Minimal Packing || What I Brought for a Week in California

Minimal Packing || What I Brought for a Week in California

Lately, my life has been a bit like an endless vacation (but not in the magical way). Between moving from house to house, selling our own home, downsizing substantially (again), and taking a few actual vacations, I've been living out of suitcases and totes for longer than I care to admit. 

But, in the chaos, I've learned a lot about packing lightly and choosing outfits that will actually work for a trip, or just for a messy phase of life. 

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Sha-de || Sustainable Clothes for Your Littles

Sha-de || Sustainable Clothes for Your Littles

When I began shopping ethically, my own closet was the first thing I overhauled. I threw out pieces I hadn't worn in over 6 months, researched more ethical options, and started thrifting often for the pieces I couldn't afford to buy new. But when it came to my daughters' wardrobes, I was more hesitant to jump onto the slow fashion bandwagon. Not because I didn't see the value of buying them ethically made items, but because I had a much harder time finding options that were (A.) affordable, (B.) available for toddlers and not just babies, and (C.) something that they wouldn't grow out of in .34 seconds. 

My girls are 2 and (almost) 4 now, and the vast majority of their closets are gifted (thank you Mimi and Nona ;) but when I need to buy them clothes, I'm working on compiling a list of sustainable and ethical brands that I can feel good about shopping from. 

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Door of Maai || Upcycled Minimalism

Door of Maai || Upcycled Minimalism

There's nothing I admire more than one-woman shows (if you caught yesterday's post, you know that already), and it seems that the ethical fashion industry is the perfect place to discover them. Whether it's women who want to create their own business to support their family in a sustainable way, or a fashion designer who branches out on her own to pave the way for more ethically-minded production, my journey into ethical fashion has introduced me to more independent, creative, trail blazing women than I ever imagined.

When Pooja, the founder (and, yes, designer, marketer, seamstress, and visionary) of Door of Maai introduced herself to me, I knew I was speaking to someone special. At young age, Pooja founded a brand that not only allows her to support herself but uses sustainable practices that are both better for the environment and the hands who make her designs.

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An Interview with Urban Rustle || Sustainable Jewelry with Personality

An Interview with Urban Rustle || Sustainable Jewelry with Personality

As the craziness of our "moving season" (because it has truly taken an entire season to get the whole process sorted out) hopefully comes to an end, I can't wait to start introducing some of the brands I've been chatting with for the past few months. It's been a while since the last interview on SL&Co, and I'm excited to break the silence with a peek into Urban Rustle, a sustainable jewelry brand based in Sydney Australia. 

Anna, the founder and designer of the brand, strives to mesh nature with modern fashion. Her primary material is ethically sourced and processed wood, but she also uses organic cotton and leather. The pieces are as unique as her process is too — quirky, cute, and even though provoking designs fill her online shop. 

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Ten Thousand Villages || From Bullets To Beauty

Ten Thousand Villages || From Bullets To Beauty

Cambodia has known more war in the past few decades than any should have to face in a century. Their land is littered with bullets and remnants of fighting that remind of the devastation and loss they've faced. 

In a beautiful effort to transform loss and trauma into hope, Ten Thousand Villages partners with the Rajana Association of Cambodia, an artisan group that focuses on empowering people in rural and poor areas though teaching them tangible trades, accounting, marketing, and English. 

The Bombshell collection is a literal reminder of their ability to overcome devastation and transform it into something valuable and beautiful. 

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