Ethical Fashion Offers – July 2014

Festival and camping season is upon us and I am afraid I haven’t been able to blog quite as much as I would like but when that sunshine is out, I just have to get out there and enjoy it! I just wanted to share with you a few ethical fashion offers and discounts that are going on in July. Perfect for those that would love to try out a new ethical fashion brand that they have never worn before or anyone who already knows and loves the beautiful clothes that these brands create.

Up to 50% Off in The People Tree Sale

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People Tree is definitely a firm favourite of mine and I usually take advantage of sale to stock up on work wear if I need anything. I recently treated myself  to this lovely dress (will be featuring on the blog very soon) which is super comfy for the office and has got me lots of compliments! I have also got some t shirts for Mr S’s birthday in the sale as he loves the cut and quality.

Up to 50% Off Selected Lines at Timberland

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Timberland have some great shoes, boots and outdoor wear in the Earthkeepers eco friendly collection which is perfect for the changeable British weather, whether you are at a festival or just cruising the urban jungles. My personal favourite find is this lovely leather bag. Timberland leather comes from a leather is from a tannery rated Silver by the Leather Working Group for its water, energy and waste  management practices

Up To 25% Off at Fashion Conscience

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Fashion Conscience stock a fantastic selection of ethical and sustainable fashion brands from including one of my favourites SkunkFunk aswell as plenty of fair trade and vegan shoes, bags and accessories. Click here to shop and get…

10% off when you spend over £50 with discount code SCORCH10
15% off when you spend over £100 with discount code SCORCH15
20% off when you spend over £150 with discount code SCORCH20
25% off when you spend over £250 with discount code SCORCH25

Have you spotted any other amazing ethical fashion offers this summer? or will you be trying out any of these brands by bagging yourself a little bargain?

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Trekfest 2014 – The Brecon Beacons


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020 Trekfest 2014   The Brecon BeaconsI have been a little lazy with the blog posts over the last few months, partly because I have been working on a few changes to my sites (hopefully soon to be revealed) but also because I have been in training for Trekfest. I took part in Trekfest last Saturday, a 32 mile (not 27 as I had originally thought) trek across and over the Brecon Beacons including a breathtaking (literally) climb up Pen Y Fan and some spectacular views. I managed to raise £360 for Naomi House Children’s Hospice.Unfortunately the other half of Team Kerri and my lovely friend and collegue Kerry was forced to retire with a painful knee injury at the half way point. I decided to continue alone although that fact that there were about 600 other Trekers taking part meant that I wan’t really alone at all!

It was good to meet so many people along the way and there was definitely a great sense of camaraderie and team spirit with everyone helping each other out. So disappointed that I couldn’t cross the finish line with Kerry but also pleased to have finished in just under 13 hours despite the difficulties and unexpected mileage. I arrived back covered head to toe in mud, definitely not my most glamorous of moments but I was so pleased to get across the finish line I couldn’t have cared less. It was an amazing experience and I am already making plans for another challenge next year. There are lots more pictures of the event here incase you were interested.

I am really looking forward to this weekend for lots of rest, spending time with family and catching up on some blog posts/ blog reading that I have been missing out on over the last few crazy weeks. I will also be writing a review of the backpack by an ethical brand that I bought for Trekfest. How will you be enjoying the sunshine this weekend?

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Gusti Leather Bag Review

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Bag – Gusti Leather
Jacket – Nancy Dee
Dress – SkunkFunk
Boots – Dream in Green

I was recently contacted by Gusti Leather (www.gusti-leather.co.uk) to see if I would like to review one of their beautiful leather bags. Of course I jumped at the chance, especially as I could do with a new handbag for work, my satchel is great for the winter but a little too chunky for summer clothes and the strap has begun to fall apart on another bag that I have had for many years. I picked out the H2 Katy shoulder Tote bag, which is the perfect size for my work essentials including purse, phone, make up bag and diary. The bag is open at the top making it really easy to reach in and grab what I need but also has 2 zipped sections for a little added security for my keys and phone. They also have a lovely selection of satchels, backpacks and luggage on the Gusti Leather website.

My bag turned up with a pot of natural coloured polish and a bag to keep in perfect condition. As you can see from the photographs, it is beautifully made with lovely natural looking leather and a luxury lining. The bag smells a little but it isn’t unpleasant, one of the children described it as being like play dough.

Gusti Leather aims to create unique ad stylish leather products using natural production and fair, controlled working conditions. The natural production method is what gives the bags their vintage style. The bag that I chose is from the Gusti Leder Natur collection which used leather that is vegetable tanned using natural elements of Babool tree bark and oil dyed using saffron, indigo and poppy. This cuts out on the dangerous chemicals usually used during in the tanning process which can be hazardous to both the people living and working near tanneries and the environment. The leather using in Gusti Leather products is also sourced from free range animals and their sustainable production method ensures that all of the animal (bred for meat) are used cutting out waste.

In order to ensure that bags are made in fair conditions and without the use of child labour, the producers used by Gusti Leather in Morocco, India and Italy are small, family-run businesses with which they have formed long term working relationships to ensure that their workers can live comfortably.

What do you think of Gusti Leather?

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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)

cakes Ethical Fashion   What to Wear for a Birthday Trip to LondonA cake sale at work to raise money for upcoming TrekFest in the Brecon Beacons

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

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

Ethical Fashion – What To Wear To A Birthday Party

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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

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

Ethical Workwear

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Dress – People Tree
Jacket – People Tree
Shoes – Dream in Green

When I started working in an office in September, instead of running my own business from home, I did wonder how difficult it would be to keep up with my policy of only buying ethical and sustainable clothing. I needn’t have worried as People Tree have a great selection of work friendly ethical clothing. I treated myself to a new dress and jacket (pictured above) but also managed to make use of some of the clothes that I already have and found a few pieces in charity shops. Actually it has been much easier than I though. In our office we wear a kind of smart casual dress, so I don’t have to wear a suit but prefer to wear a dress and jacket or cardigan if it is really cold. I am actually really enjoying the chance to get dressed up for work every day but finding I have much less opportunity to be creative with what I wear than before. Some of my slightly more quirky accessories or outfits are having to wait until the weekends before they get worn. Do you find you tend to dress more conservatively for work?

Anyway, that’s enough about work as it is Friday and I am more than ready for the weekend. After lots of socialising last weekend, I am ready for a super relaxed and chilled out weekend with the family. I will be eating tapas, drinking wine, then working it all off with an exercise class or two. What are you up to this weekend?

In case you fancied a little weekend reading….

This week I have posted on Triple Pundit about why I think sustainable fashion has to be about individual style and was featured in a post – Ethical Fashion – 15 People and Organisations Leading the Way in 2014. You can also read my post on fashion and food for Fairtrade fortnight over on style-is.co.uk with some great offers for chocolate lovers.

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What to Wear on a Sunny Day

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Dress – the Feather Tree
Leggings – People Tree
Shoes – Melissa
Cardigan – second hand from a friend.
Necklace – Etsy

We had a lovely sunny day on the weekend so I decided to grab the opportunity to wear my new dress from Feather Tree. If you are interested to learn more about the brand, you can check out my story behind the brand post here.

Life has been pretty crazy over the last few weeks and I have been struggling to find the time to blog. I have now been struck down with a cold and am struggling to find the energy to do too much other than work. Instead of a lengthy post, here are a few instagrams from the last week or two.

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Red Roses from Mr S on Valentines Day

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Heart shaped eggs, they tasted lovely!

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The handmade coconut buttons on my dress

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Lovely lady, well she is when she is asleep and not tearing the house apart.
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Bracelets from ornate.me (more about them in a post soon)

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Feather earrings by The Feather Tree

I hope you are well! Have a fab Friday and an amazing weekend!

With warmest wishes