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the moral wardrobe: Malia Designs' Spring Bag Collection

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Sometimes things just work out perfectly. One cold winter day, I was sitting in front of my computer pondering what type of handbag I wanted for spring and where in the world I would find it. I knew I wanted something large enough for my planner and a book, with lots of organizational pockets in a fairly neutral print. Plus, it needed to be a crossbody (I only use crossbodies). A few days later, I got an email from Lucia at Malia Designs asking me if I'd like to collaborate with them on a post about their spring line!

Malia Designs is a well established fair trade handbag company. The artisans and producers they work with in Cambodia - primarily marginalized or at-risk women - are paid a living wage and provided a safe working environment. Read more about one of their artisan partners here. Additionally, all materials are sourced locally, which is more sustainable and benefits the local economy. A portion of proceeds are donated to Damnok Toek, an anti-trafficking rehabilitation and resource center that primarily serves child survivors of sex trafficking.
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That's all well and good, of course, but a product needs to suit your lifestyle and your personal taste, too. The cotton canvas Pleated Crossbody in Canary (part of the Khmer Collection) is sturdy, beautiful, and comfortable. I've always loved gray and yellow together, and the screen printed leaf print feels like spring without overdoing it.

It's such a luxury to be able to fit a lot in my bag after carrying a tiny purse around all winter (though there are benefits to carrying virtually nothing around, too). That being said, it's still a manageable, everyday size that transitions well, whether I'm going out to dinner or stuffing a day's worth of work into my bag. At $50.00, it's a reasonably priced option if you're in the market for a new purse this season.
  Malia Designs Fair Trade HandbagsEthical Details: Dress - secondhand; Sandals - Sseko Designs*; Earrings - Hannah Naomi; Pleated Crossbody Purse - c/o Malia Designs

I've been toting around the Pleated Crossbody for the past week and I've already gotten a lot of compliments on it. Plus, now that I have room for my planner, I'm not forgetting everything anymore (it was getting pretty bad - someone showed up at my house last week for a meeting and I asked them what they were doing here!).

Here's to warm weather, remembered meetings, and ethical handbags.

I'll be giving away this bag and more later this week, so make sure you're following me on Instagram!


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the moral wardrobe: all the stripes that we can see

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Ethical Details: Dress - secondhand via consignment shop; Earrings - Mata Traders; Cardigan - old

My car was due for a safety inspection last week and it just so happens that the garage I go to is across the street from a shopping center, so I dropped off the car and walked over to see what I could see. I'd been in local consignment shop, Rethreads, before and hadn't really seen anything I liked, but this time around, I struck gold. This dress is everything a stripes-lover could ever want, plus I've been on a black and white kick for several weeks now (to the point that the volunteers at work are remarking on it), so I snatched it up. They have great prices and a reasonable consignment structure, giving back either 50% of the sale price in store credit or 25% in cash to the original owner.

When the weather gets cold and dreary, I try to make sure I'm wearing something that makes me happy. As a result, my cold weather wardrobe is a lot more varied than my summer one. That and afternoon tea are the only ways I get through winter here. Fortunately, it's not that cold yet, but we haven't seen the sun here in about 5 days. Suffice it to say there was no lunar eclipse viewing party at our house this weekend. 

the moral wardrobe: old favorites

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Outfit Details: Dress - secondhand via thredup / Shoes - old / Necklace - handmade by someone I can't remember

I got my hair cut today in preparation for my new job (it starts tomorrow!). Gotta look totes profesh (I promise I wouldn't say that out loud). I didn't realize my desired length was going to cut off all the lingering blonde in the back, however, so now my hair color looks pretty interesting.

I rediscovered this necklace in a backpack I use when traveling. It must have been in there for a year or more. It's nice when old things feel new again.

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