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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.

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

the moral wardrobe: hippie dippie


mustard sweater and clarks shoes on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com
clarks shoes

How serendipitous that I would wear my Clark's Originals (with a style that originated in the 60s or 70s) the same day a hippie bus was parked in my neighborhood! If you'd ever visited my neighborhood, you would know that it's unusual to see this sort of vehicle parked in this area (though this branch of the neighborhood was built in the early 60s, so maybe it makes more sense than I thought).

If you squint, you can just make out the message, "Listen to your children more!" scrawled on the side.

mustard sweater and clarks shoes on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com

Speaking of hippies, my bracelet was graciously gifted by Jesus' Economy, a Christian non-profit that aims to build wells, churches, and infrastructure for communities in India, with a particular interest in supporting women. You can read more about it here and shop their fair trade market.

Outfit Details: Sweater - H&M; Top - American Apparel; Bracelet - c/o Jesus' Economy; Shoes - Clark's; Jeans - AE

the moral wardrobe: simple black & gray

seamly.co look vintage baseball tee sh3 looking outside
^ I was looking at a bird

This week has alternated between humid, intense heat and summer-like storms. I love it! Reminds me of Florida. Since all my grad student friends, including my husband, are finally free of their academic duties, we've been doing lots of celebrating: dinner parties, Mexican food, horror movie night. It makes me feel like I'm on vacation, too.

I'm happy to have a flexible schedule so I can hang out with everyone. This time last year I had just started a full time job with an evening shift that really limited social activities. I feel so fortunate to have an opportunity to enjoy this summer to its fullest potential. One of my friends just booked her flight up to C-Ville, so I'll get to show her around town in less than a month!

Ethical choices are bolded below. Retailers taking steps to become more ethical are bolded in gray.

  • Top - American Apparel

  • Skirt - Seamly.co

  • Shoes - Sseko

  • Belt - thrifted


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the moral wardrobe: invisibility (hair) cloak

tr3 tr7tr5Look! My hair is practically invisible! The first half of this week was one long downpour and I enjoyed the opportunity to spend afternoons indoors reading and getting work done. I also enjoyed wearing my very favorite American Apparel cape every day. I had this on my wishlist for almost 2 years before Daniel decided he should get it for me. It's the perfect layering piece.

Though I enjoy the spring weather immensely, I've spent a bit too long soaking it in to the detriment of Platinum and Rust in particular. I'm working to get back on track with photographing and listing. I also need to hunt down some swimsuits to add to the shop.

Ethical choices are bolded below. Retailers taking steps to become more ethical are bolded in gray.

  • Cape - American Apparel

  • Top - secondhand via thredup

  • Jeans - American Eagle

  • Boots - Target circa 2012

  • Earrings - fair trade Quill Earrings c/o Mata Traders


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a few favorites


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afew by fracturedradiance featuring home decor

Just a small assortment of images and things worthy of pinning this week: fair trade moccasins, a sporty midi dress, superb American Apparel flats, and a beautiful forest scene. Click on the styleboard to be redirected to image sources or check out my pinterest page by clicking the P. button below.

Happy Easter Weekend! I'm looking forward to my church's Easter Vigil this evening. If you've never gone to one, I encourage you to find your nearest liturgical church (Lutheran, Episcopalian, Catholic, etc.) and go! It's my favorite service of the year, as it moves through the despair of suffering and death to uncompromised joy by the end of the service. The Lenten season is all about looking our brokenness square in the face and learning how to forgive, repent, and find contentment in its midst. I believe that facing the hard truths of reality and moving forward with a heart of hope and compassion is one of the most important - and perhaps most difficult - steps we take in life. And now that we've seen despair, and now that we know "it is finished" (in the long run) in the sacrifice of Christ, we have cause for hope. We continue the year with new understanding, with a sympathetic spirit, with love to give.

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spring favorites


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springfaves by fracturedradiance featuring flat shoes

I'm ready for novelty print sundresses, swingy skirts, and breathable flats. It's funny how much the weather can affect style preferences. This stuff looks so cutesy in comparison to my fall wardrobe.

Desired wardrobe updates for spring include:

  • Sunflower Dress from Francesca's Collections, made in USA (I get to wear this dress in the fashion show this weekend!)

  • Blogging Merit Badge from the Boy Scout Store

  • Loly in the Sky Flats, handmade in Mexico

  • Mata Traders House Print Dress, fair trade

  • American Apparel Strappy Flats

  • Seamly.co Skirt


I like the idea of creating virtual capsule collections of things I like for each season. It helps me narrow down my tastes and perceived needs. What have you had your eye on?
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style recipe: sweater and flared skirt

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style1 by fracturedradiance featuring dangle earrings

linebreakI've been really into classic dressing this winter due to its simplicity. When you're cold all the time, it's difficult to plan perfect outfits, so it's nice to fall back on time-tested looks. This Style Recipe includes fair trade and American made sweaters, American Apparel oxfords, and fair trade and handmade earrings. Just add tights and warm accessories and you're ready to take on the day.
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