Braintree Clothing for a Thoughtful Spring


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I am loving the new Braintree clothing collection for spring which features some super flattering tunic style dresses, drapey cardigans, bohemian skirts and slouchy trousers. The unique prints and patterns are inspired by spring blooms, Japanese inspired florals, patchwork and classic stripes. Fabrics include soft organic cotton and bamboo jersey which are both cool and comfortable to wear, sustainable hemp and ethically produced wool. They also use recycled polyester, tencel made from recycled wool and rayon, all more eco friendly alternatives to conventional cotton or synthetic fabrics(made from petro chemicals). Having bought clothes from Braintree clothing in the past, pieces which still now feature in my wardrobe and every day outfits, I can vouch for the beautiful quality of the clothes.

They also have a fab new website design with the Bthoughtful blog full of ideas and tips on style, living and being.

If you are planning a super chilled out and ‘thoughful’ spring and summer (I certainly am), Braintree clothing have the perfect choice of clothes to wear!

Rhona Rae Spotted Skirt Braintree Clothing for a Thoughtful SpringThe Rhona Rae Spotted Skirt – For sitting in a sidewalk cafe, watching the world go by, drinking cappacino and catching up with friends.
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Rosa Brook Floral Dress – for summer festivals!

Esmay Bea Paisley Dress Braintree Clothing for a Thoughtful SpringEsmay Bea Paisley Dress -For a pub lunch with the family in a pretty little country pub.

Paris Stripe Tunic Braintree Clothing for a Thoughtful SpringParis Stripe Tunic – For walks by the seaside with plenty of fresh air and an icecream.

Zinnia Plaid check skirt Braintree Clothing for a Thoughtful SpringZinnia Plaid Check Skirt – For picnics in the park on a lazy afternoon.daska Braintree Clothing for a Thoughtful Spring

Of course life isn’t just about getting out and about, we all need a little down time and Braintree clothing has a lovely new collection called Braintree Be which features  super comfy but stylish clothes that you won’t feel ashamed to pop out to the shop in. Perfect for relaxing on the sofa after work or on weekends or a chic choice for a yoga or pilates class. These are just the sort of clothes I love to wear post workout.

Braintree Clothing have kindly offered readers of this blog a lovely 10% of when they use code STYLEEYES10.

What do you think of Braintree Clothing? and how are you planning to chill out and enjoy yourself this summer?

With warmest wishes

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Mother’s Day

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Dress – Nancy Dee
Necklace – People Tree
Shoes – Clarkes

As Sunday was Mother’s Day, I decided to get a bit dressed up in my favourite dress for a bit of Sunday Lunch, cooked by Mr S. If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you will know that Nancy Dee is one of my favourite ethical fashion brands, with organic cotton and bamboo jersey pieces which are both comfy and flattering to wear, making it the perfect choice for a day of eating. The necklace is from People Tree a few years ago, I haven’t worn it as much as I could have done, but now I have tried it with this dress and love how it looks, I definitely think I will wear it again soon. It is the shape of a round collar embellished with sparkly beads, just the sort of beautiful, intricate and detailed fashion that People Tree excels at.

I was spoilt with lovely cards and pressies from my girls including the Deliciously Ella cookbook which was definitely on my wish list. I have been making a conscious effort to try and eat more healthily by cutting down (almost cutting out) both alcohol and meat. I have also been cutting my sugar intake by snacking on some of the recipes from the Deliciously Ella blog. The book will make it a little easier to cook the recipes as I don’t have a tablet which I can use to view recipes in the kitchen. I may be imagining it, but since switching to my healthier lifestyle (only 2 or 3 weeks so far), I have definitely felt like I have got more energy.

Unfortunately on Sunday, I blew the healthy eating with not one but two breakfasts, one made by each of them and a ‘few’ glasses of wine. Here are just a few instagrams from my Mother’s Day.

teddy Mothers Day
My daughter has been on for a while about making a dress for her tiny teddy. Mother’s Day seemed like the perfect time to get on and do it.
breakfast Mothers Day
My youngest made me this breakfast with Greek Yoghurt, bananas, almonds and honey. Not only was it delicious but set me up well for the 2 hours of exercise classes I did ij the morning.
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Lovely cards from my girls
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Pressies!

Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to spoil my mum this Mother’s Day as we have to share her around. But I will be making up for it in a few weeks time when I see her.

What did you do this weekend?

With warmest wishes

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Ethical Fashion Menswear

On checking my Google analytics stats for the blog the other day, I was quite surprised to find that more than half of the visitors to my blog are men. Strange but true, according to Google.I kind of assumed that men weren’t too bothered about ethical clothes, but pleased to see they are. As I haven’t posted about ethical fashion menswear for quite some time, I thought it would be good to give a little update on ethical fashion for men this spring.
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This fun shirt by Braintree Clothing is made from sustainable organic cotton (45%) and hemp (55%). Braintree are committed to both people and planet with a comprehensive code of conduct, a commitment to invest in helping their factories to grow with them and investment in sustainable fabrics, thoughtful design and considerate manufacture.

Get 10% off at Braintree Clothing with discount code STYLEEYES10

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People Tree have a lovely menswear collection for SS15 including this organic cotton palm tree t shirt. Mr S particularly loves the fit of People Tree t shirts. I love the fact that buying them helps to make a positive difference to the lives of those involved in their manufacture.

Get 10% Off at People Tree with discount code HEATH10

rapanui t shirt Ethical Fashion Menswear
Rapanui is a cool brand and award winning eco fashion company making fab organic cotton clothes using renewable energy on the Isle of Wight.

toms sneakers Ethical Fashion Menswear

For spring TOMS have some fab men’s sneakers in fresh colours including these striking woven black and white ones. For every pair of TOMS shoes bought, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to someone in need.

timberland polo Ethical Fashion Menswear
Timberland make some very stylish clothes and also have a strong commmitment to creating clothes ethically and sustainably. This polo shirt is a classic piece that will never go out of fashion.

Do you have any favourite ethical fashion menswear brands that you would like to share?

With warmest wishes

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Everyday Ethical Fashion, Birthday Celebrations and Natural Beauty

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Jacket – Nancy Dee (organic cotton)
Heart Necklace – Tatty Devine
Top – M&S (Fairtrade Cotton)
Jeans – Oxfam (originally M&S)
Shoes – Clarks

Last weekend Mr S, the girls and I headed over to my mum and dad’s house to stay for the night and to go to my sisters 40th birthday party at a nearby venue. It was a fantastic night and it was so lovely to see my big Sister along with Cousins, Aunt, Uncle and Grandma. After dancing all night, it has taken me all week to catch up on my sleep but it was definitely worth it. The outfit pictured above was what I wore before the party. The jacket by Nancy Dee is made from organic cotton jersey making it amazingly comfy to wear and the perfect sort of sustainable and ethical fashion to wear for everyday. I also wear it quite often with a black dress for work. For the party, I wore my People Tree Lulu Moon Print  dress(organic cotton again).

As my sister is only just over a year older than me, it got me starting to think about my 40th next year and what I want to do. I will probably have some sort of party/ celebration for family and friends but would also like to arrange a special trip for the four of us. I have no idea what yet but I think it would be great to experience either some amazing culture or wildlife and scenery. I am not keen on too much noise or hussle and bussle. So far I have been thinking about Iceland or Scandinavia. Please let me know if you have any ideas or have been any where amazing that would you could recommend for a family holiday. I will of course be starting a Pinterest board soon.

This week, I have also been thinking about the beauty products that I use. In 2015 I would like to start using more natural beauty products and will hopefully be sharing some reviews on this blog. Do you have any recommendations for great products or good blog to follow that feature natural beauty and or ethical fashion. Please share in the comments below.

I hope that you are having a lovely weekend. I am chilling out this weekend and apart from a few exercise classes and a big pile of washing, I haven’t done very mcuh. Anyway I am off for another cup of tea!

With warmest wishes

Lovely Layers

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Earrings – Bristol harbour market
Cardigan – Nomads
Circular Scarf- Nomads
Dress – Annie Greenabelle
Leggings – People Tree
Shoes – Clarks

It is so cold and windy at the moment, I could quite happily wrap myself in a duvet and not come out again until spring arrives! When it comes to clothes at this time of year, comfort and cosiness are a major priority for me. Being quite short, bulky sweaters can be a bit over powering and make me look even shorter so I often opt for thin layers which are warm but not too bulky. As far as ethical fashion goes, I am pretty lucky, there are plenty of choices for jersey clothes and sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton, bamboo, soy and viscose are almost always super comfy and feel great against the skin. Some of my favourite brands for supersoft and sustainable fabrics are being Nancy Dee, Annie Greenabelle, Earth Kind Originals and Seasalt Cornwall.

I recently treated myself to a few new layers with my Christmas money. I was pretty pleased with this outfit as I think it is probably one of the most comfy outfits I have. The dress is Annie Greenabelle and the leggings by People Tree, they are both made from organic cotton, the cardigan and circular scarf are by Nomads Clothing, a fair trade fashion brand.

2015 has been pretty busy so far with lots going on at work and at home. I have applied to do a Diploma in Digital Marketing, which I will begin next month. It should keep me busy!

I have also been busy updating my Ethical Fashion Brand Directory. I thought it would be good to give a little more information about each brand rather than just a list of links as it one is really special in its own way. I am over half way there so should be finished soon.

Other than that, I have been drinking lots of tea, which is definitely one of my favourite activities in this cold weather. Unsually this weekend, I shall be partying.

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Last night I went to see ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ at the Theatre Royal in Bath, which was fantastic. I read the book for GCSE which was a long time ago now, the play really brought it to life. I would definitely recommend seeing it if you get the chance.

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I also treated myself to a few little goodies from Tatty Devine with the last of my Christmas money.

What have you been up to so far in 2015? and what are your favourite clothes for this time of year?

With warmest wishes

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Tobias Clothing Linen Shirt

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Over the past few years, I have been on a bit of a mission to convince Mr S of the merits of ethical fashion. I will have to admit that it has been a bit of an uphill struggle but finally I feel am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. He really appreciates good quality in his clothes (a key feature of many ethical clothing brands) and is beginning to insist on them, so I have noticed him starting to take an interest in ethical fahion brands.

I was recently contacted to see if I would like to recieve a shirt from Tobias Clothing to feature on the blog. I was pleased to accept the shirt for Mr S to try out as not only is it a really well made and high quality 100% linen shirt but it is also ethically made. Tobias Clothing donate 10% of the profits from each shirt sold to Akanksha Foundation. The Akanksha Foundation helps to educate underprivileged slum children in Mumbai, such an important way to help them towards a better life and helping to lift them out of poverty.The organisations moto ‘Every child deserves a childhood’. You can find out more about the Ashanka Foundation here.

Mr S’s observations of his Tobias shirt

It is a great fit and is easy to wear. I ordered one size down as recommended for a slimmer fit. I also love the colour and the unique and fun flashes of pattern in the sleeves.

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He was also pleased to find that his new Tobias shirt went perfectly with his People Tree jacket for a ‘smart casual’ look, just what he needed to go out to dinner over the Christmas break. The shirt will also be great for when summer arrives (I know it feels like a long way away!) as the linen is super cool to wear.

Tobias also have a great range of 100% cotton shirts with a soft collar for a relaxed look and patterned cuff lining for those that like an indivdual look. You can check them out here What do you think?

With warmest wishes

Upstate at Gather&See

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Top – Upstate
Jeans – Oxfam
Shoes – Clarks

I bought this top from a brand called Upstate at Gather& Sea while back.If you haven’t checked out Gather&See yet, I would definitely recommend it . They stock a number of fresh and interesting sustainable fashion labels from around the world. All of which don’t compromise on either ethics or aesthetics. Upstate is a New York label that creates one of a kind pieces using dye techniques based on Japanese shibori.Each piece is dyed in house and sewn by a skilled husband and wife team in Manhattan.  Upstate only make limited productions to minimize waste and run a quilting program to put our fabric scraps to good use.

Any way,I haven’t been posting as much as I would like to lately as I have been super  busy getting ready for Christmas in hope of a chance to relax a little in the run up and spend time with my family. This year I have been trying to keep it simple in terms of pressies and food but it still seems likeI have been getting ready for ever.Not that I mind, I love Christmas!

How are your Christmas preparations going? do you like to be ready early or do you prefer more of a last minute present dash?

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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.

Marks and Spencers – Best of British Dress Review


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I decided to treat myself to a new dress from the Marks and Spencers Best of British Collection. I was particularly in love with the swirly print on the dress and its super comfy fit which is so perfect for work. It is also quite cosy for work. I wouldn’t usually wear anything this body con by the 2 layers of fabric and ruching around the stomach make it much more flattering than other body con styles that I have tried in the past. At £59 for a high quality and well made dress, I consider it to be quite good value.

Whilst Marks and Spencers does not spring immediatley to mind when you think about sustainable and ethical clothing, there are a number of factors which mean that their clothes work for me.

Firstly Marks and Spencers clothes alway fit well and last for ages. This dress is incredibly comfy and warm and washes really well. The Best of British Collection is helping to preserve the British manufacturing industry. This dress was made Lee Ann, an ethically and environmentally responsible manufacturer based in Lecietershire. The dress was not only made at their UK factory but the fabric was also knitted, dyed and printed there.

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Marks and Spencers are also committed to sustainabilityand improving the environmental performance of their operations through plan A.

Marks and Spencers have also recieved the Carbon Trust Triple Award 2014 with its accolades including zero waste to landfill and becoming a zero carbon company. By 2020 Marks and Spencers aim is to be the worlds most sustainable major retailer. The plan includes procuring 50% of cotton from sustainable sources and publishing an annual list of clothing suppliers across the world. They also support local charities through their UK stores and national initiatives like Macmillan coffee mornings, beach cleans for the Marine Conservation Society and Shwopping where they work with Oxfam to reuse and recycle clothes.

The dress is made from Modal, elastane and polyester. Modal is a a cellulose fibre from beech trees. It is a renewable and biodegradable fibre and much better than cotton in terms of the crop yield needed. Beech trees do not require irrigation or pesticides and are grown on marginal, non-agricultural land unlike cotton. The polyester lining of the dress is not ideal environmentally although it does mean that it requires less energy to launder as it dries quickly and doesn’t require ironing.

What do you think of Marks and Spencers? would you consider their clothing to be sustainable?

With warmest wishes

Ps Just to let you know that I bought the dress myself and have not recieved any payment for this review. Although I do sometimes work with M&S and many other retailer through their affiliate programs and this post does contain affiliate links.

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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.

waterproof canvas long shell jacket Timberland UK   25% Off!

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.

Timberland cherry mountain jacket Timberland UK   25% Off!
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 Timberland UK   25% Off!
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.