Category Archives: eco fashion

Tres belle indeed

I’ve always loved BoBelle’s amazing bags & purses. They are both eco-friendly and ethical – still a rarity even these days. The new range is out now, and the Melissa eal skin handbag (£115.00) is on top of my wish list.

Baby you’re the ginchiest

I seriously love German designer Erika Hendrix’ SS10 collection. Her fairy tale-inspired clothes are handmade and sweatshop-free, so all the better!

images: Erika Hendrix

Resistance is futile

I just couldn’t resist getting a satchel from the fabulous Cambridge Satchel Company. I decided on their smallest, handbag-sized one in deep purple and had my initials embossed.

London Fashion Week discovery part 2 – Minna

In the labyrinthine corridors of Esthetica, Minna was the first designer I came across as I embarked on London Fashion Week. And what a find she is. Her current collection is already well worth talking about with its whimsical, lacey summer dresses (the Talana is a favourite of mine) but her AW2010 line just blew me away.

Much darker and more grown up expect black and teal coloured dresses inspired by the day-time glamour of 40s Hollywood. There was a silky empire-waisted, floor-length gown that really stood out but my favourite – which I have been obsessing about ever since – was a brilliant black dress with white collar and cuffs – oh so Joan Crawford.


London Fashion Week discovery – Tara Starlet

While wondering through Esthetica – the eco fashion section at London Fashion Week, which was hidden away in the basements of Somerset House for some ridiculous reason –  I couldn’t help but notice London-based label Tara Starlet with their bunting and 40s style stall.

I’ve come across the mother and daughter team before, namely in the lower ground floor section of the Oxford Street Topshop where they are being stocked, but their very pin-up style blouses and bottoms have never really convinced me. I was all the more surprised to see their AW2010 collection full of amazing 40s skirt suits and swing dresses, all made of vintage fabrics sustainably here in London.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the military style ‘Loves Army skirt suit’!

Paper chain

I’m not normally a fan of gold jewellery but this brass necklace in the design of a paper chain is amazing. It’s by ethic company Made so well worth the £60.

Simple shoes?

A while ago eco shoe company Simple Shoes got in touch and offered me a free pair of shoes. Hell, I wasn’t going to say no to that and chose the fabulous Pinwheel in black, it’ll be perfect for all the swing dancing I am planning to do next year.

I was ever so slightly confused when I opened the parcel and found one Pinwheel and a non-matching shoe. The included instructions explained that I’d have to go on a wild treasure hunt via Twitter to locate my other half, which had been sent to another, unknown blogger. I like games.

As it turned out the fabulous Queen Mary from Kingdom of Style was my shoe swapping partner, and now, after a quick exchange, I have a lovely matching pair.

I rather like the idea of connecting bloggers through a social network game, beats the usual soulless ‘here’s your freebie’. Although it would have been nice to be matched with someone a bit closer to home as London – Glasgow was just a tad too far to meet for a coffee.