Sustainable Spring Style on a Budget

One of the most common objections that I hear from people about choosing to shop more sustainably for their clothes is that it would cost more and there isn’t as much choice. In the past this may of been the case but now, I think their is a huge range of choice of ethical and sustainable fashion for all budgets ranging from luxurious designer pieces right through to more affordable fashion. In many ways sustainability and frugality go hand in hand. Here are my tips for greening your style for spring on a budget.

Buy Less, Choose Well

OK, I stole (or borrowed) this one from Vivienne Westwood but it really does sum up the easiest way on how we can become more sustainable, and save money too. Check out what you already have in you wardrobe, what you need or want. I always try and assess any clothes for value before buying by working out how much I am likely to wear them. I think about when I could wear them, what in my wardrobe they would go with and how long they are likely to last in terms of style and quality. I always try and wait a few days before buying to make sure that it is something I really want.

Cash In On Clothes That You Don’t Wear

Spring is the perfect time to have a good clear out of your wardrobe and any clothes that you no longer wear may be worth some money. You can try selling them through ebay a website like musicmagpie.co.uk or bigwardrobe.com or even take them to a clothes agency if you have one nearby. A newly organised wardrobe will also make it easier for you to find something to wear in the mornings and know what you already have to avoid buying more of the same.

Shop for of Sustainable Fashion with Discount Codes and in Sales 

If you really can’t afford to buy from a sustainable or ethical fashion brand, you can look out for discount codes for sustainable fashion. The high quality and timeless styles of most of these brands will usually make them a really good investment. As most of the styles won’t go out of fashion, you should easily be able to find something amazing that is relevant for spring in the sales. Here is a quick summary of the sales and discounts at style-is.co.uk at the moment.

15% off at People Tree until 21st April
15% off at Fashion Conscience until 30th April including Ruby Rocks, Komodo, SkunkFunk & Melie Bianco (vegan handbags)
15% off sustainable brands at Surfdome including Patagonia, Seasalt Cornwall, Monkee Genes, Rapanui and Seasalt Cornwall
Up to 20% off sustainable shoes at Spartoo including Timberland, Dream in Green and Swedish Hasbeens
£5 off sustainable fashion at Zalando when you spend over £50 including Komodo, People Tree, Kuyichi and Patagonia
8% vintage and ethical brands at Rock My Vintage – Including Nancy Dee, Lowie and Tatty Devine
People Tree Sale
Timberland Sale
Seasalt Cornwall Sale

Check out a Charity Shop

Charity shopping has to be one of the most fashionable ways to shop at the moment. It is fun, frugal and eco friendly. The best thing is that you never know what treasure you are going to find and then you can use it to create your own unique outfit. If you don’t have time to trawl the local charity shops, Oxfam Fashion online is a fantastic place to shop. You can search by size, style, colour and brand to find just what you need and there is also a good selection of vintage clothes.

Arrange a Swap Party

If you are really broke arranging a swap party is the perfect way to refresh your wardrobe for spring on a budget. Grab a bottle of wine, some friends with a pile of clothes they no longer want and swap away to your hearts content. The feeling of getting something new from a swap is as good as buying something new and you get a fun evening with your friends into the bargain. If you don’t have enough friends or you are all different sizes, you could try going to an organised swap party, there are lots listed on swishing.org.

Borrow it

If you need something to wear for a one off event, then the simplest option can sometimes be to borrow it. An informal arrangement with friends is great but you can also use the pinkmothballs.com app to help keep track of exactly what you have borrowed from and lent to people. For a special occasion, there is also the option to hire a designer dress from websites like Girl Meets Dress and  Wish Want Wear.

Please feel free to add any more ideas you have in the comments below.

Happy Friday, hope you have a lovely weekend.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Image – Peacock Dress by Ruby Rocks at Fashion Conscience

Sparkly Vintage

Cardigan – Oxfam Fashion
Dress and shoes – (originally from the high street, now 3 or 4 years old)
Leggings – People Tree
Clutch bag – local vintage shop

The outfit in today’s post was one that I wore on Saturday night for a meal out in town. The black dress is a real staple that I have had in my wardrobe for years. These days I feel much happier wearing it with leggings as it is so short but I find it works equally well for daytime and night time. As much as I live prints and bright colours, I will have to admit that you just can’t beat a black dress for versatility and it is ideal for those days when I don’t have ages to mess around deciding what to wear.

The sparkly cardigan was from the Williams Vintage selection at Oxfam Fashion. You can’t see that well from the photo but I am wearing double sparkle with a beaded collar necklace from People Tree, I promise that it sparkles so much more in real life!

Things have been pretty hectic over the last week or two and I haven’t been able to get round to visiting all my favourite blogs. Hoping for a little time to relax with a glass of wine tommorrow and catch up with everything that is going.

I have recently fallen in love with the brand SkunkFunk which features on style-is.co.uk and has some amazing sustainable fashion in particular the dresses which I have been lusting over on a daily basis. I couldn’t believe my luck when I was asked by a retailer to review a piece of sustainable fashion. Of course I choose a SkunkFunk dress which arrived today. It was even better than I expected, can’t wait to share very soon!

I hope you are having a fantastic week. Have you discovered any amazing sustainable fashion brands lately? if so please do share.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

 

Charity Shop Faux Fur

So the weather has been pretty miserable and cold but I am looking on the bright side. I get the chance to wear some of my faux fur charity shop pieces!

Gilet – Local Oxfam Shop
Top- the back of my wardrobe
Necklace – MADE
Leggings – People Tree
Boots – Clarks

Dress- Johari
Leggings – People Tree
Shoes – Melissa
Coat – local charity shop

Gilet – as above
Earrings – People Tree
Ring – MADE
Top – Komodo
Trousers – back of my wardrobe
Bag – Accessorize
boots – as above

Have had yet another crazy busy week, I don’t know where all my time goes lately. I have been busy working on style-is.co.uk. We have some great new designers just added from the estethica collection at Yoox and also some lovely studded vegan boots. Please stop by and check it out if you have a minute, I would love to know what you think.

I hope that you are having a lovely weekend. I will be having a bit of a lazy one, catching up with work and house work and out for dinner with friends this evening. I have also been making lots of exciting plans for my birthday next month which will include going to Vogue Fest. and Bath in Fashion. What are you doing this weekend?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

African Prints Mix Up!


Jacket – Second hand (from mum)
Top – by YouMeWe at Sapellé
Trousers – ASOS Africa
Shoes – Dream in Green
Vintage Bag – Local Charity Shop
Necklace – a Christmas pressy from my mum
Ring – Made UK

Admittedly, it is not really the weather for this outfit a great big woolley jumper would probably be much more practical but I have never been much of a fan of winter clothes and I was desperate to try out the top that I got for just £16.50 in the Sapellé sale. I thought if I added a jacket, then I could perhaps get away with it when the weather warms up a little.

This outfit is my entry for this months Freestyle challenge over at Ethical Fashion Bloggers. I also thought that I would enter it in the Observer Ethical Awards. Much to my excitement, they have introduced a ‘Well Dressed’ award sponsored by Eco Age and Fru-Gal Challenge, if you have some sustainably stylish pieces in your wardrobe, why not enter? you can find out more here.

For those that want to share their sustainable style or ethical fashion brands that want to share their story or latest collection, plus anyone else with an interest in sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry, I will be arranging a Twitter party on the last Friday of each month (starting this Friday). Please join me for #FGFF (Feel Good Fashion Friday)

I hope that you have had a good start to the week despite the snow and cold weather.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

style-is.co.uk launches – a search engine for sustainable style

You might have heard me mention once or twice ‘the website’ that I have been planning for about the last six months. Well I am delighted to say that it has now launched!

style is… (www.style-is.co.uk) is  a kind of ethical fashion/ sustainable style search engine which features over 140 ethical brands and 1000’s of sustainable choices all under one easily searchable virtual roof.

Since starting this blog a year or so ago, I have been looking for a way to make it quicker and easier to shop sustainably. I also want to share the amazing ethical fashion that is on offer and show how much choice there is availabl,e ranging from luxurious designer to surprising affordable pieces. style is… features some brands you will probably already know about like Monkee Genes, People Tree, Timberland and Komodo but also many you may not have heard of. It has women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories, all of which can be sorted by style, price and ethics (e.g. vintage, recycled, fair trade, organic and vegan). There is also a sales section and some great offers and discounts.

I would love to know what you think of style is… (please email me or leave your comment below), I will also be running an ethical outfit competition next week to celebrate the launch.

This week has been crazy busy with the EFF Source Awards, website launch, Christmas prep and so many activities for the children going on. I am looking forward to a massive rest and hopefully the chance to catch up with some blog reading. Will you be doing anything fun or Christmassy this weekend? whatever, have a good one!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Fashioned for Freedom

Image Credit – Chris Barnby

On Monday evening, I attended the Fashioned for Freedom Event which was held by House of Beth and I.O.M. to raise awareness and funds for the victims of human trafficking. The event was held in the stunning St Mary’s Church which had been beautifully decorated with a Muriel wall by Becca Gore and an Tree Art Installation by Marco Turcich and Matilde Marangoni. The evening was filled with wine,the premier of short film ‘Flight’ , music by Digital Farm Animals and Colourblind and of course lots of fashion fashion. Some fantastic designers and brands including Ada Zandition, Beulah, O’nitaa, Goodone, From Somewhere, Henrietta Ludgate, Shadowplay NYC, Zoe Bloomer and People Tree had donated clothing to be auctioned off at the end of the evening.

Image Credit – Chris Barnby

House of Beth is an online marketplace selling a combination of clothing and accessories by ethical fashion brands and also high quality preloved clothing both designer and high street. 50% of all profits from clothing sold by House of Beth go towards fighting human trafficking. There were plenty of rails of amazing clothes and jewellery and accessories by including jewellery by the House of Beth in house designer.

I treated myself to one of the beautiful headpieces (pictured above) which have become something of a signature for House of Beth, I hope to be featuring in an outfit very soon.

Image Credit – Tom Selmon

Talia Chain and Sarah Kendal, the Directors of House of Beth opened the evening, their enthusiasm for using fashion for supporting the Charities that help Human Trafficking was both inspiring and infectious. Olivia Godfrey (Sky Sports) and Nelufar Hedayat (BBC) were presenters for the evening and looked fantastic modelling one of the dresses to be auctioned and a headpiece by House of Beth.  Claire Allman, the marketing manager for Ecover also gave a speech where she highlighted how big business can and is working towards sustainability.

It was also lovely to meet Rebecca of Bexceptional who took part in my recent ethical fashion blogathon to talk ethical fashion, blogging. If you haven’t checked out her blog, I would thoroughly recommend it!

Image Credit – Chris Barnby

There was a great upbeat feel to the event, so many beautiful and glamorous people and so many rails of lovely clothes but the very serious and important side of the evening was not forgotton, with an address by Baroness Butler-Sloss, GBE highlighting the impact that Human Trafficking has on so many lives. Perhaps I am a little naive but I really had no idea of the scale of human trafficking, which can be likened to modern day slavery. An estimated 27 million people living in slavery and it affects a range of people from children to women and men forced to work in manual labour all over the world including the UK.

The Redlight Campaign, which will benefit from the funds raised at the event  helps survivors of human trafficking through pragmatic means based on individual needs. The International Organisation for Migration is an inter governmental agency which promotes humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all and has been working to counter trafficking since 1994 helping over 17,000 trafficked persons.

Congratulations to everyone involved for a fantastic event!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Upcycling – Better the Devil you Sew

I love upcycling or refashioning, whatever you want to call it! I think it is the best way to give old clothes a new lease of life and the perfect opportunity to get creative, make something a bit different to wear and of course, it is so much better for the environment than buying something new. I used to make clothes from scratch but by upcycling, you can often make something amazing in next to no time. If you are still not convinced of the merits of upcycling, perhaps that fact that it is a major trend at the moment might sway you, you can just check out the DIY section on Pinterest for evidence (and inspiration!)

Better the Devil You Sew is a new Collection at Oxfam Brighton made completely by volunteers from damaged clothes that are donated to Oxfam. Check out the video above for ideas and inspiration. It just shows what you can achieve with a few old clothes.

Do you like upcycling? please share your latest project.

BTW- you can check out my latest post for Oxfam Fashion – Our Top Picks for Autumn Winter.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

A DIY Dip Dyed Cardigan

Cardigan – Charity shop/ upcycled
Dress – People Tree
Boots – Clarks
Necklaces – Made UK and New Look

This month the DIY/ upcycling challenge on Ethical Fashion Bloggers was all about knitwear. I never have enough knitwear so decided to invest in a cardigan from the local charity shop for just over a fiver and have a go at dip dying it. If you would like to know what I did, read on…

Before I continue with this post, would just like to say that this DIY is a little more messy than I had anticipated. Luckily I did it outside but I would recommend extreme caution if dip dying indoors and make sure you wear rubber gloves!

I choose Dylon navy blue dye and a cream coloured cardigan.

I mixed up a third of the Dylon Dye according to the instructions and put the cardigan in and stirred occasionally for abour 25 minutes. Obviously this wasn’t quite enough as the top part of the cardigan had a slightly mottled effect, although I quite like it like this.

I then rung the cardigan out (wearing the rubber gloves) added another third of the dye to the bowl, clipped the cardigan on the hanger and dipped the bottom to thirds in to the dye and left for about 25mins.

I then added the last third of dye, mixed and dipped in the bottom part of the cardigan for another 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Finally I rinsed the cardigan in cold water a few times and put on a rinse in the washing machine.

I am quite impressed with how this worked out even though it had  a slight mottled effect. Despite the mess, it was quite easy and think I may well give dip dying another try, perhaps something like a trench coat or pair of jeans next time. What do you think? have you ever dip dyed anything or are you ready to give dip dying a try?

If you like DIYing or outfit challenges, why not join us at www.ethicalfashionbloggers.com?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Autumn is here!

Top – charity shop and upcycled
Skirt – ASOS Africa (a few seasons back)
Shoes – Dream in Green

Finally I have had to give up on the summer wardrobe and move onto some warmer clothes until next year. I will be hopefully swapping over many of the clothes in my wardrobe over the weekend although they may well be a few pieces that can be layered with leggings and a cardigan for the cooler weather. Actually I am quite happy to move onto autumn, I am ready for a change.

How about you, are you ready for autumn? Do you have a different set of clothes for the different seasons or are your clothes multi taskers?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Outfit Challenge – Eye Popping Brights

Dress – Frank and Faith
Handbag – charity shop
Necklace – Made UK

This months outfit challenge for Ethical Fashion Bloggers was to make an outfit that featured eyepopping brights. Whilst I have plenty of bright clothes in my wardrobe, I wasn’t actually sure if any of them could be described as ‘eye popping’. As we had a bit of sunshine on the weekend, I decided to make the most of it with a dress although I actually gave in and put some leggings on a bit later because I was freezing.

The dress is made from bamboo and is by Frank and Faith, an ethical label that only uses sustainable fibres like organic cotton, hemp and bamboo. If you have never bought bamboo clothes before, I would really recommend them. Not only is bamboo sustainable and grown without the use of pesticides but it is also lovely and soft against the skin. I got the dress from Ethical Superstore a while ago but they actually have a fantastic sale on at the moment with lots of Frank & Faith pieces including this dress (for just £18.45!)

I hope that you have had a good start to the week and fingers crossed that the rain stops soon.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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