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thanksGIVING giveaway: Fair Trade Market Tote from Daisies & Doodles (+ a coupon code)

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Daisies & Doodles is an online ethical boutique with a focus on practical accessories, housewares, and stuff for kids. They carry an excellent selection of woven baskets and totes, including this Market Bag. Handwoven from water reeds under fair trade guidelines in Morocco, they come in a variety of patterns and are sturdy and large enough to use as a reusable market bag or work tote. One of my volunteers at the shop always carries her things in a little handled basket and this tote would work really well for her needs. And with tons of Holiday markets coming up, it would be a great item to bring along with you so you can properly stock up on local soaps, knitted things, and other handmade goods.

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I paired the Market Tote with a Shibori dyed scarf made by women in Rajasthan, India, part of Daisies & Doodles' scarf collection.

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Ethical Details: Scarf - c/o Daisies & Doodles; Dress - thrifted; Top - Everlane; Boots - Oliberte; Tote - Daisies & Doodles

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Lucky for you, I'm giving away this Market Bag!
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Open to US readers only. Winner will receive 1 Market Tote courtesy of Daisies & Doodles and Style Wise. Contest begins Wednesday, November 25 at 12:00 am EST and ends Wednesday, December 2 at 12:00 am EST. Winner will be contacted via email within 1 week of contest deadline. This contest is not affiliated with Instagram or Blogger. 

Giveaway Closed.


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review: Fouta Towels from Education and More



I heard about Fouta towels a few months ago on another ethical living blog and I was intrigued. Made out of woven cotton, the fabric reminds me of what I'd typically find in a scarf or lightweight throw. But according to Karen at Education and More, who kindly gave me a towel to review, the Fouta (or Hammam) style towel has been around for a long time in Mediterranean countries (it is most recognizable as the towel of Turkish baths) and is wildly popular in Europe right now. And I mean, if the Europeans think it's the bomb, I guess it's worth a try.



I gave the towel a wash and dry before using it to soften up the fibers and get the wrinkles out. It's a huge piece of fabric that feels luxurious compared to a standard towel.

I quickly found out that the large size lends to its effectiveness. The fabric is super absorbent, but it's very thin compared to a standard terry towel, so the added area is essential to dry off your whole body. There was a bit of a learning curve, as I realized I needed to shuffle around the towel as soon as a section soaked through to ensure a thorough drying-off. It took a few extra pats to get the water in my hair all sopped up, but it did work!



The real benefit is that the thin fabric and larger surface area means it dries super quickly and requires far less time in the dryer, which is great for the environment and my utility bill. I'm anxious to see how I feel about it with continued use. I think it would be a great alternative to a standard towel when traveling because it takes up less space, dries quickly, and can be used as a wrap, picnic blanket, and towel. I plan on styling it in an outfit in the next few weeks to give you all a better idea of its multiple uses.

Education and More's fouta towels are handmade by women under fair trade guidelines. Education and More's mission is to support the education and well being of children by providing sustainable employment for their mothers and local educational support.

Have you tried a fouta towel? What did you think?

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Shop Fouta Towels from Education and More here.
See my previous post on Education and More here.