Vintage, the Original Green

Really, you can officially call all clothing made before the 80’s “vintage”, but let’s just call all the good, quality and beautiful  but used clothing vintage! Are you with me? I hope so!

Vintage is really recycling

It keeps clothes from going into the landfills, so Vintage is the original Green!

I always feel very happy when I find an item that used to be pricey, is in great shape, and looks beautiful. And if the price is low now, and it fits me, it’s a deal! Most of the time people compliment me more when I wear something that they don’t recognize as something they have seen in recent fashion shows.

A great place to shop is I.N.A. NYC, a place with amazing secondhand dresses suits, barely worn shoes, bags, and accessories from all the major designers you can think of, for women and men! It is a fashionistas heaven, and their stores are all over downtown NYC.

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But that’s not all--they have an online store, so literally anywhere in this world you can look at the clothes and order them. If you live in the area, you can also make an appointment if you have clothes you want to sell. If they take it, they take a percentage from the sold price.

Besides INA, New York City has many other secondhand and vintage stores. Some focus on the 40’s and 50’s, others on mainstream brands for extremely cheap. The trick is to really dig in, and really look at each piece of clothing. Maybe one of them is your gem. Most friends are usually hesitant at first. But for instance, when we found one friend his almost-new cashmere sweater, he became more into the concept. It takes a bit of practice and time, but it is definitely fun!

There are many other places to find amazing vintage. What about your mom’s closet? Maybe your grandmother’s? The thing with fashion trends are that they come back every so many years, of course reinvented. So what is old and ugly right now, you might want to keep in your closet a few years--it might be fashionable again.

Doutzen & LonnekeAlso, I keep a “Magic Closet”, where I store all my unwanted clothing. Coats, dresses, bags, shoes, you name it. My friends come whenever they want, and exchange clothes with me. This way I find something new, and they do as well. It gives you the same feeling as when you go shopping; but this way it is shopping for free, so it feels even better! If you do have unwanted clothing, you can do the same, or you can give it away. You can give it to the Salvation Army, or bring it to collection points in your area. Those clothes will find a good new owner.

If you are actually looking to expand your wardrobe, first ask if friends have some stuff they want to get rid of. Most of the time they then suddenly think of that one dress they haven’t worn and you might like... Otherwise: go shopping!

Did you know a lot of celebrities get their unique pieces from vintage stores or flea markets?

Here are a few of my favorite vintage stores around the World:

  • INA NYC
    High-end designer consignment. I find the best quality designer clothes & shoes here and I absolutely love this store.
  • What Goes Around Comes Around
    More really old pieces, found all over the world, really one of a kind leather belts, antique clothing and more.
  • Stella Dallas. A small vintage store with dresses and accessories mostly from the 50's and the 60's as well as pieces that are from beginning of the 1900's.
  • Doortje Vintage
    A great online vintage store, A place I have scored many great pieces.
  • Beacon's Closet. A great place to also bring your unwanted secondhand items, as you get money for it, that you can use for shopping or get cash right away! They have great prices and really a good selection of useful vintage.

Love, Lonneke


Natures Food, Designed for Humans?

NATURE AMAZES ME. EVERY SINGLE DAY. Creation speaks loudly, if we would only listen to her voice, we might hear her heart beating closely, to that of our own.

FOOD. Something we think of at least 3 times a day, often more, often without noticing it's intricate design or thinking of it's designer. Maybe it's time we took a closer look.

Fungi for health?... Many mushrooms boast highly of their anti-cancer properties, & yet look at them! Almost like little tumors, springing up all over this tree, hint hint!... Excellent for boosting the human immune system.

Have you ever indulged in devouring a pomegranate, one seed at a time ;) ?... The little seeds, covered in a bubble of antioxidant rich juice & coloured blood red remind me of the cells in human blood which they seek to rejuvenate with their life giving enzymes & vitamins. The seeds contain potent bitter antioxidants too, which protect the cells against free radicals, preventing cancers & promoting youthfullness.

The tomato, excellent for the human heart, looks just like one.

The carrot, sliced into rings; behold & see the human iris as it stares back at you, hinting subtly!! I'm good for you, for your EYES in fact. Helping to prevent macular degeneration & promoting healthy vision.

Look at the fine veins within leafy vegetables. The bursting colour of fruits of all kinds, the cell segments within oranges, berries, kiwi-fruit.

Sweet potato, does it remind you of anything?... It looks like an intestine!

The gorgeous shape & texture of the avocado. Did you know that seeds of all kinds promote fertility?

I'm so ASTONISHED when I crack open fresh walnuts. Why?... Well don't they remind you of something??? Dah. Haha. There's definitely a sense of humour there somewhere wouldn't you agree? To think that they are created, designed, to look like the human brain? WOW. Hint hint, 'eat me'!

I'd never noticed that the tiny, potent chia seed is really quite grey, until this morning, & I've been eating them for years! Another super brain food rich in all omega fats.

There are so many various foods which I haven't touched on, celery, herbs of all kinds, bananas, apples, stonefruit, legumes, grains, grasses, flowers (excellent for mood enhancement!). So much variety in colour, texture, flavour. Bitter, pungent, sweet, salty. AMAZING variety abounds! Let's take a subtle or maybe not so subtle tip from NATURE! ENJOY HER BOUNTIFUL GIFTS TODAY, GIVE YOUR BODY what it craves, NATURES very own FOODS, DESIGNED FOR HUMANS. Take note of your next meal, the colours, the shapes it contains, keep it as close to nature as possible & reap the benefits for your internal organs, skin, bones, & feel each of your body systems respond with vitality & life.

A book you may enjoy which highlights many natural varied foods & food groups is 'Laugh with Health'. Excellent for beginning health buffs with simple, fast info; it lists the nutrients, medicinal properties & benefits of each food page by page with great pictures too. I encourage you to have it in your healthy library.

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail


Shout out for fashion entrepreneurs!

Campaign Image The Green Fashion Competition

Are you a talented fashion designer? And do you have an organiced® lifestyle and thus create beautiful designs which are socially and environmentally responsible?

Well you're in luck as the second season of The Green Fashion Competition launched during Amsterdam International Fashion Week last month with a unique ‘sneaker- installation’ by OAT shoes and great presentation by our ambassador Lonneke Engel (also featured in all of our stunning campaign imagery!).

The competition question is:
Design three outfits and write a business plan, which explains how your fashion enterprise contributes to sustaining Biodiverstiy"

The competition is aimed at entrepreneurs who can create exciting and ‘catwalk-worthy’ fashion, while sustaining our world’s biodiversity. This season we have created two categories. The second category is for recent graduates and designers who have presented less than three collections. The first category is for recognised fashion enterprises, who have presented at least three collections.

Are you, or do you know an ideal participant for competition? Please visit our website for all of the details and make sure to enrol before September 30th!

Besides a first prize of €25.000,-, a show at Amsterdam International Fashion Week, visibility in Sublime magazine and connection with the Fashion Week network,  participation within The Green Fashion Competition also provides one-on-one coaching and tailored workshops on entrepreneurship, biodiversity, innovation and technology; a complete kit for the budding (and more advanced) fashion entrepreneur.

Enrolment is possible until September 30th. We are looking forward to receiving your submission!