Ethical Fashion Update – September

There are definitely lots of ethical fashion goings on this month with London Fashion Week and Organic Month also with autumn just around the corner (although the weather is still lovely and warm), lots of new ethical fashion collections to check out.

For further information on organic beauty and ethical fashion events for organic September, visit the Soil Association website. You can also check out my store for ideas on where you can buy organic clothes and more information on the benefits of organic clothes.

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There have been  2 new stores that have launched online recently and I am loving. Gather & See is a lovely boutique stocking a range of ethical labels including Beaumont Organic, US label Upstate and New Zealand Label KowTow. I recently bought a top for work by Upstate from there (pictured above) which is handcrafted using traditional techniques and Small Scale Production with zero-waste.

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Another store that has come to my attention is Otillie Pop which features some fab printed dresses that are handcrafted in the UK. Each piece is made to last with digital printing so that the prints last wash after  wash and with a 5 year guarantee.

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If you happen to be round and about in London in September you shouldn’t miss this wardrobe sale organised by Veronica Crespi of Rewardrobe and MyBoodyVal, they will be selling a carefully edited selection of their outfits. From Italian labels not available in London to the UK’s finest designer talent, from Scandinavian to Japanese rarities, from vintage to upcycled one-offs and and more from ethical and sustainable brands, 200+ pieces will be availableVeronica and Valentina will greet you in person, and are looking forward to sharing each piece’s story with you. You can find out more on Facebook here.

What are you up to in September? Do you have any ethical, vintage or sustainable fashion events or goings on to share?

With warmest wishes

Ethical Fashion – My Holiday Packing List

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I got back from holiday less than a week ago but after a couple of days back at work it feels like forever ago! This year I thought that I would share with you my favourite sustainable and ethical fashion pieces for taking on holiday with me. In the true spirit of sustainability, I try not to buy new things each year for holiday, after all it is only 2 weeks and I have lots of clothes. I would rather spend my money on a lovely meal at our favourite Italian restaurant where we can watch the sunsetting and the waves crashing over the rocks. I did however treat myself to a dress from Oxfam Fashion by Monsoon, just because I couldn’t resist it and I knew it would be comfy and cool for the lovely hot weather in Tenerife and a pair of flip flops because my old ones had worn out. In the picture above are a few of my summer holiday staples.

Fairtrade cotton vest tops – Marks and Spencers
Marks and Spencers have a small selection of Fairtrade cotton vest tops but they are really versatile and cool for hols. Marks and Spencers are also doing quite well in terms of ethics and sustainability as reported by Ethical Consumer.

Necklaces – Made
Made are an ethical jewellery company creating beautiful jewellery in their workshops in Kenya with a view to harnessing the talent and skills of local artisans, whilst providing a safe working environment, long-term job security and training.

Cut off Jeans
Not overly inventive, but a great way to extend the life of a piece of clothing. When my jeans started to wear out, instead of throwing them away, I made them into shorts.

Friendship Bracelets
I love wearing friendship bracelets. I got these ones from a website for recycling jewellery.

Hat – Pachacuti
I love Pachacuti hats, not only do they look great and keep the sun off my face but are also helping to preserve traditional artisanal skills in the Andes by combining high quality, environmentally-friendly materials with Fair Trade working practices.

Sunglasses – Colin Lesley Eyewear
These sunglasses are made from a combination of sustainable bamboo and recycled acetate and plastic.

Gandys FlipFlops
I wrote about the story behind the brand for Gandy Flip Flops in my last post.

Sarong
I bought this sarong nearly 20 years ago when I went on a conservation diving expedition to Belize. To me a piece of clothing that last 20 years is pretty sustainable. I love that it also  reminds me of the amazing time I had spending 2 months on a desert island in Belize.

Along with these staples, I also took some of my favourite ethical dresses most of which have been regularly featured on this blog.

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Dress – Monsoon

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Dress – Oxfam Fashion

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Earth Kind Originals

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Dress – Ruby Rocks

What do you usually pack for hols? which are your holiday staples that you take with you year after year?

With warmest wishes

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Instagram – 10 Ethical Fashion Feeds to Follow

instagram Instagram   10 Ethical Fashion Feeds to Follow Livia Firth Describing herself as Creative Director of @ecoage, Queen of the Green Carpet, wife of the King in Spanx and professional agitator. Livia’s instagram gives you a very beautiful insight into her eco fashion and red carpet filled life.

Sastainable Style Lovely Angela of Sastainable Style Blog describes her instagram feed as “Sassy: lively, bold, full of spirit, cheeky Sustain: to keep in existence, strengthen, support. #ecochic #ethicallifestyle #sustainableluxury #ecolife” Check  out her feed for Eco outfit and lifestyle ideas and inspiration from Canada.

One Green Dress Follow Brighton based blogger Amelia on Instagram for super stylish outfits of the day. A great way to discover new sustainable fashion brands and keep up with what’s going on in the world of ethical fashion.

Moral Fibres Moral Fibres blog is written by Wendy and features a wealth of information for an eco friendly lifestyle. Wendy’s Instagram features snaps of food, fun and fashion that will definitely inspire you.

Hello Margaret Truly gorgeous pics from this  Independent label which features ethically handmade, re-worked and vintage clothing and handmade jewellery.

Oxfam Shops If you fancy a little virtual thrifting then Oxfam shops Instagram feed is a great place to start. Check it out to see some of the coolest charity shop finds around as well as a visual update of their festival action.

Eco Fashion Week Worldwide eco fashion action from the event that is working to redefine how we think about apparel.

Sustainability in Style Environmental Scientist, Kate Roberts has enbarked on a 365 day challenge to shop her wardrobe buying no new clothes or accessories for a year. Check out her instagram feed to see how creative you can be with the clothes that you already have.

People Tree One of my favourite ethical fashion brands, People Tree’s Instagram feed is packed with the latest collections, tips on caring for your clothes and an insight into People Tree HQ and the people behind the brand.

If you would like to check out my instagram, my name is styleeyes. If you have an instagram and post about ethical, sustainable, vintage and upcycled fashion, please leave a link to your profile in the comments of this post so that I (and others) can follow.

10 Amazing Ethical Jeans Brands

Amazing jeans are a key component in almost every ones wardrobes. They can be dressed up or down for a variety of occasions and are hard wearing enough to last for ages. Although there are so many environmental and ethical issues associated with the manufacture of jeans, A pair of ethical or organic jeans is often one of the most sustainable pieces of clothing you can get as they last for so long. As they get so much wear, it is well worth shopping around for the most amazing jeans around in terms of quality and fit.

Here are 10 amazing ethical jeans brands to check out.

Monkee Genes

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Monkee Genes are a fresh and funky brand that have an established ollowing that love their great selection of colourful and blue jeans. Their jeans are ethically manufactured from a range of sustainable fabrics including organic cotton and bamboo. They are the first and only UK jeans brand to have been certified by the Soil Association and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards). Their moto is ‘No Slave Labour, No Child Labour, No Blood, No Sweat, No Tears’ which means that everyone can feel good when wearing these amazing jeans.

Kuyichi

 

Kuyichi are a Dutch brand set up by NGO Solidaridad when they were unable to convince any of the major brands to make organic jeans. They are a completely transparent brand and their scorecard for environmental and sustainable measures is published by Made-by. Amongst the other casual wear that they make, Kuyichi have some amazing jeans in a range of styles including slimfit and straight leg.

Nudie Jeans

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Nudie jeans are only for men at the moment but we can keep hoping that they will bring out a ladies version of these amazing jeans which are made from organic cotton. Nudie are incredibly passionate about the jeans that they make. They say that the longer you wear your Nudie jeans the better they will become as the denim ages beautifully and you shape them with your lifestyle until they become like a second skin. Their website features a production guide so that you can find out more about the Philosophy, ethical and social policies of the brand.

Howies

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howies are a UK based outdoor clothing brand with a great selection of ethical and organic jeans. They make their jeans in a factory in Cardigan west wales and they believe in making really high quality jeans because the longer they last, the more sustainable they are. Their range of jeans include plenty of loose relaxed styles but they have also just released a skinny style.

Skunkfunk

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Skunkfunk have amongst their collection of streetstyle friendly fashion, a selection of slim fit jeans made from sustainable fabrics.

Mud Jeans

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Mud Jeans are an interesting concept where customers can lease rather than buy their jeans giving them a longer life span as they can be recycled at the end of use. The jeans are ethically manufactured from organic cotton and highly sustainable.

Eileen Fisher

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Eileen Fisher is a sustainable and socially conscious fashion brand stocking a wide range of high quality organic denim jeans.

EDUN

 

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EDUN is definitely a good place to find amazing jeans with a rock n roll vibe. EDUN was set up by Rock Star Bono of U2 and hiw wife Ali Hewson to help build trade links with Africa. This designer label has become well recognised as a key factor in the international catwalk shows.

Huit Denim

Huit denim has revitalised the jeans industry in the small town of Cardigan west wales. The brand aims to bring manufacturing back home and has reopened the factory that shut many years ago in order to make their high quality jeans. The brand even runs their own no wash club advocating that customers don’t wash their jeans (although they can freeze them) for 6 months shaping them into a unique pair of jeans that only that person could have made. By washing their jeans less, customers are also lessening their impact on the environment. Huit denim jeans are also made from organic cotton or naturally dyed denim.

Do you know any other amazing ethical jeans brands?

With warmest wishes

A Vintage Dress, a Black Tie Party, Buying Less and Living More!

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On the weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited to a 40th birthday party of our neighbours. It was a fairly lavish do with a large marquee, champagne, lots of live music, some fantastic singing and even some posh portaloos! The dress code was black tie which was ideal for me as I haven’t had the chance to get properly dressed up in ages. I also love love seeing everyone dressed up in their dickie bows and best dresses.

Rather than buy a new dress (it could be a while before I get to wear it again), I decided to make use of something that I already had in my wardrobe. I got this dress from a vintage fair in Bath a few years ago and have not had nearly enough opportunities to wear it. I have no idea how old it is as the label says ‘Richard shops’. Hopefully I don’t giveaway my age when I say that I remember my mum buying clothes from Richard shops and possibly even bought a few pieces myself back in the day. According to Wikipedia the brand was popular through from the sixties to 1992 when the shops finally closed. My earrings were a present from Mr S to wear on my wedding day 15 years ago and the tights have been in my drawer for at least a few years and got me lots of compliments. The shoes are at least  4 or 5 years old aswell. All in all I was pleased that I managed to put together an outfit for a black tie party without buying anything new. I think I could probably have searched the high street for hours (which I just don’t have time for) and not managed to find an outfit that made me as happy as the old one I wore!

buy less live more A Vintage Dress, a Black Tie Party, Buying Less and Living More!This summer has been pretty amazing so far we have been out and about doing so many fun things and we have lots more planned including holidays, spa days and festivals. As much as I love buying clothes, there really is no point in doing so if you never get out and about to show them off. Hence my new motto, ‘Buy Less, Live More!’. I think doing stuff is so much more fun than buying stuff.

What do your or would you wear to a black tie party? do you have something amazing in your wardrobe that is just waiting for a special occassion?

With warmest wishes

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Ethical Fashion Offers – July 2014

Festival and camping season is upon us and I am afraid I haven’t been able to blog quite as much as I would like but when that sunshine is out, I just have to get out there and enjoy it! I just wanted to share with you a few ethical fashion offers and discounts that are going on in July. Perfect for those that would love to try out a new ethical fashion brand that they have never worn before or anyone who already knows and loves the beautiful clothes that these brands create.

Up to 50% Off in The People Tree Sale

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People Tree is definitely a firm favourite of mine and I usually take advantage of sale to stock up on work wear if I need anything. I recently treated myself  to this lovely dress (will be featuring on the blog very soon) which is super comfy for the office and has got me lots of compliments! I have also got some t shirts for Mr S’s birthday in the sale as he loves the cut and quality.

Up to 50% Off Selected Lines at Timberland

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Timberland have some great shoes, boots and outdoor wear in the Earthkeepers eco friendly collection which is perfect for the changeable British weather, whether you are at a festival or just cruising the urban jungles. My personal favourite find is this lovely leather bag. Timberland leather comes from a leather is from a tannery rated Silver by the Leather Working Group for its water, energy and waste  management practices

Up To 25% Off at Fashion Conscience

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Fashion Conscience stock a fantastic selection of ethical and sustainable fashion brands from including one of my favourites SkunkFunk aswell as plenty of fair trade and vegan shoes, bags and accessories. Click here to shop and get…

10% off when you spend over £50 with discount code SCORCH10
15% off when you spend over £100 with discount code SCORCH15
20% off when you spend over £150 with discount code SCORCH20
25% off when you spend over £250 with discount code SCORCH25

Have you spotted any other amazing ethical fashion offers this summer? or will you be trying out any of these brands by bagging yourself a little bargain?

With warmest wishes

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Ethical Fashion – What to Wear for a Birthday Trip to London


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Hat – Pachacuti

Jacket – Rokit Vintage
Dress – Komodo
Leggings – People Tree
Silk Scarf – Oxfam Fashion
Baseball Boots – Ethletic

A few weeks ago it was my birthday so I decided to treat myself to a little trip up to London with my eldest daughter. We met up with Faye my best friend of 27 years for Dim Sum at Ping Pong followed by a wander round the Tate modern. Living a distance apart and both so much going on, I don’t get to see Faye nearly as much as I would like but when I do it is always just like old times again. Getting to a girly day out with my daughter is always a treat too. It was interesting to see the Tate modern although I will have to admit I was pretty puzzled by what is classed as art. It was great to see some of my favourites like Picasso and Monet there though. What can I say, it was an amazing birthday, I hope I don’t have to wait until next year to do it again.

I decided this trip would be the perfect opportunity to wear my lovely hat from Pachacuti, despite Mr S warning me that it was pretty windy out. Just as he warned a sudden gust of wind managed to flip my hat right off my head and much to my daughters amusement, it went rolling off down the street with me in hot pursuit shouting “stop that hat” to a slightly bemused looking passerby. Anyway I managed to catch the hat and I my daughter finally managed to stop laughing. The moral of the story ‘don’t wear you favourite hat on a windy day’ or ‘always listen to what you husband says’ but i’m so not going to do that!

I treated myself to the Ethletic baseball boots form Ethical Superstore with some of my  birthday money. They are easily one of the most comfy pairs of shoes that I have ever owned and I know I am going to wear them loads. Ethletic is an ethical fashion shoe brand that make fair trade baseball boots using organic and Fairtrade certified cotton, the rubber soles are FSC certified and sourced responsibly, and the rubber is fairly traded.

Here are just a few instagrams of my birthday

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Flowering tea and pud at Ping Pong (my new favourite things)

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What have you been up to lately? Have you had any weather related clothing catastophes?

With warmest wishes

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Ethical Fashion – What To Wear To A Birthday Party

015 Ethical Fashion   What To Wear To A Birthday PartyDress – SkunkFunk 
Leggings – People Tree
Glitter shoes – TOMS (available here)
Clutch bag – Junky Styling
Earrings – vintage shop

Here is an outfit that I wore for the birthday party of a very good friend a few weeks ago. The dress is by SkunkFunk and I wear it with either tights or leggings depending on the occasion/ temperature. If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you will have probably seen me posting about SkunkFunk before. It is definitely one of my favourite sustainable fashion brands. I treated myself to the TOMS shoes for spring as I needed a new pair of casual flats, I hope to write a review about them very soon. The bag was a reward from project that I funded on Kickstarter.

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Now spring has finally arrived, I am pretty much flat out keeping up with all of the plans that I have been making throughout the colder months. We have decided to upgrade our camping this year with the addition of a cute little caravan, an Eriba Puck and can’t wait to get out and about and using it.

I have also signed myself up for TrekFest where I will be walking 27 miles across the Brecon Beacons in aid of Naomi House childrens hospice, a charity that has provided a huge amount of support to members of my family. The hospice has recently launched a the Caterpillar appeal  to raise the 4 million pounds needed to refurbish the hospice. If you would like to donate, you can do so through my Just Giving page here. I have already begun training with an 11 mile (uphill walk) last weekend. I have been spending quite a bit of time online researching which clothing/ equipment to buy for the trek and which brands are most sustainable. I hope to share my findings soon.

This weekend looks to be busy with lots of fun things planned? What will you be up to and what plans do you have for the spring and summer?

With warmest wishes

Half Term in Cornwall

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Coat – very old (not sure where it is from)
Striped Tunic – Seasalt Cornwall
Leggings – People Tree
Shoes- Melissa

Last week was half term for the children so we were treated to a week in Bude by my Mother and Father in Law. We had the most amazing house which I think may have been Edwardian and was decorated with some lovely attention to detail. As it was very windy especially on Monday the beautiful bay windows including one in our bedroom and one with window seats in the lounge were perfect for checking out the amazing view of the waves on Crooklets Beach whilst keeping cosy and warm indoors.

We did get out and about despite the weather and even went to the beach one day. On Halloween the children insisted on dressing up all day. I can’t believe I actually went out with the devil horns on but eventually had to take them off before going for a pub lunch (amazing crab sandwiches, washed down with a few lagers) as they were giving me a headache (the horns not the lager!).

Whenever I go to Cornwall, I always see the huge attraction of Seasalt Cornwall clothes. They are so perfectly suited for the wet and windy weather being both relaxed and cosy to wear. I bought the striped tunic in the outfit above about a year ago from Seasalt Cornwall and I wear it loads as the organic cotton that it is made of is so thick, warm and comfortable. This top is still available along with lots of other amazing striped tops from Seasalt Cornwall on style-is.co.uk.

Here are a few more photos and instagrams from last week!

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1. Our holiday house in Cornwall
2. An elephant table lamp in the above
3. Our spectacular bedroom in our holiday house
4. Knitted swimwear from years gone by in the museum at Bude
5. A sea view from our bedroom window (my dress by People Tree)
6. Some new cushions to brighten up our old sofa, made in Britain.
7. Halloween fizzy treats
8. Halloween horns!

What have you been up to over the last week? hope you werent too affected by the bad weather.

Braintree Clothing Feel Good Fashion Blogger Competition

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Who doesn’t love a competition? When I saw that Braintree Clothing, a really amazing brand was running a competition for fashion bloggers, I really had to enter. I discovered Braintree’s latest collection when I received a brochure after the EFF Source Summit last week and instantly fell in love with the relaxed boho collection in dreamy shades for summer.

The picture above was my final choice of outfit for the competition, although it has taken me quite a while and many different combinations to finally make up my mind. The outfit is called Feel Good Fashion (of course) and includes the Dove Tree Cardigan because I love the floaty voile on the lower half, the Dakota May Slacks and Lantana Marika Top because I love the combination of prints and the Shilai Necklace and Bibaka Bangle for a little boho glamour.

If you would like to enter the competition, you can find out more here and if you like the look of Braintree Clothing you can enjoy 10% off when you enter the promotional code BLOGGER10 at the checkout until 21/07/2013.

I hope that you are having a lovely weekend and enjoying the beautiful weather.

With warmest wishes