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ethical review bonanza: summer edition


I've purchased a fairly high volume of new ethical goods recently thanks to a combination of an awesome ebay gift card and site sales. I thought I'd review them all in one fell swoop to give you an idea of what did and didn't work for me.

1. Fair Indigo Organic Sleeveless Shirt Dress  

This looked a little big out of the bag, but I washed and dried it and now it fits really well. My coworkers liked it, too. It hits right at the knee and you can unbutton the lower buttons if you want to make it a little more vacation ready. Fair trade, organic.

2. Fair Indigo Organic Scoop Neck T-shirt  

Heavyweight, soft pima cotton with a bit of stretch. I like the dimensions on this, but the small fits a little big. I kept it anyway, because I think the length and arm holes would be too cropped in a size smaller. The fabric is really high quality, too, so I think it'll be a closet staple for a long time. Fair trade, organic.

3. Pact V-neck Tee  

I love the white and navy stripes, but this felt too tight at the hips and the v dipped too low on my small chest (didn't want to expose myself!). I returned it, but if you have a straighter frame (and maybe bigger boobs), this might be awesome on you. Fair trade, organic.

4. The Body Shop Colour Crush Eyeshadow in Mon Cherry  

I love this eyeshadow. It leans a bit pink on my skin, but it contrasts beautifully with my hazel-brown eyes without being in-your-face. Slight shimmer. Uses community fair trade Marula oil.

5. The Body Shop Aloe Protective Serum  

I have used this sparingly so far, but the good news is that I haven't had an allergic reaction! I have really sensitive skin, particularly under my eyes, so that's really saying something. The serum adds a bit of moisture and smooths out and brightens my skin immediately upon application. I'd recommend layering this over your regular moisturizer because it's not quite strong enough to do it alone. Uses community fair trade aloe and Soya oil.

6. Oliberte Hirari Booties  

I ordered these two sizes up from my normal size (I typically wear a US 7 and I got a EU 40 in these). They're comfy and beautiful and have a great sole. I got mine on ebay, but they're currently available at the link I provided. Fair trade.

7. Synergy Organic Clothing High-Low Peacock Skirt  

I'd wanted this skirt ever since I saw it all over Floyd Fest last summer. I got mine in a pretty plum color in one size smaller than normal (a size small) and it fits great. The lightweight, stretch cotton is comfortable and the front length hits at the knee, which makes it more versatile than most high-low skirts in my opinion. Fair trade, organic.

All in all, some pretty good experiences! I've been working to replace everyday basics this summer as my old things deteriorate and pill. I feel confident that the things I ended up keeping will stand the test of time, which is such an important part of the ethical shopping process.

style swap: my favorite ethical dress

Today's post is brought to you by Julia of Fair-for-All Guide. Julia and I thought it would be fun to do an ethical style swap, so we each chose our favorite fair trade dress to style for each other's blogs! Enjoy the post and check out Julia's blog to see my outfit.


This dress reminds me of summer weddings, especially when I wear it with a string of pearls. Since I don't have any weddings on docket this year, today I paired it with a cubic silver necklace and paper bead bracelet to play along with the vibrant semi-geometric print.

One of my favorite things about this dress is the super-long sash. It's probably a good seven feet long and I have to wrap it around myself multiple times, which adds more visual interest to the waistline. The dress itself is a very simple shape, basically just a big sack with understated detailing around the neck until you add the sash.

The drawstring hem of this dress puzzled me to no end when I got it. I didn't notice it in the online images when I bought the dress, so it came as a surprise. I like the slightly gathered shape it gives the skirt, even though it is a little bizarre to have a bow dangling down the side of my leg.

I've thought about attempting to make a similar dress out of extra-large t-shirts, but I haven't taken the plunge yet. The existing hem of a t-shirt would be an excellent sheath for the bottom drawstring.

This is only one of several dresses I have from Fair Indigo, all of which are wicked comfortable and versatile, but this one is my favorite. I don't wear it as often as I could since the print is so memorable, but the fact that I tend to save it for important occasions just serves to make it more special.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Ethos Paris brand purchased from Fair Indigo
Necklace: From Indianapolis fair trade store Global Gifts
Bracelet: Bead for Life
Shoes: Oka B.


Thanks, Julia! To check out my post, head over to Fair-for-All Guide.

sweater sale at fair indigo


Fair Indigo is an ethical retailer that offers a wide variety of everyday clothing items and accessories. They're putting on their Sweater Sale this week! Prices have already been reduced, but you can get an additional 30% off with code, SWEATERS. The coupon will remain active until this Sunday, January 18.

It's a snow day for me today, so sweaters are quite an appropriate topic.