The Shift Dress – Thrifty Thursday

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I wanted to dedicate this weeks thrifty Thursday to the humble shift dress. I have a number of different shift dress and being quite short with out much of waist, the style always works well for me. The shift dress pictured above (the picture was taken in 2011 but I have been wearing the exact same shift dress today) cost me around £10. Not bad for a dress that I wear so regularly. As shift dresses are such a classic style, they are not usually difficult to pick up in  a charity shop.

I find a plain colour is perfect for showing off my favourite accessories including statement necklaces and scarves. I also love a patterned shift for a brighter look for the evening or worn with a jacket for work.

Oxfam Fashion just happen to have a lovely selection of shift dresses at extremely thrifty prices. Here are my faves:

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Reiss Cream Ivory Shift Dress – Size 12/14

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Floral Shift Dress – 12/14

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Vintage Handmade Lace Dress (1960s)

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Vintage Betty Barclay Shift Dress

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Black Shift Dress – size 12

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Navy and White Shift Dress – Size 12
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Fluroescent Floral Shift – Size 12

What do you think of shift dresses? do you wear them?

I hope that you are having a good week? Not long to go until the weekend, I am so ready for it!

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.
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Vintage Heart Trousers by Richard Shops – Size 28″

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Black and Red Top by M & S Size 8

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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

Thrifty Thursday – Vintage Ponchos

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I have had a real craving for vintage ponchos lately. So much so that I couldn’t help but treat myself to a few from Etsy (One of which is pictured above). There have been lots of blanket capes around this winter but I don’t think that anything you could buy on the high street really competes,to an original vintage poncho. They are usually made from much better quality materials and have unique details that you won’t see in the high street shops as much. I really love the bold colour and pattern on my poncho. They are also really cosy. I am hoping my vintage ponchos will not only be great for this cold winter weather but also on cooler evenings when camping or at festivals.

Here are a few of the other vintage ponchos that I found on Etsy.
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Top right – 70’s Arran Knit Poncho – Gold Canary Vintage (Etsy)

Top left – Vintage Native American Blanket Cape – Black Pagan Vintage (Etsy)

Bottom left – 70’s Fringe Poncho – Crush Vintage Candy (Etsy)

Bottom right –  Blanket Poncho – Shabby Babe Vintage (Etsy)

If there is one place that sells amazing vintage ponchos, it is Etsy. Here are just a few of the lovelies that I have seen. Although many of them come from the US or  abroad so have a higher delivery charge, I still think they are pretty good value for such a gorgeous and wearable piece of history.

For anyone who can knit Etsy also have some pretty amazing vintage poncho knitting patterns and craft supplies.

Do you shop on Etsy? What are your favourite finds?

 

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Happy Christmas

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Jacket – Rokit vintage
Necklace – a pressy from my mum
Top – M & S (Fairtrade)
Skirt – Kinky Melon Retro Boutique (AKA Vintage Vixen)
Boots – Dream in Green

Only a few days to go until Christmas and I can’t wait. I have been pretty organised this year so have food, pressies and outfits all sorted for the days ahead. No more work until after Christmas giving me a lovely relaxing break and the chance to focus on spending time with my lovely family. I am attempting to have an ‘eco ‘ Christmas this year which means cutting back a little on consumption and concentrating on the more important things like spending time with family and friends. I have to admit it has been quite tricky but even a little more sustainable has to be better than nothing. I will hopefully share more about that after Christmas.

In the picture above, I am wearing the outfit that I wore to go Christmas shopping in Bath a few weeks ago. The skirt is from (Vintage Vix’s) Kinky Melon Retro Boutique at which I picked up when they visited Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair in Bath. I love the bold pattern and colours on the skirt and it super comfortable to wear. So unusual for me to find a long skirt that actually fits and doesn’t need altering to stop it dragging on the floor.

Here my instagrams from the last few weeks…

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Bath Abbey

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The Apres Ski bar at Bath Christmas market
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Mexican Santa- possibly my favourite Christmas tree decoration ever!
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Christmas or no Christmas, this cat loves to sleep
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mince pies Happy ChristmasA day off work and the chance to watch a Christmas film and scoff mince pies

Well that is it from me for now, I am signing off for Christmas.

I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas.

I look forward to lots more sustainable style and ethical fashion in 2015! I am ever hopeful that it will be the year when ethical clothing becomes the norm and fashion slows down.

How have you been preparing for Christmas and what are you hoping for in 2015?

With warmest wishes

Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair Bath

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When the lovely Vicky of Kinky Melon Retro Boutique and Vintage Vixon blog mentioned that she would be at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair in Bath, I decided to pop along with my daughter to say hi and of course have a browse as it feels like ages since I last went to a vintage fair. I have been reading Vintage Vixon for years and it was great to meet Vicky who was just as stunning in real life as on her blog and equally lovely.

The Kinky Melon stall (pictured with Vicky and Jon above) is crammed full of both men’s and women’s vintage clothes with a focus on reasonable prices. I treated myself to a fab maxi skirt for a tenner and a bag for my daughter for £8 (below).

As you can see from the pictures the Guildhall in Bath is a stunning location for a vintage fair and the fair also definitely lived up to its name of ‘afforadable’ with a great selection of really affordable pieces. I also bought myself a parka jacket  for £25 to keep me going through the winter and into festival season next year and a woollen check scarf. I have seen acrylic versions of these all over the high street but mine cost just £4 and there were baskets of them to choose from!
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DSCN3300 4 Judys Affordable Vintage Fair BathI wore my favourite Pachacuti hat with a vintage paisley pom pom scarf and M&S Fairtrade cotton vest top as the weather was unusually warm for the time of year.

What are you doing this weekend? Hope you have a lovely time.

With warmest wishes

Ethical Fashion for Autumn – My Top 10 Dresses

Whilst the weather is unusually warm for this time of year, autumn is not far away, so for me it is time to dust off my trusty black opaques and ankle boots. Here are my top 10 picks of dresses that are the perfect combo of autumn style and ethical fashion. You can also check out my store for a great selection of sustainable and ethical fashion dresses.

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People Tree Sofia Tree Print Dress

People Tree are definitely one of my favourite places to buy ethical fashion and this autumn, they have some great styles and lovely prints. If you don’t already know about People Tree, their clothes are fair trade so everyone in the supply chain gets treated with respect and has the opportunity for a sustainable livelihood.

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Seasalt Cornwall Esmerelda Dress

Seasalt Cornwall create beautiful clothes with some fun unique prints. I love the colours and flattering style of this dress and even better that they are a socially responsible business making about 60% of their cotton products from organic cotton.
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SkunkFunk Zora Dress

Skunk Funk is another of my favourite brands, they always seem to come up with unique designs that I love like this unusual dress. Skunkfunk are committed to sustainability using organic cotton and recycled polyester as well as tencel and modal in their clothes.

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Annie Greenabelle Floral Panel Carey Party Dress

Annie Greenabelle create cute feminine dresses and whilst this dress is called a party dress, I would probably wear it for daytime too. Annie Greenabelle clothes are ethically made with a some of their clothes being made from organic cotton and some being made in Britain.
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Nancy Dee Lana Stripe Dress

Nancy Dee specialise in fluid styles made from organic cotton jersey which not only looks great but is also super comfy to wear. I love the simplicity of this dress. Nancy Dee are also an ethical fashion brand making all of their clothes in the UK.
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Braintree Clothing Carly Check Dress

Braintree Clothing is another pioneering ethical fashion brand that makes clothes that don’t cost the earth. This dress is made from organic cotton and hemp which is a better alternative for the environment and farmers than conventional cotton.

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ASOS Reclaimed Drop Waist Smock Dress

The ASOS reclaimed is a great place to look if you want fresh styles with minimim environmental impact. The collection is made from deadstock and one of a kind vintage pieces. This smock dress looks lovely and comfy to wear.

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Urban Renewal Black Velvet Baby Doll Dress

This velvet baby doll dress definitely has a bit of a grungey feel to it. It is made from original vintage velvet so has less of an environmental impact than clothing that is made from new.

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ASOS Africa Print Dress with Sheer Inserts

I am loving the fab print on this dress by ASOS Africa. Also loving that it has been ethically made in Africa.
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Adini – Milanese Lace Dress

Last but not least, this lovely lace dress would be perfect for all sorts of parties and nights out for the season ahead. Adini are commited to both fair trade and protection of the environment.

Gorgeous as these dresses are, for now I am resisting buying anything new as I have quite a lots of clothes and don’t really need anything at the moment.

If you are in need of something gorgeous to wear this autumn, why not opt for something ethical and sustainable? there is definitely lots out there to choose from.

Which are your favourite ethical brands?

With warmest wishes


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A Vintage Dress, a Black Tie Party, Buying Less and Living More!

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On the weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited to a 40th birthday party of our neighbours. It was a fairly lavish do with a large marquee, champagne, lots of live music, some fantastic singing and even some posh portaloos! The dress code was black tie which was ideal for me as I haven’t had the chance to get properly dressed up in ages. I also love love seeing everyone dressed up in their dickie bows and best dresses.

Rather than buy a new dress (it could be a while before I get to wear it again), I decided to make use of something that I already had in my wardrobe. I got this dress from a vintage fair in Bath a few years ago and have not had nearly enough opportunities to wear it. I have no idea how old it is as the label says ‘Richard shops’. Hopefully I don’t giveaway my age when I say that I remember my mum buying clothes from Richard shops and possibly even bought a few pieces myself back in the day. According to Wikipedia the brand was popular through from the sixties to 1992 when the shops finally closed. My earrings were a present from Mr S to wear on my wedding day 15 years ago and the tights have been in my drawer for at least a few years and got me lots of compliments. The shoes are at least  4 or 5 years old aswell. All in all I was pleased that I managed to put together an outfit for a black tie party without buying anything new. I think I could probably have searched the high street for hours (which I just don’t have time for) and not managed to find an outfit that made me as happy as the old one I wore!

buy less live more A Vintage Dress, a Black Tie Party, Buying Less and Living More!This summer has been pretty amazing so far we have been out and about doing so many fun things and we have lots more planned including holidays, spa days and festivals. As much as I love buying clothes, there really is no point in doing so if you never get out and about to show them off. Hence my new motto, ‘Buy Less, Live More!’. I think doing stuff is so much more fun than buying stuff.

What do your or would you wear to a black tie party? do you have something amazing in your wardrobe that is just waiting for a special occassion?

With warmest wishes

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8 Online Fashion Shops Selling Amazing Preloved Clothes

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Who needs new clothes when there are so many amazing preloved clothes out there conveniently available from online shops. Preloved clothes rock because they are great value and you get that little bit more for your buck. Buying preloved clothes is also a great way to get an  instant wardrobe refresh without having a massive impact on the planet. We think preloved clothes are the ultimate sustainable fashion and perfect for those that just can’t do without their fahsion fix.

Here are our top 10 online fashion shops selling amazing preloved clothes

 

Motel Vintage

 8 Online Fashion Shops Selling Amazing Preloved Clothes

Motel Rocks is a popular online shop, but did you know that they have a vintage collection. Packed with a great selection of vintage band t shirts and reworked vintage pieces, Motel Vintage has some great styles that combine retro prints with contempory shapes.

Rock My Vintage

If you are looking for some lovely and really wearable vintage pieces that have been carefully handpicked, then you should definitely check out the genuine vintage section at Rock My Vintage. They have a great selection of vintage dresses as well as jewellery and bags that can be used to give a stylish twist to more modern clothes.

Urban Renewal

For hip street wear, Urban Outfitters Renewal collection has some great vintage and preloved pieces for men and women including checked shirts, beanie hats, baseball caps and wax jackets.

Vestiare Collective

If you want to live a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget then Vestiare Collective is a great place to shop. You can pick up preloved designer pieces at a fraction of the amount that they would cost new. This online fashion shop has a massive selection and you will find clothes by just about every designer that you could imagine, it is also carefully curated to ensure quality and authenticity.

Buy My Wardrobe

Buy My Wardrobe is yet another amazing website where you can buy and sell designer clothing. Their mission to create a “trusted social shopping site with real people behind real profiles. A place to browse and be inspired as well as buy and sell pre-owned designer fashion.”

Oxfam Fashion

The online Oxfam Fashion shop now has a massive selection of preloved and vintage pieces at great prices. It features the top picks from Oxfam shops around the country. The site makes finding exactly what you want easy peasy with filters for brand, size, style etc. The prices are also pretty amazing with brands including Whistles, Ted Baker and Hobbs.

ASOS Reclaimed Vintage

The ASOS reclaimed collection contains some fabulous pieces created from vintage pieces and deadstock fashioned into unique and individual trend lead pieces.

ASOS Marketplace

ASOS Marketplace is another great place to buy preloved clothes straight from the sellers wardrobe as well as vintage and indie labels from a variety of boutique shops. Not all of the clothes are preloved so try filtering your search for preloved or vintage to save precious time if that is what you are looking for.

Do you know of any other shops selling amazing pre loved clothes?

Please tweet me @styleeyes to share

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 Fashion
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)

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

With warmest wishes

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Family Heirlooms

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I love the idea of family heirlooms which go against the whole idea of a throwaway society and mass consumerism. Last weekend I had a tea party with a beautiful tea set that I was given recently, after my Grandma had to move out of her home. I couldn’t bear to see something so beautiful that my Grandma had looked after for so many years go to a charity shop. I hope that I will look after this tea set as well as my Grandma and eventually pass it on to my children or perhaps even grandchildren. I also have a gingham table cloth and jelly mould which I am already making good use of as my girls love jelly (as do I). With money that I was given for Christmas I have also invested in a new teapot from Notonthestreet.com that sort of matches/ mismatches the tea set.

I have so many happy memories of holiday by the seaside in West Wales with my Grandma and Grandpa,fresh bread and Welsh cakes baked by my Grandma and lots of ice cream, this tea set is a great reminder.

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I was also given this lovely fur coat which is so comforting, warm and cosy. Family heirlooms and clothes that have been given to me by family give me so much more enjoyment than buying new!

Do you have any family heirlooms or clothes given to you by family that you really treasure? Is old better than new for you?

With warmest wishes