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An intro to maternity clothing...

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Maternity clothes.  

It's a benign enough phrase, but it's always recalled photos of my mum, pregnant with me in the late 80s, wearing giant shapeless mumu-like dresses that have always invoked a certain degree of fear.  If you've been a reader here since the beginning, you may recall that Nicole Richie used to be my top style role model and when she was pregnant with Harlow, she told a magazine that she didn't want to have to buy any maternity clothing at all, and she ended up looking glamorous and bohemian in pretty much every paparazzi photo and magazine spread I happened to see.  

This was inspiring.  

Cue college-aged me wearing the most bohemian garments I could track down on my limited budget.  

And then I never totally grew out of that phase, which is lucky, because most of what is in my closet is loose and airy and I haven't had to pack most of it away to get me through these last few months.  However, since I'm human, I get bored with the pieces that have been hanging in my closet for years and I wanted to spruce things up and keep them interesting.  

The catch?  I'm on a super budget and don't want to make a negative impact on the planet.  Enter swap.com.  They are my favorite online thrift store and were kind enough to hook me  up with my very first maternity pieces.  For $50, I was able to get 2 maternity tops, 2 pairs of maternity jeans, and a cardigan that I just thought was super cute (plus shipping).  These pieces have really helped me to ease into the current world of maternity clothing without breaking the bank or putting more demand on the environment to produce new goods.  

... and Swap.com doesn't just have maternity clothing.  I got these booties from them in our first ever collaboration for Earth Day 2017 and I will wear them until they literally fall apart.  They stock items for the whole family and if you'd like to give them a try, I'd love to give you my coupon code: greenchiclife35 so you can save 35% off of your first order! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the earrings are fair trade and handmade
: the top was thrifted
: the bracelets are all handmade
: the necklaces are fair trade and handmade
: the boots were thrifted

Maternity top c/o Swap.com (Save 35% off with code: greenchiclife35)

Tap Tap Organics...

Monday, September 16, 2019

As my journey through pregnancy continues, I've come to accept that many of the products that I used in what I still considered to be a rather "green" life, really weren't all that green at all.  I've had to set aside quite a few bath and body products that contain chemicals that have been said, in some cases, to lead to birth defects, which as small a thing is that is, it was really difficult to do at first.  

Luckily for me, I belong to a community of wonderful people who create wonderful, safe products.  I recently teamed up with Tap Tap Organics and not a moment too soon!  They sent me their Head to Toe cocoa butter, which feels AMAZING to slather all over my belly after a warm shower.  I wish that I could give all of the credit to my skin, but I think this is one of those things that has helped me to avoid stretch marks (so far...) as I'm rolling into week 28 with this little Tater Tot on board.  It doesn't include any essential oils, but is made simply of coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, jojoba oil, avocado oil, and vitamin E, and everything is organic.  This makes it super safe for me to use with a baby on board, but is also safe for baby once he is born! 

They also sent me their Regenerate Rose & Neroli Oil, which is a great, smooth moisturizer to use in place of the chemically lotions I was using before I was preggo.  The only ingredients in this hydrator are: grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, tea leaves, rose oil, neroli oil, camomile and geranium oils, and vitamin E.  

Something that I truly appreciate about both of these products, and well... the entire Tap Tap line, is that I can pronounce ALL of the ingredients that they use (even if it is a little tricky for me to say "jojoba!").  Everything is organic, so I'm not worried about random chemicals sneaking their way in.  Tap Tap even goes out of their way to find non-GMO ingredients to make their products even safer.  Oh, and all of their packaging can be returned and refilled!  If you need a refill, when you go to the product page, you can select "Yes- I need a free return label for my empties" or "No- First time purchase" and they'll hook you up!  I love that I've found another brand that encourages reuse of their (adorable) packaging!  It's just one more small step that we can all take together to make a huge difference in the world! 

#SustainableSunday with SusiSusi...

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Circle up, y'all!  Hehe... see what I did there?   Because my bag is a circle?  

I crack myself up, but that aside, I'm happy to be telling you a bit about my newest sustainable partner: SusiSusi.  This brand has a US base in Florida, but everything that they make is prepared in Ecuador from toquilla straw, which grows naturally and rapidly there.  Maria, the creator behind Susi Susi grew up in Ecuador and wanted to help the women there rise above both poverty and judgement, so she created a brand to do just that.  

Maria's team is made of all women, many of whom she has known for most of her life, who hand-weave a beautiful range of straw bags for international consumers. It takes two or three days just to make one bag!  

With that knowledge in mind, I wandered out today with my new black straw bag, and I cannot lie: I felt pretty awesome.  I love the shape of the bag; even though it is straw, the color will help it transition into fall (and it'll be perfect for going out next spring); and the quality with which it was made is absolutely superb. It's a great size for holding my wallet, phone, lip balm, and to-go cup and I also love the little mini handbag embellishment! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the earrings are handmade
: the tank was thrifted
: the jeans were thrifted
: the bracelet is fair trade and handmade
: the sandals are fair trade and handmade
: the bag is fair trade and handmade

Maternity jeans c/o Swap.com (take 35% off your purchase with code: GREENCHICLIFE35

#FreebieFriday with Malia Designs...

Friday, September 13, 2019

Green Bees!  #FreebieFriday is making a comeback again and I'm so happy that our first giveaway after the hiatus is with Malia Designs.  As you saw on #SustainableSunday, I'm kind of in love with my new leaf print bag.  Ok, I love the print, but what I love more is that it does so much good!  Every Malia Designs purchase helps to combat child labor by paying employees enough to send their children to school, fight global poverty by empowering marginalized communities, and help to fund anti-trafficking efforts (Malia Designs has donated over $160,000 to date to organizations in Cambodia and the US).  In addition to this good, all of their materials are sustainably sources (many are recycled) and they are just kind of an awesome small business. 

Since they're just that awesome, my new pals at Malia Designs have asked me to host a giveaway.  They'll hook the winner up with the bag or wallet of their choice!  How is that for options? 

To #carryacause: 

: like the giveaway post
: follow @greenchiclife
: tag at least 2 friends in separate comments (You get an entry per tag, so feel free to tag all of your pals!)

This giveaway will run until 23:59 PST on 20-September-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.

Clothes that do good...

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Last year at work, I instituted what I called "Random Theme Days," in which I'd send an email on a super random day asking co-workers to dress a certain way.  These days were incredibly sporadic and I tended to choose to do them when morale felt low in the building.  It was a really easy way to instill a bit of camaraderie and pick up our vibration.  Plus, it was always fun to see when students noticed that the majority of the staff was wearing plaid or had floral print on.

This year, our administration has gotten on board and we've tried to make these days occur more regularly.  I got to make a list of all the themes and on "Graphic Tee Day," I realized that I had a really cool vehicle to instill some good into the community.  

I chose to wear my "This Shirt Does Good" tee from Do Good Shop.  

I like it because, aside from being fair trade and donating back to anti-human trafficking efforts, the message is clear-ish, but not so clear that you can totally understand it without having a conversation.   I lost track of the number of staff members and students who asked me about this tee as the day progressed and loved the opportunity to talk to the kids, especially, about how clothing is produced, how some people work in horrendous conditions, and how some people have to surrender control of their lives because of the balance of power in the world.  I like to think that it put things in perspective for at least a few of the people with whom I chatted. 

I also tried to back this tee up with lots of other handmade and fair trade pieces to really drive home the point that you don't have to sacrifice style just because you're helping people! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the earrings are fair trade and handmade
: the necklace is handmade and supports conservation efforts
: the tee is fair trade and supports anti-human trafficking efforts
: the bracelets are fair trade and handmade
: the boots are fair trade and handmade

#SustainableSunday with Malia Designs...

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Close your eyes for a moment and picture one thing that you always feel like you need to have with you.  

What did you come up with? 

For me, it's a bag (ok... and lip balm...).  The rate at which I find myself moving things around is a little bit extreme, but because I am super organized, and my belly is too big for a box, I'm kind of hooked on containing things in a bag.  That being said, thank goodness the awesome peeps at Malia Designs asked me to partner with them.  I've been trying to replace both my school bag and a casual weekend sort of bag since the ones I'm using are on their last legs, so I was super excited to be able to try out their green leaf bucket bag.  

This bag is beautifully made.  It has an adjustable strap, zipper closure, a zipper pocket on the back (perfect for my lip balm), and two interior pockets. The print is adorable and is in my favorite colors, but these are not the only reasons that I love it. 

This bag takes sustainability and ethics to new levels. The materials that go into every Malia Designs product are all locally and sustainably sourced.  Many of them are actually even recycled.  Not only is the leaf bag green, it's GREEN!  All Malia Designs products are also made in a fair trade setting by over 300 artisans.  These craftspeople are paid a fair living wage, which enables them to send their children to school (and combat child labor) and helps to fight global poverty.  Because many of the artisans making their products are women, Malia Designs bags also help to stand up for gender equality by giving independence to females who might otherwise not obtain it.  

Oh, and to date, Malia Designs has been able to donate over $160,000 to fund anti-trafficking efforts in Cambodia and in the US.

I love how all of these things roll together into their #CarryACause campaign.  I am proud to carry my leaf bag, be it to school or to run errands on the weekend.  If you'd like to invest in one of their pieces of your own, you can take 20% off of your order with code: CARRYACAUSE. 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the earrings are fair trade and handmade
: the necklace is handmade
: the bracelet is fair trade and handmade
: the tee is made of sustainable Lyocell
: the bag is fair trade and handmade
: the shoes are fair trade and handmade

Maternity/nursing tee in tofu c/o Boob Designs (Get 20% off with code SIGNESXBOOB20)

Remembering that I am human...

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

You know how there are those bloggers out there who always look insanely perfect?  Their outfits are completely put together.  Their photographs are all taken in just the right light.  They never have a hair out of place... unless that's the style and in that case, they look SO DANG COOL!  You find yourself wondering if they truly look the way they are pictured or if they have access to some really amazing editing software... or a team of hair stylists/makeup artists/photographers/editors, etc. 

I used to really aspire to be one of those bloggers.  When I lived in Germany and worked weird hours, but often was only at work for 4 days a week, I could easily spend 5 hours a day just on one blog post... and all of the subsequent social media posts and interactions that need to happen to help that post make even the tiniest blip on the digital world's radar. 

These days, while I love to post photos, I'm trying to grow a human and kick booty at my full-time teaching job and learn to be a family, so sometimes when the first time to take photos arrises, I'm a tired mess.  

Today was one of those days, and in the interested in remembering that I am human, I've decided to go ahead and post these snaps, wild hair, baggy eyes, and all! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the earrings are fair trade and handmade
: the bracelets are fair trade and handmade
: the necklace is handmade
: the ring is fair trade and handmade
: the leggings are made of sustainable bamboo
: the dress was up-cycled and tie dyed