Margot & Julian | // Lisbon

1 // Tell us about your blog, why do you do it? //

Bloomers is the place to discover fair fashion brands for women and men, green beauty products, and eco-friendly lifestyle and travel tips. Together with Julian, we are on a mission to inspire people to build a more conscious lifestyle through their consumer choices that respect workers and the environment, without losing style. 

2 // What do you think is interesting about the shift to conscious consumerism happening now?

I think our (Y) generation is not only searching for a job to keep for the rest of our life anymore but also looking to leave a positive impact on the world. We want to live a meaningful life full of purpose and I believe that’s the reason we see a shift to conscious consumerism. It’s interesting to see that we are jumping back to our grandparents lifestyle, looking to shop locally and responsibly, leaving big cities for a simpler life in the countryside while staying very global and connected to the world thanks to the internet.

3 // What inspired you to move in this direction?

One day Julian showed me a video about plastic pollution and how it was actually possible to live without it on a daily basis and even go zero waste. I’ve always been very careful and meticulous about recycling but I’ve never been really aware that my consumption of plastic was creating a never-ending demand that was actually harmful to the planet. The next day I went to the supermarket with my straw tote bag and bought all my veggies and fruits plastic-free. Step by step I started reducing my waste by shopping package-free. At the same time, I was introduced to an eco-friendly fashion brand. I found so much value into ethically, sustainably made and eco products that I naturally realized that I had to stop my Saturday shopping craving in fast-fashion retailers. The same story goes for beauty products.

In just a few month, it was like everything was finally falling into place and I knew that by following this conscious lifestyle, I was going in the right direction.

4 // Where is your favourite place to shop ethically in your city?

My favourite places to shop ethically in Lisbon are at Fair Bazaar boutique for clothes and Organii for green beauty and eco-friendly and handmade home décor.

5 // If you had to choose one book to take on a journey, what would it be?  

I would pick The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz, it’s one of those books I’d always keep in my pocket.

6 // Have you had a recent piece of great advice?

Live the present moment. It sounds easy, but we can quickly forget and get stuck in the past or focus on the future for too long.

7 // Current favourite colour?

Any pastel colour really, but I’ve surprised myself lately looking at yellow pieces. So I would say that I currently love a soft yellow palette for this spring/summer.

8 // Lastly, do you have a favourite S A Y A Hairpin?

I love the Banana Leaf hair stick for its simple and sleek shape. It’s very lightweight which is perfect for my thin hair but I have a big crush on the Moonflower barrette. I am “secretly” hoping a smaller version will come out to suit my hair type.