08 October 2014

Style // Chequered Coat

chequered coat for autumn I knew the Indian Summer couldn't last forever... The rain has arrived and temperatures have dropped nearly 10 degrees in what seems like overnight. Nevermind, at least it is coat weather finally! I have been obsessed with wrap fronted coats this year, staring a little too longingly at some of the blanket like offerings available at H&M and Zara. For me, each new season is when it feels really hard to buy ethically instead of heading into the highstreet stores, but with a little work something can usually be found to stem the cravings. After far too many Ebay trawls and failed bidding wars, I got my hands on this snuggly wool coat for under a tenner including postage. That's only £150 cheaper than the Zara one I liked... Nothing like a price difference to remind you of the bonus of shopping second hand! blanket coat and torn jeans autumn style blanket coat and jeans
Wearing- Coat: Old Zara via ebay // jeans: Old H&M DIYed // Boots: Old Topshop // Jumper: Charity Shop // Hat: H&M // Bag : Morrocco

05 October 2014

This Week // #19

copper planters
{nothing to do with this post but look how pretty these planters are! Source here}

Doing: A whole load of wedding stuff! We had a bit of a realisation that we hadn't done anything for literally months and that it was probably time to get a shimmy on. Save the Dates are getting printed, a few bits and pieces for the reception have been ordered and, best of all, wedding rings have been bought. I guess we're actually getting married, guys!
Loving: Manchester. I am falling more and more in love with where we live. Walking around the Northern Quarter, finding new spots to visit and events going on, feels so good. There is such a buzz around the place and it is feeling more and more like home. A good one at that.
Wearing: Boots and jumpers. The temperatures have finally dropped into that perfect autumn mode- warm enough to not need to bundle into coats and huddle from the rain, but cold enough to layer up and snuggle down. Judging from twitter, I'm not the only one loving this!
Daydreaming: Of cosy wintery days. I'm still at that stage where I'm happily thinking of evenings lit by fairy lights and candles, the Christmas Markets in town, snuggling into warm clothes and hot chocolate in steamy cafes. Give me a few more weeks of rain and I'm sure I'll change my tune!

Links of the week:
Starting with the big stuff - Emma Watson's #HeforShe speech. I know most people will have seen it but I've got it bookmarked because it is one to keep rereading. Like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED talk, I really appreciate the open discussion about what moving towards equality really means, that it is something we should all be involved with. Feminism is a good thing and it is an even better thing to get talking about.
On that note, what did you think about Chanel's SS15 show? Susie Bubble summed up my thoughts about it so well. Lagerfeld's faux protest really sat uncomfortably, and in contrast with the discussions involved with the #HeforShe campaign, was so disappointing. Have a read of that one, because these are the messages that we are sold on a daily basis and in my opinion, only serve to show how far we have to go.
On a much lighter note, I adored seeing this photoshoot of a couple's 61st wedding anniversary. I dare you to open that link and not smile. Go on!
These 5 tips for professional emails might seem simple but gosh they are effective. So useful for anyone needing to build productive relationships in their work.
Oh gosh, I keep reading this and cracking up laughing. It is just. so. good. Women who want to be alone in Western art history. 

Catch up with Chambray and Curls 
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I hope you're having a wonderful weekend.
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03 October 2014

Shop // Made In Britain

Today is Buy British Day and for an ethical shopper, that's a great thing. I am a big fan of  British fashion manufacturing, partly because it is such a huge part of our history that has faded over the last few decades. Watching people trying to reestablish forgotten skills, create quality products and celebrate our textiles past is pretty cool. So, if there was ever a moment to have a look at some of the great brands who are made in Britain, today's the day! Here's a list of my favourites, with a few cheeky deals in there too:

Grace Gordon
Grace Gordon Tote Oh the delicious buttery leather bags, with a perfect scandi sleekness. Every single thing about the brand is exquisitely designed, from the lookbook to the dust bags. All the leather is vegetable tanned, and sourced in the UK before being made into beautiful bags in London. I'm a complete sucker for the Cara and the Laura bag- mine and my sister's names! The pale pink Ellie tote also has a special place in my heart- just look at it! Sod Mulberry, these please.
Shop HERE and enter the code BUYBRITISH for 10% off today.

Lexie Sport
 Lexie Sport Exercise Clothes You know, I don't love exercise. At all. But these clothes make me want to be a runner. They have that cool girl vibe down. Stepping away from old gym tees, Lexie produces truly beautiful, functional sportswear. Its a proper English affair too- as they say, it was designed in Hampshire, sampled in Cardigan, photographed in London and made in Britain. These are the ones to watch because they've already been featured in a whole host of top fashion editorials. Get some fashion kudos down the gym and support these guys.
Shop HERE

Stella + Alf
Stella + Alf Cosy Stripe Knit I've talked about these guys before, and my love is still strong. Made by Paris Hodson in Lincolnshire, Stella + Alf produces beautiful, simple clothes, using gorgeous fabric all either made in the UK or sourced ethically. I absolutely love her aesthetic and I am so sorely tempted by the cocoon tunic right now. How perfect does that look to snuggle into this Autumn? Anyway, she's the one to look to for beautiful basics and stripes, lots of stripes. And we all know that stripes are always a good thing, don't we?
Shop HERE

Thoroughly BritishEtrala on Thoroughly British Not a brand, more a boutique but a favourite nonetheless. Thoroughly British does what it says on the tin and stocks a range of British made brands, including the lovely Stella + Alf. It can be pretty hard trying to navigate yourself towards ethically produced or british made clothing and I love being able to browse through their site, knowing they've got you covered with where and how everything has been made. Covering from basics to bridalwear, its a great place to visit.
Shop HERE and today, get 10% off everything today with the code BUYBRITISH

Mod Dolly Fashion
ModDolly Loobook Olivia Purvis Fun and young, full of great prints and cute smock dresses, Mod Dolly is just brilliant. All designed and made in Britain, led by blogger Amy He, they are such a great go to for on trend clothes with a bit of heart. Check out the patterns and co-ords for very London fashion style and don't forget to browse the lookbooks for inspiration.
Shop HERE

Croft Mill Fabrics
Croft Mill British Wool IF you're more into a little bit of DIY sewing, this one is for you. It can be so hard to find the provenance of fabrics, which is really frustrating when you're trying to buy ethically. No point in making it ethically if the materials have been made in a sweatshop without you knowing... Croft Mill are so great at listing where their fabrics are from and have a gorgeous range of UK made fabrics.
Shop the range HERE

I hope that has inspired you to have a little browse and a shop, and get involved with supporting some of the amazing British fashion brands around right now. Do you have any new favourites?

xxx


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