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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Outfit Inspiration for Autumn

Plum

Plum dress at Oxfam Fashion
Shoes – Dream in Green (Spartoo)
Bag – Melie Bianco (at Fashion Conscience)

Eyepopping

Purple Dress at Oxfam Fashion
Zebra Jacket at Oxfam Fashion
Clutch – Melie Bianco
Wedge boots – Chinese Laundry at Fashion Conscience

Sustainable autumn

Dip hem maxi skirt by Fair + True at Fashion Conscience
Cat knit Jumper by Fair + True at Fashion Conscience
Clutch bag – as before
Faux Sheepskin Boots by Chinese Laundry at Fashion Conscience

I hope you like the autumn outfits that I have made on Polyvore. If you are a fellow Polyvore fan, please follow me as I will soon be setting up a group with challenges for Ethical Fashion Bloggers. I hope that you are havinga good week!
With warmest wishes
Ceri x

Pick of the Ethical Fashion Sales

I have seen so many amazing ethical fashion finds in the sales over the last few weeks, I thought that I would share with you some of my favourites. As I mentioned in my last post, if you have never tried buying ethical or eco fashion before, the sales are a great time to give it a try. I guarantee you will be really surprised by the amazing quality and how different it is from much of the clothing you will find on the high street.

Komdo dress

Zoe Fair Trade Cutout Dress by Komodo

If you saw my recent posts about the 6 Items challenge (where I wore only 6 items of clothing for a month) you might recognise this dress as one of the six items that I choose. It has become one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe as it is so comfortable and easy to wear and can be accessorised in so many different ways or worn without accessories. It is now on sale at Fashion Conscience with just a few sizes left. Use code SALE10 to get an extra 10% discount.

Neon yellow dress

Garat T Shirt Dress by Skunkfunk

I am a big fan of neon and this dress would look amazing with any of the brightly coloured beaded sandals or accessories from the amazing www.Aspiga.com. Definitely a look for those who like to stand out from the crowd! this dress is also on sale at Fashion Conscience along with more items from the Skunk Funk brand. Again you can use code SALE10 to get an extra 10% discount.

Orla Kieley sale

Orla Kiely Navy Cabins Dress

I love People Tree sales and I love the Orla Kiely collection at People Tree. This dress is one of the items that I have been admiring on the site all spring and summer and it is now reduced by 50%. It looks like a perfect every day dress and a really flattering cut.

Outsider dress

Denim Dress by Outsider

This beautiful dress is part of the Eco Age by Livia Firth Collection on Yoox. It is made from organic cotton denim with silk detailing at the neck. A really beautiful wardrobe staple for a sophisticated daytime look .

bamboo sunglasses

Bamboo Sunglasses by Kayu

These unusal sunglasses are another item I have been admiring all summer. They are great for a quirky and fun summer time look. They are also from the Eco Age by Livia Firth Collection at Yoox.

Monsoon Keiko Maxi Dress

Keiko Maxi Dress at Monsoon

This beautiful Kimono style dress is reduced by over 70%. An amazing bargain especially if you have a special event to go to.

As you probably already know, I am a big fan of charity shopping. Oxfam is the best place to charity shop online and has some amazing pieces which can easily be searched by price, brand etc. They currently have a 30% off sale. You can check it out here.

Have you found any ethical fashion bargains in the sales? please share?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Ps just to let you know that this post contains some affiliate links.

Charity Shopped Outfit – Mint Green Dress

charity shop dress

I recently came across a charity shop in Bath when I was going to a meeting in the pub opposite. It had some beautiful dresses displayed in the window and I couldn’t help but pop in! One of the items I bought was this mint green lace dress for £6. It is actually 2 sizes to big, but it was too pretty to resist and with the weather being so hot, it is quite nice to wear something loose fitting. I added the belt to give it a little shape.

I hope you are having a relaxing weekend.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

A few weeks ago

Six Items Challenge Update – Week One

I am now exactly one week into the Six Items Challenge which I am taking part in for the whole of July with Labour Behind the Label to try and raise awareness of the plight of real people working in the fashion industry and their struggle for better rights and working conditions. You can check out how the others participating in the challenge are getting on in the Six Items Challenge Blog.

This week hasn’t been too bad with the main challenges being the weather. Feeling cold in my choice of summery clothes and struggling to get clothes washed and dried ready to wear again, resulting in me resorting to drying a pair of leggings with the hair dryer, were probably the low points. On the plus side I managed to get ready pretty quickly each morning as I didn’t have much to choose from.

Her are my outfits for the week featuring the six items – a really old black shift dress and t shirt, a dress by Komodo, leggings from People Tree, Green Printed Dress from Monsoon and patterned trousers by ASOS Africa.

Six items challenge

The necklace and bracelets were presents and the shoes are from sustainable shoe brand Melissa.

six items challenge - day 2

The scarf is from a vintage fair, the handbag from a charity shop and the necklace a present from my mum.

Six Items challenge -day 4

This necklace was also a present from my mum.

six items challenge

The belt was from the high street and the necklace from ethical jewellery brand Made UK.

The scarf is vintage and the shoes and tights from the high street.

The scarf is from a vintage fair and the necklace also from ethical jewelery brand Made UK.

Now I have worn all of the basic outfit combinations once comes the challenge. I am going to need to get creative and imaginative with accessories this week in order to make some different outfits.

I hope that you have had a good weekend!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

House of Beth Launch by Katrina of Muffin Top Vintage

Hi All,

I am Katrina, from Muffin Top Vintage. I was asked to pop a long to the House of Beth Launch Party on the behalf of Ceri.

Right from the start I was intrigued, I arrived and the venue was with in a small theatre,
Unfortunately the lift was broken so four flights of stairs in a new brogues was not a great start but as soon as I reached the top I knew it was worth it.

I was greeted by one of the many helpers who offered me a cup cake and glass of wine; then the lovely Talia (CEO of House of Beth) gave me a tour and she introduced me to her business partner Sarah.

House of Beth Launch

House of Beth is an ethical fashion platform, which aims to raise the awareness of the fashion consumer to question the labour behind the label and the ethics of prioritising consumption and production over humanity. It aims to promote the concept that a beautiful piece of clothing can be made from sustainable fabrics, by fairly treated workers. House of Beth is a platform for promoting ethical fashion but not to the detriment of the quality or style of the clothing and passionately believe that fashion can be both ethical and beautiful.

This year House of Beth supports the Red Light Campaign with 10% of profits being donated to help the support their continual crusade against human trafficking in today’s society.

The clothes to be recycled by The House of Beth Team gives charity shops a much higher percentage of profits and it also provides an upcycling service for charity shop clothes. Where the focus is on styling and collections in order to help charity shops move into a more fashionable sphere. The clothes are styled into collections based on women who have inspired House of Beth. This promotes the idea that the clothing will be timeless with beauty, quality and integrity at its core whether or not it has been worn before. The pre-loved clothing sold is of the very highest of standards. House of Beth is also working on supporting and selling new ethical brands that work within poor communities around the world.

First was the Virginia Woolf room that was just beautiful, the setting was amazing, the oak fireplace and turquoise walls were just a lovely setting.
The modals were just lovely they allowed me to snap away while remaining in character.

Then I went on to Sappho inspired room, which there were another bunch of beautiful ladies all dress in the most amazing costumes, all the outfits were pieced together using upcycled clothes so well and the head bands were all hand made.

The Audrey Hepburn inspired table, what I like most about the launch was that the models where of all different shape, sizes, ethnicities and ages. I think it shows that not matter what sourcing ethical clothing is possible.

Talia told me that herself and Sarah, had been inspired to start House of Beth when working at a Human Trafficking Charity and they wanted to combine it with their love of Fashion.

Why don’t you pop along to the website & blog and be part of their fabulous journey.

Thank you Ceri for introducing me to such a wonderful company. I wish Talia & Sarah the best of luck the future.

Ciao for now

Love Katrina x

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Ethical Outfit Competition – The Winners

Yet again we have had some amazing entries for the Style Eyes Ethical Outfit Competition. We also have some great prizes, please stop by and check out our sponsors websites for more beautiful ethical clothing – From Clothing, Bibico and Grassroots Fashion.

It was (as always) a tough choice to decide who the winners would be, but I have finally made up my mind. Please check out the links to find out and see more images of the bloggers outfits.

First Prize – Mel Wiggins with her very pretty floral skirt, t shirt and shoes all from a chairty shop – check out her post for more info on the outfit.

Coast dress

Second PrizeHazel of World of Joy with her elegant second hand ball dress and clutch bag.

Third Prize – Vix of Vintage Vixen with her handmade shorts worn with charity shop top, boots and hat.

Fourth Prize – Kim of Sweet Monday with her vintage jumper and cute handmade necklace.

I also wanted to share all of the competition entries (in no particular order). A really big thank you to everyone who entered!

Florrie of Intrinsically Florrie wore a beautiful pink jacket and floral dress with some pretty accessories, her whole outfit is second hand including the Luella handbag.

Yasmin of Overly Selected wore a fantastic vintage dress with patriotic vintage dress for the jubilee.

Laila of the Kitten’s Whiskers choose a really unique and stylish outfit that featured a DIY’d and charity shopped top and skirt.

Sophie of Country Girl Does Norfolk wore a pretty second hand dress which she bought on ebay.

Dora of Vintage Passions Just Like Mine wore a fabulous vintage dress with a lace petticoat from a jumble sale and Melissa shoes.

I hope you are having a fantastic week despite the rain! I am on day 2 of the Six Items Challenge and already longing to wear something different from my wardrobe (I haven’t even worn all my six items yet). Never mind I have got some great accessories lined up to wear and might even have a little charity shopping trip to see if I can find any more. I will be posting on my outfits and progress at the end of each week.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Wear Your Wardrobe Challenge – Part 2

You can see the first part of my Wear Your Wardrobe Challenge from yesterday. Basically my camera was refusing to work properly and I didn’t manage to make as many outfits as I would have liked. Today is a fresh day and the camera has decided to start working again (perhaps it was just me!).

Anyway I wanted to try a few more outfits paritcularly using the Komodo dress that was one of the three pieces that I choose for the challenge. A black dress really is one of the most versatile wardrobe pieces for me. I particularly like the fact that this one has a beautiful lace hem and can be worn for either day time or evening. The loose fit is really comfortable, easy and flattering to wear and it could even work as a tunic/ top with leggings or trousers. I have lots of different jackets in my wardrobe and this dress gave me the perfect opportunity to wear some of them.

Komodo dress

Jacket – high street
Dress – Komodo c/o Vouchercodes.co.uk
Shoes – Melissa
Belt – high street

I used to wear this jacket all of the time, it goes with everything but for some reason I got bored with it and stopped  wearing it.

Komodo dress

Komodo dress

Vintage Jacket – Oxfam
Dress – Komodo c/o vouchercodes.co.uk
Shoes – high street
Handbag – charity shop
Belt – clothes swap

I got this handmade vintage jacket from Oxfam a while back but for some reason have not worn it.

If you would like to join in with the challenge and try wearing clothes in your wardrobe that you have not worn before, please tweet your links to #vcukwearyourwardrobe.

Please also check out my ethical outfit competition which has some fantastic prizes!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

 

 

 

 

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