Accessories at Yours Sustainably

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.

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.

woven bag

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.

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.

laptop case

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

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.

ASOS Africa Trousers

My neckscarf/ accessory is from Round London.

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

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.

This obi belt was handmade and is great for giving loose fitting clothes a bit of shape.

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.

Six items challenge

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

six items challenge - day 2

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

Six Items challenge -day 4

This necklace was also a present from my mum.

six items challenge

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

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

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

The Indiana Jones Necklace!

ethical jewellery

Dress – Really old (originally from Ringspun Vintage)
Leggings – People Tree
Shoes – given to me by a friend
Necklace – By Jackie Brazil c/o Find Jewellery

I was recently contact by Find Jewellery to see if I would like to feature a piece of eco friendly jewellery from the Indiana Jones collection by Jackie Brazil on Style Eyes.

When I checked out the collection, it was just the sort of jewellery I love, bold, bright and makes a statement and of course, how could I refuse something from a collection with such an amazing name!

I choose the 32 inch green necklace which features a variety of chunky beads made from eco friendly recycled resin which are made in Brazil and polished by hand. They kind of reminded me of liquorice allsorts!

I couldn’t make up my mind which outfit to wear the necklace with first but decided to go for a subtle look by wearing in with a green dress. The necklace would also look fantastic with a plain  black, tshirt, jumper or dress. It also looks fantastic with lots of other pieces in all sort of colours including red and brown. Finally, I would also wear this necklace with black and white stripes or lots of other bold patterns. A truly versatile piece of jewellery that can transform something really plain into fantastic outfit or put the finishing touches to a more complex outfit. I also really loved the long length which is so much more flattering on me than a short beaded necklace.

If you fancy yourself a customize queen (or king) why not join the fantastic competition for £50 vouchers for Ears and Whiskers vintage and handmade collections and a years free subscription to Pretty Nostalgic Magazine! Check out the website www.ohmyearsandwhiskers.com for more details!

If you have been trying to contact me, you may have noticed that my emails and some of my websites aren’t working. This is because I am in process of transitioning them from Office Live to Office 365 (not through choice!) and it has been a bit of a nightmare. I hope that everything will be up and running again as usual within the next few days but if you need to contact me before then you can use my other email address ceri.heathcote@yahoo.com.

I hope that you are having a good week! apart from the email issues, I am! Lots of exciting new plans on the ethical fashion front which I hope to be able to share quite soon.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

Sustainable Jewellery – Crumple

Top – high street shop (3 or 4 years old)
Belt – handmade
Skirt – Oxfam sale
Shoes – Irregular Choice
Necklace – Highstreet shop (many years ago)
Earrings – Crumple

I was recently contacted by Crumple, a new sustainable jewellery brand celebrating the power of nature and the beauty of wild flowers, bees and icy glaciers.  The earrings are made in Oxford from responsibly sourced card and non-toxic glues. The hooks are sterling silver.

I loved the inspiration behind these earrings celebrating the power of nature and the beauty of wild flowers, bees and icy glaciers, they reminded me of being outdoors. I also loved the delicate detail and bright colours. I chose the Hyper Love pair which were inspired by Tears, Songs, Poems and other expressions of love. They featured a colourful print on one side and on the underside of one a punched bee symbol.

For each pair of earrings 20p is donated to a conservation project. The earrings can also be easily be recycled.

Here are a few more designs.

Have a lovely Easter! I will be getting very close to nature and most likely very cold as well as eating my fair share of chocolate. What will you be doing?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

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Ethical Jewellery By Made UK

Ethical jewellery by Made UK
A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Made UK to see if I would like to receive some of their lovely ethical jewellery to feature in my outfits. I was incredibly excited as not only do I really (I mean really really) love the stuff on their site but I also have to turn down so many offers of clothes and accessories lately as the ethics don’t sit well either for me or the blog (certainly no problem on that front with Made though!). When they said that they were going to put together a little goody bag for me, I though I would probably get 2 or 3 pieces but wasn’t at all prepared for the heavy package that arrived filled with a big selection ethical jewellery, each in its own brightly printed bag.

Here are just two of the outfits that I have made over the last week or two that have featured Made UK jewellery. I haven’t even managed to wear all of the jewellery yet so look out for it in future outfit posts.

ethical outfit
 Necklace and ring – Made UK
Cardigan – charity shop
Dress – Annie Greenabelle

This is the outfit that I wore to the Good Fashion Show on Saturday (more on that very soon).

 

 

Necklace – Made UK
Shirt – patagonia
Short – upcycled
Boots – El Naturalista

You may have already seen this outfit as I posted it the other day. I have worn the tooth shaped pendant non stop and have had so many compliments on it.

I hope that you had a good weekend.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

Tuesday Treats – Ethical Autumn Accessories

You can easily update your look each season with a few new accessories. So for this weeks Tuesday treats, I have decided to share some amazing ethical accessories that I have discovered recently.

detachable leather peter pan collars

These very cute detachable Peter Pan collars are the perfect way to update a plain dress or top. They are hand crafted from recycled leather in a North London workshop and available from Offset Warehouse.

Mexican Day of the dead skull jewellery

I love sparkly skull jewellery anytime of the year but with Halloween not too far away, I think these Mexican Day of the Dead inspired pieces make the perfect treat. They are handmade in the UK from available from www.LilygraceOriginals.etsy.com.

lowie knitted accessories

I am already starting to feel the cold and I am in need of some cosy clothes to keep me toasty warm. These angora mix headbands and gloves by Lowie are hand knitted at home by villagers in Eastern China. They are available from Think Boutique.

I was really interested to read this article in the Guardian which goes to show just how difficult it is to know how to buy ethically. I was really surprised to hear how little some luxury fashion brands are doing, including two in particular which I really wouldn’t have expected (I am not going to name names, you will just have to read the article if you want to know).

On the plus side, some high street brands are doing really well and the latest Ethical Consumer Buyers guide buyers guide to high street clothes shops gave Monsoon and New Look top ratings for their supply chain policies. This is great news as I love the choice of accessories in Monsoon and today I have picked a few of my favourites for my Tuesday Treats round up.

ethical accessories - Monsoon

Butterfly Print Bag
Red Anderson Floppy Hat
Deco Clutch Bag
Chunky Ikat Snood

I hope that you are having a good week.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X