A lot of people have been asking me what I've been doing since I've graduated....while it does include a hodge lodge of freelance gigs and the blog, I've also been working on a new project. For the past few months I've been creating The Honest Connection, an online social impact wholesale catalog for retailers. What does this mean? Basically I'll be consulting boutiques & retailers for FREE to help them find socially responsible and ethical brands that will fit well in their stores.
ShareHope is a people oriented activewear brand empowering garment workers in Haiti. Profits from their ethically made leggings are reinvested into educational and health focused social programs, furthering the growth of garment workers and creating bright futures for Haitian workers.
Ever tried running a start up & moving across country? Pro-tip probably don't. My life is literally in boxes right now...and my head is spinning in 1000 different directions. Sorry I've been slacking off on product posts & incredibly slow with responding to e-mails, but here's a little life update on what's going on with me.
Earlier today I did a video tour of my apartment! I got a few requests of links to some of the goods featured so here you go! Even with a discount code! If you missed the video apartment tour you can watch it here.
After living in Nashville for four years and running The Honest Consumer for two, I've learned about so many wonderful businesses that have a positive impact on this city and beyond. If you live in Nashville or are traveling to Nashville, I encourage you to check out some of these amazing places.
The creative process can be frustrating because creativity is not something you can just turn on. It takes time and the right environment. The right environment for me can sometimes involve going out and about, but most times it involves sitting in my bed with early 2000s jams blasting, the scent of a strong, fruity candle, and the warm glow of the gold lights that line my window. This is my happy place, where I feel safe, and where I am able to focus my thoughts on the creative process.
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!
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.
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.
Vita sneakers are great for your feet and even better for the world! These innovative shoes are made with organic and recycled materials AND set aside 10% of each pair sold to lead service projects impacting homeless communities.
With Valentine's Day coming up chocolate sales are on the rise. Thankfully our friends at Tony's Chocolonelyare 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.
Sunrays mandarin oranges are revolutionizing the produce industry by encouraging consumers to "snack with an impact." For each bag of these sweet snacks packed, Sunrays makes a donation toSave the Children.
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.
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.
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.
Mother Erth creates durable, zero waste bags made from recycled materials. Along with making a positive impact on the planet, these innovative bags also provide employment for low income mothers in the Philippines.
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.
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.
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.