Handmade Christmas Gifts – Etsy

In the first part of my festive series about handmade Christmas gifts, I will be sharing some Etsy finds for anyone looking for something a little different to the mass produced stuff that you see everywhere.

I know it is quite early to be thinking about Christmas but I do like give myself plenty of time so that I kind find the perfect handmade Christmas gifts!

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Owl and Otter
are based in Brighton and create cute handmade jewellery from bamboo, a sustainable material which is both renewable and biodegradable

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There is something magical about Dandelion clocks and I love how Natural Pretty Things has captured that as well as other little pieces of nature like daisies in this hand made and polished resin jewellery.

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Copley & Holdsworth hand make unique clothing, accessories and homeware using recycled leather.

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For something a little unusual, I love the recycled inner tube jewellery by Morgana Crea. Not that you would ever guess that is was made from something that would otherwise be waste as it looks so amazing. The jewellery is made in Turin but shipped worldwide.

glitter eye Handmade Christmas Gifts   EtsyThis amazing glitter eye handbag is made by Kirsty at Luna on the Moon in East London.

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panda Handmade Christmas Gifts   EtsyEthical History Museum also have some very cute brooches which would make great little handmade Christmas gifts, secret santa pressies or stocking fillers. 15% of profits go to animal conservation and protection.

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pjs Handmade Christmas Gifts   EtsyLast but most definitely not least is Luva Huva, which contains at least a few items that will be on my list this Christmas. Luva Huva handmake beautiful lingerie and lounge wear from organic cotton, in the UK.

Have you started thinking about Christmas pressies yet?

With warmest wishes

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Nomads Marmalade Cord Dress

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Dress – Nomads
Bamboo leggings
Necklace – Soko
Shoes – Clarks

I was recently contacted by Nomads to see if I would like to try out a piece from their new AW14 collection. The new collection is filled with rich autumn colours, pretty prints and bohemian styles so of course it took me a while to decide. In the end I choose this marmalade cord dress as I loved the relaxed cut for wearing with leggings on weekends or dress down days at work. I also loved that the dress would be great for cosy layering come winter and the marmalade colour makes a great change to the usual wintery blacks and greys that are around at this time of year.

So why do I love Nomads

Nomads fits well with how I like to think about fashion. They have their own very unique signature look which is not dictated by the seasons latest trend making it great for anyone her prefers to do their own thing.The great thing about Nomads collections is that they are timeless, so a great investment that will look as good next season as they did this season.

Nomads clothing is also fair trade

Nomads is a brand that is committed to fair trade fashion. This means that they believe in helping their producers (and themselves) to create a sustainable living in a ‘trade not aid’ approach. They ensure that standards for their clothes comply with fair trade guidelines. Nomads ensure that no children under 16 are involved in making their products, that men and women are given equal pay and opportunities in the work place, they are paid at least the national average or above, they are employed in safe working conditions with regular breaks and holidays. Finally producers are paid in advance to avoid them getting into debt to pay for materials.

Fairtrade fashion at Nomads doesn’t just mean that producers are getting a fair deal though, it also means that they create beautiful clothes as a result of the artisan skills and traditional techniques used by the producers. Patchwork, tie dye, hand applique and block prints from Bagru, a village in India, all feature as part of Nomads collection. Nomads also donate some of their profits to support a charity Tamwed which works to overcome poverty in areas of Southern India.

Nomads are working hard to minimise their impact on the environmental

Almost all of the fibres used by Nomads are natural and they are increasing the number of organic pieces included in their collections as it becomes more readily available to them. They also use azo free and natural dyes which have least impact on the environment. They recycle materials in some garments and use waste fabric to make beautiful bags. They also use biodegradable packaging.

You can see some of the organic cotton pieces from the collection below…

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Organic Cotton Marmalade Jasmine Print Scarf

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Organic Cotton Marmalade Jasmine Print Cowl Neck DressEF46IRY60 Nomads Marmalade Cord Dress
Organic Cotton Plain Embroidered Shirt

What do you think of Nomads? What do you love from their AW14 collection?

With warmest wishes

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Timberland UK – 25% Off!

25% Off full price clothes at Timberland Online with discount code FRIENDS25A(valid until 27/10/14  23:59)

I am really pleased to be able to share a fantastic offer for Timberland, a brand that not only has a fantastic range of high quality clothes and shoes suited to both those that love the great outdoors and urban jungle but also that has a strong commitment to sustainabiility, ethics and transparency in its supply chain. Timberland clothes are also made to last, for an investment that should stick around in your wardrobe for many years to come.

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As a large fashion retailer, I think Timberland is a great example of fashion brands can minimise their impact. For example the waterproof canvas long shell jacket pictured above is made of organic cotton. The fact that Timberland clothes are both sustainable and ethical doesn’t impact on either their style or performance though.

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If warmth is your number one priority at this time of year,this Timberland Cherry Mountain Jacket is a great pick. It is water repellent and the diamond quilted design not only looks great but will keep you toasty warm with its unique PrimaLoft® insulation. As this jacket is made using recycled plastics, it helps to reduce landfill, lessen energy consumption thereby cutting harmful emmissions.

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The Timberland Earthkeeper shoe range also goes well beyond the traditional yellow boot that the brand is so well known for (although you can still buy these too if you want). THese Timberland Earthkeeper Birchmont side zip buckle boots would work equally well for work, days off and evenings out. They also have anto fatigue technology which will help you to stay on your feet for longer. The Timberland Earthkeepers range uses high performing recycled PET (made from old plastic bottles) to linings, laces, uppers and insulation, to faux shearling and even the backing of faux fur.

You can check out the Timberland website to find out more about how they are pioneering to increase transparency in the supply chain and develop innovative new materials that combine performance with sustainability.

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Fix Up Look Sharp

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I first discovered Fix Up Look Sharp at a fashion show at Bristol Big Green Week a few years back. Fix Up Look Sharp are all about raising money for an incredibly worthwhile charity Clic Sargent. CLIC, as I think it was previously called has helped my family during very difficult times and so is a charity very close to my heart. Charities like CLIC Sargent provide invaluable clinical, practical, financial and emotional support for children with cancer and their families helping them to deal with the shock of the diagnosis but also assisting them in getting the most out of life.You can read more about Charlotte, Fix Up Look Sharp Ambassador, her style and her journey here.

Fix Up Look Sharp have just launched a fab new website featuring their latest collection which takes charity shopping to the next level with fresh styles upcycled from vintage and second hand clothes. The clothes also offer great value with prices starting at £15 for a t shirt. They also have some great accessories including necklace, hairbands and beanie hats.

They had a launch a few weeks ago in Bristol and will be holding a launch party in London this Thursday.It looks fun and well worth a visit if you are nearby.

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I hope you are having a good week and not getting too wind swept by this dastardly weather!

With warmest wishes

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Fashion Bloggers Meet Up – Bath – 30th November

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I have been meaning to organise a fashion bloggers meet up in Bath for such a long time. Prompted by the #Fbloggers Twitter chat about meetups the other night, I have finally decided to get on and do it!

With not one, but two vintage fairs/markets going on in Bath, I decided that Sunday afternoon on 30th November would be the time for a blogger meet up, who doesn’t love a spot of vintage shopping? It will be the perfect opportunity to get dressed up in some vintage clothes or your best dress or just show off your fabulous style, what ever it is.

Of course vintage shopping can be thirsty work so the meet up will also include a spot of afternoon tea. Depending on time, we can go to Lou Lou Lou’s vintage fair at the Pavillion and/or the Vintage and Antiques Market at Green Park Station.

I am thinking of the the Regency Tea Room for tea (above the Jane Austin Centre). I hope to book us a table in advance to ensure we have room for all and we can order a range of teas, cakes, scones (whatever you fancy) with Lady Catherine’s Proper Cream Tea  costing £7.90 pp and lots of other options depending how hungry you are feeling. You can view the full menu here. (this is subject to numbers and availability but if not here I will find some where equally lovely nearby!)

If you haven’t been to the Green Park Station Fair before, it is free to get in and has over 60 specially hand-picked stalls selling; High Quality Furniture, Jewellery, Brantiques (Upcycled Furniture), Decorative Accessories, Vintage & Retro Fashion, Homewares, Kitchenallia, Recycled Products, Silverware, Ceramics, Upholstery, Curiosities, Garden Ephemera, Cameras, Books, Militaria, Coins, Paintings, Sculpture, Clocks, Art, Collectable Vinyl, Artisan Arts and Crafts …plus a vintage DJ and some food stalls. Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair costs £2 to get in and features fashion, homeware and vintage beauty.

If you are thinking of coming along but worried that you won’t know anyone, please don’t be, I think probably most of us (including me) won’t know each other so it should be a great opportunity to have a chat with others that share your love of blogging and won’t mind endless photos of everything from food to outfits.

If you would like to come along, please email meat ceri@heathcotecommunications.co.uk with your name and the url of your blog and I will confirm full details, timings etc to you by email a few weeks before.

With warmest wishes

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Win £100 of Bibico Clothes

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This October, I am delighted to be teaming up with Bibico to offer one very lucky reader the chance to win £100 to spend at Bibico.

Bibico is a brand that is not only known for its beautiful clothes and simple, natural signature style but also for its honest approach to creating ethical fashion. Spanish designer, Nieves Ruiz Ramos set up the brand after working in the fashion industry for 10 years and wanting to create an alternative to fast fashion, an alternative that could be worn and enjoyed again and again.

Bibico’s clothes are stitched, woven and knitted in fair trade co operatives using natural materials. The collection is made extra special by the fact that pieces have been hand made or hand embroidered with a little bit of heart. Bibico clothing is created for everyday wear with uncomplicated styles and unique details highlighting the brand philosophy that ‘less is more’.

The Autumn / Winter Collection at Bibico features:

Fair trade clothing made by two women’s cooperatives that are both fair trade certified by the WFTO. The cooperatives provide women with training, education and work, empowering them to move themselves and their children forward and out of the world of poverty.

Hand made pieces – Bibico knitwear is hand knitted in the hills of Nepal by groups of women who are members of a fair trade cooperative. Most of the knitting is done from home which means they don’t have to travel to the cities and can stay close to their families.

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize is to complete as many entries as you would like using the Rafflecopter below. The closing date is 31st October. Good Luck!

(Sorry this giveaway is only open to readers in the UK)

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Ethical Fashion – October Update

So we are in October already! Where does the time go? Whilst I am not a big fan of the cold weather, I have to admit I do enjoy cosying up in  front of the TV and cooking up comfort food at this time of year especially after such a busy summer. I have also been catching up on some of my favourite blogs and am delighted to share with you some of the sustainable and ethical fashion highlights.

It was lovely to see Ronnie from Dresses on a clothes line featured in the video of the AW14 People Tree collection (above). You can also check out her post Fly Me To the Moon to see some of the photos and read about the photo shoot. It looks like that moon print is proving popular!

I was pleased to discover ethical and British made fashion in the form of minimalist label Rikya over on Kingdom of Style. The latest collection takes inspiration from 90′s hip hop, tomboys and skater Peggy Oki. You can check out the post here.

Over on City Girl at Heart, there is a lovely giveaway and interview with creative concept store, Confined Space which features the latest in independent and sustainable design with some amazing ethical fashion.

At Morale Fibres, the latest your style interview features Kayleigh Innes of Wonderchebs. Check it out for some great ethical shopping tips.

On the Oxfam Fashion blog, Katie Cliss gives her charity shopping tips for a cosy autumn and winter.

I have recently launched an offers and discounts page here to share with you some of the lovely savings for ethical and sustainable fashion brands.

The Ethical Fashion Bloggers relaunch!
I have been noticing a growing number of bloggers posting about ethical and sustainable fashion and style and I have decided that I really ought to get the Ethical Fashion Bloggers community up and going again. The community was incredibly popular but I just ran out of time and energy to keep it up to date so it has been a little quiet of late. However I have now decided to start again with a renewed focus to create a vibrant community of bloggers who love fashion and clothes but want to minimise their impact on the planet and don’t want to compromise their ethics. If you would like to find out more check out the blog www.ethicalfashionbloggers.com and if you would like to join the fun, email me on ceri@heathcotecommunications.co.uk. I would also love to here from any bloggers who would like to write a guest post about their style, ethical shopping tips or favourite ethical brand.

That’s it for now, except that I am hoping to arrange a bloggers meet up for a vintage fair and afternoon tea in Bath on 30th November. So if you would like to come along, please pencil it in the diary. I will post more information soon.

Have a lovely October!

With warmest wishes

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Traidcraft Paisley Shawl

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Shawl – Traidcraft
Hat – Pachacuti

Necklace -Made
Jeans – Oxfam (originally M&S)
Fairtrade cotton vest top – M&S
Shoes – TOMS

Quite a few years ago I stopped shopping on the high street. I now do most of my clothes shopping online as it not only allows me access to a much greater  choice of ethical and sustainable clothes but it also allows me to find different clothes that are a little bit more unique and individual than you can often find on the high street. I don’t really follow trends any more but lovely finding really lovely pieces of clothing often in places I may not expect to find them.

Traidcraft was one of those places that I knew about but had never really considered buying clothes from. Traidcraft is a fairtrade organisation which I knew about for their coffee, delicious chocolate and gifts but I was surprised to find out that they actually sell quite a few clothes and accessories too. I was recently contacted to ask if I would like to recieve a piece from the website and was instantly drawn to this lovely paisley shawl. I have already had several compliments when I have worn it. I really love that I can find out exactly how and where it was made.

It was handwoven in India by Manjeen Handicrafts is an organisation with a vision to promote an alternative trade system in the form of Fair Trade at grassroot levels to bring structural changes in the contemporary mode of trade, and increase the choice among the marganilsed artisans and their families for an improved quality of life, to help educate their children.

The Traidcraft website also has some other great pieces from hand knitted and alpaca jumpers to organic cotton pieces, colourful bags, leather bags and bamboo socks. They also have some really unique handmade gifts if you are looking for nice Christmas pressies. I know the words ‘fairtrade’ don’t always make you think of something fashionable and stylish but I am not going to let such preconceptions get in the way of finding beautifully made and unique pieces of clothing.

What do you think? Do you love finding unique and individual pieces to wear? Doesn’t it make it even more satisfying to buy something that has been created with respect for people and the planet.

With warmest wishes

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Pants to Poverty – The Story Behind the Brand

Pants are something that we all wear everyday or at least most of us wear most days, no? Yet do we ever stop to think where our pants come from and how they are made? They may be just smalls, but actually they can make a big difference.

This is where ethical underwear brand Pants to Poverty comes in. Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s call to a generation to rise up and to make poverty history back in 2005, Pants to Poverty create fun, fairtrade and organic cotton pants. The brand now supports and creates a sustainable livelihood for over 5000 farmers in India proving that they really do have power in their pants.

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Pants to Poverty have some pantastic plans ahead for 2015. They will be moving to India to ensure that they their ‘cotton to bottom’ process is aligned with the cycles of the farmers. The team at Pants to Poverty will be learning about the process at each stage of the supply chain, living with the realities of life for the communities that they partner with and strengthening their relationships with the people who make their pants. Next there will be new collections designed with the people who make them.

In the meantime Pants to Poverty will be continuing to stock up on pants ready for Christmas. I am loving the idea of such a fun and useful gift that also says ‘Pants to Poverty’. If you would like to treat your friends or family, just don’t leave it too late as they are selling fast.

Get a pantabulous 15% off at Pants to Poverty with my discount code ETHICALFASHIONBLOG

Pants to Poverty will also be posting a series of vlogs on their site documenting their trip to India and bringing you a piece of the magic that they will be creating.

What do you think? would you like to make a big difference with your smalls?

Ok that’s it, no more pant puns, I promise!

With warmest wishes

 

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The People Tree Lulu Moon Print Dress

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Dress – People Tree
Shoes – Dream in Green
Necklace – Vintage

Ok so you probably know that I am a mahusive fan of People Tree! Well imagine my delight when they asked me to pick out a piece from their latest collection to try out. It took me a while to decide (bit like a child in a sweetie shop) but I finally managed to settle on the Lulu moon print dress.

I loved the flattering style and lovely print on the dress and knew it would work for work which is the time when I have the most of those got nothing to wear days. I also love the colour which is great as an equally slimming alternative to black.  It fitted perfectly and is probably one of my favourite dresses in my wardrobe.

Do you want to know a little more about the dress?

It is made from organic cotton which ensures a better deal for the farmers and a crop grown without the use of pesticides which are damaging to the environment and to the health of humans.

The dress was made by a social enterprise called Creative Hands which works with disadvantaged women of the slum communities of Mumbai, India giving them a sustainable livelihood and helping to empower them. The mission of Creative Handicrafts is to build sustainable communities where respect for people is held high and there is no differentiation based on caste, gender or religion. Hundreds of women who have learnt skills with Creative Hands have either started their own businesses or continued to work within Creative Hands co operatives with benefits including creches and daycare for their children.

If you haven’t already checked out the People Tree Autumn Winter collection, it is definitely worth a peep with some lovely prints as well as work wear and even lounge wear and PJs.

People Tree have kindly offered me a discount code to share with my readers just enter HEATH10 at checkout for 10% off.

I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend doing not too much at all. What will you be doing this weekend? Hope that you have a lovely time.

With warmest wishes

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