Ethical Fashion – What to Wear for an Early Dinner Out

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Hat – Pachacuti
Dress – People Tree
Scarf – New Look
Leggings – People Tree
Boots – Clarks

Last Saturday I went out for an early dinner with Mr S and the children in Bath. It was probably one of the first outings where I haven’t encountered extreme wind or rain since Christmas, so I took the opportunity to wear my new hat by Fairtrade and ethical fashion brand Pachacuti.

The last week has been super crazy not only with work but with choosing a few new pieces to go in my newly decorated lounge (more on that in a post soon!) and planning and booking up lots of amazing stuff for the spring and summer, I can’t wait. With a little bit of sunshine over the last week and more forecast for tommorrow, I definitely feeling bright and happy. Amongst my plans I have signed up for a charity trek across the Brecon Beacons, booked a music festival, a vintage event, a day in London as well as some holidays and weekends away. Spring and summer are going to be super busy but I am definitely going to be sticking to my new years resolutions to live life to the full this year.

Do you have any fun plans yet for spring and summer? Have a lovely weekend!

With warmest wishes

Family Heirlooms

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small Family Heirloomscup Family HeirloomsA Family Heirloom: A family possession handed down from generation to generation.

I love the idea of family heirlooms which go against the whole idea of a throwaway society and mass consumerism. Last weekend I had a tea party with a beautiful tea set that I was given recently, after my Grandma had to move out of her home. I couldn’t bear to see something so beautiful that my Grandma had looked after for so many years go to a charity shop. I hope that I will look after this tea set as well as my Grandma and eventually pass it on to my children or perhaps even grandchildren. I also have a gingham table cloth and jelly mould which I am already making good use of as my girls love jelly (as do I). With money that I was given for Christmas I have also invested in a new teapot from Notonthestreet.com that sort of matches/ mismatches the tea set.

I have so many happy memories of holiday by the seaside in West Wales with my Grandma and Grandpa,fresh bread and Welsh cakes baked by my Grandma and lots of ice cream, this tea set is a great reminder.

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I was also given this lovely fur coat which is so comforting, warm and cosy. Family heirlooms and clothes that have been given to me by family give me so much more enjoyment than buying new!

Do you have any family heirlooms or clothes given to you by family that you really treasure? Is old better than new for you?

With warmest wishes

A Fedora and a Christmas Catch Up

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Jacket – Upcycled Dressing Gown from Local Vintage Shop
Organic Cotton T Shirt by A Question Of
Jeans/ Jeggings – Oxfam
Boots – high street
Necklace – won in a charity raffle

It feels like a long time since I last posted an outfit post. Life has been pretty busy lately and I have been struggling to find time to eat and sleep never mind blog! Over the last few days my little girl has not been well which means this weekend we have all had to cancel all of our social and festive plans including 2 dinners with friends, a birthday party and a Christmas bazaar. On the plus side perhaps a lazy weekend around the house is just what we all need. I am taking the chance to catch up with a little blogging and reading of my favourites blogs plus sorting out my wardrobe. Can you believe I still haven’t got around to swapping over my summer and winter clothes yet.
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My Christmas pressy from Mr S is a lovely Fedora hat by Pachacuti which I chose myself. I thought I ought to try it on to check that it fits and he agreed that perhaps I should just have it now to save him having to wrap it up. I haven’t had the chance to wear it out yet as stuck in the house for the next few days but hopefully will do soon. If you wanted to give someone an amazing Christmas pressy this year, Pachacuti do a great little package of a mini hat with a gift voucher so that they can pick out their own choice from the website but also have something lovely to open on Christmas day. Pachacuti have a great choice of classic Fedora in different colours and sizes but also a range of other styles. Love this idea!

Here are just a few of my festive instagrams from the last few weeks.

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Christmas Tree Fairy
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Pressies – Handknitted  and Fair Trade Hats by Fair + True
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Christmas cards from Oxfam

The next 2 weeks and the run up to Christmas look to be super busy with Christmas lunches, parties, school plays and carol concerts as well as the usual christmas preparations. Not that I am not looking forward to it, I love Christmas and all of its sparkliness! Definitely going to be ready for some time off over Christmas though.

What are you are you up to for Christmas, do you have any fun plans?

With warmest wishes

A Vintage Tea Party!

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I wanted to share an event that I thought would appeal to all lovers of vintage fashion tea and cake – A Vintage Tea Party at Vintage Fashion Fair London.

This looks like the perfect opportunity to get dressed up in a lovely vintage dress and catch up with friends or meet up with some fellow vintage loving fashion bloggers.  The vintage tea party will be held at VIntage Fashion Fair London on 19th May. It is the perfect way to spend a leisurely afternoon with a vintage afternoon tea served on vintage china, music from the forties performed by singing and dancing act ‘My Favourite Things’ and the chance to shop for vintage clothes, accessories and textiles on the vintage stalls which stock a great selection of genuine vintage from a variety of decades. If the weather is nice there will also be tables available in the garden at Cecil Sharp House.

Tickets are £10 and available in advance from Eventbrite

* Entrance to the Vintage Fashion Fair for some great shopping.

* A lunch or tea consisting of delicate finger sandwiches, a selection of delicious cakes and a pot of tea or coffee.

* All served on vintage china at pretty table settings.

* Entertainment from ‘My Favourite Things’ who will be performing at 1.00 p.m. and 3.30 p.m

 

 

Further information visit www.vintagefashionfairlondon.co.uk

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South West Bloggers Christmas Party

On Sunday I went to the South West Bloggers Christmas party organised by Gina of Bristol Fashionista, Hayley of Ceriselle and Lyzi of Being Little in aid of Macmillan Cancer. The party was held at the Birdcage in Bristol which is just about the most perfect place for a fashion bloggers party, a kind of cross between a cafe and a vintage shop with live music, delicious cake and even a vintage teacup filled with champagne.

As always at these events I arrived feeling a little shy when I first arrived, not really knowing anyone, but Gina gave such a warm welcome and immediatley introduced me to some very lovely bloggers, so I soon settled in for plenty of chatting and drinking tea.

0311 South West Bloggers Christmas PartyI was really excited to see the Christnmas tree with piles of presents underneath. We each got to choose one of the presents which had been carefully wrapped by Hayley (pictured above) and our hosts.

0381 South West Bloggers Christmas PartyWe also had a quiz hosted by Gina which was a great  way to get to know some of the others.

0411 South West Bloggers Christmas PartyI was lucky enough to be on the winning team with Maria of Frills and Spills, Sarah of a Million Dresses and Selina of Flying Saucer. I will have to admit though, I didn’t really make much of a contribution to our winning. Maria most definitely was our secret weapon, knowing the answer to almost every single question.

It was great to meet Selina (whose blog I have followed for years) and chat about Motel Rocks, where she works and where coincidentally the upcycled dress that I was wearing had originally come from.
0441 South West Bloggers Christmas PartyIt was also lovely to meet Laura of A Daisy Chain Dream, a blog that I have followed for ages.

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I also met Sophie of Sophie Across the Universe and  Becca of Taz and Bear

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Finally I had to dash but also got a lovely goody bag with a pretty vintage scarf that I will most definitely be wearing. The perfect finishing touch to a perfect party!

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In my pressy I got some lovely glittery nail varnish and nail wraps from @UrbanistaUK!

I also won a voucher from Crown & Glory in the quiz, I am still deliberating on whether to treat myself to a Whole Lotta Rosie Headband or a Flutterby Baby Fascinator.

Not long to go until Christmas now, I am feeling unusually well prepared this year. I hope you are having a good week and are ready for the festivities.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Striking Vintage Scarf Tops

If you read my blog regularly, you will know how much I love beautiful scarves. I love the luxurious silk, the rich colours and eye catching patterns but if I am honest I don’t wear them as much as I would like to because they can get on my nerves a bit and keep falling off, especially on a windy day. So when I heard from Marilyn at Vintage Fashion Fair London that she had designed some tops made from genuine vintage scarves, I couldn’t wait to see more.

The three styles of top are Made in the UK from beautiful scarves that are mostly silk and some are even designer brands like Liberty. Each top is completely unique and two of the styles are made using two scarves, hand stitched together, one for front and one for the back giving a unique and interesting combination which really appeals to my love of pattern mixing. These tops can be worn either way, so if you fancy a change you can just turn them around. The other style of top is a halterneck style with a thin silver choker band that holds the scarf.

Top 8 front grey design Striking Vintage Scarf Topstop 8 back yellow and grey pattern Striking Vintage Scarf TopsTop 5 front pink black retro Striking Vintage Scarf Tops

top 5 back pink black retro Striking Vintage Scarf TopsTop 13k front yellow paisley Striking Vintage Scarf TopsTop 13k back brown gold1 Striking Vintage Scarf TopsThe full collection of tops will be available to see and buy at Vintage Fashion Fair London in Primrose Hill on 11th November (this Sunday). Prices start at £55.

You can find out more details about the fair and register for free ticket at www.vintagefashionfairlondon.co.uk.

I hope that you are having a good week.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

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Fireworks Weekend


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Scarf – Vintage/Second hand
Tops – high street
Trousers – ASOS Africa
Boots – Clarks

This week seems to have passed by in a blur, I have been super busy although I am not really sure what I have been doing. The children have been home from school for half term and we have been to stay with my sister for a Halloween sleepover, out for lunch in town and doing non stop making stuff.

Whilst it has been lovely to have some time with them, I am definitely looking forward to a return to routine on Monday. This weekend, we are having one last half term treat with a visit to the circus, honestly I think I am more excited than the children. I don’t think I have ever been to the circus. Also of course there will be fireworks followed by chips from the chippy.

Oh and the outfit? so fed up with the dark and dismal weather I decided to wear something bright to cheer myself up. I don’t think I will ever get bored of these trousers. By wearing them I am probably breaking multiple style rules by wearing patterns on my pear shaped lower half. But oh well, stuff the rules.

What are you up to this weekend? will you be going to the fireworks?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Fashion at ASOS Marketplace

I love the way that ASOS has branched out into providing such a wide range of clothing and accessories including both ethical and sustainable in the Green Rooms and vintage, second hand and indie labels and boutiques in the marketplace. Not only can you find some really unique and unusal pieces of clothing but also sell on your own clothes when you no longer wear them.

I also love that in contrast to some other market places (which will remain nameless), they have a strong policy and zero tolerance on the sale of conterfeit goods with their Fashion not Fakes campaign.

All in all I think ASOS marketplace offers a great online shopping experience with a great selection of clothes displayed in a fresh and contemporary way but also with a high focus on quality. Perfect for someone like myself who doesn’t have much time to get out and about shopping and wants to be able to look at lots of different pieces all in one place.

There are over 200 vintage boutiques based all over the world on ASOS market place. I have put together a few of my favourite pieces that I have found.

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Bright Yellow Jumper from Mad Elizabeth Boutique- Cosy but colourful, this jumper is perfect for brightening up a dark winters day.

pleated skirt Vintage Fashion at ASOS Marketplace

Another bright piece to add some colour to your winter wardrobe, this pleated skirt is both classic and right on trend. I found it in the Liar boutique.

little black dress Vintage Fashion at ASOS Marketplace

The perfect vintage little black dress in Just Vintage Boutique - what can I say? I love the style the cut and the keyhole back on this dress, great for Christmas parties, just a shame it isn’t in my size.

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Another lovely party dress this time with both lace and beading at Marmalade Vintage Boutique.red dress Vintage Fashion at ASOS Marketplace

This bright red vintage sixties dress at Girl Stole Vintage Boutique could easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

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This oversized vintage coat at Bertie and Gertie Vintage Boutique offers yet more colourful cosiness, just what my wardrobe needs right now.

What do you think of ASOS marketplace? have you ever bought or sold anything on there?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Sweetpea Swimwear – Luxury Retro Swimwear, Made in the UK

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Sweetpea Swimsuit

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 Fleur Bikini

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Marguerite Swimsuit

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 Dahlia Bikini

Finally we are having a bit of summer weather in the UK which gets me thinking about summer holidays….

With that in mind, I would like to introduce Sweetpea Swimwear, a brand new luxury swimwear brand that I am working with. Sweetpea Swimwear has just launched their collection of retro inspired styles which will take you back to a bygone era, a time of femininity and glamour with modest cuts to enhance a natural womanly shape.

The swimsuits and bikinis are timeless and versatile and will take you from poolside to party in style. Many of the swimsuits and can be worn in a number of different ways with removable straps and the swimsuits can even be worn for the evening with the addition of a skirt.

Each piece in the Sweetpea Swinwear collection is a great investment as not only are the designs timeless but each piece has been made using the highest quality materials and finishes with extreme attention to detail.

Sweetpea Swimwear is available exclusively from www.sweetpeaswimwear.com. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

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Ethical Outfit Competition – The Winners

Yet again we have had some amazing entries for the Style Eyes Ethical Outfit Competition. We also have some great prizes, please stop by and check out our sponsors websites for more beautiful ethical clothing - From Clothing, Bibico and Grassroots Fashion.

It was (as always) a tough choice to decide who the winners would be, but I have finally made up my mind. Please check out the links to find out and see more images of the bloggers outfits.

Mel Wiggins Ethical Outfit Competition   The Winners

First Prize – Mel Wiggins with her very pretty floral skirt, t shirt and shoes all from a chairty shop - check out her post for more info on the outfit.

Hazel Ethical Outfit Competition   The Winners

Second PrizeHazel of World of Joy with her elegant second hand ball dress and clutch bag.

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Third Prize – Vix of Vintage Vixen with her handmade shorts worn with charity shop top, boots and hat.

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Fourth Prize – Kim of Sweet Monday with her vintage jumper and cute handmade necklace.

I also wanted to share all of the competition entries (in no particular order). A really big thank you to everyone who entered!

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Florrie of Intrinsically Florrie wore a beautiful pink jacket and floral dress with some pretty accessories, her whole outfit is second hand including the Luella handbag.

Yasmin Ethical Outfit Competition   The Winners

Yasmin of Overly Selected wore a fantastic vintage dress with patriotic vintage dress for the jubilee.

 Ethical Outfit Competition   The Winners

Laila of the Kitten’s Whiskers choose a really unique and stylish outfit that featured a DIY’d and charity shopped top and skirt.

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Sophie of Country Girl Does Norfolk wore a pretty second hand dress which she bought on ebay.

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Dora of Vintage Passions Just Like Mine wore a fabulous vintage dress with a lace petticoat from a jumble sale and Melissa shoes.

I hope you are having a fantastic week despite the rain! I am on day 2 of the Six Items Challenge and already longing to wear something different from my wardrobe (I haven’t even worn all my six items yet). Never mind I have got some great accessories lined up to wear and might even have a little charity shopping trip to see if I can find any more. I will be posting on my outfits and progress at the end of each week.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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