Birthday Week

Apart from the fact that it marks me getting another year older, I really love birthdays. I don’t have much time to myself most of the time so on my birthday like to indulge myself. This year I have managed to spread it out over a whole week of doing pretty much exactly what I want. I had some lovely pressies including delicious smelling Lush goodies from my sister, a beautiful mirrored jewellery box and a necklace from my neighbours and a vintage book from my friend but mostly I got money which I  have used to treat myself to a few goodies (clothes of course!).

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On Monday, I spent a very wet day wandering around the shops and researching my Vintage and Second Hand Guide to Bath, I did also manage to squeeze in some shopping and got this beautiful scarf from the Black and White Shop for just £10. I also got this amazing printed dress from Monsoon and a Monsoon cardigan from the Oxfam Boutique. I can’t wait until the weather warms up so I can wear the dress perhaps with the scarf for a really printastic outfit!

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My actual birthday was really all about eating cake. I ordered up this beauty from Patisserie Valerie, it was delicious- sponge, cream, fruit and white chocolate.  I did manage to fit in 2 hours of excercise classes which hopefully went some way to offsetting some of those calories.

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On Thursday, I had a cup of tea and chat with the lovely Noorin Khamisani of Outsider, a fantastic label that is all about classic, wearable and beautiful clothes (that just happen to be ethical too) . I really love her latest collection which features some very lovely dresses, one of which she happens to be wearing in this photo.

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It was yet another horrible and wet day so I resorted to wearing jeans (organic cotton from M&S) and boots (Dream in Green) with my new Antiform top that I got from Mr Style Eyes and the girls. I did give them a little help in deciding what to get me. Well actually I just bought it ,myself from Think Boutique. Antiform is another label which I really love and well worth checking out if you love unusual pieces. They use reclaimed fabrics and mix fashion forward shapes with heritage crafts.

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I also got this People Tree top from the Zakee Shariff Collection.

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And this dress by Frank and Faith (another amazing and very afforable brand) from Ethical Superstore which I wore out to dinner with my friends on Friday with leggings and necklace by People Tree, swapped denim jacket and shoes by Simple.

I have also ordered myself a few more goodies in the Ethical Superstore 20% off sale and some Melissa shoes (to keep my feet dry) which I will share once they arrive.

So that is it birthday week is over, back to reality, sensible, healthy eating and a complete shopping ban until at least the autumn, I definitely don’t need any new clothes now.

I hope you have had a lovely weekend, despite the rain!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Ethical Prints For Spring Summer 2012

Prints are massive news at the moment! I have always been a lover of bold, bright and beautiful prints even when minimalism was in fashion but now they are everywhere that I look, I am even more tempted by them. Bold and bright prints is just one area where ethical fashion comes into its own with traditional methods of printing and local inspiration being used create contemporary fashion pieces in Fairtrade cooperatives and ethical fashion initiatives around the world. Let the high street copy and take inspiration from the prints of Africa, Asia and South America but I would much prefer the real thing because prints this beautiful transcend fashion and trends.

Check these Out!

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Lalesso uses the creative talent of Kenyan artisans after realising the raw talent, incredible design aesthetics, rich resources and beautiful people that the country has to offer.

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Modahnik is a US based label founded by Kahindo Mateene, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Sika is a fantastic brand that I have only just discovered (and really glad I did!). They use fabrics sourced from  local Ghanaian markets and hand-made using natural methods, creating exclusive limited prints. Each unique piece defines an area in West Africa’s vast textile landscape, using traditional fabrics such as tie dye, batik’s and wax prints.

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Fair + True are a contemporary brand with an eclectic collection of clothes made in Kenya and Malawi under a Fair Trade schemes.

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suno 2 Ethical Prints For Spring Summer 2012suno 4 Ethical Prints For Spring Summer 2012Suno is a New York based womenswear label which produces clothes in Kenya, India and Peru using combination of traditional, local techniques and high-end tailoring, with an emphasis on fit and fabric.

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Choolips is London based brand working with batikers in Ghana to revamp traditional techniques and producing clothes in Kenya, Ghana and India.

What do you think? tempted? I have also heard that the new ASOS Africa collection will be released very soon, I will keep you posted.

Have a lovely weekend!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Fair Trade Fashion For Fairtrade Fortnight

Yesterday was the beginning of Fairtrade fortnight. I always think that Fairtrade fortnight is a great time to indulge yourself with some delicious fairtrade chocolate and If I wasn’t trying to lose a bit of weight, I most definitely would! But instead I have decided to share some of my favourite Fair trade fashion for SS12.

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Orla Kiely for People Tree Dress made in India from 100% Organic Fairtrade Cotton

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People Tree Lora Dress made in India from 100% Organic Fairtrade Cotton

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People Tree Macy Swallows Oversize Tee – 100% Organic Fairtrade Certified Cotton

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Zakee Shariff for People Tree Paisley T Shirt - 100% Organic Fairtrade Cotton

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Annie Greenabelle Pleat Hem Dress – 100% organic fairtrade cotton

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Annie Greenabelle Peach Poppy Skirt- Made from 100% Organic and Fairtrade cotton

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Breton top by Armour Luxe at ASOS – made from Fairtrade cotton

 

In all honesty this post has been a fairly difficult one to write. Whilst lots of companies talk about Fair trade on their website it is difficult to find many with the actual Fairtrade Certification in individual products. It really confused me so I decided to look into it a bit further.

Fairtrade cotton ensures that the farmers get a fair price for their crops, a Fairtrade premium to be used for development and for cotton and a number of other products works only with smaller farmers in rural areas.

Only those products with the Fairtrade trade mark below are certified by the Fairtrade Foundation against internationally agreed Fairtrade standards and are usually labelled ‘Fairtrade’. Other products described as’ Fair trade’ may not have the certification but may still be ethical and follow fair trade principles to varying extents. The certification only really applies to commodities like cotton, so for example handicrafts and artisan items may not be covered by it but still can be described as ‘Fair trade’. If you want to find out more check out the Fairtrade Foundation website

So now I have cleared that up…

If you would like to join in the Fairtrade fortnight, here are just a few Fairtrade Fortnight promotions by retailers that I have come across.

People Tree are running a streetstyle competition with the chance to win a £500 shopping spree. Simply take a photo of yourself in your favourite People Tree purchase and send it to them. The photos will be posted to the People Tree Facebook gallery and the winner chosen by the community. The competition closes Friday 9th March. They are also giving free delivery on all orders over £50.

Ethical Superstore are giving £5 off all orders over £50 when you use the code XFTF12 during Fairtrade fortnight. A fantastic opportunity to stock up on Fairtrade fashion or Easter Eggs or both!

Fashion Conscience are offering free delivery on all orders during Fairtrade fortnight.

Will you be doing anything for Fairtrade Fortnight?

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

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People Tree

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People Tree is well recognised as a pioneer of sustainable and fair trade fashion and has been selling beautiful clothing that improves the lives and environment of the artisans and farmers in developing countries since 1991, first i  Japan and since 2001 in the UK.

People Tree sell a range of women’s wear and menswear. Their  designers are passionate about good design, obsessing over the details and experimenting with new fabrics and materials. They won’t rest until they’ve created a garment that’s truly beautiful. Their designs also importantly incorporate artisan skills and labour intensive hand crafting techniques which help to create work and an income for those involved.

Shop People Tree Use code HEATH10 at checkout for a 10% discount!

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30 Days of Ethical Fashion – Maisha Collective Fair Trade Scarves

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Today on 30 Days of Ethical Fashion, I wanted to share with you Maisha Collective, an amazing organisation making some great Fair trade fashion.
 
Maisha Collective make unique hand dyed scarves. They are are based in Nairobi, Kenya and the scarves are created by a group of young refugee women from DR Congo, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Burundi. These young women are empowered by the collectives to rebuild their lives with peace and dignity, helping them to develop confidence and gain important skills for future independence.
 
As the scarves are all handmade, it means that each one is unique. I love the deep colours and swirly patterns, perfect for adding a bit of colour to a dark winter outfit.
 
You can order Maisha Collective Fairtrade cotton scarves from Fashion Conscience.
 
With warmest wishes
 
Ceri x
 

30 Days of Ethical Fashion – Annie Greenabelle

If I had to decribe the ethical fashion label Annie Greenabelle in just a few words it would be fresh, trendy and affordable. The latest collection is packed full of cute dresses which would suit most people. They are incredibly wearable with plenty of pretty prints and fun details to add a bit of interest.

In contrast to some ethical labels, this is definitely one that would work well for the teenage and younger girls that is not to say that it wouldn’t work equally well for an older 30 something like myself or anyone else for that matter, but the collection just fits well with current trends for those that want to be in fashion.

Annie Greenabelle is an ethical company through and through with a transparent supply chain. They use organic and fair trade fabrics combined with end of roll and reclaimed fabircs to add a bit of variety to the clothes.

At the moment they have some fabulous party dresses, vintage inspired skirts and jersey dresses which are great for everyday with prices starting at a bargainous £34. I would definitely recommend checking them out and you can currently get 30% off jersey dresses using the discount code JERSEY30 at checkout.

 What do you think?

If you would like to catch up on the previous posts in my 30 days of Ethical Fashion series, you can check out the other posts here.

with warmest wishes

Ceri X

 

30 Days of Ethical Fashion – Bourgeois Boheme Vegan and Fairtrade Shoes

 

I am not a vegetarian, but as I have discussed in previous posts, I am well aware of the environmental impacts and ethical implications of the leather industry, so am definitely glad to consider alternatives to leather where possible especially the products are also Fairtrade.

Borgeois Boheme has recently caught my eye as a brand whose designs are as desireable as their ethics. I love my high heels but most of the time I end up wearing flats so I am always on the lookout for a beautiful pair of ballet pumps that will make a statement. Ballet pumps are possibly the only pair of flats that look delicate, graceful and ladylike with a dress but also equally at home with a pair of jeans.

The current collection of Bourgois Boheme at Fashion Conscience includes just three styles of ballet pumps, but even with such a small choice, I would really struggle to choose between them. At the moment, I think I am swaying towards the leopard print.

Which do you like the best?

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

30 Days of Ethical Fashion – Komodo

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On day 12 of my 30 days of Ethical Fashion series, I would like to share with you Komodo (if you didn’t already know about this label!).

Komodo was set up by Joe Komodo back in 1988 and he says that it was born out of a sense of fun and travel but was also about living their own lifestyle and avoiding having to get a proper job! Komodo started as stall on Camden market selling ethnic goods. The company still stays true to its original values sourcing organic and ethically manufactured products where possible and utilising local skills in countries like Nepal. Komodo also supports the Free Tibet campaign by making a donation each time a piece from the Free Tibet collection is sold.

The appeal of Komodo is that the clothes showcase the best handmade crafts of a region but without being too literally ‘ethnic’. They look stylish and original but also not out of place in a western and urban environment. It is great to see another fabulous brand that is desirable for many more reasons than just because they are ethical, to quote the website.

We are a Fashion Lifestyle brand first and do our best to be as ethical as we can in the process, rather than  Eco-warriors trying to make fashion.

You can currently get some great offers on Komodo at Fashion Conscience. You can also check out more fantastic brands in my 30 days of Ethical Fashion series here.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

30 Days of Ethical Fashion – Zakee Shariff For People Tree

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Tommorrow, People Tree will be launching their latest collaboration with designer and artist Zakee Shariff. The collection will consist of jersey pieces with unique bold prints.

Zakee Shariff has developed a cult following over recent years. Her signature is the elegant drawings, prints, and paintings that are used to decorate clothing. For the People Tree collection she has applied pop colours and paisley and bird motifs to a  stretch mini-dress, a slouchy long sleeve box sweat, and a slashed sleeve tee.

The collection wil be made from 100% organic, Fairtrade certified cotton in India by Assisi Garments, one of People Tree’s Fair Trade producers who pay up to 30% more than conventional garment manufacturers. The organic cotton is from Agrocel, a pioneering Fairtrade certified organic cotton producer in Gujarat, India.

I will definitely be checking out this collection which looks fun and affordable with prices from £35 – £40. It will be available from People Tree from tommorrow.

If you would like to check out other posts in my 30 days of ethical fashion series, you can do so here.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X