Peppermint Magazine {Review}

Hi Deerest Friends,

I love DIY (obviously) and so I’m guessing that many of you who follow me or come check this blog out most likely enjoy craft, art, design and DIY as well. I don’t often post reviews on this blog as I try to keep it all DIY, all the time. However, recently I discovered a fantastic magazine and I feel it’s only fair if I spread the word to all my deer friends.

Peppermint Magazine is an Australian quarterly, which focuses on fashion and lifestyle.

Doesn’t sound very different from Cosmo or Instyle?
Well, Just You Wait!

The magazine’s tagline; “Style, Sustainability, Substance” acts as their mantra, defining every aspect of their work. This magazine focuses on living in an environmentally responsible way, from the food you eat, the clothes you buy and to the places you go. Now being totally stylish while remaining passionately committed to the environment is not an easy task… but the team at Peppermint show us how it’s done!

Peppermint's Current Issue

Peppermint Magazine

Peppermint Magazine

So here are 7 reasons why is absolutely adore Peppermint;

1. It Showcases the Work of Local Artists and Designers.
When reading most fashion magazines your almost guaranteed that most of the clothing/accessories are made in third-world countries in very shady conditions. Not Peppermint, though. All the fashion featured in Peppermint is lovingly created by Australian artists and designers who use methods and materials that are kind to the Earth. And woah… do these Aussie kids have talent!

2. It’s Sustainable and Environmentally Responsible.
Peppermint Magazine is a 100% Carbon Neutral publication… but that is just the tip of the eco-friendly iceberg. All the fashion, beauty products and food listed are environmentally sustainable and all the writers have the environment firmly in their agenda. Every single thing in this magazine has been crafted/designed/written with Mother Nature in mind.

3. It’s a Breath of Fresh Air.
This magazine is truly unique. I really have never read anything like it and I enjoyed it immensely.

4. It’s Stylish. 
Just because it’s sustainable doesn’t mean they skimped on the fashion. Peppermint boasts a mountain of fresh, stylish looks that are lovingly created by small-time designers, artists and artisans. Reading through only one issue I found myself flagging almost every page… Time to save my pennies!

5. It’s Smart.
Sick of hearing which starlet is going to jail now? Tired of hearing which celebrity got married on Tuesday and divorced on Wednesday? Let’s face it, many magazines have about as much substance as an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. However, after reading one issue of Peppermint, I had met an incredible documentarian who volunteered with Indian orphans, learned how to make organic ice-blocks, how to grow my own veggie garden, the buzz on keeping honey bees (pardon the pun) as well as discovering several local artists and learning about their work. Far more interesting than the Kardashians!

6. It’s all about Creativity.
Along with featuring many incredible artists and designers whose work will get you creative juices flowing, Peppermint encourages you to get creative too and maybe even learn some new skills. The section “Sewing School” gives readers a new pattern every month, that can be accessed on their website (click the link above). As a DIY-er, I will definitely be trying these funky designs out for myself.

7. It Focuses on Health and Wellbeing. 
Let’s face it… Fashion magazines don’t have the best reputation for promoting positive self-esteem. Between the highly processed beauty ads, the articles on the latest fad diet (cabbage soup anyone?) and the pictures of itsy-bitsy models who may as well be allergic to food, many women are left feeling that they will never measure up. When reading Peppermint, I never saw an airbrushed face or an article focused on physical beauty. Many of the models appeared to be real, imperfectly perfect women and the focus appeared to be on inner beauty, health and happiness. What’s not to love!

So if you ever get the chance to check Peppermint out, either on their website or their published magazines, I definitely recommend it! I really enjoyed this magazine and I think many of you will too!

Love Dorothy XOXO

*NOTE: Not Sponsored… All the opinions about this amazing magazine are solely mine.

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7 Great Reasons to DIY!

Before I get started with my long list of DIY tutorials (I’ve got tonnes of great ones planned… so stay tuned), I thought a great post would be giving a few reasons why, in my opinion, DIY is the best!

1. IT’S CHEAPER- Not always but a lot of the time DIY can save you a lot of money. I love designer clothes and accessories but like most of us I don’t have hundreds and thousands of dollars to spend. Through DIY you can emulate these design ideas and save yourself a lot of money in the process.

2. IT’S UNIQUE- Whether it’s making something for yourself or making a gift for someone else, DIY is an amazing way to make beautiful things that are completely unique. Making your own clothes and accessories means you will always be wearing a distinctive, one-off piece that no one else will have. Also, giving someone a hand-made gift means so much more as you put so much time and thought in to making it.

3. IT’S A GREAT CONVERSTAION STARTER- Anyone who makes there own clothes, accessories or homewares probably knows that oh-so-great moment of conversation;

“Oh I love your top/necklace/candle holder. Where did you get it?”

“Oh thanks… I made it!”

Hand-made items are a great conversation piece and not to mention people will think you super creative and talented, which can never be a bad thing.

4. IT’S ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY- Many of the DIY projects that I’m going to be doing on this blog re-use many everyday items such as jars and tins. Re-using and recycling these items stops them from going into landfill, which can take decades to break down.

5. IT’S A WAY TO LEARN NEW SKILLS- Whether it’s sewing or painting, DIY projects help you learn heaps of different skills that are useful for everyday tasks.

6. IT’S A WAY TO KILL BORDOM- We’ve all had one of those rainy days, school holidays or just a day off we’re you are completely listless. A DIY project is a great way to fill in you day and accomplish something great in your spare time.

And finally the most important reason…
7. IT’S FUN- Whether your 9 or 90 most people have some kind of hobby such as knitting or woodwork and it’s obvious why. Being creative and making unique gifts, clothes, food, homewares or accessories is so much fun.