People Tree: Black Gingham Ruffle Dress | Photo: Laura Peta

The Search For An Ethical Summer Wardrobe Begins

Fashion

I have started my quest for an ethical wardrobe, and after a little research I went a little shopping crazy. I possibly spent a little too much in one go, but I was pretty restrained considering the amount of loveliness I came across!!

I started my search at People Tree, pioneers in Fair Trade fashion. They have a beautiful array of clothes, and their dresses are just perfect. First in the basket was this delicious Black Gingham Ruffle Dress. It fits snugly through the bodice and flares gently through the skirt. There’s red stitching on the straps which adds a beautiful bit of detail and colour, I can’t help but feel a little like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, all I need is a little dog and wicker basket! I absolutely love everything about this dress, there’s even the added bonus of pockets, POCKETS!! If you know me at all you’ll know I love a dress with pockets.

 People Tree: Black Gingham Ruffle Dress | Photo: Laura Peta

People Tree: Black Gingham Ruffle Dress | Photo: Laura Peta

I also had a little look at what accessories People Tree had to offer and this beautiful charm cord bracelet caught my eye. This little hand made bracelet is produced in Bombolulu workshops in Kenya. The sale of this product goes towards People Tree’s Wheelchair Campaign and for every 100 pieces of Bombolulu Jewellery People Tree sell they donate a wheelchair to a disabled child in Kenya. Amazing, no? It’s nice to see the artisans making products that in time come back to help their own communities. Plus, the bracelet is absolutely gorgeous, always a bonus!!

People Tree Silver Heart Charm Cord Bracelet

People Tree: Silver Heart Charm Cord Bracelet | Photo : Laura Peta

I also found {Think} Boutique, a Glaswegian boutique launched in 2010. They strive to ensure all their products are from Fair Trade, organic, sustainable, up-cycled or locally produced sources, with many of their products being made here in the UK. My new saddle bag is made using environmentally friendly leather and dyes.  It’s quite a bright tan, sort of a rust colour, but it’s going to look amazing in the summer (it goes really well with my new dress – one summer outfit ready to go!). It also came wrapped up in tissue paper with a bow around it, all in a pretty cardboard box.  There was even a hand written note addressed to me personally thanking me for the purchase and advising that the product is “perfect to fit all the essentials!”.  It’s a simple but really effective way of making me, and each of their customers, feel truly appreciated.  Thank you, {Think} Boutique.

{Think} Boutique: My Green Bag | Photo: Laura Peta

{Think} Boutique: My Green Bag | Photo: Laura Peta

So there we have it, my first haul of ethical goodies, I just need Summer to hurry itself along so I can flounce around in my new gingham dress! Have you bought any sustainable items of clothing recently? I am intrigued to hear where you shop.

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#100happydays round

#100happydays round up

Photography

So it’s that time again, prepare for a barrage of happiness!

These last few weeks have had their ups and downs, but doing this little #100happydays project has really helped pull me out of those emotional slumps. A little look back on the good things that have happened, and taking a moment to truly notice the things that make me happy when they happen has made a tough few weeks not so bad after all!

#100happydays round

Day 17 – Dinner dates, Day 18 – Orange Wednesdays, Day 19 – 35mm film, Day 20 – The Muppets, Day 21 – Lying bed listening to the radio, Day 22 – Slippers, Day 23 – Silver heart ring, Day 24 – Heinz Tomato Soup, Day 25 – Post

DAY 17: Dinner dates with a walrus, or the chap at Wagamamas. I do love this guy (and the food) and he never fails to make me smile.

DAY 18: Orange Wednesdays are bloomin’ ace, aren’t they? The chap is very into his films in both personal and professional life so going to the cinema is an important part of our free time but with ticket prices, particularly in London, being a little pricey Orange Wednesdays are a Godsend.  Also American Hustle was AWESOME and if you haven’t seen it, go, go now and watch it.

DAY 19: I finally got around to getting a film developed that I had had in my camera since the summer last year! I love shooting film but I have unfortunately let it slip a little since being in London.  But the excitement of getting that processed film back from the developers has spurred me to get back on it. (There’s a black and white film in the camera now waiting for me.) You can see some of those snaps here.

DAY 20: THE MUPPETS IS ON NETFLIX! That made my day.  I’ve been wanting to see this movie for so long but have never gotten round to it. Thanks Netflix.

DAY 21: Lying in bed and listening to the radio is one of the best feelings.  My wonderful parents bought me a Roberts radio for Christmas and it is the perfect accompaniment to a lazy morning.

DAY 22: These are the tattiest, oldest, scruffiest but comfiest slippers to ever exist and are the perfect adornment after a long day at work.

DAY 23: Another Christmas present, this hammered silver heart ring was given to me by my parents, and every time I wear it it reminds me of home, of Christmas and of family.

DAY 24: Heinz Tomato Soup on a cold, wet, work day, enough said!

DAY 25: I love love love getting home from a long day work and finding a parcel waiting for me.  In this case it was my first ever glossy box parcel, needless to say I was super excited!

Are you taking part in the #100happydays challenge? How are you finding it?