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 Fashion Bloggers – the Relaunch!

I am afraid life has been pretty busy over the last year and the Ethical Fashion Blogger community has taken a little bit of a back seat for me. However, However over the last few months, I have decided to streamline my life a little and realign my priorities a little (ethicalfashionbloggers.com being one of them). It is such a fantastic community and a great way for like minded bloggers to network, get inspiration and share ideas. It seems like such a shame not to be making the most of it.

So as from the beginning of November, Ethical Fashion Bloggers is relaunching!

We will be starting with a November outfit challenge  (details to be posted very soon). I will be posting a monthly round up of some of the best ethical and sustainable fashion posts and a blogger interview each month, so please let me know if you have posted something fab that everyone should know about or if you fancy being interviewed. I am also planning a bigger challenge to launch in the New  Year.

In the mean time if you would like to join the Ethical Fashion Bloggers Community, write a guest post or have an idea for a challenge or feature for Ethical Fashion Bloggers, please email me on ceri@heathcotecommunications.co.uk. I would love to know what you think or your ideas on how we can make Ethical Fashion Bloggers an even bigger and better community.

Ceri writes at Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog and is the founder of style-is.co.uk. You can find her on twitter @StyleEyes.

 

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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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My Top 10 Ethical Fashion Sites

Hi Ethical Fashion Bloggers!!! We are so lucky to live in 2012(!) where there is just a plethora of resources out in the world accessible literally by our fingertips. For us ethical fashion bloggers, it’s valuable to read sites that have content we can relate to and be inspired by, and there is no shortage of great ethical fashion sites out there.

This is the very short list of my go to sites for all things ethical! I hope you find tons of new ideas and inspiration from them.

Crafting a Greener World is a wonderful site dedicated to DIYs and crafts that focus on crafting via upcylcing and reusing. Most of their DIYs involve recycling items and using things you already have in your home, PLUS they strive to use green supplies to actually make the craft. You MUST check out the “How to Reuse…” section, it lists ways to reuse common items from old sweaters to computer keyboards! And they take requests! Brilliant!

Daisy Green Magazine is a UK based site that while their focus is highlighting ethical fashion they touch on lots of lifestyle topics like recipes and beauty. Their weekly newsletter is probably one of my favorites to peruse because their content feels very grounded and accessible.

Ecouterre is an amazing place for ethical fashion and ethical fashion design. Their selections are always really current and modern and they do fantastic coverage of NYFW Green/Ethical Shows. The range of ethical fashion is all represented at Ecouterre which makes for compelling content, from DIYs to ready to wear to avant-gard–it’s all really inspiring.

OK! This one is a bit of a cheat!!! Not a total ethical fashion site, but Ecorazzi is one of my favorite reads, it’s like TMZ for conscious consumers. Their tagline “Good Gossip,” is completely true-they keep you posted on the ethical choices being made on the red carpet as well as share all the news on goodness the celebrities you love and love to hate are doing. I mean hellloooo The Situation helping out PETA?!?!

HippyShopper is another UK based online magazine. This site definitely gives a huge range of advice on ethical living and ethical shopping. I think they do a great job delivering ethical fashion news and their ethical roundups always seem very on the pulse of what’s going on.

Beauty Palette is a newer site, but I am obsessed with it! While focused on natural and ethical beauty this site is dedicated to what you also put in your body. The reviews on “Tester Thursdays” are something to look forward to!

If you’re into thrifting Sammy Davis Vintage is an incredible place for inspiration. She’s a NY based blogger who dedicates her site to thrifting. Her style is suuuper unique but she shares way more than that…everything from making fashion from the 30′s current or bringing back the 90′s in a modern way via thrifting, she really does tackle it all!

Magnifeco really brings an editing eye with sophisticated taste to all their ethical fashion highlights. They also cover ethical events and brands from NY to London so I think it’s really relevant to a lot of locales.

Ecofabulous is another site that has a lot of topics, they really encompass what their tagline says, “stylish, sustainable, living.” Their ethical fashion section is filled with news on new collaborations and products for the conscious consumer and their roundups are very timely and relevant.

I would be remiss not to mention the awesome site that was Ecosalon. Besides covering great ethical fashion and ethical fashion events ecosalon covered many many topics. I loved their quotes roundups i.e. 30 Quotes on Overcoming Challenges or 20 Quotes on Style. Sadly, this incredibly prolific site has shut it’s doors down and they are no longer posting. BUT! Ecosalon’s site still lives and you can definitely troll their archives for inspiration.

So there you have it, my top 10 ethical fashion sites! Tell me all about your favorites!

Jamillah writes at made-to-travel about ethical shopping and happy things. You can find her on twitter @made2travel.

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September DIY Challenge – Lace

This months DIY/ Upcycling challenge is all about lace. You can either make something or upcycle something using lace or upcycle something old made from lace. All you need to do is post your DIY to your blog and email the link to ceri@heathcotecommunications.co.uk by Sunday 23rd September. I will post a round up of all of the posts on Monday 24th.

Just in case you are in need of a little inspiration, check out the You Tube tutorial for Anthroplogie inspired lace shorts above.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

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September at Ethical Fashion Bloggers

Summer is almost but no need to feel sad, we have plenty going on here at Ethical Fashion Bloggers to help you forget about all of your weather woes and move into autumn with style!

Here are just a few dates for your diary:-

12th September – Outfit Challenge – Layering – show us a layered outfit to keep warm or cool for the season ahead (featuring ethical, eco, vintage, recycled or upcycled items)
19th September – DIY Round Up – Lace – Upcycle or make something from lace or use lace to upcycled an item that you no longer wear.
26th September – The first Ethical Fashion Blogger Polyvore Contest – Make an outfit for AW12 on Polyvore.

If you are a fashion blogger and would like to keep in touch with everything going on at Ethical Fashion Bloggers, you can follow us on Facebook here or contact us to join here. Members will recieve our newsletter.

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Fashionistas embark on 6 items challenge to stem sweatshop consumption

Sweatshop-aware fashion addicts and activists around the world will be taking up the challenge of limiting their wardrobes to only six items of clothing for a whole month from 1st July.

The ‘Six Items Challenge’ commences this summer in the wake of a successful launch initiative in spring – raising £4000 with bloggers from as far afield as Korea, Switzerland, Saudi and the UK putting their slant on the experience and publicising the poverty pay faced by many factory workers who will shortly be producing high street designs for our consumption.

This personal quest is posed by UK NGO Labour Behind the Label which works to support garment workers producing for UK fashion brands around the world in improving their rights.

Labour Behind the Label Campaigner Bee Hayes said: “The challenge highlights our dependency on fast fashion consumption. Participants are encouraged to re-engage with creating clothing identities with less. By doing so we’re standing in solidarity with workers who suffer the effects of mass production and consumption of clothing at a factory level.”

Spring participant Lu Butcher said after her challenge was over: “So,
it’s the end, but really for me it’s the beginning of a new way of life. I have
been able to look at myself and have realised I need to change. Change how I
choose to spend my money. Change where I choose to shop. Change how I think
about fashion. I have realised that my choices have an effect on other people’s
lives, in a big way.”

In addition to the six main items allowed, challengees can have unlimited underwear and accessories plus necessary sports and performance gear as part of their capsule wardrobes.

Participants will be blogging their experiences and insights as they go through the challenge while raising money for Labour Behind the Label’s vital work.

Labour Behind the Label is a campaign that supports garment workers’ efforts worldwide to improve their working conditions, through awareness raising, information provision and encouraging international solidarity between workers and consumers.

For further details visit:

http://thesixitemschallenge.wordpress.com/

Any Ethical Fashion Bloggers that decide to participate in this challenge, please get in touch so that we can cover your progress on the blog.

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Ethical Fashion Bloggers Printastic Outfit Challenge For May

Bold, bright and beautiful prints are one of the biggest trends for spring and summer. At Ethical Fashion Bloggers this month, we show you how you can work this trend in an ethical and sustainable way including beautiful vintage pieces and bold handcrafted fairtrade fashion. If you need a little cheering up, these outfits will definitely do just that!

Neon tribal ethical outfit

Citizen Rosebud

ethical print outfit

Oranges and Apples

Rags Against the Machine

print mixing - Ethical Fashion Bloggers

Project Minima

Ethical outfit challenge

Mary Van Notes

 Monsoon Dress

Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog

Next week will be our DIY/ Upcycling challenge at Ethical Fashion Bloggers. If you would like to join us and join in our challenges, you can do so here.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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An Interview With Amber Lena Of Fashion Bargainista

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In March at Ethical Fashion Bloggers we focussed on ways to monetise a fashion blog whilst sticking to our values and ethics. I was lucky enough to get the chance to interview Amber Lena of Fashion Bargainista who believes that you do not have to spend money to look good and has her own blog shop selling thrifted clothes and outfits that she has put together.

How did the idea for your blog shop come about?

I had been getting requests from friends to do some bargain shopping for them, and that of course evolved into putting together outfits for them as well. But the main catalyst was that a thrift store opened about 5 minutes from my house. Because I was already looking out for items that weren’t in my own size, I started finding items that I just couldn’t pass up. The blog shop was born!

Do you treat running your blog and shop as a part time or full time career or more of a sideline?

Definitely a sideline. I work full time and I have twin preschoolers. But, I’m compelled to put together outfits – its one of my favorite ways to unwind! I have a whole room in my house (the “guest” room!) devoted to it.

How do the overall goals of your blog and shop fit with your personal values and do you believe that profit and ethics can go hand in hand? 

I started FashionBargainista.com to share my love of bargain shopping. I think women pay way too much for beauty, whether that is clothing, jewelry or makeup so I love that I can share bargain shopping with my buyers. Profit and ethics can absolutely go hand in hand! When you are providing a service or a product that is affordable and valuable to people, it is only a matter of finding a price point that is comfortable for you. In my case, I treat this as more of a hobby so I can have “pin” money for my own shopping, so I sell my items with a small profit margin. I feel good contributing to the environmental movement by finding new life for pre-owned clothing.
Does making money from your blog take some of the fun out of it?

In general, I would have to say yes.  I have dabbled with “monetizing” my blog with affiliate marketing, ad words, etc. and the time required for SEO is exhausting and totally not worth it! But with the blog shop, its just the opposite! I’m making money doing something that I enjoy; blogging, thrifting and putting together outfits!

It is an interesting idea to sell outfits rather than single pieces of clothing, why did you decide to do this?

I have had a lot of women ask me how to put outfits together – what shirt to pair with a certain skirt or pants, etc. so I just started out matching pieces that I thought would go nicely together. I knew it would be a bit of a stretch because its difficult to find one item that fits, much less 2 or 3! But, in my adult life, I have been a size 8 and I have been a 16, so I know a bit about sizes and I try to put pieces together that are similar in fit – not just by the size on the tag. I have also worked with many different body types, so I try to vary the sizes (ie. smaller on top, larger on bottom or vice versa). And, I provide measurements of each item. I also tell buyers they can purchase just one piece of an outfit. Or, I’m happy to take returns.

How do you find such beautiful clothes second hand clothes?

Anyone that has ever thrifted knows that you have to dig. It just so happens that I love to do just that! However, pieces will sometimes just jump out at me! I like to think that I’ve developed a skill for finding good articles of clothing in a sea of not-so-good ones.

How do you maximise sales through your blog shop?

In addition to posting the outfits on my blog and tweeting, I also list them on other market place sites such as smashion.com, yardsellr.com and style.ly. Yardsellr and Style.ly are both linked with Facebook, so that gives me many more potential buyers! I also do some selling on ebay (not the outfits – I found they didn’t do well on ebay) and whenever I mail an article of clothing, I will throw a business card with my blog address on it into the envelope.

Do you have any more tips for others wanting to set up their own blog shop?

Above all, make it easy for potential buyers to purchase. They don’t want to have to email you and wait for an email back, etc. That’s how I started, and it was frustrating on both ends. Then I tried posting paypal buttons so they could just click and pay, but I spent so much time making sure they were correct that I gave up on that too. I paid to have a personalized blog shop on Big Cartel for awhile, but found that most of my sales came from the online market places. It seems that people are most comfortable buying via a bigger organization/website.

Many thanks to Amber Lena for such this useful insight and tips. You can catch up with her at www.fashionbargainista.com, www.taooftwins.com and @amberlenab on Twitter.

If you are a Fashion Blogger with a conscious and would like to join us at  Ethical Fashion Bloggers and be interviewed, please get in touch.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

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