Truck Festival

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Crochet Waistcoat – Marks and Spencers
Dress – Komodo
Baseball Boots – Ethletic

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Headdress – Little Wings
Dress – Skunk
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On the weekend, we went to Truck Festival. It was the first time that we had been but it came highly recommended by some friends. We had a fantastic time and the pretty dramatic weather conditions didn’t spoil it one bit. On Friday night we had loads of rain but as we were tucked up in bed by that point, it didn’t bother us much except for the odd drip through the slightly leaky campervan roof.

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On saturday, we saw Dodgy on the main stage (remember them, staying out for the summer!). The sky turned black and the wind suddenly picked up. Luckily the storm passed us by but not before I got the chance to take some pictures of the dramatic skies.
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Once the skies had cleared and after much nagging by my daughter, I managed to put aside my fear of heights and for a ride on the ferris wheel. I will have to admit the views were pretty amazing even though I was terrified.

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We chilled out with cocktails and watched the sunset and then headed over to check out Roots Manuva on the market stage. Finally I treated myself to a Truckers curry from the foodstall. It was amazing lentil dahl, chappatti and 2 freshly cooked onion bhajis for a fiver!

Overall I was pretty impressed with Truck Festival. It was really chilled out and whilst I hadn’t heard of many of the bands playing, I enjoyed listening to the music anyway. All of the food stalls were run by local charities organisations like Rotary so not only was the food great value but buying the food also meant you were helping a good cause. The festival was quite small and the campervan field wasn’t too packed giving us plenty of space. The tickets are pretty reasonabley priced too. Dare I say it, we had a trucking good time!

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I love a festival as it gives me the chance to wear some of my more unusual clothes that I don’t often get the chance to wear at home. I treated myself to a necklace from ethical brand Made UK in the ASOS sale which I wore with a fairtrade cotton vest top from good old M & S with some cut off jeans. Actually I don’t want to keep this just for festivals though, I wonder whether it is possible to get away with neon for work!
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Anyway we are home and back to work feeling pretty tired after such a busy weekend. Roll on next weekend!

What have you been up to? Have you been to any good festivals this year?

With warmest wishes

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Recycled Jewellery at OrnateMe

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I love jewellery and can’t help but constantly refresh my collection to allow me to refresh and accessorise my outfits in lots of different ways. I try to buy upcycled, fair trade and sustainable jewellery, but it has always bothered me that buying too much costume or fashion jewellery is wasteful. It seems a real shame that such a lot of the lovely costume jewellery bought in the shops will probably end up in landfill. This is where OrnateMe a fab new website concieved by Paul Tully in response to his concern about the unsustainability of the current fashion industry and the throw away attitude driven by low cost products. He hopes that through the success of his business, he will help high street retailers to adopt more sustainable retailing models.

The idea behind OrnateMe is simple. It provides an easy way for customers to upcycle their old costume jewellery. You just need to put your old jewellery into a prepaid envelope and send it in. For each piece of jewellery that is resaleable, you recieve points which can be used towards a piece of jewellery that you would like to buy on the site. Pieces that are not resellable are upcycled.

The website also has a great selection of recycled jewellery to buy and of course I couldn’t help but have a little browse. I have been on the look out for friendship and boho bracelets to wear with casual clothes for the summer and when I spotted these two picture above, I couldn’t resist getting them. They arrived in an envelope which I can then reuse to send back any of my unwanted jewellery. I just need to make a little time to have a clear out of my jewellery collection and decide what I no longer wear.

What do you think of this idea? Do you have any jewellery to recycle and do you love the idea of getting credits to buy a piece of recycled jewellery?

With warmest wishes

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Story Behind the Brand – The Feather Tree

I have just discovered the most amazing brand whilst following the Ethical Fashion Forum Brand Preview on Twitter. Before I share the lovely story behind the brand, I just wanted to share with you some of the amazing pieces featured on their website many of which are most definitely making their way onto my wishlist!

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The Feather Tree was set up by Lissa and Bo inspired by their magical world filled with feathers, outrageously quirky prints, quills and skills. The brand is all about hair feathers, colourful handmade jewellery and unique clothing that combines UK trends with a contemporary Kenyan edge. Lissa and Bo saw the beautiful potential in  recycled fabrics brought from Matumba (a Kenyan Market) and traditional Masai beadwork both to create really amazing clothes and jewellery and also a seed of opportunity for people in Kenya on very low incomes. Paid per piece of clothing or jewellery, everyone involved in the manufacture benefits from every single piece sold, allowing them to supplement their incomes and build a better life. Hair feather and feathers used in The Feather Tree jewellery are ethically sourced and then dyed by Lissa and Bo.


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The beaded jewellery at The Feather Tree is made by Dayvid. Lissa’s family met Dayvid and when they asked about the colourful beaded belt that he was wearing, they discovered that he had made it himself. The Feather Tree was a great way to promote the amazing talents and craftmanship of Dayvid and others in Kenya allowing them to get their products to marketplace and the chance for us in the UK to buy these beautiful and unusual pieces.

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Odayo is the talented tailor at Feather Tree. He was born and raised in Kisumu on the shores of lake Victoria. He has completed a 4 year course in tailoring but only got the chance to use his talents in a full time role when he was discovered by Lissa’s mum working as a gardener. The money that he has earnt has helped him to build a small house for his family and he hope to be able to continue and pay for his children’s education.

The Matuba Market started in the nineties selling good quality clothing at affordable prices that had not been sold in high streets in Europe. The market is now a thriving industry creating 1000′s of jobs in Kenya and a source of interesting fabrics used in clothes made by the Feather Tree. Locally Kenya sourced Kitenge fabrics are also used to create clothing. Instead of using plastic buttons, The Feather Tree uses coconut buttons and painted beads which are handmade in Kenya in their clothes and jewellery.

You can find out more about The Feather Tree and check out their fantastic designs and hair feathers here:

www.thefeathertree.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/TheFeatherTree

https://twitter.com/thefeathertree

Have you discovered any amazing brands with a great story to tell lately? If so please share!

With warmest wishes

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What to Wear on a Rare Night Out

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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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Hiro and Wolf – Story Behind the Brand

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I have already decided to take advantage of with some birthday money that my mum has promised me tommorrow. I can think of so many outfits that I could wear the necklace pictured above with.

And so onto to the story behind the brand…

Amy and Bee founders of the brand met whilst walking their dogs in London Fields, a patch of green in East London (hence the name Hiro and Wolf, their dogs!). Bee has a background in Events and fashion retail and many years experience working on craft development in South Africa whilst Amy is a London College of Fashion graduate and accessories designer. In May 2012 following a 5 week product development adventure to Kenya, sleeping under the stars and being savaged by mosquitoes, Hiro and Wolf was born.

The brand creates beautiful jewellery and some very stylish pet products in Bombolulu Workshop in Kenya run by the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya, a non profit organisation. Also a member of WFTO (World Fair Trade Organisation), this organisation runs 4 workshops in Kenya with 150 skilled artisans producing a range of jewellery, textile and leather products. They workshops help to improve the lives of disabled people in Kenya giving them a safe haven and also providing sheltered housing to the craftspeople who choose to live on site as well as support to those who live outside.

Whilst many of us will imagine luxurious beach and nature reserve resorts when we think of Kenya, the reality for many people living there is very different. For many of the communities the money from the tourist industry has little impact and they live in relative poverty. The Association for the Physically Disabled helps residents to overcome their physical limitations and empowers them socially and economically to become fully integrated members of their communities.

The workshops at Bombolulu are a hive of activity with strips of brass being coiled, cast, cut and hammered, large reclaimed tree trunks (the wood is Neem – a sustainable locally-sourced wood) and boxes of treated bone (a by-product of the meat industry) being turned into delicate shapes and sewing machines whirring to turn colourful kitenge fabric is stitched into the fun ribbon-tie pouches.

What do you think? What would you wear this jewellery with?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Ethical Engagement Rings at Ingle and Rhode

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Bespoke ethical jewellers Ingle & Rhode know a thing or two about design. From their design workshop in Mayfair, London, Ingle & Rhode share the latest trends for wedding jewellery in 2013 and advise on the dos and don’ts of designing your engagement ring.

Jewellery is personal. It’s got to be comfortable. Its design should last for generations and it is one of the most cherished family heirlooms.

Jewellery makes a powerful statement about who are you. When it’s a wedding or engagement ring, it whispers of a private union and a personal love story.

Weddings in 2013 are going to be fuelled with injections of colour and this is already reinterpreted into contemporary jewellery design. Coloured gemstones are experiencing a renaissance, purely for the fact that they provide timeless statements.

Whilst vibrant gemstones have traditionally been used to create a dramatic showpiece on the finger by combining brilliant blue sapphires, gorgeous green hues of emeralds
or the wonderfully rich red of rubies with diamonds. However you can introduce
pockets of colour into your engagement ring more subtly with the unspoken
luxury of one or two isolated gems, which works perfectly with contemporary
design. The choice is yours.

Whatever you decide, choose your stones wisely. Many precious gems come with a horrible history – fuelling conflict in certain parts of the world and causing a negative impact on both the environment and local communities in the areas where they are
mined.  Most high street and luxury jewellers don’t think twice about the chemicals used to extract gemstones or the child labour within the local cutting workshops.

At Ingle & Rhode
They ethically source all of their gemstones in a transparent manner through
responsible partners that manage the whole process. They look at the lifespan of
the mines and ensure that profits are reinvested back into the community and
environment to ensure long-term opportunities.

Jen Marsden, author of Green Guide for Wedding, adds:

“Ingle & Rhode provides decadent, bespoke design with an expertly hand-crafted
finish.
This is the true treasure of ethical wedding
rings, providing exquisite memories that last more than one lifetime.”

For us, every
engagement ring we individually design begins as a love story.

Check out www.ingleandrhode.co.uk for inspiration!

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Accessories at Yours Sustainably

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Yours Sustainably offers a fantastic selection of accessories including jewellery, bags, pourses and scarves. I love that they are carefully sourced from all around the world with a focus on not only their sustainbility and ethics but also their beauty, desireability and functionality. The company also has a great philosophy that producers, suppliers and consumers are jointly responsible for creating and buying ethical products.

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The selection of jewellery at Yours Sustainably combines quirkly, colourful and contemporary pieces. I particularly love the chunky plaited necklaces which are the perfect way to jazz up a plain t shirt or simple dress. They are handmade in Kenya using Made from traditional Kenyan kikoy fabric and brass.

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There are also some fantastic gift ideas at Yours Sustainably. This striking bag is made from woven cotton and soft Buffaloe leather (a by product of the Nepalese food industty) under fair trade principles. It would go with just about any outfit from bold bright colours to neutrals.

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Scarves are also a great way to brighten up any outfit. Your sustainably has an amazing selection of scarves in a range of colours and prints including this vibrant purple scarf with pom pom trim. It is made from a super soft bamboo fabric which is really comfortable to wear and drapes beautifully.

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Yours sustainably also has a range of accessories for men, home and table wear, stationary, travel accessories and gifts for children. I love this laptop case which is made of recycled rubber tyre tubes with a recycled denim lining.

Please visit www.yourssustainably.com to view the full fantastic range of fashion and gifts.

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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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Six Items Challenge – Week 3

Third week of the six items challenge and I will have to say I am getting pretty bored with my choice of clothes. Every morning when I open  my wardrobe I am confronted by a rail of clothes that I can’t wear. Still not too much longer now and this week my new hat has arrived from Pachacuti ready for hols so I have been using it to add a bit of interest to my outfits.

I haven’t posted every single outfit this week as a few have been a little bit repetitive and I have had some fairly severe bad hair days.

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My neckscarf/ accessory is from Round London.

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This bag is from Oxfam Fashion – one of my favourite places to shop!

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This neckalce is from ethical jewellery brand Made UK Everyone says the tights make me look like I have tattoos on my legs. I love this look but could never committ to having just one design on my legs. I would so change my mind.

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And here is my new hat!

Ands so on to the last week of the challenge. I am so pleased the sun has finally come out and really enjoying having dinner in the garden every evening.

Next week I am speaking on the visibility panel for the Ethical Fashion Forum Tipping Point Summit, it will bring together leading pioneers in fashion and sustainability from all over the world and across the entire supply chain to network, share ideas, learn from best practice, and collaborate. I can’t wait! Hope you have an amazing week.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

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Six Items Challenge Update – Week One

I am now exactly one week into the Six Items Challenge which I am taking part in for the whole of July with Labour Behind the Label to try and raise awareness of the plight of real people working in the fashion industry and their struggle for better rights and working conditions. You can check out how the others participating in the challenge are getting on in the Six Items Challenge Blog.

This week hasn’t been too bad with the main challenges being the weather. Feeling cold in my choice of summery clothes and struggling to get clothes washed and dried ready to wear again, resulting in me resorting to drying a pair of leggings with the hair dryer, were probably the low points. On the plus side I managed to get ready pretty quickly each morning as I didn’t have much to choose from.

Her are my outfits for the week featuring the six items – a really old black shift dress and t shirt, a dress by Komodo, leggings from People Tree, Green Printed Dress from Monsoon and patterned trousers by ASOS Africa.

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The necklace and bracelets were presents and the shoes are from sustainable shoe brand Melissa.

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The scarf is from a vintage fair, the handbag from a charity shop and the necklace a present from my mum.

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This necklace was also a present from my mum.

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The belt was from the high street and the necklace from ethical jewellery brand Made UK.

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The scarf is vintage and the shoes and tights from the high street.

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The scarf is from a vintage fair and the necklace also from ethical jewelery brand Made UK.

Now I have worn all of the basic outfit combinations once comes the challenge. I am going to need to get creative and imaginative with accessories this week in order to make some different outfits.

I hope that you have had a good weekend!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x