Saturday, 24 October 2020

Turkish Fabrics Worth Buying

Current situation: drinking my tea, wishing I was still in Turkey and taking a bit of a break from studying. Seems like quite a normal Saturday to me.
It has been a week since I have been back to England and I am quite happy to get back to my routine. It is my last year in university and I want to make the most out of it. No time to waste! 
The outfit on this picture is the following:
 ▪️stolen jacket from my mom
▪️ pre-loved Puma sneakers 
▪️handy gym bag which we bought for my sister from a local shop but I ended up carrying it around with me because Turkish people just love to give you plastic bags for every single thing :| 

    Selimiye Mosque, Edirne / personal archive

Turkey is probably one of my most favourite countries of all time. I love everything from their food, the language, the music and last but not least all of the beautiful fabrics that you can buy! I will be doing a series of posts about their apparel industry because it is one of the oldest and the biggest in the world. This week, we will be discussing what fabric is worth buying when you go to Turkey.

      Cotton fields in Adana, Turkey / Pinterest

/or also known as Turkish Cotton/

Turkish cotton, really? What this does this even mean? 
I know that if you are hearing about this concept for the first time it's quite vague and it can sound very confusing. Basically, depending on which country it has been manufactured there can be quite a difference between the fabric consistency. For example, it is being said that the Egyptian cotton is more absorbent in comparison to the Turkish one, but it dries way slower. Even in Turkey itself, between the different regions in the country you have various techniques of cotton cultivation. The weather conditions and the location could affect the final fiber properties drastically. 
            Loading soon: puff-sleeved shirt..

Pure Turkish cotton depending on the consistency can be great for shirts and more luxurious blouses. I bought one unit of very good cotton produced from Ipeker. It is considered to be one of the leading manufacturers in the country. All of their products are Oeko-Tex certified, but on the other hand they are producing more than fourteen collections of fabric yearly, backed by monthly batches, too. Which in a way, unfortunately, is supporting the supply chain of fast-fashion brands. 
The next fabric option under our spotlight is not so vegan friendly, but it has always been a timeless classic. Depending on the production and the usage of the garment it can last few generations and will still look amazing. Drum roll please...
we are talking about the all-time favourite: 

SILK! or if Google translate was right it should be 'ipek' in Turkish. 
Silk for me screams luxury. It is a very firm fabric with little stretchability. The main producer, historically speaking has always been China. In Turkey they use the silk threads for rug manufacturing but there is quality manufacturing facilities for the apparel industry, too. Silk is being made from silkworms, even now in modern times not a lot has changed in the production process. 
It is a great option for eveningwear,  suits and you can even see it as pillow cases! 

That's from me for now. In the next blog post we will be focusing more on the historical side of things. 
Lots of love,


Thursday, 8 October 2020

Sustainable Fabrics: Lyocell

Today's blog post will focus on one of the most sustainable options which you can find on the market for fabrics. We will be talking about Lyocell. 
Lyocell, might sound like a brand name to you but actually it is a specific form of textile, for example, linen or cotton. Usually, each producer has their own version and name of this material but all of them have something in common. The main thing is that they are made from pulp and are biodegradable. We will be talking more about the production later. A way that you can tell if the fabric is lyocell is by looking at the name. If it ends on '-cel' then it should produced in the same way as lyocell . For example, one of the firms which produces this type of fabric is the company Lenzing, a well established Australian leader in the industry of cloths. Their version of this product is called Tencel ®️. 
When you touch lyocell, it is very soft and there is definitely a luxurious feel to it. It can be compared to rayon which is a viscose fiber, too.  But it is not as environmentally friendly due to the way it is being produced. The chemicals of rayon cause a lot of harm both to the workers and the environment. The big difference between them is the production process.
Interestingly, the main part of the production of lyocell, is wood. It is labelled as a pulp fabric that is made from cellulose (which is involved in the process of paper making, as well). The plant that is used predominantly for this fabric is  eucalyptus. The great thing about this plant is that it grows back very quickly after it has been cut. However, the controversy with this fabric is that in some of the countries which it has been produced, there is an extensive use of fossil fuels in the harvesting process. So in order for it to be truly sustainable, the sourse which we are buying from needs scrutiny.
The material is great for active wear and lounge wear too. It is very breathable and it is quite absorbent for both smells and sweat. In comparison to cotton, it feels way more easy on the skin and is very light. Plus, because of its properties, you don't need to wash it as often. A simple black t-shirt like this one can be used both for the gym and more classic outfits. Thie is a win-win- for your wardrobe and for the environment.
This outfit is very simple but I love how the gold in the bag, is the element standing out. Usually, it is not my style to wear only black but recently I started to like more minimalistic outfits like this one. It is very easy to style and you don't need a lot to put a good look together. 
The other part of the outfit is this black bag with gold. The great thing with it is that you can never go wrong with a classic vintage Yves Saint Laurent model. I found it about a year ago in a tiny thrift shop. One of the exciting things about shopping second hand is that you never know what are you going to find. The braclet was given to me by one of my friends as she didn't want it anymore. So, me being the girl who always tries to save everything from the dumpster, I decided to 'adopt' it. And it has ended up being one of my favourite accessories from my jewellery collection.
The other items from this outfit are:
▪️Jeans: Espada, thrifted 
▪️Sneakers: Juicy Couture, a present from my mom, gifted about three years ago.

This is all from me today. 
Lots of kisses,
Kristina xx

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Sunday, 19 July 2020

Clothing Transfromation: Ride or Dye

Most people in their wardrobes usually have a very random selection of items which are waiting to be decluttered. If you are like me, you might have some type of stained white t-shirt, a few tops, and a jacket which are lying around the house just being lonely.

Today, we will leave the rest and we will focus on that same white shirt which I mentioned. 
So, if my logic of continuous guesses is  correct, those type of clothes might have a very sad destiny. Usually, they end in the bin, they are used as cleaning cloths or if they are very lucky their owners might decide to use them as clothes for home. For example, I use mine when I clean the house. It's the simplest and most boring shirt that one might imagine. But it's perfect for the job and means that in the end, I don't need to wear a fancy gown when I am scrubbing the sink.

And today we are here to change the destiny of stained white t-shirts and we will make this particular one which I have, a highlight in their history


▪️Dylon Velvet Fabric Colour
▪️Gloves for protection 
▪️Stained White T-shirt
▪️Hair ties or rubber bands
▪️Thick Bleach
▪️ Plastic Basin
▪️Hot Water

 For the best results, look at the instructions on the fabric dye that you are using. You will need to dissolve it in hot water, before you put the fabric inside. I tied my cotton securely with  rubber bands to create interesting patterns. I did it on random places because I wanted it to look more unconventional. Next, you put the salt in the already prepared solution of water and dye. The salt is good because, it does a nice chemical reaction which locks the colour. 
And after this procedure you wait, wait, and then you wait a bit more and then you are done!
Hang it outside or in a place where it won't colour anything. Because the water which drips can be dangerous for any white wall or light surface. But if you don't have a garden you can put a plastic bag under your clothes drier for safety.
To create the white circles on this shirt I used thick bleach which I sprinkled around.
If you don't want to colour your fingers I suggest you use rubber gloves. 

Happy creating!

Lots of love,
Kristina xx

Monday, 6 July 2020

Fashion News: Recap of June

Hello and welcome to the Fashion News

Today we are back with the monthly information block based on all things fashion. We are going to cover topics on business, fashion shows, culture, and many more. Expect it at the end of each month, live for you only on this blog.  We will leave you now to our host, Kristina Bozhinova, for her take on the matter. 

*connection pause*

Thank you, Mr. News Guy, for the introduction. This month, as the pandemic continues, different fashion brands are trying their best to adapt as quickly as possible. Today, we will cover the state of the fashion industry under the Covid-19 pandemic, including the state of :retail, e-commerce, how fashion graduates are adapting during those unprecedented times, sustainability, and more.


Well, this was quite a serious intro. I think that it's time to stop messing around and bring you the selected news of June. Here's our first topic…



With the world constantly changing, the way that we shop is affected dramatically and it is even harder for brands to build trust and resilience. Many of them are changing their investment strategies by focusing more on technology developments and customer service improvements. Brands should be concentrating more on sending even clearer messages to their customers. To succeed in those times it is important to use more than one channel for your brand, stresses EY. This will help the brand to portray a better and more authentic image. For instance, Ted Baker a luxury retailer has raised around 95 million pounds for building up a better platform for more digital sales. Since online sales are going to be the ''new normal'' delivery companies like DPD are adding more and more jobs to meet the demands. This has also lead the e-commerce giant Amazon to launch its first global fashion store online


Even if it might look like things are slowly getting back to normal, behind closed doors retail will still suffer for a while. Big brands are getting sued for not paying their rent on time. In the US, brands like H&M and Gap are in the spotlight. However, in Britain, despite landlord retailers like Intu (the company which owns Manchester Trafford Centre )complaining of the same issue, they expect their financial figures to go up as the lockdown measures start to be eased.  To conclude this paragraph we will share with you an opinion piece by Dunkerton, the founder of Superdry after their big announcement that they will exit the markets of China: 

  “As with all retailers, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused major disruption to our business operations and supply chain. I am pleased with the accelerating shift in sales to online, and we’ve seen a particularly good performance from our women’s ranges, which, for the first time ever, are accounting for around half our sales. Clearly, however, the closure of all our stores has had a major impact.”  

If brands want to adapt quickly and not lose the financial fight, creativity is definitely needed.

In order to diversify their product portfolio, designers have started to make reusable cloth masks to match their collections. This is good, we love to see innovative thinking! Plus, these masks are way more stylish compared to those surgical blue masks, and this also helps the frontline to meet their essential PPE equipment needs for the medical staff.  

Another cool thing that I thought was quite interesting are the changes happening to personal shopping services. Stylists, for example, have started giving consultations on WhatsApp and other communication programs. But on the other hand, fittings and alterations, definitely need to happen in person, so a suit company came up with the idea to include plexiglass protection for the tailors to make this type of service possible!

Fashion Shows:

Fashion technology is advancing, even more, which has now provided the first-ever fully digital fashion show! Everything streamed was made with 3D virtual models and clothes. The directors of the London Fashion Show rethought their strategy by presenting a capsule video collection and mainly focusing their attention on addressing topics like environment, race, and justice. Unfortunately, students graduating this year are struggling to adjust to this situation as their projects are now harder to complete due to the lack of space and the necessary equipment which they can only access at their schools. 

Designs and Trends: 

The trends are mainly circulating around homeware, minimalism, PPE as a fashion statement, relaxed silhouettes, and knitwear. Basically, everything that you can wear around home and feel good. This period can also teach us to be more kind to each other and be more purposeful in our shopping. 


I saved my favorite topic for last, as a dessert. Unfortunately, the sustainability side of the fashion industry is not looking too good. Fast fashion companies like Boohoo are more than thriving, as their buying strategy includes obtaining high street brands- their stock has increased by 10% and investor's incentive to put money in such companies has definitely risen too. But on the other side, garment workers are the ones who are suffering because the sales are affecting their lives, due to brands who are refusing to pay their employees. Kylie Jenner’s brand represented by Fashion Nova is one of them. To support the ones who are suffering you can consider donating to the Fair Wear Foundation, where they share more on how they support the workers here.

Finally, on the brighter side of things, Google is apparently teaming up with WWF to produce a database on all things regarding sustainable fashion. It will provide information on responsible sourcing and analysis of the impact of raw materials. Sounds very exciting to me! Another interesting thing is that Conde Nast( a global media company) launched a ‘Sustainable Fashion Glossary’, which provides a great starting resource for all of us wanting to understand this topic more. You can find the glossary here.

And last but not least, don't forget to shop responsibly! With the economic choices we have and the decisions we make, together we will have the power to change the world. Before you purchase make sure you always ask:

Thank you for reading my blog post. Till next time.

Stay safe,

Kristina xx


Saturday, 4 July 2020

Clothing Transformation: Nostalgia

When I look at this piece brings back memories and nostalgia from my first year in university and reminds me of my last moments in my first home in England. I managed to save it from going to landfill and I kept it for more than a year before I made any types of changes to it. It belonged to one of my previous flatmates but unfortunately, she couldn't bring all of her belongings back to her home in China, and because of time pressure, couldn't bring it to a charity either. So, she kindly gifted it to me. The make of the piece looked like it was from some kind of wholesale fashion brand from China. When you touch the material, it is very soft and cozy and it would be a very nice addition to any wardrobe. However, I wanted to completely change the way it looked and to give it a completely different feel.

I loved remaking this item because I managed to take out the best of the fit by changing the ordinary cardigan into a designer blouse. The first part of the process was dying the fabric with Dylon, a great brand for fabric dyes which makes the creative process a lot easier for every artist and can help transform every garment to something amazing. The colour turned out to be dark olive with some hints of the old colour. Later, I cut it and sewed it by hand to make a beautifully refashioned item. Here are the results:

I love the process of creating and for me, taking the pictures, in the end, is so satisfying because I can finally see the idea fully coming to life. The pictures were taken in a Victorian house next to Whitworth Park, considered to be one of the oldest parks in Manchester (opened around the 1890's). 
The photos were taken by James Mills (my bf) and no, I didn't force him, well... at least I like to think so.


Friday, 3 July 2020

New Beginnings

 Hey there and welcome to my little online space!

This blog will be my place for sharing everything from my daily thoughts on topics like the environment, creativity and fashion to my life adventures and projects. 

After a year of not being active in the blog world, mainly because of the many changes which were happening in my life  in terms of education, experiences and many more (which soon I will share on this blog) in the last months of 2020 I felt very inspired to start again. 

My previous blog was called MdrnCreations. I started it somewhere in the beginning of '18 and I was using it mainly as a tool to spread the word on how destructive fashion can be for the environment and our society. I was sharing my self-thought sewing projects, style tips and advice on how to break up with fast-fashion. Of course, I am still going to write about those topics because they are very close to my heart. But in the process I found out that this name doesn't resonate with my vision because I wanted to share other things,as well. So to simplify my life this time I am choosing my name instead. 

I missed writing a lot and I am very excited to start again.

Lots of love,
Kristina xx

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