THE SHOCKING FAST FASHION REALITY
An undercover BBC investigation has found that Syrian refugee children have been making clothes for British shoppers. Panorama investigated factories in Turkey and found children had been working on clothes for Marks and Spencer and the online retailer Asos.
Adult refugees were also found working illegally on Zara and Mango jeans. But Panorama found seven Syrians working in one of the British retailer's main factories. The refugees often earned little more than a pound an hour - well below the Turkish minimum wage. They were employed through a middleman who paid them in cash on the street, according to the BBC.
Panorama reporter Darragh MacIntyre spoke to dozens of Syrian workers who felt they were being exploited. He said: "They speak of pitiful wages and terrible working conditions. They know they are being exploited but they know they can do nothing about it."
This is unacceptable and extremely sad! This is MODERN SLAVERY!
Close to 46 million men, women, and children are enslaved across the world, according to a harrowing new report from the Australia-based Walk Free Foundation.
Many of them, the analysis notes, are in fact ensnared providing "the low-cost labor that produces consumer goods for markets in Western Europe, Japan, North America, and Australia."
Walk Free founder and chairman Andrew Forrest puts the onus on corporations to help end modern slavery. "Businesses that don’t actively look for forced labor within their supply chains," he said, "are standing on a burning platform. Business leaders who refuse to look into the realities of their own supply chains are misguided and irresponsible."
So HOW TO SHOP LIKE A FASHION REVOLUTIONARY and help to STOP Garment Workers Exploitation, especially Child Labour! - by Orsola de Castro
The word "Fashion" means a lot more than just the clothes you wear. Fashion is wonderful and is supposed to be enjoyable. It's a fun thing. But it's NOT, if it is at the cost of others life or fairness.
We need to combat the culture that has been urging us to look for products that come with a cheap price, because looking for a cheap price stops us from seeing the actual cost - to people, to natural resources, and the social and environmental footprint these products carry.
We need to look for better quality, not just in the products we buy, but in the lives of the people who make them.
As we have received many emails from Our Fashionable Customers to notify them when Sold-Out Styles become available again. To help you get the Styles you love before they sell out, we have just launched Pre-Order Scheme, which is not only just for Sold Out Styles, but also for Next Season Styles that have not even seen or available anywhere else! You must be so excited! :-)
So what do you need to know!
To pre-order an item, you will need to add the available product colour and size to your shopping bag as if you were placing a normal order. You will then need to follow the check-out process as normal and pay for the item. Pre-ordered items will be charged in full and secured for you as soon as the order is placed.
As soon as your pre-order item is available we will ship it to you. Normally, next season pre-order will be delivered within 2-5 weeks. We will keep you updated throughout the dispatch process so you know when to expect your order to arrive.
If your order contains a mix of pre-orders and in stock items, we will ship your in-stock item(s) first and then ship the pre-order item(s) separately at no extra charge. Your order confirmation email will contain both in stock and pre-order items.
As we carry limited edition Designer High Fashion, not all items that go out of stock will be available for pre-order.
If you change your mind for whatever reason after order is place, please contact Customer.Care@urbanclub.com as soon as possible to cancel your order. We endeavor to reply to you in 24 hours. You will get a full refund for your order through original payment method. Unfortunately, we cannot cancel orders that are already processed.
After you received your pre-order items, you can exchange for different size or color or store credits. Pre-order items are not refundable unless they are faulty or damaged during transit. However, this is unlikely to happen as we thoroughly quality check every items before they are dispatched.
We hope you love these New Collections as much as we do!
Happy Shopping! :-)
The Story Behind Bowerhaus - Australian Jewellery Designer Brand
Sisters Shen-Tel and Elizabeth Lee are based in Borneo but were born and raised in Australia. They named their label Bowerhaus after the Australian Bowerbird. The most notable characteristic of bowerbirds is their unique courtship behavior. The Lee sisters are utterly obsessed with collecting beautiful trinkets from all over the world. One day they decided that it was time to make a mark with their obsession. Their collections are inspired by their father’s vintage coins and their mother’s pearls. The sisters design with materials that they source from all over the globe. Old world charm and understated confidence are the hallmarks of Bowerhaus.
Photography by Aaron / Lensworks Studio
Put away those comfy jumpers and winter jackets and give your look a much awaited burst of sunshine. With unpredictable weather, how can we make the most of summer without compromising on style? Getting dressed during summer can be quite a task. However, it is possible to look stylish and be comfortable across the tempreture range. The trick is knowing how. To make life easier and summer more enjoyable, we have put together this blog filled with inspiring summer designer fashion styles to bring you fashionable and functional summer outfit ideas to try out this season.
Yes, of course, the Jumpsuit has to be number One! These N12H Urban inspired structured design jumpsuits are fabulous! Vibrant Neon Sunset Jumpsuit with V-neck, aesthetically designed with sophisticated folds at front top.
We can't miss out the Flamingo for Summer! Be a Flamingo in a flock of pigeons! Perfect for a Poolside Summer party or any Summer BBQ you have in your calendar!
2. Cut-out Dress
You got to check out this beautiful Cut-Out Dress with contrast textured fabric at the top of the Dress. Cut-Out designs at side waist front and back with chic asymmetrical hem line. Perfect Summer Party or Evening Dress! Put on a light blazer or jacket, this could be a great summer office dress too!
3. Crop Tops
Amazing summer collection by N12H! We are so obsessed with these Summer Crop Tops! Unique and stylish! These Reversible Crop Tops are must haves. You can decide which color you would like to wear on the day! How cool is that!
Get Started Top is designed with sequins details at the front and chic cut out at the back to add sparkles to your summer outfits. Open back design is perfect for when heatwave arrive.
4. Bustier and Skirt
These 'Top-Knot' Bustiers are super hot this summer. There are so much you can do with this little cute and cool top. Whether you are going to a beach party or dinner night out, this amazing Bustier Top from N12H will make you stand out!
5. Maxi Dress
This beautiful Agusgy Maxi Dress by Silvian Heach, an Italian Designer Brand, is a must have. Pleat Skirt design gives the dress a very feminine and classy look. When in doubt or not sure what to wear for summer, go for this Maxi dress. You can't go wrong!
6. Floral Dress
Are you going to a wedding party or the races? Or looking to dress up like a princess for a special event? These stunning and elegance floral dresses by Phuong My will add another dimension to your style. The unique structure and drape designs coupled with exclusive floral print on luxurious silk and vibriant colours like reds, cherry, blue and green make these extremely limited pieces your pièce de résistance! The last thing you want to happen in a special event is to turn up wearing the same dress with someone else. Stand out from the crowd with these beautiful floral dresses.
Lace is beautiful and elegant. These N12H Lace and Fringe Dresses are out standing example. They are perfect summer dress that will keep you in style without sacrificing comfort. Comtemprorary look with luxurious feel, feminity is always paired with an edge.
Lace and Fringe Skirt and Bustier are much loved by many celebrities including 'Made in Chelsea' Star, Rosie Fortescue. Absolutely fabulous!
From office hours to happy hours, these culottes will keep you going in style. Made in France with premium fabrics and quality craftmanship, these culottes by AXARA Paris are a clever choice for those who dare to be different.
Looking for culottes with an urban twist that go with any top? It has to be this Urban Cool Culottes by N12H. With exquisite style and exceptional quality, these culottes are a clever add to your wardrobe collection.
Are you wondering what to wear when first summer heatwave hits? These amazing sequin shorts will keep you cool from the heat and create a stylish glamour look at the same time. Pair it with our amazing Bustier, Crop Top or Sheer Print Shirt. If heatwave is a must have for summer, then so are these awesome sequin shorts!
So what do you think of the new Summer Outfit Ideas? We really hope you enjoy the blog and hope it gives you some ideas to stay fabulously in style this Summer. If you have any idea to share with us, please comment below. We would love to hear from you!
Don't forget to share these ideas with your friends!
URBAN CLUB Team
By Travis Bradberry
“Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.” –Vaibhav Shah
Kevin Kruse has recently interviewed over 200 ultra-successful people, including 7 billionaires, 13 Olympians, and a host of accomplished entrepreneurs. One of his most revealing sources of information came from their answers to a simple open-ended question:
“What is your number one secret to productivity?”
In analyzing their responses, Kruse coded the answers to yield some fascinating suggestions. What follows are some of my favorites from Kevin’s findings.
1. They focus on minutes, not hours.
Most people default to hour and half-hour blocks on their calendar; highly successful people know that there are 1,440 minutes in every day and that there is nothing more valuable than time. Money can be lost and made again, but time spent can never be reclaimed. As legendary Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller told Kevin, “To this day, I keep a schedule that is almost minute by minute.” You must master your minutes to master your life.
2. They focus on only one thing.
Ultra-productive people know what their “Most Important Task” is and work on it for one to two hours each morning, without interruptions. What task will have the biggest impact on reaching your goals? What accomplishment will get you promoted at work? That’s what you should dedicate your mornings to every day.
3. They don’t use to-do lists.
Throw away your to-do list; instead schedule everything on your calendar. It turns out that only 41 percent of items on to-do lists ever get done. All those undone items lead to stress and insomnia because of the Zeigarnik effect, which, in essence, means that uncompleted tasks will stay on your mind until you finish them. Highly productive people put everything on their calendar and then work and live by that calendar.
4. They beat procrastination with time travel.
Your future self can’t be trusted. That’s because we are time inconsistent. We buy veggies today because we think we’ll eat healthy salads all week; then we throw out green rotting mush in the future. Successful people figure out what they can do now to make certain their future selves will do the right thing. Anticipate how you will self-sabotage in the future, and come up with a solution today to defeat your future self.
5. They make it home for dinner.
Kevin first learned this one from Intel’s Andy Grove, who said, “There is always more to be done, more that should be done, always more than can be done.” Highly successful people know what they value in life. Yes, work, but also what else they value. There is no right answer, but for many, these other values include family time, exercise, and giving back. They consciously allocate their 1,440 minutes a day to each area they value (i.e., they put them on their calendar), and then they stick to that schedule.
6. They use a notebook.
Richard Branson has said on more than one occasion that he wouldn’t have been able to build Virgin without a simple notebook, which he takes with him wherever he goes. In one interview, Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis said, “Always carry a notebook. Write everything down... That is a million dollar lesson they don’t teach you in business school!” Ultra-productive people free their minds by writing everything down as the thoughts come to them.
7. They process e-mails only a few times a day.
Ultra-productive people don’t “check” their e-mail throughout the day. They don’t respond to each vibration or ding to see who has intruded into their inbox. Instead, like everything else, they schedule time to process their e-mails quickly and efficiently. For some, that’s only once a day; for others, it’s morning, noon, and night.
8. They avoid meetings at all costs.
When Kevin asked Mark Cuban to give his best productivity advice, he quickly responded, “Never take meetings unless someone is writing a check.” Meetings are notorious time killers. They start late, have the wrong people in them, meander around their topics, and run long. You should get out of meetings whenever you can and hold fewer of them yourself. If you do run a meeting, keep it short and to the point.
9. They say “no” to almost everything.
Billionaire Warren Buffet once said, “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.” And James Altucher colorfully gave Kevin this tip: “If something is not a ‘Hell Yeah!’ then it’s a no.” Remember, you only have 1,440 minutes in a day. Don’t give them away easily.
10. They follow the 80/20 rule.
Known as the Pareto Principle, in most cases, 80 percent of results come from only 20 percent of activities. Ultra-productive people know which activities drive the greatest results. Focus on those and ignore the rest.
11. They delegate almost everything.
Ultra-productive people don’t ask, “How can I do this task?” Instead, they ask, “How can this task get done?” They take the I out of it as much as possible. Ultra-productive people don’t have control issues, and they are not micro-managers. In many cases, good enough is, well, good enough.
12. They touch things only once.
How many times have you opened a piece of regular mail -- a bill perhaps -- and then put it down, only to deal with it again later? How often do you read an e-mail and then close it and leave it in your inbox to deal with later? Highly successful people try to “touch it once.” If it takes less than five or ten minutes -- whatever it is -- they deal with it right then and there. It reduces stress, since it won’t be in the back of their minds, and it is more efficient, since they won’t have to re-read or re-evaluate the item again in the future.
13. They practice a consistent morning routine.
Kevin’s single greatest surprise while interviewing over 200 highly successful people was how many of them wanted to share their morning ritual with him. While he heard about a wide variety of habits, most nurtured their bodies in the morning with water, a healthy breakfast, and light exercise, and they nurtured their minds with meditation or prayer, inspirational reading, or journaling.
14. Energy is everything.
You can’t make more minutes in the day, but you can increase your energy to increase your attention, focus, and productivity. Highly successful people don’t skip meals, sleep, or breaks in the pursuit of more, more, more. Instead, they view food as fuel, sleep as recovery, and breaks as opportunities to recharge in order to get even more done.
Bringing It All Together
You might not be an entrepreneur, an Olympian, or a billionaire (or even want to be), but their secrets just might help you to get more done in less time and assist you to stop feeling so overworked and overwhelmed.
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Fashion is everywhere, but STYLE is unique. It's what makes the girl who she is. So “What makes her so Beautiful”? What are the secrets? Let's take a look!
1. Be Confident: Whatever you put on, make sure your outfit gives you a confidence boost wherever you go.
We have to admire Louise Thompson's style secret - Confidence! The Award-winning TV Series 'Made In Chelsea' Star chooses N12H to express her style: Unique, Edgy, a true Urban Beauty. Louise wears New Era Sequin Jacket and Parallel Worlds Lace Sweatshirt.
Louise Thompson looks absolutely stunning in N12H Sequin Origin Sweatshirt. Don't you just love the way she wears it! It is so true that Fashion can be bought but style must be possessed!
2. Try New Things: Experiment with different fashion styles to find the real YOU.
Talented Dancer - Singer - Actress Jordyn Jones from Los Angeles has a totally different idea with same popular N12H Parallel Worlds Lace Sweatshirt. One word - AMAZING!
3. Be Yourself: Your Clothes speak for you before you do. Make sure your outfit announces what you want people to hear. First impression is important. Give the impression you want to give.
Famous JoJo - American Singer, Song Writer and Actress flaunts this amazing Blue Side Split Dress to Hollywood Grammy's After Party in Feb 2016. The Dress and her expression say it all.
4. Accentuate your best features: It’s about the fit and what makes you feel comfortable. You decide what curves to show and when. Accentuating your best features also goes hand in hand with colour balance. Yes the art of colours! Paint your own style picture!
5. The Rule is: there's NO Rules: Who cares what people say! Everybody has their own set of rules which may not be applicable to others. You make the rules for your own style.
For stylish fashion Blogger Mellow Mayo, she expresses her "Cat Slave" style in a different and edgy way! Featured in pictures are N12H Fly Away Lace Trim Top, Fly Away Lace Trim Skirt, and Dimension Skirt.
We have to love the way she styles the same Fly Away Lace Trim Skirt with a different top and jacket to create a complete different look. You don't have to own every piece of clothing to be stylish. Just those that can speak for you and make you happy styling them again and again will do. What's more, you can help to save our planet and your bank too!
In conclusion, Fashion is limitless and exciting. You don't have to own all the styles available at all costs (tangible or intangible ... yes, have a think about it). You really don't have to follow the most fashionable bloggers or wear exactly what celebrities wear to enjoy fashion and be beautiful.
Fashion is NOT beautiful if it is made at a cost of the environment, health and safety or even life of garment workers and child labourers. Let us not take Fashion for granted.
Choose what you wear with love and care, find your own secret to create your style. Style can't be copied, exchanged or received. It has to be owned with your Personality and Identity. That’s what makes YOU so Beautiful!
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By Jeff Haden, @jeff_haden
Some people instantly light up a room. They make us feel important. They make us feel special. While we can't always define it, we know when someone just has it. The person is naturally likable.
But there's a flip side. Natural likability can also quickly lose its impact, especially when there's no substance beneath the surface glow.
But some people are genuinely likable over the long haul: They build and maintain great relationships, consistently influence (in a good way) the people around them, and consistently make people feel better about themselves.
They're the kind of people we all like to be around and want to be more like.
Fortunately, you can, because being genuinely likable isn't about your level of success or your presentation skills or how you dress or the image you project--it's about what you do.
What do genuinely likable people do?
1. They shift the spotlight to others.
No one receives enough praise. No one. So start by telling people what they did well.
Wait, you say you don't know what they did well? Shame on you--it's your job to know. It's your job to find out ahead of time. Not only will people appreciate your praise, they'll appreciate the fact you care enough to pay attention to what they do.
And then they'll feel a little more accomplished and a lot more important, and they'll love you for making them feel that way.
2. They listen a lot more than they talk.
Ask questions. Maintain eye contact. Smile. Frown. Nod. Respond--not so much verbally, but nonverbally. That's all it takes to show the other person he or she is important.
Then when you do speak, don't offer advice unless you're asked. Listening shows you care a lot more than offering advice does, because when you offer advice, in most cases, you make the conversation about you.
Don't believe me? Who is "Here's what I would do ..." about: you or the other person?
Only speak when you have something important to say--and always defineimportant as what matters to the other person, not to you.
3. They don't practice selective hearing.
Some people--I guarantee you know people like this--are incapable of hearing anything said by someone they feel is somehow beneath them.
Sure, you speak to them, but that particular falling tree doesn't make a sound in the forest, because there's no one actually listening.
Remarkably charismatic people listen closely to everyone, and they make all of us, regardless of our position or social status or "level," feel like we have something in common with them.
Because we do. We're all human.
4. They're thoughtful simply because they want to be.
I pulled into a service bay to get my oil changed. As I got out of the car, one of the techs said, "Man, those are nice wheels. Too bad they're so dirty." He smiled, just teasing.
"I know," I said. "My next stop is the car wash." Then I went inside to wait.
When I walked to my car to leave, the tech was just standing up, filthy rags in his hand. "It took some work, but I got 'em all clean," he said. Every rim sparkled. Every speck of brake dust was gone.
"Wow, that's awesome, but you didn't have to do that," I said.
"We're not very busy," he shrugged. "I had time. Figured I would make 'em look better." Just then a car pulled into another bay so he hustled away, saying over his shoulder, "Have a good day."
That was years ago, but I still haven't forgotten it.
Instead of turning idle time into "me time," likable people use their free time to do something nice--not because they're expected to, but just because they can.
5. They put their stuff away.
Don't check your phone. Don't glance at your monitor. Don't focus on anything else, even for a moment.
You can never connect with others if you're busy connecting with your stuff, too.
Give the gift of your full attention. That's a gift few people give. That gift alone will make others want to be around you and remember you.
6. They give before they receive--and sometimes they never receive.
Never think about what you can get. Focus on what you can provide. Giving is the only way to establish a real connection and relationship.
Focus, even in part and even for a moment, on what you can get out of the other person, and you show that the only person who really matters is you.
7. They don't act self-important ...
The only people who are impressed by your stuffy, pretentious, self-important self are other stuffy, pretentious, self-important people.
The rest of us aren't impressed. We're irritated, put off, and uncomfortable.
And we hate when you walk in the room.
8. ... Because they realize other people are more important.
You already know what you know. You know your opinions. You know your perspectives and points of view.
That stuff isn't important, because it's already yours. You can't learn anything from yourself.
But you don't know what other people know, and everyone, no matter who he or she is, knows things you don't know.
That makes other people a lot more important than you--because you can learn from them.
9. They choose their words.
The words you use impact the attitude of others.
For example, you don't have to go to a meeting; you get to go meet with other people. You don't have to create a presentation for a new client; you get to share cool stuff with other people. You don't have to go to the gym; you get to work out and improve your health and fitness.
You don't have to interview job candidates; you get to select a great person to join your team.
We all want to associate with happy, enthusiastic, fulfilled people. The words you choose can help other people feel better about themselves--and make you feel better about yourself, too.
10. They don't discuss the failings of others ...
Granted, we all like hearing a little gossip. We all like hearing a little dirt.
The problem is, we don't necessarily like--and we definitely don't respect--the people who dish that dirt.
Don't laugh at other people. When you do, the people around you wonder if you sometimes laugh at them.
11. ... But they readily admit their failings.
Incredibly successful people are often assumed to have charisma simply because they're successful. Their success seems to create a halo effect, almost like a glow.
The key word is seem.
You don't have to be incredibly successful to be remarkably charismatic. Scratch the shiny surface, and many successful people have all the charisma of a rock.
But you do have to be incredibly genuine to be remarkably charismatic.
Be humble. Share your screwups. Admit your mistakes. Be the cautionary tale. And laugh at yourself.
While you should never laugh at other people, you should always laugh at yourself.
People won't laugh at you. People will laugh with you.
They'll like you better for it--and they'll want to be around you a lot more.
It’s that time of year where literally millions of us will be thinking about New Year Resolutions for 2016, yet most of us will have experienced failure in achieving our New Year Resolution Goals. URBANCLUB.com is all about supporting strong, independent Women through fashion, so we thought we’d give you our 5 top tips for achieving your 2016 goals.
Set Yourself Up for Success
Maintain a Winning Mind-set
Maintain a Healthy Body
Dress for Success
Successful Body Language
Comment bellow and let us know your thoughts or share with us what your New Year Resolution is. We would love to hear from you all. Stay tuned as there will be more expanding blog posts on the 5 top tips above.
Be Inspired, Be Empowered in New Year 2016 with URBANCLUB.com!
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In today’s 24/7 Urban lifestyle, time is now a precious commodity. No wonder the convenience of online shopping is on the rise. Plus, if you do venture into the city during the Christmas shopping season, you’ll have to endure the cold, queues and shoulder bumps. Lets’ be honest, most would much prefer to be browsing through an online shop while relaxing in their own comfy lounge with a nice cuppa.
@URBANCLUB.com we thought we’d put together some simple tips to help you make the most of our Designer Fashion and Jewelry online shop on the run up to Christmas.
URBANCLUB.com only sources limited edition pieces from international independent and emerging designer who share the same passion for fashion as us. Ethical Production, Quality and Individuality is what URBANCLUB.com strives to achieve.
We focus on “slow fashion” that is made with love, passion and dedication, rather than “fast fashion”.
We believe in value. With Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year looming we want to make sure you get every opportunity to get the most value from your designer fashion purchases.
Let us tell you about our sales and special offers by joining URBANCLUB.com rather than you spend your precious time searching for sales:
There is nothing worse than ordering something online and it doesn’t turn up in time. This is the last thing we want our customers to experience, so make sure you order by:
Don’t waste time inputting all of your details again and again, URBANCLUB.com enables you to pay for your order using your AMAZON or PAYPAL account, saving you time, effort and giving you added security on each and every order. Convenient payment options:
Of course you can also pay by Visa, MasterCard, and American Express debit and credit cards.
Customer Satisfaction is our First Priority. Hence, we are very serious about our order fulfilment service. We thoroughly quality check, hand pack your order and use DHL Express premium service to deliver your order. You’ll receive an order confirmation and order tracking code so you will know exactly where your order is, every step of the way.
Ok! Hope these tips get you ready for this Christmas Sale Season, the best sale of the year!
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