My Top Sustainable Sale Picks

Fashion

Something that often comes up when discussing ethical fashion is the price point. Yes, often ethical fashion will cost a little more than your average highstreet store – but those extra pounds mean a huge difference to the people who are making the garments. However, being savvy about your shopping habits means you can shop ethically without breaking the bank.

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Who Made Your Clothes?

Who Made Your Clothes?

Articles, Fashion
Who Made Your Clothes?

Who Made Your Clothes? | Photo: fashionrevolution.org

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the devastating Rana Plaza collapse killing more than 1100 people.  Since the collapse people are seemingly more aware of the processes that go into the making of their favourite garment, but with the ease and affordability of high street retailers are people willing to do something about it? With Primark (one of the retailers manufacturing at Rana Plaza) reporting profits up 14% on last year and plans to open their first US store this year it would seem not.

Fashion Revolution came up with the “Who Made Your Clothes” campaign to mark the anniversary of the disaster, encouraging people to wear their clothes inside out, photograph themselves and tweet the retailers asking WHO made them.  A fantastic idea that makes people question where their clothes are made, and puts pressure on retailers to react and be more open with their ethical policies.  However, although I do think this idea has merit, I also feel quite sceptical.

With Primark’s profits soaring I feel as though, yes, people are more aware of the production process of a garment but it isn’t altering their shopping patterns.  If people are willing to shop in places such as Primark then what will make them wear their clothes inside out and fight for change?  I just feel that the people who are likely to have worn their clothes inside out are the ones who are already interested in changing the way we make our clothes.  In fact, when looking through the #insideout street style photos on Vogue.co.uk many of the items worn were either vintage or from a variety of ethical brands.

Magazines were quick to report on the Rana Plaza disaster when it first occurred but are keen to be the first to showcase the newest collection from fast fashion brands.  Again, they have been a voice for Fashion Revolution’s campaign for change whilst still advertising brands known to have below standard ethical policies, something I strongly think needs to be addressed.   I believe that if we really want to create lasting change when it comes to fashion we need to look to our fashion magazines to put more emphasis on ethical and sustainable fashion and not to forget the manufacturing process when it comes to a pretty dress with a low price tag.  There are many brands out there fighting their ethical and sustainable corner but getting little recognition in magazines,  we need to stand up for these brands, spread the word and help show people how beautiful ethical fashion can be.

What are your thoughts on Fashion Revolution’s “Who Made Your Clothes” campaign? Did you wear your clothes inside out?

 

{This post was written whilst watching The Sound Of Music (Maria is the ultimate upcycler – curtains into all those outfits!) and eating Champagne truffles!} 

Dream summer wardrobe moodboard

Dream Summer Wardrobe

Fashion, Uncategorized

“The sun has got his hat on, he’s coming out to play…”

I am loving this sunshine despite the fact it’s still actually quite chilly in the shade and I haven’t yet ventured out without my coat.  Even so this beautiful weather is making me crave hot summer days and long summer evenings on the beach.  As I’m not yet brave enough to get my legs out I have created a little moodboard of dream items to add to my summer wardrobe.

Ethical Summer Wardrobe

I am rather desperate for a pair of sandals and TOMS have got a really beautiful range of sandals this year.  As a company they have come a long way from their roots whilst still staying true to their ethos, for each pair of shoes bought they give a pair to child in need. I love this company for a million reasons and I cannot wait to get my hands feet on a pair of the sandals.

I can’t go wrong with a good skirt and People Tree have some really pretty patterns (they’ve teamed up with Orla Kiely, enough said!) and colours, I will definitely be getting some of these over the next few months!  I know I have mentioned Reformation in quite a few posts over the last few weeks, for which I am sorry (not sorry, I am borderline obsessed with the this company), but they really do have the best selection of dresses I have seen from an ethically minded company.  Although they are a little out of my price range I will continue to stare, and drool, over their delightful range of beautifulness (hey, it’s a “Dream Summer Wardrobe” right?)

I am a real sucker for a floral pattern and a kimono style top (I’m even wearing one now – seriously) they are just perfect for covering up a little when it’s hot without overheating. They also make a pair of skinnies look a little bit more interesting without having to try to too hard (something I live by!).  This Annie Greenabelle kimono is quite possibly one of the most perfect things I have ever clapped eyes on, and I have a feeling I will be wearing it before the month’s out.  The floral sleeveless shirt is by Komodo, an ethical brand I have just stumbled upon. I really love the colours and patterns in this shirt, if their future ranges continue in this theme they will have a very loyal customer in me!
Finally, the beautiful Breton striped top.  As you may know I get weak at the knees at the sight of a classic Breton, and this contrast yoke top from Seasalt sent me into 60s/French Riviera stupor. The ‘saffron’ coloured yolk screams summer, but with it being a cotton knit it’s perfect for Spring or a slightly cooler summer afternoon. I love this top more than words can say and I hope to find it folded neatly in my chest of drawers in the coming weeks!

After all that I am sufficiently summery and desperate to chase the ice cream man down the street.  How are your summer wardrobes shaping up?   What are your favourite  pieces for the season?

{This post was written whilst listening to Francoise Hardy and eating a very juicy mango}

The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in Sweet Coral

Body Shop Binge

Beauty, Uncategorized

So last week I may have had a little splurge in The Body Shop. We all know how amazing their body butters are, but I have never bought any make up from them, so with my foundation running out, and my best mascara falling in the toilet (don’t ask – there was no alcohol involved AND the lid was down! Told you not to ask.) I decided now was as good a time as ever to see what The Body Shop has to offer.

Aside from being against animal testing, supporting community fair trade, defending human rights AND protecting the planet, The Body Shop have also teamed up with Teenage Cancer Trust’s Royal Albert Hall concert series for the second year running. Last year they help raise £500,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust, and they’re aiming to double that by the end of this year! There are certain products where £1 of each sale goes towards the charity, as well as being able to add an optional 10p to the total of your purchases to donate as well.

The Body Shop Essential Brush Collection

Essential Brush Collection | Photo: Laura Peta

The first thing on my list was a new set of brushes. It’s something I’ve been meaning to get for a while but I’ve never got around to buying any. As part of The Body Shop’s Teenage Cancer Trust partnership they have three different packages of brushes to buy, rather than buying them individually. I opted for ‘The Essential Brush Collection’ which includes a blusher brush, an eye shadow brush and a foundation brush. I bought the pack for £18 (individually these brushes would have come to £33) – some pounds saved and £1 donated to Teenage Cancer Trust, a perfect deal, no? I absolutely love using these brushes, they’re so soft, and the blusher brush is shaped making it ideal for contoring and highlighting.

I have to admit that I am quite new to the whole foundation brush thing, I tend to use my fingers. However, since using this foundation brush there’s no going back! It feels so soft against my skin and gives a really smooth coverage. It’s also tapered slightly making it easier to get a flawless coverage around the eyes and nose. I’m totally addicted to using brushes now and I actually look forward to using it in the morning!! I am Laura Peta and I am a foundation brush convert.

The Body Shop Super Volume Mascara

Super Volume Mascara | Photo: Laura Peta

The next item on my list was a new mascara, having dropped the previous one in the loo! I like a volumising mascara in attempt to make the most of my stumpy little lashes. I opted for the ‘Super Volume Mascara’ and I have to say I am impressed. Although it doesn’t give my lashes the extra volume some other brands do, it does give them some length and oomph without making them look too false; a thumbs up in my book. I haven’t found it to be too clumpy, and it lasts a while, certainly long enough for a day’s work with a little top up for an evening out, and it doesn’t flake as some do. The only thing I do find is that the wand isn’t very tapered and I tend to get black smudges around my eyes when I reach the little lashes in the corners. Aside from this, I love this mascara, it’s a great everyday product.

The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in Sweet Coral

Colour Crush Lipstick in Sweet Coral | Photo: Laura Peta

I have become a complete lip stick addict over the last few years, and as I was looking through the make up counter I decided to give a lip stick a go – after all, a girl can never have too many lipsticks. I really want a coral colour for the summer but I’ve been having trouble finding one that I really like. ‘Sweet Coral’ is a little pinker than I would normally go for and although I was uncertain the first time I used it, after a couple of wears I absolutely love it. It’s beautifully soft, and glides on leaving a faint colour, a couple of coats leaves a much more pigmented colour. There is a hint of sparkle to it and a faint rose scent. I can’t wait to wear this lip stick on a hot summer day, it will look perfect with a tan, a pony tail and sun dress.

The Body Shop Lightening Touch

Lightening Touch | Photo: Laura Peta

I have always suffered with dark circles under my eyes and I just can’t get rid of them (any hints and tips would be gratefully received!) so I decided to give The Body Shop ‘Lightening Touch Universal Radiance’ highlighter a go. Although it doesn’t cover them completely (it is too sheer for a concealer) I do feel it lifts them a little. It has a pearly sheen to it and is a great little highlighter for brushing across cheek bones. I don’t wear this product daily but I did wear it when we took the chap’s parents out for dinner last night. We took a few pictures after and the dark circles looked reduced. I would still like to experiment with this a bit further but so far so good with this highlighter.

I apologise for the poor quality of this picture I wasn’t intending to use it for the blog but I thought I would show you the post meal make up!

A sneak peak at how The Body Shop Lightening Touch Universal Radiance looks after a meal out! | Photo: Laura Peta

A sneak peak at how The Body Shop Lightening Touch Universal Radiance looks after a meal out! | Photo: Laura Peta

The Body Shop Almond hand and nail cream

Almond Hand and Nail Cream | Photo: Laura Peta

My hands and nails have been getting really dry recently and I always find myself without a hand cream despite several floating around the apartment. So while I was in The Body Shop buying up everything that took my eye I thought I may as well treat myself to a hand cream. I opted for the Almond Hand and Nail Cream and IT’S AMAZING! I keep it in my bag and use it all the time. You only need the smallest amount otherwise it does leave your hands feeling a little greasy, but when used sparingly it leaves hands so soft and banishes the dry skin. The packaging reminds me of a tube of paint, which I kinda like. This hand cream comes in two sizes, 30ml for £5, or 100ml for £10. While I was there the larger tube was half price, and the lovely assistant switched my smaller tube for the larger one, and I’m glad she did as I use this product all the time!

And so concludes my Body Shop binge, all in all I’m really pleased with my beauty haul. It’s great to find make up with a wide variety of different colours, make up that is long lasting and from a company taking steps to save the world. Thank you Body Shop, you haven’t seen the last of me!

Have you sampled any Body Shop beauty products? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Kellan Lutz in a sustainable tuxedo|Photo: Kyle Rover/Startraks

Olga Kurylenko and Kellan Lutz rock sustainable glam on the 2014 Oscars Red Carpet

Fashion

We all love the Academy Awards, the hype behind Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Roles etc, the glitz and the glamour of the ceremony, and Ellen DeGeneres dressing up as Glenda the Good Witch, but my highlight was, no not Jennifer Lawrence tripping over on the red carpet (although that is up there, along with the pizza delivery, there’s something really grand about seeing Brad Pit tucking into a piece of pizza.)  No, my absolutely highlight was seeing Olga Kurylenko and Kellan Lutz stolling down the red carpet in gorgeous sustainable attire.

French actress and model, Olga Kurylenko, best known for playing Bond girl Camille Montes, and Twilight star Kellan Lutz graced the 2014 Oscar’s red carpet in Red Carpet Green Dress’ winning designs.

In 2009 Suzy Amis Cameron, wife of writer and director James Cameron, founded Red Carpet Green Dress, as a reaction to her accompanying her husband on the award ceremony rounds for environmentally aware film, Avatar.  An internationally recognised design competition that challenges designers to create an entirely sustainable gown, with the winning design being worn on the red carpet at the Academy Awards.

Suzy Cameron and her sister founded MUSE School CA in 2006 with the aim of “empowering children to realize their full potential through academic excellence, personal responsibility, compassionate relations, global consciousness and environmental awareness”. The funds raised from the Red Carpet Green Dress go towards scholarships to MUSE School CA and Global MUSE (a network of sister schools modelled on the same principles.)

There is a strict design criteria for the Red Carpet Green Dress contest including using fabric from a sustainable source, organic cotton, bamboo or soy for example, harvested with as little impact on the environment as possible.  The chemical composition of the materials that go in to making the products must be considered, as well as paying strict attention to the amount of water used, and ensuring fair labour practises are in place throughout the manufacturing process.

This year’s winner was Alice Elia, a student of ESMOD in Paris.  Olga Kurylenko declared it “a privilege … to wear Alice’s gorgeous design on the red carpet” adding “it’s a great honor to have been asked.”  Her gorgeous dress is made from 100% silk and coloured with flowers, sounds pretty Romantic, no?

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Bond girl, Olga Kurylenko shows sustainable fashion can be glamourous | Photo : http://www.justjared.com

To mark the 5th anniversary of Red Carpet Green Dress a menswear category was added to the competition.  The winning Tuxedo was designed by Jomnarn Dul from H Brothers (one of New Zealand’s most iconic menswear brands).  This isn’t the first time she has worked in the realm of eco fashion, with H Brothers collaborating with EKOCYCLE, a partnership between Will.I.Am and The Coca-Cola Company.  Kellan Lutz was the actor chosen to sport this amazing tux.  The trousers are 100% hemp, with the jacket being made with a mix of silk and recycled plastic bottles.

Kellan Lutz in a sustainable tuxedo|Photo: Kyle Rover/Startraks

Kellan Lutz in a sustainable tuxedo|Photo: Kyle Rover/Startraks

In all their red carpet interviews I found, they have both been asked about their sustainable choices.  It’s a really great way of getting the notion of sustainable fashion out there, but most of all showing that just because something is sustainable, or made from recycled items doesn’t make it any less glamorous
Red Carpet Green Dress is an amazing competition, I can’t wait to see next years designs.  What do you think of their outfits?

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.

People Tree SS14 Lookbook

People Tree: SS14 Lookbook

Fashion

We all know fashion comes with a price, but what come across as a good deal for us doesn’t always mean a good deal for those who have put the garment together. It’s something I’ve been concerned with for a while but I have found it difficult to find some good eco items.

Starting this journey I was struck at how tricky it was to find fun, affordable fashion that has little impact on our world. A few of the blogs I’ve come across that specialise in eco fashion I’ve found to sometimes come across a little preachy. Whilst it’s great to highlight the social and environmental impacts fast fashion can have, what I wanted from these blogs was the chance to find companies who are respecting communities and combating environmental damages. This is what I hope to achieve with my blog.

Now, I’m not saying I am an expert, and I know it won’t always be easy and I’ll cave and buy high street purchases, but by thinking more about my fashion choices and incorporating more and more sustainable items to my wardrobe, as well as making some of my own, I hope I can start making a difference.

My first foray into eco fashion bought me to People Tree, a beautiful brand that respects people and the planet. They are recognized as pioneers in Fair Trade and environmentally sustainable fashion, and for over twenty years have partnered with artisans and farmers in the developing world to produce ethical and eco fashion. They stand up against exploitation, family separation, slum cities and pollution (things that make fast fashion successful). They are there at every step of the production process, from the farm to final product, ensuring Fair Trade and eco friendly actions at each stage.

Here’s a peak at what People Tree have to offer for Spring. (I cannot wait for the Orla Kiely dresses to arrive!)

People Tree SS14 Lookbook

IMAGE – People Tree: SS14 Lookbook

People Tree SS14 Lookbook

IMAGE – People Tree: SS14 Lookbook

People Tree SS14 Lookbook

IMAGE – People Tree: SS14 Lookbook

People Tree SS14 Lookbook

IMAGE – People Tree: SS14 Lookbook

People Tree SS14 Lookbook

IMAGE – People Tree: SS14 Lookbook

People Tree SS14 Lookbook

IMAGE – People Tree: SS14 Lookbook

Doesn’t it make you want to pack a little bag and head off on a beach hut holiday. I cannot wait for spring to arrive.

Are you picky about where you shop? Have you ever bought anything from People Tree? Can you recommend any sustainable brands? I’d love to hear what you have to say on the issue.

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