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My Ethical Fall Wardrobe Picks

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While I certainly don't need to add half a dozen items to my wardrobe right now, I like visualizing what I already have against the silhouettes and specific styles I'm drawn to this season. I've become much more of a pants person over the last year or so - I hardly wore my skirts this summer - so I'm looking forward to being able to wear pants every day as the weather cools down. 

This fall, I want easy, flattering pieces that fit well and make me feel comfortable and pulled together during my work day. In terms of ethics, I'm sticking with a balance between fair & sustainable and well made & well fitting, as the best ethics in the world don't matter if I'm not going to be able to wear the heck out of what I've purchased.


Keyo Trio Bar Jacket Studs, $26.95

Upcycled brass, made fairly. I love the look of brass, especially against red hair, and these feel both minimalist and sort of vintage, my ideal combination.

Everlane Cotton Vneck Cropped Sweater, $50

Cropped sweaters are versatile, because you can pair them with higher waistlines or layer them over dresses and tunics. I bought this one with credits in an XS for a tighter fit.

Julia Bo Slip-on Derbys, $105

I've been looking for a pair of slip-on oxfords or derbys to be the fall equivalent of my crossover sandals. I'm much more likely to wear a pair of shoes if I can easily slip them on, so I'll likely be selling the Frye oxfords I purchased last fall and replacing them with these (in a cognac brown). Julia Bo hand makes shoes at a family factory in eastern Europe, and everything can be custom made to order. 

Vintage High Waist Mom Jeans

I finally found the perfect pair of mom jeans at the shop where I work. Only took 3 years! The ones shown here are a similar color, but not the exact pair. 

Everlane Wide Leg Crop Pants, $68

The thick twill on these will be great for cooler weather. And I think the cropped look will pair well with my secondhand suede ankle boots and my black boots, too.

I would probably wear this as a tunic over jeans or leggings. Krochet Kids' stuff is made fairly and they're expanding their organic cotton collection. 

Verry Kerry Kimono Dress£75.00

Made fairly with sustainable bamboo and azo free dyes with a one-size-fits-most fit. Verry Kerry sent me this dress to style a few different ways, so stay tuned for my dedicated post. I like wearing it unbuttoned as a drapey jacket. 


In case you're interested, I'll have some thoughts and links about Charlottesville out tomorrow. I know that a lot of people are already moving on, but I've seen so much misinformation floating around (and so many dehumanizing conspiracy theories *cough cough* George Soros) that I feel like I need to offer more context and clarity. 

A Rosy Outlook

A roundup of rose scented and colored ethical products
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Every fashion blogger I follow is obsessed with rose, it seems. 


But they're mostly talking about the color. And I'm mostly talking about the flower.

Shea Brand sent me a sample of their rose-scented shea butter last month and something strange happened. Though I've always found rose to feel a bit old, like the expired perfume that my grandmother stored in the guest room nightstand, I became obsessed (my grandmother is, perhaps not coincidentally, named Roselyn). I rub it on my lips, on my dry elbows, and on my cuticles multiple times a day and then just breathe in the scent.

The thing I like about it is that it does have a traditional, almost musty, smell. The old-fashioned, feminine scent has grown on me, making me nostalgic in that sort of hazy, unexplainable way for something I've never actually experienced. Maybe in this political climate and this frantic personal period, I just want to imagine a time when perfume was as simple as a dab of rose essential oil.

In any case, I was inspired to share a few rose-related, ethical items.

Left to right, top to bottom.

Shea Brand Rose Shea Butter | Sustainable, ethical production

Angela Roi Luna Crossbody in Pale Pink | Vegan, ethically made

Kari Gran Radiant Tinted Lip Whip | Organic and paraben-free

Lake + Skye Epic Love Essential Oil Blend | Clean Beauty, crafted in USA

Numi Organic Tea Embrace Holistic Tea | Fair trade, organic (Numi sent me a sample of this as part of my ongoing partnership with them and it's such a soothing, distinctive flavor)

American Giant Classic U-neck in Tea Rose | Made ethically in the USA


How do you feel about rose?

If Only In My Dreams: A Late Fall Splurge List

November List - ethical wishlist

Sometimes you just want to look at pretty things. 


With cold weather finally settling in over Charlottesville, I've turned my thoughts to things that are warm, versatile, and easy to layer. I normally try to create lists that are right in the comfort zone of my budget, but this month, I just want to dream a little - and celebrate good, ethical design based on design and function without worrying so much about price point.

That being said, there are certainly a few affordable options in this list, and some things - like that winter coat - that would work themselves out with cost-per-wear over time.

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MY WINTER SPLURGE LIST:

1. Axiology Lipstick in Elusive, $28.00

Rad '90s orange red that also hearkens the '70s, two eras that have come back in full force this season.

2. Kendra Cable Knit Sweater, $228.00

Classic, thick, and warm.

3. Kings of Indigo Juno Skinny, $168.00

I am really digging a more classic cut that isn't quite as tight at the ankles, and the mid rise is much more comfortable for all day wear.

4. Komodo Egea Coat, $249.99

Just stunning, and the lack of lapel feels modern.

5. Fair Indigo Alpaca Scarf, $49.90

I loooove alpaca to an unhealthy degree, plus its sustainable and cruelty free.

6. Dorsu Long Sleeved Top, $24.99

A great basic for layering.

7. Fair Indigo Top, $42.90

The berry color is seasonally appropriate and the fit and design look versatile. Dress it up or dress it down.

8. VEJA Esplar Velcro Sneaker, $135.00

I don't know why I like these, but the black leather is cool and the velcro is appealing. I hate having to lace up my shoes in the morning.

9. Fair Indigo Keyhole Dress, $75.90

Pretty color and a classic, feminine silhouette.

10. Bhava Coco Wedge Bootie, $199.00

A low, walkable wedge that would pair with anything.


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Just a note: I'm grieving over the implications of this week's Presidential election. Though I hadn't been without fear during the last year or so of campaigning, I was still holding out hope that this country was smart enough - and compassionate enough - to refuse to ignore Trump's lies and look past his insults. I was wrong. Reeling from the aftermath, praying for the future, and trying to figure out the best way forward. For now, I'm just trying to be as kind and attentive as I can to the needs of others, especially refugees, immigrants, Muslims, African Americans, Latinos, women, and every other group Trump's policies target. If you want to talk about it with me, please feel free to reach out at stylewiseblog@gmail.com.

Ethical Fall Favorites: A Virtual Capsule

Ethical Fall Capsule Wardrobe
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It's taken me 4 years, but this former Floridian actually looks forward to cool weather now. I joke that I'm a reptile - I need to warm up in the sun before starting my day - but fall really does hold a bit of magic no other season holds. Maybe it's the startling, bright, liveliness of things dying: all the tactile, sensory delights of crackling leaves and crisp air and seeing your breath as you exhale.

I'm also going into this season with a refreshing clarity around what I like, what I "need," and what works with what I've already got. It's taken nearly 4 years of being a more conscientious consumer to get to this point, so I'm ready to mix things up and get full use out of my fall closet.


SILHOUETTES AND PRODUCTS I'M EXCITED ABOUT...

Everlane Luxe Wool Sweater in Oxblood


I purchased this sweater (in a size Medium) and it's just perfect for early fall. Lightweight, slightly form fitting, in a lovely brown-red oxblood that I love.

Prana London Jeans


I'm fortunate to already have my denim wardrobe squared away for the fall, having purchased a few pairs 2 years ago that have held up quite well (I re-dyed some with indigo last week and they turned out great!). If I needed new denim, though, I would consider Prana's line of classic cuts in classic colors.

People Tree Crystal Dot Pendant


I'm addicted to simple, minimalist jewelry that adds just the right touch to an outfit. I like the lariat style on this natural stone, handmade necklace.

Housgoods Rill Ring


A simple little ring to stack and pair with other rings in my growing collection. I didn't like wearing rings when I was in school because they always hit against my pens uncomfortably as I took notes, but now that I am free from the burden of note-taking, I've found that I like the simple statement they make.

Amour Vert Paola High-Low Tee in Tandoori


I bought this tee in early September as soon as the Tandoori color became available. I LOVE it. This is the color of the season for me, and the high-low cut feels very contemporary.

Prim Botanicals Organic Botanical Lip Sheen in Pretty Perfect


This lip sheen is nearly the same color as the Amour Vert tee so, naturally, it's my favorite. I'm getting back into tinted lip balms and glosses this season. It's nice to add some color as the world gets more monotone.

Sseko Designs Black Suede Loafers


I bought these last winter, but I'm looking forward to wearing them more frequently this season. They're super comfortable and pair well with casual and more formal outfits.

Etiko Organic Fair Trade High Tops


I grew up wearing Converse high tops, but the pair I had in high school (pink patchwork!) is no longer with me, so I was so pleased to find fair trade sneakers that fit the bill. I'm planning on wearing these with everything.

Komodo Liana Wool Boucle Dress


I am really into the idea of layering tops under tank dresses and pinafores this fall, both to get more use out of my summer favorites and to add some versatility and creativity to my wardrobe. I love the color and length of this pinafore, and it looks great layered with a turtleneck. I'm a bit self conscious that turtlenecks make my neck look big, but I'm trying to get over it, so maybe I can convince myself into it with cute styling.

Shopping List: Ethical Black Sandals

ethical and vegan black sandals


I used to think every pair of shoes in my closet needed to be a different color, but in the past few years, I've developed a real love for black shoes with everything. I wouldn't call my personal style anything close to edgy, so the bit of black at the base adds something modern to otherwise very simple outfits.

I've seen lots of black sandals around this season, but I want something that looks just as good with shorts as it does with a fancy dress. That means chunky Birkenstocks and thick foam flip flops are out. I've narrowed it down to the options above (admittedly, I'm not the best at narrowing down), making sure to add a good mix of high and lower end, vegan and sustainable leather. Some of these are a bit outside my price range, but they may be worth saving up for.

My favorite ethical black sandals are:

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1. Deux Mains Bel Nanm Sandal, $64.99

Made fairly in Haiti out of upcycled tires, sustainable leather, and all organic ingredients.

2. Everlane Street Sandal, $120.00

Made ethically in Italy out of Italian leather.

3. Nicora Goodall Sandal, $119.00

100% vegan. Uppers made out of recycled X-Ray film, soles and heels made from recycled rubber blend, domestically produced.

4. Bourgeois Boheme Emma Sandal, $194.00

Vegan. PVC free eco vegan leather, handcrafted in Portugal.

5. Nisolo Serena Sandal, $98.00

Made ethically in Peru. Get $25 off your purchase with my referral link.

6. Everlane Slide Sandal, $98.00

Made ethically in Italy out of Italian leather.


I'm leaning toward the Nisolo Serena Sandal, because it combines a sophisticated silhouette with a price point I'm comfortable with (though I still need to pinch some pennies to get there). The Nicora Sandal is a close second - you really can't beat their thoughtful sourcing and attention to detail. I feel like I'm getting real clarity on what I want and "need" within the context of my current lifestyle. It's exciting to have a uniform of sorts. Now all I need is the weather to stay warm so I can actually wear my warm weather gear!


the ethical closet: spring closet update

ethical capsule wardrobe madefair thredup This post contains affiliate links.

Though I swore off doing a rigid capsule wardrobe last fall, I'm finding that my personal taste is narrowing in on particular colors and silhouettes that work well together anyway, and that things inadvertently look a bit capsule-y around here.

I used to find simplicity unbearable, but I'm learning that a well-cut garment that fits me correctly can be more beautiful than an unusual print or style. This season, I've updated my closet with a few things that will carry me through summer and into fall. I love knowing that what I'm buying can be worn for months and even years and still look good. Some of my pieces have become like security blankets, things I can fall back on when I'm not up to the task of putting together a complicated look.


MY PICKS THIS SPRING:

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1. Mata Traders Here and There Dress via MadeFAIR, $64.99
It's not spring without Mata Traders! I was thrilled when the brand introduced cotton jersey to their collection last year, but the colors didn't quite work with my complexion. I'm loving this red for spring and summer. Hand block printed, fairly made in India.

2. National Picnic Organic Cotton Skirt via MadeFAIR, $59.99
I didn't purchase this particular skirt, but the style and print are what I look for in spring skirts. I always hit up the thrift stores for vintage midi skirts and recently found a polka dot chambray one at the shop where I work. I'll be featuring National Picnic on the blog soon, so make sure to come back and learn about the brand. Organic cotton, handmade in the USA.

3. Sseko Designs' D'orsay Flat in Caramel, $89.99
I have poor circulation in my toes, which leaves them feeling cold even when the weather's warm, so I'm betting on these beautiful flats to keep my feet comfortable. The style is perfect for both casual and more formal looks, so I think I'll get a lot of use out of them. Leather sourced from small scale meat industry, fairly made in Ethiopia.

4. Everlane Micro Striped Tee, $18.00
I love Everlane's new pima tees and I can't wait for this one to arrive in the mail. I plan on pairing this subtle pattern with my printed vintage skirts. Milled and ethically made in Los Angeles.

5. Jean Jacket via thredUP, purchased with store credit
I've had this jacket since early fall, but I have a feeling I'll be wearing it all spring. As I explained here, it looks like denim, but it's actually a woven, stretch cotton, so it's super comfortable. Secondhand.

6. Teva Sandals via thredUP, purchased with store credit
These aren't an exact version of the pair I purchased, but I'm glad I took the plunge into slightly ugly footwear, because these are quite comfortable and fully adjustable for the perfect fit. Check out ebay for a better selection of secondhand Tevas. Secondhand.


What are your spring picks? I'd love to know about new ethical brands you've discovered recently, as well.


inspiration board: November

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This month is the first month of consistent cold in Charlottesville, but there's still enough variation that it's worthwhile to consider wearing light layers rather than heavy, constricting garments. I've been really into black recently, but I always try to brighten it up with color or something light, like gray stripes or a denim jacket.

As it so happens, I am now the proud owner of a secondhand "jean" jacket that's actually made of a thick, stretchy cotton blend. It's a lot more comfortable than standard denim and I plan to wear it as the last layering piece over a top and sweater to keep the wind out. I also used up the rest of my birthday ebay gift card on a secondhand pair of knee high boots. The ones I bought are brown, but they have a similar silhouette to the ones above. I'll wear them soon for an outfit post.

One of these things is not like the other: sooo, I can't really wear sandals in this weather, but I scooped up some lovely Made in Italy sandals at the J. Crew Warehouse (read my thoughts on the ethics of the sale here) sale a few weeks ago and I'm daydreaming about wearing them. I guess I'll be spending the next 5 or 6 months gazing at them longingly as I put on my boots each morning.

I'm still after the perfect pair of frames, but I'll have to wait a few more months since I don't have eye insurance.

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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. 

an ethical outfit: summer exploring


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I love summer. When I lived in Florida, I never said that, but now I crave the humid air. I like stripping down the layers and going to the mountains in summertime, driving through dense fog and sudden rainstorms. In Charlottesville, we only get thunderstorms in the summer. I crave the temporary (albeit relatively safe) chaos of it.

On a warm day, I'd dress simply and load a crossbody bag with my camera before heading out to see what I can see.

The items in this look are:
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  • PACT Apparel Fair Trade Dress*: Hooray! Pact makes dresses now. I also like the navy and white striped one.
  • Warby Parker Haskell Frames*: Warby Parker has a lot more clear frame options since I last did a home try-on, so I've ordered another set of frames to try out.
  • Gift Yenta Fair Trade Backback: I know nothing about this company other than that they listed this and other items as fair trade. I like the look of this backpack, though.
  • Sseko Designs Ribbon Sandals*: Summer classics, in my opinion. I wear mine several times a week.

I'm trying to find a comfortable, purse-sized backpack for upcoming travel, so if you have any other suggestions, please let me know. 

warm days ahead: an ethical wishlist

ethical summer wishlist


When I started buying primarily ethical clothing, I didn't really believe I'd be able to reduce my overall consumption. Shopping was such a huge part of my life and I always wanted the next new thing. But I've been pleasantly surprised with the progress I've made.

When you commit to buying ethically sourced items, you end up spending more time researching and more money per item, which means (theoretically) that your consumption should go down with minimal effort, but it's easy to get caught up in sales or go crazy at the thrift store (something I'm still working on) and end up right where you started, carelessly buying.

It helps me to make a pared down visual representation of what I'm looking for so I can stay focused. This season, I'd love to purchase:


There's no possible way I can buy all of this in one season, but I can keep my eye out for sales and similar items. 

Are you adding anything to your closet this season? 

spring update

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Hey! It's snowing again, so it's a great time to talk about warm weather clothing (snow, snow, go away!).

This whole minimalism thing works out really well for those interested in sustainability and fair trade, because it means we can look on trend while making more thoughtful purchases. I'm sure the pendulum will swing back to flamboyant soon enough, but I'm hoping I can get comfortable with simplicity now while fashion culture is on my side. By getting a sort of uniform down now, I'll be less likely to be swayed by trend cycles later.

This spring/summer season, I'm looking to get a new dress from zero waste brand, Tonle, and keep everything else neutral. I want a couple pairs of versatile, season-less flats and understated sandals from Jerusalem Sandals. I'm also updating my ribbon collection for my Sseko sandals. I found a pair of jeans in my donate pile yesterday that fit me well and were barely worn, so my denim wants are taken care of (thanks, slight weight gain!).

I'm relying more and more on Everlane for t-shirts and small, sustainable labels for skirts and accessories. And there's always the thrift shop!

I'm brainstorming new features and topics for Style Wise in all my snow day spare time. Is there anything you'd like to know more about? I'd be happy to receive a prompt and do some research!

Ethical Items shown above: Everlane Tee, Everlane Striped Top, Nomads Cardigan (similar option here), Amour Vert Leeron Skirt, Curator Nora Skirt, Tonle Keang Dress, Similar Loafers, Similar Flats, Jerusalem Sandals, Sseko Ribbons

an ethical outfit: lunch with parents

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I finally get to visit my parents for the first time in nearly two years! Their life was in upheaval when my dad lost his job last year and it's taken awhile for things to settle back down. Now they live in Cincinatti and we get to spend some time hanging out and exploring the city together. If the weather was mild enough, I'd wear this comfortable, sophisticated outfit for lunch and afternoon thrift shopping with my mom. 

I had resigned myself to never getting proper vacation time again, but I'm pretty fortunate to work at a job that is primarily staffed by volunteers. Since our staff refuses to volunteer during Christmas break, I don't have to be there either! I'm looking forward to getting a chance to travel without feeling guilty that I'm missing work. Today is my last day until 2015! Hooray!

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.

an ethical outfit: 9th & Elm giveaway

9th & Elm is a curated marketplace for all things "handmade, independent, or otherwise cool." Their focus on small scale businesses and independent designers makes it easy to find ethical pieces. I made an outfit out of a domestically produced dress, handmade beret, vintage bag, and sustainable espadrilles.

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In celebration of Cyber Monday, 9th & Elm is running a giveaway. Enter to win up to $100.00 in store credit! You could buy more than half of the outfit pictured above with that amount of money.

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snow day

warm&fair



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.

fall favorites '14

fall favorites featuring mata traders, thredup, and everlane


I'm suddenly really into Dusty Rose, which is essentially mauve. I'm noticing it everywhere, but especially at the thrift shop, where we seem to get in another Dusty Rose item every day. The volunteers always ask me if we should save it for spring inventory, but I insist that it's totally in for fall. Am I making it up?

My closet is well packed with clothing, but I envision my alternate wardrobe with soft Everlane basic shirts paired with muted prints, cozy tights, and cognac loafers or boots.

I've hit this point in my fair trade journey where my style has had to change to suit the ethical options available to me. Things have gotten a bit more hippie and I don't mind, but I'm having a hard time even defining my personal style within the constraints. It's likely not normal to be so worried about it, but I'm learning that I'm an extreme perfectionist that has to have everything sorted out and defined.

an ethical outfit: dinner outdoors

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downtown dinner by fracturedradiance featuring genuine leather handbags

The weather's gotten noticeably milder since the first of the month and it worries me. Last year's winter started too early and ended too late, which left us with barely a spring and a short summer. Having grown up in Florida, I have a difficult time adjusting to the cold, dark days and long nights of winter and I'm not quite prepared to live through another extended season.

But it's still pretty warm and the nights are pleasant, perfect for a drive over to the Downtown Mall for dinner outdoors. Maybe I'll bring a cardigan just in case. I just ordered a pair of floral print Betula by Birkenstock sandals off of ebay and I plan to get as much use out of them as possible before cold weather hits. I think they'll look great with skinny jeans and long cardigans. I don't know how you Northerners successfully live your lives with all the cold weather you get.

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an ethical outfit: everyday


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 everyday by fracturedradiance featuring earrings

Since, as of noon today, I no longer work in the food service industry, I can wear pretty much anything I want, including tank tops (my boss had a very reasonable aversion to employees wearing tank tops while serving coffee and pastries). This outfit is very representative of what I like to wear when I'm not in the mood for a midi skirt or skater dress.

All items are fair trade, secondhand, or handmade in a well regulated environment. The earrings are from a UK based fair trade company called Made that makes really fashion forward metal jewelry; I found this particular item on ASOS, but they also have their own website.
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