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  • Shop Responsibly

    How to Shop Sustainably at Target

    “The big boys are coming, the big corporations, the big brands. They may be late to the party, but they are now aware that they have a big problem.” -Andrea Reyes, founder of NYC Fair Trade Coalition Although I try to support mostly small businesses, there is a certain allure to Target that is hard to ignore. My friend and fellow teacher, Andrea is a Target enthusiast and frequents the store weekly. We often joke that if she put on a red shirt people would think she worked there. So what is it it about Target? When I asked her she responded that the convenience is a huge seller. It’s…

  • Fair Trade,  Trades Of Hope,  Uncategorized

    Trades of Hope has a new look for summer

    Trades of Hope is a fair trade company that traditionally sells artisan made jewelry, bags, and home decor. This month the company added two new categories as part of their Capsule Collection. A versatile black dress and woven ikat sandals. Besides a couple kimonos, Trades of Hope has never sold apparel or shoes. I was excited to see the new collection which is classic black and white with a red accent. The pieces are made by upcycled fabrics and sustainable materials from women in Cambodia, Guatemala, and India. Here are some of my favorites pieces from the capsule collection named Endless Summer and the Summer ’19 collection! Endless Sandals Endless…

  • Fair Trade,  Sustainable Fashion

    Meghan Markle, J.Crew, and the Rise of Do Good Denim

    “When girls are given the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures, not only for themselves but also for those around them.” -Meghan Markle in speech to University of the South Pacific in Australia Meghan Markle and Outland Denim Beauty Meghan Markle has quickly become a fashion icon and when Markle wears something, people want to know where its from. Not only does she have style, but she has heart. She is a strong advocate for female empowerment and supports brands with a cause. On a tour in Australia the duchess was photographed wearing Veja sneakers and a black pair of skinny jeans from Outland Denim (the high-rise…

  • Fair Trade,  Sustainable Fashion

    How to Wear Women’s History Month

    Yesterday I celebrated International Women’s Day with my class of first graders. We watched a video that gave students some background knowledge of the holiday, including social injustices women faced and how women fought for gender equality. We watched a news clip of a 9 year old girl who wrote a letter to NBA Steph Curry asking why his shoes weren’t available for girls and discussed the power of writing a letter. Then we shared several stories and wrote about women who inspire us, including Mae Jamison, Simone Biles, Hillary Clinton, Malala, Beatrix Potter, Helen Keller, Rosa Parks, the list goes on! I was so impressed with the ideas they…

  • Fair Trade,  Trades Of Hope

    Trades of Hope Spring Line

    Although the first day of spring doesn’t arrive until March 20, it’s fairly common to see new spring collections launch early in the new year. With a new year comes a fresh new look. Trades of Hope’s new collection is inspired by the Greek word eunoia, which means “beautiful thinking; a well mind”. The collection is beautiful, with both bold pieces and dainty feminine pieces to please different customers. One thing I like about Trades of Hope is that their pieces can appeal to different age groups, and the same holds true for the spring line. Here are my favorite pieces from the new collection: I do love a bold…

  • Fair Trade,  Sustainable Fashion

    Winter Cause Box

    Recently I wrote a post about my fixed feelings about New Year’s Resolutions. As I’ve had more time to reflect I realized that it’s important to find a balance between self improvement and self acceptance. Love oneself as you are but don’t be afraid to set new goals for yourself. The Winter Cause Box was curated with New Year’s goals in mind. The people behind Cause Box chose a variety of tools and treats to help your personal goals in 2019, or as they describe it goals that “build off of the accomplishments of our past year and push us to be greater versions of ourselves in the new year.…

  • Fair Trade,  Local

    Resolutions

    Another year has almost come to a close, and now we look ahead to 2019. I spent the holidays with my family in my hometown in Vermont this year. Being in Vermont always helps me slow down and think about the things that are most important in life. Soon I know I’ll be back in Raleigh, back to work and day-to-day responsibilities, which has got me thinking- what will my New Years resolutions be? Firstly, let me say that I’m not sure how I feel about New Years resolutions. Over the years I have made several resolutions, all focused on bettering myself in some capacity. “This year I will work…

  • Fair Trade

    Festive Fair Trade Decor

    Holiday Traditions I love the holidays.  It’s one of the few times of the year I get to spend with my family in the winter wonderland that is Vermont.  I have very fond childhood memories of waking up early to check our stockings and our presents under the tree.  I also enjoyed playing dreidel and eating warm latkes with our Jewish friends.  I feel very fortunate that I was able to enjoy many holiday traditions over the years.  Perhaps my favorite tradition was decorating our Christmas tree.  My mother made it custom to give my brothers and I new ornaments each year with our name and date written on the…

  • Fair Trade

    Fair Trade Black Friday

    Here are the best deals I found from some of my favorite fair trade and ethically made brands!  We can all do our part to shop responsibly.  Happy Black Friday shopping! Trades of Hope: 60% off select items I work with a company called Trades of Hope that sells all artisan made jewelry and accessories from female artisans in disadvantaged countries.  Through your purchases you can empower women by helping them earn a sustainable income in safe working conditions. ABLE:  30% off all items with code ABLE30 and free shipping ABLE is a lifestyle brand that is focused on ending poverty by creating sustainable job opportunities for women.  ABLE sells…

  • Fair Trade,  Made in the USA

    Looks Like Fall: My First Cause Box

    I love fall.  I grew up in Vermont, which boasts the most beautiful display of autumn leaves.  I love watching the trees turn while wearing transitional layers and boots, and sipping pumpkin ale or spiced cider.  Not to mention that Halloween is my favorite holiday and has been since I was a kid.  My mom threw the best haunted house in town, and as an adult I have tried to follow in her footsteps.  This year I added something new to my fall traditions: the fall Cause Box. I follow a fair amount of fair trade accounts on Instagram, and was excited to stumble upon a company called Cause Box:…