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If Only In My Dreams: A Late Fall Splurge List

November List - ethical wishlist

Sometimes you just want to look at pretty things. 


With cold weather finally settling in over Charlottesville, I've turned my thoughts to things that are warm, versatile, and easy to layer. I normally try to create lists that are right in the comfort zone of my budget, but this month, I just want to dream a little - and celebrate good, ethical design based on design and function without worrying so much about price point.

That being said, there are certainly a few affordable options in this list, and some things - like that winter coat - that would work themselves out with cost-per-wear over time.

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MY WINTER SPLURGE LIST:

1. Axiology Lipstick in Elusive, $28.00

Rad '90s orange red that also hearkens the '70s, two eras that have come back in full force this season.

2. Kendra Cable Knit Sweater, $228.00

Classic, thick, and warm.

3. Kings of Indigo Juno Skinny, $168.00

I am really digging a more classic cut that isn't quite as tight at the ankles, and the mid rise is much more comfortable for all day wear.

4. Komodo Egea Coat, $249.99

Just stunning, and the lack of lapel feels modern.

5. Fair Indigo Alpaca Scarf, $49.90

I loooove alpaca to an unhealthy degree, plus its sustainable and cruelty free.

6. Dorsu Long Sleeved Top, $24.99

A great basic for layering.

7. Fair Indigo Top, $42.90

The berry color is seasonally appropriate and the fit and design look versatile. Dress it up or dress it down.

8. VEJA Esplar Velcro Sneaker, $135.00

I don't know why I like these, but the black leather is cool and the velcro is appealing. I hate having to lace up my shoes in the morning.

9. Fair Indigo Keyhole Dress, $75.90

Pretty color and a classic, feminine silhouette.

10. Bhava Coco Wedge Bootie, $199.00

A low, walkable wedge that would pair with anything.


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Just a note: I'm grieving over the implications of this week's Presidential election. Though I hadn't been without fear during the last year or so of campaigning, I was still holding out hope that this country was smart enough - and compassionate enough - to refuse to ignore Trump's lies and look past his insults. I was wrong. Reeling from the aftermath, praying for the future, and trying to figure out the best way forward. For now, I'm just trying to be as kind and attentive as I can to the needs of others, especially refugees, immigrants, Muslims, African Americans, Latinos, women, and every other group Trump's policies target. If you want to talk about it with me, please feel free to reach out at stylewiseblog@gmail.com.

the moral wardrobe: Candorra Artisans Bangles

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I'm not sure whether to feel lucky or concerned that the weather's still so nice in early December. It's highly likely that this is a sign of things to come on the climate change front, but I'm still a bit relieved that I don't have to endure all the cold of winter just yet.

It also gives me the opportunity to show off my new bangles - provided for review from Candorra Artisans - sans gloves. Candorra was founded by Amanda Thornton in early 2014 and began working with artisans in Sri Lanka in June of that year. Candorra specializes in stunning, hand crafted jewelry and accessories made primarily by women in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Northern India, and South Africa. Artisans are paid up front and receive a living wage. (Amanda shared the brand story on Tuesday, so I recommend you check this post for more background information.)

  candorra artisans jewelry review
ethical outfit post with bangles

I've said before that I'm not much of a bracelet wearer, but these are the sorts of pieces you keep and hand down to loved ones as the years pass. The wire is plated in 24k gold with about 7 times the gold content of traditional plated wire since they're able to plate in house. There are tons of different stones (and world coins! - my coins are from Finland) to choose from and most options fall at or under $40.00 at regular price (plus, they're currently on sale). I'm wearing the Small Pyrite and the Gold Coin bangles.

fair trade banglescandorra artisan review Ethical Details: Top - thrifted; Cardigan - thrifted; Jacket - secondhand via thredup; Boots - old; Bracelets - c/o Candorra Artisans

Overall, I'm really impressed with the quality and craftsmanship of the bangles and I love the structure and mission of Candorra Artisans. Small-wristed folks may need to pull the bracelets up their arms a bit to make them feel more secure, as there is a danger of them slipping off, but that's to be expected with bangles. I'm looking forward to wearing these hiked up my arm with a sundress in the summertime.

For a limited time, all Candorra Artisans bangles are 40% off on their website. 


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the moral wardrobe: wearing sunshine

black and white ethical outfit stripes with bright cardigan sam edelman petty booties turquoise j crew cashmere Ethical Details: Top - thrifted; Cardigan - J. Crew Warehouse; Boots - thrifted

These photos were taken a couple weeks ago, but it might as well be today. Last week felt like summer with a warm, moist breeze and temps in the high 70s, but we're back to reality now and the sunshine is on a break again. I love this cardigan because it's abrasively bright. If it glows this much during cloud cover, imagine how bright it looks on a sunny day! I realized about halfway through my first winter here that everyone's typical black and gray uniform was not going to work for me. If I can't see the sun, I want to wear something bright to cheer me up. 

Speaking of bright, I bought some very red henna and am planning on dyeing my hair again within the next few days. I'm also thinking about growing it out! 


spotlight: Global Goods Partners Wishlist

Many thanks to Global Goods for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

global goods partners wishlist

Global Goods is a well established fair trade accessories brand (and a member of the Fair Trade Federation!) with a mission to alleviate poverty and promote justice in the global south. As its name implies, Global Goods' partnerships are widespread, extending to 20 countries, from Namibia to Bolivia to Afghanistan and dozens of places in between. It's a central marketplace for independently run co-ops, which ensures that each artisan group can operate according to its specific needs and talents. This is the beauty of the fair trade system: it is meant to be small scale, which means any problems that arise are easy to spot and can be addressed quickly and correctly. That's something a giant corporation simply can't do.

From the looks of their product offerings, Global Goods' curators gravitate toward a lot of the things I love, like super saturated jewel tones, statement jewelry, and richly textured bags. I've highlighted a handful of my favorite things here (clockwise from top left):


I also thought it would be fun to accessorize an outfit I already own with Global Goods items. I would wear this to a grad student get together or a casual weekend dinner out with Daniel.
global goods fair trade outfit
Ethical Details: Skirt - eshakti; Lapis Drop Earrings via Global Goods; Ikat Crossbody Bag via Global Goods; Shoes - Sseko Designs

Global Goods items are beautiful things meant to be treasured. I like to invest once a year or so in a nice, fairly sourced bag that will get me through several seasons in style. It's nice to carry something with me everyday that reminds me of the commitment I've made to tread lightly. What I'm really trying to say is that the Ikat Crossbody purse is the bomb. Their smaller trinkets and accessories would make nice gifts, too. 

What items are on your wishlist this fall?


(I'm still trying to sort out exactly what I want my fall wardrobe to look like. This capsule wardrobe thing is hard for an indecisive person!)

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The Moral Wardrobe: A Very eShakti Thanksgiving

I spent Thanksgiving day in rural Virginia with my father-in-law and his wife's family. The landscape was covered with snow in the Shenandoah Valley, but Charlottesville was sunny and relatively warm. I'm glad I thought to take pictures here before I left - it was too cold to go coat-less in Edinburg!

eshakti review of lbd with retro inspiration on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com
eshakti review of lbd with retro inspiration on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com

eShakti contacted me a few weeks ago to see if I'd be interested in reviewing a dress and I chose this one. They're a women's clothing brand with a secret weapon: customization. Say you find a dress you like. You have the option of buying it in its default form using the company's size chart or you can enter your measurements, change the sleeve and skirt length, and remove pockets and other special features for a minimal add-on fee. If you have particular modesty requirements, a body that's hard to fit, or are just picky about the way things fit, it's a great option. 

eshakti review of lbd with retro inspiration on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com

Since this is a fair trade blog, I asked them to provide some information on manufacturing and labor standards. Here's what they said:
Our clothing is made in India in our own factories and in local factories that produce some of the leading brands at retail...And wages paid by eShakti are typically 50% to 100% over the Indian government's minimum stipulation. The people who work to make eShakti's clothes are typically the main wage-earners of their families, and provide for them, including education for their children. eShakti is proud that hundreds of families enjoy the advantages of such employment provided by it. Indeed, it is a part of our organizational ethos and goal to contribute to the welfare of society in India as a responsible corporate citizen and employer, just as we contribute in the USA by creating new jobs as we grow. 
eShakti's covenant with its customers is this: we will never allow anything that is opposed to human dignity or the laws of the land where we operate.
I appreciate eShakti's transparency on this issue and feel comfortable supporting them here. And they knew what they were doing when they provided a product for review, because I'm hooked. This dress comes in a stretchy medium weight cotton knit that's flattering and versatile. I opted to change the sleeve length only since their size chart measurements were close to my own. The only thing I would change is perhaps making the skirt a bit shorter; that option is available, but I worried it would be too short. Knit dresses are the best kind of dresses and I love the retro-meets-modern design of this one. I'd been looking for the perfect LBD and I actually think I've found it. Groovy!

Update 8/22/16: This post has been more popular than I ever expected because a lot of you are trying to figure out if eShakti is really an ethical company. My answer today is slightly more nuanced. eShakti is better than most, but I wouldn't call them truly sustainable and wouldn't regularly purchase from them. Still, in the custom apparel space, they're you're best bet in an affordable price range. If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments.

Shop eShakti here.


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eShakti provided me an item for review as part of their Real Fashion for Real People campaign. Visit their website or get to know them on facebook, pinterest, twitter, and instagram.

the moral wardrobe: winter weight

vintage outfit for winter and other ethical outfits on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com
vintage outfit for winter and other ethical outfits on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com
vintage outfit for winter and other ethical outfits on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com
Outfit Details: Top - vintage; Skirt - thrifted; Socks - J. Crew; Boots - old Target

As a former Floridian, I wasn't really convinced that I'd need actual winter garments to withstand the colder months. But after just barely getting through two Charlottesville winters (which I hear are pretty mild by nearly everyone's standards), I'm a believer in seasonal attire! I've stocked up on sweaters and thick socks and recently added this wool blend skirt to the mix. It's nice to feel warm with minimal effort!

This is one of those outfits that really feels like me. Everything's comfortable and fits well. It's a bit of a vintage silhouette with modern print mixing and fairly edgy boots. Eclectic and well made.

the moral wardrobe: camel sweater

j crew camel sweater personal style post on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com
j crew camel sweater personal style post on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com
j crew camel sweater personal style post on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com
Outfit Details: Sweater - J. Crew via ebay (similar); Pants - thrifted; Earrings - Mata Traders; Shoes - Blowfish

I call that last photo "Camel-flage."

It's really looking like fall now. We've had a warm October, but everyone says this is the best leaf display we've had in years. I don't know about that, but it's certainly better than last year. 

I've spent the week marketing the thrift shop's Halloween costumes like crazy. I've almost convinced myself to buy one, but I'm on a spending freeze at the moment, partially because I finally broke down and bought J. Crew's Fall '13 camel sweater on ebay. I've wanted it for a year, so I guess that means it's not an impulse buy. I have a weird tendency of thinking that some items are so special I can't possibly purchase them.

the moral wardobe: color of the week

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Outfit Details: Top - H&M / Skirt - secondhand / Jacket - secondhand / Shoes - ASOS

Now that my hair is on its third color in a month, people have begun asking, "what color will it be next week?" I never thought of myself as the new-hair-color-every-week type, but I guess that's what I've become. I don't plan on making any more changes for awhile, though, so cross your fingers that the color doesn't fade into some weird green-blonde.

Things are looking rather autumnal these days, so I had the chance to wear a jacket I bought several months ago to our monthly potluck. We spent the evening telling (mostly bad) jokes, eating crepes and salad and delicious varieties of cheese, and participating in general merrymaking.

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an ethical outfit: afternoon lecture


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Details: People Tree Dress, Mata Traders Earrings, Malia Designs Bag, Ruby Dust Vintage Loafers

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I don't have any lectures to attend, though I did go to a special talk given by one of Daniel's professors a couple weeks ago. It's important to me that I'm still connected to the academic community. I enjoy living outside of it while keeping up with the conversations within it; it's the best of both worlds. Being married to a grad student has its perks.

I love this People Tree Dress, but the conversion rate makes it pretty far out of my reach. Sad face. The Malia Designs bag, however, comes at a reasonable price at $38.00. It's made from a cement bag and has the most adorable graphic elephant print!

The weather is inching down to fall temps. I'm not excited for the winter, but Charlottesville is really meant for fall. It's a fireworks display of changing leaves and mountain breezes in October and November.

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fair finds august

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faves by fracturedradiance featuring gold dipped jewelry

I'm anxiously awaiting the unveiling of fall arrivals from my favorite ethical retailers, but there are still plenty of things to enjoy. I know Birkenstocks have been a big deal this spring/summer season, but I only really decided they were cool again when Dakota Fanning said they were in the September issue of InStyle (yes, I realize that's lame). I like the black triple strap style. I've also been obsessing over Dogeared jewelry for several months and plan on buying myself their Eye Ring for my birthday (or I could let Daniel purchase it for me).

Speaking of birthdays, Daniel's is tomorrow! Hooray!

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