: Green Chic Life :

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Wednesday waffles...

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

... doesn't that sound good?  Well, Green Bees... I actually had French toast for brekkie, not waffles, but I will say that this waffle top from LAMade was insanely cozy! 

As you can see, my belly, and belly button, have totally popped and because I haven't wanted to go out of my way to purchase all sorts of maternity clothing that I'll wear minimally for a short period of time, I've been on the lookout for pieces that I can be huge in, but that will continue to be comfy and stylish once baby boy is born.  

This thermal totally fits the bill PLUS it was made locally in a family-owned factory in LA from 100% cotton.  It was perfect to throw on with jeans (which are my pre-preggo trousers... they aren't buttoned or zipped!) and dressed up a bit with some fun fair trade jewelry pieces! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the earrings are fair trade and handmade
: the waffle top is made locally from sustainable fabrics
: the booties were thrifted

Just twirling in a field at sunset...

Monday, November 18, 2019

... doesn't everyone do that? 

The last weekend was insane.  After a crazy work week, I had a craft show... at my school... that I've spent the last 6 weeks insanely absorbed in organizing... at 36 weeks preggo... once again, doesn't everyone do that? 

Sunday was supposed to be a chill, relax day, but we ended up running errands and just kind of being all over the place.  On the way home, though, I needed a little break.  We just so happened to be near the botanical gardens satellite location, so SunStars and I pulled over to breathe, look at the mountains, and feel the sun on our skin.  

The quick break from a hectic series of days was much needed and much appreciated. 

It was a good reminder that, sometimes, just a few minutes out of the grind is all one needs to reset! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the sunglasses are made of sustainable wood
: the earrings are fair trade and handmade
: the tank is fair trade 
: the kimono is fair trade and handmade
: the necklace is handmade
: the bracelets are fair trade and handmade
: the jeans were thrifted
: the boots are fair trade and handmade

#SustainableSunday with WorldFinds...

Sunday, November 17, 2019

It's no secret to those who know me that I'm a bit obsessed with tie dye, but when I find sustainable/handmade jewelry that perfectly compliments my tie dye, I'm not gonna lie... I'm kind of over the moon about it!  

This week, for #SustainableSunday, I've teamed up with a company that does just that! 

WorldFinds provides employment for over 700 women in India and Bali through the creation of jewelry that is largely made from recycled saris (you know... Kantha jewelry).  I've seen Kantha jewelry before and I've even owned a few pieces, but none of the Kantha pieces that have made their way into my wardrobe before even come close to the awesome designs of the pieces from WorldFinds! 

If you're not familiar, Kantha quilts are made of stacks of worn saris which are then embroidered and given new life!  Kantha jewelry is made from the leftover scraps.  Beaded jewelry is made by wrapping fabric over hand-made wooden beads.  Once a number of beads are prepped, they are strung together to create pieces like my new layered bracelet.  Other pieces in the collection, like the chandelier earrings in this outfit, are made by folding and wrapping more sari scraps.  

I love each of these pieces because they are totally unique.  Beyond that, this jewelry helps to empower women, send girls to school, and help to transform communities.  By giving women a safe place to work and a fair living wage, they're able to support themselves, their families, and invigorate their friends and neighbors. 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the earrings are fair trade and handmade
: the top is fair trade and handmade
: the jeans were thrifted
: the boots are fair trade and handmade
: the bracelet is fair trade and handmade
: the necklace is fair trade and handmade

#FreebieFriday with Rover & Kin...

Friday, November 15, 2019

As y'all know, fair trade is kind of my jam.  I was incredibly thrilled to show off a few pieces from Rover & Kin on Monday (and have more to share with you soon), and because I was so jazzed, they offered to host a giveaway for me!  That means that one lucky winner will get to go through the entire Rover & Kin shop and receive the piece of jewelry of their choice!  Woooooo, choices!  How rad is that? 

You know what else is rad?  That everything in their inventory has been handmade by a group of very strong women who belong to the fair trade compound.  All of these women are paid a fair living wage that is roughly 35% higher than the wages that many of their contemporaries receive.  They are also given access to healthcare and their children are able to attend co-op sponsored schools.  

To experience Rover & Kin and win some of their fair trade goodness for yourself:  

: like the giveaway post
: follow @roverandkin
: follow @greenchiclife
: tag at friends in separate comments 
(You get an entry per tag, so feel free to tag lots and lots of pals!)

This giveaway will run until 23:59 PST on 22-November-2019.  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 US entrants only. 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.

Ellery: curating and giving back...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Ok, y'all... this year I was SO good!  Since I knew that I was preggo last spring, I spent my summer searching for the best sustainable and/or ethical holiday gifts so I'd be all set before Tater Tot arrives. I've already showed off a few of these things (see this week's #SustainableSunday post for the Full Circle Living Zero Waste Kit), but I've got more up my sleeve!  

Today, I have to gush a bit about Ellery, a shop that was inspired by a grandmother who loved to save and reuse everything possible.  Shop owner, Emily, learned a bit more about the way the world of fashion works while in college and set out to curate a shop that is filled with gorgeous fair trade pieces that are all handmade by women in fair trade settings. 

Green Bees, this is totally a store that operates on ideals that I can get behind, so I totally jumped at the opportunity to share it with you!  Emily sent me their Kavya clutch, which HELLO... is absolutely adorable!  At first glance, it looks like a super summery piece because it's exterior was hand loomed and is white, but upon closer inspection, the glittery gold that has been worked into the white Jacquard starts to pop.  Friends, this clutch is ideal for the holidays!  While I won't be out partying this holiday season, I did give it a test drive and can tell you that it's the perfect fit for a wallet, a giant iPhone, and the makeup you'd want for touchups on nights out!  The leather tassel gives it the perfect finishing touch.  I'm seriously looking forward to the days when I can show it off! 

Emily also shared a pair of her Grenada earrings with me.  These gems have a boho design that has been hammered onto brass.  They are lightweight and add a fun little pop to the average outfit.  I loved how they matched with the Kavya clutch (hello, gift set anyone?) and helped bring a bit of shine to my outfit!  

While the folks at Ellery work hard at creating beautiful pieces, they've also dedicated themselves to helping the world.  Everything they sell has been curated from shops that give back to the world, like the Kavya clutch by Bloom and Give.  This company provides safe working conditions for their female artisans and they donate 10% of sales (which equates to about half of their profits) to programs that send girls to school in India.  As you may know, many girls in India are unable to attend school, but research has shown that when a girl in India attends school, she earns more, has healthier children, and reinvests more in her family.  As a full-time teacher by day myself, this mission is near and dear to my heart! 

That being said, as you're crossing gifts off of your list, I'd love it if you would consider shopping with Ellery!  If you must purchase new goodies, purchase goodies that come from a good place and give back! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the earrings are fair trade and handmade
: the necklace is fair trade and handmade
: the cuff is fair trade and handmade
: the tee is made from reclaimed fabrics
: the dress is made from reclaimed fabrics
: the boots are fair trade and handmade
: the clutch is fair trade and handmade

Connections and kin...

Monday, November 11, 2019

Mahatma Gandhi once said that "In a gentle way, you can shake the world" and it is with this thought in mind that Rover & Kin came to exist.  This Fair Trade Federation member shop was created to make a difference in the world.  They do so by creating designs that can be handmade using locally-sourced and sustainable materials in a fair trade setting.  This means that all of their artisans receive a fair living wage (about 35% higher than many of their contemporaries) for their work, they are given access to healthcare in small local clinics and larger hospitals, and their children have access to learning centers.  

The artisans employed by Rover & Kin are often the breadwinners of their families and their jobs allow them to send their children to school.  This schooling helps to empower and support small communities while simultaneously preserving the art forms that have existed in these communities throughout their histories. The artisans working for Rover & Kin also receive micro-loans to start their own businesses and other financial assistance since many people do not have access to formal banking systems. 

I was fortunate enough to receive several pieces of jewelry from their current collection to try out and show off.  In these snaps, I've paired their hammered Tara ring with the hammered flipped shapes earrings for a fun, fair trade, winter outfit.  My earrings were beautifully made by a woman named Farzana, which I know because she signed her name on the card on which they came.  I love this personal touch!  Being able to put a name with the jewelry I'm wearing helps to put my mind at ease and always makes me feel a bit more connected to the rest of the world. 

If you're looking to make some connections, some kin-ship if you will, I highly recommend taking a look at their shop!  You can save 20% off of your purchase with code: FAIRTRADE! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the hat was made with yarn that was going to be thrown away
: the earrings are fair trade and handmade
: the dress is fair trade and handmade
: the sweater was a hand-me-down
: the leggings are fair trade and handmade
: the ring is fair trade and handmade
: the boots were thrifted

#SustainableSunday with Living Full Circle...

Sunday, November 10, 2019

My dearest Green Bees, the holidays are approaching quickly and with them, travel is probably on your itinerary.  While I won't really be traveling, I will have a rather important hospital visit and short stay occurring between Thanksgiving and Christmas and for that, I most definitely already have a bag packed. 

When I packed said bag... you know... for the hospital... so we can meet our sweet Tater Tot... I wanted to pack it intentionally, the same way I would for travel.  This means that the items that will be moving around with me are items that are sustainable, ethical, handmade, and otherwise eco-friendly.  

It was for this reason that I was so glad to receive an email from Living Full Circle, asking me if I'd like to try out their new zero waste travel kit.  This thing has got just about everything you could need while you're on the move, and it made prepping my sustainable hospital bag super easy.  In this kit, you receive: 

: 2 bamboo toothbrushes
: 1 Nelson Naturals toothpaste (toxin free and in a reusable glass jar)
: 1 glass straw and straw cleaner by Ridley Straws
: 1 three-piece bamboo cutlery set in a sleeve
: 1 insulated burlap cooler bag
 : 1 re-usable grocery bag
: 1 tin of natural sunblock
: 1 travel size bottle of Plaine Products shampoo and conditioner (in reusable bottles)
: 1 reusable tin with a tiny shampoo bar, conditioner bar, and bar soap

The possibilities here are kind of endless and after I photographed everything, I tossed the whole kit and caboodle into my hospital bag.  I think the only thing that I won't end up needing at the hospital is probably the sunblock, but it will be all ready to go for spring break when we take Tater Tot to the beach to meet my dad for the first time! 

Since you probably aren't preparing to deliver a baby between the holidays and are much more likely to be planning some sort of wonderful travel-y adventure, I highly urge you to invest in some zero-waste solutions.  Everything in this kit is travel-sized, so you can get it through airport security just fine and you can feel good about not needing to use sub-par chemical-filled products in hard-to-recycle bottles during your hotel stay.  The straw and cutlery simplify your eating-on-the-go process and help you avoid using pesky plastic utensils.  If you're worried about getting them clean, don't!   You can just toss your used silverware back into the cotton case and wash everything when you're a bit more settled!  Easy, peasy!  

This kit would also make kind of a fun gift for someone who is looking to make some green life changes, or you could get one kit, and split the items between peeps as stocking stuffers!