Online ethical retailer, Ash & Rose, sent me a few items to sample and I'm extremely excited about it! The shop offers a curated selection of fair trade, eco-friendly, and sustainable brands, including some of my favorites like Tonle, Mata Traders, and Synergy. I believe that variety is the spice of life, so I love being able to shop a ton of great brands in one place (unlike middle school me, who only wanted things in the same brand with the same fiber content - I think I was going through something).


I decided to experiment with back lighting since I walked outside right as the sun was sinking below the houses. It's hard to balance shadow and light when the light is behind the subject, but I think it really suits my vintage-inspired ensemble, so I'm calling this shoot a success. I think I'll spend more time shooting in this direction as the days lengthen and see if I can improve on it.

Ethical Details: Lattice Top - Ash & Rose, ethically produced by Echo Verde; Audrey Hat - Ash & Rose, handmade in Ecuador; Teardrop Earrings - Ash & Rose, handmade by Hannah Naomi; Jeans - made in USA via ModCloth

You guys! I think spring is here! I had the most glorious weekend contra dancing, eating good food, cat sitting, exploring the local reservoir, and taking a day trip to groovy Richmond with friends. And with Daylight Savings, the days are long and full of sunshine. The best thing about winter is that it really makes you appreciate warm, sunny weather.