Fashion Bloggers Outfit Competition – Over £300 of Ethical Fashion Prizes to be Won

November is the 4th Anniversary of Style Eyes Fashion Blog, Since launching in 2007, it has changed domains and morphed into Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog,  but still 4 years is a great reason to celebrate, no?

So to celebrate, I have been working hard over the last few weeks to put together a competition with some great prizes that will get everyone thinking about Ethical Fashion. The competition is open to anyone based in the UK with a fashion blog and twitter account. All you have to do is create an outfit which contains at least ethical piece, that could be something from your favourite ethical fashion brand, vintage or charity shop. It could also be something that you have upcycled yourself.

The Prizes

£100 of Vouchers for

Spartoo have an amazing selection of shoes and a great collection of green or eco friendly shoes including some of my favourite shoe ethical brands including Dream in Green, Melissa, Pikolinos and Po-Zu.

£50 of Vouchers for People Tree


People Tree are one of the pioneers of ethical fashion, working to bring benefits to the people and the planet at as many steps of their production process as possible. Their clothes are made even more special because they make imaginative use of local skills (handwoven fabrics, hand screen printing and hand embroidery).

Your Choice of a Pair of Simple Shoes  from

Nature Shop has a range of Simple shoes, sustainable footwear made from a diverse selection of recycled materials. They come in a variety of street smart styles and are incredibly comfortable.

A Handcrafted Pair of Earrings by Lilygrace Originals

Lilygrace Originals sells collectable pieces of wearable art, designed and handmade with love and care. Hazel Mathiot, artist and designer for Lilygrace Originals uses an variety of new and old materials.

£50 Discount Voucher for Daisy Hill (when you spend £100)

Daisy Hill are an online retailer specialising on stylish ethical fashion. They stock fashion forward ethical fashion labels including Camilla Norback, Nancy Dee and Frank and Faith.

3 Goody Bags

Incase you didn’t already know, I run a website, where you can buy, sell and swap your second hand and vintage clothes for free. I have filled 3 of my stylish reusable cotton bags with second hand and vintage goodies handpicked by me (each bag contains approximately £20 worth).

If you would like to enter, all you have to do is post a picture of your outfit on your blog with a link to and mention which aspect of your outfit it ethical. Then follow me on Twitter (@StyleEyes) and tweet me the link with the following:-

 ‘I’m rocking #Ethical Fashion for the @StyleEyes Blogger’s Outfit #Competition’

Before the end of 28th November. Easy Peasy!

I will choose winners from 1st to 8th place based on how stylish, creative and ethical their outfits are, on 30th November.  The first prize winner will get to choose their prize first, the second next and so on. All winning outfits will also be published here.

I can’t wait to see your outfits!

For those that have an interest in Ethical Fashion, you may be interested in joining a new group that I have just set up You don’t only have to just blog about ethical fashion, it is for anyone that is interested in networking with other bloggers, working with ethical brands, joining in ethical outfit challenges, DIY and post round ups and coming along to meet ups. We also love vintage, charity shopping and DIY.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

DIY/ Refashioned Skull T Shirt

Yesterday I decided to have another go at a DIY/ refashioning project using a plain old black t shirt for this weeks IFB project on DIY. I have bleached quite a few clothes in the past but this time decided to try using bleach for a stencil effect. I chose a skull design.

For this project, you will need

An old t shirt in a dark colour
Some household bleach
rubber gloves
a plastic bag
a doiley
some greaseproof paper
a plastic tub
a sponge

I would also recommend protecting your clothes with an apron as any splashes of bleach will ruin them.

First draw the stencil design onto greaseproof paper and cut it out. It needs to be a fairly simple shape.

Then put the plastic bag inside the t shirt flat so it stops the bleach leaking through onto the back. Lay the stencil onto the t shirt. Tip some bleach into the plastic pot and (wear rubber gloves for this bit) use the sponge to gently dab it over the stencil. I then removed the stencil and used the doiley to stencil a lace effect around the rest of the front of the t shirt in random patches.

You will then need to wait until the bleach starts to work. Don’t leave it on too long. Once the design is clearly visible, you should rinse until all of the bleach is gone. It took me about 5 rinses.

And here is  the finished result. As always you could adapt this DIY to make something different. Another interesting ideas would be to cut the doiley into a collar shape and use it to make a lace collar design with the bleach, you could also just bleach all over the t shirt (or any other piece of dark clothing) using the doilies or another type of stencil.

So what do you think? would you give this DIY a try?

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

FBFF – Refashioning – DIY Tromp L Oeil Top

I love to refashion old clothes or items from a charity shop to bring them up to date or give them a new lease of life. I was really pleased that the Fashion and Beauty Friends Friday topic for today was about refashioning. Not only do I get loads more inspiration and ideas from the other posts but I also I get to post my first DIY/ refashion post on the new Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog.

My refashion / DIY project was something that I have been thinking about doing for ages. In the end I only managed to kick myself into action yesterday evening, which just shows how quick this DIY was. It took me about an hour. It is inspired by Tromp L’oeil art or ‘trick of the eye’ or when something isn’t what it seems and involves embellishing a top with ribbon to make it look like it  has a collar.

For this DIY you will need:
An old or second hand t shirt – preferably with a round and quite high neck.
Some thin ribbon in a contrasting colour – about 1 metre should be enough
A ruler
Needle, thread and pins

charity shop t shirt DIY

I got this simple black Marks and Spencers t shirt from the local British Red Cross charity shop for £1.50.

refashioning charity shop t shirt

You  need to lay out your ribbon on your top and work out roughly how you would like your collar to look.

DIY refashioning project

Once you have rough idea of how you want it to look you can begin to pin the ribbon onto the t shirt. Finish the ends of the ribbon by tucking under. Use a ruler to measure the main points including the collar tips and distance of top of collar along the shoulder seam and ensure that it is all symmetrical. At the collar tips fold the ribbon back on its self to create the right angle.

DIY tromp loeil top

Once your collar is laid out and pinned exactly how you want, you can sew it. You can sew along the middle of the ribbon using a sewing machine. I decided to hand stitch it along the edge of the ribbon for that handcrafted look ( and because I couldn’t be bothered to get my sewing machine out).

DIY post on fashion blog

You then need to pin and sew another line of ribbon along the actual neckline of the t shirt again tucking the ends under to finish. Finally press with iron on quite a low heat (otherwise the heat might damage the ribbon).

Tromp loeil top

Top- DIY’d
Skirt- Dorothy Perkins (really old)
Brooch – local vintage shop
Shoes – Urban Outfitters

Here is the finished Tromp L’Oeil Top worn with a vintage bow brooch at the neck. You could also make a little fabric bow to sew or pin to the collar.

Other possibilities for DIY Tromp L’oeil projects are endless. You could also add a vertical line of ribbon down the top to look like an opening and add pocket shape and even a line of real buttons. This project would also work really well with a plain shift dress or tunic. Black and white looks really striking but you could try all sorts of different colour combinations or even a patterned ribbon.

How about sewing lapels onto a simple cardigan with ribbon? Strings of sequins could be used instead of ribbon for an evening top or party dress. You could also make  a more rounded Peter Pan collar or make the collar shape using individual beads or pearls.

What do you think? would you give this DIY a try? You can also check out the other refashion/ DIY posts over on Adventures in Refashioning.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X