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The Wonderful (Natural) World of Oz...

Monday, October 14, 2019

Do these bottles look familiar?  Yep!  I featured a few products from Oz Naturals in a #SustainableSunday post a few weeks ago, and we enjoyed working together so much that they sent me their entire skincare regimen to try out!  

As I said in my first post, I'm a huge fan of these products because I can read the ingredients on the labels.  They also come right out and tell you on the front of each bottle just how natural each product is.  This honest effort not to greenwash truly makes me happy and helps Oz Naturals stand out from the crowd of other brands claiming to be 100% natural, even when they are sneaking gnarly chemicals into their products.  

Their full regimen has a LOT of products!  They've got a cleanser, a toner, a moisturizer, an eye cream, a serum, a scrub, and a mask.  Oh, and I had to include some snaps here of their body butter, because it feels soooooo good to apply after a nice warm bubble bath!  I think that one of my favorite products in the full regime are the scrub, which I can best describe as being like those little plastic balls that end up in lots of supermarket brand scrubs, but these are made of bamboo and green tee.  They are dry, so there is no gel with them at all.  You simply apply to damp skin, and can add a bit of the facial cleanser from this line, and that's it!  Rejuvenated skin! 

I'm also a big fan of the toner.  I'll admit that when it comes to skincare and beauty products, I tend not to get too adventurous, so while my knowledge of these products may not be extensive, I can tell you what I like when I like it.  The only toners I've ever used have needed to be squeezed out of a bottle, but the Oz Naturals toner is a spray.  It's super refreshing to spritz on post-scrub.  

If you happen to be in the market for some new skincare products, or if you're preggo like me and have needed to move away from certain chemicals, I'd recommend checking out Oz Naturals.  I have chatted with my doctor about them and she said that she really likes that they are made of so many natural ingredients and because said ingredients are cold-processed (aka not heated up while formulas are being blended), they do not lose their potency and can be more effective. 

So there you have it, Green Bees!  Cold-processed, vegan skincare from Oz Naturals! 

#SustainableSunday with Darn Good Yarn...

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Last weekend, we played.  This weekend, SunStars and I worked. 

Well... sort of... we kind of turned it into fun after overcaffeinating a bit.  Don't worry.  I still only had the doctor-recommended 8 oz., but I was sick last week and went cold turkey on the caffeine for 7 days, so suffice it to say that today I was buzzing!  

We had a ton of errands to wrap up, but we still found some time to be silly with a pile of pumpkins... and if you can't do that, well... you're missing out. 

In any case, I kind of loved this casual weekend outfit.  I'm at the point where my regular kid-sized jeans totally don't fit, the women's size jeans fit if I do the fancy hair tie trick, and maternity jeans are too big, so I'm kind of in a place where since the weather is still semi-warmish, I can wear comfy yoga pants!  The thing that totally tied this overwhelmingly fair trade outfit together was this new patchwork scarf from my newest ethical partner, Darn Good Yarn.  

I kind of love this company, because they started out making yarn, and I have an etsy shop where I sell all sorts of goodies that I've knitted and crocheted (mostly from yarn that people were going to toss out or that I found in thrift stores).  The yarns in the craft section of their shop have all been spun in a fair trade setting, which makes me incredibly happy.  

They have also expanded into clothing and home goods and have a range of scarves, jewelry, skirts, and home decor.  They were kind enough to send me their patchwork scarf, and as I've said, it was the perfect piece to tie my "running errands on a Sunday like a crazy person" ensemble.  It is made of 100% Modal (which comes mostly from beech trees), has hand-created designs, and the tassels are crazy fun!  It is nice and lightweight, so it's ideal for spring and summer, but it was a great extra layer  for a warm-ish fall day!  If you want to check out their shop, save 20% with code: GREENCHICLIFE20! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the earrings are fair trade and handmade
: the scarf is fair trade and handmade
: the tee was thrifted
: the trousers are fair trade and handmade from organic cotton
: the shoes are fair trade and handmade
: the bracelet is fair trade and handmade
: the bag is fair trade and handmade

When nature calls...

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Ok, so, we have about 2 months until Tater Tot makes his debut and with that, we have about 17 million things to get done, but last weekend, I hit the brakes.  I slowed us down and decided that we simply needed to go outside and look at the changing leaves.  

I'm so grateful that I did, because it was just what SunStars and I both needed.  With the final stream of house flip projects, trying to read all of the baby books ever, working full-time, and then helping to facilitate a number of extra school-based projects for some reason I felt I needed to take on on top of everything else (holding a craft fair fundraiser 2 weeks before giving birth AND I'm going to be a vendor... sure... why not?), a day with nature was just what the proverbial doctor ordered! 

This lovely spot, Kenosha Pass, is just about an hour and a half from where we live and we timed our visit just perfectly.  We kind of blazed our own trail, which kept us mostly away from the masses of people who also wanted to commune with nature, and when we were done, we drove into South Park (yes, it's a real place), got some coffee, a lovely hippie in a gallery saw my belly and gifted me with a bag of homemade bath products, and then we ended up looping back home through Breckenridge after meeting some out-of-town friends for dinner.  

It was lovely. 

So, trust me. 

If nature calls... answer it! 

... and in case you were wondering: 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: I made the beanie from yarn that a friend was going to throw away
: the tee is fair trade
: the plaid shirt was thrifted
: the vest was a hand-me-down
: the leggings are made of bamboo
: the socks were hand-me-downs 
: the bracelets were handmade

Beanie handmade by me!

#SustainableSunday with Jessica Redditt Designs...

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Ok, so... vintage clothing... I've always loved it and have always wanted to be a pro at it, but here's the thing: I'm just not that great at picking good vintage pieces for myself. 

I've tried.  Trust me I've tried.  I've spent hours on my travels around the world, digging through vintage shops for the coolest pieces and for some reason, the magic I have when thrifting just doesn't appear to apply to vintage shopping.  

However, I recently stumbled across a piece on Instagram that caught my eye.  It was posted by previous #SustaianbleSunday partner, Jessica Redditt Designs.  It was a cute little linen-looking top with kind of a crocheted neckline and a silhouette that I thought would be ideal to accommodate my belly.  I sent her a message about it and found out that it was a vintage piece that she discovered and then dyed (using plants, of course) to spruce it up a bit.  She promptly packed said blouse up and shipped it to me and I tell ya... it made the perfect piece for a causal weekend outfit with the belly, but I think I am going to live in this top all summer once the baby bump is gone.  

Since I cannot seem to find the right pair of maternity jeans if my life depended on it, I'm relying on the old hair tie on the non-maternity jeans trick, so I did need to wear a long cami under this blouse so as to remain appropriate while in public, but for real... this top is wonderful.  I love the texture, I love that it is a vintage piece that finally works into my wardrobe, and I love that a pal was able to give it a little update using plants!  

Jessica Redditt also makes my famous (among my friends and students) plant/tie-dyed kimono aka Technicolor Dreamcoat and she has a lot of other wonderful, reclaimed and plant-dyed pieces that would seamlessly slide into most wardrobes!  Be sure to check them out! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the earrings are handmade
: the top is vintage and was dyed using plants
: the jeans were thrifted
: the bracelet is fair trade and handmade
: the boots are fair trade and handmade

I'll take the wins I can get...

Monday, September 30, 2019

Mama friends, I've been feeling a bit like I've hit a wall lately.  I will be 30 weeks pregnant on Wednesday and the last week of my life has been one of the most frustrating ever.  I'm exhausted, but cannot sleep due to super strong baby kicks, an overactive brain, and weird digestion.  I thought that I was going to die halfway through the 3-hour glucose tolerance test last week (if the sugar goo wasn't bad enough, my veins were not cooperating and it took 3 (!!!) technicians to get enough blood per draw... my arms and hand are covered in bruises).  I want to work out, but have to modify about 75% of all of the yoga videos I've attempted.  Cardio gets me way too winded.  I've even ended up getting nauseous on a near-daily basis, which is super weird because I didn't experience this during the first trimester! 

I'm a mess! 

I'm a grateful mess, but still a mess. 

Please tell me that all of this is normal... 

On a side note, I somehow managed to totally kick Monday's booty on 3 hours of sleep and in boots with heels.  It was probably just because some students baked me some triple chocolate chip cookies, but whatever... I'll take the wins I can get... 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the scrunchie is fair trade and handmade
: the plaid tee was thrifted
: the maternity tee is made of sustainable Lyocell (get 20% off with code: SIGNESXBOOB20)
: the bracelets are handmade
: the boots were thrifted (get 35% off an order at swap.com using code: greenchiclife35)

Maternity tee c/o Boob Design (get 20% off with code: SIGNESXBOOB20) 
Boots c/o Swap.com (get 35% off with code: greenchiclife35)

#SustainableSunday with Handmade2Market...

Sunday, September 29, 2019

In high school, when I realized that I truly had an interest in fashion and in what was stylish, one of the bigger challenges I found myself battling was creating a selection of both black and brown accessories.  Especially when the seasons changed, I had a hard time finding pieces that I liked, that weren't too expensive, and that wouldn't clash.  

Now that I'm older and have made the switch to a more sustainable lifestyle, I've found that the black vs. brown accessories battle isn't so much of a fight.  Instead of owing multiple sets of belts, shoes, bags, etc. that worked well together, I've found myself searching for colorful accessories that will go with everything.  

Extra bonus points if they are fair trade and handmade! 

Recently on Instagram, I came across a super cute burnt orange bag.  It had pom pom details on the front and back and was shown both as a big tote bag and folded in with leather ties with more pom poms to make it a bit smaller.  The color was wonderful and the versatility of the style truly caught  my eye.  Because of this, I was thrilled when the makers of said wonder bag, Handmade2Market, sent me a message and asked me if I'd like to test drive one for myself.  

Needless to say, I totally jumped at the chance! The bag is even more gorgeous in person than it is in photos!  I can easily see myself using this tote in all four seasons and because I can adjust the size, it'll be great for weekend adventures before Tater Tot is born, but can expand to include his diapers, bottles, etc. if and when needed! I love knowing that it was hand-woven by indigenous Mayan artisans in the highlands of Guatemala and I know that these artisans are paid a fair living wage for their crafts-person-ship!  The quality of said crafts-person-ship is amazing and it is easily obvious that a lot of love went into the creation of this piece.  

If you don't believe me, scroll through these snaps and be sure to hop over to their site to see all of the gorgeous fair trade designs in their shop! 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the sunglasses are made of sustainable wood
: the earrings are fair trade and handmade
: the top was a hand-me-down
: the pants are fair trade and handmade
: the bag is fair trade and handmade
: the bracelet is fair trade and handmade
: the sandals are fair trade and handmade

#FreebieFriday with Tap Tap Organics...

Friday, September 27, 2019

Living a green life isn't just about eating veggies and wearing hemp clothing, it also includes utilizing products that are made from real ingredients.  That being said, I was so happy to have joined forces with Tap Tap Organics.  This small brand creates beauty products from organic oils and without the use of tons of chemicals.  Oh, and they're all organic.  They even send their products out in eco-friendly containers that can be returned for a refill to cut down on the number of containers that are out there and reduce the overall quantity of waste in the world.  

Their rose and neroli oil is one of my favorite products in their line and I'm happy to be able to share this week's #FreebieFriday giveaway with you!  Tap Tap Organics will be giving away a bottle of their regenerate body oil to one lucky : Green Chic Life : reader! 

To enter this giveaway: 

: like the giveaway post
: follow @taptaporganics
: 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 4-October-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.