Lace Detail


Annie Greenabelle dress

melissa shoes

Dress – Annie Greenabelle
Leggings – People Tree
Cardigan – Braintree Hemp
Shoes – Melissa
Necklace -Swarovksi Crystalized

I seem to go through phases with what I wear, one week it is ridiculously bright floral prints and another I can’t get enough of charity shop faux fur. This week has most definitely been all about lace detail for me. From my new Melissa shoes which have some very recycled plastic lace detail on them to my Annie Greenabelle dress with a lace print on it and my new Braintree hemp cardigan (one of my birthday buys) that has a kind of lacey crochet panel at the front.

I wore this outfit last weekend when Mr Style Eyes and I went camping in our camper van near Bath. Yet more exciting plans for this weekend, how will you be enjoying the sunshine?

BTW – I can’t remember if I shared my latest blog post for Oxfam Fashion about Charity Shopping for Your Best Colours. I have now anyway.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Swapping, Selling and Giving at Friendly Fashion

clothes swapping denim jacket

Denim jacket – swapped
Necklace – Made
Dress – Oxfam
Shoes – Dkode

We are all kind of guilty to a certain extent of buying clothes that we need or just getting bored with what we already have and fancying a change. Swapping, selling and buying preloved clothes is a fantastic way to refresh your wardrobe and it is better for your purse and the environment than buying new. I also think it is really fun and a great way of trying something new that you might not usually buy in the shops. I am so passionate about swapping that I set up my own clothes swapping website Posh Swaps a few years back to encourage people to get swapping. Since then there has been an explosion of Swishing (swapping) parties and clothes swapping websites which gives everyone plenty of opportunity for everyone to recycle their old stuff and get something amazing in return. The denim jacket in the image is the result of a swap I did and I wear it all of the time.

I recently recieved an email Friendly Fashion, a great new swapping site. They have some fantastic stuff listed on the site and I would definitely recommend checking it out if your wardrobe needs a little refresh. The site is free to use, allows you to swap, buy, sell and give away itmes and has a fantastic widget which can be customised and adding to your blog to help promote any items that you list.

Spring is the perfect time to have a good clear out. You can make yourself some extra cash or get something lovely and new in return for the clothes that you don’t wear. Here are some of my favourite items listed on the site.

NWT Summer dress

flowery dress

aztec top

summer jumpsuit

I definitely have plenty of pieces of clothing I would love to swap. How about you? Have you every tried swapping?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x


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Birthday Week

Apart from the fact that it marks me getting another year older, I really love birthdays. I don’t have much time to myself most of the time so on my birthday like to indulge myself. This year I have managed to spread it out over a whole week of doing pretty much exactly what I want. I had some lovely pressies including delicious smelling Lush goodies from my sister, a beautiful mirrored jewellery box and a necklace from my neighbours and a vintage book from my friend but mostly I got money which I  have used to treat myself to a few goodies (clothes of course!).

paisley scarf

Monsoon Ramirez Dress

On Monday, I spent a very wet day wandering around the shops and researching my Vintage and Second Hand Guide to Bath, I did also manage to squeeze in some shopping and got this beautiful scarf from the Black and White Shop for just £10. I also got this amazing printed dress from Monsoon and a Monsoon cardigan from the Oxfam Boutique. I can’t wait until the weather warms up so I can wear the dress perhaps with the scarf for a really printastic outfit!

My actual birthday was really all about eating cake. I ordered up this beauty from Patisserie Valerie, it was delicious- sponge, cream, fruit and white chocolate.  I did manage to fit in 2 hours of excercise classes which hopefully went some way to offsetting some of those calories.

Noorin Khamisani Outsider

On Thursday, I had a cup of tea and chat with the lovely Noorin Khamisani of Outsider, a fantastic label that is all about classic, wearable and beautiful clothes (that just happen to be ethical too) . I really love her latest collection which features some very lovely dresses, one of which she happens to be wearing in this photo.

Antiform top

It was yet another horrible and wet day so I resorted to wearing jeans (organic cotton from M&S) and boots (Dream in Green) with my new Antiform top that I got from Mr Style Eyes and the girls. I did give them a little help in deciding what to get me. Well actually I just bought it ,myself from Think Boutique. Antiform is another label which I really love and well worth checking out if you love unusual pieces. They use reclaimed fabrics and mix fashion forward shapes with heritage crafts.

zakee shariff paisley t shirt

I also got this People Tree top from the Zakee Shariff Collection.

And this dress by Frank and Faith (another amazing and very afforable brand) from Ethical Superstore which I wore out to dinner with my friends on Friday with leggings and necklace by People Tree, swapped denim jacket and shoes by Simple.

I have also ordered myself a few more goodies in the Ethical Superstore 20% off sale and some Melissa shoes (to keep my feet dry) which I will share once they arrive.

So that is it birthday week is over, back to reality, sensible, healthy eating and a complete shopping ban until at least the autumn, I definitely don’t need any new clothes now.

I hope you have had a lovely weekend, despite the rain!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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A Vintage and Second Hand Guide to Bath

I feel very lucky to live near to Bath. It has so many shops and cafes, I could spend hours just wandering around the back streets discovering new places. In particular, it has some amazing places to shop for vintage and second hand clothes. So on one very wet and rainy day (Monday), I decided to take my camera and do a bit of research for the Second Hand and Vintage Guide to Bath that I have been promising for quite some time.

If you don’t live near Bath and fancied visiting for a weekend or short break there are also plenty of other things to do, my favourites being the Bath Costume Museum, the Roman Baths and Thermae Spa where you can enjoy a post shopping spa session.

View Vintage and Second Hand Guide to Bath in a larger map

Oxfam Boutique

Oxfam Boutique Bath

Oxfam Boutique Charity Shop Bath

This shop really doesn’t look anything like a charity shop. It is well lit and airey with a contemporary feel. The clothing and accessories have been carefully selected for their quality and timeless apeal and are in excellent condition. They are creatively displayed by colours and even have their own Oxfam Boutique tag making it feel like you are buying something brand new. Prices are very slightly higher than you might normally pay in a charity shop but still a fantastic bargain. I managed to get myself a beautiful Monsoon cardigan for £12.

Black and White

Black and white shop Bath

Black and white shop

I really loved this shop which is jam packed with an eclectic selection of second hand and vintage clothing ranging from high street to designer. I can’t believe I never wven knew it was there, it is definitely now on my must visit list when I am in Bath. Allow plenty of time to look around if you are visiting as their is just so much to see and accessories every where, there is even some retro homeware and a staircase with pairs of shoes on each step. I loved all of the beautiful colours and patterns and came away with an amazing brightly coloured pom pom adorned paisley scarf for £10.

Scarlet Vintage

Scarlet Vintage BathScarlet Vintage Shop Bath

Scarlet Vintage is a gem of a shop hidden away down a back street where you probably wouldn’t think of looking. It has a great selection of colourful vintage and second hand designer clothes. The clothing is really wearable and affordable. They had plenty of maxi dresses and summer dresses. I tried on a really lovely Diane Von Furstenburg dress which cost £30. If you live locally, they also run a Private Vintage Club running events for the chance to get dressed up in your finest vintage wear.

Vintage to Vogue

Vintage to Vogue Bath

Vintage shops in Bath

Down a little alley way and away from the hustle and bustle of Bath, Vintage to Vogue is a place for the serious vintage and designer enthusiast to shop. It has a beautiful and top quality collection of both mens and womens wear from the forties and fifties onwards but also some more modern pieces from iconic labels like Chanel. I spotted a lovely fifties shift dress for £60 that I would have loved to have bought. 


Mint Designer clothes Bath

Mint Dress Agency Bath

Just a stone’s throw away from the railway station, Mint feels just like a designer boutique. The only difference being that it is filled with preloved designer clothes. The clothes are all in top condition and are by a wide range of designers from D&G to Chloe, Missoni, Joseph, Alice Temperley and Paul & Joe. Everything in the shop has classic appeal and you certainly wouldn’t guess that it was from a previous season. Prices ranged from about £60 upwards. I spotted a nice pair of what looked like nearly new Etoile Isabel Marant jeans for £95. Definitely the place to visit if you want designer clothing at a fraction of its new price.

The Frock Exchange (now Gracie & Ted)

The Frock Exchange Bath

Another fantastic place to shop for designer wear that looks as good as new. The Frock Exchange is a dress agency selling beautiful designer ball dresses, cocktail dresses, shoes, bags and accessories. If you want something to wear for a special occasion, this is the place for you. You will get the rare opportunity to wear something from recent collections by labels like Yves St Laurent but without bankrupting yourself in the process.

Apart from all of these amazing shops, Bath has a good selection of charity shops and regular vintage fairs and markets including The Bath Vintage and Antiques Market at Green Park Station on the last Sunday of every month and the Bath Flea and Vintage Market which is held up on the race course.

If you live nearby, I hope I have tempted you to take a second hand and vintage shopping trip around Bath and if you live a little further afield to visit Bath for a weekend to check out these fantastic shops. I have had an amazing time researching and visiting these shops (and doing a little shopping on the way), I hope you enjoy them too.

If you do happen to know of anywhere else that I have missed please leave a comment below.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x


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My Shopping Strategy For An Ethical and Sustainable Wardrobe

Leather jacket, top, bag and shoes – all a number of years old, bought from conventional fashion retailers (not ethical or sustainable) and hoarded in my wardrobe!
Vintage lace skirt – Swap party at The Good Fashion Show
Necklace and ring – Made

Over the last few years, I have been gradually changing and developing the way that I shop for clothes with the aim of making it more sustainable and ethical. I have spent a considerable amount of time not buying anything new at all and about a year ago I made the commitment to switch to buying only ethical or sustainable clothing.

It’s not easy being green!

I can completely understand the difficulties that people face in making this switch. Not only may they have concerns over cost and lack of choice but also the whole question of exactly what is ‘ethical’ and ‘sustainable’ clothing and which ‘type’ or ‘brand’ of clothing is it best to buy, a topic which I could write about all day.

My work as a writer with a focus on ethical fashion has given me a greater understanding of the issues surrounding ethics and sustainability in the fashion industry and the variety that is available. Whilst I can’t say I have all of the answers, I certainly feel that I can make a reasonably informed decision most of the time and have totally bought into the fact that there is a fantastic selection of high quality ethical clothing out there that offers much better value than fast fashion and could definitely satisfy me in terms of finding what I want to buy.

How much is too much?

The difficulty for me in dressing ethically and sustainably comes into play when I try and work out how much is too much in terms of volumes of clothes. Obviously buying cheap poorly made clothes to wear once and then throw away is not ethical or sustainable. But I have never really done this, even the ‘fast fashion’ clothes that I have bought in the past have usually lasted for years and many that have managed to stand the test of time still remain in my wardrobe now. I treasure my clothes, shoes and accessories and I don’t buy anything that I don’t think I am likely to want to wear 3, 4 or 5 seasons from now. I get some inspiration from current fashions but I certainly wouldn’t consider myself a slave to it and would never discard a piece of clothing because it wasn’t fashionable anymore.

My wardrobe is stacked full of clothes, I am definitely a hoarder/ collector.

Do I really need to buy any more?

I love clothes and I live clothes in both my work and leisure time. For me there is nothing shallow about fashion. What I wear is so important to me on many levels – my self confidence,  identity, comfort, success in work, the way others interact with me and treat me and also my own creativity and self expression (another topic, I could write all day about). I don’t need to but I like to wear lots of different outfits and I am constantly looking for and experimenting with new looks. Partly this can be satisfied by remixing, upcycling and recycling.


I also do have a desire to buy new stuff that if I am honest, I don’t really need. Through my blogging I discover so many amazing ethical brands. Not only to I love their clothes and want them but I also want to support these brands to try and help ethical become more mainstream. Supporting ethical brands is great but it isn’t sustainable to keep buying stuff that you don’t need. In order to change the fashion industry and the way it works, I think we all need to move away from the culture of constantly buying new stuff for the sake of it.

My Ethical and Sustainable Shopping Strategy

So here is the strategy that I have come up with, partly in a conscious kind  of way but partly it just felt right. Since making changes to my shopping habits I have been really happy with my clothes and the high quality wardrobe that I am building. I never really struggle to find something lovely to wear and I always feel great in what I wear.

1. I consider second hand or vintage is the most sustainable way to shop so I try and satisfy my whimsical desire to shop and constantly refresh my wardrobe in this way most of the time (it is also kindest to my purse!). Even with second hand and vintage shopping and I tend to end up buying too much so try and have in mind the sorts of clothes I am likely to wear and the colours and styles that will suit me and avoid just buying more of what I already have. I also upcycle, swap and readily accept donations of old clothes from friends. If and when I get bored of these clothes I just donate them back to charity.

2. Occasionally for a special treat I like to buy myself a piece of clothing from an ethical/ sustainable brand. This is often when I have some birthday or Christmas money. I always look at these purchases as an investment. I try and buy something that will be a high quality, stylish and flattering staple of my wardrobe for many years to come (if not forever) and will really add to and build on what I already have.

3. I only ever buy a piece of clothing that I really really love and tend to look for unusual and unique pieces. Where possible I try to buy from companies and brands that have made a company wide commitment to ethical fashion and sustainability and practice these principles throughout everything they do as I want to support then and help to push these practices into the mainstream.

4. Before I shop, I try and think carefully about what I need, what I am likely to wear and what colours and styles suit me. In the past I have made lots of mistakes. As I don’t buy as many new clothes as I used to and spend a little more on sustainable/ ethical clothing, I want to be sure that I get it right every single time . I have an ongoing wishlist where each item that I see and want is added, considered for some time and sometimes removed. I only buy something when I am absolutely sure that it will work for me in every way from making me feel good, to going with the other clothes I  have to being practical and eco friendly to wash and care for.

5. I do most of my shopping online as it gives me greater access to a huge variety of ethical and sustainable brands and makes it easier to compare, consider, research and read up on ethics if needed. It also cuts down on impulse buys.

So there you have it, that is how I shop. Do you have a shopping strategy? how do you decide what is too much?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Ethical Outfit Competition – The Results!

I have been truly blown away by both the number and quality of entries in my ethical outfit competition. So many stylish ladies (and men!) all with their own unique look. I have had real difficulties in choosing the winners and wish that I had a prize for every single entry. Unfortunately I don’t and I had to pick just four winners. I have selected the winners based on a combination what I liked the look of and how ethical they are. Before I announce the winners, I would like to share all of the entries with you. You can click on the link under each image to visit each of the blogs and find out a bit more about each outfit.

Lady Bug Says

That’s So Yesterday

ethical outfit 3

Sailing to No Where

Country Girl Does Norfolk

Vintage Vix and Jon

ethical outfit

Vintage Passions Just Like Mine

ethical outfit


Perditas Pursuits

ethical outfit

Honey Go Lightly

ethical fashion competition

Oranges and Apples

Little House in Town

The Little Magpie

Overly Selected

Ears and Whiskers

Odd Socks and Pretty FrocksSweet Monday

Faith, Hope and Charity ShoppingEthical fashion competitionLulastic

And so on to the winners! I would like to reiterate how difficult the decision was as everyone looked so amazing.

First – Overly Selected

Second – Thats so Yesterday

Third – Sailing to Nowhere

Fourth – Little House in Town

Congratulations to you all, I will be in touch with all four asap to sort out the prizes.

I would also say a huge thanks to the competition sponsors, especially Nomads Clothing. If you haven’t already been over to check out their Spring  Summer Collection, I would throughly recommend that you do! Please also let me know if you would like to be added to their press list.

If you are a fashion blogger and would like to feature more ethical / sustainable fashion on your blog, why not join Ethical Fashion Bloggers?, a great place to network with like minded bloggers.

Ethical Fashion or Vintage retailers that are interested in sponsoring my next ethical outfit competition, please get in touch (

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

Thrifty Ethical Fashion For Mother’s Day

This months challenge at Ethical Fashion Bloggers was to create a thrifty outfit which cost under £10 or as close as possible. At first this seemed like quite a difficult challenge but on looking in my wardrobe, I realised that I have quite a few clothes including this dress and belt which I have got from clothes swaps, so technically cost me nothing at all (except an old piece of clothing that I wouldn’t have worn anyway). The shoes were a little more tricky and ideally I should have worn a more glamorous pair of heels, but because of the distance I needed to walk and the fact that none of my ethical shoes are exactly thrifty, I decided to opt for this pair of ballet pumps, given to me by a friend (brand new,but she decided they didn’t fit her. The handbag was the most expensive at about £4 from a charity shop and the necklace which isn’t ethical or sustainable but I have had it ages and it only cost maybe £6 or £7.So I think in total my outfit cost about £10 or £11.

As it was Mother’s Day, I decided to take the opportunity to spend a little more time doing my hair and to attempt to set it in curlers for a retro hairstyle. This was a big fail, I got impatient and took the rollers out before my hair was properly dry hence the flat an uncharacteristically sleek look to it. In the end I couldn’t be bothered to faff with it any more and decided to get out and enjoy myself.

I took my oldest daughter to a cafe in Bath for lunch and then had a wander around Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fashion fair. The fair was disappointingly quiet with only about 10 stalls, but I did manage to get myself a lemon yellow sixties jacket and checked skirt for £2 each though and some vintage fabrics, so not a complete loss. Here are a few instagrams of my day.

I hope you had a lovely weekend!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Spring 2012 – Patterned Trousers

I love patterns and prints.For spring and summer patterned trousers seem to be big news and I can’t wait. Here are just a few that  have spotted. They are great for wearing with a plain top or if you are really brave can be mixed up with a patterned top.

Sahara Printed Trousers – Monsoon

Fesfehani Trousers – Monsoon

Komodo trousers

Hugo Trousers by Komodo

Vintage Paul Costelloe Trousers

 Paul Costelloe Printed Trousers – Oxfam

Pianura Studio newspaper print bootcut jeans – Oxfam

Kenneth Cole New York black patterned trousers – Oxfam

 Trussardi Jeans – Oxfam

Vintage Lilly Pulitzer capri pants

Vintage Lilly Pulitzer Capri Pants – ASOS Marketplace

Aztec print ethical leggings

Aztec Print Leggings by Antiform

neon patterned vintage trousers

Neon Patterned Vintage Trousers – Rokit Vintage

So there we have it! If you don’t fancy pretty pastel colours for spring, there are plenty of alternatives! Having taken some advice from @couturecoco5 on Twitter, even short people (like me) can wear patterned trousers as long as they stick to the close fitting capri styles and wear with heels. Excellent, that is just what I wanted to hear!

What do you think of these ethical and sustainable patterned trousers. Will you be wearing any of them for spring?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Crazy Yellow Print Dress

Dress – Oxfam Online
Necklace – People Tree
Jacket – Swapped on
Belt – Swapped at Swap in the City
Boots – Dream in Green

The slightest whiff of spring weather and  get the urge to wear the brightest and craziest prints I can find!

Today I decided to venture outside to take my photos and try some different settings on my camera. I got varying results but overall you can clearly see that the outside photos with natural light have turned out better. I was trying to achieve the kind of unfocused background but it didn’t quite work as well as I hoped perhaps partly because I was limited in how far I could get from the camera because I don’t have a tripod so was limited to where I could rest the camera and didn’t want to get my feet muddy by going on the grass. Will have to try again on a drier day!

In case you are interested, I recently wrote a post on Oxfam Fashion, My Top Ten Charity Shopping Tips, probably pretty obvious stuff for any seasoned charity shoppers, but maybe useful for those who don’t buy from charity shops and would like to give it a go. I promise you, it is great fun and you can find some amazing stuff!

I have also launched a new ethical fashion blog shop featuring some of my favourite brands. I would love to know what you think.

I hope you are having a lovely weekend and enjoying the sunshine.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X


Kuyichi Top Review – I Have Wings!

Happy Leap Day, I am not really going to be doing much leaping today, perhaps more a bit of flying due to my new wings!

Kuyichi top

Top Kuyichi
Vest top – M&S
Organic cotton jeans – M&S
Bag – Oxfam
Jewellery – Made UK

I was recently contacted to see if I would like to review a product from one of the ethical brands on the Zalando online shop. I was instantly charmed by this top by this top by Kuyichi with beautifully delicate wings printed on the back.

The top is made from Tencel, sustainable fabric that is made from recycled paper. It is quite a thin fabric and lends itself perfectly to this draped kind of top. It is also soft and incredibly comfortable to wear. I really love the style of the top as it is loose fitting and long enough to be a dress, so quite flattering for someone of my height. As it is very slightly see through and cut away at the back, I decided it would look best worn over a close fitting vest top and a fairly extensive rummage through my wardrobe resulted in me finding a peach coloured top which was the perfect match.

The draped neckline was the perfect place to show off my new necklace from Made UK (which you can read more about in my post on Ethical Jewellery) and the colours worked so well with my new (old) bag from the Oxfam Boutique, (which you can read more about in my post about The Good Fashion Show)

Despite the weather being unusually warm, I think this outfit is probably more suited to proper spring (rather than the freaky not supposed to be) early spring that we are experiencing at the moment. I am afraid I chickened out of wearing peep toe shoes and changed into my boots before taking the children to school. I also added a short jacket. I wonder if anyone noticed there was a pair of wings poking out under the botton of it?

Kuyichi are one of the pioneers of sustainable fashion, being the first brand to introduce organic jeans. They continue to be at the forefront of innovation in sustainable textiles with their collections being dominated by organic and recycled fabrics. Their clothes have a relaxed but contemporary vibe. Their website describes them as style with a soul and explains how they care about the product, the people and the planet and how their fabrics are grown and sewn with love and crafted with a conscience.

If you are love on trend ethical fashion, you should check out Zalando, not only do they have some great ethical brands including Kuyichi and Hemp Hoodlamb, but they also stock ethical shoes including Toms, Green Comfort and Grand step shoes and beauty brands like Burts Bees and Cowshed.

I hope you are having a lovely week.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

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