In just a few short days, my youngest little man heads off to school. Yikes! This means that I have time to work now. Proper time. This time a year ago I tried looking for work but finding something I want to do (yes, I'm lucky enough to be able to wait for something I want to do rather than have to do anything) that fitted around preschool and school hours was nigh on impossible. I started freelance writing, I started doing a lot of creative writing. I volunteered in a charity shop. But I didn't feel like blogging. However, back in July I decided that I wanted to take the plunge and become a consultant for me&i. Me&i are a Swedish ethical clothing company who make wonderful (as you'd expect from a Scandi brand) bright and bold clothes for women and kids. My love affair with Scandi style started over 8 years ago now, when I was pregnant with Ethan. That's pretty much how this blog came about too. I loved Scandi clothes, which were hard to get hold of and very unusual where I live 8 years ago so I decided to record our outfits and write about them here. When I heard about me&i they seemed like a perfect fit for me. I thought, why not? No one else is working for me&i in my town. People like my style and my boys style. They are always stopping me to inquire about our clothes. Why not?
Me&i release two collections a year, Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter. They don't create a vast range, they concentrate on quality over quantity. Their focus is on quality materials and fair pay for workers. They use Oeko-Tex material and factories in Turkey and Portugal. They visit the factories they use and stipulate that the employees must be able to live on the wages they make. As a result, you can't expect Primark prices from me&i. But I think more and more of us are getting switched on to the idea that you get what you pay for. We'd all rather a fairer world for all. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with a bit of a bargain but I do like to shop as consciously as I can afford and I know I'm not alone in that. I like to buy a few more expensive purchases each season and pepper them with my charity and eBay bargains!
As well as their ethical credentials, the clothes are comfy, soft and practical without forgoing style. Pockets in dresses. Cuffs on sleeves that fold up or down to allow longer wear. Seamless socks. The kids clothes go up to age 14 so many women find they can fit themselves into the kids collection too!
You're probably wondering how it works? Well, you can buy online via their website, but it's much more exciting if you get in touch with a local consultant and they bring their collection to you. Even more fun if you get friends to come over too, then it's like going shopping with friends, no kids in tow! You know, like when you were 13 in those communal changing rooms in Miss Selfridge. Except without the overpowering smell of Impulse and the risk of slipping over on an abandoned copy of Sugar or Just17. Plus. Have it on a evening and add in wine. Sweeeet! Can you tell I'm excited? Well, I am one of those consultants now. I have the entire collection in my home and anyone who wants to can buy via me! Even you! Yes, YOU, right there, on your phone. If you're nearby (North Somerset/Bristol) I can cart my collection over for your perusal!
If you aren't nearby but you still love the clothes, I can still be your consultant, I can place an order for you. Or you can order via the website and select me (Alexandra Bridger) as your consultant at checkout. It's that easy! If you still want your own party, I can put you in touch with your nearest consultant too.
Personally, I feel the clothes speak for themselves. They look lovely on hangers, they look even better on a person! They pop in photos but once you see them in the flesh, you really get it. Just feeling how soft they are, how they have so much give in them. Seeing how they fit on a real body. They really are exceptional!
Well. There we have it, my first blog post in an age. It's good to be back. Now I'll have to spruce up the blog, maybe even move over to Wordpress at last! I hope people will read again, I have missed many aspects of my blog, especially my fellow bloggers and readers! Thank you, anyone who is still there!
Linking up with Hannah at Make, Do & Push.
All clothes featured in this post are from me&i. This is NOT a sponsored post.