Ethical Fashion Offers – July 2014

Festival and camping season is upon us and I am afraid I haven’t been able to blog quite as much as I would like but when that sunshine is out, I just have to get out there and enjoy it! I just wanted to share with you a few ethical fashion offers and discounts that are going on in July. Perfect for those that would love to try out a new ethical fashion brand that they have never worn before or anyone who already knows and loves the beautiful clothes that these brands create.

Up to 50% Off in The People Tree Sale

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People Tree is definitely a firm favourite of mine and I usually take advantage of sale to stock up on work wear if I need anything. I recently treated myself  to this lovely dress (will be featuring on the blog very soon) which is super comfy for the office and has got me lots of compliments! I have also got some t shirts for Mr S’s birthday in the sale as he loves the cut and quality.

Up to 50% Off Selected Lines at Timberland

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Timberland have some great shoes, boots and outdoor wear in the Earthkeepers eco friendly collection which is perfect for the changeable British weather, whether you are at a festival or just cruising the urban jungles. My personal favourite find is this lovely leather bag. Timberland leather comes from a leather is from a tannery rated Silver by the Leather Working Group for its water, energy and waste  management practices

Up To 25% Off at Fashion Conscience

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Fashion Conscience stock a fantastic selection of ethical and sustainable fashion brands from including one of my favourites SkunkFunk aswell as plenty of fair trade and vegan shoes, bags and accessories. Click here to shop and get…

10% off when you spend over £50 with discount code SCORCH10
15% off when you spend over £100 with discount code SCORCH15
20% off when you spend over £150 with discount code SCORCH20
25% off when you spend over £250 with discount code SCORCH25

Have you spotted any other amazing ethical fashion offers this summer? or will you be trying out any of these brands by bagging yourself a little bargain?

With warmest wishes

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Ethical Fashion – What to Wear for a Birthday Trip to London


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Hat – Pachacuti
Jacket – Rokit Vintage
Dress – Komodo
Leggings – People Tree
Silk Scarf – Oxfam
Baseball Boots – Ethletic

A few weeks ago it was my birthday so I decided to treat myself to a little trip up to London with my eldest daughter. We met up with Faye my best friend of 27 years for Dim Sum at Ping Pong followed by a wander round the Tate modern. Living a distance apart and both so much going on, I don’t get to see Faye nearly as much as I would like but when I do it is always just like old times again. Getting to a girly day out with my daughter is always a treat too. It was interesting to see the Tate modern although I will have to admit I was pretty puzzled by what is classed as art. It was great to see some of my favourites like Picasso and Monet there though. What can I say, it was an amazing birthday, I hope I don’t have to wait until next year to do it again.

I decided this trip would be the perfect opportunity to wear my lovely hat from Pachacuti, despite Mr S warning me that it was pretty windy out. Just as he warned a sudden gust of wind managed to flip my hat right off my head and much to my daughters amusement, it went rolling off down the street with me in hot pursuit shouting “stop that hat” to a slightly bemused looking passerby. Anyway I managed to catch the hat and I my daughter finally managed to stop laughing. The moral of the story ‘don’t wear you favourite hat on a windy day’ or ‘always listen to what you husband says’ but i’m so not going to do that!

I treated myself to the Ethletic baseball boots form Ethical Superstore with some of my  birthday money. They are easily one of the most comfy pairs of shoes that I have ever owned and I know I am going to wear them loads. Ethletic is an ethical fashion shoe brand that make fair trade baseball boots using organic and Fairtrade certified cotton, the rubber soles are FSC certified and sourced responsibly, and the rubber is fairly traded.

Here are just a few instagrams of my birthday

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Flowering tea and pud at Ping Pong (my new favourite things)

cakes Ethical Fashion   What to Wear for a Birthday Trip to LondonA cake sale at work to raise money for upcoming TrekFest in the Brecon Beacons

What have you been up to lately? Have you had any weather related clothing catastophes?

With warmest wishes

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Fashion Revolution #InsideOut #WhoMadeYourClothes

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Tommorrow, April 24th is Fashion Revolution Day. A day which has been planned and prepared for since the devastating Rana Plaza factory collapse on 24th April 2013. The day is organised and supported by many working towards change in the fashion industry including Cary Somers of ethical fashion brand Pachacuti and Orsola De Castro of From Somewhere and co founder of Estethica at London Fashion Week.

On 24th April 2013, 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the
Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Catastrophes in our fashion supply chains continue. Fashion Revolution Day says enough is enough.

Fashion Revolution Day is all about raising awareness of the true cost of fashion, showing the world that change is possible, and celebrating all those involved in creating a more sustainable future for fashion. This year the theme is #InsideOut

You can get involved by

  • Being Curious – Choose an item from your outfit and wear it #insideout all day
  • Finding Out - Write a letter/email, Facebook or Tweet the brand concerned, ask them Who Made Your Clothes?
  • Doing Something - Tweet: Today I’m wearing my (shirt/dress/T-shirt etc.) #insideout because I want to ask @(brand/retailer) Who Made My Clothes?

You can also find out more and help spread the word here:-

The Fashion Revolution Website

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

Instagram

 

What will you be doing on Fashion Revolution Day tommorrow?

With warmest wishes

Ethical Fashion – What To Wear To A Birthday Party

015 Ethical Fashion   What To Wear To A Birthday PartyDress – SkunkFunk (still available here)
Leggings – People Tree
Glitter shoes – TOMS (available here)
Clutch bag – Junky Styling
Earrings – vintage shop

Here is an outfit that I wore for the birthday party of a very good friend a few weeks ago. The dress is by SkunkFunk and I wear it with either tights or leggings depending on the occasion/ temperature. If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you will have probably seen me posting about SkunkFunk before. It is definitely one of my favourite sustainable fashion brands. I treated myself to the TOMS shoes for spring as I needed a new pair of casual flats, I hope to write a review about them very soon. The bag was a reward from project that I funded on Kickstarter.

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Now spring has finally arrived, I am pretty much flat out keeping up with all of the plans that I have been making throughout the colder months. We have decided to upgrade our camping this year with the addition of a cute little caravan, an Eriba Puck and can’t wait to get out and about and using it.

I have also signed myself up for TrekFest where I will be walking 27 miles across the Brecon Beacons in aid of Naomi House childrens hospice, a charity that has provided a huge amount of support to members of my family. The hospice has recently launched a the Caterpillar appeal  to raise the 4 million pounds needed to refurbish the hospice. If you would like to donate, you can do so through my Just Giving page here. I have already begun training with an 11 mile (uphill walk) last weekend. I have been spending quite a bit of time online researching which clothing/ equipment to buy for the trek and which brands are most sustainable. I hope to share my findings soon.

This weekend looks to be busy with lots of fun things planned? What will you be up to and what plans do you have for the spring and summer?

With warmest wishes

Christmas!

This year we spent Christmas with my family in Cardiff which was lovely. Unfortunately we had to cancel our break between Christmas and new year in a luxury hotel in Port Merion in North Wales because of the terrible weather. I was pretty disappointed to start with but decided to make a best of  a bad situation by having a staycation at home. Yesterday we went out for a yummy Thai meal and today for brunch in Bath followed by crazy golf in the park, I have  a few more plans before returning to work in the new year.
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Coat – My Grandma’s
Bag – Reclaim Bags
Dress – SkunkFunk
Shoes – Clarks

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Jumper – Seasalt Cornwall
Jeggings – Oxfam Fashion
Scarf – Handknitted in Wales
Boots – Clarks

I was definitely spoilt this year with some lovely Christmas pressies including this clucth made from recycled tyres by Reclaim Bags. I wanted a large clutch that I could use for both daytime and evening and this one which Mr S gave me was perfect. I also had this lovely warm jumper from Seasalt Cornwall from my Mum and Dad. The handknitted scarf, again from my mum and dad, went perfectly with it. I really love that my mum went to a special effort to pick out beautiful and unique handmade accessories from her travels in both the UK and abroad for my Christmas pressies.

This Christmas definitely felt less consumeristic than previous years. I just had a few carefully chosen pressies and I tried to do the same for my friends and family. I have also noticed a lot of people trying to buy less, locally and more unique and special gifts. I have tried to spend more time with the children going iceskating, to the cinema and playing games rather than buying too many pressies (although they certainly had quite a few new things).

What have you been up to over Christmas and what were your favourite pressies?

Eco Living – Early Christmas Shopping!

As I am super busy at the moment I have decided to get started with my Christmas shopping nice and early. I prefer to plan a bit ahead as this gives me the opportunity to have a look around and find something really lovely (as well as ethical and sustainable) for my friends and family.

Here are some of my initial ideas, more to follow soon.

Children

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habari Eco Living    Early Christmas Shopping!Johari have a great selection of bold and bright Africa inspired t shirts in their Johari Seedlings Collection, some like the one above are designed by children. They are handmade in 100% cotton and proceeds from the sale go to the Johari Foundation which helps vunerable children and young adults in Kenya with social enterprise and development programmes.

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I am also loving these handknitted bobble hats made by a Fair Trade group in Nepal, part of the WFTO Fair Trade Nepal Group, for Fair + True. They are available from Fashion Conscience which currently has a 10% discount with code AUTUMN10.

Mr S

black jamie fleece jacket cd2f3391fa6e Eco Living    Early Christmas Shopping!I think this Jamie fleece jacket by People Tree will be great for Mr S for those occasions when he wants to wear smart casual. It is made from Fair trade and organic cotton by a social enterprise in India.

Mum 

tide times poncho Eco Living    Early Christmas Shopping!I really love this Seasalt Cornwall Tide Times Poncho and I know my mum would too. As she has a birthday quite near Christmas, I could make it a joint pressy. It is made from supersoft lambswool.

Friends

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These Soya candles by M & J London are a lovely treat for my friends. They are handmade in London using the finest soya wax, essential oils and aroma compounds to create a Lavender, Manuka Honey and Cocoa scented eco-friendly candle. The glass is also recycled. They are available from Ethical Superstore along with lots of other great Christmas gifts including organic chocolate, fair trade jewellery and natural beauty products.

 Sisterfire hose Eco Living    Early Christmas Shopping!This iphone case is made from recycled fire hose and lined with parachute silk by Elvis and Kresse to protect the screen. It is available fro Fashion Conscience. Again I can make use of the 10% discount code AUTUMN10.

Have you started thinking about or buying Christmas pressies yet?

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your Style? My style is…


You might have already checked out the video for style-is.co.uk that was created at LFW this autumn to explore individual style and why fashion makes us feel good. I think that in order for style to be sustainable, we need to do our own thing instead of following trends and I hope that this video will help to get everyone thinking about their own individual style.

To help spread the word and get everyone thinking, I have just launched a competition for fashion and style bloggers over at style-is.co.uk. Basically all you have to do is check out the video above then create your own video or post before 15th November (midnight) on your blog answering the following questions

What’s your style?

Why do you love fashion?

Once you have done, add a link to the YouTube video http://youtu.be/p2TFLTyqVDU and www.style-is.co.uk. Our favourite post or video will be picked to choose a pair of TOMS shoes up to the value of £42 (UK blogs only), as featured on Style-is.co.uk. All posts will also be promoted and shared through our social media channels as part of our what’s your style campaign.

You can check out just a few of the styles of TOMS shoes that you can choose from below. This prize will also allow someone in need to benefit from the TOMS one for one initiative where TOMS shoes donate a pair for shoes for every pair sold.

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I know my readers have some amazing style? will you share it? I will be posting my what’s my style post soon!

With warmest wishes

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The Price of Ethical Fashion

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Dress – Orla Keily Collection at People Tree
Cardigan – Oxfam
Boots – Dream in Green
Ring – Really old!

Today’s post features an outfit that I wore on Saturday to pop into town and grab a few essentials with the girls. The cardigan was from Oxfam and cost me under £30. It is by the brand Whistles and still had the £135 label on it. I bought the cardigan not because of the label but because I desparately needed something cosy to wear, because I really loved the colour and the also the chunky knit. I hadn’t realised that it would be brand new with the tag still on and I certainly hadn’t realised that it would have cost so much new. This amazing find prompted me to try and post about how ethical and sustainable fashion doesn’t cost too much and how it was easy to find amazing and affordable sustainable clothing. The post proved more difficult than I thought because I guess so much depends on your definition of affordable and sustainable (it was brand new rather than second hand!)

In research for my post I decided to stop by a certain well known fast fashion retailers website to find a cardigan to use for my price analysis. I won’t name names but you can probably guess who I am taling about. Call me naive (I hardly ever go in clothes shops these days and have not set foot in this particular fast fashion store, at least within the last 10 years) but I was really shocked to discover that you could buy a cardigan for just £12! I am really wondering what a cardigan for £12 will look like. Now I know what people mean when they say ethical fashion is expensive. Comparatively speaking even my bargainous cardigan from Oxfam for under £30 was expensive.

I am afraid I have abandoned my original post idea on the basis that trying to justify the cost of sustainable fashion against fast fashion isn’t going to really work. Beautifully made clothes are always going to be more expensive than fast fashion. I am a firm believer that in most cases you get what you pay for. Even in this times when everyone is feeling the pinch with the rising cost of living, £30 for a cardigan or even £60 for a cardigan doesn’t feel expensive for me for something that you plan to keep and enjoy for many years to come. It is roughly equivalent to a month or two mobile phone contract for a new phone and I rarely see many people these days without the latest model of mobile phone (BTW my phone is quite a few years old as I would rather spend my money on clothes).

I can’t get my head round how a £12 cardigan can possibly be made under ethical conditions and can be valued in a sustainable way.

What do you think? Is ethical fashion expensive or is fast fashion just unrealistically cheap?

With warmest wishes

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Blog Action Day and the Human Friendly Fashion Bloggers

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Today is Blog Action Day and I am delighted to be part of the Human Friendly Fashion Bloggers crew organised by Esther at Ms Wandas to talk about human rights and to promote ethical fashion and not only show how great it can look but also what a difference it can make.

There is an outfit competition going on at Ms Wanda’s and whilst I can’t actually enter as I am sponsoring with a prize throught style-is.co.uk, I thought I would put together an outfit anyway.

This is another little workwear outfit that have treated myself too. I know I have gone a bit crazy lately but here is why I class this as human friendly…

The dress is by Annie Greenabelle and is made from organic cotton in ethical factories committed to complying to the Ethical Trade Initiative Base Code. Organic cotton has many benefits including being made without the use of child labour or pesticides which are damaging to the health of both people and the eco systems in cotton growing areas. Organic cotton also helps farmers to build a more sustainable livelihood and to free themselves from the poverty cycle associated with pesticide usage.

The cardigan is beautifully soft cashmere and arrived in package of 3 cardigans that I ordered from Oxfam Fashion. I love buying clothes from Oxfam because not only do I get an amazing piece of clothing at a fraction of the price it would be new, I also help to save it from landfill and help an amazing cause at the same time. Oxfam make a huge difference around the world tackling poverty head on with practical measures like schools for children and healthcare. They also provide help to people in desperate conditions with the basics that they need to survive including clean water. Last year Oxfam helped 6.2 million people in 27 humanitarian emergencies.

My shoes are by Clarks and if you are interested, you can read more about their ethics in my last post here.

In the UK Human Rights is something that many of us take for granted. But recent tragedies in the garment industry in Bangladesh serve as a reminder that so many people around the world are struggling to survive without these basic human rights.

You can make a positive difference by choosing clothes that have been made with respect for people!

If you are taking part in Blog Action Day please share your post links in the comments section below. You can also make a difference by signing up to the 1% campaign below.

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What’s Your Style? Style-is.co.uk visits LFW

Above is a video created by Natalja Safronova for my new YouTube channel. With this video, I hope not only to promote style-is.co.uk but also  to start conversations about fashion and style and why it is important to us. Ultimately I am interested in how we can take fashion and make it our own instead of just following the latest trends.

If you would like to join the conversation about fashion and style, please write your own post or make a video about why you love fashion and what your style is and post the link in the comments section below. You can also embed this video to your blog with the code below.

<iframe src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/p2TFLTyqVDU” frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”720″></iframe>via <a href=”http://www.style-is.co.uk”>Style is… Sustainable Fashion</a>

With warmest wishes