Ethical Outfit Competition

To celebrate the launch of my new website www.style-is.co.uk (a kind of search engine for sustainable style), I am hold an ethical outfit competition for fashion bloggers with some fantastic prizes.

The prizes

£100 of Spartoo Vouchers

Timberland EK Bethel Buckle Mid Lace Boot

Spartoo has a fantastic range of eco friendly and vegan shoes including brands like Timberland Earthkeeper, Dream in Green, El Naturalista and Think on which the lucky winner can spend their voucher.

Skunkfunk Handbag

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This colourful and eye catching bag by eco brand Skunkfunk is made from recycled PU. It is a neat, convenient and stylish way of carrying life’s essentials whilst making a style statement. It is 26cm x 29cm x2cm.

2 X £10 Voucher for Rock My Vintage

Tatty Devine Crown Necklace

We are also giving 2 lucky winner a £10 gift voucher for Rock My Vintage. This fantastic online store has a great vintage dresses,handbags and jewellery and also stocks a number of ethical/ sustainable brands including Tatty DevineNancy Dee and Lowie.

Full details of how to enter this competition for UK fashion bloggers on Style is…

South West Bloggers Christmas Party

On Sunday I went to the South West Bloggers Christmas party organised by Gina of Bristol Fashionista, Hayley of Ceriselle and Lyzi of Being Little in aid of Macmillan Cancer. The party was held at the Birdcage in Bristol which is just about the most perfect place for a fashion bloggers party, a kind of cross between a cafe and a vintage shop with live music, delicious cake and even a vintage teacup filled with champagne.

As always at these events I arrived feeling a little shy when I first arrived, not really knowing anyone, but Gina gave such a warm welcome and immediatley introduced me to some very lovely bloggers, so I soon settled in for plenty of chatting and drinking tea.

I was really excited to see the Christnmas tree with piles of presents underneath. We each got to choose one of the presents which had been carefully wrapped by Hayley (pictured above) and our hosts.

We also had a quiz hosted by Gina which was a great  way to get to know some of the others.

I was lucky enough to be on the winning team with Maria of Frills and Spills, Sarah of a Million Dresses and Selina of Flying Saucer. I will have to admit though, I didn’t really make much of a contribution to our winning. Maria most definitely was our secret weapon, knowing the answer to almost every single question.

It was great to meet Selina (whose blog I have followed for years) and chat about Motel Rocks, where she works and where coincidentally the upcycled dress that I was wearing had originally come from.
It was also lovely to meet Laura of A Daisy Chain Dream, a blog that I have followed for ages.

I also met Sophie of Sophie Across the Universe and  Becca of Taz and Bear

Finally I had to dash but also got a lovely goody bag with a pretty vintage scarf that I will most definitely be wearing. The perfect finishing touch to a perfect party!

In my pressy I got some lovely glittery nail varnish and nail wraps from @UrbanistaUK!

I also won a voucher from Crown & Glory in the quiz, I am still deliberating on whether to treat myself to a Whole Lotta Rosie Headband or a Flutterby Baby Fascinator.

Not long to go until Christmas now, I am feeling unusually well prepared this year. I hope you are having a good week and are ready for the festivities.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

The Good Wardrobe

The Good Wardrobe

I am delighted to see so many new initiatives springing up which can help us to not only be more sustainable with our clothing but also look super stylish at the same time.

The Good Wardrobe is a fantastic new website founded by Zoe Robinson, founder of Think Style, style consultancy that assists clients in dressing more sustainably without compromising on style.

It is a community site which allows you to share your style, find out about where to buy ethical fashion and access services that prolong the life of your wardrobe and connect with like minded individuals. You can ask for advice, give advice and rate and review shops. If you get thanked for nay of the questions that you answer, you will get tokens which you can use to donate to one of the sites chosen charities.

You can also find out more about the Sew it Forward Campaign. The idea is to slow consumption by encouraging people to share or learn sewing skills. If you live in London, you can pledge your skills to help someone learn a new skill. I really love the idea of their gift voucher as an alternative to  expensive, sometimes un-wanted and wasteful presents at Christmas. You can download it from the website (link above) and then fill it in with the skill that you can teach them and that will help them to prolong the life of their clothes and save money.

I have already posted a few questions and answers on the forum and am feeling motivated to get on and sort out some of those unworn items of clothing in my wardrobe. Is anyone else joining?

I hope you are having a good week . Christmas is creeping up on me far too quick, I haven’t even written my Christmas cards yet and about to be swept up into a whirlwind of Christmas plays and carol concerts (for the children) and parties (for me). Not complaining though, I have a horrendous cough that seems to be going on for weeks and I definitely think plenty of mulled wine would do me some good! Do you have any fun Christmassy stuff going on?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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style-is.co.uk launches – a search engine for sustainable style

You might have heard me mention once or twice ‘the website’ that I have been planning for about the last six months. Well I am delighted to say that it has now launched!

style is… (www.style-is.co.uk) is  a kind of ethical fashion/ sustainable style search engine which features over 140 ethical brands and 1000’s of sustainable choices all under one easily searchable virtual roof.

Since starting this blog a year or so ago, I have been looking for a way to make it quicker and easier to shop sustainably. I also want to share the amazing ethical fashion that is on offer and show how much choice there is availabl,e ranging from luxurious designer to surprising affordable pieces. style is… features some brands you will probably already know about like Monkee Genes, People Tree, Timberland and Komodo but also many you may not have heard of. It has women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories, all of which can be sorted by style, price and ethics (e.g. vintage, recycled, fair trade, organic and vegan). There is also a sales section and some great offers and discounts.

I would love to know what you think of style is… (please email me or leave your comment below), I will also be running an ethical outfit competition next week to celebrate the launch.

This week has been crazy busy with the EFF Source Awards, website launch, Christmas prep and so many activities for the children going on. I am looking forward to a massive rest and hopefully the chance to catch up with some blog reading. Will you be doing anything fun or Christmassy this weekend? whatever, have a good one!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Striking Vintage Scarf Tops

If you read my blog regularly, you will know how much I love beautiful scarves. I love the luxurious silk, the rich colours and eye catching patterns but if I am honest I don’t wear them as much as I would like to because they can get on my nerves a bit and keep falling off, especially on a windy day. So when I heard from Marilyn at Vintage Fashion Fair London that she had designed some tops made from genuine vintage scarves, I couldn’t wait to see more.

The three styles of top are Made in the UK from beautiful scarves that are mostly silk and some are even designer brands like Liberty. Each top is completely unique and two of the styles are made using two scarves, hand stitched together, one for front and one for the back giving a unique and interesting combination which really appeals to my love of pattern mixing. These tops can be worn either way, so if you fancy a change you can just turn them around. The other style of top is a halterneck style with a thin silver choker band that holds the scarf.

The full collection of tops will be available to see and buy at Vintage Fashion Fair London in Primrose Hill on 11th November (this Sunday). Prices start at £55.

You can find out more details about the fair and register for free ticket at www.vintagefashionfairlondon.co.uk.

I hope that you are having a good week.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

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Fireworks Weekend


Scarf – Vintage/Second hand
Tops – high street
Trousers – ASOS Africa
Boots – Clarks

This week seems to have passed by in a blur, I have been super busy although I am not really sure what I have been doing. The children have been home from school for half term and we have been to stay with my sister for a Halloween sleepover, out for lunch in town and doing non stop making stuff.

Whilst it has been lovely to have some time with them, I am definitely looking forward to a return to routine on Monday. This weekend, we are having one last half term treat with a visit to the circus, honestly I think I am more excited than the children. I don’t think I have ever been to the circus. Also of course there will be fireworks followed by chips from the chippy.

Oh and the outfit? so fed up with the dark and dismal weather I decided to wear something bright to cheer myself up. I don’t think I will ever get bored of these trousers. By wearing them I am probably breaking multiple style rules by wearing patterns on my pear shaped lower half. But oh well, stuff the rules.

What are you up to this weekend? will you be going to the fireworks?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Lovely Links!

I have been seeing so many fantastic blog posts over the last few weeks, I have decided to start sharing them with a new feature called Lovely Links. Here is what I love this week.

Summer Rayne Oakes – this model is on a (sustainable) mission – another fantastic interview in the eco fashion series at Urban Times.

When costume becomes street cred – how amazing are these doiley leggings featured on the six items challenge blog?

A New Lease of Life for Tights – who hasn’t got loads of tights stuffed in a draw somewhere. I love this fantastic idea for upcycling them by Ms Castro on a Bike (Fashion Stylist, Lupe Castro).

Interview with Vintage Vixen if you haven’t already done so, you should check out this interview that I did for Oxfam Fashion.

Remade in Leeds – this article on the Ethical Fashion Forum Source Magazine tells you a little more about their shop of the month.

Red Carpet Recycler – it is great to hear that more celebrities are joining Olivia Firth in her Green Carpet Challenge as discussed in this Vogue article.

Tomorrow is the next update on  my progress with the six items challenge. It has been a tough week now looking forward to the weekend. Hope you have a lovely time.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Image credit – www.vogue.co.uk

Sweetpea Swimwear – Luxury Retro Swimwear, Made in the UK

Retro Swimsuit by Sweetpea Swimwear

Sweetpea Swimsuit

Bikini by Sweetpea Swimwear

 Fleur Bikini

retro swimming costume by Sweetpea Swimwear

Marguerite Swimsuit

retro bikini by Sweetpea Swimwear

 Dahlia Bikini

Finally we are having a bit of summer weather in the UK which gets me thinking about summer holidays….

With that in mind, I would like to introduce Sweetpea Swimwear, a brand new luxury swimwear brand that I am working with. Sweetpea Swimwear has just launched their collection of retro inspired styles which will take you back to a bygone era, a time of femininity and glamour with modest cuts to enhance a natural womanly shape.

The swimsuits and bikinis are timeless and versatile and will take you from poolside to party in style. Many of the swimsuits and can be worn in a number of different ways with removable straps and the swimsuits can even be worn for the evening with the addition of a skirt.

Each piece in the Sweetpea Swinwear collection is a great investment as not only are the designs timeless but each piece has been made using the highest quality materials and finishes with extreme attention to detail.

Sweetpea Swimwear is available exclusively from www.sweetpeaswimwear.com. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

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Six Items Challenge Update – Week One

I am now exactly one week into the Six Items Challenge which I am taking part in for the whole of July with Labour Behind the Label to try and raise awareness of the plight of real people working in the fashion industry and their struggle for better rights and working conditions. You can check out how the others participating in the challenge are getting on in the Six Items Challenge Blog.

This week hasn’t been too bad with the main challenges being the weather. Feeling cold in my choice of summery clothes and struggling to get clothes washed and dried ready to wear again, resulting in me resorting to drying a pair of leggings with the hair dryer, were probably the low points. On the plus side I managed to get ready pretty quickly each morning as I didn’t have much to choose from.

Her are my outfits for the week featuring the six items – a really old black shift dress and t shirt, a dress by Komodo, leggings from People Tree, Green Printed Dress from Monsoon and patterned trousers by ASOS Africa.

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The necklace and bracelets were presents and the shoes are from sustainable shoe brand Melissa.

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The scarf is from a vintage fair, the handbag from a charity shop and the necklace a present from my mum.

Six Items challenge -day 4

This necklace was also a present from my mum.

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The belt was from the high street and the necklace from ethical jewellery brand Made UK.

The scarf is vintage and the shoes and tights from the high street.

The scarf is from a vintage fair and the necklace also from ethical jewelery brand Made UK.

Now I have worn all of the basic outfit combinations once comes the challenge. I am going to need to get creative and imaginative with accessories this week in order to make some different outfits.

I hope that you have had a good weekend!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x