Fashion Revolution Week #Whomademyclothes

fashion revolution day
Necklace – People Tree
Dress- SkunkFunk
Leggings – Thought clothing
Shoes – Veja
Bag – Furla

Today marks the beginning of Fashion Revolution Week. 4 years ago, when the Rana Plaza building collapsed in Bangladesh killing 1138 people and injuring 2500, it became the worlds fourth biggest industrial disaster ever. But Rana Plaza was a big wake up call, any deaths in the name of fashion is devastating but this number of deaths is completely unacceptable. Since that awful day, Fashion Revolution has become a yearly event when a movement of people wanting change come together to raise awareness of the issues associated with the supply chain and to encouraging people to break their habit for buying fast fashion and to seek out more information about the clothes that they are buying. The #WhoMadeMyClothes campaign is a key part of fashion revolution week. It is a simple question that makes us think about the farmers, factory workers and artisans that are involved in making our clothes but more importantly to ask this question to brands, demanding more transparency and accountability.

I actively try to ensure that I buy all of my clothes from ethical and sustainable brands, so today I am going to ask and answer the question, #whomademyclothes?

SkunkFunk
Skunkfunk is one of my favourite ethical and sustainable brands. I think they have struck the perfect balance of fresh and timeless styles combined with great ethics and sustainable fabrics. Their clothes are made in factories in Portugal, China and India. Their website provides some great information about their makers, you can meet them here.

People Tree
When it comes to ethical fashion, People Tree are probably one of the best known brands. Their beautiful clothing makes the most of handbeading and traditional techniques to create beautiful clothing and accessories. People Tree clothing is labelled so you know where it has been made and who it has been made by. Their website also has a dedicated ‘meet the makers‘ page with lots of information about the fairtrade farmers, artisans and producers.

Veja
Veja is a transparent shoe brand that creates some amazing trainers. The trainers are made in Brazil in factories where workers are paid well above the legal minimum wage and where workers rights are well respected. You can find out more about their producers, factories and workers here.

Thought Clothing
Thought Clothing work in partnership with producers to share growth,share the same vision and create more jobs, protect wages, and develop skills as well as businesses. You can read more about their supply chain here.

Are you getting involved in Fashion Revolution Week?

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Bibico Dress

Bibibo dress

Dress – Bibico
Necklace – Nomads
Shoes – Swedish Hasbeens

Today marked a big milestone in 2017. First day of the year without tights! This was brought on by the arrival of this beautiful dress, a gift from Bibico, one of my favourite sustainable and ethical brands, not to mention the beautiful sunshine we have been having.

Bibico is very local to me and is based in Bath. It is a slow fashion brand with an emphasis on timeless styles, ethically made from sustainable fabrics. This dress is part of the latest collection which features some simple flattering dresses and tops in organic cotton, denim and linen with fresh stripes, checks and this lovely botanical print complemented by light weight cotton and wool knitwear for those cooler days. What I love about this collection is that it is modern but also the sort of clothing to love and keep in your wardrobe for many years to come. These pieces won’t ever go out of fashion!

Here are a few other pieces from the collection that I love

Denim dress

Bibico Khaki Linen Dress

Bibico Easy Jumper

Bibico Angie Pleated Tunic

You can check out the full collection from Bibico here.

I hope that you have had a lovely weekend. How have you been making the most of the lovely weather?


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Wool and the Gang

I was recently contacted by Wool and the Gang to see if I would like to try out one of their kits. I have to admit, I have never actually knitted before, well not since I was about 7 and that was probably with a fair amount of help from my Grandma, who was an expert knitter.

But I was interested by the sustainable approach of this brand, that advocates fashion that is #MadeUnique by a community of knitters around the world, the complete opposite to the usual mass produced fashion that is sold all over the high street. Wool and the Gang is very much about slow fashion. A hand knitted piece of clothing can’t be rushed but needs to be crafted with care. Wool and the Gang hopes to bring back knitting as a means of production for generations to come. Their real wool is an eco friendly material as it is natural and biodegradable and they also work with fashion factories to repurpose their waste into yarn and reduce landfill.

When I look at their collection of stylish but timeless patterns and chunky yarns, I can completely accept that knitting is not just for Grannies. It is for anyone. Wool and the Gang refer to their knitters as Gangstas and recognise the benefits of knitting as going beyond just fashion. They declare that knitting is the new yoga redeucing stress and anxiety, increasing creativity and memory. Knitting can even be really sociable with a ‘gang culture’ of knitting parties around the world and a online movement sharing their knits on social media. For those that just haven’t got the time or incination to knit their own clothes, there is also the opportunity for them to support other Gangstas by buying their handmade pieces.

A little pressie from @woolandthegang ! Should keep me busy for a bit #slowfashion #madeunique

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Anyway, after much deliberation and browsing of the website, I decided to choose the Calvin top, a crochet top to make using 100% upcycled Billie Jean yarn. I have never crocheted before but the website informed me that this project was an ‘easy’ level. I am also reassured to see that the website has a number of video tutorials to help me get the hang of it.

I can’t wait to get started and look forward to sharing my finished top. Have you ever knitted or crocheted anything? or would you like to give it a go?

Getting started #woolandthegang

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You can check out the Wool and the Gang Website here

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The Leopard Dress

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Leopard dress – Johari (a social enterprise in Kenya), I can no longer find the online store but you can read more about this brand here.
Organic cotton leggings – Thought
Shoes – Veja 
Scarf – Oxfam, then upcycled

A few weeks ago, we went out for a weekend walk followed by dinner at the local carvery. I decided to combine comfy shoes by Veja and organic cotton leggings with something bright and colourful to cheer me up. I have had more than enough of dark dull winter clothes and am feeling more than ready for spring.

It makes me happy to make good use of the clothes that I have instead of buying new each season. This leopard dress is 3 or 4 years old and I still love the easy to wear cut, the bright pink colour and the leopard face on it. I have tryed to give it a fresh look by adding the scarf from Oxfam that I upcycled with orange pom pom trim a while back. I love combining pink and orange, the combination definitely reminds me of holidays to tropical destinations!

Whilst buying less is a good way of minimising my impact on the environment, I have recently seen a few articles about plastic pollution that is probably an even bigger environmental issue than fashion.  Whilst I already try and avoid using plastic bags, I am determined to try and cut down on the plastic that I use in other ways. According to Plastic Oceans, we use over 300 million tonnes of new plastic every year.  Half of this we use just once and usually for less than 12 minutes.  8 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the ocean every year. I am planning a post about the ways to reduce plastic use, if you have any ideas that I could include, please do get in touch.

I hope that you are having a lovely weekend and enjoying the sunshine, if you have any. What are your favourite clothes that you have owned for years?

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Birdsong Wishlist

I usually try not to make wish lists as they kind of go against my policy of trying to ‘buy less’. However when I came across Birdsong whilst reading Style Bubble this weekend, I just couldn’t help myself. Not only are the clothes and accessories on the site a careful selection of beautiful and unique pieces, they also each have a lovely story to go with them. With slogans on their home page like ‘no sweatshops, no photoshop’, and ‘expect more from your wardrobe’, I kind of knew I was going to love everything about this online store!

Whilst there is generally quite a good selection of clothes and retailer out there that can be considered ethical and/or sustainable in some way, there are still some items that I still struggle with namely sports wear and work wear. So I will start with my Birdsong, favourites in these departments.

ethical sports bra

This sports bra is made by US lingerie brand, Naja which empowers single mothers by giving them work and creates amazing and eco friendly undies at the same time. I would defintiely recommend you check out the brands website to see their full awesomeness however the shipping from the US makes buying from them complicated so Birdsong is a better alternative. I spend a lot of time at fitness classes so whilst this bra is a little pricey, I don’t really object to the investment. It goes without saying that a sports bra this amazing should get seen and not hidden away, a good incentive for me to work hard on toning my abs and uncovering the six pack that I am sure is hiding away somewhere ready for the summer months.

Navy jacket

I like to look smart for work but generally feel a bit boring in a conventional suit and don’t really feel like me. I prefer to try and do my own take on smart so am always on the look out for ways to achieve this. This embroidered navy jacket is by a brand called Two Neighbours with the ethos of ‘peace through the eye of a needle’. It is made by women on both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, to provide a livelihood, money for fresh water and food for their families.

handknitted jumper

Handknitted clothes are the ultimate in slow fashion, they take time and dedication to make, sadly something I don’t have a lot of at the moment. I love that this jumper is made by Bradbury knitting an organisation which faciliates the creation of lovely woolies by elderley ladies at the Bradbury Centre in Kingston, and the Knit & Natter group in Enfield. This not only gives them a sense of purpose and wellbeing but also helps a worthy cause of their choice each month with revenue being donated to charities.

There are lots of other lovely clothes on the Birdsong website, but in the interests of quality over quantity and not buying lots of clothes that I don’t need, I am keeping my wish list short and sweet.

In case you are interested, I haven’t been paid in anyway or asked to write this post. It is my own opinion and something that I just couldn’t resist sharing!

What do you think of these pieces and the lovely empowering stories behind them?

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Nomads

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Poncho – Nomads
Leggings – People Tree
Boots – TOMS

A few weeks ago, we took my parents in law out for their Christmas pressy which was dinner at a local Italian restaurant. I wore the outfit pictured above. The poncho is really soft and cosy so perfect for relaxing on a chilly weekend. It also happens to be my favourite colour so makes me super happy! It was a Christmas present from my mum and dad.

I have posted about Nomads clothing before but I thought they were definitely worth another mention. They are a fair trade clothing brand that uses artisanal techniques and sustainable fabrics to make individual designs.

I got to wear my poncho again for a little trip to Cardiff. We had a bit of a wander round, went to the Cinema to see T2 Trainspotting and then for dinner at Zizzi. This morning, we had a really relaxed breakfast at Cafe Rouge followed by a bracing walk around Bute Park and then out for a Sunday lunch with my parents.

What have you been up to the last few weeks. With the cold weather are you staying cosy inside or wrapping up warm and getting outdoors?

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5 Ethical Fashion Brands to Check out in 2017

ethical brands for 2017
I am wearing:
Organic cotton dress – Annie Greenabelle
Organic cotton leggings – Braintree 
Shoes – TOMS
Necklace – MADE at ASOS
Jacket – vintage upcycled

All items listed have ethical and/ or sustainable credentials (some links are affiliate)!

Happy New Year!

I hope that you had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to the year ahead. I had a lovely Christmas break, starting with a busy Christmas lunch at my house for 9 and ending with a really relaxing break in Newquay for New Year. I thought I would start off the new year with a little round up of some of my favourite brands at the moment. If you are making it your new years resolution to shop more ethically, I have personally bought and worn clothes from the brands over the last few years and really love them for their design and quality as well as their commitment to making a positive difference in the world.

Braintree Clothing

Braintree is a slow fashion brand making clothes thoughtfully and ethically whilst minimalising their impact on the environment. They use soft and comfortable sustainable fabrics like hemp and organic cotton and make clothes to last. Their mantra, Wear m, love me, mend me, pass me on. I am a big fan of the leggings at Braintree as well as their lovely prints and cosy colourful socks.

Earth Kind Originals

Based in Cornwall, EKO have some lovely simple and flattering styles which are perfect for relaxing in on the weekend. I have 2 different organic cotton dresses from EKO which I wear all the time because they are so lovely to wear.

Nomads

Nomads clothes feature beautiful intricate designs, prints and embroidery which are a result of their policy for creating ethical fashion using traditional and artisan handmade techniques. The necklace from Nomads pictured above was a Christmas present from my mum and just one of the lovely items that I own from this brand.

TOMS shoes

I have struggled to find a stylish, hardwearing and affordable pair of boots for work recently. TOMS saved the day though when I found the perfect pair. They have now diversified from their original range of Alpargatas and stock a wide range of footwear including trainers and sandals. TOMS are dedicated to improving lives with each purchase helping to provide shoes, sight, water and safer birth services to people in need around the world.

What brands are you loving for 2017?

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Happy Christmas

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Organic cotton dress – Earth Kind Originals
Scarf – Oxfam and upcycled with pom pom trim
Denim and leather waistcoat – Oxfam
Boots – TOMS

Happy Christmas

It has been quite a while since I last posted! The last few months have disappeared so quickly with a big project that I have been working on at work, lots of socialising and going to gym classes and the inevitable prepartion needed in the run up to Christmas.

I was relieved to finish work until the new year, yesterday, giving me time to relax a little as I will be having a full house over Christmas. With food shop delivered and put away, pressies wrapped and spare room tidied, I am planning on a Christmas pamper session with the girls this afternoon including face packs, sparkly nail varnish and a Christmas film.

I did manage to get a day off in early December to do some Christmas shopping in Bath and the outfit above is what I wore. I now have 2 organic cotton dresses from EKO and they are definitely favourites of mine for being super comfy but with a flattering fit. During the winter, I rarely wear a winter coat and for going in and out of shops decided that this Karen Millen denim and leather waistcoat which I got second hand from Oxfam would be warm enough.

This morning I have also been reflected a little on 2016.

What a year!

I turned 40 in April and had a big party to celebrate. After months of studying in the evenings, I managed to complete my CIM Diploma in Digital Marketing. I got promoted at work and got the go ahead for an exciting project which which will launch in early January. I travelled to Italy, Ibiza and Madrid, all firsts for me, as well as lots of campervan trips, some festivals, a walking trip in the Gower and sailing in Torquay. I also have a busy family life with the children having lots activities and doing between 6 and 8 fitness classes per week myself. I am convinced the fitness classes help me feel great and stay calm and very happy!

I doubt whether I will have quite as busy year in 2017 but I am already super excited about what it holds. My main priorities are to stay happy and healthy but I also plan to:

  • Try to consume less
  • Recycle more
  • Start scuba diving again (I haven’t dived in about 15 years)
  • Keep up the fitness classes
  • Keep blogging

What are your favourite memories of 2016 and plans for 2017?

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Dress Down Friday

Nomads dress
Everbody loves Friday, don’t they? Not least because it is almost the weekend,but at my work, it is also a day when dress code is a little more relaxed. This week my usual Friday wear of jeans were in the wash so I decided to opt for this dress from Nomads that I I got for Christmas last year and have been looking for an opportunity to wear as soon as the weather started turning autumnal.

Nomads is definitely one of my favourite ethical clothing brands at the moment. Their fair trade clothing is made using sustainable fabrics including organic cotton and decorated using artisan techniques such as traditonal embroidery and hand crafted features including blockprinting and tie dying. The collections have a bohemian feel to them but also feature smarter and more classic knitwear pieces including fitted cardigans and ponchos.Their knitted poncho will definitely be going on my Christmas list as it can be worn in 6 different ways making it amazingly versatile.

During the children’s October half term we went to Dartmouth for a few days with my in laws. It was lovely to have a break and Dartmouth is such a pretty little town. We took a boat trip down the estaury, the girls went crabbing off the harbour wall and we ate the most amaing fish and chips at Rockfish. I would defintiely recommend Dartmouth and Rockfish for a lovely little break.

Other than that Autumn so far has involved lots of cosying up in the house. Work is super busy and the children’s social calendars packed and after upping my exercise regime to 9 classes a week, I don’t have a lot of energy for much else. I am kind of happy with this and the darker evenings have provided the perfect opportunity to do some cooking and catch on TV which I rarely get  the opportunity to watch in the summer. December already looks like it is going to be a super busy month with both work and Christmas socialising so I am making the most of lots of rest while I can!

Pottery painting. A good way to destress on Friday afternoon!

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Dartmouth

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Amazing fish and chips at Rockfish Dartmouth

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In desparate need of a lazy weekend! Have treated myself to the organic cotton and wool socks by @btreeclothing

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What have you been up to this autumn?
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Ethical Work Wear

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Dress and jacket – People Tree
Shoes – Swedish Hasbeens

Work wear is kind of an essential part of my wardrobe and for me it is equally important that it has been ethically made as it is for all of the clothes that I wear. At the moment my work wardrobe consists of lots of charity shop dresses and cardigans along with a few dresses and jackets by People Tree and Nancy Dee. The picture above shows one of these outfits that I wore in the summer but I will also wear with tigts and boots for the winter. Both brands which are committed to ethical manufacture and feature comfy organic cotton pieces in their collection which I find work really well for work.

In the interests of sustainability, I try not to buy many clothes and also to invest in pieces that really last. But following a promotion (yay!) and increase in my hours last month, I have decided that I might need a few extra pieces to get me through the winter. Namely a pair of smart but comfy trousers (something I find really tricky to buy), a pair of boots and another cardigan or jacket as I have been feeling quite cold at work. Here are the pieces that I have invested in (contains affiliate links)

Tencel Top

Loving the print and assymetric hem of the Lerwick Tencel Top which makes a change from the dark clothes I have in my wardrobe for autumn.

Navy Organic Cotton Trousers

The tailored fit but soft and comfiness of the Mimi organic trousers looks like it could be a winning combo for work.

Lichen Organic Cotton Throw

Seriously fed up dark clothes for auumn already. This Broderick Organic Cotton Throw add a pop of colour and some extra warmth.

 Toms LEILA Black

On the boots front, I won’t lie I have struggled to find something, ethical, smart with the right heel height. I was really pleased when I finally found these TOMS shoes. Under the TOMS “one for one” model, for every pair of shoes sold, a pair of shoes goes to a child in need.

Where do you shop for workwear? I hope you are having a lovely weekend?

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