Sustainable & ethical holiday gift ideas

Hello lovelies!

Holiday season is around the corner and you’re wondering what gifts to give to your loved ones? Although I personally am not a huge fan of the shopping frenzy situation during this period at those fast fashion stores, I still take joy in looking for some kind and meaningful gifts to my loved ones. That’s why I’d love to share with you some sustainable and ethical brands you can shop from.

Disclaimer: I’ll be mentioning some brands I collaborated with, but it’s only because I truly love and appreciate their work, not for any profit/monetary reason. I am always very careful when choosing the brands I work with, to share with you only the things I love and trust, and hope you will love them too 🙂

Skin-friendly handmade jewellery from S-kin Studio

I love the amount of love Chi, the owner of the brand, put into her collection. Every piece of jewellery are carefully handmade and has its own story. The gold-filled jewels are not only so pretty, but also tarnish-resistant and kind to even the most sensitive skin. Their new collection “Waratah” is inspired by the Australian slow-living lifestyle, and is absolutely my favourite! The pre-orders for this collection will start today, on 31 October! You can use my code HEGIA for 15% off on their pre-orders on their website. She will make sure that your order will arrive on time before the holiday starts 🙂

On the picture below I’m wearing the Waratah Signet Ring, Crux Constellation choker and Epsilon Beaded Choker

Fresh and handmade cosmetics from Lush

If you haven’t known Lush yet then you should!! I can’t say more about this brand. Apart from their colourful and heavenly smelling bath bombs, they have everything from head-to-toe for both of you and him. They would make the perfect gift for yourself too (self-care = self-love, right?) I personally can never say no to their bath bombs. But if you don’t know what to get yet, they always have so many options of pre-packaged gifts filled with all that good stuffs that are ethically made. The best way to shop is actually to go to their actual store, so you can try and smell everything before buying any.

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Photo credit: @yoosopetite

Sustainable basics from Organic Basics

I love to invest myself in good basics, like the perfect tee, socks, and even underwear. This will make a versatile option for gifts to your loved ones. I’m not the only one who can feel happy from getting comfy socks right?? Maybe because I’m older now ahaha.. I’ve tried their Invisible Line and I’m so impressed by how comfy they are! It feels like wearing nothing at all. And they’re made from recycled nylon, ethically made in Europe. Take a look and if you find something nice, feel free to use my code HEYHEGIAXOBFR15 to get 15% off anything on their website 🙂

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I’m wearing their Invisible Line Tank in Nude

Dutch design clothing from Bellamy Gallery

How about beautifully made classic silk shirts and cashmere sweaters? They have a whole range of clothing for you, him, and even kids! I love how transparent they are regarding where the clothes are made and their price distribution. Speaking about the price, they are pretty affordable too! And since it’s a local Dutch brand, at this moment they only ship within Netherlands, and to Belgium, Germany, and France. But let’s hope they can do worldwide in the near future.

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So that’s it for now my selection for you. I hope you find something you like 🙂

…. and wish you a Happy Halloween !

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Dear, Jealousy

Welcome to my first post of self-help series. It’s been on my mind for a long time that I want to be able to share my view about life, and I want to be able to give you more value. We can all wear beautiful clothes and drink cute coffees but how about our inner happiness?

So let me start with one topic that had been (indirectly) causing me trouble recently: jealousy.

Jealousy is one of the ugliest emotions a human being can have. It is one of the seven deadly sins for a reason, right? It is an emotion that most people can have but never want to admit. What scary about jealousy is that it is so sneaky and it can disguise itself in different forms, enter your system, and make you act out of it without you actually realising it.

When someone is jealous of you

I always try to live my life happily with what I have, mind my own business and not causing people trouble. A lot of problem happened to me or my closest people (read: family) because of jealousy from others. I first didn’t think that what they did to me came out of jealousy, I thought I did something wrong to them or something. But I barely have any interaction with those people, so how could I have offended them in any way? I cannot really share with you the details of what i have experienced because it is too private. But in a big picture, there are 1-2 of my relatives who always have it on me and my siblings, sneakily trying to find something wrong with us and report it behind our back. For years.

And I also had someone at my old workplace who bullied me no matter how hard and well I did my job. At first I always blamed it on myself, maybe I did something wrong that I was not aware of. Funnily, it was other people, my other colleagues, who noticed that, that person just simply always had it on me.

Maybe because I have things or accomplishment that they don’t have, or they simply feel threatened by my mere existence. I don’t know. So this is my starting point of trying to understand how jealousy works. How to recognise it, and react accordingly.

What I came to understand is that when someone gets jealous of you, it’s not about you. It’s about themselves. They feel unhappy and insecure about their lives and situation, and trying to lash out their misery on others, making others’ lives miserable so then they can feel better about themselves. When I came to understand this, while others might feel the need to return the bad deed and make that person experience the same hell, I chose to feel compassionate.

From the bottom of my heart, I really wish that those people – who always try to make my life miserable – to finally find happiness and inner peace within themselves. Spending their time to focus on building the best life they can, and mind their own business. Happiness is an inner job, no true happiness can come out of making other people look bad.

If it’s you who are jealous of others

Let’s admit, we all have it. I also experience this feeling once in a while toward others who (I think) are more successful than me or have something that I don’t have. Sometimes it is inevitable to feel it. But it’s not like we can’t do anything about it. We can!

Firstly, we need to identify that emotion. You first feel the stingy sensation when you see someone you’re jealous of. It’s okay, accept that emotion with compassion. Be at peace with yourself. And try to remember that our universe is filled with abundance. Only because someone else got the opportunity that you want, doesn’t mean that there is only one opportunity available in this world and lifetime. Trust the universe that what you need and what you want, are already available for you. Same with everyone. So when it happens that the other person got her timing now, tell yourself that next time it could be your timing too! Conglaturate that person, and thank the universe/God for what you already have. Be a person that has a big and open heart. Because when your heart is big, it makes it open for more blessings to come into your life.

After you can finally identify the ugly emotion that you are feeling as jealousy, you can start working with your mindset immediately and prevent yourself to act based on it. It saves you not only from the guilt from making an innocent person’s life miserable, but also saves you so much time and energy. Use your precious time and energy to focus on your own journey for a better self and success.

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I hope you enjoyed this post, my dear friends 🙂

and wish you a lovely start of October!

Love,

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Statement earrings collection from Shop Gorgigi

The colder month has finally arrived and it’s the sweater season again. Are you a person of habit like me? I will keep wearing the same dull yet comfy sweater over and over again. That’s when statement jewellery comes in handy, because of its ability to elevate any dull outfit into something more interesting.

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Beautiful scents: L’Artisan Parfumeur

If you’ve been following me since the beginning, you’d know that I love supporting niche perfumes. That’s why I was so happy when Alexandra from L’Artisan Parfumeur contacted me through my instagram! The French brand, established in 1976 by Jean Laporte, is actually one of the pioneers of niche perfumery. They have a wide selection of scent, so it could be an overwhelming process to pick one. That’s why, although they didn’t ask me to make this blogpost, I’m eager to share with you my thoughts on every scent I’ve received from them, because the scents are indeed so beautiful and unique, just like their names. Everything I write here is based on my pure opinion, and I hope you can find this review helpful.

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Winter in Istanbul

Last Christmas holiday, I finally managed to visit the country that has a special place in my heart, Turkey. I used to live there in 2011 – 2013, and without a doubt it was one pivotal point in my life. Living there on my own gave such a huge impact in my way of seeing the world. It grew me as a person.

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Skin Friendly Jewelry

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a good start of the week 🙂

Today, let’s talk about jewelry.  Do you also have sensitive skin like mine?  I normally don’t wear jewelry that often. I’d love to, but I can only wear either silver or gold. Anything other than will get my skin irritated, or even give me rash. That’s why I’m so happy when S-kin Studio Jewelry reached out to me!

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APARTMENT TOUR

We just moved into a new apartment this summer. I love the location and its surrounding (this is always my number one priority in choosing a place to live), which is right in between The Hague’s city centre and the beach. Beside the location, I also had all kind of different wishes for the apartment itself; high ceiling, big window, a balcony facing the street, on 1st or 2nd floor, and….. a bath tub. I should admit that the house hunting period was a stressful one, but thankfully it finally paid off. We got what we wished for: 3,6 m high ceiling, big windows from both sides, and we’ve even got 2 sunny balconies! Since then we’ve been filling it in with the furnitures we’ve carefully picked from all different kind of places.

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