Monday, December 5, 2016

A Monday...

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Did anyone else have a Monday?  You know what I mean... yes, we all just had a Monday, but I'm talking about one of those Mondays where every 30 minutes, you find yourself staring at the clock to see if it's time to go home yet because the things the day has thrown at you just can't be real and all you want to do is crawl back into bed and hide under the covers for a century or two. 

That's one of the days that I had, and I totally and completely think it justifies the aforementioned 74-word sentence.  

In teaching special education, the one thing that I've been trying to train myself to do is to expect the unexpected.  I was really good at it until recently.  My class got into a rather fabulous routine that made going to work more of a treat than a job.  That's where I went wrong. 

I lulled myself into a false sense of security.  Perhaps it's because winter break is right around the corner.  Perhaps it was because each of my students seems to be picking up the next bug to ripple through the school, but today was a train wreck.  Yes, it could have been SO much worse, but my false sense of security saw me walk into school this morning with my head held high, ready for another wonderful day of learning and then knocked me back down a few pegs.  

Have you ever been in a room full of kids and had one get upset and then it dominoes so that everyone is upset?  It takes 30 minutes to get everyone calm, but just as soon as things have settled down, someone else goes off again?  

That was my Monday.  At least I had another fabulous fair trade outfit to show off.  I think that feeling like Fair Trade Teacher Barbie all day was the one thing that kept me going! 

How was your day?

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the skirt is fair trade
: the necklace is handmade
: the earrings are fair trade and handmade
: the sweater is a hand-me-down
: the ring is fair trade and hand made

Sunday, December 4, 2016

#SustainableSunday with Onno T-Shirts...

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Hello, world!  On this lovely #SustainableSunday, I am everso happy to re-introduce you to one of my favourite t-shirt companies: Onno T-Shirt Company.  They are a lovely little company based in Denver and they turn out some of the greatest eco-friendly t-shirts I have yet to encounter.  I'm a huge fan of their hemp line (which I've worn in Scotland and Germany) and also their bamboo line (worn in Sweden and Germany).  Their bamboo shirts are incredibly soft... so much that when I spotted them in a shop in Ojai, California (while wearing the charcoal blue tee I'm sporting here), the sales lady exclaimed that just about everyone who walks into her store has to stop and touch the bamboo shirts and revels in their softness! 

Onno t-shirts meet Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), are made in a free world (in small, family-owned production environments), are carbon free (even when made abroad, Onno purchases carbon offsets to help cover transit), are Green America approved, and Onno is both a member of the Organic Trade Association and is a Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) member.  

They've run the gamut with making a quality product that is sustainable for our busy and often-un-friendly environment.  And don't even get me started on the range of colours in which their t-shirts come!  I'm in love with this charcoal blue bamboo tee... and I think the beach is a fan of it, as well!  

What's sustainable about this outfit? 
: the t-shirt is organic bamboo
: the earrings are fair trade and handmade from re-purposed artillery shells
: the necklace is handmade


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Beach life...

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It's hard to believe that this time last week, it was Thanksgiving and today, it's 1-December and I still don't need to have the heat on!  I keep pondering the difference in my lifestyle from this year to every other year of my life and it's made me realize how many places I've lived in the last decade.  From Chicago, to the middle of nowhere Iowa, to Indiana, to Paris, to NYC, back to Chicago, to Germany, back to Chicago, and now to Las Vegas, I think I've done a decent job of covering the globe.  

I've had the city, the country, a village, and the suburbs, but I've never lived near the beach, but since we're now midway through the season of thankfulness, I will be happy that my dad lives on the beach and that I can go and visit whenever I like! 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Ethical Cyber Monday Roundup...

Ladies and gentlemen, it is that time of year again: 'tis the season of holiday shopping.  I'd been hoping to post this on Black Friday, but ended up going several days without any internet access, so this shall be an ethical Cyber Monday roundup!  As always, we are being bombarded with advertisements, special offers, and freebies from all angles, and while I don't want to add to all of that grey noise, I do want to urge you to think twice about the gifts you are purchasing this year.  I absolutely recommend taking the time to make ethical, conscious, and sustainable choices... and to help you do so, I've gathered up a list of places (and specific gifts) that may be just the thing you're looking for!

Ethic Goods- Ethic Goods is a fabulous online fair trade boutique that I happened upon on Instagram.    Everything you'll find in their shop has been handmade by women (and sometimes men) who are trying to escape a life of poverty.  They are paid a fair working wage and educated on how to break the cycle of poverty.  I absolutely love the Half Circle necklace that they sent me!  It came from Ethiopia and the metal beads were fashioned from melted down bullet casings, collected from former conflict areas in East Africa. I just love the idea of something so lovely being made out of something that once was so dark and I think that this necklace would make a rather fabulous gift!

GlobeIn-  I'm not usually all that into subscription boxes, but GlobeIn is one that I can definitely get behind!  They put together monthly themed baskets and stock them with handmade and fair trade goodies from around the world! I loved their "Jewelry Box" and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the "Cozy Box."  If you don't want to make a huge splurge, they've recently started a $10/month subscription through the GlobeIn Club.  This will get you the Artisan Item of the month! Also, just as a little perk, you can snag yourself a deal with coupon code DAILYSAVANT!

Heshima Kenya- I've got to show a bit of hometown love this holiday season, and I want to share with you, once again, Heshima Kenya.  This Chicago-based company has set out on a mission to support unaccompanied minors and women who are victims of the sex trade by giving them shelter, medical help, and an education.  They work and earn a living wage by making beautiful hand-dyed scarves.  These scarves are totally unique and all proceeds go to help women in need!

Mata Traders- Once again, I've got to send some hometown love out to Chicago-based Mata Traders. This fabulous company is the brainchild of three BFFs who traveled to India and fell in love with the country and decided to start a design-driven, fair trade brand that focuses on helping both to end global poverty and inspire other ethical companies.  If you're looking for an ethically-made, reasonably-priced piece of jewelry for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list, consider the Concerto NecklaceReverse Drop Necklace, or the Chain Drop Earrings!

Nomads Clothing- Since I'm sending all sorts of fair trade love to companies based in places that I'm from, I have got to take this opportunity to give Nomads Clothing a quick shoutout.  This fair trade company is based in Cornwall (another place where, you guessed it, I'm from!).  This company was also born from travels to far-away places and a need to share things from the far corners of the earth with people who would otherwise not cross paths with them.  Since 1989, Nomads has been promoting ethical and sustainable fashion and employs people in India who work in a safe place and are paid a fair wage.  They are super excited to share their 6-way poncho with the world this holiday season (and I am equally as excited to share with you all the ways I can style the one they sent to me)!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

#SustainableSunday with Ethic Goods...

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Happy #SustainableSunday, ya'll!  It's hard to believe that these snaps were taken in sunny Santa Barbara, California just a few days ago when today, we drove back to Vegas and saw snow on the ground!    I kind of fell off the grid there for the last 4 days or so (post-Thanksgiving) and so I do apologize, but  I am back and ready to go!  

This week for #SustainableSunday, I am really excited to present to you: Ethic Goods.  This company is the brainchild of Meagan Hawley, who is a firm believer in providing great economic opportunities for women who are at risk or living in poverty.  With this belief in mind, Meagan founded Ethic to give these women the opportunity to rise above their circumstances. She's partnered with organizations in both Ethiopia and in Thailand and employs over 100 women to hand-make beautiful ranges of jewelry (that are designed in Washington D.C.).  

This holiday season, they have created an amazing line of Ethiopian jewelry, like the Half Circle necklace I was proud to wear (and receive compliments on) with my monochromatic outfit in Santa Barbara.  Believe it or not, this necklace was made from beads that were created from melted down bullet casings sourced from former conflict areas in Eastern Africa.  I just think that there is something so beautiful about digging up a raw material that was once used to inflict harm and turning it into something gorgeous (while also employing someone who wouldn't otherwise have a source of income... especially because they've been diagnosed as HIV positive)!  

It really doesn't get much better than this!  

What's sustainable about this outfit? 
: the necklace is fair trade and handmade from re-purposed bullet casings
: the sweater was thrifted


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Live Infinitely infuser water bottle giveaway...

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Hey, pals!  Guess what?  #FreebieFriday is happening on a Wednesday this week!  I am super happy to announce that I'll be giving away a Live Infinitely infuser water bottle in the colour of your choice!  I love mine!  Like I said the other day, I think it's the one thing that may actually convince me to interact with fruit on a semi-regular basis (yes, I am aware that there are cucumbers i.e. a vegetable in this photo).  

All you have to do to enter is: 

: tag a friend in the comments section (You get an extra entry for each comment/tagged friend!)

This contest will run until 2-December-2016 and is open to the US and Canada! 

Bonne chance! 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Life Infinitely... in the desert...

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Happy Monday!  I am overjoyed to say that I have this whole entire week off to go out out and play in the great big, wide open world... and what better way to explore in style than by supporting an independently-owned small business?  

The lovely Alicia from Live Infinitely dropped me a line and asked me if I wanted to give their products a go, and knowing that I was going to have lots of outside and fitness time coming up, I jumped at the chance.  She and her boyfriend (the two-pal team behind the brand) were kind enough to send me some leggings, an infuser water bottle, and a foam roller (i.e. everything I could possibly need).  

SB and I hit the road to explore some of the area and found ourselves at the Tule Springs Fossil Beds (a local spot where lots of people like to bring their guns and target shoot).  While I was saddened by the magnificent quantity of junk (old TVs, picture frames, shotgun shells) that were strewn all about, once we wandered a bit deeper into the fossil beds, we found a nice spot to play!  

It was crazy windy, so finding (and keeping my balance) was crazy tough, but I finally nailed my Natarajasana and I may have to credit some of it to the magnificence of these leggings and the epic cucumber hydration I received from my fancy new infuser bottle!  I think the bottle may actually (finally) convince me to interact more regularly with fruit.  Vegetables are really more my thing.  After a quick attempt at climbing these chalky canyon walls, a good foam roll at home put me right!  

Stay tuned for a Live Infinitely giveaway... coming soon...