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Four Fair Finds | 1

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In an effort to create more consistent content, I thought I'd start a new, simple series called Four Fair Finds. The plan is to post each Friday with 4 ethically sourced products that strike my fancy.



1 | Krochet Kids Zoey Maxi Dress*, $68

Soft cotton jersey, made ethically in Peru.

Krochet Kids is offering an amazing deal, The Legacy Club*, in celebration of their anniversary. For $250, you'll receive vouchers for 5 products a year for 5 years. I ended up purchasing it, because I know I can find gifts for friends and family and it'll save me a lot of money in the long run. 


2 | CAUSEGEAR Canvas Bucket Bag, $85

Canvas and local leather, made ethically in India.

3 | Elate Cosmetics Universal Creme in Elation, $20

Clean, vegan, cruelty free

4 | Swedish Hasbeens Pia Debutante in Nature, $159

Italian leather, chrome free, made with fair labor in Sweden

The Moral Wardrobe: hips don't lie

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I am "pear shaped" according to those silly women's body quizzes that compare you to different fruits. Though I know it's absurd, I generally take the body proportion rules for dressing pretty seriously. I try to wear things that "cinch at the waist and skim over hips and thighs." It's true that I look much slimmer when my proportionally larger hips and butt are hidden away, but at some point you just have to ask yourself what you're trying to achieve by adhering to superficial standards that you know are harmful.

So today I'm wearing a pair of jeans that most definitely wouldn't be allowed in my What Not To Wear post-makeover wardrobe. Screw it! I like 'em. I like the mid-rise and the straight, cropped leg. I feel like a cool '90s woman who has just discovered feminism and feels that she can achieve anything, starting with tackling androgynous denim trends.
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These jeans weren't sourced ethically, I'm afraid. I've mentioned it before on Instagram, but I have had 0 luck finding good quality, long lasting jeans on the ethical market that fit. For that reason, I make sure I look for conventional denim with a comfortable rise, good seaming, and thicker material that will last me for years. I haven't bought new denim for a couple of years and my last purchases are still going strong. It's one way I ensure that I'm still being thoughtful even in less than ideal circumstances.

krochet kids outfit Ethical Details (contains affiliate links): Tee - Krochet Kids; Shoes - Sseko Designs via MadeFAIR

What compromises do you make when it comes to building an ethical, meaningful closet? Is there a particular type of item you haven't been able to find on the ethical market?

Let's share our resources and see if maybe we can't find it after all. 

the moral wardrobe: it's snow time

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It's blizzard time! Charlottesville, as I've mentioned before, is obsessed with talking about, photographing, and anticipating weather. The TV is on in the background and the weather man has said the word, "snow," about 20 times in the past 3 minutes. News correspondents are commenting on the presence of children playing and people walking their dogs in the snow. The grocery store lot was packed full this morning with people doing last minute emergency preparedness shopping in case the power goes out (I was buying dish soap - I did my shopping two days ago).

We actually do have a reason to care this time around, though. With 24 inches of snow forecasted for the next 24 hours, this could be the biggest snow storm on record for our area. As the weather man just noted, we have a reason to enjoy it for now, but things could take a turn for the worse this evening, especially if power lines get weighed down and we lose electricity. Crossing my fingers that everyone stays safe and warm.

snow storm outfit Ethical Details: Top - Krochet Kids*; Cardigan (similar at Everlane), Coat, and Boots - thrifted; Hat - locally handmade (similar at Krochet Kids*)

Climate change is going to make all of us talk about the weather more and more. It's something I'm still learning about and trying to process, having grown up in a staunchly "Climate change isn't real, the liberal media is lying to us" household. For now, I'm trying to enjoy the novelty of heavy snow while acknowledging that the severity of this weather is a sign of things to come. Reducing meat consumption and trying to use less gas and plastic are a few ways I'm trying to keep climate change at bay, but it's nowhere near enough. It's important that we vote for initiatives and politicians who make tackling climate change a priority.

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October Favorites, Fair Trade Month Reflections, etc.

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1. Assefa Scarf from FashionABLE // 2. .02 Tee from Zady // 3. Gotta Jet Set Jeans from ModCloth // 4. Simple Bow Earrings from MadeFAIR // 5. The Melbourne from Krochet Kids // 6. Mimosa Watch from WeWOOD // 7. The Cashmere Cardigan from Everlane // 8. Harper Chukka from Nisolo

Hey! It's Fair Trade Month! This Fair Trade Month feels a lot more low key than previous ones and I think it's because, for more and more people, every month feels like a celebration of what fair trade does for communities. It's awesome to look back over the last three or so years and see that things have progressed, and in more ways than one!

We're not only talking about fair trade more, we're starting to think about our environmental impact and broader sustainability issues. Companies are gladly providing greater transparency and even fast fashion companies know that something's gotta give in their unsustainable supply chains.

Even though the news is bleak and the ocean of injustice is impossible to swim across alone (maybe we can do it relay style?), I know we can make a difference, because I can see how far we've already come. So let's celebrate people power and look for more ways to be kind: to others, to ourselves, and to the earth and everything it sustains.

This month also marks the one year anniversary of my switch to Blogger from WordPress and my ever-so-slight re-branding. It's been great to work with so many cool brands, reviewing their carefully crafted goods, supporting their fundraising campaigns, and doing giveaways. I feel like I have a much better grip on what I want collaborations with brands to look like after several months of tweaking my media kit.

And I'm so thankful for the rapid growth in blog readers and Instagram followers Style Wise has had in the past year. The whole point, after all, is for people to read, learn, and be encouraged to take small steps toward intentional shopping and living.

Also, I have to give a shout out to the Ethical Writers Co. gang, who have supported and challenged me through this year of exploring what it means to be an ethical style blogger and have given me the confidence to seek outside writing and public speaking opportunities. Here's to many more years taking things seriously and writing my heart out.

inspiration board: back-to-school 2015


I'm not going back to school, but it's hard not to get caught up in the frenzy, what with all the commercials of little kids skipping through hallways and twirling with backpacks. I loaded up on cold weather essentials last winter after two years of suffering through Virginia weather in Florida clothing, so there's no need to go wild this year. But, in my ideal world, I would buy a few high quality, ethical staples to round out my wardrobe as the temperature begins to plummet (though I wish it wouldn't do that!).

Namely:

  • The Alternative Apparel Alpaca Cardigan
  • A printed canvas bag, preferably crossbody
  • A simple striped tee from Amour Vert
  • A new bralette (I've given up on underwires after experiencing some chest pain)
  • The Krochet Kids Pocket Tee
  • Warby Parker Newton Frames (already have these!)
  • Loafers from Sseko Designs (they've improved the heel design since I last tried them, but I might go for the Chestnut Afar Loafer this time around)
  • A classic, roomy backpack from Everlane (for weekend travels)
  • The Everlane Street Shoe

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Organizing my shopping list this way has all the advantages of a capsule wardrobe without the fallout. I can get a sense of what I like and visualize how they'll all work together, but continue to use my full fall/winter closet - nothing hides away in a far corner to be forgotten. 

trade in your madewell graphic tees for this one from KK Intl. x Ugmonk

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I consider graphic tees a staple item, but I only wear them on days when the dress code calls for extremely casual, like when I'm cleaning out my closets or dusting blinds. If I'm going to wear one, I want it to say something that matters to me. With the prevalence of inane graphic tops that say things like "Saturdays and Sundays" and "Oui," we might as well balance it out with something a little more weighty. You can love weekend getaways to France and still be a deep thinker, right?

Krochet Kids teamed up with graphic designer, Ugmonk, to offer a limited edition range of t-shirts and prints that broadcast an important message: 

"Behind every product is a person."


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Krochet Kids' products are signed by the individual who made the item and all employees receive a living wage and access to medical care and educational resources. 

Ugmonk collaboration products were made at Krochet Kids' manufacturing facility in Peru. This tee would look great beside my Who made your clothes? tee from Fashion Revolution Day 2014.

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Do you like graphic tees? Do you recommend any other ethically produced tees with ethical messages?

an ethical outfit: poolside at the retreat center

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Daniel and I are headed out to our annual church camp retreat this weekend. This will be our second year going. If you've been reading Style Wise for awhile, you may recall that our car broke down on the interstate last time around. We were stranded in the hot summer sun until the caravan of other drivers headed to camp spotted us on the side of the road. It was quite the adventure.

The retreat weekend itself was marvelous and I think I appreciated the time with friends learning Gospel songs by ear, reading, and playing ridiculous games all the more because of the way they rallied around us after the car-tastrophe. I'm looking forward to another year of peace and friendship (and hopefully the car will get us all the way there this time around!)

fair trade Christmas List

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Sources: 1. Sweatshirt, 2. Scarf, 3. Shoes, 4. Glasses, 5. Purse

I don't anticipate receiving most of the above items, but they certainly would make beautiful Christmas gifts. I'm encouraged to see a huge increase in both the number of fair trade companies and the number of interested consumers. The fair trade blogging community is growing and I'm excited to be part of a passionate, uplifting group of like-minded women.

I have to admit, however, that a part of me has felt as though my mission is less meaningful now that there are more voices advocating for fair trade, but I realize that this is what I hoped for all along! I had no idea when I started this blog two years ago that I had inadvertently joined a movement, not just a fledgling cause. Striving to live ethically and sustainably takes constant consideration, but it is getting easier to find fair trade options.

I prefer to buy all fair trade for Christmas presents because it's the perfect opportunity to support companies I believe in and start conversations about fair trade with my friends and family.

snow day

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Items pictured: Ten Thousand Villages neck warmer, gloves, and gray hat; People Tree checked sweater; Krochet Kids teal hat, circle scarf, and sweatshirt; Sseko Designs gray and white scarf

Winter is coming! I no longer watch Game of Thrones because I found it both disturbing and misogynistic, but alas, winter is coming. With a winter storm watch in effect beginning this evening, I have to face the grim truth that the cold is here and it's not going away anytime soon. Fortunately, fair trade companies are awfully good at making lovely winter knitwear and cold weather accessories.

On an unrelated note, I really love my job. Sometimes I find it overwhelming, but it never stops feeling like meaningful work. I've got great volunteers, great customers, and I get to work at my favorite place in the world: a thrift shop. I valued my coffee shop job, but it's nice to take on more responsibility. When I moved here two years ago, I said I wanted to work in retail or at a non-profit and now I'm doing both! I'm surprised and relieved that I found something I truly enjoy.

an ethical outfit: flea market


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summer by fracturedradiance featuring a stripe skirt

I would wear this outfit to brunch at Bluegrass Grill followed by a meandering walk around the FleaVille flea market that runs once a month downtown. Then I could walk over to midtown for samples at Feast and lunch at one of the many local restaurants. Then I would go home and take a nap in the back yard. A perfect day.

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an ethical outfit: weekend sightseeing


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sightseeing by fracturedradiance featuring stud earrings

Simple, feminine, and comfortable for a quick weekend away. Daniel and I plan to make frequent weekend trips this summer. Richmond, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach - I'm excited for the time and freedom to explore the state more and revisit favorite places. Of course, our car doesn't have air conditioning, so we'll have to take several gallons of cold water with us to make it work.

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