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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Outfit Challenge – Eye Popping Brights

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The weather might seem a little miserable at the moment so this month I thought we could cheer things up with our outfit challenge by including some eye popping brights. It is up to you how much brightness you include on your ethical, charity shopped, thrifted or vintage outfit. If you are really brave, you could go the whole hog and opt for head to toe neons or alternatively just one amazing bright statement acessory is great too.

The usual rules apply. Photograph and post your outfit to your blog with a mention of us and link to www.ethicalfashionbloggers.com then post your link in the comment section of this post or email me at ceri@heathcotecommunications.co.uk  by the end of the day on Tuesday 9th October. I will post a round up of the outfits on 10th October.

Don’t forget. you can now follow and pin with us on Pinterest. If you are not a member of Ethical Fashion Bloggers yet, you can just email me to join.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Image – Ursula Cocoon Coat by SKUNKFUNK on www.fashion-conscience.com.

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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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January Outfit Challenge – Winter Warmers

This month our outfit challenge was to make an ethical outfit on the theme of winter warmers. With everything going on in January, there are only 2 of us joining in the outfit challenge this month.

Franca of Oranges and Apples wore a pretty eighties vintage dress on Christmas day but managed to keep cosy and warm with a cardigan borrowed from her Mother in Law and woolley socks from her mum.

For my outfit on Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog, I also adapted a vintage dress for the cold weather by layering it with a jumper given to me by a friend and a fur jacket from the local Oxfam shop. I also wore my boots from my favourite eco shoe brand Dream in Green.

Next week we will be doing our winter warmers or summer coolers DIY/upcycled roundup for January. If you would like to join in and share some thing that you have upcycled to keep warm for the winter or cool for the summer, you can join here. Please post you links to the relevant thread on the forum by Monday 23rd January. I can’t wait to see what you have made. Our next outfit challenge will be in February on the theme of love and romance for Valentines day.

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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What the Ethical Fashion Bloggers Wear To Party

We asked the members of Ethical Fashion Bloggers to share with us what they will be wearing to party this Christmas. Here are some of the fabulous outfits, each with their own fabulous and unique style and minimal impact on the environment. Congratulations to you all on looking so amazing and wishing you a very Happy Christmas!

Franca of Oranges and Apples looks super festive in her vintage sixties dress, so perfect for an office Christmas lunch.

Vix at Vintage Vixen wishes everyone a Hippy Christmas in her beautiful Vintage maxi dress complete with a handmade variegated ivy head dress.

Janet of The Gardener’s Cottage looks so chic in her sequin and chambray outfit inspired by a J Crew look and featuring a dress from 1986!

Dora of Vintage Passions Just Like Mine will definitely be making a style at Christmas parties this year with her Neopolitan icecream inspired outfit. That amazing dress was just 10p from a jumble sale!

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Jesse O of Jesse.anne.o gets ready to party in truly versatile party dress. This vintage sixties dress is so Jackie O.

Sarah of Misfits Vintage will shimmer this Christmas in a vintage seventies maxi dress accessorised with an antique brass key necklace that she made herself.

 

Lastly, I got the rare opportunity to party last weekend (well it is almost Christmas). I decided to wear a chiffon and lace vintage dress with an rather experimental fifties inspired hairstyle, further details of my outfit on Ethical Fashion Blog.

Thanks to all who have participated in this challenge. Next week we will be sharing our Christmas/ holiday DIY projects. If you would like to join us at Ethical Fashion Bloggers, you can do so here.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

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The First Ever Ethical Fashion Bloggers Outfit Challenge

This week is the first ever Ethical Fashion Bloggers outfit challenge but from now on we will doing one per month and I hope that we continue to grow as a community and inspire each other with our own unique style.

This weeks challenge is to make your own ethical version of a catwalk look for AW11. You can choose any designer you look from any of the fashion weeks and you can choose to make your outfit very similar to the original or more just loosely inspired by.

Your outfit doesn’t have to be completely ethical, just one ethical item is fine but it would be great to include as many as possible. Ethical can be anything vintage, second hand, swapped, thrifted, upcycled or from an ethical fashion designer or brand. We are pretty much open to your interpretation of what ethical is.  

In order to enter, please post your outfit to your blog with a brief explanantion of the outfit and which look it was inspired by. It would be great if you could also mention what the challenge is in the post. Please post the link to your blog in the comments for this post by the end of Monday and I will publish all of the outfits to the blog on Wednesday. If you are not already a member of Ethical Fashion Bloggers, you can find out how to join here.

I can’t wait to see your outfits. Please let me know if you have any ideas for next months challenge.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

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