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)

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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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Ethical Fashion and Butterflies in Paphos

Over Easter we went away for a much needed week away in Paphos, Cyprus. Of course when I am on holiday, I wear ethical fashion, the same as I do at home but with the sun out I decided to take the opportunity to wear some of my favourite printed dresses. Here are just a few of the outfits that I happened to take photos of. I was certainly spoilt for colourful backdrops with the beautiful flowers  and butterflies (there were loads of them!) there and the amazing garden on our apartment.
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Earrings and Dress – The Feather Tree
Denim Jacket – swapped
Bag – Reclaim Bags

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Dress – Ruby Rocks
Leggings – People Tree

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Holiday was the usual round of over indulgence with far too much sun, food and drink, but I did manage to brave the fairly cold swimming pool to do about 50 lengths each day. We got back a few weeks ago but it feels like ages now. I have been super busy since I got back with a birthday trip to London, lunch out with friends, our first camping trip with a new caravan and some training walks in preparation for my 27 mile Brecon Beacon trek.

What have you been up to? and are you feeling ready to wear some bright colourful summer clothes?

You may notice that I have a new sponsor on my blog Bibico. There are some really beautiful and ethically made clothes on their website for spring and summer which you can check out here – www.bibico.co.uk

With warmest wishes

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TOMS Glitter Classics Shoe Review

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Jacket – Rokit Vintage
Dress – SkunkFunk
Scarf – Accessorize
Bag – Relaim Bags
Shoes – TOMS

Back before Easter, I went for lunch with my sister at Las Iguanas then on to see Dirty Dancing at Bristol Hippodrome, which was fabulous! I wore my new TOMS glitter shoes and decided that it was about time I wrote a review as I think they have an interesting story to tell.

If you don’t already know about TOMS shoes they have interesting policy called One for One® where they donate a pair of shoes to someone in need for every pair sold. Since 2006 TOMS Shoes have given 10 million pairs of shoes to children in need. They are also continously working to help more by providing different types of shoes based on terrain and season, or creating local jobs by producing shoes in countries where they give and to make their operations more sustainable. TOMS Shoes are always given to children through humanitarian organizations who incorporate shoes into their community development programs. Not only do I love the simple style of TOMS shoes that is available in so many different patterns and fabrics but I love the story behind them. A few years ago I read the book, Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie, the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS. The book is all about about how TOMS started and provides both information and inspiration for anyone wanting to start a business that puts people at its centre.

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Any how I decided to treat myself to a pair of black glitter womens classics, which I could wear with casual or more fancy outfits and are the perfect way to add a little sparkle to the everyday. When the shoes turned up, I was at first disappointed to find them a little snug. I was undecided whether to try a size up, so I decided to google ‘TOMS shoes sizing’ and discovered that it is quite common for them to be a little tight and after a few wears they should stretch. This was spot on and after only a few hours of wearing around the house, they went from far to tight to just the right size. I am definitely glad that I hung onto them! Whilst I am wearing them with a dress in the picture above, they also look great with skinny jeans or leggings.

The only point that I would make to anyone planning on buying TOMS shoes online that the shoes are sent from Holland and in the case of returns would need to be returned to The Netherlands at your own cost so check the sizing carefully.

What do you think of TOMS? do you love the style or story or both?

I hope that you are having a good week!

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

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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

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DIY Pom Pom Trim Scarf

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021 DIY Pom Pom Trim ScarfOne of the things that I wanted to more of on the blog in 2014 was DIY’s. So I have finally kicked myself into action with a little DIY project on a scarf that I have been meaning to customise for ages.
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I bought the scarf for 1 Euro at a church jumble sale in Tenerife quite a few years ago. I had all sorts of grand plans for the scarf as plain white accessories aren’t really my thing, but unfortunately life took over. When I stumbled across some amazing pom pom trim in a little webshop called the Elephant in my Handbag, I knew the time was right for my DIY Pom Pom scarf project. I bought enough trim to edge around three edges of the scarf leaving one long edge free. I guess I could have spent a little more on the trim and edged all four edges and it may have looked even better. The project was really simple, I just handstitched the trim around the scarf folding diagonally on the corners. It was the perfect little project for completing whilst watching TV.

I did consider using the orange trim for this project but decided to keep for another DIY, a crazy paisley pom pom scarf. What do you think? add to this scarf or keep for another project? Either way, it could take me a while to get round to it!

If you would like any more pom pom inspiration, you could check out this fab post at Scrap Hacker.

Have you completed any DIY projects lately?

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Everybody Warm – The Story Behind The Brand

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Everybody Warm is a Social Enterprise recently set up by Kelly Tennick. When Kelly got in touch to tell me a litttle more about the story behind Everybody Warm and offer for me to try out one of their beautiful scarves of pashminas. Not only is this a great story that I think needs to be shared but also because this lovely scarf is the perfect addition to my wardrobe complimenting so many different outfits that I have!

Everybody Warm sell ethically traded scarves and pashminas sourced from North India, and then use the profits to buy blankets, duvets and sleeping bags for those in need. The first donation by Everybody Warm is scheduled with a homeless charity, Winter Comfort based in Cambridge this July, and Kelly is keen to buy as many sleeping bags for them as she can! WinterComfort work with homeless people or those at risk of losing their home. Instead of just ‘throwing’ a few blankets their way, they will be working alongside project managers to understand exactly what the needs of their clients are before funding their first donation.

The mission behind Everybody Warm is simple “to keep everybody warm”. Whilst Kelly recognises that she can’t solve all of the problems in the world, Everybody Warm is working with Giving Partners both here in the UK and abroad to make the situations of those in need a little better.

What do you think? would you like to help keep Everybody Warm with a beautiful scarf by from Everybody Warm?

Each time someone buys a scarf from Everybody Warm, it is a step in the right direction and each time they wear it, they can wear it with pride knowing that they are helping to make Everybody Warm.

You can check out the shop at Everybodywarm.co.uk

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Introducing Wills Ethical and Vegan Shoes

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Each day at the moment, I seem to discover another amazing stylish and ethical brand that I can’t wait to share on this blog. Unfortunately life is just far too busy at the moment and I am struggling to keep up with posting on a daily basis (sorry about that!) but I definitely had to make time to tell you about Wills Animal and Human Friendly Shoes. You can check out their full range of on trend styles on the website wills-vegan-shoes.com.

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wills vegan shoes Introducing Wills Ethical and Vegan ShoesThe brand was started by, you guessed it, Wills, who had noticed a gap in the market for fairly priced ethical footwear. The site has a great selection of high quality shoes in contemporary styles for men and women including brogues, wedges and court shoes with new styles being added for each of the four seasons. Unlike some vegan shoes, Wills shoes are also made with respect for people and the planet. They are made in Portugal where workers are paid in accordance with European guidelines.These vegan shoes are certified by the vegan society and make a great eco friendly alternative to leather shoes. They are made from latest breathable faux leather micro fibres so they do not get ruined in the rain like leather shoes can.

What I really love about these ethical shoes are the prices! they are affordable and comparable in price with many of the non ethical shoes sold on the high street making this ethical footwear completely accessible to anyone who gives a monkeys about how their shoes are made.

There is some great feedback on the website if you are interested in finding out more.

What do you think of Wills ethical and vegan shoes?

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3 Ways That The Internet Has Changed How I Shop for Clothes

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My outfit – worn for the first sunny day of spring last weekend
Layered tops (both organic cotton) – Kuyichi and Stewart and Brown
Organic cotton leggings – People Tree
Shoes – Used to belong to Mr S
Scarf – Hoss Intropia
Bracet – Ornate Me

It is hard to imagine life without the internet, only 10 years ago life was very different, there was no social media, we all did pretty much all of our shopping by going to the shops and I didn’t really have a clue about the brands I was buying and how or where their clothes were made. The internet has opened up a whole new life for me from writing this blog to running an internet based business for the last 5 years. Without the opportunity to explore my style through my blog, I may not have come to the conclusion that buying more and more fast fashion for the sake of it is a really bad idea for so many reasons.

Here are three ways that the internet has changed the way that I shop for clothes.

Inspiration

I used to obessively read magazines and pretty much follow the advice that I really must buy the latest fashion, style or beauty product. These days I tend to get most of my style inspiration from blogs, this has lead to me being more creative with the clothes that I already have and feeling more confident to develop my own individual style rather than following what has been dictated as the latest trend by a fashion magazine.

More Choice

Living in a small town with hardly any clothes shops and having children that makes finding time to go out shopping difficult, the internet has opened up a whole new world of shopping for me. There are so many small independant and ethical fashion labels that are only available online, without the internet they may not exist and even if they did wouldn’t be accessible to me. Without the internet it would be much more difficult to stick to my rules of only buying ethical or sustainable clothes. Even Oxfam have an online shop giving me access the clothes from not just one charity shop but from their charity shops all around the country. I still think you can’t beat the sheer enjoyment of an afternoon browsing the charity shops but when you need something specific to wear and you don’t have much time to shop, the internet certainly speeds things up. For the fastest average download speeds available to customers (according to OFCOM’s 2013 report) check out Virgin Media.

More Information and Greater Awareness

Last but not least, the internet gives me accesss to a huge amount of information and has given me a much greater awareness of many of the sustainability and ethical issues surrounding the fashion industry. With the click of a mouse I can check out  a brands corporate responsibility page, check out if they are using child labour in their supply chain or read up on reports by organisations like Ethical Consumer.

What do you think? Has the internet changed the way you shop?

With warmest wishes

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Ethical Fashion – What to Wear for an Early Dinner Out

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Hat – Pachacuti
Dress – People Tree
Scarf – New Look
Leggings – People Tree
Boots – Clarks

Last Saturday I went out for an early dinner with Mr S and the children in Bath. It was probably one of the first outings where I haven’t encountered extreme wind or rain since Christmas, so I took the opportunity to wear my new hat by Fairtrade and ethical fashion brand Pachacuti.

The last week has been super crazy not only with work but with choosing a few new pieces to go in my newly decorated lounge (more on that in a post soon!) and planning and booking up lots of amazing stuff for the spring and summer, I can’t wait. With a little bit of sunshine over the last week and more forecast for tommorrow, I definitely feeling bright and happy. Amongst my plans I have signed up for a charity trek across the Brecon Beacons, booked a music festival, a vintage event, a day in London as well as some holidays and weekends away. Spring and summer are going to be super busy but I am definitely going to be sticking to my new years resolutions to live life to the full this year.

Do you have any fun plans yet for spring and summer? Have a lovely weekend!

With warmest wishes

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