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

blog shop outfits

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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Affiliate Marketing For Ethical Fashion Bloggers

As an ethical fashion blogger who wants to promote sustainable and ethical  choices, it can sometimes be difficult to find ways to monetise your blog whilst still sticking to your values. I often find myself turning away advertising because it is not for ethical products but there are ways to make money from you blog even if you set yourself a strict criteria of what you will and won’t promote.

Affiliate marketing offers a great way to make money from your blog whilst choosing exactly which products and retailers you want to promote. Of course, in order to ensure that everything is above board you need to disclose that your post or site contains affiliate links. You should also only promote the products that you really love and would have featured on you blog anyway as this helps to keep it authentic and true to you.

If you don’t already know, affiliate marketing is a way of making money by putting links to retailers or banners on your websites. You will usually get paid a percentage of any sales generated within a set time after the click eg 30 days. There are a number of affiliate networks that represent the retailers and provide links, banners, tracking and payments all managed through online portals. I usually find the links to individual products that I like within posts are far more effective than banner ads.

Basically, the more traffic you get and the more relevant the products you feature, the more will be sold and the more money you can make. I wrote a post quite a while back for IFB which gives a lot more information on how you can maximise income to your blog with affiliate marketing, you can check it out here.

Here is a round up of the main brands and retailers that sell ethical fashion and the networks that you can join their affiliate programmes through.

People Tree – Affiliate Window

Fashion Conscience – Webgains

Ethical Superstore – Affiliate Window

Oxfam Online (second hand and vintage clothes) – Affiliate Windows

Rock My Vintage – Affiliate Window

Seasalt Cornwall – Affiliate Window

Monsoon – Linkshare

Accessorise – Linkshare

Yoox (Yooxygen) – Affiliate Window

Urban Outfitters (recycled clothes at Urban Renewal) – Affiliate Window

Yew Clothing – Webgains

Ecotopia -  Webgains

Wall Luxury Essentials – Webgains

By the way, I just thought I ought to mention this post does contain affiliate links. But this by has no means affected what I have written with the aim of helping bloggers who would like to make money from their blogs whilst promoting ethical fashion.

What do you think? would you consider giving affiliate marketing a go?

With warmest wishes

Ceri X
www.ethicalfashionblog.com

 

 

 

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Thrifty DIY And Upcycling Round Up For March

For March, the Ethical Fashion Bloggers were challenged to make or upcycle a piece of clothing or accessory without spending much money. There is some fantastic inspiration here on ways to refresh your wardrobe with really easy ways to refashion an old piece of clothing to slightly more complex sewing projects for a whole new piece of clothing from something old, all without spending much money at all!

Terri at Rags Against the Machine has upcycled this beautiful printed shirt by replacing its buttons and added cute hearts to this skirt to cover burn holes.

Pao from Project Minima has been making good with scraps! This reversible vest has been made with real attention to detail right down to the handmade bias tape edging.

Franca of Oranges and Apples has made this fantastic dress using a thrifty sheet that she got from the Salvation Army.

At Thrifted Shift a cosy cardigan refashioned with some new buttons (and a very sweet dog!)

Vix at Vintage Vixen has made some Hippi tastic jeans by customising a pair she got at a car boot sale.

I recycled some old t shirts into a headband. Further details of this project on my blog Ethical Fashion Blog

If you fancy having a go at creating your own DIY clothes by upcycling something old, why not join us at Ethical Fashion Bloggers and take part in our monthly DIY round ups.

With warmest wishes

Ceri

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The Valentine’s Day DIY/ Upcycling Round Up

Valentines Day is a fantastic time to show someone how much you love them but it can also get just a teensy weensy bit commercialised. For our February DIY/ Upcycling round up on Ethical Fashion Bloggers we have some great inspiration for fashion and accessories for Valentine’s Day which don’t involve buying anything new.

First up, the newest member of Ethical Fashion Bloggers, Thrifted Shift has a stylish and warm outfit featuring an upcycled cardigan and DIY circle scarf.

Franca of Oranges and Apples has made these cute heart brooches from scraps of fabric.

Jean of all Trades has made this amazing skirt from guess what? door matts

 

Marcie of Care Wear Share has made this beautiful paper flower necklace using old magazines.

 

I made this heart applique top using an old sweatshirt. You can check it out on my blog Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog.

I hope that you are having a fantastic Valentines Day. If you would like to join in our DIY/ upcycling roundups and outfit challenges, you can find out how to join us at Ethical Fashion Bloggers here.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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An Interview With Erica of Recycled Fashion

In the first of a series of interviews with Ethical Fashion Bloggers, I interview Erica of Recycled Fashion about upcycling, blogging and ethical fashion. Erica’s blog features plenty of inspiration in the form of thrifty outfits and DIY projects plus plenty of handy tips, she is also involved in some other really interesting projects relating to sustainable style.

How did you get started blogging?

I started my blog because I wanted to focus some of my time on my two passions; second-hand fashion, and writing.  I read blogs of similar interest, and thought I’d have a crack at starting my own, that was two years ago

How would you describe your style?

Thrifty; only choosing second hand over new

Quirky; it is not uncommon to find out of the ordinary pieces in my wardrobe.

Individual: I try not to be a follower of fashion, and choose instead, to create my own individual style.
 
You are obviously very talented at sewing and recycling clothes, what is it about recycling clothes that you love?

Thank you for such a nice comment.  I like the individuality of designing my own wardrobe pieces to fit my body shape.  We’re not all born the same off-the-rack size, and most of the time, a small size adjustment on a shop purchased garment, will make the world of difference.

From an ethical standpoint, I cannot justify buying new clothing, when there is an abundance of garments already in circulation.  By recycling existing garments, we keep more clothing out of landfill, and in our wardrobes.

What is the refashioning project that you are most proud of?

For a thrifted piece, transformed into something more wearable, I’m quite fond of my butterfly dress refashion.  However, the creation I am most proud of, would be my upholstery patch dress, of which I made some furnishing fabric samples into a patchwork shift dress.
 
Where do you get your inspiration both for recycling projects and for your blogging?

 Most of the time, I am inspired by articles I read on the internet, and on other similar blogs.  Otherwise, fashion I see on the streets, or current fashion topics.
 
I have noticed that ethical and sustainable fashion seems to be quite popular in Australia, how would you describe the ethical fashion scene there?

Ethical and sustainable fashion certainly seems to be on the rise in Australia, we still have a way to go, the ethical fashion scene is small in comparison to some, but we’ve a strong, passionate group of individuals working hard to see a change in the fashion industry.  Being that we have a smaller population that many western countries, individuals involved in the ethical fashion scene tend to know of each other via various networks and word-of-mouth. 

 Which are your favourite eco/ethical/ thrifty blogs and brands?
 Blogs I read frequently >

Refashion Co-op

My Thrifty Closet

Pull Your Socks Up! 

Style Wilderness

Urbandon

C&C 

Not Dead Yet Style

Refashionista

Modest is Pretty

Brands.  I have not purchased new clothing for over two years; however, there are ethical brands which I admire:

Lydra

Siamese Dream Design

Bartinki

JunkyStyling

The Social Studio

 
I see that you have advertising on your blog, how do you go about ensuring that that advertisers/ give away sponsors fit with the values/ethics of your blog?

The majority of my advertising sponsors have worked closely with me prior to their advertisement banners being added to my blog.  If I am approached by potential advertisers that do not have any link to ethical fashion, I generally do not agree to advertise them on my blog.
 
Tell us more about Melbourne Op Shop Tours…

Melbourne Op Shop Tours run sustainable shopping tours across Melbourne.  Tours run through Melbourne’s second-hand wonderlands, on public transport.  Tour groups are kept nice and small to make sure everyone has a chance to pick up some fabulous bargains without having to resort to fighting their fellow op shoppers.   There are currently 6 tour routes, I run Melbourne’s Bayside Tour which appeared on TV here

Tell us more about Recycled Market..

 Last year, I co-founded a new online marketplace dedicated to buying and selling recycled products, Recycled Market. Recycled Market is a unique online venue that encourages buyers and sellers to reduce, reuse, redesign, refashion, rework and recycle as much as possible. A global marketplace focused on showcasing stylish handmade and ethically manufactured pieces made from recycled materials.


 
What tips can you give to anyone who wants to start recycling or upcycling their own clothes?

Get yo’self a sewing machine!  It need not be new, nor anything fancy, but owning a sewing machine will be the best investment if you’re interested in recycled fashion and DIY.

Refashioning tips? Don’t set your goals too high to begin with.  Making a dress from scratch would probably not be a good start, instead, try making a small clutch bag using an online tutorial, a soft toy, or t-shirt refashion, something simple so that you’ll progress with your next sewing attempt.

Many thanks to Erica for sharing her tips and so much with us about herself and her blog. If you would like to be interviewed for Ethical Fashion Bloggers, please get in touch. Also don’t forget to visit the forum and post your links for our DIY/ upcycled round up on Monday. If you are not a member already, you can join here.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

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Happy New Year -Ethical Party Outfits and Christmas DIYs

A really Happy New Year. I hope that you had a fantastic Christmas or holiday.

In December we ran two Christmas themed round ups/ outfit challenges. Unfortunately, for various reasons, there were a number of posts that didn’t get included. Apologies to those who got missed out, I am definitely going to work on streamlining the whole procedure for the new year so that this doesn’t happen again. These posts were far too good to miss so I thought that I would include them in a new year round up.

 

Bella from Citizen Rosebud looks fabulous in this striking vintage outfit.

A really beautiful shirt made by Erica of Recycled Fashion using tropical bird fabric purchased from an RSPCA Opportunity Shop.

ringholder DIY

Jessie of Jessie.Anne.O made this beautiful ring holder for a vegan ladies holiday brunch.

Here is Marcie, Maya and Kia of Care Wear Share in their outfits for a fun Christmas craft party.

As always, I would definitely recommend that you check out the individual blogs for further information and images of outfits and DIYs.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

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