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Sustainably Chic by Natalie Kay - 4d ago
Shop this Look:

Organic Pocket Turtle Tee, Face a la Mer $20

The Remix Flared Short, Encircled $132

Ankle Socks, Organic Basics $15 (use code OBNATALIE for 10% off your entire purchase through August)

Vegan Sneakers, Beflamboyant $89 (on Kickstarter)





a little bit about this look…

Remember these shorts from my Virtual Romper post this week? They look super cute with tees and kicks for a summer casual look. If you are looking for new sneakers that are both kind to animals and the planet, you need to check out Beflamboyant and back them on their Kickstarter! Their unisex sneakers are made from conscious materials - upper and lining are made of high-quality OEKO TEX and V LABEL certified microfiber - inner lining is produced with zero CO2 emissions and free from chromium VI - shoe laces are 100% cotton, phthalates-free - sides are 50% recycled cotton, 25% virgin, and 25% organic, Global Recycled Standard “GRS” certified - removable insole is 100% recycled PU and the sole is thermoplastic rubber, a 100% recyclable material! How great is that?! Plus, their packaging is zero-waste AND a tree is planted with each pair sold. I’m wearing the Water Style, but they have 6 others to choose from on their Kickstarter. While they have surpassed their goal, they still have five more days to go so make sure you hurry to get yourself a pair!

This post contains affiliate links where I make a small commission if purchased from.

Sustainably Supported by Beflamboyan. As always, all views are genuine & products are truly loved! Help support the brands who support Sustainably Chic, so I can continue to bring you the best in sustainable fashion, beauty & lifestyle :) Thanks, everyone! #sponsored

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Encircled’s Virtual Romper

I’m sure you have seen Encircled sprinkled throughout my blog over the years. I love how they create designs to seamlessly fit into your wardrobe. Each piece has a point to be worn multiple ways, which helps keep our closets small, yet versatile. Today, I’ll be showing you their newest set, the Virtual Romper.

Made from TENCEL™ Lyocell, this three-piece set is comfortable, breathable and oh-so chic. It can be dressed-down or up, and can be paired easily with the rest of your wardrobe.







The virtual romper is comprised of the following…

The Remix Two-Way Top: This tank blouse has two different necklines with a body-skimming fit that flatters. I like to pair it tucked into the flared shorts and out with the crop pant for a dressier look.

The Remix Flared Short: I’ve been wearing these shorts a lot the past two weeks. They look so great with plain tees, and of course, with the Two-Way Top!

The Remix Crop Pant: I love how these pants flare out with the wide hem line. They also have pockets like the shorts, and a wide elastic-backed waistband for extra comfort.

p.s. both the crop pant and flared short come in Navy, too!



see how you can style it for the week with other items in your closet:

The Virtual Romper + 5 Wardrobe Basics = 18 Outfits

Where to Purchase

You can find the Virtual Romper online - here - and use code VIRTUALROMPER to save $60 on the entire set.

Working on building your capsule wardrobe? Make sure to follow Encircled on Instagram for product updates and new releases!

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pt. 1

Susie Faux, a London boutique owner, coined the term 'Capsule Wardrobe' in the 1970s. The simplified wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items {meant to last through trends} which can be paired with seasonal pieces. Today, you typically find capsule wardrobes containing less than 40 pieces. The number still seems big, but go hang out in your closet for a bit and you will find - it is a lot smaller than you think.

Some of y’all might be laughing at me for even talking about this because who am I to give tips on a capsule wardrobe… I have like way too many clothes for that. It’s true. I have more clothing than the average capsule size, but I’ve created mini capsules within my bigger collection of clothes. I really like having a big closet, and I hold on to clothes like they are my friends. I will say, I’m very cautious about what I add into it, and I try to keep my new items to a minimum. However, I know many of you really love the idea of a capsule wardrobe and it helps simplify your life. I’m just going to give you a few tricks I’ve learned over the years and a list of brands that make building the perfect capsule wardrobe easy and fair.

Simple Capsule Wardrobe Break Down

This will be a bit different for everyone, but for example, in a 40-piece wardrobe it could be:

  • 10 tops

  • 10 bottoms

  • 10 outerwear pieces

  • 5 dresses

  • 5 pairs of shoes

If you really want to size-down to include accessories within the 40, go with less bottoms and outwear pieces. When building my seasonal wardrobes, I never include the accessories, but I know some people do!

Try to work mostly with neutral colors so tops and bottoms can be easily matched. Find a few accent colors and a couple prints for a little bit of a pop. If you are having trouble narrowing your closet down, you can create capsule wardrobes by season.

Start With What You Have

Don’t immediately go out and buy something. You probably can already make a decent capsule wardrobe and then add from there. (oh & don’t get rid of things either just because they don’t fit into the new capsule… you may still have use for those pieces in the future)

Need to find something new to add in?

Shop Businesses that Make Versatile Pieces

Here are a few brands I love to direct people to when they ask about capsule wardrobes. Plus, these brands are all ethical and hold sustainability at their core.

Shop at the Beginning of Each Season

Only allowing yourself to go shopping 4 times a year will help curb some of those impulse purchases. It also helps you to really think about your next purchase so you are 100% sure it’s something that will benefit your closet. I sit on an idea of a new piece for months, and a lot of the time, I don’t ever end up purchasing it.

Look for Pieces You can Wear Multiple Ways

I love dresses you can change with a single tie, or garments with no ‘wrong side’ of the fabric. I have several blouses and dresses I can wear with buttons on the back or front which helps create all new looks. Encircled is probably the best brand for versatile pieces.

I hope you have found this somewhat helpful. I’ll be discussing this topic on Instagram and will make sure to add any of your tips to the post!!

I plan to create a Fall Capsule Wardrobe from my own closet in the next few weeks for part two of this series so stay tuned :)

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Threads 4 Thought

As much as I love dressing up, I would say my usual daily uniform is leggings and a tee. We start our morning out at the Y, and then the rest of the day I chase around a toddler. Threads 4 Thought fits right into my non-stop schedule!

Reasons to Love Threads 4 Thought

ReActive Line with Recycled Materials: For me, I prefer my performance wear to have some type of polyester in it. Yikes, I know - it’s plastic! BUT, I don’t find all plastic bad. In fact, this polyester is made from recycled polyester, and if washed correctly to avoid micro-plastics, this type of fabric is great for active lifestyles. I love the way it hugs my body while feeling super supported!

Ethical Manufacturing: Threads 4 Thought only works with factories holding the highest certifications in the industry and ensuring the best working conditions possible. These factories also take sustainability into account every step of the way.

Social Impact: This is a really beautiful part of Threads 4 Thought. They have partnered with International Rescue Committee - a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development nongovernmental organization helping refugees rebuild their lives. So not only are these clothes treading lightly on our planet, but they are helping strengthen communities all over the world.




What I’m Wearing

Moto Skinny Legging in Raw Denim: I just love the fit of these leggings. The pleats under the knee are so flattering, and give them that extra oomph. These leggings are a part of the ReActive collection, and made with recycled polyester.

Jax Crop Bra in Raw Denim: I feel very confident in this top, I must say! It’s supportive and very comfortable. It’s the sister to the leggings so make sure to pair them up :D

Audley Tank in Sage: Gosh, this tank is SUPER soft!! It’s incredibly lightweight, and made from a blend of organic cotton, recycled poly & rayon. I like being able to throw this on over my ReActive set after a workout and go about my day.



Where to Purchase

Find the entire ReActive line - here - and don’t forget to pick a few things up for the men in your life.

Make sure to stay up-to-date with everything Threads 4 Thought on Instagram!

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Left Edit

When I first saw this brand launch their Kickstarter last fall, I knew it was going to be a great success. The bold prints, versatile designs and style-driven attitude is what a lot of us women want in a conscious wardrobe. Left Edit leaves an impression behind, and it’s something new & refreshing to add to the sustainable fashion movement.

psst.. keep reading to find some contest details for your chance to win some Left Edit!




Reasons to Love Left Edit

Responsibly Made in LA: Thank goodness for more sustainable brands being manufactured state side! Left Edit makes every piece from their collection in LA at responsible factories paying fair wages in safe working conditions. Plus, the design studio and production sewing space is women-led, and they focus on working with conscious brands in the industry.

Fashion-Forward, yet Affordable: Creators, Kestrel & Holly, heard from several of us that there weren’t enough options for stylish sustainable clothing. You tend to find a lot of sac dresses, boxy tops and straight basics… which is all fine, but you don’t want to dress like that everyday! It’s fun to make a statement with the clothes you wear. The pieces are also very versatile and easy to create all different looks with.

Eco-friendly Fabrics: Left Edit uses some of my favorite textiles - Cupro (which you can find more information below), Tencel & Tencel Linen. They also use GOTS-certified dyes for lower impact processing, and even the notions are thoughtfully-picked. Buttons are made from Corozo nuts, zipper taps are made with Repreve (recycled plastic bottles), and interlining is made from recycled poly.



What I’m Wearing

The Vera: This is the first piece of clothing I’ve owned made from the fabric Cupro, and it’s a new favorite!! I love the sheen, and the way it mimics silk. It has a beautiful drape, feels incredibly soft to the touch, and lets your skin breath.

Cupro is a regenerated cellulose fiber derived from cotton linter, which is basically recovered cotton waste. Linter is the very tiny fiber sticking out of cotton seed that is too small to spin. You could consider this type of fiber a by-product of cotton production. Like Tencel, Cupro is produced within a closed-loop system so water and solvents are continuously recycled. Overall, it’s a gorgeous textile!

I love the versatility of the Vera, and know I will be able to style it so many ways in the future - I’m thinking, a turtleneck for the colder months and maybe I can fit a puff sleeve blouse underneath, too? :)

Where to Purchase

You can find the entire Left Edit collection online - here - and don’t forget to stay up-to-date with them through Instagram.

Okay, here are your contest details!!

They are hosting their first ever Left Edit Dinner series to foster conversations around sustainability and community. Since Left Edit wants to meet their shoppers wherever they are along their sustainable journeys, they decided to come to them. In their Dinner Series, they welcome the winner's friends and other locals to a night of conversation and healthy, vegan eats. They want to know why your city should be our first stop!

Here's what you can win:

If your city wins, the dinner party is on Left Edit :) Your next Left Edit piece is free!

Here's the details on how to enter:

Snap a pic of how you style your Left Edit pieces and post a picture on Instagram.

Tag 2 local friends you want to have at the party + @leftedit

Tell us why your city should be our first stop

The deadline to enter is midnight on July 16th.

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Central Grazing Company

Did you know we only have about 60 years left of top soil? If you aren’t familiar, top soil is the layer of soil containing the greatest concentration of nutrients, organic matter & microorganisms. Regenerative agriculture is one of the only ways to effectively restore the health in our depleted soil.

Central Grazing Company is surrounded by land with depleted soils. They are working on restoring its health through holistic management of their flocks. This is where animals mimic the wild, and through their grazing and stomping, carbon is reintroduced into the soil and health is restored.

To learn more about regenerative agriculture visit Kiss the Ground and my blogger friend, Holly Rose, who has several articles on soil health and regeneration.



Reasons to Love Central Grazing Company

Fashion that Regenerates: Handbags that help balance the carbon cycle? Yes, please! You don’t hear much about your clothing and accessories actually benefitting the planet. This is the future of fashion.

Traceable Supply Chain: Knowing exactly where the leather comes from in our shoes, handbags, etc. is rare these days. Central Grazing Company has a closed-loop fiber production process, and uses their livestock byproduct to create luxury handbags. Plus, they use veggie-tanning and natural dyeing to keep toxic chemicals away.

The Quality: This is one of those lifetime handbags. I'm sure, if I take real good care of it, I can pass it down to the next generation. You can tell a lot of thought, time and care went into making them.



What I’m Using

The Meg: This bag is absolutely gorgeous. I’ve never owned anything so soft and durable. Lambskin is finer-grained and lighter-weight than cow, but it is just as strong and has a silky, buttery feel. The design is timeless, and you can find it in three different colors - all practical and beautiful shades. You can even choose from full leather or leather and suede. I have the Olive in full leather, and the color is very unique to my closet, but it goes with anything!



Where to Purchase

You can find the beautiful Meg online - here - and don’t forget to follow Central Grazing Company on Instagram to learn more about soil regeneration!

Sustainably Supported by Central Grazing Company. As always, all views are genuine & products are truly loved! Help support the brands who support Sustainably Chic, so I can continue to bring you the best in sustainable fashion, beauty & lifestyle :) Thanks, everyone! #sponsored

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Bon + Vie

It’s always nice to learn about a new online store that isn’t only selling sustainable products, but is educating consumers on ways they can create more change within the movement. Our voices can be heard in so many different ways than just through a purchase, and Bon + Vie is showing us how.

Reasons to Love Bon + Vie

Breaks down the complicated concept ‘sustainability’: This is a word you see A LOT, today. Five years ago, it wasn’t nearly as visible on social media, and now, with more voices joining in, the message has gotten a little chaotic. Bon + Vie has a section where they define sustainability and speak about their own standards and values when consuming. They have a very balanced approach, which is so important!!

Education on taking action: I love how Bon + Vie breaks down the many different ways you can become involved in this movement. They help you find your cause and how to show your support, and even ways on how you can become an activist. You have a great list of podcasts and influencers to follow, as well as, books and movies to watch to learn more about different topics within sustainability.

Products you can easily adopt in your life: Bon + Vie’s selection of sustainable goods are very practical, and they have a few brands I use all the time. For example - Plaine Products is a zero-waste bath and body brand who is taking plastic away from the bathrooms (my hair loves this brand, and a lot of people in my family now use it, too!), and Swedish Stockings is using recycled nylon to create some of the best socks and stockings on the market. I have several pair and can’t get through a winter without them!

What to Check Out

Click to shop Bon + Vie and their group of sustainable brands - and learn how you can take action here.

Sustainably Supported by Bon + Vie. As always, all views are genuine & products are truly loved! Help support the brands who support Sustainably Chic, so I can continue to bring you the best in sustainable fashion, beauty & lifestyle :) Thanks, everyone! #sponsored

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For the littles…

One of my favorite sustainable clothing brands has recently launched a line for babies and kids. As a mom, this makes me super excited because so many kid’s clothing is dyed with chemicals we wouldn’t want near their soft and vulnerable skin.






Reasons to Love Sustain by Kat

Plant-Dyed, Organic Fabrics: The National Institutes of Health has proven your skin does indeed absorb the chemicals found in your shirt. What we wear on our body, ends up in our body so why aren't we taking the necessary precautions when it comes to our clothes? This brand eliminates all the worry, and only uses non-toxic plant dyes and organic fabrics to create their pieces. It’s amazing the colors you can make with nature, and Sustain by Kat has been super resourceful! Check out my post from last summer to see 5 Benefits of Using Food Waste for Fabric Dyeing.

Kid’s Line: I was so happy to hear Sustain by Kat was creating a kids line. The new collection features two onesies - short & long sleeve - ranging in sizes from 0-24 months. As well as, a short sleeved tee in 2T & 4T. The colors all turned out beautifully!

Great Basics: If you are looking for tanks, tees and shorts to add to your wardrobe, this is the first place you should check! My absolute favorite piece from this brand are their Ayurvedically-dyed Shorts.








What Elliott is Wearing

Kids Indigo Star Short Sleeve Onesie: hand-dyed with indigo leaves while leaving an undyed star on the front by using traditional Japanese shibori techniques.

Kids Brick Starburst Tee: hand-dyed with sandalwood using traditional Japanese shibori techniques.

p.s. I’m wearing the Lavender & Chamomile Dyed PJ Set. I would not have thought this is the gorgeous color you would get from those two!

Where to Purchase

You can find Sustain by Kat’s entire collection online - here - and don’t forget to stay up-to-date with all new designs and colors on Instagram.

Sustainably Supported by Sustain by Kat. As always, all views are genuine & products are truly loved! Help support the brands who support Sustainably Chic, so I can continue to bring you the best in sustainable fashion, beauty & lifestyle :) Thanks, everyone! #sponsored

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Lakeshore Dry Goods

You know a product is a keeper when you aren’t in your own home and miss it. That’s how I am with these towels. I have one at my grandparents where I frequent often because I can’t wash my hair and not have one on hand. I LOVE these towels, and even carry one in my car & handbag for those ‘just in case’ days.




Reasons to Love Lakeshore Dry Goods

Quality, 100% Organic Cotton: Each towel is made from GOTS Certified Organic Cotton with low impact dyes, and washes very well. It's a very soft, t-shirt type fabric with great stretch retention, too. Plus, they are made right in the US (New York)!

Super Practical & Zero-Waste: These towels are used a lot in our home. Not only in my hair, but for Elliott as an actual towel after his baths and in my diaper bag for changing tables. They are a great size to carry around. Now, they are making drawstring bags with their leftover scrap fabric, and those are coming in handy, too! All my little things I throw in my purse now have little homes & I use the bigger drawstring bag to carry a towel around.

Cuts Drying Time Down: I have a lot of hair, and it takes a long time to dry with a blow dryer. Right when I get out of the shower, I put my hair up in one of these towels for about 15 minutes. It cuts my drying time by a few minutes! I think most of us women are quite busy, and anything to save us time is fine by us :D



What I’m UsingWhere to Purchase

You can find the entire towel and drawstring bag collection - here - & don’t forget to stay up-to-date with all new prints on Instagram.

Sustainably Supported by Lakeshore Dry Goods. As always, all views are genuine & products are truly loved! Help support the brands who support Sustainably Chic, so I can continue to bring you the best in sustainable fashion, beauty & lifestyle :) Thanks, everyone! #sponsored

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Hey there!

I know I said I would be putting these together every week, but the last couple have been so busy for our family. Elliott is so much more active, and it’s been a lot more difficult to work. Now I understand why even moms who work from home have to put their kids in some sort of daycare. Luckily, I have a lot of family around to help, but some days, I wish he had a school to go to for a few hours :P

wedding planning…

We found our venue!! I’m so excited to be getting married at the Brick & Beam next April here in Jax, FL! It’s a new venue, but the building is quite old. It used to be a bar called the Pearl where Travis had a little too much fun back in his early 20s. We joke about getting married here because of his past experiences, but when we visited it just felt so right.

I’m not really into the whole traditional wedding thing - no big dress, no large guest list, no over-the-top anything. I want simple, intimate, and easy - a no stress kind of day. Something that is important to me is keeping it eco-friendly. I’ll share those details with you as I go, but one of the first things I’m working on are the ‘save the dates’. I found some plantable paper that I’m almost 100% set on.

 

 

I did stumble across some amazing candelabras at a local antique store while I was strolling Elliott around. I walked by, did a quick double take & immediately knew they were what I wanted to get married in front of. We need to clean them up a bit, but I snagged them for like $60!

Dress by All the Wild Roses

elliott’s 1st birthday…

Our sweet son turned one May 12 - same day as mother’s day so it was extra special <3 I didn’t buy any decorations, but at the last minute I went and got my son two helium balloons for his birthday party & felt so much guilt afterwards. He LOVES balloons and I always tell him ‘no’ - no at Publix, no at Disney, no everywhere. I couldn’t that day... I knew he would be so stoked & he was. I figured he would like Pikachu & Elmo for the next 5-10 years so we can reuse them.. until I found out about the helium shortage... I have carried some guilt with this… but his birthday was wonderful & I’m not perfect.

Dress by Tamga Designs / Shoes by Veerah

sustainable fashion panel…

A couple weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking on a sustainability panel run by Fashion Group International. I believe one of the greatest ways to spread the message of sustainable fashion is through your own community and in person. While I love having this platform, it’s within our own backyards we can make big change. I spoke with two other wonderful ladies on the panel - Brianna Kilcullen of Stategically Sustainable and designer (& director of FGI North FL chapter) Alexandra Ni. We had an event last year, as well, but it was focused on sustainability as a whole. This time we narrowed in on the fashion industry, and it was great to see how many people were interested in the topic in my hometown!

busy busy months ahead..

My parents are moving back to the States this summer, and we have a few family visits around FL in the coming weeks. Who knows when I will get some time to plan more for the wedding, but I’ll keep you in the loop of all the eco-details!! :D

Bis,

Natalie


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