Tradlands || Made For Her, Made To Last

Tradlands || Made For Her, Made To Last

I remember being a little girl, watching my mom put on her makeup, throw on even the most casual of outfits, and thinking "someday, I want to be as beautiful as she is".

Children are blessed with the ability to see raw beauty, unfiltered by bias or expectation, and to strive for what they see. Now, a mother myself, I'm keenly aware of the way my self-image affects my two daughters. Mara, my youngest, loves putting on "pretties", wearing my shoes, and rubbing my blush all over her face. Evie, soon to be four, is more self-aware, individualistic, and tomboy-ish, but she notices (oh, how she notices) every look I give myself in the mirror, and every piece of clothing I decide to wear, often complimenting me with a "mommy, you look BEAUTIFUL today." 

As a self-proclaimed non-sentimentalist, I rarely think about the longevity of my closet. Sure, I think about fabric quality, and whether or not my pieces will deteriorate after a few wears (as most fast-fashion pieces do,) but words like "heirloom" and "life-time" don't usually enter my line of thought. As strange as it sounds, until I read that it was part of this brand's mission, I wouldn't have even considered the fact that portions of my closet can (and should) be worn for the rest of my life, and then, maybe, passed down to my daughters one day. 

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Ethical Holiday || An Affordable Gift Guide For Him

Ethical Holiday || An Affordable Gift Guide For Him

He may be low maintenance, but for some reason, Christmas shopping for my husband is always the hardest part of the holiday. I know him and what he needs, and yet, I find myself stumped each year because guys are just so darn hard to shop for. 

Adding ethics to the mix makes things even more difficult. It's one thing to run to Target and pick up a new set of steak knives or a new flannel, but when you're hoping to find conscious gifts for everyone on your list, things can get pricey really quickly. This gift guide focuses solely on items that are both practical and affordable- without sacrificing ethics. Everything is under $100 (except one splurge gift) and each piece is hand picked by me including brands I've personally worked with or researched. There may even be a discount code or two thrown in just for fun ;) 

Happy shopping! 

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6 Simple Ways To Lead A More Sustainable Life, Even When You're Unmotivated

6 Simple Ways To Lead A More Sustainable Life, Even When You're Unmotivated

I'll be completely honest: ever since we moved, I've found it incredibly difficult to prioritize sustainability in my day to day life. The act of moving to a new home is such a wasteful process in itself (the endless boxes and bubble wrap and back and forth and throwing away) that I essentially tossed the mindset, giving myself a bit of (necessary) grace until we slowly settled in our new home. 

But how long does said "grace period" last? It's been nearly three months and although we're technically "settled," my mindset about my daily habits hasn't shifted much. If I'm being totally honest (which I like to be, mostly) I'm feeling abnormally unmotivated to put in the work it takes to downsize waste and live consciously. I feel like I'm in a bit of an "eco-slump" when it comes to things like recycling, plastic elimination, and everything else it takes to live sustainably.  

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Daub | Active || Meet the Founder

Daub | Active || Meet the Founder

Last month, I shared about a small-batch activewear brand out of Vancouver called Daub | Active. I received two pairs of her leggings and a mesh tank top for the post, but, aside from my (of course) highly positive review of Lexi's products, it's always my goal to take you a little bit deeper than "how do they fit" and "where were they made". 

As part of a three-post series on the brand, I'm so excited to share an interview with the founder, designer, and one-woman-show behind both Daub | Active and Daub + Design. Lexi is incredibly intentional with the way she structures and runs her businesses and her interview is proof of just how much work (and extra expense) it can be to keep your brand ethical. 

She talks about whether or not "eco-friendly" is really possible in the fashion industry, tips for new business owners and dreamers, and the importance of self-care. Enjoy!

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My Fight || Bridging The Gap For Women Fighting For Fairness

My Fight || Bridging The Gap For Women Fighting For Fairness

Last week I wrote about Bird + Stone and their new campaign in support of girls' education around the world. It made me realize that although sexism is pervasive in almost every country on the planet, more and more, brands, non-profits, and communities are realizing just how important empowering women is for growth. Not just for an individual, but for an entire community, nation, and the world as a whole. 

Women are the cornerstone, the fabric, the makers that hold families (and, therefore, nations) together, and some communities (some more than others) are learning the value of empowering, employing, and involving the women around them in ways that not only give the women a purpose and reason to fight but ways that benefit people far beyond their reach. 

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