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Why Weavings Are Worth It: DIY with Uncommon Goods

DIY Weaving Kit from Uncommon Goods
Thanks to Uncommon Goods for sponsoring this post and offering an item for review. 

Well, I drank the kool-aid and am now obsessed with weaving. 

It started when I stopped by a local shop and saw beautifully complex weavings for sale. They could have easily been an impulse buy, but at $250 a pop, that wasn't going to happen. So for the last couple of months I've been wondering if I should take the plunge and try to DIY it.

I've crafted all my life - painting, sewing, macrame, paper mache, tie-dye, and even weaving simple pot holders - but this seemed like it was going to be especially difficult. I've never been patient with fiber arts (I quit knitting after about 2 hours) so I put it on the back burner.

Then, a couple weeks ago, I was perusing the Uncommon Goods website -  namely wall hangings (still on the hunt for pre-made weavings) and plant-related stuff (because apparently I'm now a plant lady) - and stumbled upon the Mini Loom Weaving Kit. At $55, it was decidedly more affordable than buying a completed piece and it came with everything I needed to weave my own masterpiece, including a mini loom, needles, pick up stick, comb, yarn, and instructions. Uncommon Goods generously partnered with me so I could try it out for free.

Uncommon Goods is dedicated to supply chain ethics, sustainability, and craftsmanship, and it shows in their collection of curated gifts, art pieces, decor, DIY kits, and more. They're B-Corp and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, and they make sure that their products reflect their values.

Hooray for Fair Denim: Introducing ABLE by FashionABLE

FashionABLE ethical denim collection
Contains affiliate links. Not sponsored - I just love jeans.

Modern fits, versatile colors, and a focus on ethics...

These are things I've had a difficult time finding rolled up into one pair of jeans.

In fact, I've never bought a pair of ethical jeans before. For the last few years, I've been relying on old American Eagle jeans and thrifted pairs (which are, inexplicably, almost always too short - glad the ankle length thing is in). There are a handful of brands that are either produced in the USA or incorporate low waste, nontoxic manufacturing processes, but many of them look just like your run-of-the-mill skinny jeans and, honestly, the fabric doesn't look like it'll hold up to years of wear.

So I'm really excited to see that Nashville-based FashionABLE - known for its minimalist jewelry and handbags - has released a denim collection as a part of their rapidly expanding ethical clothing line. I own one of their purses and a couple pieces of jewelry, so I know they insist on quality.

Reclaiming #Charlottesville with MATTER Prints

Great things to do in Charlottesville with MATTER Prints
This post was generously sponsored by MATTER Prints. 

Note: I wrote the bulk of this post before the terrorizing events of August 11-12 took place. Perhaps it's a blessing in disguise that the folks at MATTER and I discussed this post months ago. I couldn't have foreseen how important it is to reclaim Charlottesville spaces and celebrate what it has to offer. Talking about the good things will never negate the violence and loss of life, but maybe it can unify us and remind us of the world we want to build. Thank you to everyone who prayed with me, checked up on me on social media, and wrote your own posts about Charlottesville. I can feel your love. Solidarity forever! 
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Charlottesville is really a vacation town and I'm just one of those awkward townies who calls it home. 

This community at one point boasted more restaurants per capita than New York City; local wineries and breweries abound; Thomas Jefferson's mountaintop estate is available for tours every day of the week; and you could spend a week visiting all the antique, thrift, and secondhand shops.

While it sounds great - and it is - it's impossible to live like a tourist every day (unless you're lucky enough to be retired). So I like to scheme up little adventures that we can take once or twice a month to keep things interesting without exhausting our bank accounts.

I partnered with MATTER for this post specifically because their motto is "Pants to see the world in." 

12 (More) Places to Find Affordable + Ethical Fashion

Here it is - my second annual affordable and ethical fashion roundup. 

In the past year, there's been an explosion of more affordable ethical fashion. It's a sign that the market is growing, that companies are able to scale, and that the conscious community has an interest in being more inclusive by opening up ethical shopping to people who can't necessarily afford designer duds. There are still plenty of high end, artisan made goods on the ethical market - and I advocate saving up for them when possible - but to build a basic ethical wardrobe, you need things that work for everyday and don't cost a month's rent.

Click here to see last year's recommendations.

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CLOTHING:
where to find affordable ethical fashion

What I'm Adding to My Ethical Wardrobe This Fall

building an ethical, minimalist wardrobe
Photo by Bart Jaillet on Unsplash

Before I'm inundated with fall promotional emails, I thought I'd take a moment to honestly reflect on what I "need" for the upcoming season.

Uh...nothing.

You read that right. I've been doing this ethical fashion thing for almost 5 years and I can finally, confidently say that I have all the wardrobe building blocks I want in my life.