Ethical Fashion – What To Wear To A Birthday Party

015 Ethical Fashion   What To Wear To A Birthday PartyDress – SkunkFunk (still available here)
Leggings – People Tree
Glitter shoes – TOMS (available here)
Clutch bag – Junky Styling
Earrings – vintage shop

Here is an outfit that I wore for the birthday party of a very good friend a few weeks ago. The dress is by SkunkFunk and I wear it with either tights or leggings depending on the occasion/ temperature. If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you will have probably seen me posting about SkunkFunk before. It is definitely one of my favourite sustainable fashion brands. I treated myself to the TOMS shoes for spring as I needed a new pair of casual flats, I hope to write a review about them very soon. The bag was a reward from project that I funded on Kickstarter.

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Now spring has finally arrived, I am pretty much flat out keeping up with all of the plans that I have been making throughout the colder months. We have decided to upgrade our camping this year with the addition of a cute little caravan, an Eriba Puck and can’t wait to get out and about and using it.

I have also signed myself up for TrekFest where I will be walking 27 miles across the Brecon Beacons in aid of Naomi House childrens hospice, a charity that has provided a huge amount of support to members of my family. The hospice has recently launched a the Caterpillar appeal  to raise the 4 million pounds needed to refurbish the hospice. If you would like to donate, you can do so through my Just Giving page here. I have already begun training with an 11 mile (uphill walk) last weekend. I have been spending quite a bit of time online researching which clothing/ equipment to buy for the trek and which brands are most sustainable. I hope to share my findings soon.

This weekend looks to be busy with lots of fun things planned? What will you be up to and what plans do you have for the spring and summer?

With warmest wishes

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DIY Pom Pom Trim Scarf

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021 DIY Pom Pom Trim ScarfOne of the things that I wanted to more of on the blog in 2014 was DIY’s. So I have finally kicked myself into action with a little DIY project on a scarf that I have been meaning to customise for ages.
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I bought the scarf for 1 Euro at a church jumble sale in Tenerife quite a few years ago. I had all sorts of grand plans for the scarf as plain white accessories aren’t really my thing, but unfortunately life took over. When I stumbled across some amazing pom pom trim in a little webshop called the Elephant in my Handbag, I knew the time was right for my DIY Pom Pom scarf project. I bought enough trim to edge around three edges of the scarf leaving one long edge free. I guess I could have spent a little more on the trim and edged all four edges and it may have looked even better. The project was really simple, I just handstitched the trim around the scarf folding diagonally on the corners. It was the perfect little project for completing whilst watching TV.

I did consider using the orange trim for this project but decided to keep for another DIY, a crazy paisley pom pom scarf. What do you think? add to this scarf or keep for another project? Either way, it could take me a while to get round to it!

If you would like any more pom pom inspiration, you could check out this fab post at Scrap Hacker.

Have you completed any DIY projects lately?

With warmest wishes

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Everybody Warm – The Story Behind The Brand

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Everybody Warm is a Social Enterprise recently set up by Kelly Tennick. When Kelly got in touch to tell me a litttle more about the story behind Everybody Warm and offer for me to try out one of their beautiful scarves of pashminas. Not only is this a great story that I think needs to be shared but also because this lovely scarf is the perfect addition to my wardrobe complimenting so many different outfits that I have!

Everybody Warm sell ethically traded scarves and pashminas sourced from North India, and then use the profits to buy blankets, duvets and sleeping bags for those in need. The first donation by Everybody Warm is scheduled with a homeless charity, Winter Comfort based in Cambridge this July, and Kelly is keen to buy as many sleeping bags for them as she can! WinterComfort work with homeless people or those at risk of losing their home. Instead of just ‘throwing’ a few blankets their way, they will be working alongside project managers to understand exactly what the needs of their clients are before funding their first donation.

The mission behind Everybody Warm is simple “to keep everybody warm”. Whilst Kelly recognises that she can’t solve all of the problems in the world, Everybody Warm is working with Giving Partners both here in the UK and abroad to make the situations of those in need a little better.

What do you think? would you like to help keep Everybody Warm with a beautiful scarf by from Everybody Warm?

Each time someone buys a scarf from Everybody Warm, it is a step in the right direction and each time they wear it, they can wear it with pride knowing that they are helping to make Everybody Warm.

You can check out the shop at Everybodywarm.co.uk

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Introducing Wills Ethical and Vegan Shoes

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Each day at the moment, I seem to discover another amazing stylish and ethical brand that I can’t wait to share on this blog. Unfortunately life is just far too busy at the moment and I am struggling to keep up with posting on a daily basis (sorry about that!) but I definitely had to make time to tell you about Wills Animal and Human Friendly Shoes. You can check out their full range of on trend styles on the website wills-vegan-shoes.com.

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wills vegan shoes Introducing Wills Ethical and Vegan ShoesThe brand was started by, you guessed it, Wills, who had noticed a gap in the market for fairly priced ethical footwear. The site has a great selection of high quality shoes in contemporary styles for men and women including brogues, wedges and court shoes with new styles being added for each of the four seasons. Unlike some vegan shoes, Wills shoes are also made with respect for people and the planet. They are made in Portugal where workers are paid in accordance with European guidelines.These vegan shoes are certified by the vegan society and make a great eco friendly alternative to leather shoes. They are made from latest breathable faux leather micro fibres so they do not get ruined in the rain like leather shoes can.

What I really love about these ethical shoes are the prices! they are affordable and comparable in price with many of the non ethical shoes sold on the high street making this ethical footwear completely accessible to anyone who gives a monkeys about how their shoes are made.

There is some great feedback on the website if you are interested in finding out more.

What do you think of Wills ethical and vegan shoes?

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3 Ways That The Internet Has Changed How I Shop for Clothes

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My outfit – worn for the first sunny day of spring last weekend
Layered tops (both organic cotton) – Kuyichi and Stewart and Brown
Organic cotton leggings – People Tree
Shoes – Used to belong to Mr S
Scarf – Hoss Intropia
Bracet – Ornate Me

It is hard to imagine life without the internet, only 10 years ago life was very different, there was no social media, we all did pretty much all of our shopping by going to the shops and I didn’t really have a clue about the brands I was buying and how or where their clothes were made. The internet has opened up a whole new life for me from writing this blog to running an internet based business for the last 5 years. Without the opportunity to explore my style through my blog, I may not have come to the conclusion that buying more and more fast fashion for the sake of it is a really bad idea for so many reasons.

Here are three ways that the internet has changed the way that I shop for clothes.

Inspiration

I used to obessively read magazines and pretty much follow the advice that I really must buy the latest fashion, style or beauty product. These days I tend to get most of my style inspiration from blogs, this has lead to me being more creative with the clothes that I already have and feeling more confident to develop my own individual style rather than following what has been dictated as the latest trend by a fashion magazine.

More Choice

Living in a small town with hardly any clothes shops and having children that makes finding time to go out shopping difficult, the internet has opened up a whole new world of shopping for me. There are so many small independant and ethical fashion labels that are only available online, without the internet they may not exist and even if they did wouldn’t be accessible to me. Without the internet it would be much more difficult to stick to my rules of only buying ethical or sustainable clothes. Even Oxfam have an online shop giving me access the clothes from not just one charity shop but from their charity shops all around the country. I still think you can’t beat the sheer enjoyment of an afternoon browsing the charity shops but when you need something specific to wear and you don’t have much time to shop, the internet certainly speeds things up. For the fastest average download speeds available to customers (according to OFCOM’s 2013 report) check out Virgin Media.

More Information and Greater Awareness

Last but not least, the internet gives me accesss to a huge amount of information and has given me a much greater awareness of many of the sustainability and ethical issues surrounding the fashion industry. With the click of a mouse I can check out  a brands corporate responsibility page, check out if they are using child labour in their supply chain or read up on reports by organisations like Ethical Consumer.

What do you think? Has the internet changed the way you shop?

With warmest wishes

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Ethical Fashion – What to Wear for an Early Dinner Out

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Hat – Pachacuti
Dress – People Tree
Scarf – New Look
Leggings – People Tree
Boots – Clarks

Last Saturday I went out for an early dinner with Mr S and the children in Bath. It was probably one of the first outings where I haven’t encountered extreme wind or rain since Christmas, so I took the opportunity to wear my new hat by Fairtrade and ethical fashion brand Pachacuti.

The last week has been super crazy not only with work but with choosing a few new pieces to go in my newly decorated lounge (more on that in a post soon!) and planning and booking up lots of amazing stuff for the spring and summer, I can’t wait. With a little bit of sunshine over the last week and more forecast for tommorrow, I definitely feeling bright and happy. Amongst my plans I have signed up for a charity trek across the Brecon Beacons, booked a music festival, a vintage event, a day in London as well as some holidays and weekends away. Spring and summer are going to be super busy but I am definitely going to be sticking to my new years resolutions to live life to the full this year.

Do you have any fun plans yet for spring and summer? Have a lovely weekend!

With warmest wishes

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Ethical Workwear

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Dress – People Tree
Jacket – People Tree
Shoes – Dream in Green

When I started working in an office in September, instead of running my own business from home, I did wonder how difficult it would be to keep up with my policy of only buying ethical and sustainable clothing. I needn’t have worried as People Tree have a great selection of work friendly ethical clothing. I treated myself to a new dress and jacket (pictured above) but also managed to make use of some of the clothes that I already have and found a few pieces in charity shops. Actually it has been much easier than I though. In our office we wear a kind of smart casual dress, so I don’t have to wear a suit but prefer to wear a dress and jacket or cardigan if it is really cold. I am actually really enjoying the chance to get dressed up for work every day but finding I have much less opportunity to be creative with what I wear than before. Some of my slightly more quirky accessories or outfits are having to wait until the weekends before they get worn. Do you find you tend to dress more conservatively for work?

Anyway, that’s enough about work as it is Friday and I am more than ready for the weekend. After lots of socialising last weekend, I am ready for a super relaxed and chilled out weekend with the family. I will be eating tapas, drinking wine, then working it all off with an exercise class or two. What are you up to this weekend?

In case you fancied a little weekend reading….

This week I have posted on Triple Pundit about why I think sustainable fashion has to be about individual style and was featured in a post – Ethical Fashion – 15 People and Organisations Leading the Way in 2014. You can also read my post on fashion and food for Fairtrade fortnight over on style-is.co.uk with some great offers for chocolate lovers.

With warmest wishes

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Recycled Jewellery at OrnateMe

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I love jewellery and can’t help but constantly refresh my collection to allow me to refresh and accessorise my outfits in lots of different ways. I try to buy upcycled, fair trade and sustainable jewellery, but it has always bothered me that buying too much costume or fashion jewellery is wasteful. It seems a real shame that such a lot of the lovely costume jewellery bought in the shops will probably end up in landfill. This is where OrnateMe a fab new website concieved by Paul Tully in response to his concern about the unsustainability of the current fashion industry and the throw away attitude driven by low cost products. He hopes that through the success of his business, he will help high street retailers to adopt more sustainable retailing models.

The idea behind OrnateMe is simple. It provides an easy way for customers to upcycle their old costume jewellery. You just need to put your old jewellery into a prepaid envelope and send it in. For each piece of jewellery that is resaleable, you recieve points which can be used towards a piece of jewellery that you would like to buy on the site. Pieces that are not resellable are upcycled.

The website also has a great selection of recycled jewellery to buy and of course I couldn’t help but have a little browse. I have been on the look out for friendship and boho bracelets to wear with casual clothes for the summer and when I spotted these two picture above, I couldn’t resist getting them. They arrived in an envelope which I can then reuse to send back any of my unwanted jewellery. I just need to make a little time to have a clear out of my jewellery collection and decide what I no longer wear.

What do you think of this idea? Do you have any jewellery to recycle and do you love the idea of getting credits to buy a piece of recycled jewellery?

With warmest wishes

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What to Wear on a Sunny Day

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Dress – the Feather Tree
Leggings – People Tree
Shoes – Melissa
Cardigan – second hand from a friend.
Necklace – Etsy

We had a lovely sunny day on the weekend so I decided to grab the opportunity to wear my new dress from Feather Tree. If you are interested to learn more about the brand, you can check out my story behind the brand post here.

Life has been pretty crazy over the last few weeks and I have been struggling to find the time to blog. I have now been struck down with a cold and am struggling to find the energy to do too much other than work. Instead of a lengthy post, here are a few instagrams from the last week or two.

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Red Roses from Mr S on Valentines Day

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Heart shaped eggs, they tasted lovely!

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The handmade coconut buttons on my dress

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Lovely lady, well she is when she is asleep and not tearing the house apart.
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Bracelets from ornate.me (more about them in a post soon)

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Feather earrings by The Feather Tree

I hope you are well! Have a fab Friday and an amazing weekend!

With warmest wishes

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Ethical Fashion For SS14 and Some Discounts!

Although I don’t really need to buy any new clothes at the moment and spring  seems a long time away with this horrendous weather, I have been staring to see some amazing clothes appearing in the online fashion stores already and I can’t wait for some better weather to arrive. I thought I would share with you some of my favourite ethical fashion for SS14.
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mae cat print flared dress in black 2522268cda05 Ethical Fashion For SS14 and Some Discounts!People Tree never fail to deliver with beautful dresses for spring and summer. This year their SS14 collection is dominated by chic reds, blues, spots and stripes which I really love but I was particularly taken by the striking prints on this Alice Anenome dress and the Mae Cat Print Flared Dress which immediately made me think of Laura at Daisy Chain Dream with her love of cat prints and cat called Mae. Both dresses are made from 100% certified organic. The Alice Anenome dress is made by a social enterprise working to empower disadvantaged women of the slum communities of Mumbai, India. The Mae Cat Print dress is made socially responsible business based in India called CAOS, or Creative Art of Souls.

People Tree currently have a fantastic offer of £15 off and free delivery when you spend £50 or more on the People Tree SS14 Collection with discount code SPRING50 until 17th February. This offer can’t be used in conjunction with any other offers!

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I am a big fan of SkunkFunk and have a few dresses by them. The styles are contemporary but with an unusual twist which means they don’t really go out of fashion. I love this SkunkFunk Viviane summer dress which looks super comfy and easy to wear. SkunkFunk use recycled polyester (and other eco fabrics) to make their clothes helping to reduce both waste in landfill and use of dependence on oil for creating fabrics and clothing. You can also get £5 off orders (inc this dress) at Zalando + free delivery with discount code ZALFM5ALL.

giraffe skirt Ethical Fashion For SS14 and Some Discounts!Motel Vintage have some great dresses and skirts made from vintage fabrics and clthing sourced from around the world. I am particularly taken with this giraffe print skirt. If you are a new customer to Motel Rocks, you can also get £10 off with the discount code new10credit.

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I intend to fully embrace the tribal / boho trend when the summer finally arrives and these tribal boots by ethical fashion brand TOMS Shoes look like a great choice. Not only do TOMS shoes look great but with the One for One scheme, for each pair sold they will donate a pair of shoes to someone in need. You can get £5 off when you spend £25 at TOMs and £10 off when you spend £100 if you shop through www.style-is.co.uk.

What clothes are you loving for SS14? and do you know where or how they were made? Have you spotted any amazing ethical fashion brands lately? if so please share in the comments.
With warmest wishes

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