Eco Living – Early Christmas Shopping!

As I am super busy at the moment I have decided to get started with my Christmas shopping nice and early. I prefer to plan a bit ahead as this gives me the opportunity to have a look around and find something really lovely (as well as ethical and sustainable) for my friends and family.

Here are some of my initial ideas, more to follow soon.

Children

jabari t shirt Eco Living    Early Christmas Shopping!

habari Eco Living    Early Christmas Shopping!Johari have a great selection of bold and bright Africa inspired t shirts in their Johari Seedlings Collection, some like the one above are designed by children. They are handmade in 100% cotton and proceeds from the sale go to the Johari Foundation which helps vunerable children and young adults in Kenya with social enterprise and development programmes.

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I am also loving these handknitted bobble hats made by a Fair Trade group in Nepal, part of the WFTO Fair Trade Nepal Group, for Fair + True. They are available from Fashion Conscience which currently has a 10% discount with code AUTUMN10.

Mr S

black jamie fleece jacket cd2f3391fa6e Eco Living    Early Christmas Shopping!I think this Jamie fleece jacket by People Tree will be great for Mr S for those occasions when he wants to wear smart casual. It is made from Fair trade and organic cotton by a social enterprise in India.

Mum 

tide times poncho Eco Living    Early Christmas Shopping!I really love this Seasalt Cornwall Tide Times Poncho and I know my mum would too. As she has a birthday quite near Christmas, I could make it a joint pressy. It is made from supersoft lambswool.

Friends

candles Eco Living    Early Christmas Shopping!

These Soya candles by M & J London are a lovely treat for my friends. They are handmade in London using the finest soya wax, essential oils and aroma compounds to create a Lavender, Manuka Honey and Cocoa scented eco-friendly candle. The glass is also recycled. They are available from Ethical Superstore along with lots of other great Christmas gifts including organic chocolate, fair trade jewellery and natural beauty products.

 Sisterfire hose Eco Living    Early Christmas Shopping!This iphone case is made from recycled fire hose and lined with parachute silk by Elvis and Kresse to protect the screen. It is available fro Fashion Conscience. Again I can make use of the 10% discount code AUTUMN10.

Have you started thinking about or buying Christmas pressies yet?

 

 

 

 

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Ethical Fashion for Autumn

I thought I would share just a few of the ethical fashion pieces that I am loving for autumn.

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The Etrala London collection for autumn and winter is definitely ticking all of the boxes for me. Bright colours, fun bold prints and wearable styles. I love it! Inspired by Roy Litchenstein and hand made in Britain from high quality materials like silk, British wool, leather or cotton, the collection has some great dresses and separates which would certainly brighten up a dull day in the office.

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I love the bodycon dresses at Annie Greenabelle. Ethically made in the UK from GOTS certified organic cotton. I would wear this with leggings and ballet pumps all winter long.

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I am definitely loving the bobo vibe at Braintree Clothing for autumn plus their clothes are amazingly cozy and comfy to wear. What’s not to love!

highfield dress Ethical Fashion for AutumnI always find the Seasalt Cornwall prints combines with such comfortable and flattering styles difficult to resist. My current favourite is the Highfield dress with a print inspired by the lovely lost gardens of Heligan in Cornwall.

Bibico Ethical Fashion for Autumn
For a luxurious autumn treat, I am loving the Bibico collection which has been made from sustainable and natural fabircs under fair trade principles. This dress was made from organic cotton in Portugal.

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Last but most definitely not least, I had to mention People Tree, who have some great pieces as part of their Peter Jensen Collection for Autumn. This Bear Sweatshirt is so perfect for lazy days and after work cozyness.

What are you loving for Autumn? Of course it isn’t all about buying new. For my next post, I am going to try and do a post on shopping my wardrobe.

Have a lovely weekend!

With warmest wishes

Some of the Most Amazing Fashion Brands in the World – Part 2!

I ran out of time to post about the Ethical Fashion Forum Source Brand Preview last week, but I had to come back and post a part 2 to this post because it was such an amazing event. Even in this post, I still haven’t managed to cover all of the brands (as I would have liked to) but you can check out the full set of presentations for the event here.

Samanuscha1 Some of the Most Amazing Fashion Brands in the World   Part 2!Samanuscha is an American brand combining playful colours and prints with organic and natural fabrics. They have some fun menswear too!

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coleccion 2011 08042007 1 1 Some of the Most Amazing Fashion Brands in the World   Part 2!Ananda Pascual works with Fair Trade Producers in Cambodia, India and Peru, using natural and organic materials to create fresh and fun knitwear, leggings, skirts and separates. I am particularly in love with these Motorcycle leggings! They also have some great menswear.

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Cock and Bull Menswear is heritage led brand for the modern dapper man. Collections include  organic cotton tee’s and underwear, tweed waistcoats, jackets and woolly knitwear made in the UK

embellished truth Some of the Most Amazing Fashion Brands in the World   Part 2!Embellished Truth use chrome free vegetable tanned leather to create beautiful handbags that have been hand embossed with Paisley designs. The Indian inspired handbags are a great way to add a subtle style statement to an outfit!

Satchel 4df4a034bda7a 1 Some of the Most Amazing Fashion Brands in the World   Part 2!Katcha Bilek are a brand that have only just come onto my radar but one that I instantly loved for their distinct and unusual aesthetic. They are transforming materials such as innertubes, car seat belts, bike tyres and rubber car mats into bags and accessories. To quote their website “the most fun you can have with rubber in public”.

abacus Some of the Most Amazing Fashion Brands in the World   Part 2!I am a big fan of African prints but have never really come across much in the way of beaded jewellery so was really interested to see Abacus Beadwork, a brand making jewellery in lots of brilliant colours and styles ranging from bold statement pieces to more subtle styles. The jewellery is a great combination of Zulu heritage with contemporary design and also helps to support traditional Zulu bead craftmanship.

Amanda Li Hope X ring silver top massive1 Some of the Most Amazing Fashion Brands in the World   Part 2!Amanda Li Hope makes fine jewellery from fairly mined gold and gem stones. The collection are both elegant and minimal. I particularly love this sterling silver X ring.

foldsneck400 Some of the Most Amazing Fashion Brands in the World   Part 2!CFM McEwan make beautiful hemp, bamboo and silk scarves featuring photograph prints of artist Claire McEwans sculptures which are made using a variety of materials.

That is it for now. As I said before there were loads more amazing brands featuring in the Source Brand preview, I would definitely recommend checking out the presentations.

I hope you are having a good week.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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

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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

Antithesis for Commute Smart Week

I have posted about slow fashion brand, Antithesis before  but when they recently contacted me about a collaboration for Commute Smart Week, I was delighted to get involved and to find out a bit more about how their clothes work. I was sent a few of the more casual pieces from their collection to photograph and illustrate a piece about working from home. You can check out the full post on their blog here.

The clothes at Antithesis are designed to be worn in lots of different ways so whilst I was sent 4 items from the collection, I could use them to make lots of different outfits.

Monday Antithesis for Commute Smart WeekThe Circular Parka is perfect for wet and windy days and can be worn in lots of different ways.

Wednesday Antithesis for Commute Smart Week

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The reversible overpiece can be worn 2 ways, it is really lovely and warm.

Saturday Antithesis for Commute Smart Week

This Multi-way piece can actually be worn as an assymetrical top/ dress (pictured above), a skirt and a cape.

I hope you are having a good week! Mine is going well so far, I have had news that my new website will be ready by the end of the month, I hope to have details on a blogger event that I am organising by then as well.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Xsenia and Olya SS13 – Liquid Smoke

SS13 Fashion Film – Xsenia & Olya from Xsenia & Olya on Vimeo.

Xsenia and Olya’s SS13 collection is inspired by movement and the properties of smoke and water. Each piece aims to captivate the senses with its magical beauty and movement and also magnetise from a distance with its striking prints.

The collection is also heavily influenced by the work of artist Pat Steir known for her paintings of brilliant colour and her ability to create flowing layers of paint superimposed over one another.

I love the beautiful prints and the way that they work so well with the flowing shapes and fluid fabrics. Interestingly whilst most of the pieces appear to be dresses there are some clever skirt and top combinations which appear to be one piece. I also love that they use a zero waste pattern cutting technique and make beautiful clothes to treasure.

But how wearable are they?

They say

Each Xsenia & Olya piece elegantly drapes around the silhouette enabling each woman to feel both free and feminine. They have been inspired by the women who are well travelled and have a refined eye – for those who seek comfort in clothes because they are more mobile, more active but still want to look and feel beautiful.

So I guess that answers my question! I would definitely love to wear something from this collection for a special occasion.

The collection is designed by duo Xsenia Runa and Olya Shishkina who met at Central St Martins and are becoming known as one of the most exciting emmerging womens wear brands with their signature digital prints and geometric forms.

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Beautiful?

Although this collection is not available until SS13, Xsenia and Olya are currently stocked at the following boutiques and their AW12 collection also has some very beautful pieces.

Independent Boutique (which by the way has quite a few other fantastic ethical brands)
123 Store
Carnet De Mode

I hope you are having a good start to the week.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Arthur&Henry – Ethical Menswear

Since Arthur&Henry arrived earlier this summer, my outlook on the
direction of ethical menswear has vastly perked up.

I caught up with Clare Lissaman, co-founder of Arthur&Henry, to see
how they were getting on.
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It’s been an incredibly busy few months for the team, and Clare tells me
the response to Arthur&Henry’s launch has been fantastic. “We always knew
that there were eco-minded men out there who were desperate for something they
could wear to work or for smart occasions, but we weren’t expecting the
customers who were simply looking for a decent shirt. It’s been brilliant – and
we’ve already had customers returning to order more shirts.”
Arthur&Henry are passionate about organic and Fairtrade cotton. It’s a
socially and environmentally sustainable option for producing their incredible
line of shirts, but it’s not without its difficulties. “It’s quite a challenge
making shirts of this quality in organic and Fairtrade cotton,” Clare says,
“There’s a reason why no-one has done it before!” Rising prices of raw materials
and set against an economy in recession, Arthur&Henry are among the first to
create a beautiful menswear product that is affordable, and accessible.
Getting hold of the quality of yarn they require (“particularly for
Fairtrade cotton”, Clare has observed) has been something they’re continually
working on. “Organic cotton is still a niche fibre, and spinning mills normally
have to blend different cottons – but when they’re working with organic cotton,
the amount of raw materials they’ve got to blend shrinks considerably, driving
up the costs. It is harder, but we believe – and our customers seem to agree -
that it is definitely worth it.”
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If you’re interested in the cotton textile industry, and the impacts (both
positive and destructive) of organic and conventional cotton, I recommend you
check out the Soil Association’s Have you cottoned on yet? report
Talking about the future, Arthur&Henry will be launching their winter
collection soon, but adds that – as part of their efforts to be a better kind of
menswear brand, they’ll not adhere to rigid ‘seasonal’ collections. It adds too
much pressure to the factories, and the garment workers are almost always the
victims. “So while we will introduce new fabrics and shirts, we’re not going to
be beholden to a cycle that is good for neither customer nor producer.” This,
for me, is the kind of game-changing thinking the ethical fashion movement
desperately needs.
Arthur&Henry will be appearing in some Christmas fayres, including the
Fair Christmas Fayre, and the Festive Feast Indoor Christmas Market in Stoke
Newington.
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As a special treat for our Ethical Fashion Blogathon followers, use voucher
code ETHICALBLOGATHON to receive £15 off their favourite shirt of the
collection, the Blue Floral Shirt.

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Caipora Jewellery – An Ethical Fashion Blogathon Giveaway

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Today we are lucky enough to be able to offer a fantastic giveaway to anyone supporting the blogathon on Twitter. Two beautiful pieces of unique ethical jewellery have been donated by Caipora Jewellery. The winner will be able to take their pick of colours of a paper ring and arm candy paper bracelet (subject to stock availability). All you need to do to enter this fantastic giveaway is follow @Caipora_Jewelry on Twitter and retweet posts from the blogathon with the hash tag #ethicalfashionblogathon. The more you retweet, the more entries you will get in the giveaway!

Caipora are designers of ethical, vibrant and luxurious jewellery. Perfect for those who want to transform their style into a unique look, their jewellery is a real expression of your individualism and creativity. Each piece at Caipora is infused with the vibrant multicultural mix of art. The selection of designers explore the land’s natural elements and the fusion of cultures to produce fantastic ethical jewellery which pay special attention to quality and the spirit of human expression.

There is a piece of jewellery at Caipora for what ever your style or mood with collections for Earth, water, wind and fire. I particularly love the bold paper jewellery, made from upcycled paper and the handcrafted multistrand beaded necklaces which are the perfect accessory for both contemporary tailoring or a simple t shirt.

The name Caipora is synonymous with environmental responsibility, too – it is
an entity of indigenous Tupi-Guarani mythology of Brazil, and means ‘the forest
protector’.

Caipora Jewellery was also first accessories label to win the Ethical Fashion Forum Innovation Award, in 2011.

Check out the full collection now on www.caipora.co.uk
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Please Sponsor the #EthicalFashionBlogathon for Blog Action Day

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First of all I would like to say a big thanks for everyone who has volunteered to join in with my Ethical Fashion Blogathon for Blog Action Day (in memory of my Niece Maddie and in aid of Naomi House Hospice) on 15th October and also for all those who have offered to support the event by sharing and retweeting posts during the event.

If you haven’t read my previous post about why I am organising this event, you can do so here. Basically I will be blogging to promote awareness of ethical fashion brands for 12 hours between the hours of 9am and 9pm on Monday 15th October, writing 24 blog posts. I will also be joined by some amazing fashion bloggers who will be contributing varying numbers of posts inlcuding Esther at Ms Wandas, Lori at Rarely Wears Lipstick, HJ Fantaskis at Green House PR, Hayley at Hayley Thrills and Marie at Learning the Business of Fashion. If you are a fashion blogger and would like to get involved there is still time, just email me asap.

You can sponsor me on Just Giving here. Any amount of sponsorship will be very greatly recieved. If you are fashion brand or fashion related company with a sustainable or ethical ethos, for a minimum donation of £30, you can sponsor a post in the blogathon. Not only will you be supporting a fantastic charity, but you will also get the following in return. Just email your details to ceri@heathcotecommunications.co.uk once you have made your donation.

  • a 250 – 300 word post about your brand plus at least one image and link
  • Facebook/ Twitter/ social media coverage through our supporters during blog action day (I will also be sharing my favourites in Pinterest)
  • A mention and link to your post on the blogathon round up post on this blog
  • A little extra juice for search engine optimisation

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

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Pick of the Ethical Fashion Sales

I have seen so many amazing ethical fashion finds in the sales over the last few weeks, I thought that I would share with you some of my favourites. As I mentioned in my last post, if you have never tried buying ethical or eco fashion before, the sales are a great time to give it a try. I guarantee you will be really surprised by the amazing quality and how different it is from much of the clothing you will find on the high street.

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Zoe Fair Trade Cutout Dress by Komodo

If you saw my recent posts about the 6 Items challenge (where I wore only 6 items of clothing for a month) you might recognise this dress as one of the six items that I choose. It has become one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe as it is so comfortable and easy to wear and can be accessorised in so many different ways or worn without accessories. It is now on sale at Fashion Conscience with just a few sizes left. Use code SALE10 to get an extra 10% discount.

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Garat T Shirt Dress by Skunkfunk

I am a big fan of neon and this dress would look amazing with any of the brightly coloured beaded sandals or accessories from the amazing www.Aspiga.com. Definitely a look for those who like to stand out from the crowd! this dress is also on sale at Fashion Conscience along with more items from the Skunk Funk brand. Again you can use code SALE10 to get an extra 10% discount.

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Orla Kiely Navy Cabins Dress

I love People Tree sales and I love the Orla Kiely collection at People Tree. This dress is one of the items that I have been admiring on the site all spring and summer and it is now reduced by 50%. It looks like a perfect every day dress and a really flattering cut.

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Denim Dress by Outsider

This beautiful dress is part of the Eco Age by Livia Firth Collection on Yoox. It is made from organic cotton denim with silk detailing at the neck. A really beautiful wardrobe staple for a sophisticated daytime look .

Kayu Pick of the Ethical Fashion Sales

Bamboo Sunglasses by Kayu

These unusal sunglasses are another item I have been admiring all summer. They are great for a quirky and fun summer time look. They are also from the Eco Age by Livia Firth Collection at Yoox.

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Keiko Maxi Dress at Monsoon

This beautiful Kimono style dress is reduced by over 70%. An amazing bargain especially if you have a special event to go to.

As you probably already know, I am a big fan of charity shopping. Oxfam is the best place to charity shop online and has some amazing pieces which can easily be searched by price, brand etc. They currently have a 30% off sale. You can check it out here.

Have you found any ethical fashion bargains in the sales? please share?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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