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Crochet Waistcoat – Marks and Spencers
Dress – Komodo
Baseball Boots – Ethletic

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Headdress – Little Wings
Dress – Skunk
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On the weekend, we went to Truck Festival. It was the first time that we had been but it came highly recommended by some friends. We had a fantastic time and the pretty dramatic weather conditions didn’t spoil it one bit. On Friday night we had loads of rain but as we were tucked up in bed by that point, it didn’t bother us much except for the odd drip through the slightly leaky campervan roof.

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On saturday, we saw Dodgy on the main stage (remember them, staying out for the summer!). The sky turned black and the wind suddenly picked up. Luckily the storm passed us by but not before I got the chance to take some pictures of the dramatic skies.
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Once the skies had cleared and after much nagging by my daughter, I managed to put aside my fear of heights and for a ride on the ferris wheel. I will have to admit the views were pretty amazing even though I was terrified.

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We chilled out with cocktails and watched the sunset and then headed over to check out Roots Manuva on the market stage. Finally I treated myself to a Truckers curry from the foodstall. It was amazing lentil dahl, chappatti and 2 freshly cooked onion bhajis for a fiver!

Overall I was pretty impressed with Truck Festival. It was really chilled out and whilst I hadn’t heard of many of the bands playing, I enjoyed listening to the music anyway. All of the food stalls were run by local charities organisations like Rotary so not only was the food great value but buying the food also meant you were helping a good cause. The festival was quite small and the campervan field wasn’t too packed giving us plenty of space. The tickets are pretty reasonabley priced too. Dare I say it, we had a trucking good time!

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I love a festival as it gives me the chance to wear some of my more unusual clothes that I don’t often get the chance to wear at home. I treated myself to a necklace from ethical brand Made UK in the ASOS sale which I wore with a fairtrade cotton vest top from good old M & S with some cut off jeans. Actually I don’t want to keep this just for festivals though, I wonder whether it is possible to get away with neon for work!
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Anyway we are home and back to work feeling pretty tired after such a busy weekend. Roll on next weekend!

What have you been up to? Have you been to any good festivals this year?

With warmest wishes

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A People Tree Dress for Work

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I have blogged before about how I love People Tree dresses for work and the Evette Green Tree Dress (which also features in my new blog store!) is one which I am definitely getting plenty of wear out of this year. I bought it a month or so ago when I found that the temperature in the office was getting too much for me and I just needed something cool and comfy to wear that also looks quite smart. I love the print, I love the length and I love the collar, but most of all I love the fact that it is made from jersey so is lovely to wear. Comfort has to be my one of my main priorities these days or life just becomes to hard work and I end up a flustered mess.

I have had the shoes for about 10 years, they were from a high street shop that I would never step foot in these days as the quality is so bad and the ethics questionable but actually these have lasted me pretty well and it would certainly be wasteful to throwout a perfectly good pair of shoes.

The last few weeks have been relatively quiet, although I still don’t feel like I have had time to do anything much. I have been trying my best to get organised ready for phase 2 of my busiest summer ever!

I hope that you are having a fabulous summer. What are your favourite outfits for the warmer weather?

If you have been posting about any festivals,I would love to read about them. Also I am in desparate need of outfit inspiration, please link in the comments section so that I can check out your posts and outfits.

With warmest wishes

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30 Ethical Fashion Loving Blogs to Check Out

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Blogs are the new magazines! they are a great place to go for style inspiration, independent product reviews and a unique and fresh take on the world. Here are just some of the amazing ethical fashion loving blogs that we love for their unique and informative approach to fashion showing that it is perfectly possible to look great without compromising on ethics.

Bexceptional

The newly relaunched blog is an ethical fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog by Oxford Masters Student Bex Hall.

One Green Dress

The Brighton based ethical fashion blog by Oxfam Fashion Blogger Amelia. This blog features Amelia’s outfits, challenges and lots more.

Sasstainable

Sassainable is the sustainble fashion blog of now Toronto based Angela Wallace. It covers all of the latest industry events as well as food, life and travels.

Green Stilettos

A stylishly concious blog written by Xenya, Green Stilettos puts the glam in green and covers fashion with a little bit of food, lifestyle and beauty thrown into the mix.

The Green Eye of Fashion

The Green Eye of Fashion feature a handy ethical fashion directory as well as interesting and informative commentary on the many issues affecting the fashion industry.

Vogue – The Green Style Blog

If you want to keep up with all of the major sustainable developments, collections and initiatives in the fashion industry then The Green Style Blog is definitely one to follow.

Oxfam Fashion Blog

Written by a team of fashion blogging volunteers, the Oxfam Fashion Blog is packed with DIY tutorials, vintage shopping and style tips and lots more.

Moral Fibres

Moral Fibres is a UK based sustainable lifestyle blog written by Wendy.  The blog aims to show how it is possible to live a sustainable lifestyle without compromising on style.

Dresses on  Clothes Line

Written by student and Oxfam volunteer Ron, Dresses on a Clothes Line is a diary of her outfits, DIY projects and charity shop finds illustrated with some lovely phootgraphs.

Made to Travel

Made to Travel is the blog of New York based Jamillah. She writes about ethical shopping and other things that make her happy and also posts her outfits.

Meet Me at Mikes

Meet Me at Mikes is an Australian Sustainable lifestyle blog featuring posts on a range of subjects from DIY’s to ethical fashion, art and design and delicious recipes.

Sadies Wardrobe

Sadie’s Wardrobe features a fantastic ethical fashion guide to Paris aswell as plenty of outfit and DIY ideas.

The Ethical Hedonist

The Ethical Hedonist is a luxury online magazine that puts the wow factor into going organic, local, artisan and sustainable.

Ecouterre

Ecouterre covers everything that is newsworthy about ethical fashion design from the latest collections to the truth behind the greenwashing.

October Rebel

October Rebel is a style blog by US based October. It features beautiful outfit photographs with a large helping of ethical fashion.

Ecosalon

Ecosalon combines posts on conscious culture and sustainable fashion. It features more in depth looks at how ethical retailers really are as well as updates and previews of new designers and collections.

Trendition

Trendition is an online hub for ethical and sustainable lifestyle aiming to promote and inform in a fashion forward way.

Ms Wandas Wardrobe

If you want to make sure that you are informed about all of the latest news surrounding ethics in the fashion industry, then Ms Wandas is definitely the place to go.

All My Goodness

All My Goodness is a blog with plenty of inspiration for  consumers to lead a more conscious life and to help smaller sustainable companies take the next step.

Style and the Start Up

Have you ever considered starting your own ethical fashion business? if so this is definitely a great blog to check out. It covers sustainability, style and start ups in equal measures.

Eco Chick

A well established US based ethical fashion blog written by Starre Vartan, Eco Chick covers fashion, beauty, art and home.

The Owl and the Accordion

The Owl and Accordion is written by vintage and crochet lover, Vicky. It features posts about her life, DIYs and children’s clothes all illustrated with beautiful photographs.

Clothes, Camera and Coffee

Clothes, camera and coffee is written by student Rosalind. It features beautiful photographs, intelligent commentary and some lovely vintage clothes. Rosalind’s writing has also been published in Vogue and the Guardian.

Green Glitter

Green Glitter is a blog with news, reviews and posts about eco living, fashion and beauty.

Dimples Diaries

A blog by Fashion and Culture Journalist Student Hannah, Dimples Diaries combines great style with sustainable and ethical fashion including brand reviews, outfit pictures and lots more. Hannah is also taking part in the Green Challenge.

Diamonds and Daisy Chains

Diamonds and Daisy Chains features articles and posts on a variety of different topics from food to fashion and pregnancy to parenting. It has a particular focus on ethical shopping.

The Conscious Collective

The Conscious Collective is a blog by Emma and Stacey and features some great edits of the seasons latest collections with a strong focus on ethical and sustainable brands.

Ears and Whiskers

Ears and Whiskers is the blog of designer, sewer and vintage lover Sophie. Sophie is on an ethical fashion quest to discover the stories behind the materials that she uses and the clothes that she loves.

Eco Warrior Princess

Eco Warrior Princess is an Australian based fashion blog written by Jennifer Nini. She aims to raise awareness of the social and environmental impacts of the fashion industry, promotes ethical and sustainable fashion

Very Nice Threads

Written by Christine de Leon and Huffington Post blogger, Very Nice Threads is a streetstyle blog with plenty of ethical fashion focussed editorial thrown into the mix.

The Last Straggler

Freelance writer and researcher, Zaena Miller shares her love of print, fabrics, cuts and colours and shows how we can all be both stylish and responsible.

And you could also check out my blog www.ethicalfashionblog.com which features outfits, reviews and general chat about my life.

Do you know of any other ethical fashion blogs? please tweet them to me @styleeyes .

With warmest wishes

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10 Amazing Ethical Jeans Brands

Amazing jeans are a key component in almost every ones wardrobes. They can be dressed up or down for a variety of occasions and are hard wearing enough to last for ages. Although there are so many environmental and ethical issues associated with the manufacture of jeans, A pair of ethical or organic jeans is often one of the most sustainable pieces of clothing you can get as they last for so long. As they get so much wear, it is well worth shopping around for the most amazing jeans around in terms of quality and fit.

Here are 10 amazing ethical jeans brands to check out.

Monkee Genes

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Monkee Genes are a fresh and funky brand that have an established ollowing that love their great selection of colourful and blue jeans. Their jeans are ethically manufactured from a range of sustainable fabrics including organic cotton and bamboo. They are the first and only UK jeans brand to have been certified by the Soil Association and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards). Their moto is ‘No Slave Labour, No Child Labour, No Blood, No Sweat, No Tears’ which means that everyone can feel good when wearing these amazing jeans.

Kuyichi

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Kuyichi are a Dutch brand set up by NGO Solidaridad when they were unable to convince any of the major brands to make organic jeans. They are a completely transparent brand and their scorecard for environmental and sustainable measures is published by Made-by. Amongst the other casual wear that they make, Kuyichi have some amazing jeans in a range of styles including slimfit and straight leg.

Nudie Jeans

Nudie jeans 10 Amazing Ethical Jeans Brands

Nudie jeans are only for men at the moment but we can keep hoping that they will bring out a ladies version of these amazing jeans which are made from organic cotton. Nudie are incredibly passionate about the jeans that they make. They say that the longer you wear your Nudie jeans the better they will become as the denim ages beautifully and you shape them with your lifestyle until they become like a second skin. Their website features a production guide so that you can find out more about the Philosophy, ethical and social policies of the brand.

Howies

howies 10 Amazing Ethical Jeans Brands

howies are a UK based outdoor clothing brand with a great selection of ethical and organic jeans. They make their jeans in a factory in Cardigan west wales and they believe in making really high quality jeans because the longer they last, the more sustainable they are. Their range of jeans include plenty of loose relaxed styles but they have also just released a skinny style.

Skunkfunk

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Skunkfunk have amongst their collection of streetstyle friendly fashion, a selection of slim fit jeans made from sustainable fabrics.

Mud Jeans

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Mud Jeans are an interesting concept where customers can lease rather than buy their jeans giving them a longer life span as they can be recycled at the end of use. The jeans are ethically manufactured from organic cotton and highly sustainable

Patagonia

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Patagonia are a pioneering eco outdoor wear company. They have a limited number of organic jeans in bootcut styles. As a company Patagonia are well known for their promotion and support of environmental issues and their dedication to preserving the natural world that their brand devotees spend so much of their time enjoying.

EDUN

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EDUN is definitely a good place to find amazing jeans with a rock n roll vibe. EDUN was set up by Rock Star Bono of U2 and hiw wife Ali Hewson to help build trade links with Africa. This designer label has become well recognised as a key factor in the international catwalk shows.

Elsom

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Elsom is an Australian designer brand and their collection includes jeans made from organic cotton.

Huit Denim

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Huit denim has revitalised the jeans industry in the small town of Cardigan west wales. The brand aims to bring manufacturing back home and has reopened the factory that shut many years ago in order to make their high quality jeans. The brand even runs their own no wash club advocating that customers don’t wash their jeans (although they can freeze them) for 6 months shaping them into a unique pair of jeans that only that person could have made. By washing their jeans less, customers are also lessening their impact on the environment. Huit denim jeans are also made from organic cotton or naturally dyed denim.

Do you know any other amazing ethical jeans brands?

With warmest wishes

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A Vintage Dress, a Black Tie Party, Buying Less and Living More!

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On the weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited to a 40th birthday party of our neighbours. It was a fairly lavish do with a large marquee, champagne, lots of live music, some fantastic singing and even some posh portaloos! The dress code was black tie which was ideal for me as I haven’t had the chance to get properly dressed up in ages. I also love love seeing everyone dressed up in their dickie bows and best dresses.

Rather than buy a new dress (it could be a while before I get to wear it again), I decided to make use of something that I already had in my wardrobe. I got this dress from a vintage fair in Bath a few years ago and have not had nearly enough opportunities to wear it. I have no idea how old it is as the label says ‘Richard shops’. Hopefully I don’t giveaway my age when I say that I remember my mum buying clothes from Richard shops and possibly even bought a few pieces myself back in the day. According to Wikipedia the brand was popular through from the sixties to 1992 when the shops finally closed. My earrings were a present from Mr S to wear on my wedding day 15 years ago and the tights have been in my drawer for at least a few years and got me lots of compliments. The shoes are at least  4 or 5 years old aswell. All in all I was pleased that I managed to put together an outfit for a black tie party without buying anything new. I think I could probably have searched the high street for hours (which I just don’t have time for) and not managed to find an outfit that made me as happy as the old one I wore!

buy less live more A Vintage Dress, a Black Tie Party, Buying Less and Living More!This summer has been pretty amazing so far we have been out and about doing so many fun things and we have lots more planned including holidays, spa days and festivals. As much as I love buying clothes, there really is no point in doing so if you never get out and about to show them off. Hence my new motto, ‘Buy Less, Live More!’. I think doing stuff is so much more fun than buying stuff.

What do your or would you wear to a black tie party? do you have something amazing in your wardrobe that is just waiting for a special occassion?

With warmest wishes

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The Sustainable Fashion Guide To London

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The sustainable fashion movement is gaining momentum as consumers realise just how amazing ethical and sustainable fashion can look and the big difference that it can make. As you will see from the over 120 ethical and sustainable fashion brands that feature here on style-is.co.uk, the choice of online fashion that has been made with respect for people and planet to good and growing all of the time, but for those who would prefer to shop in a fashion store or boutique, we have decided to compile the Sustainable Fashion Guide to London, a comprehensive list and map of sustainable fashion boutiques and shops as well as high street fashion shops that stock ethical and fair trade clothes, organic clothing and vegan fashion accessories.

Sustainable Fashion Stores, Boutiques and Fairs in London

69B

A Sustainable women’s wear boutique69b is a sustainable womenswear boutique based in the heart of Hackney, East London. The boutique stocks an exclusive edit of contemporary British and International brands that are engaging with sustainability.

69B Broadway Market London, E8 4PH, (0)20 7249 9655

Absolute Vintage

Three vintage stores run by London based vintage enthusiasts that started out with a stall at Portobello market and haven’t looked back since.

Absolute Vintage 15 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR Tel: 0207 247 3883

Absolute Vintage, 79 Berwick Street, London W1F 8TL, +44 (0) 207 434 1544

Blondie, Absolute Vintage Boutique Unit 2, 114-118 Commercial Street, London E1 6NF, Tel: 0207 247 0050

Beyond Retro

A chain of vintage boutiques featuring clothes from a variety of decades.

Beyond Retro, 110-112 Cheshire St, London, E2 6EJ. Tel: 20 7613 3636

Beyond Retro, 92 -100 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7XB. Tel: 020 7923 2277

Beyond Retro, 58-59 Great Marlborough St, London, W1F 7JY. Tel: 020 7434 1406

Browns

A luxurious designer store stocking ethical brands such as Chinti and Parker, Stella McCartney, Dosa and Edun.

Browns, 24-27 South Moulton Street, London, W1K 5RD. Tel: 0207 514 0016

Danaqa

A shop selling bespoke luxury products including fashion accessories inspired, designed and made in the developing world, supporting its growth and future.

Danaqa, 282 Westbourne Park Road, London W11 1EH. Tel: 020 7792 3466

East London Design Show

A design show in East London including a number of ethical and locally and hand made made brands including Heidi Mottram, Monkstone Knitwear, Sara C, SIr Lui and Bottletop.  Check out the website for full details of all the brands featured and details of next show.

The Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street Entrance, Off Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

Here Today, Here Tommorrow

A a collaborative studio shop, where they design, make, mend, showcase, sell and educate, all under the same roof, accessible and visible to all. Featuring amongst other products fashion from brands including Outsider Fashion, Antiform and Be Like a Bear.

Here Today, Here Tommorrow, 30a Balls Pond Road, Dalston, N1 4AU. Tel: 020 7241 0103

In Bloom London

High quality organic cotton lingerie, made in France with love.

In Bloom London, Unit 8, Portobello Green Designers, 281 Portobello Road, London W10 5TZ. Tel: 020 7565 0493

John Lewis 

Stocking People Tree and Timberland.

John Lewis, 300 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1EX. Tel: 0844 693 1765

Komodo

An ethical fashion lifestyle brand with great clothes made with respect for people and planet.

Komodo, Seven Dials Warehouse, 50A Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LA, United Kingdom. Tel: +44 20 7836 5445

Minna Showroom

Visit the Minna showroom by appointment only to view and shop the beautiful and sustainable, vintage inspired clothing including Bridal wear and accessories created by Minna Hepburn.

Minna Show Room, 90 Brixton road, London SW9 6BE  Tel: +44 2075870887

Oxfam Boutiques

Oxfam Boutiques feature some fantastic second hand and vintage clothes as well as fair trade and upcycled pieces. All proceeds of course go towards supporting the fantastic work that Oxfam does.

OxfamBoutique 245 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2SE. Tel:020 7 2295000

Oxfam Boutique 123a Shawfield St, King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4PL. Tel: 020 7 3517979

Oxfam Boutique 190 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London, W4 1PP. Tel 020 8 9944888

Patagonia 

An outdoor clothing brand and pioneer of sustainable fashion with ground breaking initiatives such as the common threads policy, environmental grants and 1% for the planet.

Patagonia 6A Langley Street, WC2H 9JA, London, United Kingdom, Tel: 20 31376518

Retromania 

A vintage charity shop by Fara, a charity working on projects with disadvantaged children.

Retromania, 6 Upper Tachbrook Street, Victoria, LONDON, SW1V 1SH, Tel:020 7630 7406

Rokit Vintage

A well established vintage store with a goldmine of vintage clothing from the 20′s to 90′s.

Rokit 42 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9HZ Tel: 0207 836 6547

Rokit, 102 & 107 Brick Lane, E1 6SE, Tel: 0207 247 3777

Rokit, 225 High Street, Camden, NW1 7BU Tel: 0207 267 3046

Rokit 58-59 Great Marlborough St, London,W1F 7JY Tel:020 7434 1406

Shoon

Shoon stocks a number of sustainable and ethical brands including El Naturalista, Think, Pikolinos, Timberland and Birkenstock.

Shoon, Unit 13, The Bentall Centre, Wood Street, Kingston, KT1 1TP, Tel:0208 541 3938

Sika 

A vibrant selection of ethically made clothes featuring African prints.

Cherry Picked Boutique 5A Greenwich Church St, London SE10 9HZ

Timberland

Practical and stylish clothing that works equally well for the urban or rugged countryside environment. Made with respect for the planet and plenty of transparency in their supply chain.

Timberland, 144 Regent Street, London W1B 5SQ

Topshop

Stocking ethical fashion brands Annie Greenabelle and Made UK as well as occasional collaborations with From Somewhere.

Top Shop, 36-38 Great Castle Street, Oxford Circus, West End W1W 8LG, United Kingdom Tel: 08448 487487

TRAID

TRAID has 10 shops located in London stocking high quality secondhand, vintage and designer clothes, shoes and accessories.

TRAID, 2 Acre Lane, London SW2 5SG, Tel: 020 7326 4330

TRAID, 154 Camden High Street, London, NW1 0NE, Tel: 020 7485 5253

TRAID, 154 Camden High Street, London, NW1 0NE, Tel: 020 7485 5253

TRAID, 28 St John’s Road, Clapham, SW11 1PW, Tel: 020 7924 3065

TRAID 106 – 108 Kingsland High Street, E8 2NS, Tel: 020 7923 4475

TRAID 199 King Street, London W6 9JG, Tel: 020 8748 5946

TRAID 324D Station Road, London HA1 2DX, Tel: 020 8424 8198

TRAID 375 Holloway Road, London N7 0RN, Tel: 020 7700 0087

TRAID 70 – 72 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 4HS, Tel: 020 7328 1453

TRAID 154 Uxbridge Road, London W12 8AA, Tel: 020 8811 2400

TRAID 61 Westbourne Grove, London W2 4UA, Tel: 020 7221 2421

TRAID 51-53 High Road, Wood Green, London N22 6BH Tel: 020 8888 0077

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters stocks upcycled and vintage clothing in their Urban Renewal range. They also stock Nudie Organic jeans for men.

UO Covent Garden, 42 – 56 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LJ. Tel: 020 7759 6390

UO Oxford Street, 200 Oxford Street, London, W1D 1NU, Tel: 020 7907 0800

UO Marble Arch, 469 Oxford Street, London, W1C 2AU, Tel:20 7408 1317

UO Spitalfields, Unit 6, 132 Commercial Street, London, E1 6AZ, Tel: 020 7392 1900

UO Kensington High Street, 36 – 38 Kensington High Street, London, W8 4PF, Tel:020 7761 1001

Wall London

Timeless elegant and luxurious ladies wear made under fair trade principles, creating employment in Peru and supporting charities focussed on women and children in Peru.

Wall London, 1 Denbigh Road, W11 2SJ. Tel 0207 2434623

If you are planning a sustainable fashion shopping trip to London, you can also check out our Feel Good Fashion Map of London.

This guide is a work in progress so if you happen to discover any amazing shops stocking ethical and sustainable fashion in London, please do get in touch. Alternatively if you live in a town of city which has some great sustainable fashion boutiques or shops and would like to write a guest post for us, please get in touch.

 

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Ethical Fashion Offers – July 2014

Festival and camping season is upon us and I am afraid I haven’t been able to blog quite as much as I would like but when that sunshine is out, I just have to get out there and enjoy it! I just wanted to share with you a few ethical fashion offers and discounts that are going on in July. Perfect for those that would love to try out a new ethical fashion brand that they have never worn before or anyone who already knows and loves the beautiful clothes that these brands create.

Up to 50% Off in The People Tree Sale

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People Tree is definitely a firm favourite of mine and I usually take advantage of sale to stock up on work wear if I need anything. I recently treated myself  to this lovely dress (will be featuring on the blog very soon) which is super comfy for the office and has got me lots of compliments! I have also got some t shirts for Mr S’s birthday in the sale as he loves the cut and quality.

Up to 50% Off Selected Lines at Timberland

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Timberland have some great shoes, boots and outdoor wear in the Earthkeepers eco friendly collection which is perfect for the changeable British weather, whether you are at a festival or just cruising the urban jungles. My personal favourite find is this lovely leather bag. Timberland leather comes from a leather is from a tannery rated Silver by the Leather Working Group for its water, energy and waste  management practices

Up To 25% Off at Fashion Conscience

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Fashion Conscience stock a fantastic selection of ethical and sustainable fashion brands from including one of my favourites SkunkFunk aswell as plenty of fair trade and vegan shoes, bags and accessories. Click here to shop and get…

10% off when you spend over £50 with discount code SCORCH10
15% off when you spend over £100 with discount code SCORCH15
20% off when you spend over £150 with discount code SCORCH20
25% off when you spend over £250 with discount code SCORCH25

Have you spotted any other amazing ethical fashion offers this summer? or will you be trying out any of these brands by bagging yourself a little bargain?

With warmest wishes

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8 Online Fashion Shops Selling Amazing Preloved Clothes

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Who needs new clothes when there are so many amazing preloved clothes out there conveniently available from online shops. Preloved clothes rock because they are great value and you get that little bit more for your buck. Buying preloved clothes is also a great way to get an  instant wardrobe refresh without having a massive impact on the planet. We think preloved clothes are the ultimate sustainable fashion and perfect for those that just can’t do without their fahsion fix.

Here are our top 10 online fashion shops selling amazing preloved clothes

Motel Vintage

Motel Rocks is a popular online shop, but did you know that they have a vintage collection. Packed with a great selection of vintage band t shirts and reworked vintage pieces, Motel Vintage has some great styles that combine retro prints with contempory shapes.

Rock My Vintage

If you are looking for some lovely and really wearable vintage pieces that have been carefully handpicked, then you should definitely check out the genuine vintage section at Rock My Vintage. They have a great selection of vintage dresses as well as jewellery and bags that can be used to give a stylish twist to more modern clothes.

Urban Renewal

For hip street wear, Urban Outfitters Renewal collection has some great vintage and preloved pieces for men and women including checked shirts, beanie hats, baseball caps and wax jackets.

Vestiare Collective

If you want to live a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget then Vestiare Collective is a great place to shop. You can pick up preloved designer pieces at a fraction of the amount that they would cost new. This online fashion shop has a massive selection and you will find clothes by just about every designer that you could imagine, it is also carefully curated to ensure quality and authenticity.

Buy My Wardrobe

Buy My Wardrobe is yet another amazing website where you can buy and sell designer clothing. Their mission to create a “trusted social shopping site with real people behind real profiles. A place to browse and be inspired as well as buy and sell pre-owned designer fashion.”

Oxfam Fashion

The online Oxfam Fashion shop now has a massive selection of preloved and vintage pieces at great prices. It features the top picks from Oxfam shops around the country. The site makes finding exactly what you want easy peasy with filters for brand, size, style etc. The prices are also pretty amazing with brands including Whistles, Ted Baker and Hobbs.

Harper and Lewis Vintage

The Harper and Lewis online shop has a great selection of vintage and preloved coats and jackets including leather, sheepskin and wax. Each piece featured on their website has a timeless style that will look just amazing today or tommorrow as it did 10 years ago in fact many of these pieces will actually have improved with age.

ASOS Marketplace

ASOS Marketplace is another great place to buy preloved clothes straight from the sellers wardrobe as well as vintage and indie labels from a variety of boutique shops. Not all of the clothes are preloved so try filtering your search for preloved or vintage to save precious time if that is what you are looking for.

Do you know of any other shops selling amazing pre loved clothes?

Please tweet me @styleeyes to share

With warmest wishes

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Finally I have found time to post some photos of a Vintage Nostalgia that I went to back in May. Vintage Nostalgia is small but rapidly growing vintage event, show, festival, what ever you want to call it, held in Stockton in Wiltshire. This year was the first time that I had been to Vintage Nostalgia and I was definitely really pleasantly surprised. The sun shined, there was a fantastic selection of vintage cars, campervans and caravans. Most people had made a huge effort to get dressed up for the event but for those that didn’t want to, that was fine absolutely too. I could have just sat and watched the amazing outfits for hours, with a glass of pimms in hand of course. There was also some great entertainment for the children, dance lessons and enough vintage clothes and homeware stalls to keep me busy all weekend. The event was well organised with plenty of camping space, just enough toilets and a really friendly atmospere.

I took full opportunity to wear some of my vintage dresses and only wished it had lasted a little longer giving me the chance to wear some more of my dresses. For next year I would definitely try and get down a little earlier to allow me to enjoy more of the Friday evening.

Have you been to any other vintage events/ festivals, I would love to hear which ones are best?

With warmest wishes

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Gregory Freia Backpack Review

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In my last post, I blogged about my adventures at Trekfest, (32 miles across the Brecon Beacons in just under 13 hours) ,but I also wanted to post about the kit that I needed to get, which turned out it be a whole mini challenge in itself.

The kitlist for Trekfest was fairly extensive but luckily I managed to borrow or make use of stuff that I already had. One of the things that I did have to buy was a 30 litre backpack to carry waterproofs, emergency supplies, drinks etc. I wanted to share with you a little review of the backpack that I chose. I did a fair amount of research trying to find just the right backpack as I wanted one with a waist and chest strap but also one that was ethically made and not to expensive.

The Ethical Consumer backpack guide was a really useful resource and I decided to go for the Gregory Freia Backpack, a brand which was ranked third highest in the guide for a combination of its resposibility towards animals, people, environment, politics and product sustainability. I managed to find one in the sale at Blacks reduced from £85 to £30.

It was in my opinion great value for money. It had a chest and waist strap and sat quite comfortably on my back for the duration of the 32 mile walk/climb. It also allowed the air to circulate around my back which was quite important on such a warm and muggy day. It had 2 pockets in the top with a handy clip for my car keys and 2 mesh pockets in the side for easily accessible drinks etc. Only after I got back from my trek did I realise that there is also a big pocket on the back of the backpack which would have been ideal for my map. For me the Gregroy Freia Backpack strikes just the right balance between having enough places for storage and not having too many which would have lead me to forgetting where I had put everything. It also had space for a hydration pack and places to clip walking poles.

Do you consider the ethics/ sustainability of everything you buy? how do you choose which brands to buy from?

With warmest wishes

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