Amazon Prime Day: A Reminder to Think About Our Buying Habits

Yes, today is the magical Prime Day....the Black Friday of summer. Let me start this post off by saying I think overall Amazon is a good company to work for. I have loved ones who work at both ends of the spectrum for Amazon, in the tech industry and in the warehouses. They offer good insurance and fair wages. I'm also a fan of Amazon Smile and how they give back, needless to say I'm not at all writing this post to hate on Amazon, but rather to bring awareness and encourage consumers to consider what goes into our consumer demand of immediate  gratification and instant shipping.

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Ethical Style Living Out of a Carry On for 3 Weeks: Shoes, Extras, & Essentials

In my previous travel post, ETHICAL STYLE LIVING OUT OF A CARRY ON FOR 3 WEEKS: CLOTHES TO PACK, I focused on clothes to pack! Here's what I packed as far as shoes, extras, & essentials! Jake & I decided to pack lite for our trip to Europe because we didn't want to be hauling around massive suitcases through the train stations and airports. So this meant packing three weeks worth of clothes into one tiny suitcase. So what do you bring?

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The Eco-Diamond That Gives Back: MiaDonna

Anna-Mieke discovered only 1 in 9 diamonds can be backtracked to their original source. And the popular Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, some of us might have heard of….isn’t really conflict free. But if you walk into a diamond store and ask if their diamonds are conflict free, customers will be told, yes, our diamonds are conflict free, certified by Kimberley Process. This certification just means the money from the diamonds is not financing war. However, this does not take into account human treatment, child labor, or human-trafficking. Along with the environmental impact, the environment from diamond mines cannot be restored due to the depth of the digging. Miners are forced to dig so far down that the environment is unable to regenerate.

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My Ethical, Eco-friendly Engagement Ring by MiaDonna

My engagement ring is the Crown Vintage Engagement Ring!I am absolutely in love! The detail is absolutely gorgeous! It is so beautiful, I don’t even have words! You’ll have to see it in person (or in pictures). The Crown Vintage Engagement Ring is crafted with recycled white gold, recycled diamonds on the side of the ring, and a beautiful ethical, lab-grown diamond center stone.

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Ethical Style Living Out of a Carry On for 3 Weeks: Clothes to Pack

Jake & I decided to pack lite for our trip because we didn't want to be hauling around massive suitcases through the train stations and airports. So this meant packing three weeks worth of clothes into one tiny suitcase. So what do you bring? It was a challenge for sure! It gave me a bit more appreciation for minimalism and capsule wardrobes. I tried to focus on basics and similar color patterns. So here is what I brought and what I would recommend! With a little blurb about the ethical brands of course! :) 

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Adventures Abroad: Paris in Two Days

Trying to do Paris in two days was a struggle, but we managed to do A LOT! We stayed outside of the main city in a neighborhood, Le Marais. This was a great location about a 15 minute ride away from the Eiffel Tower. There were plenty of cute restaurants in this neighborhood within walking distance! Before we went to France we kept hearing that stereotypically the French aren't too welcoming towards Americans. But overall we had a good stay! I even made a list of a few restaurants, here, that were very welcoming to us and had good food!

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Eateries in Paris

One of the things I was most anxious about when traveling to Paris was communication. Jake and I don't speak any French and we heard the stereotypical rumor that French people aren't very welcoming towards Americans. We had good experiences for the most part! Here are a few restaurants that I felt went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and were happy to speak to us in english.

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Cheap Isn't Cool, Caring Is

Given recent trends such as minimalism, slow fashion, and an emphasis on shopping local, we're seeing that cheap isn't cool anymore. People want more than just a low price. People want quality. People want to support brands that are doing good. People want transparent supply chains. People want more than just an item...they want a story and a connection. And that IS cool. Caring is cool!

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