Green Fashion

    Oxfam back in fashion with Vintage collection

    Oxfam have launched an online vintage collection to their clothing section. The collection , which includes pieces from four decades of fashion -the 1950’s to the 1980’s- contains a wide selection of pieces from scarves, to day wear, to going-out clothes.

    Oxfam already offers a fantastic choice for online shoppers and is a  strong contender for consumers seeking an ethical shopping option. This newest addition is a welcome change and will surely increase their clientèle to include those who love vintage attire.

    Fact file: 

    • Oxfam was founded in 1942
    • The organisation recognised the need to protect civilians during WW2
    • Raised money for victims of famine during and after WW2
    • 1948 the first shop opened in Oxford on 17 Broad Street
    • 1949- Oxfam goes global

    Source: Oxfam 2013

    Check out their site now where you will discover a lot of Beth Brett: knitted skirts and jumpers with extravagant flower detail; excellent if you are experiencing your own 80’s fashion revival.

    Hot pick and perfect for the chilly spell we are experiencingHand knitted green jumper - Size: M


    Vintage 1970's Size S Blue patterned top


    BNWT Vintage 1980's Beth Brett Size M Lilac floral knitted jacket



    Green Fashion

    Remade @ Traid

    If you want to wear clothes that have been modified and revamped in the name of social justice, development and the environment, then you need to visit Traid: Remade.

    Traid Remade do not believe in sweat shops or paying adults, or worse children, less than $1 a day. No,  Traid have people and the environment at its heart.

    Traid recycles the clothes we throw away, those that might otherwise finds their way in to landfills, polluting the planet and inject them with a new lease of life. Even if its a salvaged zip, pocket or button, Traid Remade will make use of it.

    Aggrieved by sweat shops and growing landfills, Traid =     TRAID Textile recycling for Aid and International Development put the money their shops generate towards important causes. Causes such as  trying to end Western exploitation in the developing world, fighting global poverty and the huge-scale degradation caused by the textile industry. Read it straight from the horses mouth.

    We visited TRAID in Camden town today. The Remade collection was quirky. We’ve selected some top picks for you to view, below. We are convinced these picks will add a touch of creative glamour to your wardrobe. The background to the pics is a beautiful home-made panel . Inspired, then do-it-yourself!

    Traid remade also have an excellent   web-site.


    TRAID’s A/W collection pieces, some samples below:

    Top picks from the web-site:

    Patch Mini SkirtSkinny Pattern TrousersCropped JacketTrapeze Coat

    I am guessing you are overwhelmingly curious about the new Autumn/Winter collection 2012, right? Then head down to TRAID Dalston, 106 – 108 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2NS-this is where it is all going down! We are off there now.

    Don’t bin it, book a free collection with Traid

    Green Fashion

    Jewellery Box: Inside an ethical jewellery collection

    Recycled silver tree earrings £44.99
    Above, Oxfam. Recycled silver tree earrings, £44.99. These would look stylish with messy hair and would compliment all colours.
     Fair Trade horses necklace £9.99

    Fair Trade horses necklace
    £9.99 just because we thought it was über cute!!

    Rough Ruby Single Drop Earrings £1,100

    Rough Ruby Single Drop Earrings
    £1,100. These are in case you are feeling especially plush, generous or just plain extravagant!

    ASHIANA – Moonstone Disc Pendant £40

    ASHIANA – Moonstone Disc Pendant £40. This makes us think of the moon it is beautiful and reasonable.

    Amnesty International UK shop: Great Buys


    SUEDE AND METAL MULTIWRAP BRACELET £19.50- We though this wrap bracelet sold by Amnesty was pretty funky –  for day and night attire.

    WING NECKLACE £24.50

    WING NECKLACE £24.50-This is elegant and definitely great for a glamorous do

    2 stone adjustable ring £44. 00

    2 stone adjustable ring £44. 00- finally we include this gorgeous ring. Brighten up a gloomy winters day with this lovely ring.

    A few red-hot ethical jewellery buys for the forthcoming party season!

    Green Beauty

    Emotional Brilliance is Lush

    EMOTIONAL Brilliance is Lush’s new make-up range. The hotly awaited addition is a  rainbow of colours. Creative and quirky, the range derives its inspiration from emotions, so spin the wheel to find the right shade for your mood. Curious, then read on…

    Were you one of the people who lamented the closure of their sister company, Be Never too Busy to Be Beautiful (BNTBTBB); the naturally inspired make-up that came in decadent pots, like this      and this  and this (SO gorgeous). Emotional Brilliance is, to some degree, here to fill your BNTBTBB hole although, without the beautiful packaging, humph.

    BNTBTBB was a make-up first and their shops were as opulent as their pots. BNTBTBB closed their doors in 2010, therefore, we  were naturally overjoyed to hear Lush had decided to expand their make-up range to include lots of colour.

    In July, Lush launched simple skin-toned colour pots.  Initially, the company introduced skin tints-to be worn as foundation or concealer – as well as translucent powers. The plant-based tints are said to be gentle on the skin. Lush have divided the ingredients into two categories: ‘natural ingredients’ and ‘safe synthetic’.

    What is perhaps the most talk about addition to the Lush make-up collection are the colours.

    Spin the ‘Emotional Brilliance Colour Wheel’ in store to find your emotions in colour!

    Each colour is represents an emotion, quality or aspiration, such as ‘ambition’ which is a bold red ‘charm’ which is a soft pink, or  ‘calm’ which is sky blue.  I was lucky enough to be sent these three samples and have been very impressed by the ease of application.

    The pots have their own fine-liner brush, but Lush also supplies us with thick brush too, best used when you are applying the colour as eye-shadow or cheek tint!

    Our favourite is ‘fantasy ‘ AKA liquid gold. It glitters, shimmers and will add a sultry edge to your look.

    Lush have excellent tips on applying make-up on their website.

    emotional Brilliance is :   and     and 

    which means guilty-free beauty:)