Truck Festival

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

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Headdress – Little Wings
Dress – SkunkFunk

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

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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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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Vintage Nostalgia

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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

Trekfest 2014 – The Brecon Beacons


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020 Trekfest 2014   The Brecon BeaconsI have been a little lazy with the blog posts over the last few months, partly because I have been working on a few changes to my sites (hopefully soon to be revealed) but also because I have been in training for Trekfest. I took part in Trekfest last Saturday, a 32 mile (not 27 as I had originally thought) trek across and over the Brecon Beacons including a breathtaking (literally) climb up Pen Y Fan and some spectacular views. I managed to raise £360 for Naomi House Children’s Hospice.Unfortunately the other half of Team Kerri and my lovely friend and collegue Kerry was forced to retire with a painful knee injury at the half way point. I decided to continue alone although that fact that there were about 600 other Trekers taking part meant that I wan’t really alone at all!

It was good to meet so many people along the way and there was definitely a great sense of camaraderie and team spirit with everyone helping each other out. So disappointed that I couldn’t cross the finish line with Kerry but also pleased to have finished in just under 13 hours despite the difficulties and unexpected mileage. I arrived back covered head to toe in mud, definitely not my most glamorous of moments but I was so pleased to get across the finish line I couldn’t have cared less. It was an amazing experience and I am already making plans for another challenge next year. There are lots more pictures of the event here incase you were interested.

I am really looking forward to this weekend for lots of rest, spending time with family and catching up on some blog posts/ blog reading that I have been missing out on over the last few crazy weeks. I will also be writing a review of the backpack by an ethical brand that I bought for Trekfest. How will you be enjoying the sunshine this weekend?

With warmest wishes

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Gusti Leather Bag Review

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Bag – Gusti Leather
Jacket – Nancy Dee
Dress – SkunkFunk
Boots – Dream in Green

I was recently contacted by Gusti Leather (www.gusti-leather.co.uk) to see if I would like to review one of their beautiful leather bags. Of course I jumped at the chance, especially as I could do with a new handbag for work, my satchel is great for the winter but a little too chunky for summer clothes and the strap has begun to fall apart on another bag that I have had for many years. I picked out the H2 Katy shoulder Tote bag, which is the perfect size for my work essentials including purse, phone, make up bag and diary. The bag is open at the top making it really easy to reach in and grab what I need but also has 2 zipped sections for a little added security for my keys and phone. They also have a lovely selection of satchels, backpacks and luggage on the Gusti Leather website.

My bag turned up with a pot of natural coloured polish and a bag to keep in perfect condition. As you can see from the photographs, it is beautifully made with lovely natural looking leather and a luxury lining. The bag smells a little but it isn’t unpleasant, one of the children described it as being like play dough.

Gusti Leather aims to create unique ad stylish leather products using natural production and fair, controlled working conditions. The natural production method is what gives the bags their vintage style. The bag that I chose is from the Gusti Leder Natur collection which used leather that is vegetable tanned using natural elements of Babool tree bark and oil dyed using saffron, indigo and poppy. This cuts out on the dangerous chemicals usually used during in the tanning process which can be hazardous to both the people living and working near tanneries and the environment. The leather using in Gusti Leather products is also sourced from free range animals and their sustainable production method ensures that all of the animal (bred for meat) are used cutting out waste.

In order to ensure that bags are made in fair conditions and without the use of child labour, the producers used by Gusti Leather in Morocco, India and Italy are small, family-run businesses with which they have formed long term working relationships to ensure that their workers can live comfortably.

What do you think of Gusti Leather?

With warmest wishes

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Camping, Van West and a Mud Fest!

Jeggings – Oxfam Fashion
Happy T Shirt – People Tree
Shoes – Ethletic
Scarf – Everybody Warm

The last bank holiday weekend, we managed to get out and about with our first camping trip of the year. We only went just down the road to Bath to try out the campervan and caravan together, but we always feel like we could be a million miles away when we go camping. We spent an afternoon at Victoria Park and then on the Sunday went for a wander round Bath and followed by tapas.

The following weekend we went to our first festival of the year, Vanwest, A VW festival in Brean, Somerset. All credit to the organisers and stallholders it was a fab event as usual despite the appalling weather. It was such a shame to see so many people with broken tents or awnings and eventually due to the torrential rain and high winds on Saturday night many people, us included, packed up and went home on the Sunday morning. We then spend an hour hosing the mud off everything. The theme for Van West was super heroes and we certainly felt like superheroes camping in that weather although we were reletaively snug in our campervan/ caravan combo so no where near as superhero as those staying in tents. There were some fabulous superhero costumes unfortunately I was too busy drinking and my beer and listening to the music to take many photos but there are a few instagrams below.

Anyway here’s hoping for some more fab festivals and camping this summer minus the mud, rain and wind.

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Do you have any fun plans for this bank holiday?

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Wills Animal and Human Friendly Shoes Review

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I was recently sent a lovely pair of loafers to try out by Wills Animal and Human Friendly shoes. This offer came just at the right time when I was desperate for a new pair of flat shoes for work. I had been on the look for something classic in style that was comfortable and could also be worn with bare feet and cropped trousers for work in the summer. I can’t stand wearing those nylon socks so wanted my shoes to be breathable but also water resistant to keep my feet nice and fresh and dry all day.

My new loafers by Wills Shoes were just as I had hoped, super comfy (although I actually got a size up from my usual shoes size). The faux suede has a lovely smooth but matt effect and is definitely breathable in contrast to other non leather/ vegan shoes that I have experienced in the past. The shoes have obviously been made with attention to detail and look and feel high quality. They have a lovely stack effect wood look sole.

In terms of eco and ethical credentials, Wills shoes are vegan, so don’t use any animal products which is great for anyone concerned with the ethical or ecological implications of using animal products for fashion. They are also ethically made with workers paid in accordance with European guidelines.

If you like the look of Wills Animal and Human Friendly Shoes, Will has also very kindly provided me with a voucher code to share for free delivery and returns. All you need to do is enter IHEARTSHOES at check out.

Here is a close ups of the shoes showing some of the lovely details. What do you think?

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Anyway, I am breathing a big sigh of relief that the weekend has finally arrived and the sun is shining after last weekends Van West, Mud Fest (more on that in my next post!). I can’t wait to get going on my final training walk before I go to the Breacon Becons and I can’t wait. Sunday I will be ironing pretty much all day as I have some how managed to avoid doing any for about the last 4 weeks but it will definitely be a relief to get it all out of the way. How will you be enjoying the lovely weather this weekend?

With warmest wishes

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