Ethical Fashion/Beauty Roundup

Ahhhh summer! This warm sunny weather would go on forever if I had my way! It also makes Mondays significantly less terrible when the sun is shining! I found this article on the best “hidden” beaches in Florida- my personal favorite is on here but I won’t say which! Here’s another good countdown for best beaches in the U.S. for avoiding ocean pollution (New Jersey did surprisingly well in the countdown!). And while you’re enjoying the slow pace of summer, check out all the fun happenings in sustainable and ethical fashion below! ;)

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  • Everything this girl does is DIY-tastic. Erica Domesek (P.S. I Made This) partnered with Indego Africa to design these super unique patches that are made by (and benefit!) women-only artisans. (via Who What Wear)
  • Peacebomb: the new jewelry collection from Article 22 that uses pieces of recycled bombs from Laos. Each piece sold benefits the Laotian artisans who make them. AKA: how to turn a negative into a positive. (via Article 22)
  • Sustainable fashion + empowering women = two of my most favorite things! More about how fashion (when used for good) creates positive change. (via the Guardian)
  • More toxin-free makeup is out on the market today, but will it stick around? I think so, but with our lax health regulations it might be hard to tell exactly how eco-friendly those products are. (via Business of Fashion)
  • Meet the Ekocycle Cube 3D printer. It uses recycled plastic bottles and makes whatever you want… almost. Yours for only $1,199 when it comes out later this year. (via Nation Swell)
  • Things that make me overjoyed: Nike launched an eco-friendly line of workout wear! (via 24/7 Wall Street)
  • The most stylish vegan shoe collab: Cri de Coeur + Arden Wohl. (via Vegan Fashion Blog)

 

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Olivia Palermo & Eco-Friendly Findings of the Week

Olivia Palermo is probably the most inspiring style icon I’ve ever seen. Whether she’s walking her dog or going to some uber fabulous black-tie event, girl is always perfectly dressed perfectly. I’ve loved her style ever since her days on The City when she was working and just being generally fabulous at Elle HQ. Well, things haven’t changed much and I still look to Olivia for style inspo. See below: denim on denim, oversized blazer, and casual look with jeans.

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And now for some eco-friendly awesomeness from around the web:

A Warby Parker x Karlie Kloss Lovechild

There are few things I love more than a quality pair of sustainable sunglasses (ahem.. see here and here). So when I heard about this new collection from Warby Parker I was prettyyyy excited about it!

But first off, Warby Parker is one of the few carbon neutral fashion companies, just meaning they purchase carbon offsets according to their greenhouse emissions. So, bad news that it’s still pollution, but good news that they’re actually doing something about it! They also have a really rad charity- it’s their Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program where they donate a pair of glasses to someone in need for each pair purchased. Too sweet!

Anyways, they just released three new sunglasses in a collaboration with none other than Karlie Kloss, so you know they’re going to be fab! AND in keeping with their philanthropy, they’re donating to Edible Schoolyard NYC, which provides gardens and kitchens to low-income public schools in the city to help kids develop lifelong healthy eating habits. Awesome on so many levels! Check out my faves from the collection below!

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I love the sepia/gold color combo in #3, and they’re my total favorite from the collection. The subtle cat eye is just too perfect! I’m also totally digging the #2 style for those indigo lenses! They’re so laid back and perfect for summer, I’d always have these on-hand at the beach. Find them all right here on their website!

Eco-Conscious Awesomeness

Fun fact of the week: did you know honey has anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory properties!? But not that stuff you buy at the supermarket- buy it locally from a bee farm to get all those raw, good-for-you properties. Or you can get this one online, it’s still got all the pollen and good stuff in it. But a fun bonus of buying local honey: it also helps alleviate allergies!

Other eco-conscious funsies I found on the internet this week include: the many challenges facing sustainable designers, one supremely perfect shirtdress, odd things people find inspiring, and something you can do RIGHT NOW to combat human trafficking. eco_awesomeness

Summer Essentials

So if you haven’t caught on already, summer is my absolute favorite season. It’s also a great thing that I live in Florida so I get to experience it almost year-round.

So below are some of my favorite things for my favorite season, notably with the best footwear. Boat shoes, sandals, and multiple pairs of flip flops are pretty much all that go on my feet this time of year. And if you’re like me, you’ll need a giant tote to keep all your shoes in because you can’t leave the house with just one pair. I mean, who does that!? And of course, all the items are eco-friendly, sustainable, etc. Something cool I found out in this search: Zappos has an eco-friendly shop, and that’s where I found the flip flops and the boat shoes!

But my most exciting find has to be the backpack. Admittedly, I’m a total sucker for the nerdy, yet convenient and old-school style of a backpack, but the structured canvas and navy stripes make it so preppy and trendy. Links below!

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Boat shoes | Sandals | Backpack | Flip flops | Tote | Dark sunnies | Black and gold sunnies

Eco-Friendly Discoveries

I’ve always loved eyelet, and I feel like it’s really making a comeback this summer. It’s not even just the look, but the feel of lighter, airier fabrics in warmer weather that just screams SUMMER! It’s cool and relaxed while being totally preppy and put-together. So in addition to the eco-fashiony links below, I posted a few looks that include my favorite fabric of the moment. I especially love the bright blue dress in the first photo, a pop of color like that is so unexpectedly glam.

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  • This is so rad. It’s Elle’s countdown of the best green beauty products. (via Elle.com)
  • THIS makes me so excited. The gals behind Snob Essentials are launching a vegan handbag collection! (via Who What Wear)
  • H&M partnered with the Guardian to produce a completely bogus, 100% biased article that says fast fashion isn’t always unsustainable. Except oops, wait… it is. (via the Guardian- I’m not even linking to it but it’s out there!)
  • But hey, the Guardian also produced something cool and interesting! An article about lifestyle businesses- entrepreneurship for free spirits! (via the Guardian)
  • Vintage, made in the US, or environmentally friendly… ever wondered what’s best? Hint: buying secondhand. (via EcoSalon)
  • Reasons not to go overboard on makeup: Some kids work 12 hours a day to make sparkly eye shadows. Sad. (via Huffington Post)
  • And something that’s just awesome: a new lingerie brand that’s cute, but not obnoxiously frilly and ridiculous looking. (via Fashionista)

 

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Chambray + Rainy Day

My Pinterest boards are FULL of chambray. It’s my fallback for any occasion, since it goes with everything and looks either polished or casual, depending on how it’s styled. It’s just… magical. This J. Crew top is one of the best I’ve found (sorry, not so eco-friendly) but the color is spot-on. Dark enough to be dressy, but not so light that it looks like old washed-out denim. In my defense, I bought this at a consignment place and just had to make some slight adjustments to make it look like “the original”.

Chambray makes even the most dreary day so much better. I mean, it might not change your life but it makes getting dressed so much easier! You’d be hard-pessed to find something more versatile than a denim button down.

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chambray_2chambrayJ. Crew Top (secondhand thankyouuu) | Fire Jeans (made in the US)  | Däv Boots | Longchamps tote (hardly eco-friendly but hey it’s waterproof!)

 

 

Friday Funday Links

So lately I’ve been on this super healthy eating kick and trying to avoid sugar, which lasted all of three days or so. But in the process I felt a little bit better despite having these mad sugar cravings. I’m still making better choices about what I eat but sometimes it’s just plain hard to eat like a rabbit even though there are so many health benefits. Like, less headaches! And then I read about how Chicago has these healthy vending machines. So rad. Eating better would be a whole lot easier if I was surrounded by delicious kale instead of delicious peanut buttery-chocolate concoctions.

But anyways, on to fashion-y things. Starting with the most important:

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Sustainable Fashion vs. a Sustainable Wardrobe

Oh hey, Happy Cinco! Today’s post is on Vanessa Friedman’s (head fashion critic at the New York Times) keynote that she gave at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit last week. She talked about sustainable fashion and how it’s a contradiction because something sustainable is built to last, while fashion is inherently disposable.

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So, she says, let go of sustainable fashion and focus on building a sustainable wardrobe, which I love. But then she says this thing about leather handbags and fur coats:

“Once upon a time my grandmother saved and saved to buy a nice leather handbag, and once she had it, she had it for decades. Her fur coat? Same story. Her cashmere sweaters – you know the little cardigans with beading on the edges that were so popular in the 50s – same. She knew how to wash her garments—by hand usually — and how to hang them, and how store them, be it for the next season, or the next generation.”

True statement! But totally suggests animal products will last longer than other materials. Thing is, it still remains true even if you’re just taking some plastic-based leather or fur alternative. A high-quality garment will hold up when you take care of it, no matter what it’s made of.

So it’s not just the material, but how the piece is made. Did you know you can spot a fake Hermès by looking at the stitching? Yep, an Hermès with perfect and even stitching is usually a fake, since they’re made by hand. A genuine bag has slightly imperfect and irregular stitches. (Even though yeah, I know, they’re made of leather. But we have some amazing alternatives available now, and more animal-friendly alternatives on the way.) And when you look at an Hermès bag, it’s certainly not something you’d see as disposable! You take good care of it, and it will last.

So it all comes back to quality, which is probably the most vital element of sustainable fashion. Building clothes to last and releasing that fast-fashion mentality is the first step, but it doesn’t have to be the only step. If you’re going to splurge on a high-quality bag, why not make it an eco-friendly, animal-friendly bag, a la Stella McCartney? See, plenty out there to suit your sustainable wardrobe :)

 

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