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February Fashion | 5 Ethical Closet Staples I've Been Living In

favorite fashion staples ethical and secondhand

Another installment of Monthly Favorites. This post contains affiliate links.

It's lucky I remembered that today is the last day of February, because otherwise my attempt at starting a series I can actually keep up with would have already failed!

Welcome to the second installment of Monthly Favorites. This month I decided to focus on closet staples that have been serving me well throughout the course of February. These items are things I've worn 2+ times per week over the past four weeks, and which tend to add a bit of polish and fun to my winter wardrobe basics.

I also included another book, just because I think it's fun to recommend books. I haven't actually cracked open Raising Your Emotional Intelligence yet, but I feel very much in need of, well, raising my emotional intelligence after an interpersonally challenging month.

5 Closet Staples I've Been Living In

favorite fashion staples ethical and secondhand

1 | Vintage Carraig Donn Cardigan

I spotted a cardigan just like this in the NOVICA catalog in December, but I wasn't prepared to fork over $150 for it. Out of curiosity, I hunted around on ebay until I discovered an item listed under this brand name. A quick keyword search later, I had landed on the exact style and color of cardigan I wanted for under 30 bucks. If you're on the hunt for a heavyweight wool cardigan, I definitely recommend vintage Carraig Donn. I sized up to a Medium and find that it's a great fit for me, though the older style means it's cropped more than a lot of contemporary cardigans.


2 | ABLE Marina Earrings

Lightweight with a pop of bright red, these liven up my winter neutrals, and were made ethically in Nashville.


3 | Modern Vice Jett Boots

Sure to get compliments from virtually everyone, these boots are the coveted "birthday boots" I saved up for and finally received in November. The fit is great despite the pointed toe box and the quality is impeccable. They were handmade in New York.


4 | ABLE Isabel Slouchy Moto Jeans

A welcome change from high waist jeans that tend to sit uncomfortably on my stomach when I'm seated, ABLE's slouchy denim has a low to mid-rise in front but a higher back rise, which is perfect for a "pear shaped" person like me.


5 | NICORA RBG Dress Sneakers

I'm really sad to see sustainable vegan shoe brand, NICORA, close up shop, but luckily these wonderful, vintage-inspired color block shoes are still available on final clearance. I find the upper textile super comfortable, and the toe box is wide enough to accommodate thicker wool socks on cold days.


favorite fashion staples ethical and secondhand

Winter Wellness: 8 Conscious Goods & Activities For Mental and Physical Health

8 ethical goods for winter wellness and self care

Sponsored. I selected & purchased products for this post with a combination of store credit and cold, hard cash.

Willkommen to my brand new monthly series, Monthly Favorites.

Each month I choose a theme and select products and activities that align with it. I am really excited about this format because, 1. flatlays are fun, 2. it provides a sense of order to my recommendations, and 3. it's a way to feature brands and products I like in a more manageable format.

January's theme is Winter Wellness. As you may remember, I have seasonal affective disorder and a circulation condition that makes my feet and hands particularly vulnerable to frostbite, so this very cold month of the year is difficult for me. I like to be very intentional about my mental and physical self-care habits to make things more manageable.

Here are the routines, products, and activities that help me find balance...

My 8 Ethical Winter Wellness Picks

8 ethical goods for winter wellness and self care
8 ethical goods for winter wellness and self care

1 | Godai Soaps Sky and Earth Multi-Use Bars

Using minimal, non-irritating ingredients and RSPO-certified palm oil, these soaps are intended to be used for face, hair, and body. I use them mostly as a body soap, but it's nice to know that in a pinch, I could pack just one item in my toiletry bag instead of three.


2 | SW Basics Oil Serum

I've rhapsodized about this product a few times, but it's my very favorite facial oil. I add a few drops to my sensitive skin lotion at night for extra moisture.


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3 | Ten Thousand Villages Guiding Star Earrings

A mental health indulgence more than anything, I like the message behind these earrings. I'm in a period of transition in terms of planning for my future and it's been important to remember that I can trust my instincts, and succeed if I'm willing to put in the work.


4 | Desert Essence Lavender Body Lotion

I used to love Thistle Farms' Lavender lotion, but when they changed the formulation, I was left without a nice, thick body lotion option for winter. Desert Essence was the perfect replacement. I slather it on my hands and feet before going to bed.


(10% off with code, STYLEWISE2019)

8 ethical goods for winter wellness and self care

5 | Any book by Carl Hiaasen

I discovered Hiaasen novels at a bookstore last winter and have been hooked ever since. Full of absurdity and dark humor, his books are often on themes of human failing and ecological devastation in Florida. But somehow you always feel hopeful afterwards! A rare educational combination.


6 | Weaving Kit

I made this tiny weaving using a kit from Uncommon Goods (no longer available) awhile ago, but I wanted to recommend DIY kits again because I think they're a great way to find a meditative moment. This took me a looong time, but I did it while watching The Office, so it was fun!


7 | Tablet Stylus

I had been wanting to get back into drawing and this seemed like an easy way to do it. I bought a pen that's compatible with my second generation iPad, so it's not state of the art. Still, I've gotten a lot of use out of it (pro tip: to avoid "smearing" your iPad app from contact with your hand, wear fingerless gloves on your drawing hand).


8 | A Nostalgic Scarf

I threw this in here because it was given to me by a friend who moved to Australia a couple days ago. I already miss her and her family a lot, and I cherish this little piece of our friendship.



8 ethical goods for winter wellness and self care