#fairfashapril

the moral wardrobe: flowers

flowering tree
style post thredup
style post thredup
the moral wardrobe: flowers
style post thredup
Ethical Details: Top - secondhand via thredup; Necklace - c/o Greenola Style; Sandals - thrifted

I almost missed my chance to take photos of our backyard tree in bloom; by the time I got home today, nearly all the flowers had been replaced by bright green leaves.

This morning, I stopped downtown at the coffee shop where I used to work to redesign their chalkboard menu in exchange for some free drinks and a gift card. The whole thing still feels like a family operation and I'm just one of the kids. Seriously, that place was so good to me. I had no idea what I wanted out of life, I had no friends, and I knew nothing about Charlottesville, but they took me in and made me feel at home in this town, and in my own skin. While working on the menu today, I eavesdropped on a very important conversation between a local author and a production team that wants to buy the rights to adapt his newest book into a film set in India!

*Thanks to Greenola Style for the necklace. More info and a giveaway to follow shortly.

hey!

spring flowers

Hello and Happy Easter!

Life has been incredibly busy due to a combination of saying yes to too many things and being in my church choir in the midst of Easter service preparations. But services are over now and my schedule is (hopefully) clearing up a bit in the coming weeks. I'm doing some research on China's manufacturing industry for a post, organizing another giveaway, and attempting to write a homily for this Wednesday's Evening Prayer service at church.

This season's a busy one for the ethical fashion community, as well. April 24th is Fashion Revolution Day and May 9th is World Fair Trade Day and everyone is scrambling to spread the word. I encourage you to check out the websites for each cause, start a conversation at work or with a friend, get involved in the Fair Fashion Challenge on instagram, and follow your favorite ethical retailers on social media, who will be offering giveaways and posting resources through the coming weeks. 

And if you're in the mood for some fun reading this afternoon, here are a few articles I've enjoyed recently:

Inside Gap's Plan to Get Back Into Your Drawers

"The brand enjoyed a 15-year reign over classically cool, affordable American style, but it has spent the past decade-plus struggling with an identity crisis while new retailers have colonized much of its domain."

 Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous

"America will not dominate the 21st century by making cheaper computer chips but instead by constantly reimagining how computers and other new technologies interact with human beings."

How China Profits from Our Junk 

"In 2011 I visited a yard where men dismantled old aluminum deck chairs imported from somewhere warm and vacation-like. Over to one side was a pile of the blue and white nylon stripping that once hung between the metal frames (later to be sold to a plastics recycler), and a woman who spent the evening cutting it away from the chairs."

Dear American Apparel: Please #freethenipple (and pubes)

"You can argue that AA's original decision not to airbrush out, and many times, even flaunt those 'private parts' was nothing but a gimmick to court controversy-seeking press — and you may be right. But I can't think of a single other online brand that doesn't Photoshop them out."

And if you're interested in reading my Good Friday meditation, you can check it out here.

---------

I'm interested in knowing what you've been reading lately. Feel free to recommend some articles in the comments.

#fairfashapril style challenge: join us!

#fairfashapril

Join the Ethical Blogger Network for an ethical style challenge on instagram!

On April 24,2013, Rana Plaza, a multi-story clothing manufacturing facility just outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, collapsed, killing 1,129 workers and injuring more. It is the deadliest garment factory disaster in history.

Fashion Revolution Day was launched shortly after as a way to both honor the victims of that terrible tragedy and to rally people to help change the global manufacturing industry for the better. The Ethical Blogger Network devised a fun style challenge as a way to spark conversation and share ethical resources. We think it's a great way to unite people under a shared goal of greater transparency and safer working conditions for workers worldwide.

Join us and follow along using the hashtag, #fairfashapril. Share with the greater Fashion Revolution Day community with hashtag, #fashrev.