I knew I was going to own a THOM KELLY button up from the moment I hit "follow" on their newly formed Instagram page almost two years ago. Although there are several brands that make ethical options, I hadn't found one that fit the way I wanted it to, had a pattern I actually loved and was produced using values I could completely respect.
If you want to learn more about the backstory of the brand, and my borderline obsession with following their first ever collection launch, read this interview from a few months ago. Today's post, however, is all about the shirt and why I love it so much.
For their first collection, THOM KELLY released their Sawyer Shirt in three colorways (and their Axel Shirt for men). Made with an organic cotton/Tencel blend, the shirt is as lightweight and breezy as it is sturdy and wrinkle-resistant. Everything about this button-up feels well-made, from the fabric, to the buttons and stitching.
THOM KELLY produces in the USA, custom designs their fabric and patterns, is a member of 1% For the Planet, and uses sustainable materials - it really doesn't get any better.
We all know how to style a flannel. They're the essence of laidback versatility.
For this post, however, I wanted to create a look that showed a more interesting way to style the shirt, other than my typical "front-tuck in my favorite pair of skinny jeans" approach.
Since the Sawyer shirt is a bit longer than some other flannels out there that I've tried in the past (hello, cheap Target button-ups), it can easily be tied-up over a pair of high-waisted shorts or "mom jeans". It's also just as easy to layer under a strappy slip dress, overalls, or as I have, under a jumpsuit.
The fabric makes this shirt perfect for all seasons. In colder months, you could layer it under a chunky sweater, or of course, wear it on its own with a knit skirt or cozy jeans. In Spring and Summer, it can be unbuttoned over a tank for an easy to remove layer, or tucked into a pair of shorts.
I share a lot about "investment pieces" on SL&Co. and, as luxurious as THOM KELLY's shirts may seem, if you're planning to spend money on a flannel, choosing one that will last you years (not just a season or two) and is made with the utmost care and attention to detail, will pay off.
Another thing I love about the brand is, in an effort to reduce waste, THOM KELLY offers their "second chance" shirts (pieces with minor flaws that don't live up to their high quality standards) at a very reduced price.
Almost every other brand that I've tried in the past (with the exception of my Toad & Co. flannel) has worn out, shrunk, lost buttons, ripped, or deteriorated with less than 20 wears. After only a month or two of owning my THOM KELLY Sawyer Shirt, I'm fast approaching the "30 wear" mark and (with proper care, of course) I'm convinced this shirt will last me a lifetime.
**This post was part of a long-term collaboration with THOM KELLY. All photos, opinions, and words are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make SL&Co. possible!**
I won't preface this post by saying that I'm not a beauty blogger (if you knew my makeup routine, you'd know how far that is from the truth), but I will say that my approach to skincare, makeup, self-care, and my own appearance overall has changed drastically in the past few years.
Motherhood, for one, and simply "growing up" have both altered my view of how and why I take care of my body. In my journey towards a slower, simpler, cleaner lifestyle, skincare/beauty out of necessity, has to follow suit. However, much like transitioning from fast fashion to slow fashion, making the trek from conventional beauty products to cleaner ones is no small feat.
This post has been years in the making, because, much like developing my personal style, it has taken a while to get to know my skin type, self-care style, and the way my body responds to what I put in and on it (thank you, Woman Code). Although it's not a comprehensive list of ethical skincare brands out there (not even close), it will hopefully provide a more in depth look at how and why I've chosen the products I use and an honest review of the brands behind them.
Questions to ask before buying: 1. What is my skin type and what issue am I trying to address? 2. Can this product be used in more than one way? 3. How transparent is the brand about their ingredients/sourcing?4. Is this product worth the investment?
If a product answers yes to all four of these requirements, then it's an easy choice.
The story: Curie aims to create perfumes and body care products with zero chemicals and as few ingredients as possible. You might remember my obsessive review of their Bella Flor fragrance (a perfume with only 9 ingredients, as opposed to the industry standard of 70. It's a woman owned company creating artisans passionate about the trade.
The products: Perfumes, hand soaps, & lotions.
Why Curie: Curie's fragrances are unparalleled and you can feel 100% safe and confident about putting their products on your skin, knowing they're not created with harmful chemicals or synthetic fragrances.
2. Dulce de Donke
The story: After learning that their daughter had a rare autoimmune disease that attacked her brain (called PANDAS), Saundra and her husband, the owners of Dulce de Donke, were told that their six year old would have to be on antibiotics for the majority of her life. Unable to accept that as the final answer, they turned to history, and ultimately to donkey milk, a substance known for its health benefits in many other cultures, but one that is rare in Western culture. The family has since created a brand aimed at helping other families in similar situations and spreading the word about the benefits of donkey milk.
Why Dulce de Donkee: Aside from their incredible story, Dulce de Donke crafts products that are gentle on the skin and truly work wonders. I use their moisturizer on my razor burn prone legs after shaving and it's so soothing. Furthermore, their deodorant is the first all natural deodorant I've tried that ACTUALLY works.
3. Primally Pure
The story: Born out of a love for organic, pastured raised farming, Primally Pure evolved into a skincare brand that uses only recognizable, natural, effective ingredients. They use expert recommended ingredients in their carefully formulated products that yield noticeable results.
The products: Primally Pure makes everything from cleansing oils, to bath soaks, to dry shampoo. I've been using their Cleansing Oil, Everything Spray, and Jasmine Body Oil and can't recommend all three more highly. Will DEFINITELY be repurchasing.
Why Primally Pure: If you're looking for high quality, all natural skin care products, Primally Pure is the perfect starting place.
4. Axiology Beauty
The story: Axiology was founded on the principle that women shouldn't have to choose feeling beautiful over feeling ethical. Their products are made with 100% organic and ethically sourced ingredients, are 100% vegan and cruelty free, and (get this) the packaging is even made from paper waste gathered around the island of Bali and then hand decorated, filled with a lipstick, and shipped to your door.
The products: Lipsticks and lipcrayons in a wide variety of shades. I bought Vibration (the perfect bright red), and then tried out The Goodness, and the Bliss lip crayon for this post.
Why Axiology: Although $26-$30 may seem expensive for a lipstick, when you consider the high levels of transparency, the longevity of the product, and it's effectiveness, it's well worth the cost.
5. Berlin Skin
The story: Speaking to my minimalism-obsessed mind, Berlin Skin encourages simplicity, contentment, and a deeply ingrained sense of self-care with their multi-use products. Each product is made with sustainably sourced ingredients, made in small-batches in Portland.
Why Berlin Skin: Perfect for the aspiring minimalist or anyone trying to pare down and simplify their skincare routine, Berlin Skin's products are nourishing and adapt well to all skin types.
6. Pouring Out Facial Oil
The story: After spending time overseas in war torn Bosnia-Herzegovina, Pouring Out's founder wanted to craft a brand that combined their love for serving the marginalized with their passion for simple living and essential oils. Profits from Pouring Out are reinvested into supporting non-profits that restore and heal, much like their facial oils do for the skin.
The products: A simple selection of a face mask and a face oil, Pouring Out uses all organic oils to hydrate, restore, and heal all skin types.
Why Pouring Out: If you're looking for a safe, organic facial oil, Pouring Out is your new go-to, regardless of skin type.
*This post was a collaboration between multiple brands and myself, combining purchased goods and gifted product. All opinions and photographs are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make SL&Co. possible!*
The brand, tucked away in a stunning neighborhood in Inner London but boasting a growing world-wide customer base, is aptly named for their true Thoughtfulness in each and every aspect of their brand, from where they source their fabrics, to how they design their patterns, to the way they interact with influencers and customers. I've partnered with them several times over the past year and a half, and each time, I'm blown away by the consistent quality and beauty of their pieces.
This collaboration, though, is extra special because, during my wonderful but brief stint in the U.K. I was able to stop by Thought's headquarters, meet some of their team, and tour their (insanely gorgeous) showroom. My brother Jess (more aptly known during this trip as my Instagram Brother) came along with me and snapped some beautiful photos of the showroom and Hannah and I - because, I already know he's going to ask where his photo credit is. ;)
Picture Instagram heaven - plants galore, gorgeous clothes organized by color and pattern displayed throughout the room, statement walls to add depth, a welcoming meeting table in the center, and lots and lots of sunlight. This is Thought's showroom - the space where they shoot many of their product photos, hold meetings, and yes, host overly excited bloggers for an afternoon.
I got a sneak peek of the FW18 collection, full of jewel tones, warmth, and of course, original prints designed in-house. One of my favorite things about Thought is their incredible approach to pattern and prints - they draw from nature, poetry, art, and vintage design and create one of a kind prints in the very same building that their showroom is in.
This post is technically in promotion of their current SS18 line, but trust me when I say that their Fall/Winter line is quite possibly my favorite yet. I have my list of pieces I'm planning to buy when it's released, don't worry.
But, for now, there's no shortage of beauty in their current line, three pieces of which, I've had since February and have worn them all many, many times. Versatility (as always) and seasonlessness were two of my main goals when selecting the pieces to showcase in this post (and wear in my real life) and each piece went above and beyond in both categories.
With a wide leg and a paper bag waist, these pants feature one of the most classic cuts of all time, flattering on all shapes and sizes. They're made of a modal/bamboo blend, making them wonderfully soft and breezy. I galavanted across the U.K. in them and, fittingly, wore them to the Thought showroom for our meeting.
This tank, a hemp/organic cotton blend, is the perfect basic piece to wear all Spring and Summer. The pompom detail adds flair without going overboard and the shape is perfect for layering or tucking in.
(Pro tip: I chose the tank in white, and in case this helps with decision making, I'm wearing a red bra underneath without a cami and it's not see through at all ;)
A cotton/wool blend, this cardigan comes in several colors and is soft and stretchy - perfect to throw over a tee or a shirt dress. I chose "sunflower" for a fun pop of color in my mostly neutral wardrobe, and love wearing it over a white tee or my black Sotela jumpsuit. The cardigan has a single button at the top, for a unique option for added coverage.
Time and time again, Thought lives up to their name, and after the opportunity to meet their founder, see behind their doors, and get a glimpse into the process behind their collections only makes me love them more.
Their SS18 line is full of unique, sustainable, one of a kind pieces for both men and women - be sure to shop their new arrivals for any gaps you need to fill in your closet. And, if you're even in Islington, be sure to look up their showroom ;)
**This post is sponsored by Thought Clothing. All opinions and photographs are my own (and my Instagram Brother's) Thank you for supporting the brands that make this site possible.**
First things first, this is not an "activewear" round up. I am not, nor will I ever be, athletic. Sticking to a consistent workout routine has never been my strong suit, however I love my at home yoga routine and walking with my girls (or, you know, chasing them around all day) is as close to a gym session as I get these days.
Although there are a plethora of ethical brands that can withstand a gym session or a marathon, this round up is intentionally titled Athleisure for a reason - these are the brands that make me feel like relaxing after a good yoga session. They're the pieces I want to slip into for a self-care day at home, or a movie date with the hubby. They're the softest, stretchiest, comfiest, most versatile basics out there and I think every ethical closet needs a few pieces that make everything from lounging to yoga to girl time that much better.
With versatility and "real life" in mind, Efrat, a mom of two boys, avid yoga lover, artist and real mom who needed clothes to go from yoga to playground, designed her line at PirateFlo for the everyday woman. Her pieces, like this rust Catvaari Crop Top, can be worn multiple ways. I picture this top paired with leggings for yoga class, and transitioning to high-waisted shorts, or a boho maxi skirt for a summer concert. Similarly, her Neva Pants are meant to be a breezy and unique alternative to traditional yoga pants. All of PirateFlo's pieces are made with sustainable materials, primarily modal and cotton.
Similarly, her EKA Leotard can double as a layering piece, or a separate for yoga class.
One of my long-time brand crushes that I recently got to test out for myself, MiaKoda is an NYC based brand that is the epitome of sustainability and transparency. You'll read much more about them soon on SL&Co, but for now, know that their pieces are perfect for, you guessed it, literally everything.
You've no doubt heard of them before, but Encircled is one of my favorite Canadian brands that I've worked with before and never get sick of promoting. They design their pieces to transition from work, to the airport, to yoga class, and everywhere in between.
Not your leisure-style? Check out these other noteworthy mentions:
For a garden to survive, plants need the basic necessities, such as water, sunlight, and solid rooting. But for each plant to thrive, it needs space and an abundance of nutrients. If you prepare a small garden and pack it full of seeds, none of the plants grow very well. They compete for resources and tear each other down. The same concept applies to your life. When you have too many ‘plants’ in your ‘garden’, they rival each other for your precious time and energy. You end up with unhealthy plants and depleted soil. However, if you were to select specific plants and spread them out in your garden, they will all thrive! Examine the three areas of your life below. You get to choose which plants should stay and which plants aren’t the right fit for your garden.
We all have toxic people in our lives. Forcing yourself to interact with those who make you constantly unhappy is a waste of your time and theirs. You could be investing that time into so many different endeavors. Why spend special moments with a person or group that makes you miserable?
If you’re feeling guilty about distancing yourself from someone, please consider this. Do you add more value to the world by being around them? If not, there’s a good chance you’re far more irritable and negative after spending time together. It isn’t fair to the people closest to you when you take this negative energy out on them.
Human connection is powerful and it should never be taken lightly. Find the friends that mean the most to you and invest in them with your time and energy. There is always a give and take in friendship, but when someone is only taking and never giving, you need to examine your relationship.
We all have commitments. Whether these commitments are to people, companies, or organizations, everyone is constantly taking on MORE. The best way I can illustrate this is with my own story.
For years I had been a teacher at my church’s Wednesday night program. My schedule was already packed with work and courses I was taking, but I signed up anyway because I had done so in the past. I felt obligated, even though no one was making me do it. The first evening, I had no time to prepare and I was so frazzled that something enjoyable became a very stressful night. At the end of my lesson, I decided I couldn’t teach on Wednesday nights anymore.
I felt like a failure for not being able to uphold my commitment, but when I really thought it through, the problem wasn’t letting go; the problem was saying yes in the first place. My initial reaction was that this would just be another plate to spin. If I’d just listened to myself from the start, it would have saved everyone involved a lot of stress.
If your commitments are draining you then do what you have to do to let them go. Have those tough conversations, I promise it will all be worth it. And next time someone asks you to make a commitment, big or small, go with your gut on accepting. You don’t owe anyone a yes.
We all have bad habits. Most of us are 100% aware of unhealthy habits, yet choose to do nothing about them. Look at your habits and pinpoint the ones that don’t serve you well. Maybe your bad habits are drinking too much, overeating, sleeping in late, binge watching Netflix, or playing mindless games on your phone; these habits have consequences! They STEAL your time and energy. It’s easy to view these as no big deal, but they are the weeds of your garden. You can never get back the hours wasted on silly endeavors, but you can change your habits so that you make the most of the time you have left.
I recommend replacing these bad habits with new, better, and healthier ones. Maybe you start getting out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off. Maybe you strive to do at least 5 minutes of exercise every day. A small step in the right direction is all it takes to get your positive momentum going.
Removing weeds from your garden will leave you with so much extra time and energy. Now, the key is to say NO to the things that you don’t want in your life. Take that free time and start doing the things you’ve been wanting to do for yourself! Take up a new hobby, learn a new skill, or just have some nice alone time.
I remember the first time I realized I was headed in the "fashion blogger" direction. After years of blogging about my motherhood journey, venturing into DIY/recipe/everything else territory, and stumbling upon minimalism and ethical fashion somewhere along the way, I never expected fashion to be a part of my "professional journey". I remember telling myself that the day I posted photos of myself on the internet in underwear was the day I officially sold out.
Well, friends, for better or worse, today is that day.
Although, I hope in a tasteful way, this step is scarier for me than it is for you, trust me.
I don't have a perfect body (whatever that means). But, I do know that vulnerability is necessary, and although I don't plan to "strip down" more than this for the sake of promoting anything, sometimes it helps to see a real product on a real person's body. Not just on a model on a website.
And when I come across a brand like WAMA, selling ethical, sustainable, comfortable, and practical undies, I can't help but rave about them.
WAMA designs high coverage women's underwear and men's boxer briefs using what many argue is the world's most sustainable fabric: hemp.
Really, a better question is to ask "why not hemp"? And it's not because I've recently become a Colorado resident - I'd love hemp either way. WAMA noted that when they learned about the insane amount of benefits of hemp, they couldn't justify using anything else. Here's a quick snippet of why hemp is one of the most sustainable fabrics out there:
It's naturally anti-bacterial, moisture-wicking, and anti-odor
It gets softer with every wash, instead of worn out or rough (and trust me, it's already soft to begin with)
According to Good On You, it can even protect from UV rays
Hemp is incredibly easy to grow, not requiring use of pesticides or chemicals AND it retains the majority of the nutrients it absorbs from the soil
Hemp grows quickly, in small, dense areas, and requires less water and square-footage than cotton
And no, it doesn't have the same effects as it's "bad boy cousin" marijuana. Don't worry, mom.
Of course, WAMA isn't the only company using hemp. However when it comes to hemp underwear, they've worked hard to make sure their brand stands out from anything else out there. They spent years developing a design that would flatter all body types, work well under clothing, and have the credentials to back it up.
WAMA uses GOTS Certified hemp, is a Green America Certified Business, and is 100% vegan. Their factory is based in China, the leading producer of hemp, believe it or not, and to ensure sustainability and that the people making their garments are treated with dignity and respect, one of their team members is located in China to perform regular audits.
Sustainability. Transparency. Comfort. Body inclusivity.
If those four things aren't worth "selling out" for, then my baby blogger self knew nothing.
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*This post is in partnership with WAMA Underwear. All photos and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible!*
Fashion is a conduit for self-expression. It’s an art form all it’s own - one with roots that stretch back thousands and thousands of years. Although styles change, production processes evolve, and cultures shift, fashion, the art of dressing oneself, will remain.
Fashion is also a terribly destructive industry.
As one of the top five most polluting industries in the world, fast fashion (simply defined as “big name” brands mass producing most of the clothes sold in stores today) is notorious for exploitation, injustice, and resource waste.
This week marks the five year anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, an event that marked the beginning of a new era: the slow and steady rising of the Fashion Revolution Movement. In 2013, due to structural failings, the five story factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,134 people and injuring more than 2,000 more, according to Fashion Revolution. The factory workers produced clothes for many well-known and respected brands, many who still haven’t been held accountable for their shortcomings, and lack of accountability and transparency.
Unfortunately, the Rana Plaza collapse hasn’t been the only incident of people losing their lives (or, in other cases, losing their fair wages, dignity, and other basic human rights) at the expense of fast fashion. Not even close. In fact, the vast majority of brands producing the clothes we wear aren’t required to trace their supply chain, provide fair living wages for their employees, or even know the conditions of the factories where their pieces are made.
GlobeIn, and the host of other brands I've had the amazing opportunity to work with over the past few years, is passionate about supporting the Fashion Revolution movement by partnering closely with artisans all over the world, providing them safe, fair, and dignified work, and sharing their work with a worldwide audience.
This "creed" should echo in our minds, whether you're a brand owner, a conscious shopper, or both, not just during FRW but all year long and with every purchase you make:
We believe that fashion doesn’t have to be associated with abuse, poor quality, exploitation, and even the death of innocent people.
We believe fashion should be life-giving. We believe that the fashion industry can change, with the help of conscious consumers choosing to make educated choices about where their products are coming from.
This week, GlobeIn is promoting their brand new Artisan Box called “Fashion Forward” curated in collaboration with some of my favorite ethical brands to further raise awareness for this important message. The box features pieces from incredible empowering and ethical brands like Alaffia, Adelente Shoes (get excited - Adelente is one of my personal favorites. I wear my Granada booties from them everywhere.), Symbology Clothing, 31 Bits, and more! Each of these brands are changing the fashion industry for the better through reducing waste, paying their employees above and beyond minimum wage, and using earth-friendly materials and production methods. I'm in love with each piece inside, and I know you will be too.
The more people who ask #WhoMadeMyClothes and push for transparency will slowly but surely create change in the fashion industry.
What changes are you making to push for change in your circle of influence? Let me know in the comments!
That is one good thing about this world...there are always sure to be more springs.
— L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea
Spring is a tricky temptress here in the Rocky Mountain tundra. And dressing for her isn't a simple feat. As I mentioned in a recent post, outfits can change as quickly as a cloud can cover the sun and a sunny day can turn into a snowy one.
Nevertheless, I've been slowly transitioning my closet - replacing snow coats, sweaters, and flannels, for jean jackets, layering tops, and (a bold move) spring-y dresses.
EcoVibe Apparel has been one of the brands making my "transition to Spring" a bit more bearable. This "lookbook", similar to the one I wrote with Toad & Co. for Fall/Winter, is a conglomeration of looks using multiple pieces from a single brand, worn over a longer period of time. It's meant to show the versatility of the pieces, as I wear them in my real life, and not just for a single photo shoot.
It's also, hopefully, meant to inspire a bit of Spring-full-ness, if you, like me, are trapped in a teeter-tottering ecosystem.
EcoVibe Apparel is a Portland-based "boutique" style shop, melding eco-friendly fabrics, trendy silhouettes, and thoughtfully sourced apparel. The husband and wife owned shop brings a powerful force to the table. With more than 30 years experience in the fashion industry and experience in the ethics/marketing realm, there's no better due to take fast fashion by storm.
The shop offers a "comprehensive" range of pieces - everything from basics, to outerwear, to statement pieces. You can also shop by value (vegan, fabric), type (sweater, leggings, jackets), and more.
This dress is silky soft, made of Modal, one of my all-time favorite fabrics. It has the perfect drape, is flattering, and has a unique keyhole detail that's perfect for Spring. Plus, it's one of the few "open backed" dresses that is bra-friendly ;)
Incredibly soft, this dolman sweater is perfect for travel or cozy days at home. I wore it on both plane rides during my trip to the U.K. It's easy to layer pieces underneath, and makes a great starting point for any outfit.
100% cotton and a beautiful twist on a classic denim chambray top, this top is the perfect transition piece. It features a longer silhouette and sweet little bows on the sleeves. I've worn it tucked into to pants or loose with skinny jeans and it works perfectly either way.
EcoVibe truly has a beautifully curated selection of pieces conscious consumers can feel good about buying. Whether Spring decides to show her face in Colorado or not, my wardrobe will give her a run for her money with these three pieces.
What's your favorite look of the bunch? I can't wait to style each piece throughout the season.
*This post is sponsored by EcoVibe Apparel. All opinions, words, and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep this site running!*
It's been nearly two years since I first announced my "transition to slow fashion" both to myself and my blog, and in that time, although my resolve hasn't lessened, I've learned a lot about the reality of the fashion industry, broke promises I made to myself, and, have seen a lot of growth in the slow fashion movement.
But, as engrossed in the "industry" as I am (in just a few years, ethical fashion and promoting it has literally become my job), there are days when I question whether it's even worth it - whether things are really changing. Of course, I know, deep down, that my purchases matter and that buying a GOTS Certified white tee from a brand who can trace their supply chain and pays their employees fairly is a better choice than running to the mall and finding the first one with a clearance tag.
Whether you're the only person you know who strives to shop ethically or, you, like me, are a part of a huge community of people committed to the notion, it's easy to get disillusioned, or even forget that what we're doing matters.
So today, in honor of Fashion Revolution month (with FashRev week creeping up the 22-29th), I wanted to share an encouraging post of progress within the slow and ethical fashion community. These things are hard to document, and it may be years before there starts to be wide-spread change within big name brands, but I truly believe in the impact this revolution is having, even if it's just t-shirt by t-shirt. We can (and we are) building a better industry.
Regardless of what human nature may be predisposed towards (and what this particularly discouraging and not entirely untrue piece from the Conversation would have us believe), the idealist in me is encouraged by the growth I've seen in the ethical fashion movement in the short time I've been involved.
Here are a few notes from the 2017 Fashion Revolution campaign and a lot of other resources (linked, if you want to check them out) that all "rev-ed" me up even more:
In 2015 less than 200 brands responded to the social media campaign asking "#WhoMadeMyClothes"? Last year, more than 2,400 brands answered questions and responded to customers' pushes to do better. How many will there be this year?
As of June 2017, Fashion Revolution counted 106 fast fashion "mainstream" brands who disclose at least some information about the facilities making their clothes (read the full list here).
There is a "small but perceptible shift" towards the use of sustainable textiles in mainstream brands, collectively reducing waste and resource use. (source).
There has been a push for more strict and all-encompassing regulation for brands, in everything from plant growth/harvesting, sourcing, resource usage, recycling, employee treatment and more. According to Global Fashion Agenda, this kind of collaboration can have industry changing effects by 2030.
A host of regulations have already been introduced and implemented, encouraging consciousness among brands. For example, the "The Cradle to Cradle Certified™" standard by Fashion Positive ensures products can be perpetually used and reused, creating the beginnings of a closed loop system.
The UN includes Sustainable Fashion in their Sustainable Development Goals for the fashion industry's power to affect change.
Business of Fashion noted that 2018 is bringing to fruition the "next level" of sustainability, led by big name and small brands alike who value "sustainability across the entire value chain".
To truly close the loop of the fashion value chain, both the technology and economics of recycling need to improve dramatically, ideally with a single standard to help with scaling up to commercialization. Getting there will require technological disruption, industry-wide collaboration and, hence, willingness to invest to truly move the needle.
— Global Fashion Agenda
Obviously, this is far from an exhaustive list, and I've barely scratched the surface. But, whether you're an blogger in the ethical fashion space, you own a sustainably minded brand, you're just beginning to learn what these terms mean for yourself, or somewhere in between, know that purchase power is real. And the small, seemingly insignificant changes we make in our day to day life can affect real change.
Here's to an even more impactful and awareness-raising Fashion Revolution month!
Spring (or "mud season" as locals tenderly refer to it) is a strange season in Colorado. In some places, Spring comes in smoothly. Flowers bloom, clouds clear, and temperatures rise. But here, it could be t-shirt weather one day, and the next morning, you wake up to a blizzard.
I've been tempted to bring out my warmer weather pieces, only to have my hopes for tank tops and pastels dashed by a snowstorm. And so I've been forced, by necessity, to hold on to my cold weather clothes and get creative for a little while longer. Warm weather is inevitable, but for now, my "transition to Spring" wardrobe has been almost identical to my Winter wardrobe, but with the occasional color thrown in and layer taken off.
Although I wore my VETTA Capsule cardigan over the top during a chilly morning, I was excited to find that all I needed was my Gema top from Mimi Miller.
My boots, from Alice + Whittles, have served me so well this "mud season". They're such high quality, and can go with almost anything - I've worn mine with everything from legging to dresses.
Lastly, my beanie. 144 Stitches, a NY based brand creating hand-made knitwear from ethically sourced wool and yarn, reached out to me earlier this Winter, and I've had so much fun incorporating her pieces into my wardrobe. Functional, yet stylish, Michele's pieces can withstand a Colorado winter but are still fashionable enough to wear in the Spring, when they're more accent than fashionable-furnace.
There's a fine line between practicality and fashion, living in the mountains, and I'm grateful for brands like 144 Stitches that make it possible to choose both.