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Lariats are the New Chokers: Dunitz & Company Jewelry Review

This post was produced in partnership with Dunitz & Company. Dunitz & Company fair trade Lariat Necklace reviewDunitz & Company fair trade Lariat Necklace review
Ethical Details: Dress - vintage; Jacket - Thredup; Leggings - old; Shoes - Frye; Leather Spiral Lariat Necklace - c/o Dunitz & Company

A choker that doesn't choke...


I really like that chokers are back in style, except for one thing: they make me feel like I'm choking. But I figured out a way to get the cool Victorian-era meets the '90s look I'm going for without fear of death. Wear a lariat necklace!

Lariat necklaces allow you to customize the tie, so you can wear them like a long string of pearls or as a choker, and the style means that you get two pretty pendants affixed to the ends of the strand for a unique, asymmetrical look. There are plenty of chokers and lariats offered on the conventional and fine jewelry markets, but I wanted something that was more of an everyday, wear-anywhere piece, and obviously it needed to be ethically sourced. Nancy at Dunitz & Company offered the Leather Spiral Lariat for review and it's turned out to be exactly what I was looking for.

  Dunitz & Company fair trade Lariat Necklace review

The Leather Spiral Lariat is made of delicate glass beads and lightweight leather, so it's not burdensome to wear all day. I can't overstate the quality of materials; you can tell by the way it feels that it's high quality. It feels feminine without being saccharine and, when worn like a choker, it transforms into something a little more hardcore. It's a great accompaniment to this vintage '90s dress and my secondhand denim jacket.

Dunitz & Company fair trade Lariat Necklace review

About Dunitz & Company


Nancy Dunitz founded Dunitz & Company in the late '80s as a response to a need. While visiting Guatemala, she met many talented artisans who had limited access to a viable marketplace for their goods due to political unrest...
During the early stages of Dunitz & Company, Nancy met two artists who introduced beading techniques to a few Mayan women. She began collaborating with these creative women, and soon a viable and sustaining business was born. “We were on the ground floor,” comments Nancy. “Beading was a new medium in Guatemala and by creating fashion-forward designs, I knew I could also create demand.”
Now, Dunitz & Company provides employment for over 100 women and men, providing fair wages and donating a portion of proceeds to community initiatives that assist with educational development and access to health resources. Dunitz and Company is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, which ensures that ethical standards are met throughout the supply chain, and a Gold Business Certified member of Green America, as well as a founding member of Fair Trade Los Angeles.

Dunitz & Company fair trade Lariat Necklace review

I've partnered with Dunitz & Company to give away this Lariat Necklace! 


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Pinning Down My Style & Shopping Less

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I like spending money on things.

That's probably not unusual, but it's very difficult for me to set aside anything I deem extra money for a rainy day when I could go buy a new fair trade dress or check out what the local thrift shop got in this week. It's not as though I have an overspending problem, it's simply that I buy too many things I don't need, or even particularly want.

I've found that the best way to avoid the shopping itch is to spend my time far far away from a store or computer. But since that's not always practical, I also find a lot of enjoyment in seeking out images and representations of my aesthetic and work on curating that instead of my literal wardrobe.

A couple weeks ago, I printed off Caroline's Capsule Wardrobe Planner booklet. I don't practice a Capsule Wardrobe and I don't plan on starting one up again, but I liked the way she broke down wardrobe creation into sections based on lifestyle, habits, and personal preferences.

Listing out what I love versus what I don't love in my current wardrobe was a sort of Duh! moment that helped me realize, 1. I already have everything I really want and 2. obviously I should not buy silhouettes and colors that I don't feel good in, even if they look fine on me. I might experiment with interesting color stories and vintage silhouettes, but there are just some things I won't wear. It's about time I learn that about myself.

For visualizing my style, I rely on Pinterest boards organized by season. As you can see from my Spring/Summer board below, I'm drawn to stripes, midi skirts, mid-wash denim, and minimalist flat shoes when the weather's warm. The images are remarkably consistent, aren't they?

Makes me wonder why I think I don't have a consistent, personal style.

the moral wardrobe: practically summer

Ethical Details: Top - vintage; Cardigan - thrifted; Earrings - Mata Traders; Shoes - old

You guys, it's practically summer outside today. Woo hoo! High of 71. They're predicting snow for Wednesday, so I've got to savor this while I can.

I've got one day of work tomorrow, followed by various reunions. I hope to visit with a friend from high school early in the week before heading to my father-in-law's wife's parents' house for Thanksgiving. Hope you're also on your way to a festive week.

illustrated favorites: mid-summer

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Illustrated favorites take awhile to complete, but they always turn out so cute. This is about the limit of my drawing skills, in case you wondered.

You may recognize that floral dress from yesterday's The Moral Wardrobe post. It, along with a matching set I'm waiting to receive from The Floral Prince, are my two statement items for the season. I've been getting a lot of use out of my Leah Goren tote and various casual shoes that are suitable for work. I'm also anxiously awaiting new glasses from BonLook (they're not particularly ethical, but their production chain is roughly equivalent to Warby Parker).

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sunday styleboard

spring fashion styleboard
sources (clockwise from top left): unknown; 6pm; recent settlers on flickr; Adored Vintage; thetimeisgrey

A few recent favorites: thick strap sandals, flatform shoes from France, a chunky knit blanket, a beautiful 1970s dress, and the composition of thetimeisgrey's outfit photo.

I'm savoring the beautiful weather we've been having in Charlottesville because I know it won't last long. But spring will come eventually and I'll go outside with bare legs and it will be wonderful.

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the moral wardrobe: '90s 'tude

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I found these awesome, super heavy chunky wedge sandals while on a vintage shop replenishment trip this week and couldn't resist trying them on with a nineties top I bought on etsy.

The polar vortex has passed over us, but it's still pretty cold outside. I'm currently wearing two pairs of socks and two cardigans inside the house.

Ethical choices are bolded below. Retailers taking steps to become more ethical are bolded in gray.

  • Top - vintage via etsy

  • Cardigan - H&M

  • Pants - BDG

  • Shoes - vintage


This is an example of how to incorporate secondhand items into one's wardrobe. Vintage pieces in particular make quite a statement.

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