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  • Fair Trade,  Made in the USA,  Sustainable Fashion

    Sustainable Denim Tops and Jackets for Fall

    For those of you who like to wear your denim on top, you’re in luck.  Canadian tuxedos are a faux-paus of the past, and now denim-on-denim has become a desired look.  Denim has been a staple in our wardrobes for decades, and is actually the most used textile in the world.  However, it comes at a huge environmental cost.  Denim is made primarily of cotton, which requires thousands of liters of water to produce.  Many companies also use pesticides and synthetic dyes to make jeans.  Luckily, many conscious minded brands have joined the Better Cotton Initiative, which uses less water and chemicals than other cotton, and has the least impact…

  • Fair Trade,  Sustainable Fashion,  Travel

    Sunsais: Trust What You Wear

    Barcelona is one of the best shopping cities in Europe.  The shops seem to flow out of every corner in every district, and it is admittedly hard to show self-restraint.  If you’re going to pick one district, I recommend the Gracia district.  Sunsais is located in Vila de Gracia, which has been called “Barcelona’s coolest suburb”.  This historic old center is where the famous Festa Major de Garcia takes place in August- a huge street party of concerts, food and drink, and a wonder of spectacular themed decorations.  During the other months tourists can enjoy restaurants, cafes, and art galleries.  There are also a variety of shops on every cobblestone…

  • Travel

    Journey to Sesimbra, Portugal

    Our first stop in Portugal was Sesimbra– a beautiful coastal town famous for its fishing, seafood, and stunning beaches, just a short drive from Lisbon.  Sesimbra lies at the foothills of the Serra de Arrabida, a mountain range extending between Setubal and Sesimbra.  Sesimbra is best known for its fishing, particularly its swordfish fishing, and is abundant with small traditional seafood restaurants.  Visitors can enjoy stunning views of the Gold Beach Coast Line, and visit the ruins a Moorish castle on a nearby mountaintop. After a long flight to Lisbon, Sesimbra seemed like the perfect destination to rest and recoup.  We enjoyed a short 30 minute drive through dry countryside,…

  • Fair Trade,  Made in the USA

    FAIR Labor Day Deals

    Labor Day celebrates the creation of labor in our country and the economic achievements of American workers.  It’s also the second biggest shopping event of the year (second of course, to Black Friday).  This Labor Day weekend I decided to celebrate FAIR labor by only shopping locally and/or ethically, and only companies that pay their employees fair wages.  I challenge you to do the same!  I’ve compiled a short list of some of the best ethical Labor Day deals you can find this weekend.  Enjoy!   Tribe Alive- 40% off with code EXTRA40 Tribe Alive partners with artisans in Guatemala, Haiti, India, Honduras, and Fort Worth, Texas to employ marginalized…

  • Fair Trade,  Made in the USA

    20 Sustainable Statement Earrings

    I love a good statement earring.  It’s a versatile accessory that can be worn day or night, with a cocktail dress or a simple t-shirt and messy bun.  There is no shortage in variety when it comes to statement earrings, which can be colorful, geometric, shiny, with tassels or fringe.  It seems that costume jewelry has made a serious comeback. One complaint people have about fair trade or ethically made items is that they don’t look “contemporary” enough.  So I scoured the web for modern sustainable statement earrings by my favorite brands.  Here are 20 of my favorites.  Each pair is ethically made and/or supports a great cause.  All earrings…

  • Fair Trade

    Summer Staple: Rattan Bags

    Summer is coming to an end, but I’m not quite ready to think about fall yet. It’s hard to think about adding layers and boots when it’s still 90 degrees outside!  Since my mind is still on summer I thought I would talk about my summer staple this year: the rattan bag. Straw and wicker bags were one of the biggest trends this summer.  Rattan is a naturally renewable palm that grows in tropical regions and is used in furniture, buildings, crafts, and bags.  Rattan is sturdier than your average straw bag. Now, I understand that you can find these bags just about everywhere right now.  There are expensive versions…

  • Fair Trade

    Trades of Hope Fall Collection

    About a year ago I joined a fair trade company called Trades of Hope.  After reading about the company I quickly fell in love with their mission.  The founders of Trades of Hope believe that women living in poverty don’t lack the abilities needed to succeed, but instead lack opportunities.  Trades of Hope partners with female artisans all over the world to provide job opportunities that pay fair wages in safe working environments.  Trades of Hope has beautiful jewelry and accessories that are all handmade.  Just as each item is unique and beautiful, so is the story behind it.  Here are a few of my favorite items from the NEW…

  • Fair Trade

    ABLE Shoes- Summer Sale

    One of my very favorite fair trade companies is ABLE, and while all their products are amazing, their shoes are what keep me coming back for more.  First, here is some background information on the company: ABLE describes their company as “a lifestyle brand focused on ending generational poverty by women who have often overcome extraordinary circumstances.”  ABLE works locally and globally in the communities they wish to impact, creating jobs in hopes to end the dependency on charity.  I fell in love with the company when I learned how it was started.  Founder Barrett Ward lived abroad in Ethiopia and saw firsthand the extreme level of poverty people are…

  • Made in the USA

    I Just Want To Hang With My Dog

    It’s true.  I do just want to hang with my dog.  His name is Finn, he’s a rescue, and he’s pretty much the coolest guy I know.  So when I spotted this dog lovers tee at The Flourish Market I knew I had to have it. “Here at the Flourish Market, every product has a bigger purpose, just like you” states the Flourish Market’s website.  Originally started as a uniform truck then a do-good clothing truck, Em Sexton opened the brick & mortar store in downtown Raleigh in 2016.  The store partners with 50+ brands in the United States and all over the world to to provide jobs and fair wages…

  • Fair Trade

    Welcome

    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…