Fair OOTD | Blue Confidence
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featuring SiiZU 

If I had more hours in the day, I would be putting together a Fair OOTD daily just to show how obtainable {& beautiful/trendy/cool/sexy/etc} a sustainable wardrobe can be.  The great thing about creating these looks, you don't need a huge closet to do so. However, I do get the comment 'you promote sustainability, but show so many things'. As a fashion blogger who shows you the options, I may have too many dresses or shirts or skirts or you name it... but I feel most of the pieces I feature are timeless and versatile. So it's up to YOU to find the pieces you like most on my blog. Just know you can always feel confident in its transparency, eco footprint and quality. 

I never show anything I don't love or feel is helping clean up the industry :) 


Fair OOTD:

Vina Turtle Neck Sweater, SiiZU

Georgia Skirt, Ankura {coming soon}

The Natalie Cork Crossbody, Nina Bernice

O-Face Zebra Wood Sunglasses, Sboji

Gold & Cream Watch, Berg + Betts

old boots :P .. like falling apart - i wear things until they can't be worn anymore! 


SiiZU is simple, timeless & sustainable. This sweater is made from 100% Merino Wool, and is incredibly soft. With dropped shoulders and side splits, the Vina is totally effortless. I may be biased because I've been enjoying it so much, but I think everyone needs a SiiZU sweater in their closet {psst.. you can find this sweater in light pink and grey, too!}

This NY-based brand is all about the fabrics, and within every SiiZU piece I own I can tell how much thought and care went into choosing the best material for the design. What is so interesting about this brand, wherever they source material they produce in the same location. This helps eliminate unnecessary shipping to keep their carbon footprint low. The Vina is ethically made in Mongolia at a factory who specializes in high-quality wool, and has their own ranch nearby. As always on Sustainably Chic, this wool is cruelty-free <3 

Click here to visit my last blog post featuring a few other SiiZU pieces. You'll see why I love this brand so much ;)


Can you believe this month is almost over?

Stay tuned for my March Picks coming out on the blog, Saturday! 

Bis,

Natalie

Wear. Love. Give. | Sunnies that Give Back

PALA

Did you know around 640 million people currently live without access to eyewear? I was quite shocked at this number! But thanks to social entrepreneurs like John Pritchard, people in low-income African countries are receiving the proper eye care through the sale of PALA sunglasses. This ethical sunnies brand understands the sense of empowerment a good pair of spectacles creates. Without great eye sight, reading, learning and working becomes difficult. PALA's 'buy-give' business model gives us the opportunity to use our purchasing power to help someone in need, and give them the tools to foster a more sustainable life. With each purchase, proceeds go towards grants awarded to eye care projects in Africa. These projects help fund the creation of vision centers and dispensaries. PALA then calculates the donation required for the cost of each patient in order for each of them to obtain the necessary prescription glasses. I think this video below is so inspirational, and makes me very excited to share brands like these with you! 

& this amazing brand doesn't stop there... 

The cases are changing lives, too. Each pair of sunglasses come with a case woven from discarded and recycled plastic bags by weavers in Bolgatanga. These durable cases {yeah, amazing how tough plastic bags become when made into yarn} fit your sunnies like a glove, and can be tossed in your purse with no worry of damage or scratches. You can read more about the weavers, here.

I'm wearing the Udo Rose aviators, and let me just say the world looks magical in them - everything rose gold!! Plus, they are super light weight which is something I always look for when picking out sunglasses. The 100% UVA/UVA protections lens are very clear and of great quality. There won't be any unnecessary squinting behind these shades! psst.. they come in green, too! 

Fitting a style to the shape of your face? PALA can help with this! Click on a pair of sunglasses, and on the right-hand corner below the description, you can find some tips on what shades go best with your face shape. PALA covers all classic styles - aviators, cat-eyes, clubmasters, and wayfarers. Who knew you could look that good and do good at the same time? 

Ready to make a positive difference in someone's life?

 Shop their entire collection here.

& make sure to stay up-to-date with everything PALA on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook

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No Seasons, Just Pieces | Slow Fashion at its Best
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1x1

When the fashion industry is on fast forward, it's refreshing to run into the ones who are slowing it down. 1x1, an LA-based sustainable brand, is changing the way products are launched. They are taking our favorite wardrobe staples, giving them a conscious twist and releasing them one by one. By taking this approach, they are able to take the time to give you the best garment possible! Plus, they keep it local. The materials used for each design are sourced responsibly. For example, one of their partners is committed to sustainably produced wool, and it looks very luxurious! Also, in order to maintain quality control, fair practices and transparency, 1x1 uses factories in their hometown of LA. 

I'm wearing the sophisticated Sleeveless Hidden Button Top from their 02 Shirt Collection. This top comes in three colors - white, black and blue - and has a beautiful fit. The asymmetrical cut and lovely drape brought on by the tencel/rayon blend set this button-up apart from the rest. The Shirts Collection also features two other designs - the Hidden Button Shirtdress and Side Slit Tank, and is the perfect workwear for the creative individual. 

If you're looking to cozy up, but still look chic at the same time, the 01 Wool Collection is made for that!

Plus, the guys can enjoy it, too {just size up!}. 

Diagonal Stitch Crewneck  

 Sleeveless Turtleneck Sweater

I believe 1x1 is setting a wonderful example for brands to put their foot on the brake a bit, and really concentrate on each design. The more time is spent on a garment, the more we can appreciate the work and art behind the design. Don't you think? 

To shop 1x1's designs, click here & make sure to stay up-to-date on Facebook and Instagram.

p.s. if you sign up for their mailing list, you receive 10% off your first purchase! 

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Ditch the Plastic, Store It with Wax Wraps

SuperBee

Wrap it, Wash it, Reuse it.

I have to admit, I used to use plastic cling wrap a lot. It was easy and inexpensive, but I didn't understand the cost it had on the planet. Over the last few years, I've been searching for an alternative. I would cut up leftovers to fit mason jars or store items 'as is' which isn't ideal if you aren't a quick eater. When I stumbled upon SuperBee, I couldn't believe I wasn't already using a product like theirs! What an incredible idea - not to mention, they are multi-purpose. These colorful and fun printed wraps can be used for so much more than food like bouquet wraps, soaps {think traveling}, all those pens that roll around in your desk.. you get the picture. 

SuperBee Wax Wraps are simple to use and easy to wash. Just wrap over the item you want to store and apply with slight pressure. When you're done, use a bit of chemical-free soap and warm water to rinse. They are made from 100% cotton ,OTOP-certified pure beeswax, organic coconut oil and tree resin {oh & a lot LOVE}. Your stored food will be safe since beeswax is a natural antibacterial agent. Beeswax also keeps things fresh because of its waterproof properties and breathability - so no wet, wilted food, just locked in moisture and freshness! Pretty cool, right?!

The wraps come in four different sizes - S, M, L, XXL - and the BEEginner {heh} pack is a great one to start with. Plus, the prints are too cute. Why wouldn't you want to make the switch from plastic to SuperBee!? This is much more fun to store your goods, and knowing you are keeping less waste from entering the landfill is a win-win. 

& to think all of this inspiration came from the creator's 12 year old son! Antoinette and her family live in Thailand, and are actively involved within their community. They've assisted in the production of sustainable products, promoted reusable totes and use banana leaves to enjoy food out of instead of the usual styrofoam {ick, why do we even still have that stuff!?} :P 

To shop the entire collection {you can shop by size!} click here. Make sure to stay up-to-date with everything SuperBee on Facebook & Instagram

p.s. Took some flowers to my grandparents :) What would you wrap in your SuperBee? 

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Beauty in the Imperfect | Handcrafted Ethical Jewelry

Aglaia Jewelry

When it comes to fine jewelry, there is nothing more special than handmade. Unless, of course, the piece is mindful and made with sustainable material. Aglaia Jewelry does just this, and in a way so unique and elegant, I know my fellow conscious ladies will fall in love. Created by Italian designer Elisa Finoli, Aglaia Jewelry is handcrafted in a NY studio. The line is inspired by Elisa's Italian roots and her life experiences within India & Nicaragua, as well as the Japanese 'Wabi-Sabi' philosophy where one searches for beauty in the imperfect. Within the handmade, there is so much beauty to be found in the differences. It is the imperfections that give a piece of jewelry character, and a different experience for each customer.

What is very unique to Aglaia Jewelry is the use of shapes, balance and texture. While the designs are clean and minimalistic, the connection between these elements creates such an unusual and lovely aesthetic. When I saw this line for the first time, I couldn't help but dig through each piece and stare at the beautiful photos {I've added a few into the end of this blog post for you to enjoy}. You can definitely sense Elisa's background in photography and design - she even has experience in architecture! 

Aglaia Jewelry is not only about the aesthetic, Elisa's eco and social values play a large role in the process, as well. All designs use recycled precious metals or fairmined gold, pearls and stones that are ethically sourced. Plus, chemicals are limited and packaging is sustainable {pictured above}.

Now - on to the beauties! 

I'm wearing the Drop Ring in Sterling Silver + Sterling Silver Drop. It's contemporary, sophisticated and designed for everyday. As someone who wears one or two pieces of jewelry at a time, it's the perfect size to make a statement and not feel the need to add more. Plus, the drop reminds me of rain and this makes me very happy :) 

*note each design comes in multiple finishes and is made to order within 3-6 weeks*

Since I'm back to being a Florida beach girl, I can't help but feel this collection is made to be by the sea {maybe holding a glass of wine, right?}. The coral resemblance in some of the finishes, like the Punto e Bacchetta Ring and the Cut Ring, is pulling me in! Absolutely stunning. 

or what about the nature resemblance in the Ninfea Earrings and Ring...

To shop the entire collection, click here. Make sure to stay up-to-date, and follow all the beautiful photos on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

I'll leave you with some words from Elisa because our work is a great excuse to practice our values:

"I realized the jewelry profession was giving me personal satisfaction, independence, an opportunity to fully express myself, and an opportunity to follow ecological and social values of importance to me. And I fell in love even more."

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