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.
Ever heard of Joseph Oregon? I sure hadn't! Such an underrated place! When Jake & I decided to drive up to Seattle, I was trying to find a place in between Salt Lake City and Washington to stop and I found a little town called Joseph. Joseph Oregon was incredible!
Jumpsuits have made a comeback and they're here to stay! So here is a guide to purchasing ethical jumpsuits! So many brands have launched fun prints and bold styles! Check out a few of the suggestions. There is something for every price range and style! Read to the bottom for a special discount code!
If you're heading to the beach this summer it's important to have a beach bag that can hold all your essentials. It can be tough to find a bag big enough to hold towels, snacks, electronics, & that's easy to clean! Hear are a few suggestions of beach bags to purchase that will make a difference too!
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?
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.
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 diamondcenter stone.
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! :)
United By Blue is on a mission to show our oceans & waterways some love by removing trash all over the country. For each product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways through organized community clean-ups.
As someone who grew up in the Texas heat, I really appreciate comfy sundresses in the summer. I put together a list of a few places that sell ethically made sundresses for the conscious consumer on a budget. Find your perfect breezy summer sundress below!
Spending a bit of time on the Amalfi Coast was the perfect way to end our three week trip. We stayed in the BEST B&B up in the hills of Sorrento. Casale Antonietta is a family owned B&B with an incredible view, kind staff, and a wonderful place for nature lovers.
We spent two full days in Rome! The architecture, history, & food was amazing! Wish we had a bit more time to explore, but it gives us an excuse to come back one day! We stayed in an Airbnb near the Colosseum which turned out to be a great location! It was about a 10 minute drive to the train station, a 15 minute walk to Trevi fountain, & a 20 minute drive to the Vatican.
During our stay in Rome our Airbnb host was nice enough to share some suggestions for affordable pasta shops in the area with us! We stayed in the Colosseum area which was a great location! These hole in the wall places in the Colosseum neighborhoods were way cheaper and way better than most of the actual restaurants we ate at.
Florence was a hustling and bustling city! We spent three days in Florence and I still feel like there was so much we didn't see. We definitely had some chaotic times during our time here, haha! Read on!
It started at dinner. From the outside it looked like a quaint little place. The reviews online were good. It was an older restaurant with neighborhood charm. One of those restaurants where everyone scribbles their names on the wall. The white walls were covered in an array of colored signatures.
Venice was my favorite place so far we've been so far! The beautifully colored buildings and the canal make this a relaxing spot to vacation. We stayed slightly outside the main part of the city in the Santa Croce district at Hotel Dalla Mora. This was a great place to stay! It was super close to the train station when we arrived! The hotel was right on the water
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!
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.
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!
After enjoying a full english breakfast at our hotel, we got an early start to the day with our fast track tickets to the London Eye. From here we got a prime view of the city. A bit foggy, but still beautiful!
Finding a hotel that matches your values can be a challenge! Believe it or not it's possible! During our stay in London we stayed at the Qbic Hotel, a certifiedB Corp. I'm so impressed with their initiatives and dedication to sustainability.
Liz Alig strives to create functional, fair-trade fashion for the modern woman. Liz Alig's purposeful fashion is crafted with a transparent supply chain, socially responsible materials, and positive impact for growing communities.
It's important to consider what is going on your skin. Similar to putting good food in your body, it's important to put good products ON your body. Harsh chemicals & unnatural substances found in popular skin & body products can impact your health and your skin overtime. These are three wonderful beauty & body brands that focus on natural products AND have a positive impact!
For me, loud noises, large groups of people, and crowded spaces are triggering. All of these are characteristics of your typical tourist attractions. For the most part I've done pretty well. We've spent the past four days exploring London. However, one attraction in particular really had me on edge, The Tower of London.
As a conscious consumer, it's always a challenge when your friends want to go to the mall. I typically avoid the mall when I can because I know there are not too many ethical choices. However, I still enjoy the social experience of shopping with my friends. So how do you tag along and not get sucked into the fast fashion temptation?
Basic tanks & tees are a great first step to transitioning your wardrobe to being socially responsible. Typically you can find pretty affordable tees that are ethically made and eco-friendly. Here are seven awesome brands that sell great tees at decent prices! Comfy tanks and tees that are perfect for summer time!
Bon Voyage! Jake & I are off to Europe! We'll be out and about exploring for three weeks! Prayers and positive vibes for safe travels would be greatly appreciated! And any travel tips or suggestions are welcome too! We'll be heading to London, Paris, & Italy. I'll be sure and post plenty of pictures from our travels!
Heading to the beach this summer? Make sure you have all the essentials for a relaxing time! There are some awesome socially responsible brands who have a verity of summer goods perfect for your beach getaway!
Summer sales have begun! Spruce up your summer wardrobe by adding some ethical style or some sustainable style to your home. I've created a list of some special deals going on this weekend to make it easy for you to support socially responsible businesses!