giveaway: Win $100 to MadeFAIR!

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My excitement over new ethical boutique, MadeFAIR, still hasn't worn off and I've been wearing the heck out of my gold loafers, so my eyes are bulging out like a hyped up rodent over today's giveaway (I know this visual is weird and not particularly flattering to me, but I'm typing this while gazing lovingly at my pet rats, so the simile came easily).

Founder, Tavie, is offering a $100.00 gift card to MadeFAIR to be used at the winner's discretion. Just use the entry form below to enter and make sure to check out my giveaway announcement post on instagram for additional ways to enter.

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Open to international readers. Contest will run from Tuesday, September 8 to Tuesday, September 15 at 11:59 pm EST. Additional entry available on instagram. This contest is not affiliated with instagram. 


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a history of fashion

Daniel and I are working our way though a podcast on the history of American fashion from Back Story with the American History Guys. They talk a lot about the relationship between how we dress and who we are, as well as issues of class and cultural appropriation. I figured this group would enjoy it, so you can listen here.

Fashion Project


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Fashion Project is a new-ish online secondhand clothing retailer with one important difference from other companies in its market: 55% of proceeds go to charity.

The company focuses on well known, mid to high end designers and the site is distinctively modern, with clean lines and minimal use of color. It's a cool place to be. From a quick sampling of items within several categories, clothing is priced in about the same range as Thredup's higher end pieces (but noticeably lower on designer shoes), but the site layout and product images and descriptions are considerably better.

I don't tend to buy much from Fashion Project's preferred brands (Trina Turk, Elie Tahari, Anne Fontaine), so I don't really know where to start, but I think they're capable of appealing to a unique niche within the secondhand market, and that's a great thing. The more the merrier.

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12 months, 12 goals


Oh, goals. We make them and then life happens.

When I started making plans for this year, I assumed I'd have a certain amount of wiggle room in by budget to explore fair trade and artisan made options. But then I got hit with some major taxes and car payments that have left me with virtually nothing to my name. It's going to be ok, but I don't have any wiggle room, which means I'm basically stuck on my "Shop secondhand" goal for the foreseeable future.

It doesn't bother me at all except I feel like I'm letting you all down. I wanted to explore all the facets of the ethical clothing industry in a concise, organized manner, but the fact is that it's expensive and time consuming to buy fair trade.

Last month I made an effort to read labels and purchase fair trade food as often as possible, but I didn't fully explore local resources like I intended. It may be best to come back to this once the farmer's market season begins.

I'd like to spend April tying up loose ends and planning for the future. I did manage to locate a shop that offers sewing lessons in one month packages; I intend to take them by the end of the year because it would really help Platinum & Rust and my personal wardrobe to be able to make alterations and even sew complete garments (out of ethically sourced fabrics, of course). I also want to look into my local food pickup service and get prepped to sell at flea markets (to promote sustainable style with my shop offerings). Everything requires cash flow, so it'll have to wait. But know that I haven't given up anything. I've just postponed them for a time.

How are your goals coming along this year? How do you live ethically and promote sustainability without spending money?

Read other posts in this series here.

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people tree spring/summer lookbook

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People Tree just released its Spring/Summer interactive lookbook. I love everything in the Orla Kiely collaboration. The best part is that it's all fair trade and most cotton products are organic. Take a look by clicking here or on the screenshots above (all images clipped from People Tree lookbook).

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