Inspire Compassionate Action with OM Revolution
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Inspiring people to be the change they wish to see in the world

with OM Matters

You may remember reading about OM Matters in my Ethical Yogi post from last month. This California-based brand goes full circle. From the eco-minded garments to giving back, OM Matters is more than just a yoga clothing line. This week, they have launched their OM Revolution campaign which is all about bringing us closer together so we can build a stronger global community. Plus, with each purchase of their eco-conscious, message-driven products, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to ACLU.org {American Civil Liberties Union}.

What OM Revolution Means to Me

When it comes to my work with Sustainably Chic, I hope one of the loudest messages portrayed is that of stewardship. Having pride in your environment can be contagious, and my OM Revolution is to inspire those to think about the long-term and the people who come after us. To do so, we must think about our day-to-day. I'm not just talking about our impact on the environment, but our impact on people, too. How we treat each other, how we build each other up and how we inspire others through our actions. Sustainability has taught me so much about my own personal impact - with people and the planet. It's such a balanced concept, it can't work unless we put emphasis on everything - our economies, our societies, our environment. Stewardship is an ethic we can apply to all three of those things. 

Things aren't going to improve without action - we must continue the discussion in order for future generations to live a peaceful, safe & sustainable life. If you have a platform, I encourage you to speak about ways we can work on our present in order to make way for a stronger future. 

What Does OM Revolution Mean to You?

p.s. I'm wearing the OM Revolution Tee Shirt in Blue - made from 50% post-consumer recycled plastic & 50% organic cotton. & if you want to hear me speak about what OM Revolution means to me, check it out on Instagram

FashionNatalie Kay
Take Charge of Your Health | Eliminate Odors & Chemical Pollutants the Safe Way
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with EnviroKlenz

As someone who lives with pets and an auto-immune disease, how I take care of the surfaces around me is extremely important. Pollutants are everywhere around us - it's almost impossible to avoid. Thanks to companies like EnviroKlenz, we are able to clear most of those toxicities away from our living spaces. Not only are they creating a healthier environment around us, they are doing so in a way that is safe for you and the planet. 

 

The Ingredients

All EnviroKlenz products are made with 3 main, active ingredients. They are: Magnesium Oxide (MgO), Zinc Oxide (ZnO), Titanium Dioxide (TiO2), which are all minerals found on this planet and are considered truly non-toxic. These three ingredients come to form the perfect recipe for neutralizing or completely destroying a pollutant it comes in contact with. They also work hard to rid things like allergens, irritants & poisons which are found in most homes and can trigger allergies or allergy-like symptoms. Since the list of ingredients is short & safe, you can feel confident about using the products around the entire family {& your fur babies!}. 

 

What I'm Using

Hand Soap & Deodorizer: For when you need a good clean! This soap has been very useful around my place. I feel like I'm constantly picking up after kitty accidents which don't leave the best smell on my skin. I find this soap to really take care of those odors left behind on my hands after cleaning. Also, with an autoimmune disease I've always been good about washing my hands throughout the day to avoid getting sick. I'm not sure I've ever owned a soap that actually works to completely eliminate unwanted toxins. There's a lot of comfort in using this product! 

Everyday Odor Eliminator: You can use this product on a ton of surfaces in your home like wood floors, carpet, upholstery, mattresses, and cabinets. My cat is over 20 years old, and doesn't seem to find the liter box that often so I've been using this product when cleaning and mopping up the floor. Other green products I used in the past seemed to just mask the smell while I feel this one is truly taking care of the problem. 

Laundry Enhancer Liquid: This stuff works SO well on getting odors out of clothing. Whether it be cat urine, or just a funky smell that doesn't seem to fade off the fabric, use a quarter cup of this liquid and your problems are solved! I also find it really handy for second-hand & vintage clothing. 

 

Where to Purchase & *Special Savings*

You can find all EnvironKlenz products online - here - & don't forget to use my special discount code envirochic15 for 15% off your entire purchase! 

Happy & Healthy Cleaning, Everyone!!

LifestyleNatalie Kay
Sustainably-Crafted, Veggie-Tanned Leather Goods Made to Last a Lifetime

BRAVE Leather

Fringe, chokers & waist-fitting belts... I'm not sure it gets any chicer than that ;) I've always appreciated a good leather product, but not all leather is created equal. This Canadian brand is making sure it handles the material the best way possible. Therefore, this leather is veggie-tanned, meaning those usual chemicals used to create the majority of leather goods you see today aren't put anywhere near their products. BRAVE Leather wants to offer us the best quality possible while holding true to ethical business. 

Why I Love Brave Leather

1. The craftsmanship. To say a lot of hard work went into each piece is an understatement. It's more than just becoming exceptionally good at a craft. It's about pride, and creating a product a customer can love the rest of their life. Scott Irvine has been designing BRAVE Leather goods for 25 years, and his attention to detail is on point. Every single piece {they've made over 2 million at this point} have been ethically designed & manufactured in Canada. Irvine has some serious talent on his artisan team! You can meet all the makers, here

2. The tanning process. After becoming a bit more conscious about my carbon footprint several years ago, I've been on the hunt to find alternatives to my favorite materials. I've always loved leather because the thought of waste or a plastic faux leather jacket made me cringe. Unfortunately, not all leather is created with resources in mind. BRAVE Leather doesn't fall in that trap. All of the leather used is a by-product of the meat industry, and is only veggie-tanned so no harsh chemicals are ever used in the process. Even their water-based adhesives are Zero VOC.

3. The selection. BRAVE Leather isn't just for the women so you can go get your boyfriend excited about it now, too! Their large collection of handbags, jewelry & belts is quite impressive {have fun picking out your favorites - it's a hard task to do!}. Even the leather range is amazing. You can find their complete list of leathers, here. I'm partial to the Rugby one! 

What I'm Wearing

Jurgen Fringe Rugby Leather Crossbody: When I was in middle school, I bought this suede leather fringe purse from AE. I seriously loved the heck out of it throughout 6-8th grade, but it unfortunately fell apart {thanks, fast fashion}. This crossbody is like the old one went to get its master's degree. It has a richer color, it's a whole lot sturdier and the fringe grew to the perfect length. It's everything I wanted my original one to be, and what's so great is that I won't have to worry about losing the bag to the trash as long as I take good care of her. She's a beaut!! 

Ulyana Double Buckle Leather Belt: Okay, officially my new favorite belt!! Not sure how I've gone this long without a skinny, black belt but I'm glad I waited for the best. You can find it paired up in my Slow Fashion Staples post from yesterday. 

Leja Leather ChokerI've been wearing this choker a ton, and both ways actually {not sure if I made it reversible on my own, but I love that I can do that!}. I have an upcoming post where I have it on the 'right' way ;) always breaking the rules, natalie... oh & it comes in silver! 

 

Where to Purchase

You can find BRAVE Leather in over 14 countries, but their complete collection is available online - here

Don't forget to get social, and follow for up-to-date news on social media

 

Special Savings

*{Use code sustainablychic for 10% off your entire purchase through 9/30!}*

p.s. Stay tuned for a Giveaway starting on Instagram, tonight! One lucky winner will win a $100 Brave Leather Gift Card - Good Luck!! <3 

FashionNatalie Kay
15 Slow Fashion Staples for Your Conscious Closet
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timeless, practical & oh so chic...

 I've been wanting to paint a better picture of my 'sustainably chic' closet on here for quite some time. I think seeing pieces work with each other in photographs helps with your own closet & deciding which items are worth adding to it. Most of these garments compliment one another, and can pretty much stand the test of time in quality & aesthetic. So without further ado, here are 15 staple items I'm super stoked to share with you :D 

1. Dawn Wrap Dress, ModerNation $168

*{Use code NATALIEMN15 for 15% off your entire purchase!}*

It's a 6-in-1 garment! This piece can be worn 4 different ways as a dress or 2 as a kimono. I think if you are building a capsule wardrobe, it's a smart idea to pick items you can get multiple uses out of! Plus, it's made of contrasting colors that are easy to style, and aren't so loud you get tired of wearing. Being the dress is made from modal, it has a very soft, silk-like touch making it comfortable to wear throughout the day. ModerNation is a US-based conscious fashion brand that uses deadstock, unique vintage & sustainable fabrics in all of their designs. 

Stay tuned for a Giveaway on Instagram starting tonight! ModerNation will be giving away a Dawn Wrap Dress to one lucky winner :D 

2. Double Strap Sandals, October Jaipur $66

I have most certainly been getting my use out of these sandals this past summer. I'm actually a huge fan of green shoes. I used to have some green boots I would pair up with everything, and it hasn't been much different with these guys! Green seems a bit unconventional, but I'm telling you it is totally a neutral when it comes to footwear {especially if most of your closet is full of earth tones}. October Jaipur is an India-based accessories brand that follows the words "Thought of a dreamer, Skill of an artisan”, and believes in ethical production and great craftsmanship! 

3. Vintage Levi's, Smockwalker Vintage

This ebay vintage shop is seriously the bomb. Justina {the owner of Smockwalker Vintage} truly has an eye for gently-loved clothing. Especially if you are on a budget, buying from resellers like this one is high up on the list of sustainable things to do ;) While these jeans aren't up there anymore {obviously they've made a home in my closet, sorry y'all}, Justina is constantly updating her shop with new vintage denim listings. Having a few pairs of denim jeans, tops & jumpers is a must {IMHO}. You can't beat those prices, too! I have a little section in my closet from Smockwalker Vintage that I am so excited to share with you over the next few months. I know this shop is going to be your new favorite!

Oh & 10% of sales benefit the non-profit organization Mercy for Animals <3 

4. Sweat Shirt, Shy Vibes Club $152

*{free international shipping on orders over 300€}*

I am all about the vibe this brand gives off. Shy Vibes Club is making basics cool & comfy. I feel like my Juicy zip-ups from middle school just got a rad older sister. This pink sweat shirt is made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton velour, and is incredibly soft!! It's meant to fit a bit oversized which is my preference - I mean, who wants a fitted sweatshirt, amiright?! :P All Shy Vibes Club garments are designed in Finland, and produced ethically in Estonia. Even when it comes to their home office, Shy Vibes Club is constantly looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Their electrical gadgets operate on renewable wind power, and waste is kept to a minimum. Even their hangtags and packaging are made from recycled paper. 

5. Overthinking Cap, Shy Vibes Club $74

I haven't owned a hat like this since I was a child, and now I feel like I've been missing out. The Overthinking Cap is also by the brand Shy Vibes Club & is made from an undyed linen. It's the perfect snap back for summertime! It even comes with a super cute Shy Vibes Club pin which I'll probably be putting on my denim jacket, as well. 

6. The MaranaOliberté $105

This brand uses the world's first Fair Trade Certified footwear factory to make some of the most practical & sturdy shoes. Oliberté is supporting workers' rights in sub-Saharan Africa, and currently has over 70 employees {60% being women}. If you are looking for an 'everyday' shoe, I highly recommend jumping into a pair of these! 

7. Silk Camisole, Sassind $89

An easy, breezy cami you can easily tuck in or leave out. It's incredibly lightweight, and makes for a great layering piece. Looks beautiful with a lace bralette underneath, too! Stay tuned for a feature on Sassind at the end of this month {I know you are going to fall hard for them!}. 

8. Mini Tirhas Saddle Bag, Shop Greater Things $118

A black crossbody fit for your phone, cards & lipstick is pretty much all I need in a day. Not only is the bag super useful & easy to pair with anything {yay for black}, it helps support sustainable jobs. Anything you find at Shop Greater Things has a purpose beyond a profit. In particular, this handbag is empowering women both nationally & globally. FashionABLE, the brand behind the Mini Tirhas, is providing jobs for those lacking opportunity. 

9. Ayurvedically-dyed Shorts, Sustain by Kat $108

*{Use code SUSTAINABLYCHIC20 for 20% off your entire purchase!}*

These shorts are my top summer pick! Can you believe they are dyed with over 20 medicinal plants & herbs {including ingredients like acacia, neem, turmeric, and cinnamon}? The shorts were dyed on 100% organic cotton using a form of ayurvedic medicine called Ayuvastra, the notion your skin absorbs the chemicals {good or bad} within your clothing. Sustain understands what we decide to wear impacts our health so why not make sure our clothes are made with this in mind? Not only are these shorts good for you, but they are supporting an ancient tradition in India. The company who creates the fabric employs workers in weaving communities who have been deprived, marginalized and downtrodden. With a fair wage and safe working conditions, they are working towards a more sustainable livelihood.  

10. Khaki Premium & Eco Leather Lace up Sandals, Atelier Alienor $179

I am SO excited to have a pair of lace up sandals to add to my closet. They are so romantic & sweet, and {of course} green! Yet another shade of my favorite footwear color, these little guys can go with almost anything. Stay tuned for Atelier Alienor's feature on Sustainably Chic later this month! You are going to be so impressed with this sustainable craftsmanship. 

11. Linen Shirt, Mila Vert $111

The detailing in this linen fabric is too lovely for words {and unfortunately my camera :P}, but Mila Vert truly knows how to make a blouse. You can see more photos in one of my recent posts, here. Their entire line is so timeless & sophisticated, any piece you add to your wardrobe would be perfect. 

12. The Sleeveless Revolve Dress, Encircled $148

Another amazing 6-in-1 garment you can wear as a dress, tunic or top! It is made from one of my favorite fabrics, Modal {which is made from beechwood trees without chemicals in a closed-loop process}. I wish you could feel how soft it is! Encircled is an ethical brand out of Toronto, Canada who specializes in creating garments made for modern women who are always on the go. Their garments are some of the best to travel with because they don't take up a lot space, can be worn several ways and are wrinkle-resistant. It isn't often you can look great on the plane, but feel comfortable at the same time! 

13. Border Wrap, Mayamam Weavers $44

This lovely wrap you see here is the perfect palette to pair up with your existing wardrobe. There is a big tradition behind it, too. The women who make up the cooperative behind Mayamam Weavers are truly talented. What's so amazing is their commitment to community and sustainable jobs. The women came together to form this cooperative in order to overcome poverty while not having to migrate in the U.S. & leave their families behind. They have now grown to 20 weavers, all who are making a fair wage and learning how to run a business. They even have on-site childcare & adult literacy classes for the community. This wrap comes in several colors, but I find the black and gold to be tres chic ;)

14. Ulyana Double Buckle Leather Belt, Brave $105

*{Use code sustainablychic for 10% off your entire purchase through 9/30!}*

This belt will stick with me the rest of my life.. I can already tell. BRAVE Leather creates such a gorgeous product, I've been aching to share them with you this past month! Tomorrow,  I will have a complete post so stay tuned!! {tip: this belt looks amazing with high-waisted shorts}

15. Georgia Dress, All the Wild Roses $121

You can't have a closet without a vintage inspired, boho dress, right?! The Georgia is made from 100% lightweight natural cotton making it extremely comfortable, breathable and elegant. Hang {the creator of All the Wild Roses} found a vintage dress during her travels and recreated it through the Georgia. 

Watch the behind the scenes of All the Wild Roses in the Journey of a Dress video. Kira of the Green Hub has also written a great article about their design process. 

p.s. they offer free international shipping on any order of $100+AUD! 

 

Hope you're having fun with your conscious closets!! 

Fair OOTD | Travels to Manosque

featuring All the Wild Roses & Songa Designs

Two months later & I'm still editing photos from my France road trip! We stopped in Manosque for one night, and ended up in a beautiful garden/museum. Not sure what it was called, and after a few 1664s I wasn't really paying much attention. I just saw jasmine walls and ran over to smell :D Most of the places we visited in France were truly a shot in the dark. We didn't know what places were a must-see... I basically drew a circle around France and tried to break it up a few hours in between for driving purposes & voila - that would be the town we stayed at! I mean.. you can't really go wrong with finding beautiful backdrops in France. Made my Fair OOTD photoshoots quite easy ;) 

 

 

All the Wild Roses

I just found out this Australian brand is now offering Free International Shipping for orders of $100+ {which this dress qualifies for}!! There are so many reasons to love All the Wild Roses & I've laid them out in my post a few weeks ago. The aesthetic, mission, philanthropy & versatility make this romantic, free-spirited line an easy one to gravitate towards. It's also one of the first I think of when people are just starting to make the switch to ethical fashion. It has that boho look so many of us like! 

The Jane Dress I'm wearing here has a lace up bodice that is sexy, chic & sophisticated - I'm obsessed with the design! Oh & did I mention it has pockets?! It's a totally effortless LBD. 

 

Songa Designs

Even more boho-chic designs coming at ya! The Orenda Handbag by Songa Designs is total eco-luxury. Each bag is handcrafted in Rwanda and takes a skilled artisan three days to complete. They are made from bananas leaves & the sisal plant, and the women behind the creation are able to invest profits into purchasing land with goats that make milk their family can then sell. Total women empowerment and entrepreneurship right there! 

 

Shop the Look :::

Jane Dress, All the Wild Roses $153

Orenda Handbag, Songa Designs $130

ColorinesMamahuhu $140

 

Fashion, OutfitsNatalie Kay