Celebrate ethical fashion

With Livia Firth’s Vogue ‘Ethical Red Carpet Fashion’ challenge winning plaudits from both fashion and wider press circles, it seems that the time is right to give ethical fashion a push.

I received an email a few days ago from Melissa of Stone Bridge, the ethical luxury hair accessories company who have been sending me samples of their beautifully intricate alice bands and hair clips.

Rose silk corsage alice band by Stone Bridge

Melissa’s going to be present at tomorrow’s ‘Ethical Fashion in the Age of Austerity‘ event at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London’s Bethnal Green. The event, which is free for all and open for you to stop by between 6 and 9pm, will:

“Uncover hidden workshops, live music, performance, panel discussion and craft stalls set amongst the Museum’s childhood collections. Celebrate the rise of ‘slow fashion’ as London’s leading eco-journalists, green stylists and ethical campaigners come together to discuss the key issues surrounding this growing social movement.”

Melissa herself has posted a blog about the event, which also reveals a bit more about Stone Bridge as an ethical trading company and who they purchase items from, as well as why they are priced as they are. Melissa is also offering to bestow VIP status on attendees who email her at Hello@Stone-Bridge.co.uk (apparently this means freebies!)

I wish I could go but I’m up here in Newcastle… so go and represent for me please!?

Get Frank’s Feather… literally!

In my last post I mentioned that the lovely Melissa and Claire from luxury hair accessories company Stone Bridge had sent me another fabulous box of goodies from their online emporium of hair combs, alice bands and hair clips.

I featured the Rose Alice Band they sent me in my last post, and I thought it was time to show of the shine-tastic Crystal Feather Slide I was also sent.

"Off the face"

I usually wear small hair flowers to assist in keeping my curls out of my eyes, but this feather makes a pretty change, and adds a touch of glamour at the same time! The clip is also cleverly designed in that it features various shades of pink crystals to add depth and extra sparkle. Such a feature might make one fear that the hair will be weighed down, but the clip is still light enough to be worn without irritation – it sits comfortably and happily on my head (when worn as in the picture above).

"Bun"

I also had a go at using the clip to hold all of my hair in a textured bun (yes, there’s no hair elastic utilised in the above photo). I’m not great at putting my hair in a bun with a headband but I might have a go at some of Stone Bridge founder Melissa’s tutorial videos as I think she could teach me a thing or two about using accessories for more than mere decoration!

"Half-up, half-down"

(Obviously the clip can be used for the more obvious ‘half-up, half-down’ style! I just couldn’t get the camera angle right!) The clip isn’t a spring clasp but a simple wire fastening which means that you can get inventive and use the clip for other purposes! I imagine it would look good with the bar threaded through knitwear (such as a scarf, beanie/beret or jumper) or even through a jacket buttonhole.

Crystal feather hair slide by Stone Bridge

And guess what? If you fancy one of these clips for yourself I’ve been given access to ‘Get Frank’ exclusive offer by the Stone Bridge team… All you need to do is follow this link and you can get this twinkly treat of a hair clip for a £14 which is a bit of a bargain when you consider it was originally £32! It’s the first offer I’ve ever posted on this blog so needless to say I’m excited!

Hope you enjoy your hair slides!

Hair-y goodness!

I arrived at a flu-stricken Amazing Radio office yesterday to discover a surprise parcel on my desk.

The contents didn’t remain a mystery for long, however, as the box had a tell-tale Stone Bridge sticker adorning it.

The signature Stone Bridge sticker

 

From the perfect brown paper packaging, to the generous layers of crease free tissue paper inside, Stone Bridge clearly doesn’t believe that online shopping should mean a lack of customer service. There’s even a little red ribbon that keeps the parcel in one neat place.

Some of you might remember the Rose Silk Alice Headband that I received late last year. The deceptively large box contained another beautiful headband, and a crystal feather hair slide.

Crystal feather hair slide, £14 by Stone Bridge

I’ll be posting a bit more about the indulgently girly hair slide above later this week, and I’m hoping to ‘borrow’ my friend Anna’s hair too, in order to see what it looks like on shorter hair than my own.

Satin rose corsage headband by Stone Bridge

This satin rose corsage headband is a beautiful Cadbury shade of purple. It reminds me of a rose on a hat we once randomly had in the dressing up box of my younger years. Usefully, the rose can we adjusted around the headband so that it’s easy to sit on the right place on your head!

The alice band in action!

Evidently, I was so excited by this headband that once I had fitted it onto my head, I couldn’t resist taking it off. It certainly livened by my jeans and Created in Birmingham T-Shirt combo! Like all Stone Bridge products claim, the band is incredibly comfortable, meaning that my voluptuous head doesn’t get sore behind the ears. I’m definitely looking forward to wearing it with this Topshop dress (that looks like a recycled net curtain!)

I’ll post more pictures of the crystal feather hair clip shortly, but for now I’m going to swan around the house like the cat who got the er… headband!