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#SustainableSunday with Kindom...

Sunday, December 9, 2018

As the seasons change, it's normal to want to make some swaps with one's wardrobe.  I've been asked a few times lately how it's possible that it always looks like I've got new and different clothes, even though I make every attempt to live minimally.  On the one hand, I blog, and am very lucky to be the recipient of some really fun pieces (like this dress ^), but I've also taken several steps to help me make smart choices with what I do allow into my closet or household. 

That being said, when I do decide to bring something new (as opposed to thrifted or handed down), I choose items that are ethically-made, sustainably-made, and I pick things that can be worn in a number of different ways.  

I've teamed up with Kindom before on their first collection and on their special release tees last summer, but their new winter collection is AMAZING!  They make all of their products using re-claimed fibers and fabrics and the prints and colours they've tracked down for this collection are fabulous.  I'll be honest: normally, I am not a fan of the wrap dress (... and I once owned a Diane Von Furstenburg wrap dress that I found in a charity shop when I lived in NYC... that's THE wrap dress).  They often fit me a bit strangely and don't feel versatile, but this particular dress happens to be something of a game-changer. 

The print and colours are amazing and I felt kind of like I glowed in this dress all day long.  Both my students and co-workers commented on this piece all day long.  Plus, I discovered that it looks like of amazing layered over my new thrifted bellbottoms AND if I get a bit fancy with the way I tie this dress, it makes a perfect kimono or beach cover up!  I'd say that that makes it pretty darn versatile!  


What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the dress was made from reclaimed fabrics
: the boots were hand-me-downs from my step-sister
: the bracelets were all ethically handmade
: the ring is sustainably handmade
 : the leggings were hand-me-downs from my mum







#FreebieFriday with Artisans of Inti...

Friday, December 7, 2018

Green Bees, I am totally, completely in love with my beautiful new boots from Artisans of Inti.  After choosing which style of boot I wanted from their premier collection, I was able to totally customize them!  I picked the leather and the textiles, sent over my specific foot measurements, and my new favourite shoemaker, José, made them so that they are beautiful and fit like a glove.  Because I had such fun with this process and get so many compliments on these handmade, fair trade boots, I wanted to give you the opportunity to get in on the action yourself!  One lucky entrant will win the customized boots of their choice! 

To enter, all you need to do is: 

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

This giveaway will run until 23:59 PST on 14-December-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.   

Perfection? Naaaaah...

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The other day, I caught myself telling my students that all I was looking for from them was perfection.  TBH, they were just attempting to stand quietly in a line until I welcomed them into the classroom, which should technically be a pretty simple thing to do, but it's something with which they often struggle, but when I realized what I was asking, I realized that I was a bit out of line (if you'll allow me the expression).  

Perfection is something which which I often struggle.  I remember that when I was in middle school, someone that I somewhat idolized was the character Ren on the Disney show "Even Stevens."  She was a type-A, go-getter, who had amazing grades and was the president of everything.  I totally and completely aspired to be her and I came quite close, but I was miserable.  As the years have passed, I've come to accept the thought that perfection just isn't realistic because the sacrifices that are necessary to attain true perfection just aren't worth it (to me) in the end.  

I think that life is really just about having love and doing one's best. 


What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the hat was handmade by me
: the sweater was thrifted
: the tank was thrifted and then tie dyed
: the jeans were up-cycled
: the booties were hand-me-downs from my mum
: the bracelet was 3D printed by My Sun and Stars
: the earrings were handmade from ethically-harvested butterfly wings






Hat handmade by me
Bracelet 3D printed by my love
Sweater = thrifted
Booties = hand-me-downs from my mum

#SustainableSunday with Artisans of Inti...

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Ok, let me level with you here just a bit: it was FREEZING outside when we took these photos.  That being said, the weather is changing and that means that it's officially time to wear boots.  One of the bigger struggles I've encountered while transitioning my wardrobe to one that is as ethical and sustainable as possible has been finding shoes that are fun and fit the bill.  

I am quite happy to have paired with new brand, Artisans of Inti to help introduce their very first collection ever!  This Peru-based company has developed a range of incredibly fun men's and women's footwear.  Everything is made with ethical leather and hand-woven textiles.  I was able to customize these Chaska boots from their new collection and my new favorite cobbler, José did an amazing job of selecting just the right bits of textile to go along with the maroon leather.  He's been a shoemaker for over 20 years and sources his textiles from female weavers in the Paucartambo, Cusco.   He (and all of the other artisans) are also paid fair living wages (which is great because José hopes to someday open a school to teach students from low-income families to make shoes), everything is done in safe workshops, and everything is made in ways that help to preserve traditional shoemaking techniques.  

The current collection has 7 different styles that can be totally customized.  You can choose the leather and textile colours of your choice and then you can input your specific foot measurements so that your boots are really and truly just yours!  Mine fit like a glove!  

To help get things up and running, Artisans of Inti have a few holiday promos running!  Use code: HOLIDAYSPIRIT to receive $15 off of an online order or use code: SLOWFASHIONHOLIDAY for 15% off of all purchases of $300 or more!   


What's sustainable about this outfit? 

 : the top is handmade from eco-friendly materials
: the tank was thrifted
: the necklace is handmade and fair trade
: the bracelets are handmade
: the boots are handmade and fair trade






#FreebieFriday with Brightly Co...

Friday, November 30, 2018

This week, I have been all about Brightly and their entire range of eco-friendly and sustainable gifts and goodies.  I am head over heels for the cross body bag they sent me to try out and I've just got to share the ethical wealth with the world.  That being said, the friendly people at Brightly are offering you the chance to win a $50 shop credit to stock up on some goodies of your own!

To enter, all you need to do is: 

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

This giveaway will run until 23:59 PST on 7-December-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. 

Butterflies and thankfulness...

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Gratitude has been on my mind quite a bit over the last few weeks.  My Sun and Stars and I have combined out homeroom classes and we have been creating a series of lessons about global events and cultures in an effort to foster more empathy.  We've also used these lessons to help students learn to focus on the positives in their lives and in doing so, I've found myself being much more mindful about the good in my life.  

Honestly, My Sun and Stars has become such a huge source of joy in my life and I am so insanely grateful to him.  For real.  

We live near a magical invertebrate museum called the Butterfly Pavilion.  I've always been a huge fan of butterflies because not only are they lovely to look at, they are fragile but strong and experience an incredible degree of change in a short span of time.  Over Thanksgiving break, I developed a fun and exciting cold from which I really only got relief if I was in a hot, humid shower, so I thought that a trip to the hot, humid Butterfly Pavilion might be a great way to get out of the house and feel better.  When we arrived, I'd planned to buy an annual membership, but My Sun and Stars had already bought one for me!  

Seriously... he's so thoughtful.  I am so thankful.  I don't know how I got so lucky! 


What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the top was thrifted and up-cycled/tie dyed
: the jeans were thrifted
: the boots were thrifted
: the bag is handmade and fair trade 
: the earrings were handmade from sustainably-harvested butterfly wings
: the bracelets were handmade








Jeans = thrifted
Booties = thrifted

#SustainableSunday with Brightly Co...

Sunday, November 25, 2018

My dearest Green Bees, please allow me to introduce you to Brightly Co. This wonderful small shop is focused on bringing handmade, fair trade, and eco-friendly goods to the greater world.  They have teamed up with : Green Chic Life : favourite brands like GlobeIn, Matter Prints, Cause Roast, Adelante Shoe Co., and one of our new faves: Purse and Clutch.  

At Brightly, the mission is truly to bring quality goods to conscious-minded consumers around the world.  They only work with brands that verify that their products do not harm the environment and that their artisans are fairly-paid.  These partner brands are generally all affiliated with NGOs that give back to the artisans and their communities.  In addition to these positive initiatives, Brightly donates to support clean water initiatives around the world.  

They were kind enough to send me their Purse & Clutch larger cross body bag to replace a thrifted bag that recently fell apart after almost a decade of steady use.  I was thrilled to receive a handmade product that was ethically made in Ethiopia.  The quality is amazing, the size is just big enough for me to carry the essentials without needing to lug around a small suitcase, and I love the colour.  This bag will totally work with my wardrobe for every season, and for that, I'm grateful!  Less is better! 

If you happen to be in the market for some truly fabulous holiday gifts, I urge you to check out Brightly's daily deals that will continue through Cyber Monday tomorrow.  On Giving Tuesday, they will be running a "Give Your Discount Away for Good" deal where 10% of all purchase proceeds will be given to the Wildfire Relief Fund to help with fire relief initiatives in both Norther and Southern California.  They have also put together a rather fabulous sustainable gift guide to help you to give the most ethical gifts possible this holiday season! 


What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the top was thrifted
: the bag is handmade and fair trade
: the booties were thrifted
: the sunglasses are made of eco-friendly wood
: the earrings were handmade from ethically-harvested butterfly wings
: the bracelets are handmade
: the rings are handmade
: the necklace is handmade







Top = thrifted
Booties = thrifted