4 Ways Building a Conscious Closet Can Help Identify Your Sense of Style

So often consumers get caught up in what’s trendy, what’s in, & designer brands. But by focusing on ethical and sustainable fashion, I think this can help consumers identify their own personal style and get away from trends. Yes, a bit ironic given the word “sustainable” is becoming trendy, but really focusing in on how style reflects a persons values can lead individuals to discover so much about themselves and the industry.

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Spend Less Time Counting Your Blessings & More Time Checking Your Privilege

It’s November, the month of celebrating gratitude and counting your blessings. So let’s kick the month off with some conscious thinking. This is something I have struggled with for a long time. I’m originally from the deep South…Texas where everyone’s blessed, loves sweet tea, and BBQ crazy….or so the stereotypes say…

So many people recognize their blessings, but a lot of people fail to recognize their privilege. Now maybe it’s my southern upbringing, but to me ‘blessed’ has a biblical association. And when I googled ‘blessed’ for the purposes of writing this, I was presented with definitions such as “made holy, connected with God, and sacred nature.”

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Slow Living & The Pressure of Society on Relationships

There’s quite a pressure from society that you have to be engaged or “find the one” by the time you’re in your early/mid-20s and that’s just wrong. I’m at that uncomfortable age of 22 where half my friends are engaged (including myself) and the other half are convinced they’re going to die alone. You might be sitting at your computer screen chuckling, but I’m not kidding. Some of my closest friends literally think they’re going to die alone and it breaks my heart that these strong, independent women are beat down because of this pressure society creates that we need to have our “other half.” That you, yourself, are not enough.

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Instagram Rant & What Entrepreneurs Can Learn

Don’t get me wrong I love Instagram. It’s really helped me grow The Honest Consumer community and for that I’m thankful, but lately I’ve been chatting with some other small business owners and the latest algorithm changes have really got us beat down. Our likes and interactions don’t match up with the amount of followers because we’re not paying to play. I think it’s really sad. Instagram was, at one point in time, a tool for small businesses to grow, but now it’s another pay-to-play social media.

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7 Slow Living Tips Humans Can Learn from Their Pets

Meet Jimmie (dog) & Theo (cat). Our little furry babies. Stunners huh?#adoptdontshop Both about 6 months old and quickly becoming best buds. Being a new pet owner can be a bit overwhelming when your animals are so young, but these little goobers have taught me a lot. Somedays I get frustrated when I’m working from home and they’re going crazy They remind me daily about the importance of slow living and unconditional love. Here are a few slow living tips I think we could all take in and benefit from.

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Looking Beyond Fair Trade Certified

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about Fair Trade Certified products. I buy certified products all the time. I think it’s great that there are third parties that can verify the ethics of a brand. And I believe they should be compensated for their time. I think their stamp of approval on products is helpful to consumers because it makes it easy for shoppers to identify products that are positively impacting the world.

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World Mental Health Day: 8 Phrases You Should Not Say to Someone Struggling with Mental Health

Happy World Mental Health Day! Try and take part in the conversation today whether you struggle with mental health or not. It's important to learn! You will definitely feel some angst in this post because, as someone who struggles with anxiety, I’ve been told the wrong thing SO many times. But I’m writing this because it’s important to educate people on how individuals struggling with mental health feel, what to say, and what not to say. Be sure to read to the end to learn a few phrases that you SHOULD use.

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