What a disaster

Alan Taylor Managed to evade media bans and get some poignant images of the oil spill off the gulf of Mexico.


to see...

To see the world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand 
And eternity in an hour
~William Blake

fashion conscious

Shred Betties have been thinking about the impact the fashion industry has on the environment. The mass production of clothes from department stores which overhaul their supplies every season places a massive strain on resources and companies who drive for low manufacturing costs.

The manufacturers (usually in developing countries) are forced to compete hard on price to win the big contracts. And often factory workers are the ones who lose out being the only margins factories have left to play with. In Bangladesh, where 80% of the economy depends on the fashion industry, workers are exposed to long hours, in poor conditions, have little job security and earn less than 5 cents per garment produced. The volume of production and consumption has a pretty big environmental impact as well. Cotton, for example, uses 20,000 litres of water for just 1kg of cotton produced and poisonous chemicals, pesticides and dyes pollute water ways affecting the health of surrounding communities and ecosystems.

What can YOU do?
Shopping with consciousness is about refusing to buy mass produced, synthetic clothes that are worn for a weekend and relegated to the back of the closet the next. The continual production of these discardable tops, pants, dresses, coats, undies, socks... is yet another massive carbon foot print on our environment, and one that can be reduced with ease and style.

1. Shop Vintage:
Recycle boutiques and vintage clothing are a good start to being more fashion conscious.  Our friend Jess decided to put an end to this palava last year, opting for recycle boutiques and stores that promote the production of clothes that are made with minimal impact on our environment. Needless to say she remains impecabbly turned out!

2. Be Fabric Wise:
Fabrics that are biodegradable, sourced from renewable stocks and don't use harmful chemicals in their production get the double thumbs up: Try organic cotton, hemp, silk, wool, bamboo and tencel
Fabrics to avoid are synthetics like acrylic, polyester, rayon, acetate, triacetate, nylon and anything labeled 'wrinkle resistant' or similar.  These are also bad for our bodies! The great news is that these cheap synthetics aren't our favourite items anyway and there are an increasing number of designers and shops getting 'eco wise' on their products.

3. Buy local brands which source locally:
Not only does standard issue use 100% Merino in their winter woolies they also claim to source all of their wool from NZ. I have bought a few of their cardigans and they are very hardy, not a purchase that you will throw out at the end of a season.

Wellington designer Starfish displays fashion consciousness and has an amazing winter 2010 collection which you can check out here.

Topshop stocks a number of Fair Trade and Eco-Fashion labels: People TreeMy Only One and Annie Greenabelle


a little bit of deliciousness for gamers...

I'll disclose a little of my dirty, nerdy, secret (or not so secret) obsession with gadgets, gizmos and gaming consoles.  Apologies to any anti-gamers- these techno posts will be few and far between.  This is the 'leaked' image of the PS4.  Although a release date hasn't been announced yet, following the 6 year trend between models we have this pegged this one to be out as late as 2012...As for features there are no hints yet, although plenty of speculation from bloggers everywhere.  Burning on my mind: will it come coupled with 3D glasses?



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Cannot wait for the SATC2's release on July 2.  With the NY premiere last night we were thinking about the top Carrie looks of the last 12 years.  Which do you think have stood the test of time?

And of course...

bloggin' the clog

We LOVE the Topshop clogs, are going to INVEST in a pair!!!

Chanel featured them on their runway this year, topshop must have been inspired...


run through the moss on high heels

19 year old student/photographer/model Elle R from New York City



We approach the end of May in two minds.  The mornings are colder and the quick dash to the ocean for a wake up swim is becoming less appealing by the day.  Although we didn't have the classic NZ summer, we have been making the most of a warmer-than-usual Autumn with picnics in the Wellington Botanic Gardens and walks on the waterfront- both of which are far less enjoyable when accompanied by the infamous Wellington Winter Wind.  On the other hand, the beginning of winter is welcomed for its seasonal shopping excursions and excuses for new boot, coat and winter accessory purchases (will post on these soon).  Whichever way you look at it, however, the advancement of winter sees us counting down the days until the beginning of the New Zealand ski season (see the countdown clock added to SB's blog!).  Although it has been less than 3 months since we left behind the snowy landscape of Tahoe and the Northern Hemisphere, already we have itchy feet to try out our new American boards on the familiar terrain of New Zealand's Mt. Ruapehu.  And so, looking ahead (arguably prematurely) I have begun compiling 2010's ShredPlaylist.  It is not necessarily representative of my entire iTunes library, but songs that find the perfect balance between chilling and getting pumped.  Here is a small sample of what I have so far.

This year we will be riding to:

blue skies, blue eyes

Photography by Luce: Autumn in and around New Zealand

jungles of her soul

My blister's stop motion she made yesterday...clever cookie!