I'm feeling pretty groovy in this Nomads Peacock Dip Hem fair trade tunic. The silhouette is a little outside of the norm for me, but I love that it has a sort of late '60s feel to it. It's also long sleeved, which means I could (just barely) get away with wearing it without a sweater on Saturday. I think I'm finally starting to adapt to Charlottesville weather; either that, or I'll go to great lengths to get the perfect shot.
Nomads graciously sent me a few items to style and review and this is the piece I looked forward to most. While this top is made of viscose for a flowy chiffon look, many of their pieces are made with organic cotton (you'll see a few examples here soon). I like the subtle bell sleeve created by elastic at the wrist and the perfect placement of the v-neck - it's not too low or too high. If you look at the pattern closely, you'll notice little peacocks! Nomads draws heavily on the craft and print traditions of India, where their goods are made under fair trade guidelines.
I wore this last Saturday. It turned out to be the relaxing day I'd been anticipating since before the toy sale and Daniel's end-of-semester madness began. I drove Daniel to school (UVa has this weird practice of administering finals on Saturdays), then headed downtown to buy some fair trade coffee and browse at Ten Thousand Villages before stopping into Java Java for a latte made with Equal Exchange fair trade coffee. I caught up with my old boss (I used to work there) and then walked around a local craft fair, where I saw a woman who made some of the clothing I wore in the fashion show I was in last April.
Sometimes I get a bit bored with Charlottesville, but a trip downtown always cheers me up. This time around, there was an excellent banjo player and an accordionist singing Irish traditional music serenading people on the pedestrian mall.
Nomads is based in the UK, but ships internationally. They're currently offering 30% off a large selection of products, so it's a great time to shop!