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Escape to St. George...

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

As a teacher, having a bit of a break for Thanksgiving is something that is generally not just a want, but turns into something of a need.  That being said, fall break time is not time to squander.  It must balance both relaxation and adventure.
While I now live in Colorado and miss the desert, when I was a desert-dweller, I sorely missed the seasons and that often meant a trip to Utah. 
            Yes, Green Bees, Utah is one of those places that I’d never given much thought until I drove through it for the first time on my move from Chicago to Vegas.  I was immediately taken by how rapidly the rock formations changed and by just how expansive the world felt.  From my base in Vegas, the city of St. George, Utah quickly became something of a gateway to all that the great state has to offer.  
            I’m a big fan of a road trip, but something about which I haven’t often written is that I really don’t enjoy driving all that much, so on my very first trip to Utah (we were heading for Salt Lake City), imagine how happy I was to roll right into St. George about 3 hours in the car.  It was a place of wonderful respite and I was surprised to see all that the town that was supposed to be just a pit stop had to offer.  Here are my top three things to do in and around St. George, Utah in the fall: 

1)  Take the time to stop and explore St. George itself.  Yes, it’s a chain restaurant, but on all of my trips through town, I found that the Black Bear Diner in St .George was a fun, friendly, and always busy spot to fuel up (or to refuel on the way home).  The Dinosaur Discovery Site, which I first noticed and was not able to visit on my move to Vegas, is a great place to check out some local prehistoric culture.  This museum literally came to exist because a farmer was tilling a new section of his land and happened to find dinosaur tracks.  The volunteer docents are incredibly knowledgeable, they are friendly, and the one that I met when I was there allowed me to step into an exhibit to compare the size of my curled-up body to that of a T-Rex footprint (the footprint was bigger).  After this little excursion, I’d recommend that you simply take a drive around the foothills.  The views are breathtaking! 
2)  Zion National Park is just over an hour away from St. George and is definitely one of my favorite national parks ever.  It is another place with amazing landscapes, but also contains some rather thrilling hikes, like that up to Angel’s Landing and through the Narrows (Check out those adventures HERE and HERE).  If a 1500 foot gain in elevation isn’t your thing and you don’t love walking through a rushing river (which is epic both in the summer and in the fall), there are quite a few easy hikes (like Emerald Pools) and the camping is wonderful.
3)  St. George is also a great gateway to Salt Lake City.  As aforementioned, my first stop in St. George was on my way up to the capital in the late summer.  We wound our way up through the Silver Reef Ghost Town and into the city, where we then branched out and did some hiking.  The further north we got, the more the leaves had changed and it is easy to imagine how beautiful a drive on the scenic Big Cottonwood Canyon Road would be. 

If, like me, you’re in need of a short break from your every day life, I’d highly recommend putting Utah on your travel to-do list.  St. George Is perfectly situated to provide you with anything that you need to continue on a journey or to comfortably keep you relaxed and entertained for a longer stay. 

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Funny way...

Monday, November 19, 2018

Today's thought has been brought to you (by way of me) by way of Pinterest: 

"Life has a funny way of working out just when you start to believe it never will."

... and that's about all I think is necessary to say for today... 

Happy Monday, y'all! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the sweater was thrifted
: the dress was thrifted and then hand bleach-dyed
: the leggings are hand-me-downs
: the necklace is handmade
: the rings are handmade

Sweater = thrifted
Leggings = hand-me-downs

#SustainableSunday with Sudara...

Sunday, November 18, 2018

I do believe that I've written in the past that the Universe works in the most mysterious of ways.  I've been incredibly lucky to find that if a need for something arises, it is rather quickly met.  This is the case again today.  Yesterday, this gorgeous pair of Punjammies from Sudara made their way into my mailbox and today I awoke feeling rather wretched.  However, simply putting these beautiful jammie pants on did wonders for my mood.  

Allow me to explain a bit further: Every pair of Punjammies are handmade and fair trade and that's always something that I feel good about. This particular pair of Punjammies is a bit of a departure from the usual though: this style was digntally-dyed using eco-friendly techniques that significantly reduce the quantity of water that is required in traditional printing methods.  

As aforementioned, everything created by Sudara is handmade and fair trade by women who have escaped from sex-slavery or other forms of human trafficking.  Since 2006, Sudara has gone through a number of changes to help them more efficiently and effectively help women live better lives.  As I write this today, they have made partnerships with a number of sewing centers that all provide safe working conditions and provide a fair living wage.  Many of the women who started with these partnerships have now graduated to form their own businesses.  While Sudara is incredibly open in stating that more work is necessary, starting to switch their printing method to one that is more ecologically sustainable is a wonderful step in a positive direction and I couldn't be more proud to have been asked to help share their mission with the world! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the sweater was thrifted
: the trousers are fair trade and handmade from eco-friendly materials
: the boots are thrifted
: the rings are handmade
: the beanie was handmade

Beanie handmade by me

Hi... I don't know how to hold still...

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Sooo, it may just be because I'm surrounded by various groups of children who enjoy bouncing off the walls, or it may just be that when I dress like a hippie I get happy, but today I just have not been able to stay in one place if my life depended on it. 

... also... an abnormally large influx of espresso may have something to do with it.  

The jury is out on this one. 

In any case, I've been spending quite a bit of time lately trying to help students change their negative mindsets and turn them into positive/growth mindsets.  It's turned out to be an absolutely incredible challenge that is often quite draining, so I have turned back to time outside, time on the yoga mat (I've finally managed to get my unsupported headstand), and fun fashion!  In the grand scheme of days in the world, yesterday probably wasn't really awful, but in the scope of my own life, yesterday was rough and I needed a serious attitude adjustment.  

That being said, I decided to go full boho today with my Technicolor Dreamcoat and a ton of jewelry and for real, friends, it made all the difference in the world.  I felt so incredibly at home in this outfit, though it was super loud, and though I've only been at this job for a few months and usually try to keep the wild-boho-hippie version of myself just a bit under wraps, I let it all out and was greeted with nothing but positivity.  

I also got the vibe that once my students saw me being a bit (far) out there (man), they relaxed a bit more than usual and let their true personalities come through. 

... or maybe it was just my imagination... or the copious amounts of coffee... 

#FreebieFriday with Moon & Star Co....

Friday, November 9, 2018

Howdy, y'all!  I have got to tell you: I've been living in these gorgeous handmade/fair trade shoes from Moon & Star Co.  They are incredibly comfortable (the leather is starting to mold just perfectly to the shape of my feet) and I really appreciate the way that they remind me of my days as a world traveler (they are made in Turkey and every time I have them on, I think back to my time in Turkey and the first time I ever heart a muezzin call).  

Also... they are shiny and that kind of just completes me.  

If you want to have some shiny, ethical shoes of your own,  you're in luck!  My pals over at Moon & Star Co. would like to give y'all the opportunity to win a $75 shop credit to their store! 

To snag this gift card: 

If you want in on the goodies, here's what we're asking you to do: 

: like the giveaway post
: follow @moonandstar.co
: follow @greenchiclife
: tag friends in the comments (you get an entry per tag)

This giveaway will run until 23:59 PST on 16-November-2018.  A winner will be chosen at random and contacted via direct message.  The winner will have 24 hours to reply to accept their prize or a new winner will be chosen.  This giveaway is open to international entrants!. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram.  By entering this promotion, you are confirming that you're at least 18 years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use. 

Sonnefleurs, and punkins, and tie dye... oh my...

Monday, October 29, 2018

I am so thankful that finally, I have restored my spirit and soul and am getting back to my old wandering self.  I suppose it helps to have a partner who has also just been through some life changes that mirror my own and has also just regained his sense of adventure.  Yes, My Sun and Stars and I decided to get into the spirit of the season over the weekend by wandering out to a pumpkin patch.  

The initial plan was to find a place where we could pick pumpkins off the vine (he's never done it and that's all I've ever done), and while we were unsuccessful, we found the cutest little farm!  Seriously... there was even a black cat slinking around.  When we arrived, we were the only people there, so we had the chance to get in a walkabout and take some photos.  I loved that all of the pumpkins are grown locally and organically.  The farmers have even developed a lovely symbiotic relationship with some squirrels on the property: they leave the smushed up pumpkins out and the squirrels happily devour them in preparation for hibernation, but somehow, leave all of the pumpkins that are still for sale alone!  

It was just another magical day with a magical person in a magical place! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the necklace is handmade
: the top is fair trade and was purchased at a small local business
: the bracelets are handmade
: the rings are handmade


#SustainableSunday with Moon & Star Ltd....

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Traveling and moving around quite a bit has certainly had an incredible impact upon my life.  Just last week, I was feeling a bit frustrated and woke up wanting to drive out to the desert to wander around in the harsh and wild, but quiet surroundings.  It took me several minutes to remember that I now live in Colorado and that I'm not in the desert anymore.  A few days later, I found myself missing spending fall in Germany.  

Today, my Sun and Stars (if you missed this on Instagram, hope over now to see find out about what I'm referring) took a walk in his town of Golden.  It reminded me quite a bit of fall in Germany and I absolutely loved having the opportunity to reconnect with nature.  

As you can see, I wore some rather fabulous and sparkly shoes on this adventure.  Sun and Stars and I (the Moon of his Life) kind of adore the fact that these happy shoes come from a company called Moon and Star Ltd.  How crazy is that? 

Anyway, these shoes were handmade in Turkey in a fair trade setting.  Everything made by Moon and Star is created by hand by local people/families.  Moon and Star does not use forced labor or child labor and pays a fair living wage to all of their artisans.  They also aim to give 10% back in profit sharing so that all of their artisans can make improvements and updates to their small shops or studios. 

I especially like them because they remind me of a trip I took to Turkey a few years ago.  While I was wearing these shoes, several times I looked at them and easily recalled the first time I heard a muezzin call.  I remembered how friendly our taxi driver to Ephesus was and how kind the people in town were.  I also really enjoy these shoes because they're different.  They are comfortable, but they tell a story.  Basically... they are something I'm proud to wear! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the blouse was a hand-me-down
: the earrings are handmade of sustainably-harvested butterfly wings
: the bracelets are handmade
: the rings are handmade
: the shoes are handmade and fair trade