: Green Chic Life :

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#FreebieFriday with Global Wakecup...

Friday, February 15, 2019

Preserving the oceans, and well... the planet is kind of a priority in my life.  That's why I've made it my mission to do everything I can to reduce the amount of trash waste that I create.  Some of the most commonly used once and tossed out products in the world are to-go cups, lids, straws, and bags.  That being said, I'm so glad that brands like GlobalWAKEcup have generated a line of eco-friendly re-usable products.  Their zero waste starter kit contains a vegan rucksack (complete with interior laptop pocket and adjustable straps), 2 bamboo straws in different sizes, a bamboo travel coffee cup, and a bamboo and stainless steel tea diffuser.  Oh, and if you haven't already figured it out, guess what?  

They're giving away a kit to one lucky : Green Chic Life : reader! 

To enter this giveaway: 

: like the giveaway post
: follow @globalwakecup
: 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 22-February-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.

What do lazy llamas and snow storms have in common?

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

They go together hand in hand! 

You know those days when the weather predicts a tiny little dusting of snow and before you know it, there are 6 inches on the ground?  Well... today was one of those days, and I was especially glad to be wearing my new alpaca wool hoody from Lazy Llama Alpaca Wear.  

Lazy Llama makes reversible beanies, fingerless gloves, infinity scarves, hooded gaiters, and hoodys all from fair trade alpaca fibers that are produced by families in Peru.  Everything is designed and manufactured locally in Salt Lake City, Utah in the most eco-friendly ways possible.  I especially loved my hoody, because it was warm and cozy while I was outside, but was also lightweight enough that I could wear it while teaching all day before exploration time started.  It is also incredibly soft, but doesn't have the itchy feeling that comes with many wool garments, which made it ideal for a work day to fun night transition.  Alpaca wool also just so happens to be moisture wicking (hello, perfect for hikes on weird weather days) and hypoallergenic (oh, hey... so truly kind of the perfect thing to wear on a spring hike when pollen is all over the place), and is eco-friendly. 

Lazy Llama is also pretty groovy and in addition to purchasing their fibers from families in Peru, they donate a portion of sales proceeds back to those very families so that they can continue to support themselves and can continue to take care of the alpacas! 


What is sustainable about this outfit? 

: the hoody is fair trade and eco-friendly alpaca wool
: the necklace is handmade
: the bracelets are handmade
: the earrings are fair trade and handmade







You can take the girl out of the desert...

Monday, February 11, 2019

... but, apparently, you can't take the desert out of the girl. 

Yes, Green Bees, while I had never planned in a million years to live in the Mojave Desert, I ended up there for two years.  While they were some of the most difficult years of my life and I truly couldn't wait to get out of said desert at the earliest chance, now that I've been in the mountains for 6 months, I find myself constantly thinking about sand, cool rocks, and cacti blooming in the spring time. 

Yes, I carted about 25 cacti of my own to Colorado with me, but that doesn't mean that I don't miss the still of the desert air and, yes, even colliding with prickly plants while photoshooting out in the middle of nowhere.  I'm quite happy to have little reminders all around me. 

That is why I was absolutely stoked when my Instagram pal, Tanisha, posted her brand new turquoise saguaro cactus earrings.  She makes THE most amazing beaded earrings and I've been following her shop, Darling Beadworks, for years (she's also won one of my giveaways), and I love all of her work. But literally, when I saw these cactus earrings, my jaw dropped, my entire soul smiled, and I knew that these handmade wonders needed to make their way into my wardrobe. 

They were super groovy for a quick stop to the nursery on a chilly winter day, but I have several more plans in the works for them.  They are going to transition beautifully into the spring and summer and will continue to spark joy in my life for years to come! 


What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the earrings are handmade
: the top was thrifted
: the bracelet is fair trade and handmade
: the boots are fair trade and handmade
: the purse is fair trade and handmade



 




#SustainableSunday with GlobalWAKEcup...

Sunday, February 10, 2019

When you're a citizen of the world and care about the world, it only makes sense to use only products that help make your own personal global footprint as small as it can be so that the world can continue to be a beautiful place.  

That's where GlobalWAKEcup comes in.  They share this belief with me and with this belief, they have created this zero waste starter kit.  It is designed to help get rid of the "Big 4" (i.e. bags, bottles, cups, and straws).  They sent me a kit to try out and I've got to say that I'm totally smitten (as is SunStars).  The kit contains a vegan rucksack that has adjustable straps, a laptop pocket, side zipper access to get into the bag without unsnapping it, and several other small storage pockets.  

Also included in the kit are a bamboo travel coffee cup, a bamboo and stainless steel tea diffuser, and two different sized bamboo straws.  SunStars has taken over the coffee cup and the tea diffuser has become a staple in my daily routine.  It's the coolest.  It has a little stainless steel basket that sits in the top and holds loose leaf tea.  Once the tea is brewed, you can just remove it and enjoy your drink. I also used it the other day for a latte, and it was perfect because the lid screws on and I was able to shake my drink up to ensure that it was perfectly blended. 

Everything in this kit, and in their online shop, are sustainably sourced and super stylish.  GlobalWAKEcup also donates 10% of their proceeds to The Marine Conservation Society, who work tirelessly to protect sea life and clean the oceans. 


What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the sweater was thrifted
: the hat and leg warmers were handmade
: the leggings are fair trade and handmade
: the rucksack and cups are ethically-made






#FreebieFriday with Shel-USA...

Friday, February 8, 2019

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and if you don't have a sweetheart, or if you just want to update your wardrobe with something new and sustainable, you're in luck! My wonderful friends over at Shel-USA sent me a beautiful Everyday Clutch in Berry to raffle off to one lucky winner.  This bag was responsibly made in the USA (yea, local!) with fibers woven from recycled plastic bottles.  The print is a 

: like the giveaway post
: follow @shel_usa
: 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 15-February-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.

Don't mind me... just creating a bit of buzz...

Monday, February 4, 2019

Oh yeah, these bellbottoms are kind of the best.  When People of Leisure sent them over to me, I just knew that they would be perfect for our weekend in California, and I was totally and completely right.  I wore them for Sunday brunch at a cute little (family favourite) spot in Ventura and created quite a bit of buzz.  

The restaurant was totally hopping, so we had to wait for a table.  I left my dad and step-mum to wait and took SunStars down the street to show him this beautiful home and gorgeous cacti! 

Anyway, we headed back to the restaurant and sat on the front patio while waiting for a table.  I, naturally, was twirling around in my groovy bellbottoms and soon thereafter overheard some people waiting near us having a discussion about how trousers have evolved over the years.  They discussed the vintage clothing that they still had from earlier days and how fun it was that those trends were coming back.  

It isn't huge, but I was happy that my bellbottoms created enough buzz that an entire family put their cell phones away and had an actual conversation with one another! 


What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the top was thrifted and bleach dyed
: the bellbottoms are fair trade and ethically-made
: the boots are handmade and fair trade
: the sunglasses are bamboo
: the bracelet is handmade and fair trade






#SustainableSunday with Shel-USA...

Sunday, February 3, 2019

I don't know about you, but even though I try to live minimally, when I leave the house, I require a rather large handbag.  Most often, it's because I need to carry my re-usable water bottle and some sort of re-usable vessel for coffee (just in case the opportunity to go get fika presents itself), and since the things inside my handbag are ethical and sustainable, the bag itself also needs to be planet-friendly! 

That being said, I was so thrilled to have been contacted by my new pals at Shel-USA.  They create beautiful handbags and accessories from all recycled materials... i.e. their fabrics are woven from recycled plastic bottles.  As someone who will go out of their way to not use plastic bottles and to wander around my neighborhood/the beach/the forest, etc. and will pick up bottles so that they aren't biodegrading in the wild, I can definitely appreciate the mindset behind these fabrics. 

My pals at Shel-USA were kind enough to send me their Everyday Indigo tote and I'm completely smitten!  First of all, I totally adore the shibori dye job.  I'm a total sucker for tie dye, so having it on a bag that I can wear all the time makes my heart happy.  I carried my bag to Disneyland and for my weekend in Ventura with SunStars and I've got to tell you that it's the ideal size.  

I usually end up traveling with a giant woven tote, which is great, but tends to be too big to carry every day (i.e. when I'm not on a plane and needing my laptop, iPad, and a giant novel on top of all the re-usable goodies I carry).  This everyday tote is a groovy size.  It is larger at the base than it is at the top, so I was still able to carry all of my airplane essentials, but then it was such a great size for toting around Disney (full of healthy, non-plastic-wrapped snacks, bien sur)!  

If the shibori dye isn't your thing, don't worry!  They make a beautiful range of neutral bags and accessories, as well!  I highly recommend that you hop over to their page and comment back here with your favorite item!  They also donate 1% of annual revenue to environmental causes as part of the 1% For The Planet initiative, so your purchases are stylish and help the world! 


What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the earrings are fair trade and handmade
: the tee is made of sustainable hemp
: the jeans were upcycled
: the shoes are fair trade and handmade
: the bag is handmade from recycled plastic bottles
: the bracelets are fair trade and handmade