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DSCN4981 (3)Hat – Pachacuti
Dress – Komodo
Leggings – Braintree
Shoes – Veja
Bag – Owen Barry
Necklace and bracelet – present

On Sunday it was my 40th birthday! Whilst many like to pretend that a big birthday is not happening and try to keep it as low key as possible, I like to do the opposite and drag the celebrations on for as long as I possibly can. This year I am celebrating in lots of different ways. On Sunday, my daughter and I met with my friend and her daughter for tea and cake at the lovely Bea’s vintage tea rooms  in Bath. We then went for a wander around the vintage fair before meeting with Mr S and my other daughter for dinner at Jamies Italian. I also have a party and holiday planned and a weekend away with friends later in the year.

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Mr S bought me to the Laughing Buddha Statue which you can see in the garden behind me and also some Minnetonka tasselled boots. I had lots of other lovely presents including the coin necklace I am wearing in this outfit. The other items featured in my outfit are all at least a year old, you may recognise  them from previous blog posts. I am trying not  too buy too much as I already have lots of clothes.

My birthday also just happens to coincide with Fashion Revolution and I have been busy following all that has been happening on social media over the last week. It is great to see so many people showing an interest in ethical fashion and working towards a more ethical fashion industry.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a response to my post and tweets asking Marks and Spencers #WhoMadeMyClothes? Next time I need some new clothes, I will be  thining very carefully about where I buy them. In terms of sustainability, second hand definitely seems like the best option and for ethical, brands like People Tree, Nancy Dee and Komodo are pretty amazing with some really lovely clothes. I also feel a lot more comfortable with the transparency of these brands.

Here are a few of my Instagrams from the last week.

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Tea and pastries for my birthday

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My Veja daps, they are so comfy

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My interview about ethical fashion in Bristol Magazine.

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The perfect garden fry up, my favourite breakfast from the new Deliciously Ella cookbook.

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Fashion Revolution Week

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DSCN4974 (4)sDress – Nancy Dee
Jacket – charity shop
Shoes – Dream in Green
Bag – What Daisy Did

Today is the start of Fashion Revolution Week! A time when consumers around the globe ask #whomademyclothes? and a movement of ethical fashion advocates and campaigners come together to raise awareness of unethical practice in the fashion industry and work towards change.

As part of the Ethical Fashion Bloggers, Fashion Revolution round up, I wanted to share this outfit which I think fits particularly well with the principles of sustainable fashion described by Vivienne Westwood as ‘buy less, choose well, make it last’.

The jacket is from a local charity shop and the fun print immediatley jumped out at me. It makes a great alternative to a plain black jacket. The dress is from one of my favourite  brands, Nancy Dee and is ethically made in the UK from organic cotton. The shoes are made by Dream in Green, another favourite brand of mine with a great selection of shoes and boots made ethically from vegetable tanned leather. Last but not least, my colourful handbag is ethically made in India by What Daisy Did using upcycled leather. You can read more about the brand in my post here.

Last week I asked #WhoMadeMyClothes? of high street retailer Marks and Spencers here. No answer yet but I will keep you posted and let you know if and when I get answer. As a consumer, it can be difficult to find out and understand exactly what brands are doing to ensure sustainability and ethics in their supply chains which is why transparency is so important. Fashion Revolution have just launched a transparency index in partnership with Ethical Consumer which improving social and environmental standards and how much of that information they share with the public you can download it here.

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If you like the idea of a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry, there are lots of ways you can get involved. Visit the Fashion Revolution website to find out more.

What will you be wearing for Fashion Revolution Week?

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Marks and Spencers #WhoMadeMyClothes?

Marks and Spencers dressDress – Marks and Spencers
Earrings – People Tree
Bag – vintage (Oxfam I think)
Shoes – Geox

Not long to go until Fashion Revolution Week and I thought I would get involved by asking Marks and Spencers, #whomademyclothes?

Just before Christmas I won an award at work and got to choose a £50 voucher from a high street shop to recieve. I generally consider Marks and Spencers to be one of the most ethical and sustainable options on the high street and on popping into Bath decided on this dress as it has such a comfy and flattering cut and will work well for both in and out of work for the spring and summer.

I was quite surprised to read on Morale Fibres that M&S had scored just 5 out of 20 in the Ethical Consumer Scorecard. It was explained that the score was largely as a result of the companies wider ethics and sourcing policies and did not apply exclusviely to its clothing. This did however prompt me to think about whether I should be asking more of Marks and Spencers and how ethical their clothing is, so I did a little research.

On the plus side Marks and Spencers have shown themselves to be committed to improving their sustsainability through their Plan A through which they provide detailed information on their website including exactly what they have and haven’t achieved. Amongst the achievements of Plan A so far are:

  • 32% of their cotton coming from better cotton initiative, fair trade, organic or recycled sources.
  • They have trained more than 652,000 workers in general merchandising supply chain since 2010 covering employment rights, health and financial literacy.
  • Global Sourcing Principles now cover a wider range of human rights issues. Launched on Human Rights Day in December 2014, They are now working with their suppliers to help them meet these requirements.
  • They have established a community Global Community Programme to benefit people in the key regions of the world where M&S products are sourced to strengthen the resilience of communities and security of supply by 2020 e.g. 8000 have been trained in Kenya and South Africa for the Emerging Leadership Initiative and the Project Hope Health Programme in Cambodia which has laready benefitted 14,500 workers.

Ethics and sustainability are never going to be a simple matter for such a large retailers with such a complex supply chain and there is no doubt that Marks and Spencers are making some really postive improvements.

My dress  is made in Turkey, so I looked for further information on factories used by Marks and Spencers in Turkey. There isn’t much information available on the M&S website.

I have since read about the use of Syrian refugee children in clothing factories in Turkey. Marks and Spencers have not been implicated in any way or found to be using child labour in their supply chain. But they were asked by Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC), a non-profit organisation that monitors company ethics, about their Turkish suppliers and their strategies for combating the exploitation of Syrian children and adults. Marks and Spencers didn’t answer this questionaire but you can read their response here.  I feel like I would like to know a bit more.

So I am asking the question, Marks and Spencers #WhoMadeMyClothes?

I will let you know if I get an answer.

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Fashion Revolution Week is on 18th-24th April and there are lots ways that you can get involved from asking your favourite brand #WhoMadeMyClothes to making your own haulternative video. Wouldn’t it be amazing to know more about who has made you clothes?

You can find out more on the website fashionrevolution.org

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Vintage Nostalgia 2015

Vintage Nostalgia

Last weekend, we headed over to Vintage Nostalgia in Stockton. We went to the festival last year and really enjoyed it and this year was great too. It seemed to have grown a bit since last year but still had the same relaxed and friendly vibe. I looking at the old cars, listening to the music and browsing the vintage fashion and homeware stalls. Most of all though, I love getting dressed up and checking out all the amazing outfits that everyone wears. Although it is not compulsory to get dressed up and not everyone does, there are some pretty good opportunities for people (and vintage style) watching.

As with any event of this kind, the weather can make or break it. As much as I love wearing a ladylike fifties dress, after getting soaking wet in the rain (camping) on Friday, I just couldn’t get warm. I opted for a seventies vintage poncho (which I treated myself to from Etsy a few months back), worn with my trusty modern day (via Oxfam) jeggings. In the evening I swapped the poncho for another warmer knitted version (again seventies).

DSCN4258 (6)On Saturday, the sun came out and I braved it and wore a vintage dress which I have had for quite a few years (fifties or maybe sixties I think!). I added a red belt from a clothes swap a few years ago, a vintage yellow bag that I picked up in a charity shop a few years back and my Nancy Dee jacket for a little extra warmth. Unfortuntely muddy fields and heels don’t really go, so I wore my Ethletic shoes. The outfit felt perfect for sitting in the sunshine sipping pimms!

Unfortuntely, the lovely weather didn’t last and by 6pm, a very cold wind forced me to revert back to jeans and a hoody layered with just about everything that I could find to wear in the campervan. I love the style of the fifties but I don’t know how they coped with the this kind of weather in the summer! I was sorry I didn’t bring my faux fur coat to keep me warm, although it wouldn’t have been much good in the rain.

We had a lovely weekend, but not sure I have been so pleased to get back to my nice warm bed!

What did you get up to at the weekend? Did you manage to enjoy the little bit of sunshine?

With warmest wishes

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Fix Up Look Sharp

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I first discovered Fix Up Look Sharp at a fashion show at Bristol Big Green Week a few years back. Fix Up Look Sharp are all about raising money for an incredibly worthwhile charity Clic Sargent. CLIC, as I think it was previously called has helped my family during very difficult times and so is a charity very close to my heart. Charities like CLIC Sargent provide invaluable clinical, practical, financial and emotional support for children with cancer and their families helping them to deal with the shock of the diagnosis but also assisting them in getting the most out of life.You can read more about Charlotte, Fix Up Look Sharp Ambassador, her style and her journey here.

Fix Up Look Sharp have just launched a fab new website featuring their latest collection which takes charity shopping to the next level with fresh styles upcycled from vintage and second hand clothes. The clothes also offer great value with prices starting at £15 for a t shirt. They also have some great accessories including necklace, hairbands and beanie hats.

They had a launch a few weeks ago in Bristol and will be holding a launch party in London this Thursday.It looks fun and well worth a visit if you are nearby.

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I hope you are having a good week and not getting too wind swept by this dastardly weather!

With warmest wishes

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Fashion Bloggers Meet Up – Bath – 30th November

I have been meaning to organise a fashion bloggers meet up in Bath for such a long time. Prompted by the #Fbloggers Twitter chat about meetups the other night, I have finally decided to get on and do it!

With not one, but two vintage fairs/markets going on in Bath, I decided that Sunday afternoon on 30th November would be the time for a blogger meet up, who doesn’t love a spot of vintage shopping? It will be the perfect opportunity to get dressed up in some vintage clothes or your best dress or just show off your fabulous style, what ever it is.

Of course vintage shopping can be thirsty work so the meet up will also include a spot of afternoon tea. Depending on time, we can go to Lou Lou Lou’s vintage fair at the Pavillion and/or the Vintage and Antiques Market at Green Park Station.

I am thinking of the the Regency Tea Room for tea (above the Jane Austin Centre). I hope to book us a table in advance to ensure we have room for all and we can order a range of teas, cakes, scones (whatever you fancy) with Lady Catherine’s Proper Cream Tea  costing £7.90 pp and lots of other options depending how hungry you are feeling. You can view the full menu here. (this is subject to numbers and availability but if not here I will find some where equally lovely nearby!)

If you haven’t been to the Green Park Station Fair before, it is free to get in and has over 60 specially hand-picked stalls selling; High Quality Furniture, Jewellery, Brantiques (Upcycled Furniture), Decorative Accessories, Vintage & Retro Fashion, Homewares, Kitchenallia, Recycled Products, Silverware, Ceramics, Upholstery, Curiosities, Garden Ephemera, Cameras, Books, Militaria, Coins, Paintings, Sculpture, Clocks, Art, Collectable Vinyl, Artisan Arts and Crafts …plus a vintage DJ and some food stalls. Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair costs £2 to get in and features fashion, homeware and vintage beauty.

If you are thinking of coming along but worried that you won’t know anyone, please don’t be, I think probably most of us (including me) won’t know each other so it should be a great opportunity to have a chat with others that share your love of blogging and won’t mind endless photos of everything from food to outfits.

If you would like to come along, please email meat ceri@heathcotecommunications.co.uk with your name and the url of your blog and I will confirm full details, timings etc to you by email a few weeks before.

With warmest wishes

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Ethical Fashion – October Update

So we are in October already! Where does the time go? Whilst I am not a big fan of the cold weather, I have to admit I do enjoy cosying up in  front of the TV and cooking up comfort food at this time of year especially after such a busy summer. I have also been catching up on some of my favourite blogs and am delighted to share with you some of the sustainable and ethical fashion highlights.

It was lovely to see Ronnie from Dresses on a clothes line featured in the video of the AW14 People Tree collection (above). You can also check out her post Fly Me To the Moon to see some of the photos and read about the photo shoot. It looks like that moon print is proving popular!

I was pleased to discover ethical and British made fashion in the form of minimalist label Rikya over on Kingdom of Style. The latest collection takes inspiration from 90’s hip hop, tomboys and skater Peggy Oki. You can check out the post here.

Over on City Girl at Heart, there is a lovely giveaway and interview with creative concept store, Confined Space which features the latest in independent and sustainable design with some amazing ethical fashion.

At Morale Fibres, the latest your style interview features Kayleigh Innes of Wonderchebs. Check it out for some great ethical shopping tips.

On the Oxfam Fashion blog, Katie Cliss gives her charity shopping tips for a cosy autumn and winter.

I have recently launched an offers and discounts page here to share with you some of the lovely savings for ethical and sustainable fashion brands.

The Ethical Fashion Bloggers relaunch!
I have been noticing a growing number of bloggers posting about ethical and sustainable fashion and style and I have decided that I really ought to get the Ethical Fashion Bloggers community up and going again. The community was incredibly popular but I just ran out of time and energy to keep it up to date so it has been a little quiet of late. However I have now decided to start again with a renewed focus to create a vibrant community of bloggers who love fashion and clothes but want to minimise their impact on the planet and don’t want to compromise their ethics. If you would like to find out more check out the blog www.ethicalfashionbloggers.com and if you would like to join the fun, email me on ceri@heathcotecommunications.co.uk. I would also love to here from any bloggers who would like to write a guest post about their style, ethical shopping tips or favourite ethical brand.

That’s it for now, except that I am hoping to arrange a bloggers meet up for a vintage fair and afternoon tea in Bath on 30th November. So if you would like to come along, please pencil it in the diary. I will post more information soon.

Have a lovely October!

With warmest wishes

Ethical Fashion Update – September

There are definitely lots of ethical fashion goings on this month with London Fashion Week and Organic Month also with autumn just around the corner (although the weather is still lovely and warm), lots of new ethical fashion collections to check out.

For further information on organic beauty and ethical fashion events for organic September, visit the Soil Association website. You can also check out my store for ideas on where you can buy organic clothes and more information on the benefits of organic clothes.

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There have been  2 new stores that have launched online recently and I am loving. Gather & See is a lovely boutique stocking a range of ethical labels including Beaumont Organic, US label Upstate and New Zealand Label KowTow. I recently bought a top for work by Upstate from there (pictured above) which is handcrafted using traditional techniques and Small Scale Production with zero-waste.

Another store that has come to my attention is Otillie Pop which features some fab printed dresses that are handcrafted in the UK. Each piece is made to last with digital printing so that the prints last wash after  wash and with a 5 year guarantee.

If you happen to be round and about in London in September you shouldn’t miss this wardrobe sale organised by Veronica Crespi of Rewardrobe and MyBoodyVal, they will be selling a carefully edited selection of their outfits. From Italian labels not available in London to the UK’s finest designer talent, from Scandinavian to Japanese rarities, from vintage to upcycled one-offs and and more from ethical and sustainable brands, 200+ pieces will be availableVeronica and Valentina will greet you in person, and are looking forward to sharing each piece’s story with you. You can find out more on Facebook here.

What are you up to in September? Do you have any ethical, vintage or sustainable fashion events or goings on to share?

With warmest wishes

Ethical Fashion – What to Wear for an Early Dinner Out


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

What to Wear on a Rare Night Out

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beaded earrings
vintage faux fur coat
What to wear on a rare night out
Dress – EDUN
Bag – Reclaim Bags
Coat – Vintage (from my Grandma)
Earrings – Bristol Harbourside

Last weekend myself and Mr S went for a rare night out. I haven’t had a night out without children since November as all my plans over Christmas got cancelled for one reason or another, so was really looking forward to it. We went into town for food followed by a few drinks.

I decided to get a bit dressed up as I don’t get that many chances to wear a nice dress. I bought this EDUN dress the year before last for the Ethical Fashion Forum Source awards but haven’t worn it since. If you would like to find out more about EDUN, you can check out the page I have written on style-is.co.uk here. The neckline was slighly gaping and needed a small dart putting in. In my usual cycle of procrastination, it has taken me over a year to get around to it but I am really glad that I did because it fits perfectly now.

I bought the earrings on a market stall on Bristol harbourside last year when I was there for Bristol Green Week Fare fashion show. I am not really sure whether the earrings were made ethically, I hope so but definitely prefer to support small independent traders than many of the bigger retailers.

What have you been up to lately? do you like to get dressed up for a night out?

With warmest wishes

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