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!
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1. I read Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and it was the best book I’ve read this year
I’ve been reading mostly fiction by women of color—not really on purpose, but these are the stories that interest me the most, especially now that I’m seeing so many talented WOC writers on the shelves of my local bookstore. It’s been quite refreshing to read stories featuring people of color when I grew up only reading stories with white characters.
One of the novels I’ve read recently, among many other incredible books, is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. This novel follows the stories of two half-sisters in eighteenth-century Ghana—one who marries a British governor and one who is sold into slavery in America—and their descendants over the generations until the present day.
This book explores in unflinching detail the effects of imperialism and slavery on both Black Americans and Africans and how that trauma and violence is carried through generations; but it’s done so in beautiful prose and through unforgettable stories that bring historical facts to life. I think everyone should read this book, especially in today’s political climate.
2. Reformation just launched a Conscious Cashmere collection and I want everything
Cashmere is sourced from kashmir goats, which live in the Mongolian grasslands. Unfortunately, the growing popularity of cashmere has led to an unsustainable increase in the kashmir goat population—contributing to desertification of the grasslands (basically, the environment is becoming a giant desert and that’s bad).
Ref’s cashmere collection is made from 70% recycled cashmere and 30% conventional cashmere. It’s awesome to see a brand actually recognize the environmental devastation of the cashmere industry and try to do better. If 70% recycled isn’t enough for you, Patagonia is ahead of the game with a 100% recycled cashmere collection!
I bought the cropped cashmere crew in Spruce, and I’m absolutely in love with the softness, style, and color!
Don’t like the price tag of new cashmere? Try thrifting or Poshmark/Depop; I’ve found quite a few secondhand cashmere gems!
3. Girlfriend Collective’s Fall 2018 colors are perfect for twinning with Mother Nature
If you follow me on Instagram or have read my first “Cat in the Wild” blog post, you know I’ve recently discovered that I really, really enjoy hiking. And because I’m really extra, I also enjoy coordinating my hiking outfits to match the scenery along the trail.
One of my favorite brands to wear on hikes is Girlfriend Collective, because their matching sports bra and leggings sets made from recycled water bottles are not only cute, but also comfortable and functional enough for actually doing stuff outside. On my last hike to Denny Creek, I wore my Girlfriend set in Toasted Apricot, one of their fall 2018 colors, and it looked amazing against the backdrop of fall colors! I also bought their new Moss color, and I have it on good authority that their Plum color is gonna sell out (again).
4. Hasan Minhaj’s Homecoming King on Netflix made me laugh, cry, and believe that love is greater than fear
Asian Americans don’t have a ton of representation in the media, and even when we do, brown Asians are often left out of the conversation. I’m hoping that’s beginning to change, especially with rising stars like former Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj gaining recognition and 32-episode talk show deals from Netflix (!!!).
I recently watched Minhaj’s stand-up special, Homecoming King, on Netflix. In just under an hour, he expertly weaves together stories from his childhood, adolescence, and early career that paint a hilarious, yet poignant picture of the challenges he faced growing up Indian and Muslim in America.
From all-too-relatable jokes about immigrant dads to heartbreaking truths about the “American Dream tax” of racism we pay as POC immigrants in this country, Minhaj’s comedy is more than just funny; it’s touching, truthful, and wholesomely optimistic, all delivered with his winning charisma.
He also has a new show on Netflix called Patriot Act, combining investigative journalism with comedy and giant infographic screens!
5. These dainty, handmade necklaces give back to women in need
Based in the PNW (gotta love my local businesses), GLDN focuses on handmade minimal jewelry that’s timeless and meaningful.
I love their La Femme Collection, which donates 50% of profits to CARE, a global organization that fights poverty by centering women and girls. GLDN generously gifted me their Poise necklace from the collection, and it adds a beautiful feminine touch to any look. I’ve also been eyeing the Toujours necklace, which features an engraving of a mother and child. 100% of profits from the necklace are donated to the National Immigration Law Center in light of the separation of immigrant families at the border.
6. These ethical, sustainable, and cute rain boots make the constant Seattle drizzle a little less sad
If you know me, anything that can cheer me up on a dreary Seattle day is either a miracle, or delicious (winter weight is real). But cute fall accessories also do the trick!
Alice + Whittles sent me a pair of their Classic Ankle Rain Boots to try out. The rubber used to make their boots is naturally and sustainably produced without the use of harmful chemicals and all workers throughout their supply chain are paid fair wages. I love that they take responsibility for their entire supply chain—something that many ethical brands still don’t or can’t do.
Ankle rain boots are a wardrobe staple in any place that rains, and I love that my Alice + Whittles boots forego the clunky silhouette we typically associate with rain boots for a fashionable, minimal, and sleek look that complements any outfit.
7. Everlane is swearing off new plastic and launching a recycled plastic collection, ReNew
Everlane is finally using recycled instead of new plastic to make their clothes! Their first recycled plastics collection, ReNew, consists of outerwear and fleece jackets.
Although this is only the first recycled plastics collection, they have also made a commitment to eliminate new plastics from their supply chain by 2021.
8. This travel jewelry case from Mejuri helps keep my necklaces untangled even when I’m not traveling
Before I invested in this travel case, all of my jewelry lived in little polishing cloth bags strewn about in my bathroom drawer, or just like, at the back of the drawer left to oxidize and die unloved. I know, sad.
These travel cases are made to order, minimizing waste! They’re perfectly sized for tucking in your suitcase or stowing away in your drawer even when you’re not traveling. I love the pretty warm camel tones of the leather and interior. Pre-order starts again in November.
9. $95 alpaca sweaters at Everlane! Seriously!
Stepping up their eco game yet again, Everlane just launched new $95 alpaca sweaters. Alpaca is, dare I say, softer than cashmere, and way better for the environment, too. In fact, alpaca grazing actually helps maintain the health of their environment.
Everlane’s alpaca sweaters are the most affordable I’ve seen yet. They have 6 colors in a crewneck style.
P.S. Lastly, just a reminder that Election Day is November 6th!
Want a more ethical world and a healthier planet? If you can vote, please do. It can make a difference! In Washington state, I was glad to see bills for taxing carbon emissions, increasing gun regulations, and making police officers more accountable when they abuse deadly force on the ballot, and that I could exercise my right to vote for them.