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December 5, 2017

an ethical holiday gift guide: the little market

This is part 4 in a series of ethical holiday gift guides – let me know if there’s an ethical brand you’d like featured! Click on the images for links to the products shown – and all photos are credited to The Little Market. I did not take any of them. 

I learned about The Little Market because I was a deeply devoted fan of The Hills, and am embarassed to admit that I followed Lauren Conrad’s career pretty closely after the show. She opened The Little Market with Hannah Skvarla a few years later, and it’s remained open as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The store sells handmade gifts from artisans all over the world, and the money from profits go to the artisans making them, generating meaningful income.

Soy Blend Candle – Falalalala / $26.00 / Prosperity Candle

Each product has a bio about the organization or company that produces the products, as well as who they are, as well as the country they’re from and information about what “fair trade” means. This holiday candle, which is so cute AND soy-based i.e. better for the environment, is made by Prosperity Candle, which invests in women entrepreneurs to end poverty. Many of the women at Prosperity Candle have recently resettled from refugee camps to the United States.

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November 30, 2017

an ethical holiday gift guide: LUSH

This is part 3 in a series of ethical holiday gift guides – let me know if there’s an ethical brand you’d like featured! Click on the images for links to the products shown – and all photos are credited to LUSH. I did not take any of them. 

If you’re like me, you discovered the potent LUSH store in high school and fell deeply in love with their signature bath bombs. But LUSH makes products aside from their bath products, and most of them are very, very good.

LUSH commits to ethical buying practices, organic and safe synthetic ingredients, with little to no preservatives or packaging. The packaging they do make is recyclable and can be used for other things. Additionally, LUSH frequently donates proceeds from products to other causes, ranging from ending animal cruelty to protecting the environment.

Christmas Sweater Bath Bomb // $7.95 // LUSH

Thundersnow Bath Bomb // $6.95 // LUSH

LUSH’s bath bombs are classics and their holiday selection does not disappoint! Make a set for a friend; with prices like these, they’re super affordable.

Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly // $7.95 // LUSH

Roots Hair Treatment // $22.95 // LUSH

Roots is an iconic LUSH product for thin or fine hair – but if that doesn’t sound like you, treat yourself or a friend with a selection of their new oil treatments, too.

Mask of Magnaminty Face Mask // $14.95 // LUSH

Who doesn’t love a good face mask? This used to be a holy grail product for me, until I realized you couldn’t order it online and my local LUSH was always out. But now you can order it!!

Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask // $12.95 // LUSH

Hottie Massage Bar // $12.95 // LUSH

Got a gym junkie on your list? This massage bar is great for sore muscles – melt it directly onto skin, and the shape goes to work on knots.

Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub // $9.95 // LUSH

The best thing about this sugar scrub? Not only does it exfoliate your lips, but you can lick off the excess. Genius.

Let me know in the comments if you have any favorite LUSH products! Dying to try new ones.

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November 21, 2017

an ethical holiday gift guide: everlane

This is part 2 in a series of ethical holiday gift guides – let me know if there’s an ethical brand you’d like featured! Click on the images for links to the products shown – and all photos are credited to Everlane. I did not take any of them. 

Everlane has been doing what they call Radical Transparency since 2010, and they’ve made waves in the fashion industry for doing so, since it’s been a radical success.

The company is open about how much it costs to make each item of clothing, as well as how much of the price goes back to the company and the factory. They label each item with the factory it was made in, and have profiles of the factories they work with around the world – so you can see that the people making your clothes are working in safe, well-paid environments.

A short puffy coat from Everlane. 125.00 dollars.

The Short Puffer // $125 // Everlane

This boxy take on a traditional puffy coat is my favorite thing to come out of Everlane this winter. They have a longer version as well, and a short, lighter down version for warmer days in a fun blush pink.

Grey blazer from Everlane. 150.00 dollars.

The Oversized Blazer // $150 // Everlane

Square-cut boxy mock turtleneck, black with white stripes. 28 dollars. Everlane.

The Square Mockneck Tee // $28 // Everlane

Originally, Everlane came onto the scene as the maker of ethical, affordable basics you could feel good about buying – and that would last longer than your Forever 21 shirts. Now, they’re selling out of limited run lines quickly, and debuting more and more products every season.

Mid-rise skinny jean in regular wash. 68.00 dollars from everlane.

The Mid-Rise Skinny Jean (Regular) // $68 // Everlane

Low high heel shoe in oxblood leather. 145.00 dollars. Everlane.

The Day Heel in Oxblood Leather // $145 // Everlane

This oxblood color would wear so well into the fall and winter months.

Blush pink leather tote bag. 165 dollars. Everlane.

The Day Market Tote in Blush Leather // $165 // Everlane

I think pastels should be incorporated into more winter outfits too. What do you think of this pink?

Navy blue backpack. 68.00. Everlane

The Modern Snap Backpack in Navy // $68 // Everlane

You can see more of Everlane’s offerings, and peruse their wonderfully-designed website here.

In Style on
November 18, 2017

an ethical holiday gift guide: ABLE

Over the last year, I’ve really gotten into ethical fashion – I haven’t purchased a major piece of clothing (a shirt, a sweater, anything) since late summer when I had a medical issue and needed an emergency skirt at Target.

I love fast fashion – half of my shirts are from Forever 21, and Gap Jeans are my life and my ethos. But I also realize that my clothes can produce a lot of strife on the other side of the world in factories that aren’t regulated and can be deadly. The reason I love these brands is that they’re transparent and sustainable – they’re making clothes you won’t throw away in 6 months because they’re out of style, and they’re doing it while paying people a liveable wage in a safe environment, even giving back to their communities.

The things I consume shouldn’t hurt other people, and I’m trying to keep my shopping as ethical as possible – take a look at this gift guide, and let me know if you will, too. It may seem like a steep up front cost, but to me, the investment is worth it.

Mamuye Tote from ABLE ethical fashion line. Dark brown leather tote bag. 178.00 dollars.

Mamuye Tote // $178.00 // ABLE

I’ve been lusting after this tote bag for months in the cognac color. It’s a great ethical alternative to that Madewell tote you’ve seen everywhere. ABLE is a fashion line that focuses on ending generational poverty by working with local women who have overcome extraordinary circumstances. They’re based in Kansas City but have a flagship store in Nashville.

Black leather Mayte Backpack from ABLE fashion. 238 dollars.

Mayte Backpack // $238.00 // ABLE

Love this backpack because the great thing about quality leather goods is that they just get better with age.

Gold earrings. 38.00 dollars.

Echo Earrings // $38.00 // ABLE

I love these gold earrings, above. They’d be great for a New Year’s Eve party!

Double Bar Gold Ring from ABLE. 28.00 dollars.

Double Bar Ring // $28 // ABLE

The above ring is such a cute everyday staple piece at a great price. ABLE’s bread and butter initially was simple jewelry and leather goods – they’ve since expanded to denim and apparel, too!

Slouchy blue jeans from ABLE. 148.00 dollars.

The Slouch – Gennie Wash // $148 // ABLE

Green cropped tee shirt from ABLE. 34.00 dollars.

Patricia Cropped Tee in Olive // $34 // ABLE

Hope you liked this guide! Check out ABLE online, and click any of the photos, for a chance to peruse their website.

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November 4, 2017

count your sweaters

I don’t usually post on Saturdays, and especially not when I’m fighting off a cold (essentially, I’m guzzling water and Vitamin C and guarding my bedtime like a maniac), but I’ve loved Old Navy recently, and they’re doing a really fun deal on sweaters! Take 30% off at checkout. Click on the name of each sweater to go to the site. Here are my faves:

Rib-Knit Bell-Sleeve Sweater

I love the color and how you subtly get the biggest trend this fall (bell sleeves) (where have you been).

Brushed Knit Turtleneck for Women

You cannot go wrong with a classic turtleneck, and this is a fact.

Classic Cable-Knit Sweater

This is such an affordable version of a closet staple. I love the jewel tones available as well, but this golden color is my favorite.

Classic Fair Isle Sweater

Fair Isle is such a cute seasonal tradition for me – I don’t think I actually own any at the moment, and this sweater caught my eye and inspired this post. I love the non-traditional colors, y’all.

What are some of your favorite fall sweaters? Are you getting to wear them? It’s still oscillating between 40 degrees and 70 degrees here in D.C. – send me snow, Midwestern brothers and sisters. Send me snow.

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September 18, 2017

brrrr, it’s coat in here

I reached the realization last winter than I needed a new coat when mine started shedding pieces of fluffy down left and right. I didn’t actually think that much of it until a day in late January when a particularly fierce wind gust went right through me and I realized: My coat isn’t warm…anymore? Mine has schlepped with me from Paris to Prague and back and is finally biting the dust. It was a good run.

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April 5, 2017

minimalist jewelry

The last time I bought jewelry for myself just because was probably when I was frequenting Claire’s in a suburban Illinois mall. Since then, my style has drastically changed, and now that I’m taking home a regular chunk o’ change, I’d like to invest in some pieces I know I’ll get great wear out of in the future. (You can click on the photos to be taken to the product’s page!)

^EM Jewelry Design – Sula Studs – $44.00

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