Dear Slow Fashion || 7 Things I've Learned In A Year Of Ethical Shopping + A GIVEAWAY

Dear Slow Fashion || 7 Things I've Learned In A Year Of Ethical Shopping + A GIVEAWAY

Dear ethical fashion movement (slow fashion movement, fashion revolution, whatever you'd like to call yourself), 

This is for you. 

I've been "a part of you" for an entire year now. 365 days of shopping ethically (or not shopping at all). In that short amount of time, I've gone from overwhelmed consumer to passionate advocate to frustrated influencer to "veteran" participant. I began my journey understanding almost nothing about ethical fashion, only that I hoped it was "real" and that it could make a true difference in my life and the lives of the people making my clothes. 

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Sololu || Seasonless Travel-Wear For The Woman On the Go

Sololu || Seasonless Travel-Wear For The Woman On the Go

As a frequent traveler, Rosanne Hertogh noticed a marked gap in the ethical clothing market for clothes that were well made and versatile enough to travel the globe, transitioning from season to season with her. So, the other amazing women entrepreneurs I've had the honor of interviewing, she decided to do something about it. Roseanne founded Sololu (formerly called WANDERWELL) with the vision of empowering women to feel confident and beautiful while they travel, in clothes that they could effortlessly pair together regardless of the season or country. 

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Slow Living For The Non-Minimalist || 6 Ways To Slow Down Without Throwing Out All of Your Stuff

Slow Living For The Non-Minimalist || 6 Ways To Slow Down Without Throwing Out All of Your Stuff

Getting rid of "stuff," and downsizing my wardrobe has been huge for my own journey, but I think that more often than not, the term "minimalism" focuses too purely on stuff, and not on deeper issues like ethics and lifestyle. And since I'm all about getting at the heart of things here on SL&Co, I've been gravitating towards "the slow" and away from "the minimal" for a long time now — both publicly and in my own home and heart. 

While I still consider myself an "aspiring minimalist" who loves all things white-washed and capsuled, I'm growing into my newly made habits of shopping with intention, considering my schedule, and prioritizing self-care, and find the term "slow" much more fitting for where I'm currently at. 

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Mahisi || Artisan Made With a Statement

Mahisi || Artisan Made With a Statement

A quick scan through my closet makes it pretty apparent that I'm drawn primarily to neutrals and solids. As "boring" as a closet full of neutrals can seem, one of my favorite ways to spice things up is to add interesting prints in the form of accessories. One of my new-ish wardrobe related goals for this year is to add more pattern to the pieces in my closet and to the accessories I use — because as much as I would love black, grey, and striped everything, sometimes I crave a little bit of color.

The first thing that drew me to Mahisi was, of course, their gorgeous prints. I typically stick to classic designs when it comes to my handbags (like in my ever-faithful ENAT tote) but I couldn't help imagining all of the incredible ways their boho prints would mesh with the neutrals in my closet.

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8 Ethical Marketplaces Supporting Artisans Around The World

8 Ethical Marketplaces Supporting Artisans Around The World

More often than not, when we're on the hunt for something new, be it a gift, an item for our home, or a piece of clothing, we turn to the places we are most familiar with. I tend to shop from the same ethical retailers over and over because they've earned my trust and there's a predictability about repeated positive experiences. However, like I mentioned in this week's post featuring Seek Wander Share, I think there is also value in branching out from the norm, and supporting brands whose global impact is the main focus of their existence. 

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