My Eco Christmas in Cornwall

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This year we decided to have a less is more kind of Christmas. We scaled down the number of pressies and the amount of food and instead packed up the car and headed to Mawgan Porth in Cornwall for a more eco friendly Christmas and the chance to relax and have some family time.

We stayed….

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At Merlin Farm Eco Cottages – a family run business and beautiful escape just 10 minutes walk from Mawgan Porth Beach and about an hours walk around the headland to Watergate Bay. They were super luxurious, cosy and had everything we needed (including bamboo bath robes) but had also been built and equipped with the aim of minimising their environmental impact (you can read about this on their  website if you are interested). Just outside our gate was a field with horses, chickens, ducks, horses and donkeys which was heaven for my youngest. She even got the chance to feed them on Christmas Eve.The cottages have received countless awards including a Green Tourism Gold Award.

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We walked…

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Christmas Eve we went for lunch in the local pub followed by a walk on the beach before cosying up by the log burner to watch Elf.

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Christmas day, after pressy opening, we cooked, ate and cleared up a traditional Christmas lunch by 2pm before heading for another beach walk.

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Boxing day,the weather wasn’t really good enough to walk along the headland Watergate Bay for lunch at the Beach Hut (one of my favourite places to eat watching the waves roll in)as planned so we had to drive, but did manage yet another walk on the beach. Finally the day after boxing day, we attempted that walk along the headline but got scared by the very strong wind and a fast approaching storm and chickened out half way there, taking refuge from the rain and a quick bevvy (or two) in a local pub.

We ate….

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I ordered everything we needed from the local Trevilley Farm Shop.I was glad to be supporting a local business and buying food that had been produced locally including meat, eggs, cheeses, cream, cakes, chutney, jam, bread, butter and even ice cream. Our food was delivered to the cottage on the evening that we arrived with the most amazing Cornish pasties, still warm from the oven, which was just what we needed after the journey. The food all tasted amazing and the veg was really fresh.

This year I tried to buy as many hand made, organic and sustainable pressies as possible. Mr S had t shirts from People Tree, my mum, a hand painted scarf and my dad, locally made chilli sauces and chocolate. The children both had electronic pressies but I tried to choose useful presents that would last.  I made my own wrapping paper and Christmas crackers.

I also got some very lovely pressies including

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A feather bangle by Charlottes Web, a fairtrade brand on Notonthehighstreet.com from my mum and dad.

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Body Shop Body mist and a photo album from my girls

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and some CDs and a necklace from Mr S by Wolf and Moon, which I featured in my Handmade Christmas gift guide here.

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I also got a lovely cardigan from Bibico from my sister, M & S PJ’s from my Mother and Father in Law and some money, which I used to treat myself to an organic cotton handyband by Seasalt Cornwall (pictured above with a Seasalt Cornwall jumper, a pressy from last Christmas)  from the beach shop at Watergate bay. It kept my ears toasty warm on our windy walks and can worn in lots of different ways. With the rest of my money, I have treated myself to a few ethical and sustainable pieces of clothing in the sales which I will no doubt be featuring on the blog soon.

I wore…

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Dress by Annie Greenabelle, Leggings by People Tree
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Dress by People Tree (Mr S also wearing his new People Tree t shirt)

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Whilst it was cosy in our cottage, there was a strong sea breeze outside! I was glad of my jacket bought from a vintage fair a few weeks ago and a hat from Ricefield Collective.

So that is it, a very relaxing Christmas in Cornwall! I would definitely do it again. I am now back to work for a few days before New Year. What did you get up to over Christmas? I hope that you had a lovely time!

With warmest wishes

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Happy Christmas

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Jacket – Rokit vintage
Necklace – a pressy from my mum
Top – M & S (Fairtrade)
Skirt – Kinky Melon Retro Boutique (AKA Vintage Vixen)
Boots – Dream in Green

Only a few days to go until Christmas and I can’t wait. I have been pretty organised this year so have food, pressies and outfits all sorted for the days ahead. No more work until after Christmas giving me a lovely relaxing break and the chance to focus on spending time with my lovely family. I am attempting to have an ‘eco ‘ Christmas this year which means cutting back a little on consumption and concentrating on the more important things like spending time with family and friends. I have to admit it has been quite tricky but even a little more sustainable has to be better than nothing. I will hopefully share more about that after Christmas.

In the picture above, I am wearing the outfit that I wore to go Christmas shopping in Bath a few weeks ago. The skirt is from (Vintage Vix’s) Kinky Melon Retro Boutique at which I picked up when they visited Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair in Bath. I love the bold pattern and colours on the skirt and it super comfortable to wear. So unusual for me to find a long skirt that actually fits and doesn’t need altering to stop it dragging on the floor.

Here my instagrams from the last few weeks…

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Bath Abbey

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The Apres Ski bar at Bath Christmas market
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Mexican Santa- possibly my favourite Christmas tree decoration ever!
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Christmas or no Christmas, this cat loves to sleep
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mince pies Happy ChristmasA day off work and the chance to watch a Christmas film and scoff mince pies

Well that is it from me for now, I am signing off for Christmas.

I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas.

I look forward to lots more sustainable style and ethical fashion in 2015! I am ever hopeful that it will be the year when ethical clothing becomes the norm and fashion slows down.

How have you been preparing for Christmas and what are you hoping for in 2015?

With warmest wishes

Traidcraft Paisley Shawl

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Shawl – Traidcraft
Hat – Pachacuti

Necklace -Made
Jeans – Oxfam (originally M&S)
Fairtrade cotton vest top – M&S
Shoes – TOMS

Quite a few years ago I stopped shopping on the high street. I now do most of my clothes shopping online as it not only allows me access to a much greater  choice of ethical and sustainable clothes but it also allows me to find different clothes that are a little bit more unique and individual than you can often find on the high street. I don’t really follow trends any more but lovely finding really lovely pieces of clothing often in places I may not expect to find them.

Traidcraft was one of those places that I knew about but had never really considered buying clothes from. Traidcraft is a fairtrade organisation which I knew about for their coffee, delicious chocolate and gifts but I was surprised to find out that they actually sell quite a few clothes and accessories too. I was recently contacted to ask if I would like to recieve a piece from the website and was instantly drawn to this lovely paisley shawl. I have already had several compliments when I have worn it. I really love that I can find out exactly how and where it was made.

It was handwoven in India by Manjeen Handicrafts is an organisation with a vision to promote an alternative trade system in the form of Fair Trade at grassroot levels to bring structural changes in the contemporary mode of trade, and increase the choice among the marganilsed artisans and their families for an improved quality of life, to help educate their children.

The Traidcraft website also has some other great pieces from hand knitted and alpaca jumpers to organic cotton pieces, colourful bags, leather bags and bamboo socks. They also have some really unique handmade gifts if you are looking for nice Christmas pressies. I know the words ‘fairtrade’ don’t always make you think of something fashionable and stylish but I am not going to let such preconceptions get in the way of finding beautifully made and unique pieces of clothing.

What do you think? Do you love finding unique and individual pieces to wear? Doesn’t it make it even more satisfying to buy something that has been created with respect for people and the planet.

With warmest wishes

The People Tree Lulu Moon Print Dress

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Dress – People Tree
Shoes – Dream in Green
Necklace – Vintage

Ok so you probably know that I am a mahusive fan of People Tree! Well imagine my delight when they asked me to pick out a piece from their latest collection to try out. It took me a while to decide (bit like a child in a sweetie shop) but I finally managed to settle on the Lulu moon print dress.

I loved the flattering style and lovely print on the dress and knew it would work for work which is the time when I have the most of those got nothing to wear days. I also love the colour which is great as an equally slimming alternative to black.  It fitted perfectly and is probably one of my favourite dresses in my wardrobe.

Do you want to know a little more about the dress?

It is made from organic cotton which ensures a better deal for the farmers and a crop grown without the use of pesticides which are damaging to the environment and to the health of humans.

The dress was made by a social enterprise called Creative Hands which works with disadvantaged women of the slum communities of Mumbai, India giving them a sustainable livelihood and helping to empower them. The mission of Creative Handicrafts is to build sustainable communities where respect for people is held high and there is no differentiation based on caste, gender or religion. Hundreds of women who have learnt skills with Creative Hands have either started their own businesses or continued to work within Creative Hands co operatives with benefits including creches and daycare for their children.

If you haven’t already checked out the People Tree Autumn Winter collection, it is definitely worth a peep with some lovely prints as well as work wear and even lounge wear and PJs.

People Tree have kindly offered me a discount code to share with my readers just enter HEATH10 at checkout for 10% off.

I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend doing not too much at all. What will you be doing this weekend? Hope that you have a lovely time.

With warmest wishes

30 Ethical Fashion Loving Blogs to Check Out

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Blogs are the new magazines! they are a great place to go for style inspiration, independent product reviews and a unique and fresh take on the world. Here are just some of the amazing ethical fashion loving blogs that we love for their unique and informative approach to fashion showing that it is perfectly possible to look great without compromising on ethics.

Bexceptional

The newly relaunched blog is an ethical fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog by Oxford Masters Student Bex Hall.

One Green Dress

The Brighton based ethical fashion blog by Oxfam Fashion Blogger Amelia. This blog features Amelia’s outfits, challenges and lots more.

Sasstainable

Sassainable is the sustainble fashion blog of now Toronto based Angela Wallace. It covers all of the latest industry events as well as food, life and travels.

Green Stilettos

A stylishly concious blog written by Xenya, Green Stilettos puts the glam in green and covers fashion with a little bit of food, lifestyle and beauty thrown into the mix.

The Green Eye of Fashion

The Green Eye of Fashion feature a handy ethical fashion directory as well as interesting and informative commentary on the many issues affecting the fashion industry.

Vogue – The Green Style Blog

If you want to keep up with all of the major sustainable developments, collections and initiatives in the fashion industry then The Green Style Blog is definitely one to follow.

Oxfam Fashion Blog

Written by a team of fashion blogging volunteers, the Oxfam Fashion Blog is packed with DIY tutorials, vintage shopping and style tips and lots more.

Moral Fibres

Moral Fibres is a UK based sustainable lifestyle blog written by Wendy.  The blog aims to show how it is possible to live a sustainable lifestyle without compromising on style.

Dresses on  Clothes Line

Written by student and Oxfam volunteer Ron, Dresses on a Clothes Line is a diary of her outfits, DIY projects and charity shop finds illustrated with some lovely phootgraphs.

Made to Travel

Made to Travel is the blog of New York based Jamillah. She writes about ethical shopping and other things that make her happy and also posts her outfits.

Meet Me at Mikes

Meet Me at Mikes is an Australian Sustainable lifestyle blog featuring posts on a range of subjects from DIY’s to ethical fashion, art and design and delicious recipes.

Sadies Wardrobe

Sadie’s Wardrobe features a fantastic ethical fashion guide to Paris aswell as plenty of outfit and DIY ideas.

The Ethical Hedonist

The Ethical Hedonist is a luxury online magazine that puts the wow factor into going organic, local, artisan and sustainable.

Ecouterre

Ecouterre covers everything that is newsworthy about ethical fashion design from the latest collections to the truth behind the greenwashing.

October Rebel

October Rebel is a style blog by US based October. It features beautiful outfit photographs with a large helping of ethical fashion.

Ecosalon

Ecosalon combines posts on conscious culture and sustainable fashion. It features more in depth looks at how ethical retailers really are as well as updates and previews of new designers and collections.

Trendition

Trendition is an online hub for ethical and sustainable lifestyle aiming to promote and inform in a fashion forward way.

Ms Wandas Wardrobe

If you want to make sure that you are informed about all of the latest news surrounding ethics in the fashion industry, then Ms Wandas is definitely the place to go.

All My Goodness

All My Goodness is a blog with plenty of inspiration for  consumers to lead a more conscious life and to help smaller sustainable companies take the next step.

Style and the Start Up

Have you ever considered starting your own ethical fashion business? if so this is definitely a great blog to check out. It covers sustainability, style and start ups in equal measures.

Eco Chick

A well established US based ethical fashion blog written by Starre Vartan, Eco Chick covers fashion, beauty, art and home.

The Owl and the Accordion

The Owl and Accordion is written by vintage and crochet lover, Vicky. It features posts about her life, DIYs and children’s clothes all illustrated with beautiful photographs.

Clothes, Camera and Coffee

Clothes, camera and coffee is written by student Rosalind. It features beautiful photographs, intelligent commentary and some lovely vintage clothes. Rosalind’s writing has also been published in Vogue and the Guardian.

Green Glitter

Green Glitter is a blog with news, reviews and posts about eco living, fashion and beauty.

Dimples Diaries

A blog by Fashion and Culture Journalist Student Hannah, Dimples Diaries combines great style with sustainable and ethical fashion including brand reviews, outfit pictures and lots more. Hannah is also taking part in the Green Challenge.

Diamonds and Daisy Chains

Diamonds and Daisy Chains features articles and posts on a variety of different topics from food to fashion and pregnancy to parenting. It has a particular focus on ethical shopping.

The Conscious Collective

The Conscious Collective is a blog by Emma and Stacey and features some great edits of the seasons latest collections with a strong focus on ethical and sustainable brands.

Ears and Whiskers

Ears and Whiskers is the blog of designer, sewer and vintage lover Sophie. Sophie is on an ethical fashion quest to discover the stories behind the materials that she uses and the clothes that she loves.

Eco Warrior Princess

Eco Warrior Princess is an Australian based fashion blog written by Jennifer Nini. She aims to raise awareness of the social and environmental impacts of the fashion industry, promotes ethical and sustainable fashion

Very Nice Threads

Written by Christine de Leon and Huffington Post blogger, Very Nice Threads is a streetstyle blog with plenty of ethical fashion focussed editorial thrown into the mix.

The Last Straggler

Freelance writer and researcher, Zaena Miller shares her love of print, fabrics, cuts and colours and shows how we can all be both stylish and responsible.

And you could also check out my blog www.ethicalfashionblog.com which features outfits, reviews and general chat about my life.

Do you know of any other ethical fashion blogs? please tweet them to me @styleeyes .

With warmest wishes


Camping, Van West and a Mud Fest!

Jeggings – Oxfam Fashion
Happy T Shirt – People Tree
Shoes – Ethletic
Scarf – Everybody Warm

The last bank holiday weekend, we managed to get out and about with our first camping trip of the year. We only went just down the road to Bath to try out the campervan and caravan together, but we always feel like we could be a million miles away when we go camping. We spent an afternoon at Victoria Park and then on the Sunday went for a wander round Bath and followed by tapas.

The following weekend we went to our first festival of the year, Vanwest, A VW festival in Brean, Somerset. All credit to the organisers and stallholders it was a fab event as usual despite the appalling weather. It was such a shame to see so many people with broken tents or awnings and eventually due to the torrential rain and high winds on Saturday night many people, us included, packed up and went home on the Sunday morning. We then spend an hour hosing the mud off everything. The theme for Van West was super heroes and we certainly felt like superheroes camping in that weather although we were reletaively snug in our campervan/ caravan combo so no where near as superhero as those staying in tents. There were some fabulous superhero costumes unfortunately I was too busy drinking and my beer and listening to the music to take many photos but there are a few instagrams below.

Anyway here’s hoping for some more fab festivals and camping this summer minus the mud, rain and wind.

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Do you have any fun plans for this bank holiday?

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TOMS Glitter Classics Shoe Review

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Jacket – Rokit Vintage
Dress – SkunkFunk
Scarf – Accessorize
Bag – Relaim Bags
Shoes – TOMS

Back before Easter, I went for lunch with my sister at Las Iguanas then on to see Dirty Dancing at Bristol Hippodrome, which was fabulous! I wore my new TOMS glitter shoes and decided that it was about time I wrote a review as I think they have an interesting story to tell.

If you don’t already know about TOMS shoes they have interesting policy called One for One® where they donate a pair of shoes to someone in need for every pair sold. Since 2006 TOMS Shoes have given 10 million pairs of shoes to children in need. They are also continously working to help more by providing different types of shoes based on terrain and season, or creating local jobs by producing shoes in countries where they give and to make their operations more sustainable. TOMS Shoes are always given to children through humanitarian organizations who incorporate shoes into their community development programs. Not only do I love the simple style of TOMS shoes that is available in so many different patterns and fabrics but I love the story behind them. A few years ago I read the book, Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie, the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS. The book is all about about how TOMS started and provides both information and inspiration for anyone wanting to start a business that puts people at its centre.

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Any how I decided to treat myself to a pair of black glitter womens classics, which I could wear with casual or more fancy outfits and are the perfect way to add a little sparkle to the everyday. When the shoes turned up, I was at first disappointed to find them a little snug. I was undecided whether to try a size up, so I decided to google ‘TOMS shoes sizing’ and discovered that it is quite common for them to be a little tight and after a few wears they should stretch. This was spot on and after only a few hours of wearing around the house, they went from far to tight to just the right size. I am definitely glad that I hung onto them! Whilst I am wearing them with a dress in the picture above, they also look great with skinny jeans or leggings.

The only point that I would make to anyone planning on buying TOMS shoes online that the shoes are sent from Holland and in the case of returns would need to be returned to The Netherlands at your own cost so check the sizing carefully.

What do you think of TOMS? do you love the style or story or both?

I hope that you are having a good week!

With warmest wishes

Blog Action Day and the Human Friendly Fashion Bloggers

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Today is Blog Action Day and I am delighted to be part of the Human Friendly Fashion Bloggers crew organised by Esther at Ms Wandas to talk about human rights and to promote ethical fashion and not only show how great it can look but also what a difference it can make.

There is an outfit competition going on at Ms Wanda’s and whilst I can’t actually enter as I am sponsoring with a prize throught style-is.co.uk, I thought I would put together an outfit anyway.

This is another little workwear outfit that have treated myself too. I know I have gone a bit crazy lately but here is why I class this as human friendly…

The dress is by Annie Greenabelle and is made from organic cotton in ethical factories committed to complying to the Ethical Trade Initiative Base Code. Organic cotton has many benefits including being made without the use of child labour or pesticides which are damaging to the health of both people and the eco systems in cotton growing areas. Organic cotton also helps farmers to build a more sustainable livelihood and to free themselves from the poverty cycle associated with pesticide usage.

The cardigan is beautifully soft cashmere and arrived in package of 3 cardigans that I ordered from Oxfam Fashion. I love buying clothes from Oxfam because not only do I get an amazing piece of clothing at a fraction of the price it would be new, I also help to save it from landfill and help an amazing cause at the same time. Oxfam make a huge difference around the world tackling poverty head on with practical measures like schools for children and healthcare. They also provide help to people in desperate conditions with the basics that they need to survive including clean water. Last year Oxfam helped 6.2 million people in 27 humanitarian emergencies.

My shoes are by Clarks and if you are interested, you can read more about their ethics in my last post here.

In the UK Human Rights is something that many of us take for granted. But recent tragedies in the garment industry in Bangladesh serve as a reminder that so many people around the world are struggling to survive without these basic human rights.

You can make a positive difference by choosing clothes that have been made with respect for people!

If you are taking part in Blog Action Day please share your post links in the comments section below. You can also make a difference by signing up to the 1% campaign below.

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With warmest wishes

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