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

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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

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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

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?

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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

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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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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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Ethical Fashion – What to Wear for a Birthday Trip to London


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Hat – Pachacuti

Jacket – Rokit Vintage
Dress – Komodo
Leggings – People Tree
Silk Scarf – Oxfam Fashion
Baseball Boots – Ethletic

A few weeks ago it was my birthday so I decided to treat myself to a little trip up to London with my eldest daughter. We met up with Faye my best friend of 27 years for Dim Sum at Ping Pong followed by a wander round the Tate modern. Living a distance apart and both so much going on, I don’t get to see Faye nearly as much as I would like but when I do it is always just like old times again. Getting to a girly day out with my daughter is always a treat too. It was interesting to see the Tate modern although I will have to admit I was pretty puzzled by what is classed as art. It was great to see some of my favourites like Picasso and Monet there though. What can I say, it was an amazing birthday, I hope I don’t have to wait until next year to do it again.

I decided this trip would be the perfect opportunity to wear my lovely hat from Pachacuti, despite Mr S warning me that it was pretty windy out. Just as he warned a sudden gust of wind managed to flip my hat right off my head and much to my daughters amusement, it went rolling off down the street with me in hot pursuit shouting “stop that hat” to a slightly bemused looking passerby. Anyway I managed to catch the hat and I my daughter finally managed to stop laughing. The moral of the story ‘don’t wear you favourite hat on a windy day’ or ‘always listen to what you husband says’ but i’m so not going to do that!

I treated myself to the Ethletic baseball boots form Ethical Superstore with some of my  birthday money. They are easily one of the most comfy pairs of shoes that I have ever owned and I know I am going to wear them loads. Ethletic is an ethical fashion shoe brand that make fair trade baseball boots using organic and Fairtrade certified cotton, the rubber soles are FSC certified and sourced responsibly, and the rubber is fairly traded.

Here are just a few instagrams of my birthday

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Flowering tea and pud at Ping Pong (my new favourite things)

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What have you been up to lately? Have you had any weather related clothing catastophes?

With warmest wishes

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Ethical Fashion and Butterflies in Paphos

Over Easter we went away for a much needed week away in Paphos, Cyprus. Of course when I am on holiday, I wear ethical fashion, the same as I do at home but with the sun out I decided to take the opportunity to wear some of my favourite printed dresses. Here are just a few of the outfits that I happened to take photos of. I was certainly spoilt for colourful backdrops with the beautiful flowers  and butterflies (there were loads of them!) there and the amazing garden on our apartment.
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Earrings and Dress – The Feather Tree
Denim Jacket – swapped
Bag – Reclaim Bags

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Dress – Ruby Rocks
Leggings – People Tree

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Holiday was the usual round of over indulgence with far too much sun, food and drink, but I did manage to brave the fairly cold swimming pool to do about 50 lengths each day. We got back a few weeks ago but it feels like ages now. I have been super busy since I got back with a birthday trip to London, lunch out with friends, our first camping trip with a new caravan and some training walks in preparation for my 27 mile Brecon Beacon trek.

What have you been up to? and are you feeling ready to wear some bright colourful summer clothes?

You may notice that I have a new sponsor on my blog Bibico. There are some really beautiful and ethically made clothes on their website for spring and summer which you can check out here – www.bibico.co.uk

With warmest wishes

TOMS Glitter Classics Shoe Review

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Jacket – Rokit Vintage
Dress – SkunkFunk
Scarf – Accessorize
Bag – Relaim Bags
Shoes – TOMS

Back before Easter, I went for lunch with my sister at Las Iguanas then on to see Dirty Dancing at Bristol Hippodrome, which was fabulous! I wore my new TOMS glitter shoes and decided that it was about time I wrote a review as I think they have an interesting story to tell.

If you don’t already know about TOMS shoes they have interesting policy called One for One® where they donate a pair of shoes to someone in need for every pair sold. Since 2006 TOMS Shoes have given 10 million pairs of shoes to children in need. They are also continously working to help more by providing different types of shoes based on terrain and season, or creating local jobs by producing shoes in countries where they give and to make their operations more sustainable. TOMS Shoes are always given to children through humanitarian organizations who incorporate shoes into their community development programs. Not only do I love the simple style of TOMS shoes that is available in so many different patterns and fabrics but I love the story behind them. A few years ago I read the book, Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie, the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS. The book is all about about how TOMS started and provides both information and inspiration for anyone wanting to start a business that puts people at its centre.

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Any how I decided to treat myself to a pair of black glitter womens classics, which I could wear with casual or more fancy outfits and are the perfect way to add a little sparkle to the everyday. When the shoes turned up, I was at first disappointed to find them a little snug. I was undecided whether to try a size up, so I decided to google ‘TOMS shoes sizing’ and discovered that it is quite common for them to be a little tight and after a few wears they should stretch. This was spot on and after only a few hours of wearing around the house, they went from far to tight to just the right size. I am definitely glad that I hung onto them! Whilst I am wearing them with a dress in the picture above, they also look great with skinny jeans or leggings.

The only point that I would make to anyone planning on buying TOMS shoes online that the shoes are sent from Holland and in the case of returns would need to be returned to The Netherlands at your own cost so check the sizing carefully.

What do you think of TOMS? do you love the style or story or both?

I hope that you are having a good week!

With warmest wishes

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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