Category: Lifestyle

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!

Cat in the Wild | Falling for the PNW at Lake Ingalls, WA

Cat in the Wild | Falling for the PNW at Lake Ingalls, WA

This is the first of many “Cat in the Wild” entries to come! I hope this series inspires you to get outside, especially if, like me, you’re intimidated or hesitant to leave the comfort of the city for the trail. 

I think it was really this hike, Lake Ingalls, that sparked this desire within me to get outside, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Hey conscious consumer! It’s not up to just you to save the world.

Hey conscious consumer! It’s not up to just you to save the world.

Hey fellow conscious consumer! I have to tell you something.

The weight of the world is not on your shoulders, and conscious consumerism isn’t gonna save the world.

I know, this probably sounds hypocritical coming from someone who blogs mostly about conscious consumerism. Although I do believe that thinking critically about the things we buy and what kind of practices we support with our dollars is important, I’m worried that there’s too much emphasis on individual actions within the conscious consumerism movement.

5 easy ways to eat more sustainably

5 easy ways to eat more sustainably

I love food. I really love food (as you could probably tell from my Instagram stories). And as my love for food, respect for the people who grow and make food, and concern for the environment grows, I’ve been trying to be more conscientious in the decisions I make regarding the food I eat.

Of course, our individual actions won’t halt climate change or reverse environmental damage without accompanying changes in government regulations and policies that hold corporations accountable. But making these small lifestyle changes can feel immediately empowering while we push for broader change, and that’s my hope for you (and for me)!

Top 10 things to do on San Juan Island, Washington – without a car!

Top 10 things to do on San Juan Island, Washington – without a car!

If you’re from the Pacific Northwest, you’re probably in love with the San Juan Islands. If you’re not, you probably don’t know that they exist—which is ok, because they’re seriously magical and we’d like to keep them all to ourselves.

No Pacific Northwest summer is complete without a trip to the islands. So when spring rolled around, I began doing what I do best: planning a vacation months in advance.

I planned a trip to San Juan Island for Memorial Day weekend (also my birthday weekend, yay) with my partner. After a long weekend of sunshine and seafood, I’m more than happy that I did! Here’s my guide to a long, car-less weekend on San Juan Island.

What I wish I had known when I graduated from college

What I wish I had known when I graduated from college

Wow, it’s almost been two years since I graduated from college! (lol, I feel old)

I remember the angst of being a college senior and a new grad very clearly. I cried a lot, agonized a lot, and stress-ate a lot of late-night quesadillas.

The main cause of all my anxiety was that I felt incredibly lost and confused about what I wanted to do with my life, which was how I had felt for pretty much my entire life. But now that the culmination of four years of learning and preparation for the Real World was staring me in the face and I was counting down the finite days until I had to leave my academic bubble and actually…make a choice about the direction of my life, the lost feeling was unbearable.

Anyway, I like to think that I’ve learned a thing or two since then. Everything worked out okay—better than okay, actually.

If you’re graduating this year, I want you to know that EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY. I promise.

And if you’re not convinced, here are five things I wish I knew when I graduated.

Cultivating self love and care / what I’ve learned from Black feminists and social justice

Cultivating self love and care / what I’ve learned from Black feminists and social justice

Happy Valentine’s Day! Amid all the hubbub about romantic love, I want to talk about one of the most important, yet neglected loves of our lives: self love.

People have been talking about self love and self care a lot lately, and much like the growing popularity of progressive movements like feminism, it’s been a mixed bag. On one hand, loving and caring for ourselves is so, so important and these discussions have brought issues of mental health to the forefront. On the other hand, I’ve seen “self love” misused as a marketing ploy to get consumers to “treat yourself,” often completely missing the radical and political roots of self love and care.

I want to take a closer, more critical look at the concepts of self love and self care, and how we can incorporate loving and caring practices into our own lives.

What I wore in Hawaii & what to pack for a tropical getaway! (LOOKBOOK)

What I wore in Hawaii & what to pack for a tropical getaway! (LOOKBOOK)

Guess what? Your girl is making her YouTube debut!

As you probably know from last week’s blog post and my gratuitous vacation pics on Instagram, I went to Hawaii a couple weeks ago. I’ve put together a short video of the sustainable and ethical looks I wore on vacation, plus a packing guide.

Whether you have a getaway to somewhere warm planned, or are just fantasizing about summer already (I definitely am), I hope this gives you some inspiration!