an ethical outfit

an ethical outfit: poolside at the retreat center

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Daniel and I are headed out to our annual church camp retreat this weekend. This will be our second year going. If you've been reading Style Wise for awhile, you may recall that our car broke down on the interstate last time around. We were stranded in the hot summer sun until the caravan of other drivers headed to camp spotted us on the side of the road. It was quite the adventure.

The retreat weekend itself was marvelous and I think I appreciated the time with friends learning Gospel songs by ear, reading, and playing ridiculous games all the more because of the way they rallied around us after the car-tastrophe. I'm looking forward to another year of peace and friendship (and hopefully the car will get us all the way there this time around!)

an ethical outfit: summer exploring


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I love summer. When I lived in Florida, I never said that, but now I crave the humid air. I like stripping down the layers and going to the mountains in summertime, driving through dense fog and sudden rainstorms. In Charlottesville, we only get thunderstorms in the summer. I crave the temporary (albeit relatively safe) chaos of it.

On a warm day, I'd dress simply and load a crossbody bag with my camera before heading out to see what I can see.

The items in this look are:
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  • PACT Apparel Fair Trade Dress*: Hooray! Pact makes dresses now. I also like the navy and white striped one.
  • Warby Parker Haskell Frames*: Warby Parker has a lot more clear frame options since I last did a home try-on, so I've ordered another set of frames to try out.
  • Gift Yenta Fair Trade Backback: I know nothing about this company other than that they listed this and other items as fair trade. I like the look of this backpack, though.
  • Sseko Designs Ribbon Sandals*: Summer classics, in my opinion. I wear mine several times a week.

I'm trying to find a comfortable, purse-sized backpack for upcoming travel, so if you have any other suggestions, please let me know. 

an ethical outfit: anytime, anywhere

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I've been waiting for Everlane's breton stripe tee to be made available for what feels like forever. I bought a J. Crew striped top 3 years ago and it's really starting to show wear, so I'm so happy to have found an ethical and well made replacement. 

This outfit is my comfort zone: basics with simple jewelry and patterned bag. I'd be happy wearing it anywhere. 

The duster-style cardigan is currently on clearance at Nomads for $24.37 USD, if you're interested.

an ethical outfit: thrifting

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This outfit may seem a little too put together for thrifting, but it's a good fit for a few reasons: 1. Slip-on shoes are a must for trying on shoes and clothing, 2. two piece outfits are preferable to dresses when you're trying to get a sense of how tops and bottoms will look with items you already own, 3. a crossbody helps you go hands free when you're hunting through the racks, and 4. earrings are a better option than a necklace or rings because they won't get in the way while you're shopping.

Preparation is key!

Outfit Details: Green 3 Sweater, Rag & Bone Jeans, Mata Traders Earrings, The Body Shop Tinted Balm, Parker Clay Bag, The Root Collective Flats

an ethical outfit: lunch with parents

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I finally get to visit my parents for the first time in nearly two years! Their life was in upheaval when my dad lost his job last year and it's taken awhile for things to settle back down. Now they live in Cincinatti and we get to spend some time hanging out and exploring the city together. If the weather was mild enough, I'd wear this comfortable, sophisticated outfit for lunch and afternoon thrift shopping with my mom. 

I had resigned myself to never getting proper vacation time again, but I'm pretty fortunate to work at a job that is primarily staffed by volunteers. Since our staff refuses to volunteer during Christmas break, I don't have to be there either! I'm looking forward to getting a chance to travel without feeling guilty that I'm missing work. Today is my last day until 2015! Hooray!

an ethical outfit: 9th & Elm giveaway

9th & Elm is a curated marketplace for all things "handmade, independent, or otherwise cool." Their focus on small scale businesses and independent designers makes it easy to find ethical pieces. I made an outfit out of a domestically produced dress, handmade beret, vintage bag, and sustainable espadrilles.

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In celebration of Cyber Monday, 9th & Elm is running a giveaway. Enter to win up to $100.00 in store credit! You could buy more than half of the outfit pictured above with that amount of money.

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an ethical outfit: flea market


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summer by fracturedradiance featuring a stripe skirt

I would wear this outfit to brunch at Bluegrass Grill followed by a meandering walk around the FleaVille flea market that runs once a month downtown. Then I could walk over to midtown for samples at Feast and lunch at one of the many local restaurants. Then I would go home and take a nap in the back yard. A perfect day.

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