Two years ago TODAY I was sitting in my dorm room at Belmont University when I made a pixelated logo in Powerpoint and typed up out the words The Honest Consumer. I had no idea what was ahead of me. Who knew The Honest Consumer would turn into a community of lovely souls passionate about changing the world. We have a community of over 6,000 people which is more than I could have EVER hoped for...and we're not done growing yet! It has been such a blessing and The Honest Consumer wouldn't be possible without YOU!Read More
What do you do for a living? What I do....is something different EVERYDAY. I mean everyday. I couldn't tell you what a day in the life is like because I don't have a set routine. My days are chaos...most days, relatively organized chaos. A day for me could involve a few calls, some meetings, writing, website updates, creating newsletters, editing posts, screaming at the computer, photoshoots with product, researching new companies, interviews, catching up on the e-mails I'm constantly a month behind on, attempting to understand algorithm changes, or all of the above. All done with massive amounts of coffee while trying to keep my sanity.Read More
I'm excited to be partnering with my friends at House Of to host a showing of The True Cost. This is one of my all time favorite documentaries that sheds a light on fast fashion. You will learn so much! We are going to follow up this fabulous documentary with a panel of local leaders talking about conscious consumerism and the importance of local shopping. Join us March 16th if you are in the Nashville area. Get event details here.
Missing my Valentine today, but very grateful to call him mine. Jake is the absolute best. The past few years of long distance haven't always been easy, but have definitely been worth it. We've been able to grow as individuals and as a couple. Four and a half years later and he still makes me giggle like when we first started going out in high school.
With Valentine's Day coming up chocolate sales are on the rise. Thankfully our friends at Tony's Chocolonely are giving the chocolate industry some much needed love. Child labor and human trafficking are major issues in the chocolate industry. It is estimated that in Ghana and the Ivory Coast 2.3 million children work on cocoa farms, 90% of which are under illegal conditions.Read More
Since graduating in December, I’ve been doing odd jobs including web design, content management, and copywriting, all while running The Honest Consumer. My collection of odd jobs helps me makeup the difference in bills and continue running The Honest Consumer. The transition from being a college student to being self-employed has been more challenging than I expected. I wanted to share a few of the challenges I’m experiencing in hopes that it might prepare others who are transitioning into the freelance world.Read More
Founded in 2015, The Fair Trade Fashion Show is a nonprofit striving to educate consumers, shine a light on ethical fashion, and raise awareness of certain social issues. Fair Trade Fashion Shows are hosted in the Los Angeles area featuring a variety of fair trade brands, while raising money for anti-trafficking organizations.Read More
Looking for a gift to show your special someone how much they mean to you? How about a gift with a story! Whether you're shopping for your special someone, a gal pal, or treating yourself I recommend checking out these fun gifts that empower others.Read More
Whether you're planning to celebrate Valentine's Day with your closest friends or with a special someone, you know you want to look your best. Check out these fabulous ethical looks that are perfect for the occasion.Read More
Sometimes I feel as though I'm a Sim and the big man in the sky is looking down laughing at me. In my first week of "real" adulting (my post graduation life back in Nashville after the holidays) I was bombarded with chaos. My dear friend Malayna and I had a terrifying experience driving from Texas back to Nashville. We were caught in snow, ice, and witnessed an 80 car pileup....needless to say we had a guardian angel.Read More
2017 was a year of a lot of laughs, a lot of cries, and a lot of learning to embrace it all. I learned so much about myself and experienced personal growth in ways I couldn't imagine a year ago. I wanted to share a few of my key experiences from 2017 in hopes that it may inspire you to embrace personal growth in 2018.Read More
Rakonto is encouraging children from underserved communities to share their experiences through storytelling workshops. These innovative workshops encourage young creatives to find their voice, bridge the gap between cultures, and shed light on the challenges these children are facing.Read More
It's that time of year where the smell of sugar cookies fills the air! This holiday season I want to encourage you to stock your pantry full of fair trade goodies! Baking happens to be one of my favorite activities so that is one place I encourage people to start. It's easy to pick up some fair trade baking chocolate, spices, or sugar.Read More
Swahili Coast is a worker owned co-op in Tanzania specializing in beaded leather accessories. Swahili Coast founders, Caroline & Tony were living in Tanzania doing economic research. During their research the two entrepreneurs got to know the locals through interviews and building new relationships. Caroline and Tony quickly became aware of the need for reliable employment in Tanzania.Read More
Get your holiday glam on with Love Justly! Love Justly is making ethical fashion available at discounted rates allowing consumers to find their ideal ethical style without breaking the bank. Through this innovative business model Love Justly has created an online market place exposing consumers on a budget to socially responsible goods. If you missed the feature be sure to check it out here.Read More