Christopher Raeburn’s High Flying SS15 Collection

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Christopher Raeburn SS15 | Photo: catwalking.com

Upcycling is one of the easiest ways to add to a sustainable wardrobe. Not only can you update a sad looking outfit and but you can also stop unwanted fabric from ending up in landfills.

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The Brigitte Dress and the Charity Shop Fabric

Fashion, Sewing

Brigitte Pattern Dress, Fabric TRAID, People Tree necklace

Dress: Handmade (fabric from TRAID)
Bag: {Think} Boutique
Bracelet: People Tree
Necklace: People Tree

I’ve only gone and made myself a dress which is actually 100%, totally wearable! HOORAH! Everything I’ve made up until now has always had something just not quite right about the fit, but this time, THIS TIME, it fits perfectly and I am beyond excited – hence the weird pose below!

Oaddap – a street wear collection from Elin Andersson

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“You sometimes need to stop and really look at what you’re doing, especially in this business where so much is superficial and all about money.” – Elin Andersson on being a fashion designer.

Three Outfits from Oaddap Somenid Elin Anderson

Birthdays at Bedruthan Steps

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Dress: Enjoy
Bag: {Think} Boutique

It was my dad’s birthday at the weekend and to celebrate we jumped in the car and went wherever the mood took him. The birthday mood took us to Bedruthan Steps – which is quite literally one of the most beautiful places in Cornwall, the world.

The I’m Up Here Collection – Reformation

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I would apologise for yet another Reformation post, but the truth is, I’m not sorry! And until they stop producing the most beautiful range of sustainable fashion these posts will keep on coming!

I know I’ve mentioned how much I love the skinny straps and low scooped backs of many a Ref dress but if you have any hint of a boob a backless dress always raises the age old question, “What do you do about a bra?” This is where Reformation have stepped up to the mark and produced “The I’m Up Here Collection”, a range designed to conceal your bra but without compromising on true Ref style. Or as they put it “The best of Ref, recomboobulated to fit ladies with a bigger bust” – beauty with a boob pun, what could be better!

All the clothes are made from either deadstock materials (fabric that’s going to waste due to fashion houses over-ordering) or from viscose, a natural and biodegradable fabric woven in a mill free of harmful substances and dyes.

I think the reason I love Reformation so much is that they’re the perfect antidote to the tiresome assumption that ethical fashion can only be frumpy or fleecey. They continue to create ranges of the highest quality and with an undeniable sense of style.

Here’s just a few of my favourite items from their latest collection.

Azalea Two Piece| Photo: The Reformation

Azalea Two Piece| Photo: The Reformation

Begonia| Photo: The Reformation

Begonia| Photo: The Reformation

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.

6 Months on 35mm

Photography

I finally got round to finishing off a roll of film that had been in my camera so long I couldn’t remember what was on it! Terrible, I know, but it did make getting them developed a little more exciting. What I found brought a huge smile to my face. There were pictures on there from our glorious summer, we were lucky enough to get tickets to Hyde Park Calling to see Elvis Costello and Ray Davies, it was an amazing summers day. The highlight being Ray Davies (Of The Kinks fame) singing ‘Waterloo Sunset’ as the sun set on Hyde Park.  I honestly felt like I was in a Sofia Coppola movie!

There were also a few pictures of a girly trip to Bath where I met with a few of the girls I went to uni with, although it was bitterly cold and rained all day so the pictures were few and far between!! The last few photos on the roll where a few I took over Christmas. The family and I took a day out to Padstow for some Rick Stein food (YUM! I urge you all to go to one of his restaurants if you ever find yourselves in Padstow) so I took the camera to finish the roll off. We went for a little coastal walk in between rain showers and managed to get a few snaps looking over to Rock while the sun started to set.

The next roll is already loaded and this time I won’t leave it quite so long to finish it!!

I shoot on a Canon AE-1 and used expired 35mm film.

Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo - Laura Peta

Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo – Laura Peta

Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo - Laura Peta

Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo – Laura Peta

Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo - Laura Peta

Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo – Laura Peta

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Ray Davies - Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo - Laura Peta

Ray Davies – Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo – Laura Peta

'Waterloo sunset' Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo: Laura Peta

‘Waterloo sunset’ Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo: Laura Peta

Elvis Costello, Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo - Laura Peta

Elvis Costello, Hyde Park Calling, 2013 : Photo – Laura Peta

Shoreditch Graffiti : Photo - Laura Peta

Shoreditch Graffiti : Photo – Laura Peta

Afternoon Tea, Bath : Photo - Laura Peta

Afternoon Tea, Bath : Photo – Laura Peta

Carousel, Bath : Photo - Laura Peta

Carousel, Bath : Photo – Laura Peta

Carousel, Bath : Photo - Laura Peta

Carousel, Bath : Photo – Laura Peta

Scrabble

Scrabble : Photo – Laura Peta

From Padstow to Rock : Photo - Laura Peta

From Padstow to Rock : Photo – Laura Peta

Wintery Beach Paths, December 2013 : Photo - Laura Peta

Wintery Beach Paths, December 2013 : Photo – Laura Peta