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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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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