spring look

the moral wardrobe: backlogged

Ethical Details: Earrings - handmade by Hannah Naomi; Top - thrifted; Sandals - Sseko Designs


I started this post, uh, like a month ago and forgot to post it!

This morning, I dropped off Daniel at school, then headed over to Albemarle Baking Company, a Charlottesville staple. I dreamed about their chocolate croissants last night, so I was determined to get one. When I got to the counter, I ran into my old boss from Java Java! The male attendant complimented me on my Sseko Designs sandals, handed me my croissant and hot tea, and I settled into an outdoor table with a magazine for the next hour or so. 

I'm not very good at taking time to just breathe. I spent a lot of time at home dawdling and reading blogs, but my mind's always preoccupied with the next task, so it was nice to really settle into leisure time this morning. 

the moral wardrobe: springtime with Ecouture by Lund

It's Ecouture week! Today I'm sharing a personal style post featuring Ecouture's Twist Dress in Petrol. This is the second post in a three part series, concluding with a giveaway, so check back! Read the interview here.

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ecouture by lund

What glorious weather we've had! Daniel and I spent Sunday afternoon on the patio at the Downtown Mall drinking fair trade, organic coffee and reading books. I got my hands on an advanced copy of Rachel Held Evan's Searching for Sunday and I'm really enjoying it. 

ecouture twist dress
ecouture twist dress in petrol

I wore Ecouture's Twist Dress in Petrol the whole day and it was perfect. It's made of organic cotton-jersey that feels almost like silk, plus it's feminine without being revealing and long enough to be comfortable for all day wear (mini dresses are too constricting). 

The silhouette feels like a departure from my usual style - maybe because it highlights parts of my body I'm not used to highlighting - but I felt confident in it and got a lot of compliments throughout the day. This dress perfectly embodies founder Johanne Helger Lund's statement from Monday's interview: "I think it is possible to be feminine AND a powerful woman at the same time!" 

I don't often associate feminine silhouettes with empowerment, but feminism is about freedom, so why not embrace the things that make you feel confident?

springtime with Ecouture by Lund
Ethical Details: Twist Dress in Petrol - c/o Ecouture by Lund; Cardigan - thrifted; Earrings: handmade in USA via Ash & Rose; Bike Shorts (not shown) - American Apparel

I'm crossing my fingers that cold days are gone for now. I'm much more productive when the weather is nice and we've got tons of work to do at the shop since it's nearly time for the seasonal clothing switch-over. I get to spend this weekend massively reorganizing the clothing racks with my awesome volunteer team.

the moral wardrobe: people tree

Ethical Details: Top - People Tree fair trade; Flats - old

I took advantage of the good exchange rate between pounds and US dollars to buy this cheetah print top by People Tree. People Tree is one of my very favorite ethical brands, but I often can't afford it, so I wait patiently for sales and obsessively check exchange rate trends to find the best time to shop. 

I've always been on the fence about cheetah print, but this one is understated. It makes me feel cooler than I am, like I could just get on my motorcycle and ride into the sunset.