Ethical Fashion Brands to Follow on Instagram

I have been pretty busy lately and whilst I haven’t had as much time for blogging as I would like, I have found Instagram to be really convenient for posting stuff and getting inspired. I have also started to discover some great ethical fashion brands to follow on Instagram and love the stories that they have to tell. Here are just a few of them.

Nomads clothing features some of the inspiration behind their beautiful prints as well as their clothes and a narrative of how they are made.

Patagonia’s feed features interesting photographs from the great outdoors.

Sweet Pea-ton. Have a great weekend everyone, we’ll see ya out there! Photo: @mhansonphoto

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Veja features photos of life from an interesting angle plus shoes.

REFLECTION Symmetry vs. Asymmetry / Abraxas, Noisy Le grand #veja #vejashoes 📾: @vincentdesailly

A photo posted by VEJA – OFFICIAL ACCOUNT (@veja) on

Gather and See is a carefully curated collection of ethical and sustainable clothing. Their feed features pictures of clothes and life.

Madia Matilda is a British brand specialising in luxurious upcycled and sustainable fashion.

Lacey Solutions #madiamatilda #lace #cute #fashion #girl #tshirt #style #grey #madeinBritain #white #casual #outfit #adorable

A photo posted by M a d i a & M a t i l d a (@madiamatilda) on

Ikat Official – I have fallen in love with these shoes and seemly never tire of seeing more pictures of them!

Sessun – the feed for this French sustainable fashion brand features clothes, photo shoots and beautiful stuff.

Luva Huva sell gorgeous ethical lingerie and lounge wear but their feed features lots more than this.

That is just a few of the ethical fashion brands that I follow on Instagram. You can check out my account here to see more.

So here is a bit more of what I have been up to over the last few weeks via Instagram.

Camper van kitty, think she wants to come camping!

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Had a little visit today from the kitten next door!

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Post work out dinner!

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I hope you are having a great summer. Do you follow any amazing brands on Instagram that I ought to know about?
With warmest wishes

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Paguro Upcycle Necklace Review

Paguro Upcycle Feather Necklace

I was recently contacted by Paguro Upcycle a Nottingham based brand selling accessories made from recycled and upcycled materials to see if I would like to review an item from their website. All of their products are made by artisanal producers in Cambodia, Indonesia and the UK with each enterprise aiming to support their local communities by offering fair working conditions and wages, as well as other benefits such as free daycare for their employees’ children.

Of course, I jumped at the chance, to try something out, as they seem to be the perfect mix of ethics, sustainability and style, with unique and individual pieces that are certainly very different to what you would find on the highstreet. What’s not to love?

feather necklace

It didn’t take me long to decide on this feather necklace which is made from recycled inner tube. I already have a clutch bag made from inner tube and I love how it looks. The detailed feather cut from the inner tube makes for a real statement piece which is great for adding interest to a basic outfit like this M&S Fairtrade cotton vest top which I am wearing with some skinny jeans  from Oxfam. I loved the quality of the necklace with a magnetic clasp making it really easy to fasten. I have already worn it a few times. I think it would look really good with a high neck simple white or colour top which would really show it off the detail of the feather.

This necklace is made by Sapu, a creative collective, based in the Indonesian town of Salatiga, comprises a diverse range of talented people: designers, artists, craftsmen and recyclists, most of whom originate from central Java or Australia. They aim to make use of the world’s abundant and unwanted man-made materials, using recycled tyre inner tubes, army tent, plastic bottles and magazines to create something beautiful. By doing so they hope to inspire environmental change by changing attitudes of those that come into contact with their creations. I think this necklace is definitely a conversation starter which is great to get people talking about both sustainability and style.

The Paguro Upcycle website also features fashion accessories by Smarteria, a social enterprise taking inspiration from the streets and markets of Cambodias capital, Phomn Penh. Traditional Cambodian weaving techniques are used by artisans to create bags in elaborate designs using repurposed netting and carrier bags. Smarteria aim to make a positive difference to the lives of their employees through living wages, benefits and progressive working practices.

What do you think? Do you like interesting accessories? If so I would definitely recommend checking out Paguro Upcycle.

Have an amazing weekend!

With warmest wishes

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5 Facts to Make you Re-think your Desire for Denim

slow jeans

Jeans have enjoyed a long and varied history. Today they are considered casual attire and the skinny and ripped trend seems to dominate the catwalk. However, once upon a time, durable denims were the staple choice of workmen across the western world.

Jean companies today strive to replicate this ‘authentic’ look. The process of pre-fading, dyeing and even tearing denim has destroyed the enduring quality of jeans.

We reveal five alarming facts about the Jean industry:

1. Deadly Denim

Ever wondered how your Jeans get their pre-worn look? Sand particles are used to blast jeans with a jet of air. Campaigners brought our attention to this deadly practice which can cause lung silicosis, if workers fail to receive adequate safety measures.

Since the campaign, many high street retailers have banned sandblasting in their production cycle. These include M&S, Arcadia, Primark, New Look, H&M and Calvin Klein.

2. Alarming Water consumption

It takes around 11,000 litres of water to make a single pair of jeans. The production process includes growing cotton and wet processing such as dyeing, treating and washing the fabric which all proves thirsty work.

Levi’s, the pioneers of the pre-faded blue design, have reacted to criticism and launched Water

3. The Problem with Cotton

As discussed above, cotton requires a lot of water to grow. However, the problem with cotton is not restricted just to the issue of water consumption. Only 2.4% of agriculture land is planted with cotton. However, it accounts for 11% of global pesticide sales. These pesticides which are used to kill cotton pests can also seriously damage farmers who come into contact with them. Ethical Fashion Forum ( states that between 1 and 3% of agriculture farmers suffer from acute pesticide poisoning. This figure translates into between 25 million and 77 million farmers worldwide. Symptoms of the poisoning range from vomiting to death.

These appalling figures highlight the necessity of naturally grown cotton. Unfortunately, the sale of fair trade cotton dropped by 38% in 2015. Ethical Consumer’s research into Jean retailers confirms this decline as none of the brands in our shopping guide ( use fair trade cotton to produce their jeans.

While fair trade cotton currently appears to be in decline, the growth in use of GM and toxic-free organic cotton keeps us optimistic. For example, Jean brand, Nudie have achieved its target to use 100% organic cotton in its denim.

4. Lagging behind

Our recent research into Jean retailers ( confirms that Guess and Diesel, two of the most popular Jean companies, have received shockingly low results in our ethical shopping guide.

Many clothing companies have accepted new initiatives to improve supply chains and have committed to the use of more sustainable materials. However, both Guess and Diesel have kept quiet about supporting new efforts to make a fairer fashion industry that respects its workers and the environment.

5. Overseas production

Clothing production in the UK plummeted in the 1990s as financially focused companies outsourced production overseas to sweatshops with low wages and poor working conditions.

Prior to this transition, Cardigan in Wales, was recognised as a leading Jeans manufacturer. Dewhirst produced Jeans for a number of companies such as M&S. However, when M&S jumped on the immoral bandwagon and moved production to Morocco, the factory was left derelict.

We welcome an exciting new brand, Hiut Jeans, which has brought Jeans production back to Britain and specifically back to Cardigan. This company, which ranks in our top 5 ethical Jean retailers, uses organic cotton and prides itself to ‘make the best jeans we can and not the most jeans we can.”

These 5 facts reveal that some of the most recognised Jean retailers on the high street are failing their workers, consumers and the planet.

For ways in which you can prolong the life of your favourite pair of jeans, head to the Ethical Consumer website for our piece on ‘Slow Jeans’.

This post was written by Georgina Rawes of Ethical Consumer magazine

Upcycled Interiors

We are in the process of making a few improvements to our house and so I have been thinking about decor and definitely want to include some upcycled interiors. We are having a bit of a change round of rooms. We are creating a new spare room so that we can have family to stay and instead of sharing a study with Mr S, I am going to be also using the spare room for my study for admin, studying, blogging, sewing and possibly some other creative projects. This means that I will have my own space to decorate as I like so the opportunity to make it look a bit different to the other rooms in the house. I love the idea of using upcycled interiors not only because it is more sustainable than buying new but also because I think they will give the room their own unique character. I am also on the look out for a colourful and comfy chair for the lounge and possibly some decoration for our new eating space (kitchen / diner)

upcycled dresser

I love this upcycled dresser from I Love Retro at Not on the High Street.


This reburbished 1950’s cocktail chair by Galapagos on Not on the High Street looks stunning and really comfy. The fabric is designed by British designer Parris Wakefield.

vintage mirror

Irish Barn on Etsy has some lovely retro homeware pieces including this lovely vintage mirror.

vintage curtains

Oxfam have a good selection of vintage curtains which you can browse on their website. I love these 1950’s waterlilly curtains!

retro chest of drawers

This mid century chest of drawers from Upcycled Retro on Etsy is a fun way to add a bit of extra storage to a room.

Original Hyatt Dining Table

I love the look of this Hyatt Canning Dining Table from Little Tree Furniture it would be amazing in my new eating area.

Would you consider upcycled interiors?

I hope you are well and enjoying the run up to Christmas! I am looking forward to a lovely relaxing break. What do you have planned over the festive season?

With warmest wishes

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Secondhand Style Update and #GreenFriday


Blogger Susie Lau of Style Bubble takes TRAID’s Pledge in support of #Secondhandfirst Week, 23 – 29 Nov

Secondhand First Week

Next week is Secondhand First Week, an annual event orgaised by TRAID celebrated with events and actions that show how second-hand helps to conserve the worlds valuable resources and reduce landfill. See the TRAID website for lots of fun events going on or to see how you can take TRAID’s #Secondhandfirst Pledge to source more of your wardrobe second-hand rather than new.

Christmas Jumpers
Over 300 million pounds is what Love Your Clothes, a campaign by WRAP has estimated will be spent on Christmas jumpers this year. With Christmas jumpers usually only being worn a few times over the festive season upcycling an existing jumper is a far more sustainable option. In order to encourage upcycling of Christmas jumpers this year Love Your Clothes are running a 12 jumpers of Christmas competition with a sewing machine and subscriptions to Reloved and Simply Sewing Magazine up for grabs to the winning entry. You can find out how to enter and tips on upcycling jumpers on the website here.
Black Friday just around the corner, but I will be doing my own thing this year with #GreenFriday. Join me by Tweeting your fun and eco friendly alernatives to Black Friday. You can read more in my post why I am shunning black friday in favour of #greenfriday on the Huffington Post.
I hope you are well and staying warm! I am now 2 thirds of the way through my diploma, just one more module left to go before I can get back to regular blogging. See you soon.

With warmest wishes

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Seasonal Food – Autumn Eating

autumn food

I have been waiting to post this post about seasonal eating and autumn food for some time. Now that I have finally finished for the exam assignment of my course, I have a little breathing space and time to catch up. I wanted to post about seasonal food, not only because I love autumn food, but because it makes sense to buy food that is in season rather than flown across the world, at great expense to the environment. So here are just a few of the seasonal autumn treats that I have been cooking up.

apple and blackberry compote

Apple and Blackberry Compote

At this time of year, I can usually manage to aquire some cooking apples and blackberries for nothing. I decided to add a taste of autumn to my breakfasts ny cooking them up into an apple and blackberry compote which I could then layer with greek yoghurt and top with a seed sprinkle or mix with porridge. This is super easy to make by peeling apples before cooking in a pan with blackberries and a little maple syrup and water.

macaroni cheese and kale

Macaroni Cheese

I love kale and it is perfect for adding a bit of veggie goodness to a warming dish of macaroni cheese. My children love eating veggies anyway but adding them to something like this means they eat even more of them. I didn’t really use a recipe. I just made a white sauce with milk a little oil and flour, then  adding a few teaspoons of djion mustard, cheese and steamed kale and cooked macaroni, topped with a little more cheese and baked in the oven.

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Leek and Potato Soup

I always look forward to autumn for cooking up some warming leek and potato soup. It is the one thing that can be guarenteed to help when I want to lose a bit of weight as it is so healthy and satisfying. This year I have discovered an amazing new addition to my soup, green lentils, which makes it even more filling. I just wash chop and fry lots of leeks, then add vegetable stock potatoe and a bag of washed green lentils and boil it up for about half an hour. Once it is cool I blend it a bit and then keep it in the fridge. I make enough for the week and keep it in the fridge heating it up with a few drops of worcestershire sauce and take it to work in a thermos for lunch.

For a list of which foods are in season in Novemember and other months, check out Eat the Seasons Website.

I couldn’t post about sustainability and food this week without a mention of Hugh’s War on Waste programme this week. If you didn’t see it, you can check it out here. I was really shocked to hear that a third of the food in the UK never gets eaten, disgusting when there are so many hungry people in the world. But I was also pleased to see that this issue is getting so much attention through this programme and hope that it helps to change attitudes. I have definitely made it a priority to make sure that no food gets wasted in my house. This week I will be using up leftover veggies with a sweet potato, spinach and red onion soup, perhaps spiced up with a little curry powder for next weeks lunches. Do you had any good ideas for making use of leftover food to share? I am also trying to make the effort to try out an organic veg box as an alternative to supermarket shopping.

Look out for next Mondays episode of War on Waste which looks at clothes!

Finally here are a few of my autumn instagrams.

tinkerbell pumpkin

My daughter carved this Tinkerbell pumpkin with a drill!

autumn leavesI couldn’t resist an autumn leaves picture. Shoes are Dream in Green and the dress by People Tree.

charity shop cardigan

I treated myself to a cosy new charity shop cardigan which cost me just a fiver from Oxfam and was perfect for dress down Friday at work.


Yet more food! Avocado and mushrooms on toast, the perfect way to fuel up before a 3 hour body combat session.

matcha green tea

Matcha green tea is the latest addition to my healthy eating plan. I have been enjoying it with apple juice and lime. Does anyone have any other good ways to drink/ prepare it?

Are you on Instagram? you can follow my Instagram account here or leave you link in the comments so that I can follow you.

I hope that you are havng a lovely autumn!

With warmest wishes

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Easter Weekend

Life has been super busy and I am sorry that I haven’t had as much time as usual to blog about ethical fashion. I have been really busy with work (in a good way!), I have just enrolled to do a Diploma in Digital Marketing and campercan season has finally arrived, so this weekend was spent our first trip of the year to WestonSuper Mare.

Although I haven’t been blogging as much as I would like, I have been sticking to my ‘no new clothes for a year’ sustainable fashion challenge. Now three months into the year, I haven’t bought any new clothes. Actually it has been pretty easy, especially as I have been so busy, I don’t have time to think about shopping. The time that I do have I try to use relaxing and spending time with family and friends rather than spending money on stuff I don’t need. So far it is proving to be a win win situation.

As time is ticking on and I have another super busy day tommorrow, I thought I would just share a few Instagrams of my Easter weekend.

coastal woodland walk
We went on a lovely coastal woodland walk – enjoying the best of both worlds, beautiful views of the sea and lots of mud for my daughter to stomp in!open top bus
We cruised the seafront from Sand Bay to Weston on the open top bus. A journey which I never tire of on a sunny day.

Donkey ride
We took the girls on a donkey ride.
We walked along the beach
chocolate bunnies
I hid eggs and chocolate bunnies around the campsite, the girls found them and scoffed them.
Patagonia tee
I have discovered my new favourite hairstyle for camping, braids. They stop my hair
getting tangled up in the wind. It was great to also have the chance to wear my Patagonia T shirt which sums up just how I feel with its slogan ‘Live Simply’

I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend and managed to make the most of the fantastic weather. What have you been up to?

With warmest wishes

Heart Prints – Thrifty Thursday Valentines Special

If you can’t wear a cute heart print outfit on Valentines Day then when can you wear one? But actually, I think heart prints are pretty classic and easy to wear making them a great find in a charity shop any time of the year. Here are just a few of the lovelies that I have spotted in the Oxfam online shop.

Not only is charity shopping really thrifty with many of these lovely pieces costing less than a tenner but shopping in Oxfam also helps to reduces clothes waste, has much less of an impact on our beautiful world than buying new and helps a very worthwhile charity at the same time, it is just about the ultimate in guilt free shopping! In case you are worried that your order won’t fit or suit you, they also have a 21 day return policy(except wedding dresses or overseas returns), which makes it pretty to easy to shop with them.
Heart print shortsHeart Print Shorts by River Island – Size 12

Heart trousers
Vintage Heart Trousers by Richard Shops – Size 28″

hearts 4Red and Gold Heart Blouse Size 12

heart print top
Black and Red Top by M & S Size 8

blue Blue knee Length Dress by Next – size 14

skater dress
Skater Dress by Tofu Size 8

If none of these pieces take your fancy, why not try updating something that you no longer wear with some DIY upcycling. I love this tutorial for a DIY ripped heart tshirt or this DIY heart on your sleeve projector check out this very cute heart chain stitch for embellishing just about anything.

Hearts, how will you be wearing yours for Valentines Day? on your sleeve perhaps? Whatever you do, have a lovely time.

With warmest wishes

Healthy Nut, Seed and Banana Snack Bars

Healthy Nut Seed and Banana Snack Bars
Inspired by a recipe on clean food blog, Deliciously Ella and by a comment by Mr S about the multiple bags of open seeds and nuts that I have in the kitchen cupboard, I decided to try and create some healthy snack bars from food that I already had in the house and needed using up.

This  healthy snack bar recipe basically features a mixture of nuts, seeds and dried fruit that I have bought to top porridge and yoghurt or to make salad dressings with. I think it would work well with just about any mixture of wholefood seeds, nuts and dried fruit that you have got. I also used ripe bananas that needed using up for this recipe, there isn’t really any substitute for this as it is what holds the bars together. My snack bars tasted a bit like flapjacks only a lot more filling and not nearly as sweet. If you have a sweet tooth, you could double or triple the amount of honey for a more sugary snack.

I am hoping that they will be a good alternative to cakes and biscuits for the me and the children and a more healthy option than the supposedly ‘healthy snack bars’ that you can buy in the shops.

This recipe makes about 12 healthy snack bars or more if you cut them smaller!


2 large ripe bananas
2 cups of mixed seeds, nuts and dried fruit (I used flaked almonds, cashew nuts,walnuts, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds and raisins)
2-3 cups of oats
1 -3 desert spoons of honey
A little oil/ spread to grease the tray
Healthy Snack Bars
Preheat the oven to about 160 degrees celsius Mix together the nuts, seeds and dried fruit chopping any larger nuts or dried fruit into smaller pieces.
Healthy Snack Bars
Peel and mash the bananas until they form a smooth puree.
Healthy Snack Bars
Add the seeds, nuts, dried fruit and honey to the bananas and mix.

Seed and nut snack bars
Add oats until the mixture is quite dry (it should form a ball that could almost be rolled out). You may need to use more or less oats depending on the amount of banana puree and types of nuts, seeds and fruit you used.
Healthy nut and seed bars
Line a tray with baking paper and grease and transfer mixture into the baking tray. Use the back of a spoon to spread it out to the sides of the tray and pack it down.
Seed and nut snack bars
Bake in the oven at about 160 degrees celcius for 25 minutes. Half way through remove the snack bars and score so that they are easier to cut/ break into pieces once cooked. Keep an eye on yours snack bars as the nuts and seeds can burn quite quickly.
Nut, seed and banana bars
Allow the bars to cool before removing from the tray and breaking into pieces. And there it is, yummy healthy snack bars.

These snack bars smell amazing when they are cooking. They are really filling, packed with plant based protein and nutrients making them great for pre or post workout snacks and for lunch box or tummy fillers for children. I made them with the help of my 7 year old who loved mixing up the ingredients and eating them!

Are you trying to eat healthy in 2015? what are your favourite healthy snacks?

With warmest wishes

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No New Clothes for a Year

No New Clothes for a Year

I am perhaps a little late jumping on the band wagon but I have decided to take up the challenge, which has already been taken up by a number of other bloggers, for ‘no new clothes for a year’. I am hoping that it won’t be a particularly tough challenge as I have as many clothes as I need and I love vintage clothes and charity shopping. I am still going to write about ethical fashion brands for the blog but my outfits (and all the clothes that I wear in general) will be clothes that I already have plus the occasional ‘new’ vintage or second hand pieces. It will also be made much easier by the many places to go for tips including:

My Make Do and Mend Year

Vintage Vixen

Eco Warrior Princess – Buy Nothing New Challenge Its Easier Than You Think

Yummy Green Mummy – 2015 – Giving Up Buying New

Westy Writes – No New Clothes for 2014

If you know of any more no new clothes blogs or posts please let me know in the comments.

I will also be using the ‘No New Clothes for a Year’ challenge to introduce a greater focus on buying less and second hand clothes to this blog and hope to be posting more DIY / upcyced fashion posts to this blog as well as a weekly ‘thrifty Thursday’ feature. I hope to get the challenge off to a good start by having a massive clear out of my wardrobe and sorting out a pile of clothes to mend, alter and upcycle.

My ‘no new clothes for a year’ challenge will have a few little get outs though. I will if I need to buy new underwear and fitness clothes as these are not things that I would be happy buying second hand, but for these I will of course try and stick to my usual principles of buying from ethical and sustainable brands. And of course presents don’t count because it would be rude not to accept a pressy but I won’t active encourage anyone to buy me anything new as a present and if asked will suggest second hand or vintage choices.

So there I have done it! I have committed to no new clothes for a year. Are you doing any sustainable or  fashion challenges this year?

With warmest wishes

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