The #Secondhandfirst Week Outfit Challenge

As I mentioned in my previous post,this week is #secondhandfirst week, an event organised by the textile recyclig charity TRAID. In order to join in the celebration of all things secondhand but especially clothes, we decided to arrange a little outfit challenge for the Ethical Fashion Bloggers community. It was quite simple really, in order to enter, each blogger had to create an outfit featuring at least one secondhand piece or all secondhand.

First up is Franca of Oranges and Apples wearing a lovely stripy vintage tunic dress. Franca is an expert at creating fantastic outfits with secondhand pieces and has managed to wear almost all secondhand for the challenge with the dress from Etsy, the necklace and jacket (you will have to check out the actual post to see this) from a charity shop.

Everyday is a secondhand first day for Jo of Joyatri but she has put together a lovely outfit for the challenge featuring a retro combination of a 1970′s cape and bag.Check out the blog post to learn a little more of the history behind this fabulous cape. Also in keeping with the theme are the 1970s psychedelic print curtains that you can just see in the picture.

Over at Peggy Jobbins Thrift Mistress, Hannah has put together a lovely outfit that is all secondhand except her shoes. She has proved how amazing secondhand clothes can look with some great charity shop and car boot sale finds. Keep an eye on her blog as she may be posting more second hand outfit inspiration this week!


Lastly is my outfit as featured on ethicalfashionblog.com made up of a vintage parka, a silk scarf from Oxfam upcycled with pom pom trim and jeggings from Oxfam. My chair is also made from recycled saris.

Don’t forget to check out #secondhandfirst on Twitter for lots more sustainable style inspiration and TRAID for Secondhand First events going on all week.

Will you be wearing anything secondhand this week?
With warmest wishes

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The #SecondhandFirst Outfit Challenge

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Secondhand First Week is organised by fashion reuse charity TRAID, to celebrate all things secondhand while committing to using more of our existing resources, rather than buying new. It involves a week of events, workshops and initiatives between 17th – 23rd November. TRAID is also asking for people to take the #secondhandfirst pledge to encourage people to commit to sourcing a percentage of their wardrobe secondhand.

Here at Ethical Fashion Bloggers, we will be celebrating the #secondhandfirst week with a little challenge of our own. It is pretty simple really.

All you need to do is put together a fantastic outfit featuring some or all secondhand clothes, take a picture about it, post it on your blog and then send me the link to ceri@heathcotecommunications.co.uk by midnight on 16th November (UK time).

It would also be great if you could mention Secondhand First Week in your post and link back to us here at Ethical Fashion Bloggers. I will post a round up of all of the #secondhandfirst outfits on 17th November.

You could also get even more involved by wearing something secondhand every day for the week and share by submitting your photos and styling tips to sarah@traid.org.uktweet @traid using the hashtag #secondhandfirst, or post on  Facebook page /TRAIDcharity. Find out more about the fun activities going on for #Secondhandfirst here

I look forward to seeing your #secondhandfirst outfits!

With warmest wishes

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Ethical Designers in Australia – Ginger & Smart

Since landing in my new home city of Sydney, Australia I’ve been delving deeper and deeper into the Aussie ethical fashion world. There is a definite difference in designers and size of the ethical fashion market compared with London, but the unique flare that these Antipodeans neighbours bring, more than make up for it. The designers that stand out from the crowd for me are Ginger & Smart.

Ginger & Smart are sister duo Alexandra and Genevieve Smart, who founded the brand in Sydney over 10 years ago in 2002. They are one of the few high-end designers in Australia to be accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. Their designs project a cool sophisticated confidence that any women would be happy to encapsulate and epitomise eco-chic.

The array of pink garments and accessories is right on trend for AW13.

AW13 Pink Trend

Ginger & Smart AW13 Pink

The newly launched diffusion collection AKIN by Ginger & Smart, feature a range of mini and party dresses with modern graphical prints. Appealing to a broader and younger market.

AKIN collection

AKIN by Ginger & Smart

AKIN by Ginger & Smart by techstylista featuring dresses

Between Somewhere & Nowhere AW13 is the latest collection and features some striking patterns and shapes.

Between Somewhere & Nowhere AW13

Between Somewhere & Nowhere AW13 - Ginger & Smart
Ginger & Smart will be featuring their latest collection at this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia event. It’s not hard to see why these designers have fast become my favourite Aussie brand, I’m hoping to get into the their collection show to see this style duo up close and personal.

Davinia writes at Tech Stylista about all things to do with ethical fashion and how you can be fashion conscious whilst being kinder to the planet with an injection of weekly technology stories to keep your manicured nails on the pulse. Follow @techstylista on Twitter.
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The January Freestyle Outfit Challenge

Our outfit challenge for January was a freestyle one. Basically we could choose anything we wanted as long as it was sustainable or ethical. The Freestyle challenge is the chance for bloggers to show us their favourite style or try out something new.

Bella of Citizen Rosebud describes her outfit “I’m wearing a dress from Karina Dresses, an USA manufactured dress. Designed and sewn in the United States has its challenges, especially in a global economy that wants cheap prices for quality goods. Committed in giving their employees a living wage, and proud of their long term commitment to sustainable practices, Karina Dresses puts their money where their mouth is and also donates “100% of net proceeds of their LOVE CLUB membership to The Little Stars School of Varanasi, India (littlestarsschool.org), an organization that provides an education – including sewing classes! – for street children, especially young girls.”

At Joyatri’s Adventures in Vintage, a post on Long Term Commitment features a fantastic vintage outfit. She also talks about how she has bought beautiful quality clothes to last a long time.

My Freestyle Outfit (posted on Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog) which I have also entered in the Observer Ethical Awards (Check out how you can enter here!) features a top by ethical brand YouMeWe and trousers by ASOS Africa, vegetable tanned leather shoes by Dream in Green and second hand/ vintage jacket and bag.

I hope you are having a good week!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Christmas Outfit Challenge

A very Happy Christmas to all Ethical Fashion Bloggers! Here is our slightly belated Christmas party outfit challenge.

Bella at the Citizen Rosebud has put together a beautiful festive outfit for Christmas using second hand clothes. You can check out her Shop second hand Pledge here.

Jean of Jean of All Trades has put together a thrifty designer outfit for Christmas featuring Aramani trousers and Manolo Blahnik shoes.

Pao of Project Minima has created a fantastic outfit in her post The Artist Not Wearing Banksy or Hirst

For my Christmas outfit which is featured on Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog, I have worn a vintage maxi dress from a local charity shop.

Have a lovely time!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Frida Inspired Outfit Round Up

Our February outfit challenge was to create an ethical/ sustainable outfit inspired by Frida Kahlo. Frida was a Mexican painter whose work is considered emblematic of national and indigenous tradition and is also celebrated by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.

Ethical Fashion Blogger Pao of Project Minima created this fantastic photograph inspired  by a Frida painting for a feature about imitating art on Thrifted Shift.

I have also noticed plenty of fashion inspired by Frida Kahlo lately, which just happens to be sustainable. Check these out!

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These Frida Kahlo pieces are handmade by Lilygrace Originals using vintage beads and Rhinestones. Check out the website for more Frida inspired jewellery.
This Frida t shirt by Ink Apparel is dip dyed with original artwork hand painted onto an eco cotton t shirt. It is made in compliance with the Fairwear Foundation.
In case you are interested, there was an interesting article about Frida as a fashion icon in the Daily Mail last month.
I hope you are having a good week. Please keep your eye out for our November DIY challenge which I will be posting very soon.
With warmest wishes
Ceri x
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November Outfit Challenge – Frida Kahlo Inspiration

This month at Ethical Fashion Bloggers, we are having a slightly more creative challenge than usual. Our challenge for this month is to create an outfit inspired by Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist and icon of female creativity. Your outfit can be inspired by Frida herself or one of her paintings, it should also include at least one piece of ethical, vintage, upcycled or second hand clothing. You can find images of Frida’s paintings as well as further information about her on www.fridakahlo.org.

To enter this challenge please comment below this post or email me on ceri at heathcotecommunications.co.uk with the link to your Frida inspired outfit post by Saturday 17th November. I will post the round up on Sunday. I look forward to seeing your outfits.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Image from www.fridakahlo.org

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November Polyvore Challenge

I'm Neutral

I’m Neutral by styleeyes1-333 

For November, we are running our first ever Polyvore challenge at Ethical Fashion Bloggers. The competition is open to everyone and anyone, where or not you are a member of Ethical Fashion Bloggers or even a fashion blogger. The only requirements are that you have a Polyvore account and that you set predominantly features ethical / sustainable fashion.
The outfit should be for Autumn and winter and can feature any sustainable pieces that you love including ethical/eco brands, second hand (as mine is above) or vintage which you can add to Polyvore using the ‘clip to Polyvore’ tool. You can also find eco/ ethical items that have already been added to the Polyvore site.
Once you have made and published your outfit on Polyvore, you can either share the link by commenting below or email me on ceri@heathcotecommunications.co.uk by 13th November. If we have enough interest, I hope to run this challenge monthly and will set up an Ethical Fashion Bloggers Group on Polyvore. For this month, I will be posting all entries here on the blog.
I hope you can join in and I can’t wait to see what you create!
With warmest wishes
Ceri x
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October’s DIY/ Upcycled Knitwear Challenge

For October at Ethical Fashion Bloggers, the DIY upcycled challenge is all about knitwear. Of course knitwear is always a good way to keep warm at this time of year but it can also look amazing too!

Vix at Vintage Vixen looks stunning in this floor length crochet coat made by her Mum from unravelled jumble sale  jumpers in the 1970s!

Pao of Project Minima has repaired and rejuvenated this beautiful pair of pearl embellished gloves. Make sure you check out her blog for the fantastic DIY outfit that she wore with her gloves.

Over on my Ethical Fashion Blog, I tried my hand at dip dying a cardigan from a charity shop. More details of what I did on the blog.

I hope that you are having a fantastic October. A big thank you to all of those who have participated in this months outfit challenges and round ups. I will be in touch soon with more details of what we will be doing in November soon.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

 

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October Outfit Challenge – Eye Popping Brights

Lots of eyepoppingly bright outfits for this months challenge! they have definitely cheered me up on a grey autumn day.


Erica of Recycled Fashion is wearing a fabulous dress that she has upcycled from a thrifty op shop top and skirt and some amazing sandals.

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Franca of Oranges and Apples shoes looks amazing in her vintage dress and charity shopped blazer with a cute owl bag.

Vix of Vintage Vixen advises ‘Don’t buy, DIY’ in her post which features this beautiful bright upcycled top

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Over at Perditas Pursuits a stunning welsh wool cape is the perfect way to stand out from the crowd on a cold day.

Pao of Project Minima has combine some bold and bright florals with stunning effect!


My outift as featured on Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog features a dress by Frank and Faith, necklace by Made UK and charity shop handbag.

I hope you are having a great week! don’t forget to follow us on Facebook or join up to keep up with all of our challenges. Next up this month is a round up of the best Ethical Fashion Bloggers posts.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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