I started this blog to share my love of fair trade and ethically made items and to encourage people to shop responsibly.  I only learned about fair trade and slow fashion a couple years ago, and still have a lot to learn.  I hope you will enjoy joining me on this journey and learning with me!

The items I feature on this blog are all fair trade or ethically made in the USA.  However, I should mention that not everything you see me wear in my pictures is fair trade or ethically made.  Since I only recently learned about slow fashion, there’s no way I could revamp my entire wardrobe.  Nor would I suggest any one else do the same.  That would be expensive and a waste.  I do encourage you to wear what you have and wear if often.  Due to the rise of “fast fashion” Americans buy far more clothes than they can wear and billions of pounds of clothes end up in landfills every year.  So buy what you love, wear it often, and donate it when you’re ready to move on.  I will discuss this more in my blog posts!

My love for fair trade items started when I registered at The Little Market for our wedding, about a year and a half ago.  I loved the company’s home decor and accessories, and loved the stories behind each item.  I then got involved with another fair trade company, Trades of Hope, selling jewelry and accessories hand made by female artisans around the world.  People don’t always want charity- they want to be empowered, and educating people and creating sustainable businesses in other countries is what helps end the cycle of poverty.  As I learned more about fair trade I also started learning about sustainable fashion.  It’s been fun  to learn about and very eye opening!

A little about me: I’m originally from the green mountain state of Vermont, and am still a New England girl at heart.  I lived in New York City then Boston before moving to Raleigh to try something new.  I live here with my husband and our rescue dog Finn.  I love volunteering and spent six months abroad working with children in Ethiopia, a country that is now close to my heart.  After working with children abroad I decided to go back to graduate school and get my teaching license.  Since I’m working on a teacher’s budget, I’m always looking for good deals!  I will share many of the deals I find on fair trade items in my blog.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I enjoyed writing them!