Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Style Eyes Fashion Blog Has Moved

Style Eyes Fashion Blog has now moved.

You can find my shiny new blog here


If you follow me with a reader, please don't forget to update it with the new Url.

I have also launched a new sustainable fashion website www.style-is.co.uk. Ethical fashion dress from over 140 brands including menswear and clothing for women and children.

Hope to see you there soon.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X 

Monday, 24 October 2011

Ethical Shoe Brand - Dream in Green

I have been known for whinging on about a complete lack ofp choice of when it comes to ethical shoes. But things are definitely changing for the better. There seems to be amazing new brands springing up all over the place. I have also found that Spartoo.co.uk have a great selection of some of the most stylish ethical shoes around.

My latest discovery is Dream in Green. Dream in Green shoes are made with the greatest respect for the environment using natural and recycled materials. The leather is tanned using natural substances. Even the shoe boxes are recycled. All of the shoes are manufactured in Europe.

For autumn and winter, they have an amazing selection of shoes and boots including some very stylish but practical wedge boots and very wearable court shoes. I particularly love the cute collars on the wedge boots which give a very discrete nod to the seasons masculine trend.

Dream in Green - Viakil Brown Boot


Dream in Green- Atchok Brown Boot



Dream in Green Pradal Polar Wedge

Dream in Green - Barbados Court Shoe


What do you think of Dream in Green? Do you buy ethical shoes?

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

DIY Mullet Dress

I found this maxi dress in  a local charity shop for £6 and just couldn't resist the print. Unfortunately me and maxi dresses just don't get on. They are usually too long and even if they skim rather than drag on the floor I just end up tripping over them. Even worse, as this dress is strapless, just imagine the implications of stepping on the hem and ending up with the top around my waste, far too embarrising to think about!

Anyway, I have been seeing mullet dresses all over the place lately, I quite like the look and even more the practicality so decided to have a go at a DIY one. In theory all you need to do is re hem the dress in a mullet shape as desired.  In practice, with chiffon this proved a little more difficult than I expected and it go tangled and gathered in the sewing machine. Next time perhaps I forget trying to use the sewing machine and just do it by hand.

I wasn't overly scientific about the whole process, I just drew a line where I wanted the hem to be, then cut it and resewed the hem.


Here is the finished result. I decided to go for a shorter length and fairly subtle mullet as I wanted to wear the dress for a wedding evening do and didn't want it to look too dramatic. I am still pondering whether to use the off cut fabric to make some straps to cover my tan lines and give me a little added security.

I have seen some much more dramatic styles that go from maxi at the back to mini at the front and would love to give one of these a go perhaps for a Christmas party. A charity shop or old evening dress would be an ideal candidate for this project. Another mullet idea would be to cut and hem a maxi dress in an upside down v shape at the front and wear over a mini skirt or sew in a short panel of fabric at the front.

You can check out this post for some great celebrity inspiration. Pretty much anything goes from full skirts to minimalist straight skirts, chiffon layers and jaggety uneven hems. I love this trend for DIYing as you can be as creative as you like. I am also considering wearing this dress over a mesh straight skirt that I have for a slightly more edgy look.  Will share the pics next week if I decide to go for it.

So what do you think? Would you have a go at creating your own mullet?

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Tuesday Treats - Vintage Inspired Shoes

I used to run a series called 'Friday Finds' in which I shared some of my favourite finds of the week including second hand, ethical fashion, vintage pieces and accessories. Sometimes I had a theme perhaps a particular type of clothing or a trend for the season ahead and sometimes I was completely random. I stopped posting Friday Finds because clashed with Fashion and Beauty Friends Friday (why does everything good seem to happen on a Friday). But I really miss sharing my finds so have decided to reintroduce the series with a new name Tuesday treats. Actually Tuesday is a pretty non descript day and I guess if we make it this far through the week, we could do with a treat. Any way enough of the rambling...

Today I wanted to share one of the most amazing collections of eco friendly shoes that I have discovered so far. I hate to say it, but it can be really difficult to find smart and more dressy styles eco friendly shoes. There tends to be plenty of choice of comfy sandals and boots but very little in the way of high heeled dreaminess.

Greenfit are a shoe brand that very successfully combine sustainability with feminine appeal when designing shoes. They are made from natural materials using natural mateirals and also feature very stylish wooden soles. The designs available from Spartoo include plenty of vintage inspiration from the thirties to fifties which makes them ideal for wearing with some of the autumns key trends.





Which are your favourites?

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

Monday, 5 September 2011

Turn A Vintage Scarf Into A Bandeau Top

Vintage scarf - Oxfam
Skirt - Gringo
Necklace - present

With the slightly unexpected return of summer on the weekend, I decided to make the most of it  by turning a vintage scarf into a bandeau top. It just happened to be hanging on a scarf hanger in my wardrobe next to this maxi skirt and the combination of patterns was just too good to miss out on. The scarf is a large square. I just folded it into a triangle and tied it around bandeau stylie. This would be ideal for a summer hols outfit or for the beach. I just wore it for a BBQ in the garden.

Note to self, I must be more aware of getting such obvious sun tan lines!

I hope you had a great weekend. How did you make the most of the lovely weather.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Belated FBFF - Autumn Trends

I am really cross for myself with being so late with the post, so much for Friday, it is now Saturday. I wanted to illustrate the post with some outfits that I have made but as I have been having major problems with my camera, I have had to make do with what I could get and combine with Instagram pictures from my Iphone.

This weeks topic is Autumn trends and we were asked:
Name your five favorite fall trends and how you plan to wear them this season?

I don't plan to buy lots of new clothes for autumn as I already have so many clothes. Instead I will be trying to make some of my favourite autumn trends from clothes that I already have in my wardrobe, perhaps topped up with a few charity shop and vintage finds.

Animal Prints


Last week I treated myself to a Konad nail stamping set after I saw so many amazing nails on FBFF. I couldn't believe how easy it was to create a pretty professional looking nails. Here I have got zebra nails with a navy Barry M polish as the base. I also have a leopard print stamp so will no doubt be giving this a try soon.

As much as I love them, I know that I am not going to be able to afford those Prada snakeskin boots, I did manage to find this fake snakeskin clutch yesterday for £3 in a secondhand shop.

Dark Florals


Dress - Vintage
Shoes Irregular Choice

I am a big fan of florals and I don't see any reason why they can't work for winter as well as summer. I absolutely loved the florals for Autumn at Mary Katrantzou, Erdem, Paul Smith, Jil Sander and Paul & Joe. Florals offer endless possibilities for pattern mixing and I will probably get some floral tights to keep my legs both warm and flowery.

Plaid and Layered Jackets


Chanel AW11 - Image credit

Jackets - Charity shops
Jeans - Vila
Shoes - Melissa
Top - Dorothy Perkins

Tweed, plaid, check and Herringbone all featured heavily on the catwalks for autumn. I particularly liked the layered jacket look at Chanel. There are loads of these Chanel style jackets around in charity shops and I just happened to have a slightly larger sized one which fitted perfectly over a plain tailored jacket. The great thing about this outfit is that it is really warm.

Retro




Counting retro as one trend is a little bit cheeky as it encompasses so many different looks but I just couldn't choose between them. For autumn, I love all of the looks from the forties to seventies. I have a few different vintage pieces which I will be wearing. Yesterday I found this Laura Ashley cord shift dress in Oxfam for £6.50. I will be wearing it with boots or coloured and patterned tights for a sixties look. I will also be wearing pencil skirts with blouses.



I also managed to get this beautiful vintage kimono in the local secondhand shop yesterday, It just needs shortening a little.

Tunics and trousers

The final trend that I love is tunics and trousers. This is such a flattering and easy look to do. I will just wear a mini dress with trousers, perhaps one that I already have or one from a charity shop. Although most of the catwalk looks were quite minimalist, I will be much more likely to use this outfit as a base for showing off statement accessories as I rarely do minimalist.

So over to you, what are your favourite trends for autumn?

You can find plenty of inspiration from the other FBFF posts over at Modly Chic. Have a good weekend.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Ethical and Eco Fashion Updates

There seems to be so much going on with ethical and eco fashion and so many affordable ethical fashion brands at the moment, I just wanted to share with you some of the stuff that I am really excited about

ASOS Africa for Autumn Winter 2011



I am really loving the new ASOS Africa collection which comprises of a  number of pieces which are perfect for everyday wear. The designs feature rich tones combined with utilitarian inpsired neutral pieces, bold African inspired prints and some fun quilted pieces. If budget usually puts you off ethical fashion collections, you should definitely check this out as it is very reasonably priced.

Orla Kiely for People Tree



If you are a print-a-holic like me then you may well be a fan of the London based designer Orla Kiely. She has interesingly just released a collaboration with People Tree full of some very desirable pieces including cosy knitwear, trench coats and fifties style dresses in lovely warm autumn tones. I love the attention to detail including hand embroidery. My favourite piece is the beautiful mustard yellow trench coat.

Oxfam Street Style Contest

I regularly buy clothes from Oxfam online. It is quicker and easier than trawling the local charity shops and also has a great selection of both second hand and vintage pieces. With the current situation in East Africa, it is also a good way to support a charity which provides so much aid and development work in these regions. I was really excited to see that they currently have a streetstyle competiton running. You can send a picture of your streetstyle fashion featuring one Oxfam piece to them via Twitter and will recieve a 10% off voucher code. The winner will be featured on the Oxfam blog and get a voucher to spend on the site. I am definitely going to give it a go!

30% Off Made Satchels



Satchels seem to the most on trend style of bag for this autumn and winter but are also a classic look that will never go out of fashion. Made is an organisation which produces Fairtrade accessories in its workshops in Kenyan. Until 11th September, they have 30% off their range of satchels made from sustainably sourced African leather. The largest bag is big enough to fit a laptop. (Made also have some very lovely jewellery).

Free tickets for Vintage fashion Fair London



The next Vintage Fashion Fair London will be held on 11th September in Primrose Hill. There are a limited number of free tickets available from  http://www.vintagefashionfairlondon.co.uk/. I can definitely recommend it, I went in July and got myself a lovely 1960's lace dress which I will be featuring in an outfit post soon. There is a great selection of affordable and designer pieces and the stallholders are both friendly and knowledgable.

That is it for now. Thanks for all the encouraging comments in my last post about Style Eyes Fashion Blog going green, I now feel really confident that I am making the right decision.

Breaking news: style is... has launched featuring over 140 sustainable fashion brands including ethical jewellery, fashion dress, vintage clothing, upcycled, organic and fairtrade fashion.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X