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#FreebieFriday with Conscious Step...

Friday, June 5, 2020


The world is a complicated place these days and if you've been a reader here for a while, you'll know how important I think it is to use your purchasing power for good.  I get a real peace of mind from knowing that the products that I put on my body, share with my family, and consume haven't negatively impacted someone on the other side of the world. 

Last weekend, I shared Conscious Step with you.  They partner with non-profits to support human and environmental causes through the sale of socks!  Yep!  Their socks are made of organic cotton (which comes from small farms) in a fair trade factory in India and then they donate a portion of sales from each pair of socks straight back to the non-profit they're working with. 

Today just so happens to be World Environment Day, so we thought that we'd team up for a giveaway!  This gift set of ankle socks help to give water.  They help to support worldwide efforts through water.org (this one set of 3 pairs of socks provides one person access to safe drinking water for a year)!  They are also super soft, made of organic cotton, and are great for summer! 

To get in step: 
: like the giveaway post on Instagram
: follow @consciousstep
: 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 is open to US entrants and will end at 23:59 PST on 12-June-2020.  The winner will be randomly chosen and contacted via direct message on Instagram.  This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram.  By entering this contest, you are confirming that you're at least 18 years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use. 

Finding the light...

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

I've been hesitant to post because as accounts have gone dark and have muted themselves, I have wanted to show solidarity and I've busy learning. While I have used some of this muted time to do quite a bit of reading, I in no way consider myself to be an expert on human rights or on how to fix all of the problems that the world is currently facing, though I have come to truly value the things that bring happiness. 

I do feel that it isn't possible to be happy all the time because if happiness was all that we experienced, we wouldn't value it as much, but I do know that in times of upset, anger, fear, and sadless, looking for the light is essential. 

I don't want to be silent and I don't want to create more anger, so I will borrow some words from a favorite book (yes, it's from Harry Potter), and say that "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light."- Albus Dumbledore


What's sustainable about this outfit? 
: the headband was handmade
: the earrings are fair trade and handmade
: the bracelet is fair trade and handmade
: the jeans were up-cycled






Putting it all together...

Monday, June 1, 2020

How do y'all put your outfits together?  

I've always loved getting dressed, and while some of my outfits totally miss the mark (hello, trying too hard to fit a mold or particular style), I think it's super fun to piece together outfits.  

... but I don't always start in the same place. 

Sometimes, I see something on Pinterest or in Instagram that I totally love and want to adapt from my closet.  Sometimes, I have a piece of jewelry or a scarf that I really want to wear, so the outfit springs up around those specific pieces.  Sometimes, I just want to wear a certain texture or be covered in a specific print or color.  

This particular outfit was about the jewelry and about playing with earth tones.  Since the necklace and bracelet are metallic, yet still earthy, I wanted to play around with neutral colors.  I don't usually think to mix grey with brown, but I think this worked.  Oh, and just about every piece of this outfit is fair trade, so that's kind of cool... 

In what ways to you create your outfits?  Leave me some comments to let me know! 


What's sustainable about this outfit? 
: the earrings are fair trade and handmade from recycled metal
: the tank is fair trade and handmade from organic cotton
: the necklace is fair trade and handmade from up-cycled bullet casings
: the bracelet is fair trade and handmade from up-cycled bullet casings







#SustainableSunday with Conscious Step...

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Have you ever thought about taking a walk in someone else's socks?  I don't mean literally.  I guess I'm trying to make the connection to that phrase about taking a talk in someone else's shoes... you know... to develop empathy?

Well, with Conscious Step, you can experience something along the lines of empathy with your socks!  How?

Great question!  

All of the socks at Conscious Step are designed with a cause in mind.  They have tons of partnerships with non-profit organizations and each sock style is designed to reflect the causes that these non-profits represent.  If you love plants, they've got socks that protect tropical rainforests and socks that plant trees.  If you're an animal lover, don't worry!  They've got you covered with socks that save cats and dogs and socks that protect endangered animals.  More of a human interest sort of person?  Their collections for socks that educate children, end poverty, fight hunger, and stop violence might be just what you're looking for... and those aren't their only causes!

You can look through their list of causes, find one that you'd like to support, and then choose your socks.  Every pair of socks sold generates a donation for the non-profit partner for that cause!
They are currently working with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Conservation International, Action Against Hunger, The Trevor Project, Oxfam, and Trees for the Future, to name a few.

Conscious Step is also committed to sustainability.  The cotton for Conscious Step socks is grown in India, which helps to support small farms.  This cotton is also organic, so it is grown without the use of any pesticides, herbicides, or insecticides.  Once the cotton is grown and picked, these fair trade certified socks are created in safe factories, where workers are paid fairly, receive overtime compensation, and have freedom of association.  It seems that these benefits, along with the time and care spent on growing the cotton definitely pays off!  These socks are crazy comfortable!

What are you waiting for?  Pop over to Conscious Step and see all of their great causes and patterns!  Comment back here with your favorites!








#FreebieFriday with Aid Through Trade...

Friday, May 29, 2020

You saw these last in our most recent #SustainableSunday post and now I am so happy to let you know that these gorgeous handmade bracelets are up for a giveaway!  Yes, pals, my partners at Aid Through Trade have offered up a set of their new Havana bracelets for one lucky : Green Chic Life : reader!  

All of the bracelets in their shop are handmade in one of three village sites around Nepal.  There are 200 artisans who lovingly hand make each of these beaded roll-on bracelets.  The artisans also sign each tag so you can feel more connected by knowing that a real person created the gems you're wearing.  You can also hop over to their website to see short bios and photos of the artisan who crafted your jewelry.  The set that will be given away was made by Sunita B., who earns a fair living wage, benefits, and has a safe work environment!  

To connect to some amazing women in Nepal and enter to win: 

: like the giveaway post on Instagram
: 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 is open to US entrants and will end at 23:59 PST on 5-June-2020.  The winner will be randomly chosen and contacted via direct message on Instagram.  This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram.  By entering this contest, you are confirming that you're at least 18 years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's terms of use.

Mastering the art of tiny local adventures with a tiny human...

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Now that summer is here and it isn't necessary to be glued to a computer screen like we have been while trying to teach online, SunStars and I have been busy learning to master the art of tiny local adventures with a tiny human.  We were feeling a bit low energy and I got a craving for coffee, so we packed up the little one and headed out to get a buzz.  However, once we were out, we realized how much we enjoyed feeling the fresh air, so SunStars set his GPS for what he thought was a park that he had visited once in the past and liked.  

... cue suspenseful music... 

When we arrived, it didn't look at all the way he remembered it.  Instead of a lovely open field of grass and big trees, it was a series of ball fields and old buildings.  However, we were on a one-way street, so we had to follow it through to escape.  This turned out to be a good thing, as once we looped around, we were discovered a lovely trail bordering a creek, shaded by leafy trees, and with new and exciting things to see around every corner.  There were fishing ponds.  There was marshland.  There was a tiny island that was absolutely swarming with crane-like birds.  

It was magical.  It was relaxing.  It gave me the opportunity to create a lovely wildflower bouquet.  It also provided us with a wonderful place to drink our coffee! 

I love when random wanderings end up turning into small adventures that are rather extraordinary! 


What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the earrings are fair trade and handmade
: the bracelet is fair trade and handmade
: the necklace is handmade
: the tee is plant dyed and handmade
: the sweater was thrifted
: the bellbottoms were thrifted
: the boots are fair trade and handmade






Sweater = thrifted
Bellbottoms = thrifted

When your donut run turns into a photoshoot...

Monday, May 25, 2020

School's out for summer!  School's out for... well... we don't actually know how long... but it's ok, because it means that now we have more time to do a bit of local, socially-distanced exploring.  

... and we can do it in actual trousers and other rather intentional pieces of clothing. 

Before going back to work (post maternity leave), I'd made a thrift store run to try to help me find a few new-to-me pieces that would make me feel a bit more at home in my mama body.  I totally hit the jackpot, spent over an hour in the closet putting together good teacher outfits with my thrifted pieces, and then since I was only back for 2 weeks before the-virus-that-shall-not-be-named hit and closed us down, these fun teacher outfits ended up hanging in my closet while I lived out weeks in pajamas. 

After getting a little bit of a sleep in on our first day of summer vacation, we decided to go on a donut run.  After discovering a wall of hand-painted murals, said donut run turned into a bit of a photoshoot, so I was glad that I'd swapped out my loungewear for this teacher outfit I'd planned to wear during the week before spring break. 

... I may need to repeat this outfit if school meets in person again next year.  I love the way that my thrifted blouse (it's an XL and I'm a small, so I sewed some pleats in the back to take it in a bit) paired with this Kantha jewelry from World Finds!   I just hope that by the time the world aligns again and I can do my job outside of the home, I'll be more accustomed to wearing things like jeans... and shoes... so I'll be a bit more on balance, because yes, I almost fell down as the last photo of this post was being taken.  It is hard to shoe these days.


What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the top was thrifted
: the earrings are fair trade and handmade
: the necklace is fair trade and handmade from recycled fabric scraps
: the bracelet is fair trade and handmade from recycled fabric scraps






Top = thrifted