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Uncategorized July 29, 2014 posted by

July Roundup

July Roundup

Do you remember my weekly link round-ups?  ‘ll be honest with you they were proving to be a bit much for me.  They’re a surprising amount of work!  Rather than disband the idea completely, I thought what about a monthly round-up?

There’s a lot to round up – July has been a busy month on the blog.  There was a big focus on ethical fashion this month, with women’s ethical sale picks, men’s ethical sales picks; a guide to ethical sleepwear; an ethical fashion infographic; and I was really pleased to kick off my new ethical style feature, with a great chat with Ceri Heathcote on her ethical style.

There was a focus on the garden with a guide to edible flowers and some wildlife pond ideas.

clafoutis

I shared my gooseberry clafoutis recipe.  Moral Fibres reader Nat had a go at making it and it looks delicious!

I shared Mel Wiggin’s recycled necklace DIY, and Bikeable Jo’s ingenious way for skirt wearers to ride a bike without a red face.

I also looked at environmentally friendly cleaning products that work, shared my natural skincare regime, and last but not least shared a really simple way to save up to 50% of the energy that your dishwasher uses.

Our garden also came good this month (we beat the slugs!) and our courgettes and patty pans are flourishing!  Hooray! We harvested our first courgettes and patty pans and made these delicious halloumi kebabs drizzled in balsamic vinegar for dinner the other night, which I shared on Instagram (before grilling them):

Our beans and cucamelons (first photo in this post) are coming along nicely too after a stunted start.  We had to relocate them to a more favourable spot for them – it seems they like growing behind our shed best!

In other news, this month there is a new sponsor on the blog: SWAGS World®.  SWAGS World is a UK based social enterprise that works with women artisans around the world, combining traditional artisan handicrafts with modern design to create beautiful products that empower women.  As well as partnering with women artisan entrepreneurs to create handmade goods; they also provide education and business opportunities and offer support to the craftswomen.

Currently they have a small but perfectly formed range of ethical goods in their online shop, like these beautiful handcrafted sandals (£28):

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I was also really pleased to have Lost Shapes join us again as a blog sponsor.  In case you’re a new reader to Moral Fibres, Lost Shapes sell beautiful hand printed organic cotton ethical  t-shirts.  All t-shirts are designed by artist Anna Brindle in her Somerset studio, and have such striking and unique prints.

My current favourites are the Pop men’s t-shirt (£18) and the Spy Pigeon women’s t-shirt (£18):

ethical t-shirts

I also read a lot of good things this month:

Some tasty looking vegan recipes: grilled cherry milkshakes and a no-bake chocolate raspberry tart.

Some truly excellent environmental news (the best I’ve heard in a long time): solar outcompetes coal in Australia and wind power is now the cheapest form of power in Denmark.  High fives all round!

Time-lapse videos of flowers opening – truly stunning.

This moss graffiti is surprisingly pretty!

Strawberry picking envy.

Elderflower ice-cubes!

Mommy Emu’s inspiring journey to being more eco-friendly.

Lyndsey’s stunning sweet pea balcony.

And finally, I was a bit of an idiot and accidentally deleted my Moral Fibres Google+ page!  Is it just me that finds Google+ so hard to work?  I’ve set up a new page though, so if you’re on Google+ you can join me there!

How was your July?

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    Fashion July 28, 2014 posted by

    Your Ethical Style: Ceri Heathcote

    Your Ethical Style: Ceri Heathcote

    As it’s the start of a new week, I thought what better time to introduce a brand new ethical style series on Moral Fibres, called Your Ethical Style.  The plan for Your Ethical Style is to feature people from all walks of life who have an interest in ethical clothing.

    I’m not really interested in designers and fashion shows: I’ve always been interested in what real people are wearing.  Seeing what real people wear has always been more relatable to me than seeing what some model is wearing.  So for Your Ethical Style I’m going to be interviewing people about their ethical style.  I’ve got a few interviews lined up and the best thing so far is everyone’s very different styles and takes on ethical fashion.  I do hope you’ll enjoy and get a lot out of this series!

    First to be featured in Your Ethical Style is Ceri Heathcote, from the blog Style Eyes.  On Style Eyes Ceri blogs about her daily ethical outfits and ethical fashion finds, and often shares ethical fashion resources that she’s come across.

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    Jacket – Nancy Dee / Dress – SkunkFunk / Bag – Gusti Leather / Boots – Dream in Green

    So, Ceri, Moral Fibres readers might be aware of your great blog, Style Eyes, but can you share with readers three facts about you that they might not know:
    1. I love scuba diving on coral reefs.  I once spent 2 months in Belize on a project to map the biodiversity of the reef.
    2. I started my blog whilst I was bored on maternity leave after the birth of my second daughter: she was a very sleepy baby.
    3. I snore a lot (apparently)

    You’ve got a great interest in ethical fashion: where are your favourite places to shop for ethical clothing?
    I am just setting up a store on my blog with all my favourite brands so that is my best place to shop for ethical clothing!  In terms of actual brands/shops, I love SkunkFunk, People Tree and Braintree Clothing.

    What’s the last ethical item that you bought?
    I am trying hard to stick to my motto ‘buy less, live more’ but I did treat myself to 2 necklaces by EA Burns for Made in the sale at ASOS Greenroom.  Made is an ethical brand that creates  beautiful handmade jewellery in their African workshop.  Made teaches new skills and provides sustainable opportunities for its Kenyan employees.

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    Hat – Pachacuti / Tunic - Kuyichi

    Is there any particular ethical item that you are lusting over at the moment?
    I love Pachacuti hats.  They are the perfect way to keep the sun off my face during the summer.

    Do you have a top tip for shopping ethically?
    If you are shopping on a budget, check out Oxfam Fashion online.  They have an amazing selection of designer, high street and vintage brands.  It is also really easy to find what you want with the option to search by clothes type, size, colour, brand etc.  Not only are you saving clothes from landfill and reducing your fashion footprint but you are also supporting a very worthwhile charity.

    Is there anything you find difficult about shopping ethically?
    There are lots of amazing ethical brands out there, but they are not always as easy to find as conventional brands because they tend to have smaller marketing budgets.  It is definitely worth your while spending time to seek them out though as you find some real gems.

    Ceri Heathcote

    Hat – Pachacuti / Scarf – Vintage / Jeggings – Oxfam / Top – really old / Ankle Boots – Dream in Green

    Where do you get your ethical style inspiration from?
    I tend to get inspiration from lots of different places.  I sometimes see things that I like on other blogs or love the way outfits have been put together.  I also love checking out what other people are wearing on the street or on streetstyle blogs.  I love bright and colourful clothes and these can be inspired by all sorts of things from paintings and art, to nature and architecture.  My mum is also a big influence as she is quite short like me but always wears flattering and lovely clothes.

    What is your best secondhand or ethical find ever?
    A vintage handmade silk dress with beautiful and colourful floral print.

    What would be your ultimate thrifted find?
    The most perfect leather jacket.

    ethical style blog

    Dress – Earth Kind Originals / Shoes – Tom’s / Scarf – Ceri’s DIY

    Finally, Ceri, can you share 3 ethical style tips?
    1.  Sew brightly coloured pom pom trim onto a second hand scarf with a fabulous print for an eclectic accessory.
    2.  Shorten a vintage dressing gown to make a kimono jacket.
    3.  If your clothes don’t fit quite right, alter them for the perfect fit.  If your skirt is a little to long or full, that can easily be changed.  A small alteration can make a big difference.

    Thanks for taking part Ceri!  You can follow Ceri’s blog here, visit her shop, and find her on Twitter or Facebook.

    Do you want to share your ethical style with Moral Fibres readers?  Whatever your age, sex, size, style, budget or location I’d love to feature you to show that ethical fashion is for everyone!  Get in touch via moralfibres@gmail.com to take part!  There are no barriers to taking part – you don’t have to be a blogger to be featured!

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      Food & Drink July 25, 2014 posted by

      Illustrated Guide to Edible Flowers

      Illustrated Guide to Edible Flowers

      If you’ve been reading Moral Fibres semi-regularly then you’ll know that I’m into foraging.  From nettles to elderflowers and elderberries, to sloes and blackberries and everything in between, it’s becoming a bit of a passion of mine.  Free food – what’s not to love?!

      Whilst reading about foraging online I came across this handy guide to edible flowers on the blog Illustrated Bites.  Illustrated Bites is the creation of  US illustrator Heather Diane, and combines her love of food with her love of illustration.  Her recipes and posts use seasonal produce, which is another love of mine.  Although there haven’t been any new posts in a little while, there is a word of a book coming out next year, which is very exciting!

      Heather’s guide to edible flowers is a little US orientated (there aren’t so many hibiscus flowers on these shores!), but still has plenty relevance for anyone living in the northern hemisphere!

      edible flowers uk

      Were there any surprises here for you?  I personally had no ideas that lilacs are edible flowers.   Also, sunflower petals and buds were a big surprise too!

      If you have any recipes for edible flowers then please do share in the comments below!

      Lilac flowers image by Johnson Cameraface.

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