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

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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.

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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.

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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

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Dress – People Tree
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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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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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Ethical Fashion Show Berlin

Ethical Fashion Show Berlin is running from 2nd -4th July and I really wish I could of been there! It looks like this year is going to be even bigger and better than before with organisers reporting a growing number of both exhibitors and visitors. The event had to extend its exhibition space after places sold out in June.

This time Ethical Fashion Show Berlin will feature 74 International street wear and casual wear labels with the Green show room featuring more than 100 hundred exhibitors.

As well as many of my favourite brands like Komodo, Bibico, Braintree Hemp and Studio Jux (all available via Style-is.co.uk), here are some of the amazing brands attending Ethical Fashion Show Berlin that caught my eye, you can check out their website here to discover lots more!

Elemental by Daniela Pais

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This Netherlands based brand really caught my eye because whilst each of the pieces in the collection are incredibly simple, they can be worn in multiple ways which all look great! The website url is luxuryistohavesimplethings.com which says it all.

Ethos Paris

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This French brand combines effortless French Chic with great ethics. Its timeless clothes are inspired by the shapes and colours of nature.

Sprout Watches

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Sprout Watches are a US brand and they make these very stylish watches  from corn resin, bamboo, cork, conflict free diamonds and Swarovski’s advanced lead free crystals.

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This German brand creates a wide range of beautiful clothes for all sorts of occasions made from natural and organic fabrics.

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Muchalinda is a French brand which uses gem stones and colours to foster positive feelings in their clothes which are handcrafted in India. The website will launch soon.

So excited to see yet more amazing ethical and sustainable fashion brands! What do you think? are there any that catch your eye?

I am going to be speaking and joining in the Q& A at next weeks Ethical Fashion Forum Source Summit. Please do let me know and say hi of you are going. The tickets are available here.

With warmest wishes

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A Skunkfunk Dress and Dates for Your Diary

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Denim Jacket –  swapped
Shoes – Swedish hasbeens
Bag – Accessorize

This dress is definitely going to get lots of wear this summer. It is by one of my favourite ethical/ sustainable fashion brands Skunkfunk and is made from a really soft jersey making it really comfy to wear. If you don’t already know about Skunkfunk, their company ethos is to make fashion that endures trends, with clothes that can be worn in multiple ways and for a variety of occasions. They also use eco friendly materials including organic cotton, recycled polyester fibers and regenerated cellulose.

If you are interested in sustainable and ethical fashion, there are plenty of events going on over the summer months which I thought I would share…

 Bristol Big Green Week – FareFashion Saturday 15th June

There are loads of interesting events going on for Bristol Big Green Week. I can’t wait for the Farefashion: Big Green Week Launch Party, a gala evening featuring A fashion show, inspiring speakers,  a sustainably sourced banquet and  ‘Fashion’s Dirty Secrets’ photo exhibition. Tickets are only £25!

Vintage Fashion Fair London Sunday 16th June

Spend a relaxed Sunday leisurely browsing the stalls of this well established London Vintage Fashion Fair for genuine vintage goodies for your summer wardrobe. Held at Cecil Sharp House in Primrose Hill, there is also a lovely vintage style cafe downstairs for for refreshments when you have finished shopping. Visit the website to get a free ticket for this event.

Ecofair Hosted by Fashion ComPassion- Wednesday 19th June

Fashion ComPassion & renowned art gallery Debut Contemporary will host the second in a collaborative series of events which aims to bring emerging creatives to London’s fashion & art scene. ‘ECO-FAIR’ will showcase exquisite eco-friendly brands from around the world together with stunning pieces created by very talented artists.

Innocent Inspires – Wednesday 19th June

The tickets for this event, which is just one in a series of tailor made evenings by Innocent, are now sold out, but you can enter my giveaway to win tickets plus a months worth of smoothies by clicking the link above. This event is about ethics and features ’how to lead a stylish and sustainable life with model Laura Bailey’, a talk by ethical eating trailblazer Arthur Potts Dawson on his sustainable food and how we can help people every time we shop, and eco fashion designer Henrietta Ludgate on doing business in an ethical way and the future of ethical fashion.

Ethical Fashion Forum SOURCE Summit – Momentum – Friday 12th July

SOURCE Summit 2013 is an industry event organised by Ethical Fashion Forum and will unite leaders from the largest global retailers to the most pioneering brands and suppliers, from all over the world and every part of the fashion industry supply chain; to build upon and accelerate the momentum that is gathering pace for sustainable fashion.

Do you have any exciting or interesting events lined up fr June and July that you would like to share?

With warmest wishes

Win Tickets to Innocent Inspires and a Month’s Worth of Smoothies!

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I was really disappointed that I won’t be able to make it to the next Innocent Inspires event but equally excited that I have been given a pair of tickets to giveaway along with a month’s supply of smoothies.

I love Innocent smoothies although I rarely get to have them as my children alway gobble them up before I get a look in. I also love that Innocent are a great example of an ethical business and a really fun company at the same time.

The Innocent Inspires events are a series of tailor made evenings by Innocent. The next event is about ethics. It features ’how to lead a stylish and sustainable life with model Laura Bailey’, a talk by ethical eating trailblazer Arthur Potts Dawson on his sustainable food and how we can help people every time we shop, and eco fashion designer Henrietta Ludgate on doing business in an ethical way and the future of ethical fashion. There will also be the chance to find out how to use your skills to do some good with the Good for Nothingcrew and the chance to get your hands dirty transforming an urban area in to a wildflower wonderland with the Guerrilla Gardeners.

The event takes place on 19th June in the Innocent Yurt at Paradise Park, London starting at 7pm and will aslo include a delicous picnic. Before you leave, you can help them to disappear without a trace by taking back some of what’s inside to your own garden. You can read more about Innocent and their Innocent Inspires events here.

So for the chance to win pair of tickets and a month’s supply of smoothies, just enter using the rafflecopter below

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Goodluck!

With warmest wishes

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Fashioned for Freedom

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On Monday evening, I attended the Fashioned for Freedom Event which was held by House of Beth and I.O.M. to raise awareness and funds for the victims of human trafficking. The event was held in the stunning St Mary’s Church which had been beautifully decorated with a Muriel wall by Becca Gore and an Tree Art Installation by Marco Turcich and Matilde Marangoni. The evening was filled with wine,the premier of short film ‘Flight’ , music by Digital Farm Animals and Colourblind and of course lots of fashion fashion. Some fantastic designers and brands including Ada Zandition, Beulah, O’nitaa, Goodone, From Somewhere, Henrietta Ludgate, Shadowplay NYC, Zoe Bloomer and People Tree had donated clothing to be auctioned off at the end of the evening.

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House of Beth is an online marketplace selling a combination of clothing and accessories by ethical fashion brands and also high quality preloved clothing both designer and high street. 50% of all profits from clothing sold by House of Beth go towards fighting human trafficking. There were plenty of rails of amazing clothes and jewellery and accessories by including jewellery by the House of Beth in house designer.

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I treated myself to one of the beautiful headpieces (pictured above) which have become something of a signature for House of Beth, I hope to be featuring in an outfit very soon.

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Talia Chain and Sarah Kendal, the Directors of House of Beth opened the evening, their enthusiasm for using fashion for supporting the Charities that help Human Trafficking was both inspiring and infectious. Olivia Godfrey (Sky Sports) and Nelufar Hedayat (BBC) were presenters for the evening and looked fantastic modelling one of the dresses to be auctioned and a headpiece by House of Beth.  Claire Allman, the marketing manager for Ecover also gave a speech where she highlighted how big business can and is working towards sustainability.

It was also lovely to meet Rebecca of Bexceptional who took part in my recent ethical fashion blogathon to talk ethical fashion, blogging. If you haven’t checked out her blog, I would thoroughly recommend it!

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There was a great upbeat feel to the event, so many beautiful and glamorous people and so many rails of lovely clothes but the very serious and important side of the evening was not forgotton, with an address by Baroness Butler-Sloss, GBE highlighting the impact that Human Trafficking has on so many lives. Perhaps I am a little naive but I really had no idea of the scale of human trafficking, which can be likened to modern day slavery. An estimated 27 million people living in slavery and it affects a range of people from children to women and men forced to work in manual labour all over the world including the UK.

The Redlight Campaign, which will benefit from the funds raised at the event  helps survivors of human trafficking through pragmatic means based on individual needs. The International Organisation for Migration is an inter governmental agency which promotes humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all and has been working to counter trafficking since 1994 helping over 17,000 trafficked persons.

Congratulations to everyone involved for a fantastic event!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x