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12.08.2016

Ethical Giveaway: Dunitz & Company Leather Spiral Lariat Necklace

Ethical Giveaway: Dunitz and Company Leather Spiral Lariat Necklace

GIVEAWAY

The Fair Trade Leather Spiral Lariat Necklace, made in Guatemala by Dunitz & Company. 
Details: Czech & Japanese glass beads and crystals, leather cord. $60.00 value.

See yesterday's post to learn more about Dunitz & Company and read my review! 

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Ethical Giveaway: Dunitz and Company Leather Spiral Lariat Necklace

12.07.2016

Lariats are the New Chokers: Dunitz & Company Jewelry Review

This post was produced in partnership with Dunitz & Company. Dunitz & Company fair trade Lariat Necklace reviewDunitz & Company fair trade Lariat Necklace review
Ethical Details: Dress - vintage; Jacket - Thredup; Leggings - old; Shoes - Frye; Leather Spiral Lariat Necklace - c/o Dunitz & Company

A choker that doesn't choke...


I really like that chokers are back in style, except for one thing: they make me feel like I'm choking. But I figured out a way to get the cool Victorian-era meets the '90s look I'm going for without fear of death. Wear a lariat necklace!

Lariat necklaces allow you to customize the tie, so you can wear them like a long string of pearls or as a choker, and the style means that you get two pretty pendants affixed to the ends of the strand for a unique, asymmetrical look. There are plenty of chokers and lariats offered on the conventional and fine jewelry markets, but I wanted something that was more of an everyday, wear-anywhere piece, and obviously it needed to be ethically sourced. Nancy at Dunitz & Company offered the Leather Spiral Lariat for review and it's turned out to be exactly what I was looking for.

  Dunitz & Company fair trade Lariat Necklace review

The Leather Spiral Lariat is made of delicate glass beads and lightweight leather, so it's not burdensome to wear all day. I can't overstate the quality of materials; you can tell by the way it feels that it's high quality. It feels feminine without being saccharine and, when worn like a choker, it transforms into something a little more hardcore. It's a great accompaniment to this vintage '90s dress and my secondhand denim jacket.

Dunitz & Company fair trade Lariat Necklace review

About Dunitz & Company


Nancy Dunitz founded Dunitz & Company in the late '80s as a response to a need. While visiting Guatemala, she met many talented artisans who had limited access to a viable marketplace for their goods due to political unrest...
During the early stages of Dunitz & Company, Nancy met two artists who introduced beading techniques to a few Mayan women. She began collaborating with these creative women, and soon a viable and sustaining business was born. “We were on the ground floor,” comments Nancy. “Beading was a new medium in Guatemala and by creating fashion-forward designs, I knew I could also create demand.”
Now, Dunitz & Company provides employment for over 100 women and men, providing fair wages and donating a portion of proceeds to community initiatives that assist with educational development and access to health resources. Dunitz and Company is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, which ensures that ethical standards are met throughout the supply chain, and a Gold Business Certified member of Green America, as well as a founding member of Fair Trade Los Angeles.

Dunitz & Company fair trade Lariat Necklace review

I've partnered with Dunitz & Company to give away this Lariat Necklace! 


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12.06.2016

The Moral Wardrobe: My Sister "Feminist" Tee Fights Sex Trafficking

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This piece was produced in partnership with My Sister.

I was born a feminist, against all odds. 


I grew up in a conservative household, attended conservative churches, and didn't think of myself as a feminist until late high school or early college. But from a very young age, I bristled against gendered expectations on principle. I didn't like that people expected me to wear pink, be sweet, smile constantly, and volunteer in the church nursery. I didn't like that people just expected me to be cute. I didn't like that my particular faith tradition thought that the only way to keep me from having sex was to convince me that Jesus was my boyfriend.

In middle school, my whole PE class was amazed that I could beat the boys in King's Court (I'd shoot hoops with my dad at home every week). In high school PE, the boys were amazed I could catch a baseball. As a picture framer, I can't tell you how many people sized me up before asking for the "man framer," assuming that I couldn't meet their needs like a man could. One time I borrowed a drill from my boss and my coworker asked me if my husband was making something. I informed her that, in fact, I was the one planning on using the drill. And it gets darker than that. I was sexually harassed on a daily basis at several of my jobs, typically by my boss or close male coworkers. It took me months after I left those jobs to understand why I felt anxious and depressed on my way to work each day.

Women can't catch a break! I never tried to make myself attractive to men. I was never "asking for it." On the flip side, I was never intentionally antagonistic. I was, for the most part, just trying to be a person.

  My Sister Feminist Tee review - Trafficking

The fact is that no matter what women do or don't do, we're bound to be targets of bias and harassment. That's why it's important for me to call myself a feminist, loud and clear. We still need feminism.

I really like this t-shirt because it associates the feminist movement with anti-trafficking efforts. As I discussed in my post about Dressember, I think it's incredibly important that we view trafficking, first and foremost, as a human rights issue, not as a purity issue. Trafficking of all stripes is a feminist issue because it denies the full equality of fellow human beings. It strips people of their rights, their autonomy, their sense of self, and their futures. And sex trafficking disproportionately affects women. Between 4-5 million women are sold into sex trafficking each year and human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world.

We need to rise up in solidarity with our sisters who are trafficked.

That's the premise behind My Sister...


MY SISTER's mission is to prevent sex trafficking, educate communities, empower the population, provide after-care for survivors and offer growth opportunities to at-risk women through the sales of our statement-making, ethically-sourced apparel and accessories.
My Sister sells clothing and accessories with inspiring messages about equality and gives a portion of proceeds to programs that offer care and opportunities for women taken out of trafficking. To date, they've raised $77,500 for their charities. As a registered B-Corp, they are beholden to a certain set of social good standards, and all of their designs are printed on ethical and/or domestically produced t-shirts. They also produce my favorite lip balm.

My Sister Feminist Tee review - Trafficking Ethical Details: Tee - c/o My Sister; Dress - c/o Synergy Organic Clothing; Tights - PACT; Sneakers - Etiko; Cardigan - old

In light of an uncertain political future, it's important to declare and live out our values and to seek communities that share them. Wearing this tank top makes me feel strong. Scratch that. It reminds me that I am strong, and that I have the power to speak out against injustice.

You can read more about My Sister on their Press Page

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Shop My Sister here. 


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