Month: October 2017

The joy of creation: Why I love making my own clothes and think you should, too!

The joy of creation: Why I love making my own clothes and think you should, too!

My idea of a perfect afternoon is sitting in bed with a kitty in my lap and knitting needles in my hands, creating something that’ll bring warmth to myself or someone I love. I call this the joy of creation: that simple happiness I get from making something with my own two hands. 

Of course, my favorite things to make are clothes. Whether I’m knitting, crocheting, or sewing, I completely geek out over learning new techniques and daydream up my own designs. Recently, I’ve realized how making my own clothes—something I’ve been doing for over a decade—ties neatly into my slow fashion journey.

Eco & ethical fall finds under $100

Eco & ethical fall finds under $100

In celebration of my newfound appreciation of fall, I’ve curated the following sustainable and ethical fall fashion essentials to help you beat the oncoming frump of the colder months. The best part? They’re all under $100!

Good for the earth, good for your vagina: A sustainable menstrual hygiene guide

Good for the earth, good for your vagina: A sustainable menstrual hygiene guide

Traditional menstrual products are often full of toxins, not to mention huge contributors to landfill waste. Luckily, there are tons of sustainable, toxin-free alternatives. Turns out that what’s good for the environment is also good for your vagina!

Confessions of an outfit repeater (ft. my fall uniform)

Confessions of an outfit repeater (ft. my fall uniform)

A concept I’ve been wrapping my head around in regards to slow fashion is the “uniform.” 

We’ve been socialized to believe that outfit repeating isn’t fashionable and that we constantly need to buy new clothes to be trendy and stylish. The reality is that the earth is suffering because of our addiction to buying new clothes, and that regular people (i.e. not celebrities or the ultra-rich) can’t afford to not repeat outfits. 

A broke girl’s guide to sustainable and ethical fashion

A broke girl’s guide to sustainable and ethical fashion

So you care where your clothes are made and how, but can’t afford to buy organic cotton, artisan-made, fair trade everything? Yeah, me neither.

Before I began my slow fashion journey, the aspect of sustainable and ethical fashion that seemed most daunting to me was the price tag. But I’ve since learned there’s more to this conscious fashion lifestyle than just buying from (usually pricey) brands that tout their sustainability and ethics.

Here are some tips to help you be a more conscious consumer at any budget!