guy Fawkes are placed on bonfires to commemorate the failure of their evil plot.

In 1606, Parliament agreed to make 5 November a day of public thanksgiving

Happy Halloween!

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It’s October 31st already! I can’t believe it. It’s so very true what they say that time flies. I hope everyone has been having fun though, and accomplishing their goals and dreams they’ve set for 2014. Just 2 more months to go.  Continue reading

A Promise To Yourself…

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Developing a strong belief in our ability to succeed and persisting until we do can give us the confidence and energy to achieve our goals. It is easy to stay committed to our goals when everything is going smoothly, but our resolve might slip when we encounter obstacles. If we consistently reaffirm our commitment and grow our confidence, we will more likely stay the course and reach our goals. By choosing to believe in your capabilities and committing yourself to achieving your goals, you can overcome any challenges today and let your unshakable resolve carry you to the finish line.

Happy Valentines Day ❤ …

 

Whatever you do today… Do it with love ❤ XO ❤