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Dog & Pineapple is a fresh new lifestyle blog from the downtown of Prague. You can find personal articles about inspiring people, healthy living, fitness, beauty and fashion. 

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Myths about sustainable closet

Tereza Šťastná

I've had a conversation recently, about sustainable fashion. 

One girl I know told me, she would love to have sustainable wardrobe but she has no money for it. 

That's a very common mistake, I hear almost every time I tell to someone about my interest in sustainable fashion. Another argument, why people don't really care about this cause is, that they cannot do anything as one person or they reply with argument, everything is made at same place. 

Let's take a look at those myths: 

Sustainable wardrobe means owning good quality but very expensive pieces. 

Yes, it's true that one should bring quality into theirs wardrobe that common fashion stores cannot offer. But sustainable living is more of a philosophy that makes us to shop based on our needs, considering where it comes from and care for the clothes we already have to improve if lifespan. If we need to get rid of something, it makes us thing where do the things go and if we can recycle or reuse by giving or in another way. 

So the first step shouldn't be to throw away all we own and buy new "better" and more "responsible" pieces, but to evaluate what we have a reconsider our shopping habits. 

All is made in one factory

Many of big brands are making their clothes with one supplier, somewhere in Bangladesh or elsewhere. That's why it is crucial to read the tags, ask around and research on the internet. But beware! Even these sources can be wrong. Some brands sew there clothes at one place, but finish them at some other place. And the last place is usually the one tagged. It's because they want to raise the price since customers are willing to pay more for the merchandise from "better" countries. That's usually the case with shoes and handbags. So apply the golden rule: read, ask and investigate. 

Other good solution to this is to shop local. Even here in Czech Republic there are some brands on the rise as well as some older estabilished companies that are trying to make their collections more modern and interesting.  

One of these companies is my favorite shoe brand Vasky, from Zlín. 

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Sustainable fashion does not look good

It might seem that because many sustainable brands are creating their collections timeless. That's why you won't find the hottest trends as you might do in the fashion chain stores. But those latest fashion trends are made to last one season and big brands want to sell you these with every collection so they don't have long lifespan. And this makes us constantly crave to update our wardrobe.

As soon as you reconsider your shopping habits, you'll find out, that every wardrobe has the same basics. And these basics are definitely worth to invest in and get them from verified sources. 

I will never be able to buy from big stores

Nobody tells you that you should or shouldn't buy something. If you find something you really like and will make you happy plus you're sure you'll wear it often, get it then. If you will deny yourself something just out of principle, you won't enjoy your new way of life for long. 

Try to change your shopping habbits. Go to the store only if you need something and not as a therapy from a bad day. Think, if the piece of clothes was made good so it lasts a bit. Remember the cost per wear metrics and don't buy something super cheap that you'll wear only three times. 

I have to buy natural fabrics only

Natural fibers are breathable and they are feel good on our skin. But that really doesn't mean, they are good for the planet. Everything has its own positives and the negatives and there is no rule, what is wrong or right.

Cotton might seem like the best choice for natural fiber garment but what we don't realize is, that its produce costs lots of fresh water and not to mention pesticides. Another issue are the producers and farmers. As you might already know, fashion industry is second biggest player of global economy. And it's hard business. There was a news in the media about ISIS taking over Syrian cotton fields and that you might be supporting terrorism with your purchase. a že nákupem bavlny tak podporujete terorismus. I don't want to comment on that but I am giving you an example how important is to think about where do things come from. 

 Another natural materials like viscose and lyocell (which is technically a viscose from bamboo) re chemically processed to a point that plenty of chemicals are flushed into our landfills. So even though lyocell is promoted as sustainable it's pretty bad for the planet same as other materials.  

So what about artificial fibers? They can be made out of recycled PET bottles. 

So you cannot decide right or wrong and I repeat once more - ask where your clothes come from.  

So the whole "building a sustainable wardrobe" process is all and only about using your brain, and ending with emotional shopping.  

Any other moths come to mind? Write them in the comments section. Also, if you consider this topic important, don't forget to share with others. 

 

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Linen Pants

Tereza Šťastná

The time flies so fast. In few days it will be 4 months since I have to get up every morning at 5 and leave to Mladá Boleslav to work. Actually, I don't even mind the commute. I have a great leadership above me, great team of colleagues and I do challenging work that helps me to grow. The only thing I cannot manage is the corporate dress code. 

I have always been that type of a girl, who wore sneakers with decent pants and topped it with leather jacket. I just have to pay more attention to what I put on in the morning. But to get dresses when it's dark and cold takes also some trained eye. 

That's why I made two pairs of linen pants during the summer time. They are actually made from a recycled pattern from my favorite pants I couldn't wear anymore due to being simply ripped appart. If you write me for it, I will make a post. But you gotta tell me if I even should. 

Anyway, I think, they turned out great and to show them, I got the idea of showing you what I wear to work as well.  

Pants - the linen is from Sartor. T-shirt is H&M Conscious Collection from organic cotton. And shoes are Snaha - Czech shoes manufacturer. 

And most important, pictures were taken by amazing Zuzka Tomková

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Moving

Tereza Šťastná

And it's here. After a year of deciding we finally have decided to move into a bigger appartment. 

To be perfectly honest, I must say that the one we live in now is bugger than appartment where I grew up in, especially since it's just us two and two dogs. But we got visitors quite often and our business and hobbies also take up a lot of space so we couldn't carry on in a space like that. 

My space will be way better as I will have windows with big windowsills, that face to the south so not only I can make my urban garden bigger, I will also have better light for photoshoots. And it won't serve as a guest room anymore, so more space for my hobbies. 

Sasho will also have a work room / guest room.

But what I look forward the most is a living room with a gallery on second floor. So far the gallery will serve as chill out / storage area. It has some smart hideaways so I can hide vacuum cleaner or my bottles with pickles. Btw, where do you hide your vacuum cleaner? I never knew where to put it. 

And just to spoil ourselves a bit more, we will have two bathrooms. Bigger one has jacuzzi and the second one shower corner. So I can finally soak with glass of wine after a hard day with my fizzy bath bombs.

I know, it all sounds so snobbish and I agree it's more than we need. On the other hand, life is short and when you live with a balkan guy, you gotta need some space. Plus bigger apartment = more cleaning. So it's not all just great. 

And since new apartment is a great way to change interior as well, here are some pictures I printed out as an inspiration. All pictures are from my pinterest so look there for original sources. 

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My summer news

Tereza Šťastná

How does it feel when your life suddenly changes? It's exhausting yet very exciting. But you might be wondering what I am talking about, right? 

Now, don't you think I didn't want to write anything, when in the truth, just almost two months ago I took a step to the unknown and it has been a ride ever since. I changed my job. 

 In recent years, I was set up in very easy flow working environment that many of you desire, I am sure. I was a freelancer so I worked from home and was in charge of my own day. Pretty much. I woke up on my own schedule mostly, walked the dogs, ate breakfast and started working. All my day was dictated mostly by needs of my clients and my own projects, including this blog. But this sort of workday lasted till 7 or 8 p.m. and I didn't really get to enjoy the day. Plus I was closed at home all the time.  

Can you guess how many steps from the recommended 10 000 I did in a day? Hardly 2 000. And with more than 10 hours of work I was closed in my bubble that made me fatter and less active.  

I told myself I really need a change so I started to look around for something new. Coincidentaly I got a call from one sweet headhuntress with a proposition to work for one of the biggest Czech companies as a project manager. I was backing off at first, because this position requires me to travel every day. But more I found out about the offer, the more I was inclined to accept because so many things were setting so nicely that I came to conclusion I should accept. 

 It's a challenge that I have been diving into last two months. Instead of getting up at 8 I have to get up at 5:30 a.m. After I leave, it's an one hour drive and I am just starting to drive so it's sort of a drama for me. Right after it's a day filled with new learnings. After that return to Prague and then household work. That's my new everyday. Maybe a routine for some, and you might consider it a step back. For me it's a step further, a challenge that brings a new regime. Just so you know, I tripled my daily step count, I started eating regularly and lost 3 kilos already, after I get home I have no extra work and can use my time effectively like sewing, exercise and rest. Plus I will learn to drive properly. 

 I am not going to explain to you about how these changes are bringing a stress and how tired I am. But I am truthfully happy, I can work on things with purpose and I know the things I work on matter. So don't be mad with lack of articles, but when I get the hang of it all, I'll also write more. 

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NARS is starting to support animal testing

Tereza Šťastná

I am so dissappointed!

I keep living under the impression, that we are so far regarding animal testing in cosmetic industry and brands are stopping this horrid practice but it seems like the opposite. 

When I was recently searching for a foundation that is has not been tested on animals, it was like searching for a needle in a haystack. At the end of it I was choosing from two cadidates  Smashbox Camera Ready BB cream (Douglas) a NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (Sephora). The winner happened to be Smashbox and today, I am really happy of my selection. 

NARS announced their entry at the Chinese market yesterday where you have the animal testing required by law. In their long message they are saying how they are against this practice and that they deffinitely don't test on animals unless required by law. Which China is. They claim to support the fight against the practice which frankly seems like a PR BS strategy more than the interest to actually change something.

I meantioned this previously in the article about Cosmetics Brands That Support Animal Testing. Selling their products in China nevermind the requirement I personally see as support of the testing. On the other hand I am willing to support brands that are not entering the market for this reason. Brand, that tests even when by 1% is still testing/supporting testing and shouldn't claim they are against it. I kind of understand from the NARS's statement that they enter the country to fight the requirement. BTW, I got the same statement from Kiehl's. I mean, seriously? It's corporate BS that simply has no logic and someone who knows how to use their brain knows it.  

Moments like this really reassure me about the importance of research of brands I want to buy or have products from. And next time base decision of how the brand values align with my own. And everyone should do the same according to their own values. Some of you might be actually OK with brands selling in China. I know that I am done purchasing at companies, who simply ditch their values in order to gain more profit like NARS does. 

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When the pattern doesn't fit

Tereza Šťastná

Why haven't I posted any new outfit that I made? Oh how I would love to give you some sophisticated answer but to be honest, I screwed up big time two last pieces. 

 It's easy to assume that if someone knows how to make the clothes, they know how to make everything to fit perfectly. Well, I am quite the opposite. I know how to make something according to a sewing pattern but when it's time to make alterations I am the absolute zero. True that! 

When you have such an atypical figure like I do, it's hard to find the perfect fit, even to sew. Especially if you're self taught and you get your knowledge from Burda and YouTube videos. Whenever I take my measurements I get results for three different sizes. How am I supposed to get the correct fit? Last Winter I sewed sweatpants - the first ones were way too big, even though I selected pattern according to my measurements, second ones fit fine but I choose wrong elastic, the third ones came out perfect.

Another piece of clothing was supposed to be ruffled dress from the amazing pink silk-cotton blend I found on sale. I worked extremely hard to make them perfect, used great satin lining, all my stitches were straight and even, the ruffle was hand stitched, this time I trully felt like I made some haute couture by self learner's hands. When I was finished with the dress, I put it on and ouch! The dress was two sizes too big and looks like I am wearing pink floor mop.  

Unfortunatelly the fabric is too fragile to rip the stitches and sew it again plus there is the perfect lining so nothing to be done here. What now? 

Another try to use this fabric is the simple v-neck top with spagetti straps. I even went for the same size like the dress thinking that since it's not loose fit, it will fit perfectly since the dress didn't. Surprise, surprise! The top is hugging my breasts so tightly, that I will have to wait after I had breast reduction plastic surgery in many years from now on.

I am obviously very unhappy that I cannot wear any of my summer pieces, at least I have learned to re-measure constantly for the next time. Only if the dress didn't make me look like 8 kilos more than I already am. 

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What to do with a weekend in Prague

Tereza Šťastná

Recently, I have been trying not to work on weekends and get out of the house to see something. When you work from home, you rarely get out and you start to feel somehow blah. So what to do with the weekend when you are stuck in Prague? 

1. Avon March

This Saturday you can join this year's Avon March. I will join for the first year ever as a part of Cosmopolitan team. It's a great opportunity to walk through the city and support a good cause. This year's motto is #neres (don't bother) so don't bother with anything else, and simply come. We can meet! 

Take a look at our Cosmobloggers team invite:

2.  Retro exhibition at National Museum

This exhibition has been prolonged to the end of July, and it's definitely worth to be seen. Especially if you love fashion. The exhibition follows fashion styles from the 20th century and their influence on current trends. You can explore all the patterns and materials and get inspired for your own wardrobe refresh or sewing. 

3. Tanning at Ladronka park

 I love to go to Ladronka and get some of that Vitamin D. It's a place where people go to skate, run and simply be active but there are almost no picknickers or sun tanners so the place offers some privacy and peace. Just pick the right spot, especially if you want to have some shade because the place by the trees near parking doesn't always smell like nature. Lay down your blanket  behind the running track in the field. 

4. Weekend breakfasts

 Every weekend I try to treat myself with some nice breakfast with coffee, bagel and a book. It's kind of a ritual of mine when I can keep up with my reading and actually it has helped me to read way more. You can often meet me at Anděl's Starbucks where I drink my Cold Brew and list through my book. Currently reading Princess from Sarajevo ( not sure it has been translated to English but I highly recommend. 

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Style Icon: Josie Packard - Twin Peaks

Tereza Šťastná

It have been waiting for this moment for many years. The Twin Peaks series are coming back to our screens with big part of its original cast. I certainly cannot wait and to honor this moment I want to share my yet another style icon, even though she's a fictional character, Josie Packard, played by Joan Chen. 

Josie  was a special character, setting her aside with not only her personality but a style. She was beautiful, mysterious and her personality changed episode from episode. Once she was the perfect criminal, the other very fragile girl. 

These characteristics are reflected in her style as she's the most seductive person even though she's also a bit tomboy. Her sex appeal is just too hard to ignore. It's a powerful woman, that got up from the bottom and took a full control of her body and she's well aware of her power and knows how to use it to her advance. That's exactly how she plays with the audience as well. 

As for her style, she is different from the others. They will wear endless combinations of sweaters and skirts, but Josie is wearing pants, dresses and even sinful lingerie and satin silk robe. 

She wears short pixie cut but gives it feminine touch with simple make-up. We can see her almost in every take with red lips and gold eyeshadows. Nothing more, nothing less. Her character is very complex even when it comes to visual presentation. 

Josie Packard as a fashion inspiration

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What has happened to my hand?

Tereza Šťastná

I posted pictures on Instastories but I haven't explained yet, what really happened. And so today is such a mini anniversary of the event and I am writing to tell it all. 

My family has decided to celebrate Easter weekend together at our cottage at Vysočina region, including my Sasho and our two dogs. I was nervous because I knew from the past, that they are not very big friends with my mom's dog but I got convinced we will manage them all at our big garden. 

When we came on Friday, we released our two pooches to the garden and afterwards Charlie (westie) who was in the building since my father was out playing golf. 10 minutes has passed and there were some conflicts between them so we decided to separate them. Fortunatelly enough we have two parts garden, each separated by fence, so Yoda and Fiona could be closed in one and Charlie second one. All we had to figure out were holes in the fence because Charlie is Mr. Escape and he is able to knock out wood from a fence just to check out local bitches. We managed somehow to close the holes and we could relax for a bit. I played with our couple, while Sasho played with Charlie - for about a minute. Mr. Escape then started searching for a way to get in and that he did. He went bonkers in a second and attacked Yoda so their life or death fight started.  

I am not going to explain we've been through training but I am no expert so the only way I knew how to solve the situation was to tear them appart. Have you ever tried to hold on to a 10 kg heavy dog on each arm? Of course they got loose and started snapping at each other frantically while sasho was trying to open the coroded doors and get to us. Meanwhile those two idiots bite into my thumb. Yoda to the thumb muscle and charlie to the finger itself and they started ripping. Few seconds later Sasho got finally in and teared those insane beasts apart. At that point I noticed that the bites are actual skin puncture bites and not only that, my thumb was ripped open, muscles injured and there was a blood streaming. 

It sounds like a long event, I know, but I think it all happened under one or two minutes. Sasho closed the dogs in the house, separately of course and we went to the bathroom to see and clean up the mess, pulling dog's hair out of my wound. I went into shock and was about to faint so I started to repeat: "we need to get to the hospital". Fortunately I saw that my autopilot works just fine because all I had in mind was to wrap my hand in clean towel and raise it above the heart so it doesn't bleed much. We sat in the car and drove off to the nearest city to find a hospital. 

We didn't find any as well as any doctor who would take care of emergency on friday evening. We had to drive to another city further away. 

As we arrived we rushed into the main building and I was finally under supervision of bitchy nurse that would deserve a slap and doctor with the biggest ego like he is some kind of best traumatologist in the Republic. I had to go to the OR and there I listened to the doctor blabbing how important it is that he cleans it perfectly and that he is the greatest doctor of all, plus he showed me how his tools can go through and through my hand. When I asked the nurse, if she would be so kind and cleaned wound on my other hand as well she just told me to go and wash it off in the second room and come back for some disinfection. On top of everything they called Sasho to be exotic boyfriend for which I kind of blame living in redneck town even though 90% of them will go to the balkan this summer for their vacation. 

Cast on top of it, antibiotics, bed rest orders and bring a paper claiming my dog doesn't have rabies. That was the end of this episode. By Monday morning I would be taken care of in Motol, here in Prague, where all the doctors were amazing and treated me the best way possible. 

Four weeks later, my wounds are closed but far from healed. Tendons are OK, but the swelling on the joints make my thumb unable to move, the scar is hard and muscle shortened. It will be long physio. I have damaged nerves as I lack feeling on my thumb's sides and the movement is horrid. I call it Barbie thumb. 

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Sew the SS17 trend: Ruffles

Tereza Šťastná

As normcore is slowly fading to be forgotten, minimalism still lasts but steps aside to make space for maximalism. All blogs are filled with bell sleeves, ruffled tops, deconstructed shirts and ruffled bodices.

And since May the most romantic month is slowly approaching, why not to sew something romantic to wear on nice evening date stroll in the park. Here are my tips for sewing patterns.

Burda 02/2017 #116

Merricsart.com - Ruffle Sleeve Swing Dress

Sewing Rabbit - One Shoulder Ruffle Blouse

Named Minya Pelerine Tee

Ralph Pink - Ariani Dress

Style Arc - Giselle Dress

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