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The Fashion Revolution

16th May 2019

The time has come for the long-awaited Fashion Revolution! Not only does this revolution ensure a more ethically-sourced, kinder world, but it also encourages the slow fashion movement to abolish wasteful mass production. It is a movement rooted in love for the environment and (most importantly to me), love for other people.

The Fashion Revolution is comprised of people around the globe who are committed to changing the fashion industry’s values and the environment. They’re the designers, academics, writers, business leaders, policymakers, brands, retailers, marketers, producers, makers, workers and fashion lovers. They’re the industry and the public. The world’s citizens. Me and you.

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Eco / Lifestyle

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2019

1st May 2019

Hello, hello, friends! I can’t believe it’s already May, can you? Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and I’ve put together the CUTEST gift guide for you to give to your mama this May. Plus, everything listed in here is sustainably sourced, eco-friendly and Fair Trade. Win, win, win, right? I know. Beyond giving Mom the gift of a great, trendy, cute gift, why don’t we also give a gift that benefits other mamas out there, too? 

Redemption Market in Phoenix has a great sale goin’ on, with 25% off your purchase using the code “LOVEYOUMOM.” Even their sale items count! And they’ve got the absolute cutest mama’s day gifts for all kinds of super-moms! Perfect. All of the products from today’s post are from Redemption Market. I was gifted some items in full disclosure, but that doesn’t change or alter my opinion that this brand is awesome. 

Desert Cedar Natural Gift Set ($34) 

Don’t ya just love when brands put the gift sets together for you?  This lil’ set is great for the mama who loves the outdoors. Or just… loves to be clean. Or both? Yes, both. This gift set includes a body wash, essential oil (so #trendy), and incense that captures the incense of the West. I could totally see myself gifting this to my mom, who lives on the East Coast!

“As the sun crests the horizon and falls on the red bark and small, deep green leaves of the surrounding Junipers and Cedars, the air is perfumed with a sharp and sweet scent. Redolent of warm leather and desert varnish – sun baked mixture of resin, minerals and clay – this fragrance is at the heart of our love song to this arid landscape: Desert Cedar.” I MEAN, what a DESCRIPTION.

Plus, the best part about this lil’ set? Juniper Ridge uses sustainably harvested plants and steam distillation techniques in their creation of their products. They actually use plants native to the West Coast in order to bring it into your home or onto your person (they’re based out of Oakland, California). “All of our plants are wildharvested with the utmost sensitivity and respect for the existing landscape,” their description reads. “We revel in the intact forest habitats of the West, and tirelessly work to promote education as to how best to protect them.”

I absolutely love, love, love this, and I hope you do, too. Tell Mom about the meaning and thought behind this product and she’s sure to love it, too.

Eco-Leather Phone Wallet ($48)

Next up, a perfect gift for the mom on the go! For the practical gift, I love this lil’ phone wallet made by Elevate People. It’s got an easy access slot for your phone, along with inserts for your cards and cash. It’s made of gorgeous, full-grain eco-leather, and “empowers the lives of those who made it.” It’s a gift you can feel good about purchasing and a gift you can feel extra good about gifting.

I particularly can see this as a great gift for my aunt, who prefers not to carry around a big purse and instead opts for smaller, wallet-sized purses. Just the essentials, basically.

This wallet is made by Elevate People, which is a non profit that believes in creating sustainable jobs globally that improve lives and transform communities by eliminating poverty. “Through vocational training, strategic mentoring, and small business loans, they help provide national people the resources they need to succeed. For the first time, parents can provide for their families, send their kids to school, and serve their neighbors in an even bigger way. Their partners feel a greater sense of self-worth and confidence since owning their own business,” their platform says.

Soooo, while you can feel great about giving Mom a gorgeous gift, you can also feel good about giving moms around the world the opportunity for better lives for their own children.  Perfect for Mother’s Day, right? Embroidered Journal

Embroidered Layflat Lined Journal ($11)

For the mama who’s a constant list-maker, here’s a beautiful embroidered journal you can gift to her this Mother’s Day. This lil’ notebook is made by Denik, an organization that works to support artists and contributes to building schools in Mali, Laos, Guatemala and Ghana. The sale of each and every notebook funds education projects worldwide.

This artwork is by Samantha Nickerson, and I absolutely love that they credit their artists. Not enough brands do this nowadays, so I can definitely appreciate that. Plus, can we please talk about how on trend this orange-rust is, and how cute those flowers are? This would be a great gift for my mom, who’s a teacher that I think would especially appreciate the cause.

 

 

Florence – Tobacco + Leather Soy Candle ($24)

Next up, this may be one I might just have to snag for myself in addition to the moms in my life. I love, love, love any scent that has a tobacco/leather smell! It’s more of a masculine, heavy scent with just a hint of sweetness, and I love how earthy it is. I’m definitely not a floral fragrance gal, and I always opt for more of these “deeper” scents.

These candles are hand-poured by women in Dallas, Texas who are refugees. Not only do they represent both an economic empowerment initiative, but also peacemaking between women of different faiths. They are made from all-natural soy wax, and all of the scents are created through essential oils.

The organization behind it is called Seek the Peace, and they focus in on thematic areas of Conflict Transformation, Capacity Building, and Advocacy. “These guiding themes directed our programmatic focus in the areas of girls and women’s empowerment, education for children and youth, trauma healing, and developing leaders for peace,” their platform says.

 

 

Malina Atta Rattan Crossbody ($88)

Lastly, can we talk about how gorgeous this bag is? It’s so beautiful and versatile for spring and summer! I love the straw detailing lately! It looks so organic and transforms an outfit to reflect a more earthy, natural vibe. Why not gift this beautiful, artisan-made baby to mom this Mother’s Day?

These bags are made in Lambok Island, Indonesia, from a type of straw that is harvested there. The artisans there have perfected a weaving technique to make beautiful home-ware and bags. The company, Brunna Co, has a collection of products that are made by these artisans in the comfort of their own homes.

In fact, they work directly to support them and support their family’s economy. Brunna Co commits to using locally-sourced elements from Indonesia, and they work to preserve Indonesian culture and protect artisans so that they can continue making authentic crafts.

“We hope that you can feel all the warmth of Bali, the exotic vibes of Borneo, and the happiness spirit of Java through our collections,” Brunna Co says.

 

Let me know what you’ll be gifting mom this mother’s day! I’d love to know. While the product is a great gift to Mom, it’s a gift to our world, too.

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The Fashion Revolution

The time has come for the long-awaited Fashion Revolution! Not only does this revolution ensure a more ethically-sourced, kinder world, but it also encourages the slow fashion movement to abolish wasteful mass production. It is a movement rooted in love for the environment and (most importantly to me), love for other people. The Fashion Revolution […]

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How to Build an Engaged Instagram Following

Hello, friends! Let’s talk about building an Instagram following in 2019! I started blogging in February and had around 1200 followers, but didn’t really start seeing growth until April. It is now May and I’m right at 3000 as of right this minute! So that’s about 1700 followers within the last month. Crazy! I more […]

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Jade Nicole

Eco / Lifestyle

Happy Earth Day!

22nd April 2019

Happy Earth Day, my friends! Today at work, our students and I are running an “Earth Day Market.” ASU let us borrow some big, tall recycling bins and we ordered a few dozen reusable straws, water bottles, canvas totes and even these lil’ lollipops that, when you finish eating the candy portion, you can plant into the ground and a type of herb will grow. How COOL is that?! We’re allowing students to trade 1 recyclable item for 1 sustainable item in hopes to educate students on sustainability and small, easy ways each of us can make changes to have a more sustainable lifestyle.

I love this because, often times, with sustainability or veganism, many people have an “all or nothing” attitude. Instead, I think it’s so important for us to have a “small steps make big changes” attitude. Just moving my parents away from using plastic plates and cups was a feat, and imagine if everyone made that small change. It would make a BIG difference, right? That’s my attitude towards all of this.

I actually tried out veganism on and off for a few years now. Last year, I was able to go the entire school year practicing vegetarianism, which was such an accomplishment for me. However, I fell off the wagon once I moved home for the summer, and I really beat myself up over it. Particularly, I felt the pressure to be all or nothing; if I wasn’t committing to be a full-fledged vegetarian, then dang, why try to be more meatless anyway? That’s the mindset I have, and it’s actually so counterproductive when you think about it.

This year, I’ve consciously made an effort to have a completely meatless breakfast routine; snacks throughout the day are vegan and usually, meat comes in at night for meals. And instead of shaming that, I feel that we as a community should celebrate it; if everyone did that, if everyone committed to having a Meatless Monday or 1 meatless meal a day, think of how much of an impact that could make.

Ten Sustainable Swaps You Can Make TODAY

Anyways, I just wanted to give you all some ideas for small changes you can make in your daily routine to carry out a more sustainable lifestyle. Don’t at all feel like you have to incorporate every single one of these into your life; in fact, I haven’t even done so yet, but everything is a work in progress. Be patient with yourself and invest in the environment in small steps, one piece at a time. Most of these, I think, are more of a social change than anything; we’re so used to the convenience that is our plastic world. Capitalism thrives on disposability, and relies heavily on the expectation that disposable goods will always be a part of our economy.

Here are some great options if you haven’t already implemented them into your life:

  1. Buy a reusable mug for your coffee runs (some places even offer you a discount for bringing a sustainable option!)
  2. Invest in some wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets
  3. Use essential oils and a diffuser instead of candles
  4. Buy a reusable water bottle; places increasingly have water bottle refilling stations with filtered water, and the water is cold
  5. Buy from ecologically conscious, fair trade fashion brands. Don’t know who abides by this? Don’t worry, I wrote a whole post about them.
  6. Say NO to plastic bags, bring your own canvas tote instead
  7. Buy biodegradable trash bags
  8. Purchase a silicon mat for baking instead of using parchment paper / aluminum foil
  9. Buy food in bulk
  10. Buy some reusable lunch containers / lunch bags

Hopefully those gave you some good ideas on sustainable swaps you can make today! Happy Earth Day, friends, and let me know which swaps you’ve chosen to make today.

XO,
Jade Nicole

Eco / Fashion

5 Sustainable, Fair Trade Fashion Brands

15th April 2019

The Shift to Slow Fashion

Sustainable, fair-trade brands have been on the up and up it seems recently, and I’m all for it. When it comes down to living a more ethical life, I’m not an all-or-nothing person. Personally, I’m a big believer that if everyone makes more conscious decisions more regularly, we could easily make a huge impact on our Earth and the well-being of our environment. I’m not a huge fan of the societal expectation that if you identify as something, you cannot ever stray from it or you’re not a “true vegan,” a “true environmental advocate,” a “true” anything. The fact that you’re making strides towards a more sustainable life is extremely important in and of itself; be proud of what you have done, and inspire more people to make conscious decisions to save our planet.

Sustainable Slow Fashion Brands

 

When it comes to sustainable fashion, I’ll be completely honest and admit that I do not make sustainable, ecologically conscious decisions 100% of the time. Yes, there are a handful of sustainable fashion brands out there to choose from (and it’s growing everyday), but they’re a bit on the pricier side (which, of course, is due to fair trade), and they’re more often than not a style that differs from my own. I’ve noticed that many sustainable fashion brands have that earthy, bohemian vibe that is beautiful, but not suitable for the office (like I need). However, I would love to begin purchasing my clothes mindfully and with an ecological, humane approach to the fashion industry. One day, I hope every piece of clothing I own has intentionality and kindness behind their brand labels.

Bead and Reel Network

Bead and Reel Logo

That’s why I’m so happy to be a part of the Bead and Reel Affiliate Network. Bead and Reel is a mindful living community that has incredible ethics they run their business by in order to make way for a kinder approach to fashion. Their ethics listed include:

Fair Trade

Fair Trade practices ensure proper, fair and humane living wages are paid to production in developing countries. I had no idea that when a business commits to operating under “Fair Trade,” they’re committing to 10 different principles: transparency, poverty reduction, no child labor, and gender equality. In order to classify as a Fair Trade business, they must be certified by one of the Fair Trade certification agencies, and these agencies ensure they are abiding by the principles listed.

Principles of Fair Trade

Artisan Made

Now, “artisan made” is essentially the uncertified version of Fair Trade. The process is lengthy and costly, and many small businesses can’t commit to the certification process, but still run under the principles. Bead and Reel ensures that all of their vendors are abiding by the 10 Fair Trade principles, even requiring a contract to be signed in order for affiliation.

Female Founder

Bead and Reel requires that at least one founder is a woman.

Gender Neutral

Bead and Reel wants to carry clothing that is “neither conventionally for men nor women – it’s for both.”

Gives Back

Bead and Reel commits to giving back each month, and they require their vendors do, too. Vendors must donate a percentage of their profits to a specific cause or charity in order to be an affiliate of the network.

Made in the USA

Products must be made in the USA and must abide by labor laws.

Made to Order

Did you know that over 11 million TONS of garments end up in landfills every year, JUST in America? How many times have you purchased a Forever 21 shirt that fell apart after just one wash? This is part of the problem; customers are buying cheap clothing that aren’t made from great materials, and they end up being tossed into the landfill. Also, big brands also overproduce their unsellable items, wasting a ton of resources for no reason. Made to Order ensures no resources will be wasted. 

Nonprofit

The brand must be registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3).

Organic

Cotton takes up a significant portion of the world’s farmlands, and it is often grown with harsh pesticides. Organic crops are not cultivated in this way; instead, they are grown under “environmentally and socially responsible methods.”

Vegan & Plant based

Everything in the shop is vegan, but only some items are plant based (if that makes sense). Plant based items are labeled so that you know which ones are made with healthy, natural fibers.

Recycled & Up-cycled

Bead and Reel asks all items to be created from recycled resources to cut down on the usual resource-intensive practice of the fashion industry. Up-cycled, on the other hand, allows producers to use existing items or textiles and re-purpose them. All items must have one portion that is recycled and one portion that is up-cycled.

Vegan Company

They also require one owner within the company is Vegan.

Zero Waste

A company with Bead and Reel must commit to having no remaining textile scraps or to using textile scraps to create their product.

So, as you can see, this is a pretty lengthy list of ethics that these brands must abide by in order to be an affiliate of the network. I honestly was so surprised to see just how many brands are in the network; there are so many that are exceptionally mindful, intentional and sustainable.

The Brands

Alright, let’s get into the brands and what they stand for. Please note that I am a Bead and Reel affiliate, aforementioned. You can use my link to purchase any items seen here, or you can opt not to and Google them apart from my link. Please know that even though I do make a small commission from your purchases, I would support these brands, their missions and their ethics regardless.

VICTORIA ROAD

This brand is absolutely gorgeous. They sell such classic silhouettes with chic patterns that are so incredibly chic. They have an extremely modern, hyper-sophisticated vibe that is perfect for today’s business babe. And their mission is even more beautiful than their clothing; they work to “bridge cultures through design.” Check out their gorgeous spring collection here. 

Their brand values inclusivity and the implementation of an “inclusive supply chain.” Instead of having their own design team, they instead collaborate with passionate designers from different regions to create designs that reflect their own cultural aesthetic and craft. They ensure their business operates under Fair Trade policies, meaning pay living wages and provide benefits like access to health care and overtime pay. Victoria Road sources from ethical suppliers, and they commit to reducing their carbon footprint through using local fabrics, small-batch manufacturing and reused materials.

I also love that they highlight their designers to ensure they are given the credit and recognition they deserve. It just gives me the sense that they sincerely value their designers rather than asking them to create cultural aesthetics without intentionality or recognition.

PASSION LILIE

This brand has gorgeous, earthy pieces that retro and vintage inspired, with focuses on whites and blues for the spring and summer collections. I love their loose fitting shift dresses, which are absolutely perfect for the warmer months with a pair of sandals or wedges.

Their business, of course, abides by Fair Trade policies. They also work to empower artisans all over the world by giving employment opportunities that are ethical and humane. Their mission is to reduce the cycle of poverty through global impact, and they pride themselves as not being considered a charity but instead, a part of a movement for empowering, fair and equal industry practices. Their clothing is designed in New Orleans and produced in India.

DEVINTO

For the modest, classic gal, DEVINTO has the sleekest, chicest picks for you. I love their Old Hollywood, classic glamour vibe, and I could see myself purchasing nearly everything in their catalog. They have extremely chic silhouettes, with minimal colors that make for a classic piece. They have a unique vibe from the usual bohemian, airy, bright aesthetic often associated with sustainable fashion. Instead, the DEVINTO is “inspired by ambiguity.”

The website says “the designs portray a sense of dichotomy revealing that elegance can be rebellious, a somber mood can bring a sense of comfort, and simplicity can make a bold statement; thus DEVINTO is at once feminine and empowering, elegant and defiant, while remaining simple and comfortable.” Are you in love yet? Because I am.

They stand by people’s right to express themselves through fashion. However, they say the planet and its inhabitants shouldn’t be at cost when doing so. They use ethically sourced natural fabrics and commit to minimized waste and overproduction.

MATTER

I love the modern yet traditional vibe Matter has. They are extremely intentional when it comes to choosing prints. They explain the meaning of their patterns to their consumers, detailing their motifs and giving insight and context into the cultures that they have been extracted from. This is actually a huge part of their mission; they source heritage prints and reinterpret them in a modern way. They hope to inspire their consumers by provenance: “to ask where and why something is made, by whom, and expand a community that celebrates heritage.”

 

SYMBOLOGY

Lastly, for today, I’d like to mention Symbology, a brand that reminds me of Anthropologie and a bit of Urban Outfitters. They have such a gorgeous, bright color palette and they’ve created the most flattering, stylish silhouettes with their items! I think their items are so beautiful for everyday wear. I love that their mission is to empower women in developing countries. Of course, they abide by Fair Trade  and prioritize the well being of their women. 

Symbology Sustainable Fashion

I’ll be highlighting more companies throughout the rest of this month in celebration of Earth Day. I hope you take the time to check them out. Let me know which brand you’re wanting to order from!

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The Fashion Revolution

The time has come for the long-awaited Fashion Revolution! Not only does this revolution ensure a more ethically-sourced, kinder world, but it also encourages the slow fashion movement to abolish wasteful mass production. It is a movement rooted in love for the environment and (most importantly to me), love for other people. The Fashion Revolution […]

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How to Build an Engaged Instagram Following

Hello, friends! Let’s talk about building an Instagram following in 2019! I started blogging in February and had around 1200 followers, but didn’t really start seeing growth until April. It is now May and I’m right at 3000 as of right this minute! So that’s about 1700 followers within the last month. Crazy! I more […]

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Jade Nicole

Eco / Lifestyle

There’s a Difference Between Being a Healthy & Unhealthy Vegan

5th March 2019

By Katiee Rose @rosecafletic

Hello friends! I’m Katiee, a 23-year-old feminist blogger from Atlanta. I’ve been vegan for almost three years now, and I’ve learned a lot on the way. Jade asked me to share that with you, so if you’re interested, stay tuned!

Difference Between Healthy and Unhealthy Veganism

When I decided to go vegan, I did all the research. I knew there were supplements I would need to take, and that it was going to be a huge transition for me. However, I started my vegan journey because of my love for animals, and my overall health. What I didn’t know, is that going vegan would only amplify my unhealthy habits. I recently have come to terms with the fact that I have binge eating disorder. I am grossly overweight, and also have fatty liver disease as a result. Going vegan actually made my health much, much worse.

However, I don’t think that eating a plant based diet is unhealthy. It’s how you choose to eat that can be. Think of your body like a car; you want to put good fuel in that car for it to run well. The same goes for your body. When I went vegan three years ago, I was not healthy. I chose to eat three large fries from Chick-fil-a, a large Dr. Pepper, and sometimes even a milkshake. I thought that it was okay because I’m vegan, I need to eat bigger portion sizes to stay full. At least I’m not eating steak! I was so, so wrong. Now three years later, I’m paying the price for those actions.

veganism

When people think of the word “vegan” it’s normally associated with healthy greens, smoothies, etc. I’m here to tell you that not all vegan food is inherently healthy, and I gained 80 pounds after switching my diet. It’s all about YOU. Everything starts in the mind. I binge eat, because it comforts me and soothes my anxiety. While I’m working on that, I’ve also been eating healthier and when I binge, I choose something better than fries and Dr. Pepper. I tell myself that I want to live a long life, and in order to do that I need to be conscious of what I’m putting in my body.

Healthy vs Unhealthy Veganism

I’m still vegan, sometimes vegetarian, but 90% vegan. I do believe that eating a plant based diet is better for the animals, the environment, and the self. I probably always will be vegan, because I truly believe in it. However, I am choosing now to be a healthier vegan. Not to say that I don’t have cheat days. I do. I still binge, but I am working on growth. That’s okay. Everything in life takes baby steps, and if you’re struggling with something similar, please know that’s okay. You will get through it. And just know there’s a difference between being vegan and being a healthy vegan.

About Katiee Rose

Katiee Rose

Katiee is a 23-year-old feminist blogger from Atlanta, GA. She has a pet rabbit named Florence, and spends her days working at Yogaworks Atlanta. You can check out her blog at www.lifestartswithcoffee.com.

From Katiee’s Blog: “I’m Katiee Rose. I’m probably drinking coffee and listening to 90s’ alternative music. Ask me about my feminist agenda. I started my blog because I wanted to be able to write about anything, and gain the experience of having published work. Life Starts With Coffee was originally a blog for the relatable college student; i.e. highly caffeinated and constantly hurting for cash. Then somehow as my passion for feminism grew, it was clear that my blog had become a voice for the voiceless, and a way to articulate my fight for equality.”