Sustainable and Ethical Brands

How I got to model for my favorite brand, Girlfriend Collective

How I got to model for my favorite brand, Girlfriend Collective

Thanks to everyone who’s been sending me screenshots of the Girlfriend Collective website, with MY FACE on it! I truly appreciate the love!

For those of you who don’t know, I was lucky enough to hang out with the team that makes my favorite leggings ever, along with some fellow Girlfriend fans. Here’s how it all happened.

This startup proves there’s a more ethical and sustainable way to do tech // ft. Nimble

This startup proves there’s a more ethical and sustainable way to do tech // ft. Nimble

When I think about shopping more consciously, I’ll admit that my electronics and tech don’t top my shopping list. I’ve happily given up my fast fashion addiction to embrace slow fashion, but taking a more conscious approach to the gadgets that power my life, my career, and this blog is mostly uncharted territory for me.

This is partly because I find shopping for clothes fun and do it on a regular basis, but rarely buy new electronics. It’s also because, compared to the overwhelming selection consumers have when it comes to fashion, there are narrower options when it comes to the electronics we buy.

I recently learned about Nimble, a company that takes a more thoughtful and conscious approach to consumer electronics and tech, and I’m thrilled to partner with them to share their story with you.

The best ethical and sustainable Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales of 2018

The best ethical and sustainable Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales of 2018

The annual celebration of consumerism is upon us again! But while Black Friday and Cyber Monday have a reputation as horrific displays of mass consumerism, they are also an opportunity for many of us to buy ethical and sustainable goods that may otherwise be out of our price range.

Best of all, most of these brands are online…so you can skip the crowds and lines and shop from your bed!

I’ll be listing Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales for ethical and sustainable brands here. Bookmark this page and check back throughout the weekend for updated sales.

5 ethical brands making fine jewelry affordable (+ gift ideas!)

5 ethical brands making fine jewelry affordable (+ gift ideas!)

It’s only recently that I’ve tried to invest in longer lasting jewelry pieces as my tastes have changed to embrace more timeless styles and higher quality jewelry. Fine jewelry is, however, expensive. Luckily, there are fine jewelry brands that prioritize affordable pricing and ethical standards!

With the holidays coming up, I thought it’d be the perfect time to whip up this roundup of ethical fine jewelry brands that won’t break the bank* (plus a few gift ideas for fun!).

Cozy and conscious fall essentials with Les Lunes

Cozy and conscious fall essentials with Les Lunes

My friends know that when it comes to fashion or comfort, I will always choose the latter, hands down.

Is it too much to ask for cute clothes that are also soft, comfortable, and warm? I don’t think so!

I’m happy to partner with Les Lunes, an ethical and sustainable brand that doesn’t think so either! Les Lunes combines luxurious comfort and softness with fashion-forward designs for the perfect fall wardrobe, and they do it all with care for the environment and the people who make their clothes.

Fall 2018 Eco & Ethical Edit | What I’m wearing, reading, and doing this fall

Fall 2018 Eco & Ethical Edit | What I’m wearing, reading, and doing this fall

I’m kicking off my first Eco & Ethical Edit, featuring my current favorites in sustainable and ethical fashion and lifestyle!

The Eco & Ethical Edit is like my version of monthly favorites, except this series will run on a seasonal basis because, well, slow fashion is slower. I find that my favorite clothes, makeup, and other interests refresh as the weather and mood of life change with the seasons.

I’ll also be sharing some other faves of mine, like books or shows or DIY projects I’m loving—because I’m a Real Human Being with more interests than fashion and makeup, and I hope that this series will help you get to know both the ethical lifestyle space, and me, a bit better.

This fall, recycled fashion is in, dainty jewelry is the new red lipstick, and POC storytellers are taking center stage. Get cozy and tuck into my fall faves!

Can wool be cruelty-free? (Spoiler alert: Yes it can!) / ft. Myssyfarmi

Can wool be cruelty-free? (Spoiler alert: Yes it can!) / ft. Myssyfarmi

Wool is one of nature’s superstar fibers. It’s warm, moisture-wicking, odor resistant, anti-microbial, and when produced under the right circumstances, deliciously soft and cozy. It’s also one of the most biodegradable materials, decomposing within six months in ideal conditions.

But for those of us concerned with animal welfare, choosing to buy wool involves significant ethical considerations. Personally, wool is one of my favorite fibers to wear, and as someone trying to be a more ethical knitter and consumer, the welfare of the sheep from where my wool is sourced is top of mind for me.

That’s why I’m thrilled to partner with Myssyfarmi, a small-scale wool goods farm in Finland, to talk about this issue close to my heart!

10 ethical and sustainable boots for fall and winter 2018

10 ethical and sustainable boots for fall and winter 2018

Every time autumn rolls around, I’m more than happy to trade my tired old flip flops for a pair of sleek black ankle booties.

These boots are all ethically made, designed to last, and made for walking… and, of course, jumping into huge piles of crunchy leaves.

Remember those leggings I wouldn’t shut up about? They’re back, with sports bras! / Girlfriend Collective review

Remember those leggings I wouldn’t shut up about? They’re back, with sports bras! / Girlfriend Collective review

If you haven’t heard of Girlfriend Collective, they were the brand blowing up the internet last year with their scammy-sounding “free leggings” (you just had to pay $20 for shipping from Vietnam and wait like 4 months lol). HOWEVER, they are not a scam (yay), and actually make high-quality athletic wear from recycled water bottles in responsible factories. They’re launching their full line this summer with their internet-famous leggings and new sports bras in drool-worthy colors.

Is Reformation worth it? / My Ref collection & sizing review

Is Reformation worth it? / My Ref collection & sizing review

Time to ‘fess up. I’m addicted to Reformation.

For the longest time, I determinedly held firm against their “cool girl” marketing and ridiculously adorable styles, appalled that just one dress could cost over $200. No way was I going to give in and splurge my nonprofit wages on these floral print wallet-temptresses, no matter how cute!