Happy Birthday to The Frockery

The Frockery, known on this blog for their Eco-Fashion Challenge, turns 8 this month. To celebrate this they are offering a 15% discount on all orders till the end of April, using the code BIRTHDAY.

The Frockery is a small webshop specialised in second hand (or preloved as they prefer), retro and vintage clothing, shoes and accessories, based in Angus, Scotland since 2007.
Their philosphy is that style and sustainability don’t have to be mutually exclusive and as such they promote slow fashion and eco-fashion amongst others through their yearly challenge.
Furthermore they conduct their business in an environement friendly way (recycling of packaging material, use of sustainable materials, …).

So if, are you looking into buying a unique vintage item or a preloved garment of high quality, head  over to their site right now!

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Pinch me please

Monday marked the last day of the eco-fashion challenge and instead of publishing the wrapup I was preparing straight away, I decided to wait until the winners of the contest were known, so I could congratulate them.

On Friday morning I saw that the winners were announced and to my great surprise the lovely Amber had chosen me as the runner up, with the following reasoning.

In the runner’s up position, I’ve chosen Annick Breugelmans. The main thing I noticed about Annick’s photos was her ability to create lots of very different looks, proving how versatile eco fashion can be (and also that Annick can wear just about anything!).

I can still hardly believe it (I was only in for the fun and never ever expected I stood even the slightest chance of winning anything) and I’ve been positively glowing ever since I read this
My price conists of cupcakes from The Scarlet Bakery and they look oh so yummie!

The first price was well deservedly won by Mary Wellock who showed off lots of lovely colours and patterns and amazed me with her talent for altering items to suite her style.

Last but not least I would like to thank Alison at the Frockery for organising this wonderful challenge. I’ll certainly join in on next year’s edition, hopefully with a more elaborate collection to choose from.

The eco-challenge collection

Since my collection of items that are qualified for use during the eco-challenge is rather limited (which means that most of the items will be repeated several times, although I’ll try not to repeat an exact outfit) I thought it would be fun to share the history of each of the items in the collection.

I’m still deciding on whether to post an overview of the items I’m planning to wear that week or whether I’ll randomly choose a theme around which I’ll write a post then.
It won’t be for today in any case, since I’m dead tired after a day of dousing fires and invoicing.

The Frockery February eco-fashion challenge

I can’t really remember how I stumbled across The Frockery ‘s February eco-fashion challenge, but it immediately caught my attention.
The full brief is as follows

In celebration of hand made, vintage and recycled, we are encouraging friends, fans and followers to join us by embracing our eco-fashion February challenge during the shortest, darkest and most depressingly bill-filled month of the year.

The rules are simple: all or most of your clothing has to be hand made, vintage, recycled or second hand for the 28 consecutive days of February (no cheating!)

Tell us how you get on by posting your pictures, outfit descriptions, sources and costs here on our Frockery Facebook page and we’ll offer a £50 Frockery voucher to the most stylish and creative eco-fashionista at the end of the month.

So in order to establish whether this would be doable for me I spent most of the evening making up an inventory of my clothes which led me to the following conclusions:

– a lot of the recycled and second hand stuff I have is only suitable for garden or chores wear
– all 3 pairs of second hand shoes I have come from the same friend
– all of my second hand clothes are either: stuff my sis didn’t like anymore, stuff colleagues bought and never wore, stuff I borrowed form former bf’s and never returned or sweaters that became to small for my brother or for my partner.
– but most imporatantly I only have 2 pairs of trousers, 2 skirts, 1 legging and 1 dress that are suitable for day to day wear, so I’ve decided not to take part in the official challenge. In stead I’ll do my own minimalistic version in which I at least try to live up to the challenge on week days.

I’m not sure yet whether I’ll be able to do a daily update (I still have to learn to work with a tripod and my bf isn’t all to keen on taking daily pictures of me) so it’s quite possible that I’ll only do a weekly roundup.