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. Next, I had issues with Legal Zoom registering my business...which I'm still not too pleased with. And to top it ALL off.....the sunroof of my car shattered with ice on it causing snow to leak inside my car.....needless to say my car has a very unique smell now.
For Better Not Worse (FBNW) creates fun, casual apparel that is designed & printed in Los Angeles. With each clothing item purchased, a bag of groceries is given to a child in need through FBNW's partnership with the Boys & Girls Club in Southern California.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you missed the Genesis Fair Trade feature last month, be sure to check it out here.Genesis Fair Trade is a unique online marketplace featuring fair trade goods crafted by artisan partners dating back to 100 years. I wanted to highlight a few of their products.
Starting to dream up your holiday table setting? BottleCloth table linens are perfect for adding pizzazz with a touch of sustainability. BottleCloth's bold table linens are made out of recycled plastic bottles.
BottleCloth founder, Brenda had been struggling to find contemporary table linens. As a designer, Brenda decided to take matters into her own hands. While at a fabric show in New York, Brenda learned about recycled polyester which is made from plastic bottles. Brenda knew that recycled polyester was being used to make clothes and thought she could use this innovative material to make table linens.
The 12 Days of Shopping Social is to encourage socially responsible shopping around the holidays! I have teamed up with some wonderful brands this year to provide EXCLUSIVE discount codes for followers of The Honest Consumer! Each day from December 1st-12th a new discount code will be revealed! Be sure to check back and take advantage of these deals!
Genesis Fair Trade is a unique online marketplace featuring fair trade goods crafted by artisan partners dating back to 100 years. By purchasing from Genesis Fair Trade consumers are able to help support fair, sustainable employment while empowering artisans in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, as well as other places throughout the world.
This holiday season give a gift that shares a story and empowers others. This year I've curated a selection of goods from The Honest Consumer community based on characteristics & personality type in order to make your holiday shopping more fun and interactive. Shop by personality characteristics that match your loved one in order to find the perfect gift! There are goods catering to a variety of price points and giving back to a range of causes.
My go-to earrings this fall are the Gold Vista Earrings from Purpose Jewelry's new Premier Collection. These beauties take on a unique shape and reflect the light just right in order to compliment any fall colors you are wearing. I love the light weight of these earrings and the sleek design.
During this chilly time of year cozy house shoes are essential! Luckily Kyrgies is providing consumers with comfortable, light weight house shoes created with care using traditional practices of wool felting. Kyrgies values people and the planet by partnering with an art collective empowering women in Kyrgyzstan through fair wages. This gives women the opportunity to make a living while carrying out their thousand year old practices.
Matter Prints gives new meaning to traditional patterns by creating bold, modern statement pieces. Founded with inspiration and compassion, Matter Prints demonstrates the importance of slow fashion by working directly with eight artisan communities, positively impacting around 1,287 individual artisans.
Fair Anita invests in the future of women around the world through artisan empowerment. Fair Anita currently works with 8,000 artisans in 16 different countries creating fair trade goods and paying artisans three times the minimum wage.
I think as an entrepreneur it can be a challenge to try and figure out where to focus your energy: so many things that need to be done, bills that need to be paid, and not enough hours in the day. Recently, I've been stuck in this anxious mindset holding myself back, the fear of failure. I think a lot of entrepreneurs experience this and it can be incredibly crippling. I have days where I don't even want to do anything because I have so much to do, I don't know where to start. My unproductive nature ends up making me more anxious than I was before. The fear of failure can kick in and make me doubt everything I'm doing.
Every lady needs a power pose, an ethical fiercely styled outfit, and a smile. Luckily, 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. As a college student, this is incredibly useful for me as I am always looking for the best deals.
So excited to be partnering with GlobeInover the next month! Discover the goodies inside their Tea Time Artisan Box by watching my live unboxing video. Be sure to use HONEST to receive 50% off of your 1st Artisan Box Premium subscription.
Redemption Market is a woman-owned, ethical boutique which carries a variety of giveback goods. Redemption Market started as a simple concept with a few pieces of jewelry. Founder, Rhonda didn't intend to build a business, but felt called to do so when the opportunity presented itself.
Ethic Goods empowers survivors of human trafficking through their partnerships with holistic care non-profits in South East Asia. Ethic Goods provides employment for the survivors through the creation of meaningful jewelry, connecting consumers with their stories.
This morning I woke up to an inbox full of e-mails...I didn't know where to start. Todays schedule...Three meetings, two calls, and an abundance of homework due for class tomorrow. Feeling overwhelmed has been a common theme for me recently. With graduation quickly approaching and trying to figure out how to make The Honest Consumer a part time job, life has been crazy.
When it comes to ethical fashion, finding responsibly made jeans can be a challenge. With Fall approaching I have been working to try and find a trustworthy denim company. I am very excited that Monkee Genes is taking action and providing consumers with fair, organic options in the denim market.
Clean water is a luxury we often take for granted. This is a resource we use on a daily basis and typically don't think twice about it. However, over 748 million people do not have access to clean water. Jonas Umbrellas is taking action by funding wells in African schools through umbrella sales in America.
Haiti Made is empowering Haitians through sustainable employment, fair wages, and community. Their beautiful leather products are handmade by dedicated employees and crafted using locally sourced leather. Haiti Made founder, Will met his colleagues in college by playing in a Christian band, Audio Adrenaline. The successful music group felt that God was encouraging them to use their stardom to make a difference and help those in need.
Landmine Design is empowering women in The Minefield Village situated between Cambodia and Thailand by providing training and employment. While sex-trafficking is prevalent in this area, Landmine Design is a safe haven for women to gain a sense of community while receiving a fair salary through jewelry creation.
I'm the girl who wakes up twenty minutes before a meeting or class, throws on a bra, deodorant, brushes her teeth, and runs out the door. I'm the girl with a mind running at 1,000 miles an hour in five different directions. I literally have a sign in my living room that says, "Welcome to the Shit Show" because I'm all over the place, all the time.
It's that time of year again. Back to school. Tired eyes, chapped lips, and picked nails. I know I'm not the only one dreading it. I'm sitting here drowning myself in design work for clients, writing, and procrastinating even LOOKING at my homework. Don't get me wrong, I'm incredibly grateful for my education because I recognize what a privilege it truly is. However, I am also grateful that this is my last semester because I've struggled with school for quite sometime.
During high school and the beginning of college, I struggled to view myself as smart. It wasn't because I was failing classes. It wasn't because anyone was putting pressure on me. It wasn't because I was getting made fun of. It was because of the way school was set up. It wasn't until my junior year of college in a therapy session that I truly began to understand why school is so frustrating for me.