On Authenticity And That Time I Shopped At Victoria's Secret

On Authenticity And That Time I Shopped At Victoria's Secret

Authenticity is both the best and worst thing about having a portion (or all, lets be honest) of your life online. I say "best" because being truly real about your struggles and joys is the best way I know to create and encourage community and genuine connection. And I say "worst" because sometimes being your real self is down right scary and embarrassing. 

I've laid the not-so-pretty parts of my soul bare before and each time I'm met with grace and encouragement, but this time, when it comes to something I shamelessly promote and wholeheartedly believe in, I'm finding it harder to say. But, like most things in life, it's easier to just "get it out" than worry so here goes nothing. 

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Ethical Bean || Fair Trade Coffee at the Push of a Button

Ethical Bean || Fair Trade Coffee at the Push of a Button

My Saturday morning coffee is one of my favorite rituals of the week. My husband works early mornings on the weekends, which is always a drag, but once I'm able to drag myself out of bed (usually at the beck and call for chocolate milk from my three year old who mysteriously crawled into bed with me sometime during the night...) my morning coffee is what gets me going.

For the past month or so, I've been drinking nothing but Ethical Bean coffee and I've been loving the variety and flavors that their coffees offer. 

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PonyBabe || Effortless "Lifewear"

PonyBabe || Effortless "Lifewear"

Watching new brands come to life is one of the most exciting things about being involved in the ethical fashion movement. I first discovered PonyBabe at the very launch of their Kickstarter campaign. I marveled as Rachel, the designer, owner, and one-woman show behind the brand, built her first collection, the "24-hour outfit," using the donations of backers, in women-owned factories in Brooklyn, NY. I saw her brand come to life, release that first collection, and lay out plans for the next one. 

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Feller Shades || Wooden Sunglasses That Give Back

Feller Shades || Wooden Sunglasses That Give Back

I've always loved sunglasses. For as long as I can remember, a pair of sunnies always seemed like the most versatile accessory to any outfit. I went through the giant "bug eye" sunglasses that are much to big for your face phase, the aviators phase (which I'm still kind of in, I won't lie,) and the cheap-o pair from Forever 21 that breaks within 16 minutes of leaving the store phase. 

The only phase I think I've yet to hit is the "lifetime commitment" sunglasses phase. The kind of sunnies that real adults wear. The glasses you reach for over and over, wear with every outfit, and keep safe and sound for years to come.

Feller Shades has eased me into that phase of my sunglasses journey with their handmade, wooden, endlessly classy and unique glasses. 

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Traveling Light || How To Pack For A Week Away

Traveling Light || How To Pack For A Week Away

One of the most frequent questions I'm asked is tips for packing light for a trip. As an ex-over-packer, I've drastically changed my habits when it comes to packing for a trip and I thought I'd share the process I use that works for me and encourages me to pack less, instead of grabbing half my closet and throwing it into a suitcase (or two) just in case. 

My hubby, kiddos, and I are currently in CO (our future home — yay!) for my little brother's graduation and so it was the perfect opportunity to share exactly how I packed. 

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