Sustainably Chic

Fair OOTD | Catching the Best Zzz’s in My Organic & Fair Sheets

OutfitsNatalie Kay
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I can have an outfit made of sheets, right? ;)

Sleep is a luxury these days with a newborn, and I appreciate every uninterrupted hour I can get. It definitely helps to have great sleep when your sheets are comfortable! Not to mention, don’t you sleep better knowing your sheets are better for your health and the environment? 

Shop the Look:

Classic Organic Sheets in Steel Grey, Sol Organics $149 {queen}

*use code SC20 for 20% off your entire purchase*

Even though I live in Florida where it’s hot most of the year, I opted for sateen sheets. We constantly have the AC going and the fan above us running, so I need my sheets to keep me nice and warm. SOL Organics live up to these four features: sustainable, organic, fair & transparent - but I can add on cozy, too! What I love about the sateen is the pairing of a smooth surface and sheen appearance. You can purchase this set in 6 different colors, as well as a hemmed or pleated style. These sheets are made to last by using long staple fibers spun into single-ply yarn {ah, brings me back to my textile classes}, and always with GOTS Certified Organic Cotton and low impact organic dyes. You can sleep confident knowing the person who made them were paid a fair wage, too! 

Zahliah Bralette, Troo $70

Socks, Thought Clothing $7

Seashell Bowl, Cultural Elements $24

Glass Tray, Wonderful Things $65

p.s. my mornings just don't seem complete without a lot of baby feet

Bold & Feminine with Exquisite Craftsmanship, This Sustainable Clothing Line is Fit for Fashionable Women & Dressing Up

FashionNatalie Kay
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AGAATI

There have been few conscious brands I’ve come across that have been perfect for cocktail parties or other social occasions. When viewers have asked me where they should buy their dresses for a wedding or work event, I haven’t been able to give them much suggestion - until now. AGAATI is that very brand I’ve been looking for!

{but, of course, you could always wear these pieces anywhere!}

Three Reasons to Love AGAATI

Beautiful, yet sustainable, designs. Truly unique, AGAATI designs are thoughtfully produced with a zero waste philosophy. The makers are trained to reduce {& recycle/upcycle} waste while pattern making, cutting and sewing. They make it a point to have as little waste as possible, and with what they do have, they think of creative ways to reuse. Also, AGAATI uses natural fibers and non-toxic dyes for all of their pieces. Biodegradable fibers like cotton, silk and wool are among the most popular choices for the designs, and handwoven textiles are used for at least half of them. 

Artisan Made. The designer for AGAATI, Saloni Shrestha, works closely with all the makers- from the weavers to the pattern makers to the tailors. Being in person for the entire process and with each maker, AGAATI is able to ensure everything is up to their standards and quality is checked from step-to-step. Shrestha, with a fashion design degree from Parsons, has over 7 years of experience designing women’s ready-to-wear inspired by nature, culture & people. 

Women Empowerment. With 75 million people working within the clothing industry worldwide, 80% of them are women ages 18-24. With extremely low wages, many of these women are also subjected to dangerous work environments and harassment. AGAATI is actively going out into communities and working to improve the lives of these women. They travelled to Nepal, last year, to work with nonprofit Maheela which rescues women from domestic violence. Together, they will create woven shawls for the Fall. Another nonprofit, Aatmiya, has expert hand knitters and will be making luxurious knitted alpaca sweaters. Plus, their company is full of women leading change! 


What I’m Wearing

Multilayered Summer Ruffled Top: I am, no doubt, a lover of ruffles. Ever since I was a little girl, I felt ruffles made me feel feminine and sweet. This silk organza top flutters elegantly with every step! 

Cropped Cotton Jumpsuit: A jumpsuit with pockets?! Yes, to that! I love to see more jumpsuits worn at events instead of the usual short cocktail dress. They even added a lovely touch on the sleeve with upcycled silk and cotton {plus, the entire piece is made from dead stock cotton!}. 

Embroidered Bird Dress: Probably one of the most beautiful dresses I’ve ever worn, this silk dress features hand embroidered birds that are sure to make you feel as if you are a part of a fairy tale. There is so much magic and love to this piece! 


Where to Purchase

You can find their entire collection online - here - & since all their pieces are Limited Edition, you probably won’t bump into someone wearing the same thing ;)
 

Want to win a hand-painted luxe silk scarf from one of their talented Tibetan artisans? From now until the start of their Indiegogo campaign in September, sign up here to be entered in their drawing. 


Sustainably Supported by AGAATI. As always, all views are genuine & products are truly loved! Help support the brands who support Sustainably Chic, so I can continue to bring you the best in sustainable fashion, beauty & lifestyle :) Thanks, everyone! #sponsored

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Fair OOTD | Lia Kimono

OutfitsNatalie Kay
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One of my favorite ways to cover up is with a kimono. Especially living in Florida, it’s too hot to wear a sweater for half the year. Kimonos are just the right weight, and work as beautiful additions to your basics. Plus, many of them come in stunning prints - like this one from Tamga Designs! Keep reading to see how to enter the Giveaway for your own Lia Kimono…

Shop the Look:

Lia Kimono in Solo, Tamga Designs $65
Made from one of my favorite fabrics Micro TENCEL, the Lia can double as a duster and a robe. It’s lightweight and has a luxurious feel {move over silk!}. The print is hand drawn by their print designer, and printed at their fabric mill using GOTS / Bluesign certified dyes. I love how Tamga Designs breaks down how you save on resources by purchasing one of their pieces. This particular garment saves 12 liters of water, avoids 3kg of CO2 emissions and saves 2kWh of energy. Ethics is a key part of this brand, and you can find all their information on transparency and materials here.

Want to win this beautiful Kimono? Tamga Designs is giving one away to a lucky winner. Click to enter. *open internationally*

Camden Dress, Kestan $125

Morgan Sandals in Licorice, Oka-B $40 *use code Chic10 for 10% off*

5 Benefits of using Food Waste for Fabric Dyeing

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
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Say what? You can use your food waste to dye fabric? Who would have thought :P Well, Sustain by Kat knows how beneficial it can be - and the great end product you receive! When they told me one of their tees was going to be dyed with avocado, I automatically assumed it would be green. WRONG - it’s this gorgeous pink! I couldn’t believe it. This GOTS certified organic linen tank {complete with organic cotton thread and organic cotton labels} uses the peels and seeds from avocados to create this lovely shade - and the fit is beautiful, by the way. As a lover of textiles, seeing more and more fruit & veggie dyeing has gotten me really excited for the future of eco fashion. 

So what are the benefits of using this type of waste?! 

1. Completely biodegradable. Yes, no harming the water or sitting in a landfill admitting toxic chemicals into the atmosphere! The skins & seeds are cleaned and soaked in warm water for a week. After, the plant parts are filtered out and composted. Then the shirts are cleaned with natural plant and mineral based soaps and prepped for dyeing with metallic salts which help the avocado dye bind to linen fabric.

2. Safer for your skin. Now that I’m a new mama, I think about what goes on my skin even more. I feel like dyes are one of those last things on your mind when it comes to fashion. Most dyes you find, today, are created with chemicals you wouldn’t want to touch with your bare hands.

3. Easy on the Earth. Since everything used to create these dyes are natural and non-toxic, your skin AND the planet thanks you. The entire process for veggie & fruit dyeing only calls for a few ingredients.

4. Creates beautiful colors. From yellow onion skins to some old blueberries no longer appetizing, you can get a plethora of different shades just from your own kitchen. The colors are vibrant and unique. Not to mention, it’s a great way to fix stained tees you thought about throwing away. 

5. No additional resources needed. This goes without saying, but I’m going to touch on it anyway! I love the idea of circular fashion, and I think applying that same concept to food is equally as important. Waste not, want not. By using something we already have, we can limit our use of resources and lessen our carbon footprint. What’s better than that?

Ethically Sourced Stones and Recycled Precious Metals, This Modern Heirloom Jewelry is the Perfect Fit for Conscious Men & Women

FashionNatalie Kay
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Rebecca Mir Grady

There have only been a few ethical metalsmiths that have really caught my eye and fit my style, and Rebecca Mir Grady has to be the favorite! It’s rare to find such beautiful stones and precious metals with as much thoughtfulness as the design itself. I once heard we have enough gold and silver circulating the world, we don’t need to mine for anymore. This is the biggest reason why I like to make sure my jewelry is made from reclaimed materials. Also, as an advocate for sustainability, I believe fashion should last, and what’s more lasting than an heirloom? 

Three Reasons to Love Rebecca Mir Grady Jewelry

1. The Aesthetic.

I love simplicity when it comes to jewelry. I want to be able to wear it everyday and with anything in my closet. It needs to be light, but with enough charm to be noticeable. I find Rebecca Mir Grady does this beautifully. Rings are petite, necklaces aren’t over the top and bracelets are exactly what stacking should look like. This is why I feel minimalists and conscious consumers alike would be instantly drawn to her practical, yet unique, designs. 

2. Fair & Eco Materials.

Like I mentioned before, when there is plenty gold and silver already circulating, why disturb more land? Rebecca Mir Grady primarily works with recycled silver and recycled 14k gold, and several ethically sourced stones. Stones include beauties like rubies, sapphires, opals & diamonds - you can even find some black diamonds in there! 

3. Handmade with Love to be passed down from Generation to Generation.

Rebecca has been making jewelry for as long as she can remember - & it shows! Nothing beats handmade, especially when it comes to jewelry. Heirloom pieces come with so much love and exquisite craftsmanship that future generations will be able to enjoy just as much as you. Now that is what I call sustainable! Keep the fashion circulating and available for more and more people to appreciate.


What I’m Wearing

Thetis Ruby Ring: Great for stacking or by itself, the Thetis features a 2mm bezel-set ruby. You can either choose from 14k yellow, white or rose gold band. This is exactly the size & style ring I like to wear everyday. It’s dainty, sophisticated and who doesn’t love the deep red color of a ruby?! 
Odessa Ruby Necklace: Maybe you remember this necklace from last week or last year even? Also featuring a 2mm ruby, the Odessa is subtle, yet full of character. The carved disk has little markings to give it texture, and the size is just right to catch attention. This style also comes in a smaller disk if you prefer something more dainty. 


Where to Purchase

You can find the entire collection online - here - & make sure to stay up-to-date with all the beauties on Instagram. Plus, through the end of August use code SUSTAINABLYCHIC for 20% off your entire purchase! 
 

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Sustainably Supported by Rebecca Mir Grady. As always, all views are genuine & products are truly loved! Help support the brands who support Sustainably Chic, so I can continue to bring you the best in sustainable fashion, beauty & lifestyle :) Thanks, everyone! #sponsored