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How can fashion practice cultural appreciation, not cultural appropriation? (ft. MATTER Prints)

How can fashion practice cultural appreciation, not cultural appropriation? (ft. MATTER Prints)

Alright, it’s time to talk about the elephant in the figurative fashion industry room: cultural appropriation.

I haven’t written about cultural appropriation on this blog yet because everything that could be said on the topic has been said, and, well, it’s exhausting as a person of color to explain to someone why cultural appropriation sucks.

But as an ethical fashion blogger, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tackle one of the most controversial issues in the fashion industry! Even sustainable and ethical brands end up appropriating, but we can—and have to—do better.

grünBAG: The sustainable backpack for all of life’s adventures

grünBAG: The sustainable backpack for all of life’s adventures

You may have noticed that I don’t talk a lot about bags on this blog. That’s because I’m honestly not a huge fan of the sustainable and ethical options for bags and backpacks out there.

I like my bags durable, functional, no-fuss, and of course, stylish. Most of the ethical and sustainable bags I’ve seen haven’t met all of my criteria, or are way out of my price range.

One of the things that has held me back from buying bags from ethical fashion brands is that I’m still unsure where I stand on the real vs. faux leather debate. Both are environmentally damaging in different ways, and while I don’t want to support animal suffering, I’m still hung up on the downsides of faux leather, which include a much shorter lifespan, toxicity, and not being biodegradable—which end up contributing to eventual human and animal suffering, as well.

However, I also haven’t seen many stylish, eco-friendly bags that aren’t made of real or faux leather, either…until now!

Cupro: The magical sustainable fabric you’ve never heard of

Cupro: The magical sustainable fabric you’ve never heard of

Being into sustainable and ethical fashion has made me into a bit of a textile geek. After all, there are so many cool sustainable fabrics! Who knew you could make fabric out of recycled water bottles and fishing nets?

So when I found out about Cupro fairly recently, I was surprised that I didn’t already know about it. Girlfriend Collective sent me a couple of their new Cupro tees, and I immediately fell in love with the miraculously soft and eco-friendly fabric…so much so that I had to learn more about Cupro and share what I’ve learned about this magical fabric with you all!

Love your underwear / Everlane underwear review

Love your underwear / Everlane underwear review

Everyone’s favorite ethical brand recently launched their underwear line! True to the Everlane spirit, the collection is the definition of “better than basic.” It’s simple and functional with no frills, but promises to reinvent a wardrobe staple.

I’ve been impressed with their marketing for the women’s underwear line. Models of color, inclusive body types, poses that show off tummy rolls in all their glory—this is definitely a step in the right direction, and for that alone I was already sold.

My skincare routine for combination skin (hormonal & fungal acne-prone)

My skincare routine for combination skin (hormonal & fungal acne-prone)

As you may know, I’ve been struggling with hormonal acne ever since I got my IUD. And in the past year, I’ve tried so many products to try and tame the hot mess that is my face, mostly to no avail.

But I’m happy to report that although my skin isn’t completely clear, I actually have a better relationship with my skin than ever before. Desperate to figure out how to return to the good old days of clear skin, I’ve been forced to get to know my skin better. I’ve learned what triggers my acne and what the condition of my skin says about my general health. And I’m much more mindful of what I put on my face as well as what I put in my body.

Here’s the lowdown on my current skincare routine! In conjunction with eating less sugar and dairy, I’ve found that my skin is generally happier (and clearer!!) with this routine. In case you’d like to try out any of these products, I’ve included some discount codes/links at the bottom of the post!

Allbirds wool runners vs. wool loungers comparison (review)

Allbirds wool runners vs. wool loungers comparison (review)

Alright, I’ll admit it. I’ve only been working in tech full-time for six months…and I’ve already succumbed to the stereotypical norm-core fashion of startup life.

Maybe I didn’t so much “succumb” as embrace my inner grandma (for god’s sake, I wear fluffy slippers at work), but in any case, I now own not one, but two pairs of Allbirds. I mean, I’m twinning with half of Seattle’s tech industry whenever I wear them, but that’s okay because they’re super cute, freakishly comfortable, and made of natural materials that are less harmful for the environment than typical sneakers.

I own the Allbirds wool runners in Tuke Dusk (top) and the wool loungers (bottom) in one of last year’s limited edition colors, grey with a pink sole. I’ve had the loungers for around nine months and just bought the runners within the past month.

Read on to see how they compare!

The most stylish (and sustainable) sports bra you’ll ever wear / Girlfriend Collective Monroe sports bra review

The most stylish (and sustainable) sports bra you’ll ever wear / Girlfriend Collective Monroe sports bra review

I asked if I should review the Girlfriend Collective Monroe sports bra in my Insta stories, and 87% of you said yes! Sorry not sorry to the 13% of you who are freakin’ tired of me raving about this brand…gotta give the people what they want!

(Scroll to the end for a fun surprise! Hint: It may or may not be 10% off your purchase at Girlfriend Collective…)

Why we need more POC in sustainable and ethical fashion! ft. Proclaim

Why we need more POC in sustainable and ethical fashion! ft. Proclaim

Hi friends and lovely readers! Today, I’m talking about something that’s been weighing on my mind since I started this blog: sustainable and ethical fashion’s diversity problem.

The sustainable and ethical fashion community is so wonderful and full of awesome, creative, and thoughtful folks, but it’s also not that diverse. And while I think this space is generally more progressive and cognizant of social issues than the rest of the fashion industry, sustainable and ethical fashion that doesn’t include people of color isn’t as revolutionary as it could be.

I’m also excited to introduce you to a brand that’s addressing fashion’s diversity problem head-on: Proclaim! But first, let’s talk about why we need more POC in sustainable and ethical fashion.

Jewel Posse: Ethical jewelry for boss babes

Jewel Posse: Ethical jewelry for boss babes

You know that piece of jewelry that makes you feel not only beautiful, but also powerful?

With minimal yet bold designs and gorgeous natural materials like concrete and marble, all of the jewelry from Jewel Posse captures that #bossbabe feeling.

Of course, all the pieces are made sustainably and ethically. Plus, Jewel Posse is a woman and Black-owned shop!

Yes, you can knit a sweater!

Yes, you can knit a sweater!

For knitters, knitting your first sweater is a rite of passage. It’s an intimidating feat, after all. The sheer endurance and commitment it takes to complete a sweater is a commendable accomplishment, not to mention the skills and techniques you’ll need to master. 

But what if I said you could knit a sweater, no matter your skill level?