Sparkly Vintage

Cardigan – Oxfam Fashion
Dress and shoes – (originally from the high street, now 3 or 4 years old)
Leggings – People Tree
Clutch bag – local vintage shop

The outfit in today’s post was one that I wore on Saturday night for a meal out in town. The black dress is a real staple that I have had in my wardrobe for years. These days I feel much happier wearing it with leggings as it is so short but I find it works equally well for daytime and night time. As much as I live prints and bright colours, I will have to admit that you just can’t beat a black dress for versatility and it is ideal for those days when I don’t have ages to mess around deciding what to wear.

The sparkly cardigan was from the Williams Vintage selection at Oxfam Fashion. You can’t see that well from the photo but I am wearing double sparkle with a beaded collar necklace from People Tree, I promise that it sparkles so much more in real life!

Things have been pretty hectic over the last week or two and I haven’t been able to get round to visiting all my favourite blogs. Hoping for a little time to relax with a glass of wine tommorrow and catch up with everything that is going.

I have recently fallen in love with the brand SkunkFunk which features on style-is.co.uk and has some amazing sustainable fashion in particular the dresses which I have been lusting over on a daily basis. I couldn’t believe my luck when I was asked by a retailer to review a piece of sustainable fashion. Of course I choose a SkunkFunk dress which arrived today. It was even better than I expected, can’t wait to share very soon!

I hope you are having a fantastic week. Have you discovered any amazing sustainable fashion brands lately? if so please do share.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

 

Upcycling – Better the Devil you Sew

I love upcycling or refashioning, whatever you want to call it! I think it is the best way to give old clothes a new lease of life and the perfect opportunity to get creative, make something a bit different to wear and of course, it is so much better for the environment than buying something new. I used to make clothes from scratch but by upcycling, you can often make something amazing in next to no time. If you are still not convinced of the merits of upcycling, perhaps that fact that it is a major trend at the moment might sway you, you can just check out the DIY section on Pinterest for evidence (and inspiration!)

Better the Devil You Sew is a new Collection at Oxfam Brighton made completely by volunteers from damaged clothes that are donated to Oxfam. Check out the video above for ideas and inspiration. It just shows what you can achieve with a few old clothes.

Do you like upcycling? please share your latest project.

BTW- you can check out my latest post for Oxfam Fashion – Our Top Picks for Autumn Winter.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

Pick of the Ethical Fashion Sales

I have seen so many amazing ethical fashion finds in the sales over the last few weeks, I thought that I would share with you some of my favourites. As I mentioned in my last post, if you have never tried buying ethical or eco fashion before, the sales are a great time to give it a try. I guarantee you will be really surprised by the amazing quality and how different it is from much of the clothing you will find on the high street.

Komdo dress

Zoe Fair Trade Cutout Dress by Komodo

If you saw my recent posts about the 6 Items challenge (where I wore only 6 items of clothing for a month) you might recognise this dress as one of the six items that I choose. It has become one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe as it is so comfortable and easy to wear and can be accessorised in so many different ways or worn without accessories. It is now on sale at Fashion Conscience with just a few sizes left. Use code SALE10 to get an extra 10% discount.

Neon yellow dress

Garat T Shirt Dress by Skunkfunk

I am a big fan of neon and this dress would look amazing with any of the brightly coloured beaded sandals or accessories from the amazing www.Aspiga.com. Definitely a look for those who like to stand out from the crowd! this dress is also on sale at Fashion Conscience along with more items from the Skunk Funk brand. Again you can use code SALE10 to get an extra 10% discount.

Orla Kieley sale

Orla Kiely Navy Cabins Dress

I love People Tree sales and I love the Orla Kiely collection at People Tree. This dress is one of the items that I have been admiring on the site all spring and summer and it is now reduced by 50%. It looks like a perfect every day dress and a really flattering cut.

Outsider dress

Denim Dress by Outsider

This beautiful dress is part of the Eco Age by Livia Firth Collection on Yoox. It is made from organic cotton denim with silk detailing at the neck. A really beautiful wardrobe staple for a sophisticated daytime look .

bamboo sunglasses

Bamboo Sunglasses by Kayu

These unusal sunglasses are another item I have been admiring all summer. They are great for a quirky and fun summer time look. They are also from the Eco Age by Livia Firth Collection at Yoox.

Monsoon Keiko Maxi Dress

Keiko Maxi Dress at Monsoon

This beautiful Kimono style dress is reduced by over 70%. An amazing bargain especially if you have a special event to go to.

As you probably already know, I am a big fan of charity shopping. Oxfam is the best place to charity shop online and has some amazing pieces which can easily be searched by price, brand etc. They currently have a 30% off sale. You can check it out here.

Have you found any ethical fashion bargains in the sales? please share?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Oxfam Fashion Picks For Summer 2012

My wardrobe is jam packed full at the moment, hence why I am on a shopping ban. There is no harm in a little window shopping though and as I have completely forbidden myself to buy a single piece of clothing, I really don’t mind sharing my favourite Oxfam Fashion Picks for Summer 2012. Summer is definitely my favourite season and also my favourite time for charity shopping as there are usually so many fantastic summer dresses to choose from. Not only are these dresses a great price but charity shopping is also better for the environment than buying something new and the charity get to benefit too. Yes it is guilt free shopping!

beige halter neck dress

This beige halter neckdress is so elegant. I love the colour, the chiffon fabric and the pretty detail. It would be so perfect for a summer wedding or garden party. It is size 8 and £17.99.

green dress - Oxfam Fashion

This green dress is brand new with tags and from the M&S Limited Collection- size 8, £14.99. What a fantastic colour! the perfect dress for a really hot summer’s day.

Bold Prints are really on trend for this summer but I love them all of the time. This beautiful leaf print dress really caught my eye. Size 10, £24.99.

Actually I love all prints not just the bold ones. The scarf print on this Karen Millen Halter Neck Top and skirt is really cute. 12/14, £19.99.

This floral coral skirt by Gap (size 6, £9.99) is just waiting to be worn with a printed top perhaps a fantastic black and white print like this…

Black and white Next top, (Brand new with tags), £9.99 size 12.

I can’t help loving this amazing denim tapestry waistcoat. How amazing would it look with some denim cutoffs? (size small £7.99)

Last but not least this Vintage Boutique Sequin Blazer has severely tested my will power. It would go with most of my little dresses for a great evening outfit- size 12 £27.99.

What would be your summer picks from Oxfam Fashion.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Annie Greenabelle dress

melissa shoes

Dress – Annie Greenabelle
Leggings – People Tree
Cardigan – Braintree Hemp
Shoes – Melissa
Necklace -Swarovksi Crystalized

I seem to go through phases with what I wear, one week it is ridiculously bright floral prints and another I can’t get enough of charity shop faux fur. This week has most definitely been all about lace detail for me. From my new Melissa shoes which have some very recycled plastic lace detail on them to my Annie Greenabelle dress with a lace print on it and my new Braintree hemp cardigan (one of my birthday buys) that has a kind of lacey crochet panel at the front.

I wore this outfit last weekend when Mr Style Eyes and I went camping in our camper van near Bath. Yet more exciting plans for this weekend, how will you be enjoying the sunshine?

BTW – I can’t remember if I shared my latest blog post for Oxfam Fashion about Charity Shopping for Your Best Colours. I have now anyway.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Swapping, Selling and Giving at Friendly Fashion

clothes swapping denim jacket

Denim jacket – swapped
Necklace – Made
Dress – Oxfam
Shoes – Dkode

We are all kind of guilty to a certain extent of buying clothes that we need or just getting bored with what we already have and fancying a change. Swapping, selling and buying preloved clothes is a fantastic way to refresh your wardrobe and it is better for your purse and the environment than buying new. I also think it is really fun and a great way of trying something new that you might not usually buy in the shops. I am so passionate about swapping that I set up my own clothes swapping website Posh Swaps a few years back to encourage people to get swapping. Since then there has been an explosion of Swishing (swapping) parties and clothes swapping websites which gives everyone plenty of opportunity for everyone to recycle their old stuff and get something amazing in return. The denim jacket in the image is the result of a swap I did and I wear it all of the time.

I recently recieved an email Friendly Fashion, a great new swapping site. They have some fantastic stuff listed on the site and I would definitely recommend checking it out if your wardrobe needs a little refresh. The site is free to use, allows you to swap, buy, sell and give away itmes and has a fantastic widget which can be customised and adding to your blog to help promote any items that you list.

Spring is the perfect time to have a good clear out. You can make yourself some extra cash or get something lovely and new in return for the clothes that you don’t wear. Here are some of my favourite items listed on the site.

NWT Summer dress

flowery dress

aztec top

summer jumpsuit

I definitely have plenty of pieces of clothing I would love to swap. How about you? Have you every tried swapping?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

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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!).

paisley scarf

Monsoon Ramirez Dress

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!

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.

Noorin Khamisani Outsider

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.

Antiform top

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.

zakee shariff paisley t shirt

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

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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A Vintage and Second Hand Guide to Bath



I feel very lucky to live near to Bath. It has so many shops and cafes, I could spend hours just wandering around the back streets discovering new places. In particular, it has some amazing places to shop for vintage and second hand clothes. So on one very wet and rainy day (Monday), I decided to take my camera and do a bit of research for the Second Hand and Vintage Guide to Bath that I have been promising for quite some time.

If you don’t live near Bath and fancied visiting for a weekend or short break there are also plenty of other things to do, my favourites being the Bath Costume Museum, the Roman Baths and Thermae Spa where you can enjoy a post shopping spa session.


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Oxfam Boutique

Oxfam Boutique Bath

Oxfam Boutique Charity Shop Bath

This shop really doesn’t look anything like a charity shop. It is well lit and airey with a contemporary feel. The clothing and accessories have been carefully selected for their quality and timeless apeal and are in excellent condition. They are creatively displayed by colours and even have their own Oxfam Boutique tag making it feel like you are buying something brand new. Prices are very slightly higher than you might normally pay in a charity shop but still a fantastic bargain. I managed to get myself a beautiful Monsoon cardigan for £12.

Black and White

Black and white shop Bath

Black and white shop

I really loved this shop which is jam packed with an eclectic selection of second hand and vintage clothing ranging from high street to designer. I can’t believe I never wven knew it was there, it is definitely now on my must visit list when I am in Bath. Allow plenty of time to look around if you are visiting as their is just so much to see and accessories every where, there is even some retro homeware and a staircase with pairs of shoes on each step. I loved all of the beautiful colours and patterns and came away with an amazing brightly coloured pom pom adorned paisley scarf for £10.

Scarlet Vintage

Scarlet Vintage BathScarlet Vintage Shop Bath

Scarlet Vintage is a gem of a shop hidden away down a back street where you probably wouldn’t think of looking. It has a great selection of colourful vintage and second hand designer clothes. The clothing is really wearable and affordable. They had plenty of maxi dresses and summer dresses. I tried on a really lovely Diane Von Furstenburg dress which cost £30. If you live locally, they also run a Private Vintage Club running events for the chance to get dressed up in your finest vintage wear.

Vintage to Vogue

Vintage to Vogue Bath

Vintage shops in Bath

Down a little alley way and away from the hustle and bustle of Bath, Vintage to Vogue is a place for the serious vintage and designer enthusiast to shop. It has a beautiful and top quality collection of both mens and womens wear from the forties and fifties onwards but also some more modern pieces from iconic labels like Chanel. I spotted a lovely fifties shift dress for £60 that I would have loved to have bought. 

Mint

Mint Designer clothes Bath

Mint Dress Agency Bath

Just a stone’s throw away from the railway station, Mint feels just like a designer boutique. The only difference being that it is filled with preloved designer clothes. The clothes are all in top condition and are by a wide range of designers from D&G to Chloe, Missoni, Joseph, Alice Temperley and Paul & Joe. Everything in the shop has classic appeal and you certainly wouldn’t guess that it was from a previous season. Prices ranged from about £60 upwards. I spotted a nice pair of what looked like nearly new Etoile Isabel Marant jeans for £95. Definitely the place to visit if you want designer clothing at a fraction of its new price.

The Frock Exchange (now Gracie & Ted)

The Frock Exchange Bath

Another fantastic place to shop for designer wear that looks as good as new. The Frock Exchange is a dress agency selling beautiful designer ball dresses, cocktail dresses, shoes, bags and accessories. If you want something to wear for a special occasion, this is the place for you. You will get the rare opportunity to wear something from recent collections by labels like Yves St Laurent but without bankrupting yourself in the process.

Apart from all of these amazing shops, Bath has a good selection of charity shops and regular vintage fairs and markets including The Bath Vintage and Antiques Market at Green Park Station on the last Sunday of every month and the Bath Flea and Vintage Market which is held up on the race course.

If you live nearby, I hope I have tempted you to take a second hand and vintage shopping trip around Bath and if you live a little further afield to visit Bath for a weekend to check out these fantastic shops. I have had an amazing time researching and visiting these shops (and doing a little shopping on the way), I hope you enjoy them too.

If you do happen to know of anywhere else that I have missed please leave a comment below.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Stonehenge Inspired DIY Printed Dress

This months DIY challenge at Ethical Fashion Bloggers was to create or upcycle a piece of clothing using your local area as inspiration. There is plenty of amazing stuff quite near to where I live but I finally decided to use Stonehenge.

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Incase you didn’t already know, Stone Henge is a world heritage site with some ancient stone creations. Whilst nobody really knows the meaning behind them, they are pretty awe inspiring. I decided to use them as inspiration for a printed design on a denim dress which I bought from the Oxfam Boutique in Bath.

I picked up some fabric paints from the bargain bucket in an art shop in Bath (orange and yellow being the only colours left). I borrowed some lego pieces from my daughter to use for the printing.

I marked out with French chalk where I wanted the prints to go.

I then used the end of the lego to print the Stonehenge shapes and outlined in black fabric paint with a paint brush. The orange paint was far easier to put on than the yellow which just seemed to sink into the fabric.

In hindsight I should have put something between the front and back layers of the dress as a little did sink through but luckily not enough to be too noticable!

So there we have it, my Stone Henge inspired dress! If you fancy joining in with some DIY or Ethical Outfit Challenges then why not join us at Ethical Fashion Bloggers.

Sorry if things have been a little quiet over here on the blogging front lately. It was my birthday this week so I have been far too busy relaxing and indulging myself (more on that soon!)

I hope that you are having a good week!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Spring 2012 – Patterned Trousers

I love patterns and prints.For spring and summer patterned trousers seem to be big news and I can’t wait. Here are just a few that  have spotted. They are great for wearing with a plain top or if you are really brave can be mixed up with a patterned top.

Sahara Printed Trousers – Monsoon

Fesfehani Trousers – Monsoon

Komodo trousers

Hugo Trousers by Komodo

Vintage Paul Costelloe Trousers

 Paul Costelloe Printed Trousers – Oxfam

Pianura Studio newspaper print bootcut jeans – Oxfam

Kenneth Cole New York black patterned trousers – Oxfam

 Trussardi Jeans – Oxfam

Vintage Lilly Pulitzer capri pants

Vintage Lilly Pulitzer Capri Pants – ASOS Marketplace

Aztec print ethical leggings

Aztec Print Leggings by Antiform

neon patterned vintage trousers

Neon Patterned Vintage Trousers – Rokit Vintage

So there we have it! If you don’t fancy pretty pastel colours for spring, there are plenty of alternatives! Having taken some advice from @couturecoco5 on Twitter, even short people (like me) can wear patterned trousers as long as they stick to the close fitting capri styles and wear with heels. Excellent, that is just what I wanted to hear!

What do you think of these ethical and sustainable patterned trousers. Will you be wearing any of them for spring?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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