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clarks + soul of africa


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soulofafricashoes by fracturedradiance on Polyvore

I stopped into Clarks on my walk through the forsaken corridors of our local indoor mall, thinking maybe I'd invest in a pair of their classic little elf shoes. The price tag caught me off guard (and they were out of my size), but I noticed a flyer for Soul of Africa on the display that piqued my interest.

It turns out that Clarks has an ongoing relationship with fair trade company, Soul of Africa, which employs people in need, particularly women, thereby offering living wages and greater stability. Additionally, all proceeds are given to charities and organizations that enrich and support African orphans.

As far as I can tell, only styles labeled Soul of Africa directly support the organization. My store only offered a leather mule from the line, but there are more styles available online. You can also peruse independent Soul of Africa designs, but you'll have to locate a stockist when you're ready to make a purchase.

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an ethical outfit: dinner outdoors

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downtown dinner by fracturedradiance featuring genuine leather handbags

The weather's gotten noticeably milder since the first of the month and it worries me. Last year's winter started too early and ended too late, which left us with barely a spring and a short summer. Having grown up in Florida, I have a difficult time adjusting to the cold, dark days and long nights of winter and I'm not quite prepared to live through another extended season.

But it's still pretty warm and the nights are pleasant, perfect for a drive over to the Downtown Mall for dinner outdoors. Maybe I'll bring a cardigan just in case. I just ordered a pair of floral print Betula by Birkenstock sandals off of ebay and I plan to get as much use out of them as possible before cold weather hits. I think they'll look great with skinny jeans and long cardigans. I don't know how you Northerners successfully live your lives with all the cold weather you get.

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the moral wardrobe: closet secrets

red hair red5mata traders maxi dressOutfit Details: Dress - c/o Mata Traders / Shoes - old / Earrings - AE

I totally forgot I had this Mata Traders maxi dress! It had gotten pushed to the dark, mysterious depths of my closet until I tore through it looking for an appropriate outfit to wear to a local art auction that wouldn't clash with my new, crazy hair color. Though the printing techniques on Mata Traders' custom fabrics are as traditional as they get, the cut on the neckline is very contemporary with its crew neck and angled arm holes. A lot of their Spring/Summer line is now on sale, so it's a great time to peruse what they have to offer.

So, my hair is very red. Shockingly red. But the women at church seem to like it and they can be a tough crowd, so I'll take that as a sign that I have no reason to worry about it.

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the moral wardrobe: before the storm

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 Outfit Details: Dress - secondhand via thredup / Shoes - Sseko / Necklace - handmade via (of)matter

When I went out to take outfit photos Wednesday I could tell a storm was coming from the eerie calm and tangible pressure. By the time I was wrapping up the shoot, the wind picked up, aggressively tearing leaves from the backyard tree and flinging them into the frame. It was exciting! As you can see, I look a bit terrified and the storm that ensued was rather dramatic, but I spent most of it indoors at a local pub eating a big bowl of fries with friends.

In other news, my hair is no longer blonde! I never felt quite me with blonde hair, but I didn't want to  spend a whole bunch of money at the salon having them re-dye it. I read some horror stories about using home dye on bleached hair, but it turned out fine. I'll probably need to dye it again to tone the extreme brightness down, but eh, whatever - it's fine for now. You can see what it looks like on instagram.

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fair finds august

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faves by fracturedradiance featuring gold dipped jewelry

I'm anxiously awaiting the unveiling of fall arrivals from my favorite ethical retailers, but there are still plenty of things to enjoy. I know Birkenstocks have been a big deal this spring/summer season, but I only really decided they were cool again when Dakota Fanning said they were in the September issue of InStyle (yes, I realize that's lame). I like the black triple strap style. I've also been obsessing over Dogeared jewelry for several months and plan on buying myself their Eye Ring for my birthday (or I could let Daniel purchase it for me).

Speaking of birthdays, Daniel's is tomorrow! Hooray!

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the moral wardrobe: equilibrium

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Outfit Details: Top - J. Crew / Dress - vintage / Boots - thrifted / Earrings - Ten Thousand Villages

I'm having a hard time feeling balanced after a month and a half of nonstop weirdness. Between incessant car troubles and maintenance requirements, various paperwork issues, and a new job, I feel discombobulated. New routines always make me anxious because I keep thinking I'm forgetting to do something or go somewhere. Maybe I am.

But things are actually good and I know that somewhere deep down. I just have to give it time.

ethereal sunset leaves stinkbug on plantHello, little stink bug.

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recipe: easy chickpea salad

chickpea salad recipeI'm unhealthily obsessed with chickpeas (that's not really an exaggeration - I overdosed on fiber one week and drove myself to nausea). I usually cook a can with olive oil, parsley, and garlic, but I decided to branch out this week by making a cold chickpea salad.

All you need is:

  • 1 can salted chickpeas, drained

  • Chopped tomato (just a palm full)

  • Chopped red onion (just a palm full)

  • Chopped cucumber (just a palm full)

  • Parsley, kosher salt, pepper, and basil to taste

  • Red wine vinegar, olive oil, and lemon juice to taste


Mix it all together in a bowl, taste and season away, and enjoy.

Daniel and I try to avoid processed grains and dairy, so this type of meal is exactly the type of thing that's healthy, well-balanced, and delicious. I try to buy from local farmers when possible since it's a bit more sustainable than buying vegetables that have been transported here from a faraway land. Organic cucumbers are also a must because they aren't waxed like their non-organic counterparts, which means you can eat the skin (yum!).

Did you know? Chickpeas have been a part of the human diet for at least 7, 500 years!

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