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Hello!  Welcome to my first blog post!  My name is Robyn, and I decided to write a blog that combines my love for fashion as well as my love for philanthropy (promoting the welfare of others).  The two terms often don’t coexist, but they CAN, and I want to share how you can be a part of it.

I love clothes and accessories, but I don’t love the story that usually exists behind each item;  sweatshops with employees working long hours, with low wages, in poor conditions.  I just can’t feel good about buying something if I know the person behind the item is being exploited, or even abused.  I prefer to buy do-good items with a story or cause.

That’s why I choose to buy items that are fair trade or ethically made in the United States.  Now, I am first and foremost a teacher, which means I am on a teacher’s budget.  Ethically made items can be expensive, but they don’t have to be!  I am here to show you how to find deals without breaking the bank and without sacrificing your morals.   Let me do the research for you.

Before you decide to give this blog a second glance, I realize you may want to know a little about the person writing it!  So here’s a little about me:  I live in Raleigh, North Carolina with my wonderful husband, and I’m a first grade teacher.  I’ve always had a passion for helping people, which is a common trait among teachers.  I also love to travel and experience other cultures.  I spent six months volunteering with children in Ethiopia, which sparked my interest in teaching and working with people in developing countries.

I first fell in love with fair trade items when I discovered Lauren Conrad’s company, The Little Market, and decided to register there for our wedding.  I loved all their products, but especially loved the story of the female artisans behind each item.  I now work with another fair trade company called Trades of Hope, selling beautifully hand crafted jewelry made by artisans around the world. You can check out my Trades of Hope shop here:  www.mytradesofhope.com/robyndrake

I hope you enjoy learning more about fair trade and slow fashion.  Please email me with any questions or thoughts!

Best,

Robyn

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