Handmade Christmas Gifts Guide – Pretaportobello

Less than a month to go until Christmas (eek!) so here is the third post in my handmade Christmas gift guide series. This time I am focusing on Pretaportobello a website that I have only just discovered but which has a market place with some unique and individual sellers and a fab vintage section.

Wolf and Moon Crystallised Necklace
One of the first brands that caught my eye was Wolf and Moon, a handcrafted jewellery label created by British artist & designer Hannah Davis. Wolf and Moon jewellery features jewel colours, geometric designs and  a bit of sparkle. All jewellery is made in their Hackney Studio and is also extremely affordable making it great as a stocking filler.

Personalised diamond plate necklace
ECW creates minimalist jewellery like this personalised diamond plate necklace which is handmade and gold plated.

Temple of Plume Handmade Headband
For a really unique and unusual handmade Christmas gift, I love this beautiful headband by Temple of Plume. They also do a range of glamorous turbans.

handmade dress
This eyecatching dress by Vicious boutique would make a great pressy for anyone that loves bright colourful clothes. It is screen printed by hand and made in London using environmentally friendly inks.

How is your Christmas shopping going? Don’t forget to check out my other Handmade Christmas Gift guides for Etsy and Not on the High Street.

Hope you are having a fab week!

With warmest wishes

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20% Off ASOS Green Room

ASOS Africa
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Tatty Devine

Tatty Devine

I am delighted to be able to offer a fantastic 20% off ethical and sustainable fashion at ASOS Green Room for Cyber Weekend (or eco friday) CYBERWKND20 (valid 28.11.14 8am GMT – 02.12.14 8am GMT)

The ASOS Green Room features brands like People Tree, EDUN, MADE and Cambridge Satchel Company, TOMS and Tatty Devine. It also features fresh and funky styles by their own eco and ethical labels, ASOS Reclaimed and ASOS Africa.

I also have plenty more great discounts on eco and ethical brands this weekend on my offers page.

Timberland UK – 25% Off!

25% Off full price clothes at Timberland Online with discount code FRIENDS25A(valid until 27/10/14  23:59)

I am really pleased to be able to share a fantastic offer for Timberland, a brand that not only has a fantastic range of high quality clothes and shoes suited to both those that love the great outdoors and urban jungle but also that has a strong commitment to sustainabiility, ethics and transparency in its supply chain. Timberland clothes are also made to last, for an investment that should stick around in your wardrobe for many years to come.

Timberland waterproof canvas long shell jacket

As a large fashion retailer, I think Timberland is a great example of fashion brands can minimise their impact. For example the waterproof canvas long shell jacket pictured above is made of organic cotton. The fact that Timberland clothes are both sustainable and ethical doesn’t impact on either their style or performance though.

If warmth is your number one priority at this time of year,this Timberland Cherry Mountain Jacket is a great pick. It is water repellent and the diamond quilted design not only looks great but will keep you toasty warm with its unique PrimaLoft® insulation. As this jacket is made using recycled plastics, it helps to reduce landfill, lessen energy consumption thereby cutting harmful emmissions.

Timberland Earthkeepers Birchmont Side Zip Buckle
The Timberland Earthkeeper shoe range also goes well beyond the traditional yellow boot that the brand is so well known for (although you can still buy these too if you want). THese Timberland Earthkeeper Birchmont side zip buckle boots would work equally well for work, days off and evenings out. They also have anto fatigue technology which will help you to stay on your feet for longer. The Timberland Earthkeepers range uses high performing recycled PET (made from old plastic bottles) to linings, laces, uppers and insulation, to faux shearling and even the backing of faux fur.

You can check out the Timberland website to find out more about how they are pioneering to increase transparency in the supply chain and develop innovative new materials that combine performance with sustainability.

Ethical and Sustainable Outfits in 2013

In 2013, I managed to stick to my pledge to wear only ethical and sustainable outfits by wearing clothes that I already had aswell as shopping in charity and vintage shops aswell as some fantastic sustainable and ethical fashion brands. I still think there is plenty of room for improvement as my wardrobes are now truly stuffed with clothes, I really don’t need anything else. The challenge to be more ethical and sustainable with my style for 2014 will focus on making do with what I already have, only replacing clothing when it wears out or by adding no more than one beautiful (keep for ever) piece of clothing to my wardrobe each season plus maybe a few carefully chosen accessories.

Here are some of my favourite outfits from 2013 in no particular order. Loving putting together this post as it reminds me of the clothes that I have hidden away in my wardrobe.

Necklace – MADE
Faux Fur Gillet – Oxfam

Dress – vintage
bag – vintage from Oxfam

cardigan – vintage from oxfam
bag – vintage

SkunkFunk Dress

Denim jacket -swapped
dress – Skunkfunk
shoes – Swedish Hasbeens
Necklace – Hiro and Wolf


Dress – Earth Kind Originals
Scarf – Hoss Intropia


Jacket – Rokit (vintage)
Dress – Johari
Shoes – Dream in Green

Kimono jacket

Jacket – upcycled from a vintage dressing gown
trousers – Nancy Dee
Shoes – Melissa 

Necklace – MADE
floral print mix

Top and skirt – both charity shopRuby Rocks Dress

Skunkfunk dress


Dress – SkunkFunk


Dress – Annie Greenabelle
Shoes – Clarks

Dress – Annie Greenabelle 
Shoes – Melissa

jacket – as above
jeggings – Oxfam
t shirt – A Question Of

2013 has been a very busy year for me. Not only is it the year that I launched my website www.style-is.co.uk but also the year that I went back to work full time (although possibly only temporarily). I have also spoken at and attended another Source Summit organised by the Ethical Fashion Forum, a pretty amazing experience.

Well now I have looked back over 2013, I am all ready to begin 2014! I will be welcoming in the new with a fairly quiet get together with friends but will take the opportunity to get a little dressed up. I have lots of exciting things planned for 2014 already, I can’t wait!

What were your favourite outfits of 2013 and what what will you be up to on NYE?

Cardigans and Cosiness!


Dress – Annie Greenabelle
Cardigan – Charity shop
Boots – Dream in Green
Locket necklace – Vintage (a pressy)

I have been working in an office for over a month now and I am afraid it has been a big fat fail for me posting any of my work outfits. In fact I have barely had time to post at all and the light is seriosuly challenging my photograph attempts. Hopefully now I am settled in a bit I can make some more time.

Any way here is one work outfit that I did actually manage to photograph and it is probably one of my favourite work outfits at the moment. The dress is made from organic cotton so is really comfy to wear. Sitting in at a computer for 8 hours a day, comfort has become one of my prime concerns when getting dressed in the morning. With air conditioning in the office, I also really feel the cold and cardigans are more comfy and cosy than jackets (although) I do wear those aswell. My old grandad cardigan that I wear when working from home sadly won’t really cut it for the office.

My winter wardrobe has always been a bit lacking in the cardigan department, partly because when the children were younger and I was rushing around all of the time I always felt too hot. So I have decided to invest in a few new cardigans from Oxfam. I love shopping at Oxfam as not only does it save me money (you can get some seriously cosy cashmere for under £30) but I also feel like I am doing my bit for the planet and helping to support a fantastic charity. Here are a few of my favourites at Oxfam Fashion, apart from the ones I bought which I hope to share in some outfit posts soon.

Brown sequin cardigan – size 12 – I can never resist a bit of sparkle!

Grey Cashmere Cardigan – this looks great for cocooning yourself in on a really cold day.

Grey Chunky Cardigan – size M (BNWT) Loving the boho tassels on this one.

Have you dusted off your cardigans and coats for autumn yet? If you need extra warmth and can’t find what you want from Oxfam, there is also a great selection of ethically made and fair trade cardigans at style is…Stay cosy!

With warmest wishes

Bath in Fashion

First of all Happy Earth Day! If you don’t already know Earth Day is a global event involving a billion people including individuals, businesses, charities, organisations and governments all raising awareness of climate changes and making changes to combat it. I have written a post Sustainable style and Earth Day at style-is.co.uk with some very easy things that you can do today and for the future to make a difference.

This weekend I managed to get myself over to a few of the events at Bath in Fashion. Bath is one of my favourite places ever and definitely such a fashionable and stylish place. I particularly love that the city has so much amazing history with amazing views and architecture. Bath is also a great place to shop sustainably with some amazing charity and vintage shops. If you happen to be visiting please check out my post A Vintage and Second Hand Guide to Bath.

My weekend started with a conversation with Liberty London Girl. I have followed Liberty London Girl for nearly 6 years since I first started blogging, so was really interested to find out a little more about Sasha Wilkins, the blogger behind the blog. Sasha was incredibly entertaining and interesting to listen to. She talked about her life as a journalist and a blogger, blogging and working with brands and her sausage dog amongst other things. I am really inspired by the huge success of Liberty London Girl but her stories about how difficult things were in the beginning have also made me feel really motivated about both my blog and own business. I was far to busy enjoying listening to make notes but if you wanted to read more about what Sasha had to say, there is a great post about it on Mission;style. Following the talk, I have decided to make a few changes to the blog and will be introducing three new monthly columns about natural beauty, natural food and recipes, eco gadgets and green lifestyle. Although they aren’t exactly ‘ethical fashion’ I thought they might be interesting to read but more importantly I think I will enjoy writing them.

I finished off the weekend perfectly when I went for lunch with my friends at Carluccios and a wander around the Vintage Fashion Fair at Green Park Station. I treated myself to a lime green lace dress which I am sure will be featured in an outfit post soon!

You can check out my instagrams of this weekend above. Also really pleased this week to have been featured on Ecosalon – New Green Voices: The 5 Best Green Fashion Blogs.

I hope that you have had a lovely weekend and a good start to the week. Are you doing anything for Earth Day?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Skunkfunk and A Question Of

Skunkfunk dress

I have been raving on about the brand Skunkfunk for some time now on Twitter. When I was recently approached by retailer Zalando to see if I would like to review some items from their site, I jumped at the chance to try out this amazing dress that I have been admiring for a while. In my opinion, Skunkfunk are one of the most amazing fashion brands around at the moment combining a fresh and unique vibe with sustainability and affordable prices. What’s not to love!

When the dress turned up, I was very pleasantly surprised. It was made from organic cotton making it comfortable to wear and suitable for the warmer weather when it finally arrives. The print was really unusual – described my daughter as pixellated. I love wearing dresses but don’t go out in the evening that often so loved that this dress could work equally well for daytime and evening.

I love reading up on the brands that I buy from so it was great that the label had plenty of info. Unfortunately you can’t really see what it says on the label here but some of the key points about Skunkfunk are that they transport by boat, use organic cotton, wood pulp cellulose (Modal and Lyocell) and recycled polyester. For their packaging they use bioplastic (made from Cornstarch) and use as much recycled paper as possible. Their clothes are also often multi option and reversible.

I was also lucky enough to get an organic cotton t shirt by another really cool brand A Question Of. The t shirt is lovely and soft and a great fit for me. I struggle to find t shirts that are not too long but this one was spot on. With my GCSE knowledge of French, I have worked out that the t shirt says something like To say I love you, believe in yourself, live life (please correct me if i’m wrong). This kind of sums up what I really need to do more of!

I would definitely recommend checking out Zalando for some other innovative sustainable brands including Komodo, Monkee Genes and Hemp Hoodlamb.

I am determined not to let this freezing cold weather get me down, despite having to cancel our camping trip for Easter Weekend. This weekend I kept myself busy making cocktails with vodka and Innocent smoothies (kiwi, apple and lime) which were really delicious and definitely a great way to top up on vitamins. I also went to see the local performance of musical Annie with the children. I loved it as a child and it was  fantastic to see it again. Definitely a great way to spend a cold wintery Sunday afternoon. What have you been up to?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x


Sapellé – a Paradise of Prints

Sapellé is an online multi-brand retailer of stylish women’s fashion
and accessories. Products combine modern styling with increasingly
popular African design influences, creating beautiful unique
contemporary pieces that are perfectly adaptable for today’s discerning
woman who seeks classically trendy pieces for her wardrobe.

For lovers of bold and bright prints like myself Sapellé is like paradise! The designs featured take the most amazing prints and styles from Africa but adapt them for a wearable look that can work for anyone, even with our weather in the UK!

Daphne Kasambala, the founder of Sapellé is passionate about bringing beautiful clothing made by innovative designers and talented crafts people to women seeking something new and fresh to complement their style. Sapellé’s ethical focus is on creating fair employment and pay through Fair Trade with African suppliers, and the company sources its products from a variety of design labels, independent artisans and social enterprises that have ethical and sustainable production principles.

Here are just some of the fantastic brands that you will find on Sapellé.


Perhaps one of the most well known African inspired brands, Choolips is fun,contemporary and also affordable. This hand-batiked cotton dress is from the Gold Coast Collection and showcases traditional textile dyeing methods from West Africa.


A fantastic blend of avant garde eclecticism of Congolese art and culture. I love the vibrant colours mixed with cutting edge styles by Modahnik. How amazing is this dress?

Adjoa Osei

I love this label for the way that it translates African prints into clean lined staples that look so classic and are also easy to wear.

Sapellé also have their own range which includes this beautiful pencil skirt.

Please check out www.sapelle.com to see the full range of brands.

Ethical Fashion Blogathon

Vintage Fashion at ASOS Marketplace

I love the way that ASOS has branched out into providing such a wide range of clothing and accessories including both ethical and sustainable in the Green Rooms and vintage, second hand and indie labels and boutiques in the marketplace. Not only can you find some really unique and unusal pieces of clothing but also sell on your own clothes when you no longer wear them.

I also love that in contrast to some other market places (which will remain nameless), they have a strong policy and zero tolerance on the sale of conterfeit goods with their Fashion not Fakes campaign.

All in all I think ASOS marketplace offers a great online shopping experience with a great selection of clothes displayed in a fresh and contemporary way but also with a high focus on quality. Perfect for someone like myself who doesn’t have much time to get out and about shopping and wants to be able to look at lots of different pieces all in one place.

There are over 200 vintage boutiques based all over the world on ASOS market place. I have put together a few of my favourite pieces that I have found.

Bright Yellow Jumper from Mad Elizabeth Boutique– Cosy but colourful, this jumper is perfect for brightening up a dark winters day.

Another bright piece to add some colour to your winter wardrobe, this pleated skirt is both classic and right on trend. I found it in the Liar boutique.

The perfect vintage little black dress in Just Vintage Boutique – what can I say? I love the style the cut and the keyhole back on this dress, great for Christmas parties, just a shame it isn’t in my size.

Another lovely party dress this time with both lace and beading at Marmalade Vintage Boutique.

This bright red vintage sixties dress at Girl Stole Vintage Boutique could easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

This oversized vintage coat at Bertie and Gertie Vintage Boutique offers yet more colourful cosiness, just what my wardrobe needs right now.

What do you think of ASOS marketplace? have you ever bought or sold anything on there?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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How Does the High Street Help Out?

Not every name on the High Street scores high marks when it comes to ethics, but you might be surprised to learn that many are taking steps in the right direction in terms of
sustainability, social responsibility and fair trading. New Look in particular is championing the way for the High Street to get serious about ethical fashion. From New Look’s signature shoes and dresses right down to their jewelry and hair accessories, New Look is absolutely committed to the cause of ethical trading. Additionally, the
brand is dedicated to animal welfare, meaning all clothing, jewelry and hair accessories are not only on trend but also guilt free. That’s right, those fashionable feather earrings, snakeskin heels and pearl hair accessories are man made—no birds, snakes or mollusks were harmed in the process.
How else are New Look pioneering ethical fashion? The brand has set out a rigorous code of conduct which all of their suppliers must sign and abide by. According to their
website, New Look has 4 principal aims for their brand:
·         Be a good neighbour to the world.
·         Deliver value and ethical values to our customers.
·         Continuously improve.
·         Ensure that ethical trading is central to how we operate.
Above all, New Look is clearly concerned with welfare of the workers and craftspeople who make their products. The brand is constantly revising their policies to ensure health
and safety needs are consistently being met. For instance, New Look has put a
ban on the practice of sandblasting their denim and other products. Sure, that
pre-worn in look is chic, but to achieve it via sandblasting the fabric is
blasted with crystalline silica via air compressors. This practice poses great
health risks to the sandblasting operators who often inhale dangerous dust from
the machines which can cause silicosis, lung cancer and autoimmune diseases.
If you’re going for a faded denim look but don’t want to shop second hand, you
can be assured that all of New Look’s distressed fabrics have achieved their
faux-vintage patina through alternative techniques that didn’t put anyone’s lung
health at risk. Beyond all this, New Look has set up it’s own namesake charity which has raised over £750K for charitable causes through donations, fundraising and dedicated sales.
Additionally, the brand works with MacMillan Cancer Support, donating generously to the worthy cause of cancer support. Who says fashion has to be a superficial pursuit? New Look for one is working in the right direction.